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Staying Active in Retirement

As we all get older, it can be harder to do the things we used to, whether it’s remembering the names of our neighbors or swimming laps in a pool. However, there are many ways to stay active in retirement, both mentally and physically, that can be extremely beneficial to our overall health.

Staying Mentally Active

The brain is one of the most important organs in our body, so it’s crucial that we exercise it regularly throughout our lives, even in retirement! Now is a great time to break out the old board games and relive some of that nostalgia from years ago. There are plenty of board games out there that are specifically designed to improve memory and problem-solving skills, and for the more tech-savvy individuals, there are even more online. Brain games like puzzles or crosswords are scientifically proven to improve cognitive function, and you get to have fun while doing it!
Arts and crafts can also be extremely beneficial. By strengthening the connection between your brain and your hands, arts and crafts help to improve your mental ability while giving you the creative power to let your imagination run free!

Staying Physically Active

Staying physically healthy and active is just as important as exercising your brain. Whether you are just going on a walk or playing a recreational sport, allocating some time every day to move around will significantly improve your overall health. If possible, spend time outside! At Streamside, we realize the importance of physical activity, so we offer exercise classes to all of our residents.

Staying Socially Active

In retirement, it can be easy to lose touch with friends and family, but that shouldn’t be the case! Social activities are a must; they connect us together as people and help keep us mentally and emotionally healthy. There are a lot of good ways to socialize in retirement, including some of the above activities. You can play board games, get involved in a leisurely sport, or collaborate in other interests and hobbies with friends and family. Socializing is meant to be fun, and Streamside offers many different opportunities to get together with other people. Who knows, you might even find a new best friend!

One of our priorities at Streamside Assisted Living is to provide residents with the resources to stay mentally, physically, and socially active. With bingo nights, church services, pleasant outings, and more, there is something for everyone to do at Streamside!

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The Nostalgic Candy We Know and Love

Halloween is right around the corner. Ever thought about the different types of candy that are out there nowadays? There are so many variations and new names that are becoming kid favorites today. What about when you were young? Let’s go over some nostalgic candies that you may have had in the past or are snacking on right now.

You may find some of these candies lurking around your assisted living center in Nampa. Read below to see if you find any familiar candies from your childhood, and feel free to share these small stories about each one.

Jelly Beans

How could we not mention Jelly Beans? With their variety of flavors, these sugar-packed beans of greatness are a top favorite among many people.

Members of the popular band The Beatles didn’t so much enjoy these candies as much as we have. They went through quite the experience when they were pelted with jelly beans at a concert in 1964. George told a New York reporter, “Every now and again, one would hit a string on my guitar and plonk off a bad note as I was trying to play.”

Nonetheless, we still love the darn things.

Lemon Heads

Did your mouth salivate reading that? These sour but sweet candies were created in 1962, and are still making people pucker their lips. The inventor gained inspiration for naming the candy after noticing his grandson’s head was shaped like a lemon. Maybe he should have kept that to himself, but then again we wouldn’t want LemonHeads to have never existed in the first place.

Razzles

I remember trying some of these and being very confused by the texture. It wasn’t until my grandmother sang, First it’s a candy, then it’s a gum. Little round Razzles are so much fun.” that I knew I wasn’t supposed to swallow it. If you want to confuse your grandchildren, then I would highly suggest handing them a pack of Razzles. Originally these were only raspberry flavored, but have since come in a variety of flavors as the years have gone on.

Werther’s Original

These hard caramels are an addicting addition to your Halloween stash. These candies provide a soothing caramel experience that lasts. Their signature gold wrappers make them very visually appealing for placement in clear decorative bowls too. If you want a small taste of Germany, then Werther’s Original is the candy for you. They also have a caramel kitchen in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot in Disney World.

Tootsie Roll

Whatever you see, does it become a Tootsie Roll to you? Talk about another candy with a nostalgic jingle. The unique texture of these candies makes it a hot commodity even today. Because they were the first penny candy to be individually wrapped, they became easily shareable.

Tootsie Roll Industries has grown substantially and acquired several other candies like Andes Mints, DOTS, and Razzles under their corporate umbrella. If you’re a fan of lollipops then their Tootsie Pops give you two candies in one. They also offer a Clean Stick Award for anyone who finds out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Senior Living Nampa

Fall is chilly, warm your heart by sharing these small stories about all of your favorite candies at Streamside. It’s important that the residents at Streamside Assisted Living find joy in little things like this. We aim to provide a helping hand when you need it while ensuring your independence is still there. Your senior living center doesn’t have to be stripped of holiday cheer, buy some candy that reminds you of your trick-or-treating days.

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Low-Impact Hobbies and Activities for Seniors this Summer

Now that summer is in full spring, we have found ourselves with more and more time in each day. Seeing as we have an average of 14 hours of daylight in each day during the summer to not only get the things we have to do done, we have more time to spend on the things we want to do.

Sometimes, this means we get to try new activities and enjoy new hobbies. Although, for most seniors, the reality becomes finding activities we genuinely enjoy that we are also able to appreciate on a regular basis.

For Summer, we have compiled a list of thrilling, low-impact activities for seniors to try out with their peers or on their own.

Get Reading

We all get stuck in the routines of reading our regularly scheduled, more-predictable-than-not content. That is not to say that the newspaper, our favorite magazines, and newsletters are not quality content but a change of pace can always spark new curiosities or entertain existing interests. New York Times Summer Reading list mentions 75 books to engage readers of all kinds. Barnes & Noble also offers Summer Reading options by genre. Audiobooks can also be a great outlet for those of us with more ‘on the go’ personalities.

Get Active

We all know physical activity, of any kind, has health benefits but it can also be a great way to interact with peers and raise spirits. Whether seniors get involved with walking group, water aerobics classes, tai chi, yoga, or even seated chair exercises, there is support across the valley. The Treasure Valley Family YMCA has a specific offering of senior activity classes.

Get Creative

Many retirees make the decision to try their hand at the activities they ran out of time for in their day-to-day raising their families or building their career. With more time and energy to dedicate to relaxation, art and creative endeavors become a great place to ease your mind. Artistic ventures have even been demonstrated to improve experiences for those suffering from chronic illnesses. Whether you start a ‘paint and sip’ group in your senior living community or set aside time and materials for inner peace, art can be a great opportunity for self-reflection or social interaction.

Get Outside

While physical activity is often associated with the outdoors, spending time outside can also be a calming experience for more idled activities. Vitamin D exposure can be an incredibly important asset for seniors, even strengthening bone density and protecting seniors from fractures. Picnics, gardening, puzzling and even just resting in full or partial sunlight can drastically enhance living experience for seniors.

Looking into alternative activities for seniors can seem difficult or daunting but any activity can be fit suit the needs and desires for any senior, especially those in assisted living facilities. Reach out to a healthcare provider or care professional for more ideas specific to you or the senior in your life.