River Glen of St. Charles was honored to partner with LivingWell Cancer Resource Center to sponsor a family this Christmas season. Our staff, residents and our resident’s families came out in full holiday force to make all these wishes come true!
Thanksgiving is for gathering around a table with loved ones for a time of feasting, counting blessings and celebrating those who are important in our lives. We love to celebrate Thanksgiving in our Fifth Avenue neighborhood with our residents and their loved ones! It’s a special day full of food and great fellowship with our residents, their families and our staff.
The spirit of gratitude was in the air!
A daughter of one of our residents sent our staff this lovely note:
To all of the River Glen staff,
Yesterday my mother returned to River Glen after a short stay in the hospital. I was so happy when she described how she was welcomed when she returned. Mom said:
“So many people greeted me and said they were glad I was back.”
“The concierge at the front desk gave me a big hug.”
“The waitress in the dining hall was so excited to see me.”
“The nurses were glad to see me” (Mom thinks everyone is a nurse). I know she was including the aides in this comment.
“So many of my friends said they missed me.”
“I guess people like me since they were so glad to see me.”
I am crying as I write this email because Mom was very unhappy, confused and agitated in the hospital, yet all of those memories were erased when she came through the River Glen doors. I am so happy she has warm, loving, caring people to be with.
We’re happy she’s here too!
The Life Enrichment team at River Glen does a fantastic job helping residents get the most out of their days. When FREE Slurpee day came upon us, we called 7-Eleven in St. Charles and asked if they could accommodate a group our size. They were terrific and offered to let us come a day earlier to avoid the crowds and enjoy the free treat. Cheers 7-Eleven!
It’s a fact: People celebrate more birthdays now than ever before. According to data from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), by 2050 there could be as many as one million individuals living in the U.S. who are 100 years old or older.
Want to be one of them? Follow these suggestions offered by the NIA.
1. Exercise. A good idea at any age, exercising as you get older helps reduce the risk for disabilities and age-related diseases. Exercise helps keep you limber—and you’ll feel more energetic, too!
2. Eat healthy foods. Don’t forgo good nutrition: It’s the fuel your body needs to function well. Ask the dietitian at your grocery store or your senior living community about healthy food choices and learn more at Choose My Plate.
3. Watch your weight. Weighing too much (or too little) can impact your long-term health, so follow your doctor’s recommendations to find the ideal weight for you.
4. Stop smoking. Even if you used to smoke, there are health benefits once you quit. Forgo other tobacco products as well.
5. Quiz yourself. Keeping your brain active with puzzles, games, and other challenges can help you stay sharp as you age.
6. Practice wellness. Treat yourself to simple pleasures to stay well and healthy. Socialize with those you enjoy, get plenty of sleep, and express gratitude for what you have.
7. See your doctor. Regular checkups can help you stay on top of your health.
8. Drink only in moderation if you consume alcohol.
As with any activity, check with your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle or diet. Life Care Services cares for more than 33,000 older adults who live in the communities we manage. Contact us to learn more about finding a senior living community that can support your overall well-being as you age.
Bill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center in St. Charles writes: “What a blessing to share the morning with these beautiful people! Grand Master Cho shared tips to strengthen their bodies and souls. And the joy, excitement and pride filled the room as they challenged themselves and worked up the courage to break through the boards. They were amazing! It was overwhelmingly contagious and we are still smiling from ear to ear. Thank you to our friends at River Glen of St. Charles for allowing us to be part of your day!”