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.
As medical technology and research advance, seniors are living longer, fuller, and healthier lives than ever before. Today, two significant and distinct generations reside in senior living communities across the country: The Greatest Generation (those in their late eighties or older), and The Silent Generation (those in their late sixties to late eighties). Some of these seniors fought in wars, and some have stood against wars. Some were homemakers, and others career women. Other seniors include a mix of triathletes, chefs, carpenters, caregivers and miners. Each one is a unique and valuable thread in the tapestry of America’s rich and diverse history.
At Parc Communities, we see the challenge of meeting and serving generational differences as an exciting opportunity to provide unparalleled lifestyle choices. As experts in senior lifestyle transitions, we stand ready to exceed your or your loved one’s expectations of senior living communities. At Parc, we are dedicated to meeting your every need and accommodating your every wish. Whether you require an ongoing array of activities or desire a restful environment, we exist to make senior living a delight for each of our residents.
Today’s seniors want mental enrichment, physical activity, social interaction, and higher education throughout their lives. Tomorrow’s seniors promise to be just as vivacious, with unique desires and needs to be met. Parc Communities’ friendly and professional staff is here to assist you with all aspects of lifestyle transition from start to finish. We provide personalized options specifically designed to create a rich, independent lifestyle for each individual.
Every generation understands and appreciates the benefits of independence and stability in a unique way. As experts in senior lifestyle transitions, Parc Communities is committed to providing premier service, which in turn allows vibrant seniors to thrive and flourish individually and as a community. When it’s time to make the transition to a more active lifestyle, Parc Communities is the preferred choice of seniors and their families.
3350 Riverwood Pkwy SE # 1580
Atlanta, GA 30339
The residents of Parc of Piedmont are looking forward to their upcoming excursion. They will be visiting the Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting exhibit at the High Museum on Tuesday, April 16th. The exhibit features paintings from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera depicting Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s.
After spending the afternoon perusing the museum, we’ll enjoy lunch before heading back to Parc at Piedmont-East Cobb.
View Parc at Piedmont’s monthly calendar for more details on upcoming events and activities. Also, connect with Parc Communities 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.
Parc Communities encourages all of our residents to participate in as many activities and events as they’d like. From fitness and wellness programs such as water aerobics and brain fitness to daily excursions around Atlanta, residents can customize their activities to fit their interests and needs.
On Friday, March 22nd at 10:30am, Parc at Piedmont will be hosting a wellness seminar for residents. Nutritionist Tracy Stark will be discussing nutrition for weight management and optimal health.
View our monthly calendar for more upcoming Parc at Piedmont and Parc at Duluth events. Don’t forget to connect with Parc Communities on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior living news and information.
At Parc Communities, we are committed to our residents and most importantly, want them to have fun and live well. Whether that is through our fitness and wellness programs or meeting with friends for lunch in our elegant dining room, our residents live their best lives now.
Dedicated to offering an array of diverse events and activities to spark each resident’s interest, we are excited for Parc at Piedmont’s upcoming art show. On Monday, January 28th, the art show will feature artwork by our talented residents and their family members. Art show attendees can expect to see paintings, woodworking, photography, and needlework.
Both our Parc at Duluth and Piedmont locations frequently hold creative activities for those interested in art including weekly water color classes, painting with acrylics, and knitting club. Be sure to check out our monthly calendar for a complete list of activities. We can’t wait to see our residents and their families show off their hard work!
If you are interested in learning more about Parc Communities, please call us to schedule your personal tour. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to see pictures from our art show and other upcoming events.
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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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.
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.