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ICYMI: How to Ease into Life at Your New Retirement Home

Finding a way to adjust to a new lifestyle can be challenging at any age. Moving into a retirement home can be especially difficult at first because you may be used to doing everything yourself. There are, however, plenty of positive aspects: a safe living environment friendly and qualified caregivers that can provide assistance based on your individual needs social opportunities you may not have had while living on your own you won’t need to take care of the yard and other home maintenance activities meal preparation is often done at retirement homes, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving proper nutrition Ask questions You’ve spent a lot of time finding the retirement home that suits your preferences and budget. Most of your questions have likely already been answered at this point, but there are so many aspects of retirement living that can only be discovered (and enjoyed!) once you actually move in. Don’t be shy! You deserve to have an active role in your living arrangements. Learn about what your package includes and how you can take advantage of all the resources available to you. Get social! Most people say that settling in and making their new space their own is the first thing they need to do when they move to a new place. We agree, and know that sometimes it can take a while for a retirement residence to feel like home. One of the best ways to ease into this major life change is to find other residents who share similar interests. Getting involved in community life can help. Attend welcome events for new...
Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

I recently came across an intriguing article about animal assisted therapy. Click here to read it, so you can get some context on what is going to follow. As I read what Mark (a doctor in Oregon) wrote several years ago, I related to some of his skeptical opinions regarding the place of animals in a hospital, but I’ve also witnessed how people can benefit from them as well. It’s a timeless topic because there will always be a healthy debate. What is animal assisted therapy? Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is the utilization of animals as a therapeutic modality to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of patients with acute or chronic diseases…Animal Assisted Therapy is when animals are used in goal directed treatment sessions. These goals can be physical, mental, emotional and/or social. I was never allowed to keep pets, except some unfortunate goldfish which kept dying for some reason. My father begrudgingly allowed me to bury them in our vegetable garden, despite his attitudes towards animals. We grew up on a farm, and were discouraged from forming an emotional bond with any animal, including the horses that would faithfully and stoically transport anything from bales of hay to pesky children who would tug on their manes, shrieking “go horsey, go!” My cousin, who is on the autism spectrum and cannot speak clearly or control her emotions at times, showed me that there is, in fact, something to animal therapy. We often go to a stable to see the horses and give them carrots. When she finds out that we’re paying them a visit, she immediately collects herself and smiles....
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