Summer 2010 â€˘ The Village at Brookwood
Simple Strategies for Healthy Aging
Joe, member of The Village at Brookwood since 2008
from the Executive Director
Ready Is Just a State of Mind
Daniel L. Cuthriell Executive Director
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Nobody — and you can include me in this — likes to think of themselves as “old.” We like to say “old” is a state of mind. We like to believe that “old” people are those who are at least 10 years older than we are. And where to live when we’re “old” is something to think about down the road, something we’ll have to deal with much, much later. We don’t like to think about “old” as being right around the corner, ready to sneak up on us when we least expect it. But old does sneak up on you, especially when you’re not “ready.” The objection we hear most often about living in a retirement community is that people are just not “ready” yet. They are healthy and feeling good, having a great time as retirees and want to stay in their homes for the foreseeable future. But the fact is: just like “old,” “ready” is a state of mind. So ask yourself: Am I ready to: • Make decisions about my future while I and my spouse have the ability to make them ourselves? All retirement communities are NOT the same, so make sure it is you who makes the choice about where you will live according to your own tastes and preferences. • Relieve my children of the emotional and financial burden of having to take care of us? Your children love you and they may want to take care of you, but the greatest gift you can give them is to take care of your own future. • Make a smart financial decision? You may be wasting money by having a lot of equity tied up in your current house. Your house basically provides shelter — it does not provide valuable access to the health care services you may need in the future. Most of the entry fee for a retirement community is returned to your estate. Because you are eliminating such expenses as property tax, lawn service, home repairs and utilities, while gaining services such as housecleaning, dining, fitness center and pool, entertainment and more, you usually come out ahead financially. If you choose a LifeCare plan, you receive long-term care built in to your membership with the added bonus of significant tax advantages. And, even if your health or financial situation changes, you are guaranteed lifetime residency. But most importantly, ask yourself: “Am I ready to invest in a longer, healthier, happier life?” Our resident members know, and it has been proven that living among a community of friends and taking advantage of the social, physical, emotional and, yes, even cerebral benefits of such a stimulating environment helps keep “old” at bay. So start planning now before the day arrives when you actually are “ready.” It’s just a state of mind anyway.
RE S I D E N T S P O T L I G H T
Joyce and Joe Baughman Talk about the Community’s Character
When Joyce and Joe Baughman moved to The Village at Brookwood in and helps seniors with their income May of 2008, they knew they had found a community that fit their philosophy taxes through AARP — all while and lifestyle. maintaining a regular exercise “If it needs to be done, I try to do it,” says Joyce, who is chair of the Life routine. Enrichment Committee, a substitute on the reception desk, an organizer of “I swim several times a week resident birthday parties and a waterer of The Village’s many plants. and play golf and tennis,” he says. What they didn’t know Joyce, a retired teacher, also was that they would become volunteers in the Burlington the poster models for the community. She prepares breakfast community, featured in The for Hospice one day a week and Village’s ad campaign. tutors children through the Positive “It’s really very Attitude Youth Center. She had to flattering,” says Joe. “People give up the tap dancing (“I always I play tennis with and work wanted to be Shirley Temple, and I with at the Senior Center knew I could be if I was given the have recognized me from opportunity”) she began after she the ads. I tell people now retired due to a knee injury. that I charge model rates!” Both of the Baughmans say The Baughmans moved to The Village If you choose to that retirement living is what a from Flemington, N.J., in May 2008 after join a community person makes of it, and it’s better visiting many retirement communities in join a community earlier in one’s earlier rather to both Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The retirement. “If you choose to join a than later, you community earlier rather than later, southern climate that didn’t eliminate a change can develop a you can develop a new life, and of seasons — in contrast to a Florida community — was appealing, as was the “character” of the new life, and it’s it’s exciting, and you don’t have to community. exciting, and you give anything up,” Joe says. “Many “The people here are marvelous and people say that if they had realized don’t have to give genuinely take care of each other,” says Joyce. that, they would have come even anything up. “You just feel that everyone knows you, and the earlier!” staff goes out of their way for each resident.” “Each community has a character, and the people here made us feel very comfortable,” Joe says. “We also liked the size of the community, the openness, the attractive grounds and the location. The city is nearby, but we are in a very residential area. A lot of the newer places are out in the boondocks. The food here is terrific, and we tasted a lot of food in other places.” Joe, an MD/PhD, is a retired researcher who developed diagnostic tests for pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Behringwerke. He has carried his background into his volunteer work as the chair of The Village’s Health and Wellness Committee. In the Burlington community, he Joy and Joyce with Cary Richmond, director volunteers with the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) of the Positive Attitude Youth Center
Six Simple Strategies for Healthy Aging
With advances in medicine, we know Americans are living longer. Now it’s time to focus on living better to enjoy that longer life to the fullest and continue doing the things you love. Having good genes is always a bonus, but there is more and more research indicating that how well we age depends on many of the choices we make. “Every day we learn a little bit more about successful aging,” says Jessica Wright, RN, the on-site Health Clinic nurse at The Village at Brookwood. “Your mental and physical health as you age doesn’t primarily depend on whether you have good genes — it rests more on the choices you make in diet, exercise, the pursuit of mental challenges, your close personal relationships and your opportunities for productive activities.” So take the path of aging for success with these six simple strategies.
1 Eat Healthy As you age, you need fewer calories. Choose nutrient-rich foods and eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and foods low in fat and cholesterol. Ideal foods include brightly colored fruits and vegetables (the more colors, the better), and fish (try to get two servings a week) that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon or brook trout. Limit red meat and whole-fat dairy products. “We serve fresh fish at least three times a week in the café, and there is a seafood option each evening in the formal Lakeside Dining Room,” says Bill Alvino, Dining Services Manager. “There are always fresh vegetable options and the salad bar offers fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, there are always low-fat and low-salt options for members.” Good nutritional choices and eating habits will help you: • Maintain a healthy weight. • Reduce the risk of disease, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. • Maintain strength and well being.
2 Exercise Regularly Regular, vigorous exercise — it can be as little as walking for 30 minutes three times a week — has numerous physical and mental benefits. Exercise: • Lowers your risk of falls. This is very important because falls are the leading cause of fractures, serious injuries and death among older adults. • Strengthens your bones. [For more tips on strengthening bones, see Health Notes.] • Improves your mood and reduces depression. • Helps you maintain or lose weight. • Increases strength, flexibility and balance. • Improves the ability of the heart, lungs and blood vessels to deliver adequate oxygen to the muscles. (It may also help circulation to the brain, thus improving mental acuity.) “With the convenience of a fitness center and heated saltwater pool on campus, we encourage members to take advantage of all of the exercise classes, swimming, massage and weight training year-round,” said Ruth Ann Stubblefield, Life Enrichment Coordinator. “We offer various activities to meet the individual’s level of and interest in fitness because it is so important to overall health and well-being.”
3 Get Enough Sleep It’s not true that older people need less sleep — most need seven to nine hours a night. Loss of sleep can cause attention and memory problems, lead to depression and result in a poorer quality of life. If you are sleeping that much and still feel sleepy during the day, talk to your doctor about sleep apnea, a condition in which people briefly stop breathing repeatedly during the evening. Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease.
4 “Research has shown that seniors who do not get enough sleep are also more at risk for falls,” Wright says. “If they are having frequent nighttime awakenings, they may not be quite as alert if they get up and will trip and fall. In addition, sleep deprivation slows reaction time, dulls the senses and affects coordination, resulting in an unsteady walking gait that can increase the risk of falling.” Here are some suggestions on sleeping well: • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake time schedule. Develop a bedtime routine. • Try not to nap too much during the day. • Exercise at regular times each day. • Try to get some natural light in the afternoon daily. • Don’t drink beverages with caffeine late in the day. • Don’t drink alcohol to try to make you go to sleep. • Don’t smoke. • Sleep in a dark, well ventilated, comfortable, safe place. Try to use your bedroom only for sleeping.
4 Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities Studies show that continuing to engage in mentally stimulating activities throughout life may help maintain memory and could possibly help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive decline. Suggestions for keeping your brain sharp include: • Reading and participating in a book club. • Playing cards. • Doing crossword puzzles. • Visiting museums. • Going to lectures. • Playing a computer game. • Joining a discussion club. • Learning a new language. • Engaging in social give and take with other people. “Stimulating the mind is just as important as stimulating the body and spirit in order to live a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Stubblefield. “It’s important to take part in lectures, music performances, lifelong learning
6 and other cultural events along with individual or group interaction such as playing bridge, working puzzles, needlework and even playing on the Wii.”
5 Cultivate Social Relationships and Maintain a Positive Attitude Research has shown that people with “high pessimism” scores had a higher risk for premature death than those who rated higher on the optimism scale. Keeping strong social contacts, staying involved, being adaptable, and maintaining spiritual and cultural convictions can all contribute to a positive attitude and a longer, healthier life. “Sociability is a very important aspect of life here at The Village at Brookwood,” Stubblefield says. “There are many avenues for making new friends — including short day trips, longer overnight trips, wellness classes, parties and social gatherings – all designed to motivate and encourage sociability.”
6 Develop a Relationship with Your Health Care Professional See your health care provider regularly and make the most of your visits. Answer questions frankly, ask all of your questions and follow advice. Make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines, and get any preventive health care screenings or tests recommended for your age group or disease risk category. Don’t forget to have medications checks! Ask your provider to review everything you are taking, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and supplements. “I invite all of the members here to come and talk to me about their health issues, so we can explore solutions together,” Wright says. “You should always feel comfortable talking to your health care provider and sharing your concerns.” Photos above: Members enjoying dinner prepared by The Village’s award-winning chef; exercise class in the Aquatic and Fitness Center; residents make use of the fully-equipped Woodworking Shop; relaxing on a recent excursion to Charleston, S.C.; and Jessica Wright, RN, on-site health clinic nurse.
A ROU N D T HE V I L L A G E
Village Members on the Go
During the spring and early summer, Village members visited many places throughout North Carolina, such as Ayr Mount, a historic estate in Hillsborough; Mama’s Barn, an artist’s studio in Fearrington; and Hyco Lake for a picnic of homemade foods and afternoon fun on the lake with fishing and boating. In addition, they traveled west to Winston-Salem for a Reynolda Gardens and Graylyn Tour, in which they visited the estates of R.J. Reynolds and Bowman Gray, and heard the story of the tobacoo magnate and the man he hired to sell Camel cigarettes. In August, Village members will hop a cruise ship in Baltimore, Md., and head to Bermuda to explore all the island has to offer. And in September, they will head up north for a seven-night Best of Michigan Tour in which they will tour the Great Lakes and learn about automotive history, architecture and Bavarian fun. Mama’s Barn
Volunteering Our Time Many members of The Village (pictured above) volunteer at the Positive Attitude Youth Center in Burlington. The center’s afterschool and day programs are designed to help children and young adults mature physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically. For more information, visit www. positiveattitudeyouthcenter.org.
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Weekly Farmers’ Market Still Open!
If you haven’t stopped by The Village for fresh fruits and vegetables, now is the time. The Farmer’s Market will continue every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Village Square.
HE A L T H N O T E S
It’s Never Too Late to Build Strong Bones
As you grow older, your bones naturally begin to thin and lose strength, a condition called osteopenia. Severe bone thinning to the point where a person is at high risk for broken bones is called osteoporosis. Up to age 75, osteoporosis is more common in women than men; however, after age 75 men “catch up.”
While the optimal time to build bone is during childhood (tell your grandchildren to drink their milk and get plenty of exercise), that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your bone health now. You can reduce your risk of osteoporosis with some of the following lifestyle changes.
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If you have questions about how to improve your bone health, visit Jessica Wright, RN, The Village at Brookwood’s on-site Health Clinic Nurse.
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• Take 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium each day. Drink milk and eat dairy products. Summer is the perfect time to indulge in a little ice cream! One eight-ounce glass of milk gives us about 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. You can also purchase calcium supplements with vitamin D. • Get a little sunshine each day. Exposure to sunlight — just 10 to 15 minutes daily — is an important source of vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium. • Don’t smoke. It weakens the bones. • Drink alcohol in moderation. Too much can weaken the bones and contribute to falls. • Women should talk to their doctors about estrogen replacement therapy. Estrogen use has been shown to prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures in post-menopausal women, but it also may increase the risk of other diseases. So discuss the risks vs. the benefits with your doctor. • Testosterone replacement is an option for men who have very low levels and are at risk for osteoporosis. • There are other medications that slow bone loss, such as bisphosphonates, parathyroid hormone, calcitonin and synthetic estrogen receptor modulators. Talk to your doctor about these medications. • Avoid inactivity! Lack of exercise weakens bones and muscles and actually makes falls more likely. The more work bones do, the stronger they get.
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