Feel Good about Aging

How do you feel about getting older? Maybe scared or unsure of what is next to come. With anti-aging products and remedies to yield the process of maturing so that we look, feel and be younger it can have a toll on how we feel about aging. But why should the feeling stop at a certain age? Don’t we all want to feel and look good? At Hickory Glen our residents use different amenities we offer to look and feel good. We have our Diamond Willow Salon, The Oaks Dining Room, Juniper Gym, Sapp Library, and Cedar Cinema. These amenities all have their own unique impact on making our residents look and feel good. A good book, a thoughtful movie, a rewarding workout all has an effect on our mood and the way we feel. Do you have a favorite quote about aging? If so, please share your aging quotes in the comments section.

How to Feel Good with Diabetes

Taking care of yourself and your diabetes can help you feel good today and in the future. When your blood sugar (glucose) is close to normal, you are likely to:

  • have more energy
  • be less tired and thirsty
  • need to pass urine less often
  • heal better
  • have fewer skin or bladder infections


During our seminar, How to Feel Good with Diabetes Home Instead shared with us what you can do when you have diabetes because more than 23.5 million people have diabetes and 95 percent have type 2.  Cindy from Home Instead shared with us what to do with diabetes. The first step is to manage your blood sugar. High blood sugar hurts the heart and blood vessels. This ups your risk for heart attack and stroke. Second way to regulate diabetes is to keep your cholesterol in check. Have your cholesterol tested at least once a year or more often if it is high. Next focus is to get your blood pressure under control. Your blood pressure goal is to be at 120/80 or below. Lastly, keep your body healthy. Taking these steps can help you stay in control of your diabetes and your life.


Keeping the Grounds Looking Good at HG

Spring is in full bloom and that means our grounds at Hickory Glen are going from the once snow covered walkways and shrubs to a beautiful arrange of flowers and a garden. Yes we have a garden! Our residents (Gardening Club) plant and maintain the garden on the north corner of the grounds here at Hickory Glen. In our garden we’ve planted cucumbers, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. In our courtyard you will find many flowers, bird houses, trees, and a sitting area surrounding a fountain. Not only does our maintenance crew preserve the way our grounds look but our residents do as well. Any resident with a patio may decorate their patio with plants, flower-boxes, flags, and seating arrangements.

Everyday Feel Good & Look Good Routines

In the midst of worrying about losing independence and trying to age with grace as seniors hang on to their sense of normalcy, special attempts to help them keep up their appearance can also help them keep up their mood. Whether it is a day of pamper at the beauty salon or a new exercise completed, simple yet effective daily routines can help seniors look and feel good as they age. Some everyday routines include:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Bathing/Showering
  • Appointments at the Beauty or Barber shop
  • Wearing light makeup
  • Clothing options
  • Adequate amount of sleep


Making Sense Out of Alzheimer’s

When Alzheimer’s disease hits close to home it can leave you feeling many emotions like helpless, hopeless, and fearful. Jeanne Campbell and Tracy Tubton-Hansen from Mill Creek interact with people every day who are affected by Alzheimer’s. They shared with us that the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not completely known. Scientists believe it may be caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors that impact the brain over time. Tracy stated that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging; that this memory loss disease is a chemical change in the brain where brain cells can’t communicate with each other. Tracy gave us a great reminder that Alzheimer’s can have a profound impact on the individual’s sense of identity.  Those moments you spend talking to someone who has Alzheimer’s counts and it is still important to them as a person. We should treat anyone with this disease with love and dignity. Sure, they may not remember the conversation you had with them but it still matters, they still matter. A person with Alzheimer’s may be confused, frustrated, and withdrawn from what is going on. Whether you realized it or not your support is essential. The thing with Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes the person with it realizes something isn’t right but can’t figure out what’s wrong. This happens because of the damage with the brain cells. Jeanne said it is acceptable to re-direct a conversation with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is also okay to keep them busy; an individual with Alzheimer’s can still help with daily activities.  We appreciate the time and knowledge Tracy and Jeanne shared with us at this seminar. If you’d like more information, please contact us and we’d be happy to mail you a packet.


Why we should stop being a “Throwaway Society”

Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, most are thrown away and end up in landfills. Yes, water bottles are convenient for us. With our society constantly being on the go, those bottles can be easier than stopping to re-fill a cup every time we’re thirsty. But let’s think about ways we can be proactive. There are reusable cups just about everywhere we go; even gas stations are now getting into the trend of having customers buy reusable cups for hot and cold beverages. If you do grab a plastic bottle on the go, refill that bottle instead of reaching for a new one. By being conscious of how we live now will affect generations to come. As of now plastic bottles are one of the top 5 items found in the world’s oceans.  If we can recycle these bottles, the energy saved by recycling one is enough to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours. Companies have been innovating ideas for turning our trash into new treasures. Those plastic bottles we use almost every day can be turned into new items such as clothing, chairs, pens, and even carpet.  So next time you use that plastic bottle, don’t throw it away-recycle! When we recycle our empty plastic bottles, we are changing the future.


*facts above can be referred to www.recycleeverywhere.com and www.reusethisbag.com