Allegro Senior Living

Chef Allegro – Easy Chocolate Mousse

Chef Allegro is back with a quick recipe from our Dining Services Director, Sean, from Tallahassee. This chocolate mousse recipe is a senior-friendly recipe can be made at home as a snack or a yummy dessert.

Ingredients: 1 cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half 1 bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Chips (Semi-Sweet 1 pound) 1 tub (8 oz) of Whipped Cream (Cool-Whip) 3-quart microwave safe bowl 1 wire whisk

Instructions: 1. Take 1 cup of the half and half or heavy cream and pour into a microwave safe bowl. 2. Add the Hershey’s Chocolate Chips with the cream in a bowl. 3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time and stir after each time. 4. Repeat until chocolate is melted and mixed thoroughly until creamy. 5. Let cool until the mixture reaches room temperature. 6. Add a tub of whipped cream to chocolate and whip using a wire whisk. 7. Place in refrigerator until cold and serve in the desired container. 8. You can use crushed graham crackers on the bottom of mousse for added flavor.

The Surprising Benefits of Short-Term Respite Care

As a caregiver, the daily routine of caring for a loved one with dementia can be a full-time job and can bring stress to daily life.  As a senior, the day to day tasks of meal preparation, cleaning and transportation can quickly become daunting.

What some seniors and caregivers may not realize is that short-term (or respite) stay options are available at most senior communities.  As a caretaker it can be difficult to find time for your own physical and emotional needs; however, your wellbeing is just as important as your loved one.

Below are a few ways in which a short-term respite stay can benefit both seniors and their caregivers:

• Increases socialization opportunities for seniors beyond their family. • Encourages seniors to stay active physically and mentally. • Improves the dining experience for seniors who do not have regular companionship during meal time. • Provide an emotional and physical break for the caregiver to take care of themselves and find time for activities to reduce stress. • Creates an extended support system for the caregiver and ultimately provide peace …
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Tips for Engaging With a Loved One Affected by Memory Loss

For anyone with a close friend or family member affected by memory loss, you know first-hand how this condition can have an emotional impact on your relationship with this person. At times the role of son, daughter or friend can take a backseat to the new role of caretaker.

Depending on what stage of memory loss your loved one is experiencing, this condition can present new challenges in caring and communicating with the individual.  Regular activities that you once enjoyed may change and new challenges can present themselves when interacting with this person.  Finding ways to engage and care for your loved one will help ease the stress of caretaking and dealing with memory loss.

Tips for engaging with your loved one affected by memory loss:

  • Trigger Foods: The familiar smells and tastes associated with certain foods (example – fresh bread) can bring comfort and familiarity to your loved one. Finding out what food(s) this person enjoyed in their past could help determine what trigger foods evoke comfort for the individual dealing with dementia.

Tips for Being Social in a Senior Living Community

After moving to a senior living community, it may be challenging to meet neighbors and get involved in daily activities at first. Studies show that daily interaction and socialization can help seniors both mentally and physically. It is important to be proactive and take baby steps towards making friends and creating memories at your new home. By being proactive with the following tips, most individuals find that meeting new friends happens quickly.

 

Here are a few tips for residents and family members to take that first leap.

Review the monthly activity calendar – This can seem like an obvious first step, but it’s an important one to remember. Review the calendar and circle the activities that are of interest. Most importantly, keep it somewhere visible where you will see it every morning. Ask to set up daily or weekly reminder calls to help encourage participation in activities.

Look for small group activities – It is a good idea for new residents to join a small group activity in the beginning.  This helps the resident make a few new acquaintances and …
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Allegro Love Stories – The Secret to Marriage

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we are still celebrating love at Allegro. Many couples at Allegro have been together sixty plus years, and they are experts in maintaining a successful marriage. So we asked them, “What is the secret to a lasting marriage?” Here is some of the advice they shared with us.

Tish & Robert Married 65 years Try not to lose your temper too often.

Gene & Mary Married 61 years Tolerance. Being able to accommodate one another.

Harriet & Clayton Married 63 years Let each other do what they want to do with no argument.

Joseph & Irene Married 59 years You need to talk out all your problems, even if you don’t want to.

Millie & Roy Married 64 years Agree on things and have love and respect for each other.

Continuum Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Versus a Rental Senior Living Community

Searching for a senior living community can be overwhelming for seniors and their families. The abundance of choices and various pricing options can further complicate the process. One of the common misunderstandings when searching through the maze of information is the difference between a Continuum Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and a rental senior living community. The infographic below provides a visual of basic comparisons between the two. If you have more questions, visit www.allegroliving.com and speak to one of our expert Senior Living Advisors at a community near you.

To download a copy of this infographic, click here.

 

Allegro Love Storie – Al and Lou

Love is in the air at Allegro. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing stories of love on the blog.  A few of our residents were gracious enough to impart some words of wisdom and tales of single life, dating, marriage.

Meet Al & Lou

How did they meet?

Al and Lou found love later in life. Both met shortly after moving to Allegro and have been together four years since. When they met at Allegro, neither was looking for love. However, they started a friendship, which blossomed into something more.

How is dating different in your later years?

Al and Lou both agree that when dating at this age there are no expectations. Life is simple. With their life experiences, they both agree that listening to your significant other is the most important part of a relationship.

Al and Lou often compare their life together as a luau (Lou + AL)!