Life expectancy in the United States averages around 80 years of age, but in some parts of the world – including specific locations in the U.S. – people are living to be 100 years old or more. In 2004, National Geographic assembled a team of experts to study the world’s longest-living people, and found five cities that met their criteria. These concentrations of long-living seniors – located in Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; and Loma Linda, California – are identified as The Blue Zones, and the keys to their longevity appear to be associated with their lifestyle and environment.
The team of researchers found several evidence-based common factors among all five Blue Zones that linked lifestyle with life expectancy, proving that elevating your lifestyle and environment can add years to your life and life to your years. But you don’t have to move to a Blue Zone to take advantage of a long, healthy life. Parc Communities embodies a premier lifestyle and environment that implements the following five key components found in Blue Zone regions.
The world’s longest-lived people don’t join gyms or lift weights. Instead they were documented as living in an environment that consistently keeps them on the move. They grow gardens, walk to a friend’s home, climb steps, and they don’t have mechanical conveniences for yard or house work.
Know Your Purpose
Without citing specific direction, the study found that knowing one’s purpose in life and understanding what’s truly worth living for can add up to seven years of life expectancy! Many people find their life’s mission in serving others, artistic endeavors, and maintaining healthy family relationships.
Stress leads to poor health and is associated with every major age-related disease. People in the Blue Zones experience stress, too, but the study revealed that they indulge daily in stress busting routines such as walking, praying, meditating, taking a nap, or attending social activities.
The study shows that choosing or creating social circles that support healthy behaviors is an essential element to living well. Including this one component does more to add happy years to your life than nearly anything else, because of the destructive nature of isolation.
The study confirmed that over 98% of Blue Zone centenarians belonged to a faith-based community. Regardless of denomination, attending religious services four times a month can add four to fourteen years to one’s life.
Here at Parc Communities, we recognize the value of Blue Zone lifestyle habits, and have created comprehensive Wellness Programs that emphasize four primary functional components: Social, Physical, Intellectual, and Spiritual. We offer our residents the tools and opportunities to improve their health and build a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Residents of Parc at Duluth senior living community are in for an action-packed weekend, complete with exercise classes, outings, round table discussions, socials, and even a movie night.
The Club Directors at Parc Communities are dedicated to scheduling a wide variety of activities for residents, from wellness and fitness events to happy hour socials and local excursions.
On Saturday May 18th, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Parc at Duluth will host a special panel discussion featuring the adult children of its residents, who will share their experiences about searching for and finding the ideal senior community for their parents.
If you are interested in visiting a Parc Communities location, please contact us to schedule a personal tour. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior living news and information.
Spring is officially here and the residents of Parc Communities are eagerly anticipating the warm embrace of the new season. Don’t forget that Easter comes early this year and both our Parc at Duluth and Parc at Piedmont-East Cobb communities will be hosting special holiday events on Sunday, March 31st.
Residents and their families are invited to enjoy a special Easter Sunday Brunch in our elegant dining room. After which they can join us for a movie viewing in the media center.
For additional upcoming events at Parc Communities, please visit our monthly community calendars. Also, be sure to connect with Parc Communities on Facebook and Twitter for the latest happenings at Parc Communities and in senior living news.
People use the term “assisted living” quite often, but many may be using it incorrectly. Add “licensed personal care” to the mix and things begin to get downright confusing. Parc Communities is here to help establish the difference between these two senior living terms to make it easier to understand when you or your parent(s) are looking to make the transition into a senior living community. People who need reliable assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) can find supportive care with our licensed personal care community.
Although assisted living and personal care facilities are similar in the state regulations they must meet, Parc Communities’ standard for licensed personal care stands out from the rest. For instance, theaverage staffing ratio for assisted living is one staff member for every 15 residents, whereas at Parc, weare able to provide more personalized care with one experienced professional for every 12 residents. Parc Communities also offers a more intimate atmosphere as we serve 25 or fewer residents at once, while assisted living must serve a minimum of 25 residents, allowing us to provide exceptional personal care and attention.
So let’s make this simple. Assisted living communities can help you take care of all your personal services. A licensed personal care community such as Parc Communities offers all-inclusive licensed care and assistance in an active and engaging environment. With licensed nurses and caregivers available 24/7, residents are free to enjoy the hospitality of the Parc lifestyle knowing that all their needs will be met.
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Duluth, Georgia December 10, 2012:
Parc at Duluth, the northeast Atlanta metro area’s premier senior living community, will host a Grand Opening for their new fully licensed Senior Personal Care community, December 12th from 5 to 7pm at 3315 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Duluth, GA 30096. Serving the area’s finest neighborhoods, Parc at Duluth offers residents and their families extraordinary service, care and amenities. Reflecting this tradition of excellence, Parc at Duluth has been voted Best Retirement Community by Gwinnett Magazine for the past three years. “With over a decade of senior living property development and management experience we are keenly aware of the needs and desires of our residents and their families,” says Andy Slavin, Vice-President of Parc Communities.
Duluth Mayor, Nancy Harris, will join Parc at Duluth for a ribbon cutting event in celebration of their new assisted Personal Care community. The event provides prospective residents and family members as well as healthcare professionals, an opportunity to view and experience this exciting new addition to Parc at Duluth. Guests will be able to tour the community’s new Personal Care addition, and enjoy live music, refreshments, and hors d’oeuvres.
Parc at Duluth’s new licensed Personal Care community offers all-inclusive licensed care and assistance in an active and engaging environment. Featuring nurses and caregivers on staff 24/7, the new addition complements Parc at Duluth’s hospitality-driven independent senior lifestyle with licensed Personal Care offering for those residents in need of additional assistance with activities of daily living. Personal care enables residents to enjoy the benefits of the Parc lifestyle, knowing that all of their needs are met.
Judy Doering, Marketing Director for Parc at Duluth, understands that, “Senior living is not one type fits all. With adaptable living options such as full service Independent Living, ParcCare and fully licensed Assisted Care, Parc at Duluth is able to accommodate your changing needs. These specialized services provide a variety of options for seniors if and when they need them all under one roof.”
Personal Care services at Parc at Duluth include assistance with medications, personalized assistance with bathing and dressing, health and wellness programs, transportation to local medical appointments and scheduled outings, daily chef-prepared meals, emergency in-room call response systems, and more for an all-inclusive monthly service fee. Parc at Duluth’s personal care apartment homes offer unique, studio or one-bedroom floor plans to fit any lifestyle or need.
About Parc Communities: Parc Communities (Parc) is an Atlanta, GA, based company that focuses on the development and operation of upscale senior living communities. Parc Communities currently owns and operates two Atlanta-area retirement communities in the Duluth/Johns Creek and Marietta/East Cobb areas of metropolitan Atlanta, with plans to develop additional communities throughout the Southern United States.
Dedicated to providing residents with the premier senior lifestyle, Parc Communities has established itself as the leader in service-oriented Atlanta retirement communities for seniors. For more information on Parc Communities, please visit our website at http://www.parccommunities.com.
Earlier this week we celebrated Veterans Day to honor military members who’ve served the United States. At Parc Communities, we have many residents who are retired military personnel. On Monday afternoon, Parc at Piedmont held a special Veteran’s Day celebration.
Parc at Piedmont residents met together in the rotunda to enjoy a patriotic performance by the Take Three Trio and a special reading by voice talent, Neil Scott Barbour. Our Parc at Duluth residents also celebrated with a Veteran’s Day program.
Be sure to check out the pictures from our Veteran Day’s events on Facebook and connect with us on Twitter and Google + for the latest senior news.
Parc at Duluth is excited to announce the opening of their new personal care community. On Thursday, November 15th, 2012, Parc at Duluth invites medical professionals to join in Duluth’s premier senior living option. The reception will be held on the 2nd floor of Parc at Duluth from 4:30 to 7:00pm with cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres being served.
Parc’s Personal Care offers all-inclusive licensed care and assistance in an active and engaging community. Services and amenities of our personal care community include individualized medication assistance, personal assistance with activities of daily living, nutritious chef-prepared meals, health and wellness programs, and scheduled local transportation.
Parc at Duluth is currently accepting reservations for personal care residents. If you know someone who is interested in visiting our personal care community, please contact us today to schedule a guided tour. Be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest senior living news and information.
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At Parc Communities we pride ourselves in superior services and amenities combined with the care and passion of our professional staff. We often discuss upcoming Parc events, senior living news, and Parc life in our weekly blogs. This week we decided to give you a preview of some of the amenities Parc has to offer.
Our three lane lap pool and jacuzzi is available for all residents to use at their convenience and encourage a healthy senior lifestyle. Parc’s heated lap pool is open year round for residents to enjoy whether they want to relax with friends or participate in a water aerobics class.
Georgia is fortunate to enjoy mild temperatures for most of the year. Parc residents often spend time outside in the courtyard enjoying nature while chatting with friends, reading, or having an afternoon cocktail.
When the temperatures do cool off in the winter, you can be sure to find residents reading and conversing in the library. Residents also step into the library to enjoy fresh coffee and treats available throughout the day.
Our media room is another popular hangout for residents. We hold many events in the media room such as movie nights, group activities, and Wii tournaments that usually draw a large crowd. Throughout the week you’ll be sure to find residents meeting in the media room to watch movies and local sporting events.
We highlighted a few of our many amenities, but check out our senior residences website for a complete listing. Between our services, amenities, staff, and our residents you’ll be sure to find all the comforts of home. If you or a family member is interested in scheduling a tour of a Parc Community please call us today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on seniors’ news and information.