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Personalized Care for Personalized Needs

Sterling-House-Rate-FreezeIn the caring and friendly environment at Sterling House Valparaiso, personal attention goes a long way toward helping our residents live an Optimum Life. And with a lifetime base rent freeze, this caring lifestyle is more affordable now than it will ever be again. Optimum Life, our culture of wellness, is at the heart of everything we do.

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Summer Health Risks for Seniors

Swimming-PoolRetirement living definitely has its advantages, and having the summer off is certainly near the top of the list. Unfortunately for seniors, the summer time is not all picnics, family reunions and swimming pools. A wide variety of health risks and complications are common during those warm summer months.

Now, this does not mean that seniors have to relegate themselves to the confines of their home or retirement community during the summer. Getting out and staying active is all part of maintaining a healthy and independent lifestyle. However, seniors need to be aware of their limitations. Risks that arise during the summer and can threaten a senior’s health and life include:

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Prepare For A Move

moving-boxesMoving can be emotional and stressful. But it also represents a new chapter in your life. To help the move go smoothly, here is a checklist of things to do to prepare for a move to a senior retirement community, such as Brookdale's Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care, or Alzheimer's and Dementia Care homes.

2 Months Before Moving

  • Find out what furniture you can take with you to your new home
  • Create a floor plan of the new home for furniture placement.

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Senior Fall Prevention

Messy-BooksFalls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls can be prevented, by making the home safer and using products that help keep seniors more stable and less likely to fall.

Here are some things you can do to make the home safer and help prevent falls:


  • Remove any furniture that is not needed. All remaining furniture should be stable and without sharp corners, to minimize the effects of a fall.

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Five Easy Ways to Live a More Active Lifestyle

Creativity-and-AgingRetirement living does not mean that you have to shut down and hole up. Yes, you have earned the right to some peace and relaxation, but this should not come at the expense of remaining active, either physically or socially. By maintaining a high activity level throughout your retirement, you will maintain your independence and lead a healthier, fuller lifestyle.

While this idea of getting and staying active may sound overwhelming, it is actually much easier than you probably suspect. Whether you live in a retirement living facility or maintain your own independent residence, the following tips will help guide and direct you as you look for new ways to stay engaged.

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Gift Giving for a Loved One in Skilled Nursing

Blue-GiftAfter buying gifts your entire life, it can be challenging to come up with new and creative ideas for your loved one. As time changes, the needs of your loved one will change. The decorative vases you used to purchase your aunt just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

When you have a loved one in skilled nursing, you know they need practical gifts. By targeting your gift-giving strategy to your loved one’s needs, you will be able to get gifts that show how much you care and that show you understand their needs.

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Multiple Generations Living in Senior Communities

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarOnce upon a time, most people who went into an assisted living facility or nursing homes were very old. Times have changed. More and more young seniors are choosing to moving to a senior community while they are still young, vibrant and independent, knowing they will be well-cared for as they age and their needs change.

Residents in senior communities today range in age from 65 to 105. Because of the leading edge of the baby boomers, and better health care for the very old – letting them live to be even older – many people in senior homes are nearly a generation younger than the very old people (in their late eighties and nineties) with whom they share the neighborhood. The music, the culture and the expectations of these younger elders are quite different than the older ones.

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