Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let it rule our lives. One of the best things that seniors can do to maximize daily quality of life is to exercise regularly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the health benefits of exercise for seniors, offer six tips for working regular exercise into your retirement schedule, and list some of the best exercises for seniors. Read more
Our new wildflower meadow is in full bloom, and it’s wishing you a happy summer solstice!
This week is National Pollinator Week, and it’s a fitting time to introduce you to our beautiful meadow packed with wildflowers.
This new project is an effort to make our 80-acre campus a more friendly environment for our local pollinators, like bees and butterflies, which play an important role in our ecosystem and are shrinking in population.
We have also designated many locations on campus to be naturalization areas, where we will allow the plants and grass to grow naturally, including the grass around the wildflower meadow. This will encourage biodiversity and help our pollinators.
This is all part of OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability.
The meadow is near our conservation area and can be seen from Middle Road with the historic Whipple Farm House in the background.
The meadow is composed of a mix of a pollinator-friendly native flowers, and the bees are loving it!
Explore these images and expect more in the weeks ahead!
As we age, our nutritional needs change, and it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to what we eat. That’s why many seniors choose retirement communities that offer meal options that cater to their specific needs. OceanView at Falmouth, one of our active retirement communities in Maine, offers a wide range of dining options that cater to seniors’ nutritional needs. In this blog, we will explore all of the advantages of dining at retirement communities like OceanView and how it can benefit residents! Read more
More than 50% of OceanView’s cottages are now solar powered!
The Whipple Farm Solar Project is complete, marking an important milestone in OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability.
Scroll down to see a gallery of images from the solar panel installation.
Our friends at ReVision Energy installed 818 solar panels across 38 cottages in the Whipple Farm neighborhood over several weeks in March and April. Their team worked hard, often in chilly and rainy early spring weather, to make quick progress in this large project.
In addition to powering these homes with clean energy, the panels will also benefit the entire community by powering communal spaces like the Whipple Farmhouse and adjacent pool and locker rooms as well as the many OceanView community areas, like the Hager Fitness Pavilion, Main Lodge Dining Room, and other hallways and stairwells. The solar panels will also power streetlights along Whipple Farm Lane and Blueberry Lane.
The new panels are estimated to produce about 343,074 KWh of electricity annually, a substantial carbon offset that is equivalent to 17,160 gallons of gasoline not burned.
This is a major leap forward in our goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus!
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the National Institute on Aging, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and risk increases with age. The good news is that strokes can often be caught early and properly managed if you know what to look for. Keep reading below for important facts about stroke symptoms in seniors – plus, what you can do to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Read more
It can be a bit harder to get around the older we get. As needs change and it’s not as easy to just hop in the car, you may feel like you’re losing your independence. But don’t let yourself feel defeated! Transportation for seniors is a vital solution offered by active retirement communities like OceanView to ensure you can stay on the go without missing a beat. Keep reading to learn the incredible advantages of senior transportation for older adults! Read more
Fiber is an incredibly important part of our diet – it helps us maintain digestive and gut health, which is essential to overall wellness. As we age, the body’s metabolism will naturally slow down and can lead to a harder time keeping weight off, higher levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, and other possible health risks. Fiber lessens the impact of these health concerns by regulating digestion and keeping you healthy! Read more
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is a common mental health condition that can be exacerbated in the darkness of winter months. It’s especially common in areas that have more intense winters like Maine, where the days become shorter and there are longer periods of darkness. Though seasonal depression can impact individuals of any age, older adults may be especially vulnerable. This is why it’s essential to understand seasonal depression in seniors and learn how you can counter the effects of SAD during the winter months. Read more
Retirement is a time to enjoy your freedom after a lifetime of planning and hard work. You’ve earned it! But how do you know when it’s time to retire and move to an active retirement community? Whether it has always been your plan or is a relatively new idea as you’ve gotten closer to retiring, there are a lot of personal factors to consider when it comes to timing. Below, we take a look at active retirement living and what to consider when moving to a senior living community. Read more
Happy New Year from OceanView at Falmouth!
A new year is a new opportunity to set goals to improve yourself. If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, it’s never too late! We have some suggestions for healthy new year’s resolutions, and you can read what some of our residents are striving for in 2023. Good luck!
“I want to reach out and help others. I want to exercise at least twice a week.” – Kathy
“I want to be less fearful about speaking my mind clearly on matters little and big. The truth is a balm.” – Sue
“In 2023, I look forward to good health and projects with my wonderful friends at OceanView!” – Mabel
“I aim to keep my visions of the future positive & creative, remembering that smiles from the heart shine through the eyes.” – Deena
“I would like to be kind like Lois.” – Patricia
“Learn & remember residents’ names. I have always had a problem with remembering names. I will work on it this year!” – John
“I resolve to do one fitness activity every day, and I resolve to plan a weekly activity with my family.” – Sue
“I’m resolving to tell my kids NOT to give me any more chocolates for Christmas!” – Connie
“My resolution is to prepare a binder with all the information my children will need to settle my estate after I die like account numbers, insurance policies, investments, names and addresses of people to contact, memorial service and burial plans.” – Nancy
“My resolution is to master the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet and understand which foods cause inflammation.” – Carol
“To make someone smile every day.” – Darlene
“My New Year’s resolution is to keep clearing out! I need to get rid of a lot of STUFF.” – Cynnie
“I have to admit, my car is not neat.
There are wrappers and dog hair all over the seats!
I’ll vacuum and polish and discard the mess;
So, it will help make the New Year less stressed!” – MMM