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
There is so much that goes on during the holiday months between late November and early January. From cooking and planning to travel and socializing, often combined with overindulgence and less-than-ideal amounts of exercise, you may feel like you need a reset. That post-holiday slump is normal, and luckily there are various simple ways to help your body and mind detox after holiday festivities! Here are 6 easy tips to get you started. Read more
This is part of an ongoing series of lectures about issues impacting older adults, which OceanView at Falmouth sponsors for residents and members of the community. To find out about future programs at OceanView at Falmouth, go to oceanviewrc.com.
Recognizing Hearing Loss and Knowing What to Do
Hearing loss is surprisingly common — roughly one in three people between ages 65 to 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing, according to National Institute on Aging. And yet those with hearing loss wait an average of seven years to seek help, after they first start experiencing symptoms.
Waiting can have consequences, as undetected hearing loss is linked with a myriad of health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, social isolation and anxiety. What’s more, those with hearing loss experience cognitive decline up to 40% faster than those with normal hearing, research shows.
“There’s a lot of denial,” says Debra Bare-Rogers, an Advocate for Telecommunications Relay Services for Disability Rights Maine. “People think, ‘I’m not old enough,’ but they don’t realize it can happen at any age.” Bare-Rogers, who sits on the board of the Association of Late Deafened Adults, began experiencing hearing loss when she was in her early 40s.
Bare-Rogers, who serves on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and is a certified Hearing Loss Peer Mentor, recently came to OceanView at Falmouth to speak with the community about the effects of untreated hearing loss, and tell them about resources for support.
Here are five insights she offered:
Recognize the signs
The signs of hearing loss can be different for each individual, but it’s a good idea to get checked if you find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves, or turning up the volume of the radio and TV on a regular basis. It may sound like people are constantly mumbling or muffling their words, or you feel like you’re constantly catching just parts of conversations.
See your family doctor
The doctor can do an exam to find out if there is some physical cause of the hearing difficulties, like a buildup of earwax, or some other obstruction in the ear, which can be easily remedied in an office visit. In some cases, inflammation in the ear, or structural abnormalities in the bones of the ear can cause issues. The doctor can also conduct some basic screening tests to find out how you’re responding to sounds. If necessary, the doctor will refer you to an audiologist or an Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor (ENT), for further screening.
Be patient with the process
If you do find that you need a hearing aid, or another type of amplification device, be patient. Often people think that once they spend the money on hearing aids, it should be a quick fix, but it takes a while to adjust and have hearing aids adjusted to meet your needs, and getting used to wearing them in your everyday life.
Get comfortable with new communication habits
If you are having trouble hearing, regardless of whether you have any sort of amplification device, it’s important to let people know that you have a hearing problem. Ask them to face you and speak slowly and more clearly, and let them know if you don’t understand.
Reach out for help
If you’re struggling with hearing loss, there are many resources and services that can help make everyday life easier, from free speech-to-text apps for smart phones to teleconference captioning services to pocket-sized assisted listening devices which amplify incoming sound. You can also take advantage of services like Maine Relay, a free statewide service that connects telephone users with individuals who are experiencing hearing loss. Qualified applicants can receiver specialized phones or hearing aids through the Telecommunications Equipment Program: https://drme.org/deaf-services/tep
Contact Debra-Bare Rogers at Disability Rights Maine at email@example.com
To find out about future programs for older adults at OceanView at Falmouth, go to oceanviewrc.com.
What is the connection between exercise and memory? Brain health can be complicated, and there is still plenty of research to be done to fully understand how memory loss can occur. That said, what we do know is that there are simple ways you can reduce the risks of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia – specifically, with exercise! Read more
OceanView’s Fitness Team is very excited to welcome our residents (safely) to the new Hager Fitness Pavilion, where they are able to teach classes and personal train using the endless possibilities of the new equipment and their professional expertise.
Joint pain is no joke. Uncomfortable at best and debilitating at its worst, nothing puts a damper on your day-to-day life like dealing with painful joints. Luckily, there are several simple at-home remedies and lifestyle changes you can incorporate to help ease this pain! Keep reading below for our best tips on how to help joint pain naturally. Read more
OceanView at Falmouth is pleased to announce the recent hire of Hannah Crayton as OceanView’s first Sustainability Coordinator.
In this new position, Crayton will be working on expanding OceanView’s solar power infrastructure and leading the Naturalization Plan of the OceanView landscape, among other projects that align with OceanView’s commitment to creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly community.
“We are thrilled to have Hannah join the OceanView team as our first Sustainability Coordinator,” said OceanView Director of Operations, Diane Kibbin. “Hannah will play an invaluable role in expanding our current initiatives that include the use of locally-sourced foods, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, a robust recycling and compost program, and the continued expansion of our solar program.”
Originally from Winslow, Maine, Crayton graduated from Thomas College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy and minors in education, sustainable management, and global sustainability. Crayton is currently in the process of becoming Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified to further her expertise in sustainable building practices and solutions.
“I’m very passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainability and want to help preserve the Earth for the next generations to come.” said Crayton. “This job melds together my goals and dreams to help people and the planet!”
Retirement planning is an important part of aging, as you want to be sure that you have the details sorted in advance so you don’t have to worry when the time comes. Do you find yourself wondering when to retire? There is no straightforward answer – it depends on several factors, from finances to health. To help you determine what age is best for your situation, we break down the different benefits between retirement age groups to help guide you through your planning process. Read more
If you’re looking at options for retirement, you may have heard the terms Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Continuum of Care Retirement Community. Though they sound similar, you may be wondering if there is actually any difference between these terms. In fact, there is a bigger difference than you may think!
Below, we explain each of these types of retirement communities and how understanding their benefits can help you determine which type of retirement lifestyle is best for you! Read more