Allegro Senior Living

Senior Hacks – Shortcuts to Make Life Easier for Seniors

Daily tasks that were once simple can become more challenging as individuals age and face hurdles such as loss of hearing, sight and memory. Several senior hacks that can make each day easier through this stage of life.

Allegro is highlighting clever ‘Hacks’ or ‘Shortcuts’ to help seniors overcome common hurdles that often accompany older age.

– Ask for a map of your local grocery store and map out your route beforehand to reduce walking. Shop early or late in the day to avoid crowds. Better yet, use Peapod to have groceries delivered to your door.

– Use dark colored switch plates and outlet covers against lighter colored walls so that you can quickly identify their location(s) in a room.

– Take advantages of phone apps to help remind you each day when pills should be taken. Check out the app Pillieboxie.

– Put a sticker on pill boxes after you have taken pills that day.

– Sign up for Amazon Prime subscriptions to have basic household items shipped to your door each month.

– For those struggling with hearing loss, …
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We Get By With a Little Help from Our Friends

Friends bring us encouragement, support and love. Humans need these essentials to survive and live a fulfilling life at any age.  As Ringo Starr says, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends.’ This saying is even truer as we age.

The New York Times recently ran an article titled Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote. In this article the author spoke about the importance of friends in later years of life. The article highlights the benefits new and old friendships bring to seniors. Instead of trying to accommodate a high quantity of friends, the article suggests that humans tend to invest in meaningful relationships as they grow older. Span, Paula (2016, December 30). Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/health/loneliness-elderly.html?_r=0

Growing older has enough challenges and without friends and family by your side, these challenges can seem terrifying.  Social isolation tends to creep in slowly as friendships become harder to maintain. But seniors do not have to face loneliness. There are still opportunities for meeting new friends throughout …
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10 Life Story Questions to Ask Your Grandparents

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our grandparents had exciting lives before we came into the picture.  Nonetheless, we can all stand to learn a thing or two from them.  Talking with seniors about their past and listening to their life story is a valuable opportunity to get to know our relatives better and see them in a different light.

Many older adults have gone through the trials and successes that life experience often brings. Getting to know more about their history can help bring you and your loved ones closer.  You might also gain some helpful advice or wisdom to use in your life.  If they allow it, ask them these questions on video. You’ll walk away with a moment saved in time to one day show a future generation if they ever ask about their family history.

It’s hard to find a good time to sit down with grandparents but consider holidays like Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day as a fitting time to make this a priority. Pull out old photos to reference and travel back to …
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7 Innovative Technologies for Older Adults

The surge in the aging population is challenging the technology industry to provide inventive solutions. Advancements in technology are enhancing the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

Here are a few innovative technologies transforming life as we age.

1. WiseWear offers a new option in the competitive wearable trackers market. The smart jewelry tracks your heart rate, calories and sleep patterns like most popular fitness devices. The difference is the safety feature. The user taps the bracelet 3 times to create a distress signal that is sent to the emergency contacts linked to the device. Your exact GPS location is transmitted. Connected to a smartphone, it also provides notification features for incoming calls and important alerts, such as medication reminders. The sleek aesthetic design is replacing traditional plastic button panic devices.

2. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, nearly half of adults 75 and older have hearing loss. Hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in the last 20 years. ReSound offers an aid that enables users to control their hearing via an iPhone app. These hearing aids connect …
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When Families Don’t Agree on Care For Aging Parents

Deciding the best care for aging parents is a hard and emotional decision, especially when families don’t agree. There is no clear-cut answer to questions such as “when is it time to get help for Mom or Dad?”, “should they stay home or move to a senior living community?”, and “which options are the best for their long-term health and happiness?”

Everyone may not agree on a solution or timeline, so it’s important to keep an open mind and heart.  When there is disagreement, here are some tips to help all family members keep lines of communication open and come to a decision.

Set a time for all family members to be in the same physical location.

Distance and lack of face-to-face communication can be hurdles in finalizing senior care decisions for family members. Set a date to be in the same place to research options and visit senior living communities together. At the very least, utilize Skype or some type of application to allow for face-to-face conversation.

Meet WITHOUT Mom and Dad to discuss each person’s concerns regarding …
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Executive Director Delights Residents During Passover

Here’s a story about our Executive Director at Boynton Beach, Veronica.

She’s a strong, determined leader who puts her heart and soul into her job as Executive Director at Allegro Senior Living. Here’s an example…

Since yesterday was the first day of Passover, associates walked into the kitchen to find Veronica wearing an apron and at the grill. At first, they thought that perhaps someone in the kitchen had called off and she was just helping out. She cheerfully said no. She was making Matzo Brei. Matzo Brei is a Passover breakfast tradition that many look forward to eating during Passover. It is a dish that Veronica was not familiar with and can be somewhat intimidating to cook the first time around. However, Veronica knew that it was a meaningful dish and tradition for residents. The recipe didn’t intimidate her. She was able to personally cook and serve Matzo Brei to residents.

Veronica’s passion for helping seniors brought her from the corporate world to senior living.

Having an Executive Director who goes above and beyond is a beautiful thing for our …
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Allegro Residents Are Honored to Participate in the 6th Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Contest

Allegro located in Hyde Park was asked again this year to participate in the 2017 Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Contest.  Hillsborough County Public Schools is partnering with the Tampa Regional Artists to provide students with the opportunity to re-purpose otherwise discarded objects.

This year’s theme gives students a choice between three categories: The History of Tampa, United States History, or Firefighters as Heroes. This year’s venue will be held at The Tampa Firefighters Museum.

The students, along with Allegro residents, will be utilizing their imaginations while transforming used campaign posters and signage into something unique and theme appropriate.  Allegro will use the Tampa History theme for their creation. Hyde Park Architects are cordially advising their team on this project.  This approach highlights the tight-knit sense of community in Hyde Park.

The DooDad competition began in 2011 when plastic street globes from the senior living community were going to be discarded but instead were transformed into creative sculptures by local Tampa students. They are the only senior living community featured and asked to participate in this prestigious event.  The items will be judged on …
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