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5 Activities to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day

There is no doubt that grandparents have a unique relationship with their grandchildren. They often serve as a friend, mentor and your biggest fan throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Grandparents can fill roles that parents may not. Whether it is guidance or entertainment, grandparents are always there to bring joy and perspective into our lives.

Take time this year to celebrate and appreciate the grandparents or seniors in your life by planning one of these meaningful activities for Grandparent’s Day on September 10th.

Cook something together: Perhaps your grandma or grandpa makes a favorite dish or dessert you love, but you have not taken the time to learn it for yourself.  Sometimes a recipe can only tell you so much. It’s helpful to walk through the steps together and learn the secret tricks to make those chocolate chip cookies so delicious.

Schedule a photo shoot together: It doesn’t have to be with an expensive photographer or camera but schedule time to capture photos of you with your grandma and/or grandpa. Pick a spot that has a nice background and ask …
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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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Hurricane Irma Community Update

Community Updates (Hurricane Irma)

All communities are fully restored, and the residents are enjoying being home.

As our communities resume normal, day-to-day life after Hurricane Irma, we celebrate our Allegro family. These men and women stepped up to the plate to ensure that our residents were safe and comforted during a stressful situation brought on by the storm. They embraced each resident, and each other, as if they were family. Hurricane Irma may have brought dark clouds our way, but the dedication and commitment of our associates shone through brightly.

Updated 9/13 at 8:29 EST

Allegro Fleming Island

Power is fully restored at Fleming Island and the community is no longer relying on generator power. If you have any questions about loved ones, You can reach the community at 904-278-4442. Residents are happy to be home.

Updated 9/13 at 1:28 pm EST

Allegro St. Augustine

St. Augustine residents will return to the community today (9/13).  The community is operating under full electric service and ready to welcome residents back home. For residents who are staying with family, we kindly request that …
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Allegro Brings Awareness to Alzheimer’s and Dementia With Hand-Painted Rocks

Allegro located in Elizabethtown is joining the fun and enlisting residents, associates and their family members to paint rocks for the community.  These rocks have a message of good cheer and bring awareness to those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These hand-painted rocks have been strategically hidden around local businesses and offer several unique prizes to those who find them. Anyone who finds an Allegro rock will receive a complimentary dinner for two at the community.  Among these rocks, Allegro created three unique, memory care rocks to bring awareness to those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Those who find one of Allegro’s unique memory care rocks will receive a special prize.

The first memory care rock says “Find Joy in Your Journey” and is painted with a purple heart honoring those who have Alzheimer’s disease. Whoever finds this rock will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Vibe Coffee located in the heart of downtown Elizabethtown. The second memory care rock says “Allegro Rocks Alzheimer’s Disease” and features the word ‘HOPE’.  Whoever finds this rock will receive a $25.00 gift certificate …
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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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