Aging Wisely

When you’ve worked in the field of senior living as long as we have, you become fairly wise in the ways of aging. To share some of the knowledge and insights we’ve gained through the years, we offer a series of articles we call “Aging Wisely.” They cover topics from family matters to brain health to physical and emotional well-being. By clicking on the links to the right, you'll also find videos on various topics related to aging, along with tips and information that will help you in your financial planning, and some links to additional resources that may be useful. We welcome your suggestions for future topics and/or other resources you'd like to share.

Seniors and Financial Decline

Finances can be an uncomfortable topic for even close-knit families to talk about. However, it’s almost always a part of the conversation when considering moving into a senior living community. While our community at Highgate Senior Living can be a solution to managing financial decline, it can still be awkward when you’re talking to a…   [read more]

Is it Dementia or Depression?

An article published last year on the Mayo Clinic website asks the question, “Alzheimer’s or depression: Could it be both?” It’s possible, because many of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s mimic depression’s symptoms. Loss of interest in once-enjoyable activities and hobbies Social withdrawal Memory problems Sleeping too much or too little Impaired concentration[1] This highlights…   [read more]

The Emotions of Facing End of Life

Improved life expectancies have delayed facing end of life issues into the upper 80s and even early 90s. However, there always comes a time when the reality of our mortality becomes unavoidable. Aging’s effects can be delayed, not prevented. This means the time comes when difficult decisions create an emotional whirlwind. Knowing it’s coming and…   [read more]

Why Exercise in the Park is So Important

Our Highgate Senior Living communities reside in cities, so we anticipate concerns from both seniors and their families about getting outside. Is outdoor activity potentially harmful? Yes, when there’s an air quality alert. However, when the weather’s good, getting outdoors is good for both brain and body. Studies show there aren’t as many benefits if…   [read more]

When Grief Becomes Depression

“Just as dying is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, bereavement is a necessary aspect of living,” says an article in Psychology Today.[1] However, depression is not the same as grief and may arise as a response to the changes that follow the loss of someone or something. Understanding how depression and grief…   [read more]

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