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You’re Invited to Parc at Duluth’s Fall Festival Saturday, October 27th

Fall Festival Duluth GA 2012Join us for Parc at Duluth’s annual Family Fall Festival this Saturday, October 27th from 11am to 3pm. Our Parc residents and their families will enjoy an afternoon of activities and relaxation in the courtyard.

We are looking forward to a beautiful weekend spent outside with the crisp fall temperatures. The Rexall Ramblers will be entertaining us with their wonderful music.  Kids can enjoy the many activities including inflatables, hair painting, and clowns as well as your favorite festival snacks: cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones.

The lunch buffet will be served from 11am to 2pm and is sure to hit the spot with corn dogs, barbeque, and hamburgers with all the fixings.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to see pictures from our Fall Festival and other recent events! We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Protect Yourself from Fall Allergies

allergy relief seniorsPeople often think allergies occur in the springtime when pollen fills the air. However, during the fall season, individuals with allergies can also suffer. The most common fall allergy trigger is ragweed, which typically pollinates at the end of summer but lingers with Georgia summer’s heat and lack of rain to clean the air.

Other common triggers include mold spores from damp leaves which can cause sneezing and a runny nose.  People with asthma can be especially sensitive to fall allergies and have difficulty breathing.

Parc Communities residents have been enjoying the cooler temperatures with friends and family in our beautiful courtyard and spacious terrace. Our residents frequently attend outdoor excursions, and want to enjoy their time outside, so we’re offering these tips that can keep you feeling good throughout fall:

-Keep windows closed during peak pollen times, typically 10am to 3pm to keep allergens from getting inside

-Avoid damp areas outside, especially leaf piles, to prevent inhalation of mold spores

-If you do suffer from allergies, talk with your doctor to find an allergy medication that works best for you

At Parc we are pleased to provide a community that offers exceptional service, care and amenities for the active senior’s lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about Parc Communities 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.

Fruits and Veggies: Good For Your Mind and Body

healthy senior livingWe all know it’s important to have a balanced diet and there are numerous health benefits by including plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Eating right promotes healthy aging and can help with weight management and blood pressure. At Parc Communities, residents can enjoy dining with friends in our full service restaurant style dining room for a delicious meal prepared by our executive chef.

Although fruits and veggies are great for physical health, a new study discusses how they can also improve mental well-being.  The research, conducted by the Warwick Medical School in the U.K., analyzed diet habits of 80,000 men and women in Britain. Participants answered questions about their daily intake of fruits and vegetables and then reported on exercise habits, employment and whether they smoked. They were also asked to report their levels of life satisfaction, mental well-being, any mental disorders, happiness, nervousness and feeling low.

The analysis showed the more fruits and vegetables the participants ate, the happier their overall well-being responses were.  Sarah Stewart-Brown, MD, research professor of public health at Warwick Medical School stated, “I think it’s splendid to know that fruits and vegetables are likely to be good for your mental health as well as your physical health.”

Parc residents enjoy delicious selections of freshly prepared vegetables, healthy salads, soups and entrees, including many ParcSmart healthy choices. Parc’s Wellness Director provides our residents with health information and tips to incorporate both healthy eating and physical fitness into their daily routine.  We invite you to visit us at Parc Communities and join us for a complimentary lunch to see for yourself.

If you are interested in scheduling a lunch and tour at a Parc community, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information.

Study Re-enforces Multiple Benefits of Senior Exercise

Senior FitnessAt Parc Communities, we encourage healthy lifestyles and often write blogs focusing on positive aging.  Our residents enjoy an active lifestyle through our fitness and wellness programs and a full-schedule of social events.  Fitness and wellness activities include a range of physical activities such as yoga, Wii sports, and dance lessons.  We also encourage cognitive engagement with health seminars, computer training, bridge club and more.  There has been extensive research about the benefits of exercising and overall senior health.

A recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology found that the benefits of exercising are positive for all seniors, even individuals with limited mobility. The findings of the study found that after about three months of exercise, cognitive and physical abilities increased, as well as quality of life. The study included 83 participants between the ages of 61 and 89 years old, with a portion of the participants having existing health conditions. Forty participants did not follow an exercise program, while the other 43 took part in group exercises. Each group was evaluated for quality of life, cognitive health, and physical ability before the study began and again after the study was completed.

At the end of the study, participants in the exercise group showed improvements over the control group with functionality and physical endurance, processing speed and working memory, social and family relationships, and recreational activities. At Parc Communities we know it’s never too late to try something new, find an old passion or start that fitness routine.

If you or a family member is interested in finding out more information about Parc Communities, please call us today to schedule a tour. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information.

Can Being Creative Help You Live Longer?

Creativity is not just for children playing make believe anymore.  A new study published in the Journal of Aging and Health followed 1,349 men for 18 years and found that creative thinking may have led to a 12% reduction in mortality risk.  According to the study, “creative thinking” is an individual’s indication of openness, the willingness to try new things and accept new ideas.

At Parc Communities we see no lack of creativity from our residents. They are frequently trying new things whether it’s a new Wii® fit game or the latest delicious recipe by our chefs. As people get older they may become more isolated and spend less time doing things they once enjoyed. However, with Parc’s numerous amenities and activities there is never a dull moment around here. Friendships at Parc aren’t lacking either, as many residents come from all over the United States and are able to share their unique experiences with one another.

The study’s author suggests creativity may lead to longer life because creative activities act as exercises that keep the brain fit. As you may have read in our previous blogs, having a healthy mind goes hand in hand with aging well.  Being creative and trying a new activity such as yoga with our wellness program, or going to a social event at the High Museum of Art, requires problem-solving skills and imagination that promote overall health.

If you are interested in learning more about Parc Communities please contact us today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information.

Pets and Parc Senior Residents

At Parc Communities we embrace opportunities that bring our residents enjoyment, promote activity, and better overall health.  Research has shown numerous advantages for seniors who own pets.  At Parc Communities, many of our residents have pets such as dogs, cats, and fish that live with them in their apartments.

Senior pet owners reap many health benefits including both mental and physical aspects. Pets provide companionship and also promote social interaction between residents.  The pets at Parc are very sociable and enjoy greeting fellow residents. It’s not uncommon to see residents sitting outside in the courtyard spending time with their dog and friends. Pets are also great for people who live alone as they provide comfort; it is often also said that pets have calming influences.  According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors that have pets tend to have better physical health and mental wellbeing than seniors who do not have a pet.

To help ensure that pet ownership and the other features available to Parc residents are copasetic with optimal senior health, we ask that all Parc residents’ pets are vaccinated, groomed and well-behaved.  We also encourage healthy aging through our fitness and wellness programs, nutritious meals and mental stimulation. If you would like to schedule a tour for yourself or a family member please contact us today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news.

Photo Tour of Parc Communities

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.

Parc of Duluth Pool & Jacuzzi

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.

Parc of Duluth Court Yard

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.

Parc of Duluth Library

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.

Parc of Duluth Media Lounge

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.

SuperAgers – New Research about Seniors and Memory

As you get older you may notice some degree of forgetfulness, which is a normal part of aging. However, for a small group of people over the age of 80, their memory seems to be better or the same as individuals who are 20 to 30 years younger than them.  This elite group has been coined “SuperAgers.”

Scientists from Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center have identified 12 people over the age of 80 who’ve experienced little decline in their memory.  This study, published in the current issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, is unique because it looks at people with exceptional memories for their age and how their brains differ from their peers. The study speculates good memories in seniors is tied with a thicker cortex and larger brain volume, but does not show cause and effect. Whether the larger brain volume shields a person’s ability to think from age-related decline or if maintaining memory shelters the brain volume has yet to be determined.

Although this study does not provide answers to how to become a SuperAger, senior study author, Emily Rogalski, suggests genetics and a healthy lifestyle overall are supportive of a good memory. At Parc Communities, we encourage all of our residents to live well through social and physical activities and maintaining a healthy diet. In addition to our personalized fitness and wellness programs, our Parc Learning L.A.B offers cognitive fitness and computer training programs to keep our minds in tip top shape.

If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about the services and amenities Parc Communities have to offer please call us today! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior resources and news.

Upcoming Events at Parc Communities

Summer is winding down, but the Parc Communities activity calendar continues at full speed. Our residents can enjoy a variety of scheduled activities each day including health and wellness, leisure, and entertainment. Our events encourage socialization, relaxation and most importantly, fun.  Water aerobics, Zumba, bingo, movie nights, and weekly field trips are just a few of the things you could expect our residents to be participating in throughout the week.

We have some very special events upcoming for our Parc at Duluth and Parc at Piedmont residents.  Friday, August 24th the Rexall Ramblers will be performing for our Duluth residents at 7pm. This local band will play traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and country.  This is a great opportunity for residents to meet and enjoy a relaxing Friday evening with friends. On Tuesday, August 28th our Piedmont residents will take a backstage tour of Chick-fil-a’s headquarters. We will have the opportunity to visit their home office and learn about the history of their franchise.  We are sure to work up a hearty appetite after spending the morning learning all about Chick-fil-a, and we’ll be able to enjoy a nice lunch before leaving.

At Parc we are committed to premier senior living through a comfortable environment with excellent amenities and service. To learn more about Parc life, check out what our own residents have to say about retirement, relationships, services and more.

If you would like more information about our upcoming events or would like to set up a personal tour please contact us today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information.

Staying Positive As We Get Older

As we age and reach retirement there are many things to look forward to and enjoy.  You might have read our previous blog about the best parts of getting older. After retirement people have the opportunity to enjoy pastimes they may have previously had to put aside due to work, raising a family, etc. It is also the ideal time to learn something new like a hobby or activity that’s always sparked an interest.

At Parc Communities, we encourage and promote a confident, healthy outlook on life, and we love hearing good news about aging. Recent research suggests older adults display more positive emotion than their younger counterparts. In an article published in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, researchers explore the reasoning behind positive emotions of older adults. Derek Isaacowitz of Northeastern University suggests older adults may be better at regulating emotion than younger people.  Rather than focusing on negative material, older adults tend to focus on positive material.  

Our Parc residents enjoy the best parts of life through great relationships, diverse activities, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the independence to live the life they choose. The researchers think there is a casual relationship between finding the good in life and a person’s mood.  Therefore, focusing on the positive seems to be helpful overall for seniors.

If you or a family member would like more information about Parc Communities, or would like to set up a personal tour, please contact our office today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest senior news and information

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