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4 Recipes To Cook With Mom

Posted by Franklin Park on Mar 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Creating memories and spending time with loved ones is always a sentimental part of the
winter months. Whether it is baking cookies with your grandmother or cooking dinner with
mother, there is still a warm dish to be made with family. Preparing meals together not only
creates bonds but also can be a relaxing activity. Following a recipe is a great way to clear one’s
mind from all the distractions of a busy schedule, to converse and stay at ease by focusing on
one simple task.

There are so many recipes available that it can be tedious to search for the perfect one. We
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Topics: Family, Independent Living

Off Your Rocker: Redefining Retirement

Posted by Franklin Park on Mar 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Today’s Seniors Are Redefining Retirement

Our idea of retirement used to include images of late afternoon naps on the porch sitting in the rocker with little thought of the outside world. There is certainly a change in lifestyle that retirement brings to mind. Words like slower, winding down, relaxing, and disengaging were once a part of the vocabulary that we used to describe this season of life. The freedom found in retirement used to be directed towards disconnecting and unplugging.

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Topics: Retirement, Franklin Park Communities

Is Assisted Living the Right Choice for Your Loved One?

Posted by Franklin Park on Feb 22, 2018 11:31:04 AM

How do you know if it is time for your loved one to consider relocating to an assisted living facility? It is not always easy to understand how. At Franklin Park, we have created this guide to help you with that decision. Based on our years of experience in the industry, we have developed this resource to walk you through five general concern categories: Aging, Social, Financial, Transportation, and Home. In addition to questions for you to consider as well as signs that your loved one may need more support, we also review how you can incorporate the observations of other caregivers into your family's discernment process. At Franklin Park, we are dedicated to caring for all of our residents and their family members. That care starts now, at the beginning of your journey.     

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Topics: Caregiving, Assisted Living

4 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Posted by Franklin Park on Feb 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM

You’ve probably already checked their blood pressure, ensured they’ve eaten breakfast and lunch and confirmed their doctor’s appointment for tomorrow. But have you drunk any water today, let alone even eaten lunch yet? Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it can also be considered one of the most mentally and physically challenging. If things are left unchecked, it can lead to a downward spiral and that puts you at risk of experiencing what is known as caregiver burnout. If you are feeling exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally know that you are not alone and there are ways to gain healthy control of your life again.

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Topics: Caregiving, nursing communities


Posted by Franklin Park on Feb 1, 2018 7:25:00 AM

We're all eventually faced with a crossroads during aging where we can no longer live independently — either because we no longer want to live alone or we require more assistance that can be provided at home. If you or a loved one find yourself in this situation, you will need to decide what type of senior living is best for your situation.

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Topics: Assisted Living, nursing communities

Franklin Park's Support of A Walk to End Alzheimer's

Posted by Franklin Park on Jan 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. At this very moment 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, but by 2050 this number could rise as high as 16 million. Because there is no known cure, this number is likely to continue to rise at an astronomical rate. Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association work diligently to invest in a world without Alzheimer’s by leading research and awareness that encourages people to get involved.

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Topics: Memory Care, Alzheimer's

6 Benefits of Respite Care for Caregivers

Posted by Franklin Park on Jan 2, 2018 10:37:14 AM

The responsibility of caring for a parent often falls to the person in need’s adult child. While many children are more than willing to help out and step in as caregiver to their parents, they frequently do not realize the gigantic commitment it takes to be someone’s full-time caregiver. Their great intentions can result in them feeling overwhelmed and experiencing something called ‘caregiver burnout.'

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Topics: Caregiving, respite care

Too Much Alone Time: The Dangers of Social Isolation for Seniors

Posted by Franklin Park on Dec 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Humans are social creatures. Spending time with friends and family is not only enjoyable, but it is also essential to our health. In fact, this Forbes article cited research showing that low social interaction is as bad (or worse) for your health as being an alcoholic, smoking 15 cigarettes a day, becoming obese, or never exercising. 

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Topics: Social Wellness

More Than Meets the Nose: Advantages of Aromatherapy

Posted by Franklin Park on Dec 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Remember the adage, “the nose knows?” Our sense of smell has a powerful impact on other systems in our body. Oils have been used for generations but recently as more and more people are beginning to examine the true benefits of essential oils.  Several studies have found aromatherapy to be an efficacious, non-pharmacological therapy. This year at Franklin Park, after thoughtful research and analysis, we’re excited to launch our first aromatherapy lounge in the memory care neighborhood of TPC Parkway. Since we have had such great response from so many, we wanted to share some of our stories and how we are continuing to pioneer this effort to bring wellness to our residents in new and exciting ways.

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Topics: Aromatherapy


Posted by Franklin Park on Nov 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM

For many people, thinking about aging brings up a nagging fear: Alzheimer's Disease. That fear starts to grow if your spouse starts to act confused or forget things. 

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Topics: Memory Care, Alzheimer's


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