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Sagora is committed to providing a healthy environment and options for our residents. In this Wellness section, we'll discuss tips and ideas to help keep healthy so we can all live our life to its fullest.

Music and Memories

Music and Memories

Apr 4 2016

Have you ever been driving down the road and hear a song you haven’t heard in years? Funny how we can remember certain things like all the words, where we were when we first heard it, and maybe whom we were with.


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Nutrition and Dementia

Nutrition and Dementia

Mar 28 2016

After learning from her doctor that Mom was severely malnourished, my family and I took steps to help her regain her weight and health, while looking for a long-term memory care community. 


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February: Just A Little Bit Better

Feb 8 2016

“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better.” -Unknown

It is February, and in this month we tend to think a little more about the ones we hold dearest to our hearts. We think about our spouses, children, grandchildren, and our closest friends. I encourage you to read the quote above and think about those in your life who make you laugh and smile. Are they who you thought they would be? Are you laughing and smiling as much as you used to? Would you like to have more meaningful interactions throughout the day? 


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Live for the Moment- Live for Joy

Live for the Moment- Live for Joy

Dec 23 2015

Our milestones are our benchmarks for those once in a lifetime “firsts”:  Our first job, car, kiss, rollercoaster ride, motorcycle, tattoo, graduation, home, children, grandkids … The list goes on and on.  Do you remember how you felt?  Although our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease seem to be changing before our eyes, it’s these cherished connections that continuously make life meaningful for them. The key to “living for the moment” is knowing the “Cherished Connections”.  What was important in their history: Milestones, their family, the military, their career, their home, traveling, hobbies, etc.


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The Gift of Music

The Gift of Music

Nov 17 2015

How is it that there are times where we can’t find our keys, or we search endlessly in parking lots for our cars … But when that favorite song plays, we remember our first kiss? Or you smile fondly, thinking back on your first car. We hear our favorite song and our minds wander to those lyrics that we copied down and gave to our first love.  Does sentiment and emotional passion fade with dementia? 


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August- Dementia with Dignity

August- Dementia with Dignity

Aug 3 2015

When the stages of dementia progress, it can be difficult to “see” our loved ones the way we remember them; their smile, their laughter, and their familiar ways. They may not speak the same, react the same, or have the same abilities anymore.  It’s during this important time, even more, that we remember every person deserves the same respect, honor and dignified care.  Empowering persons with dementia is key:  provide choices, plan familiar activities, encourage outings, and plan visits which provide reassurance.  


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July- The Gift of Forgiveness

July- The Gift of Forgiveness

Jul 1 2015

Have you ever met someone who’s easy going and at peace no matter what comes their way in life? When a person is centered and at peace, it seems they can handle anything, right?  Have you ever been around someone going through a tragedy? You’re grieving, and they have just the right words to make you feel better!  The tranquility of their inner spirit relaxes and calms others. Did you ever wonder, with life’s ups and downs, how a person can achieve this place of balance?

Have you ever considered that it may be the ability to forgive?


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June- Brain Awareness Month

June- Brain Awareness Month

Jun 15 2015

How many times do we ask ourselves, “Where did I leave my keys?”   Better yet, how many times have we finished a day of shopping only to search for our car in a parking lot?  When we’re young, it may be an amusing story to tell, but as we age, it can frustrating.  Although the intricacies of aging can challenge us at times, we can incorporate small brain “work outs” to help us maintain heathy brain fitness. 


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May- American Stroke Month

May- American Stroke Month

May 18 2015

We work our entire lives dreaming of retirement; grandchildren, travel, volunteering, pursuing the hobbies we love.  We know all too well as we age, in order to make these dreams come true, we need to take care of our health.  When was the last time you took the time to take care of you?  When was the last time you took simple steps to help ensure your retirement years will be spent your way?  There are many things we can do to be proactive to ward off stroke. With May being American Stroke Month, we feel this serves as a great opportunity to share about important details related to stroke awareness and tips for prevention.


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Sagora Senior Games

Sagora Senior Games

Aug 29 2014

Many of us joined competitive sports teams when we were young while some even played professionally. It’s that love and that passion that stays with us throughout life.  Now, whether it’s the solitude of the driving range, or the fun of being gathered for a social game of croquet, here at Sagora Senior Living, our greatest desire is to create a lifestyle that focuses on fitness, health and your wellbeing.   

 


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Travel: The Ultimate Soul Food

Travel: The Ultimate Soul Food

Aug 11 2014

A program of Armchair Reminisce is for residents who want to take an adventure but not have to pack a suitcase for a week. Some of us could pack a workable suitcase with an hour’s notice and some of us would laboriously detail, fold, and monitor every item three times before it got into the suitcase. However you did it, it was the right way for you!


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The Gifts of Music

The Gifts of Music

Jul 1 2014

Did you know that persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias can respond to music when little else reaches them deep inside? Alzheimer's can destroy the ability to recognize family members or remember events from one's own life, but musical memory somehow survives the ravages of the disease. Even in persons with advanced dementia, music can often reawaken personal memories and associations otherwise lost.


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Raising The Flag And Its History

Raising The Flag And Its History

Jun 2 2014

Americans have a deep love and respect for the American flag and they know the price that was paid for freedom as many of them or their loved ones served in the military. Paying tribute to our amazing country as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and closing a ceremony by singing the National Anthem bestows tender feelings and sincere appreciation of what that flag means to each one of us.


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Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Apr 30 2014

Through research we have learned that some forms of dementia may be the result of factors that we control: our diet, our activity level, the amount of sleep we get, how we manage stress, socialization, and other life situations. Other factors we control are: smoking; how much alcohol we consume; what we eat; our sleep habits; prescription and over-the-counter drug use, and engaging in risky behaviors (i.e.: contact sports, climbing ladders, etc.) At Sagora Senior Living we strive to support overall wellness including promoting good brain fitness. Below, you will find several simple life-style changes that may help decrease your chances of developing a form of dementia and keep you healthier longer.


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Creative Expressions

Creative Expressions

Apr 1 2014

Creating art has long been known to have therapeutic benefits. Remarkable benefits are evident for older adults who participate in art therapy, socialization, brain fitness, and physical exercise programs. They have fewer doctor visits, use less medications, and have a lower rate of depression. The positive effects are amazing. The very act of creation is life-enhancing and nourishing for the spirit. 


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Quieting The Mind

Quieting The Mind

Feb 10 2014

One of the things that most people are striving for in one way or another is a quiet mind. Books, audios, and courses abound promising to teach techniques for achieving inner peace, reduced stress, less worry, and peace of mind. Yet, curiously, many of these programs seem to add to the number of should dos; ought to dos; or must dos that fill our already-noisy brains.


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Get a Boost from Laughter

Get a Boost from Laughter

Feb 4 2014

What can laughter do for you? It is a proven fact that laughing can soothe what ails you. From stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles, it can also increase endorphins (natural pain and stress relaxers) and even enhance your oxygen intake.


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New Years Resolutions and Habits for a Healthy Lifetime

New Years Resolutions and Habits for a Healthy Lifetime

Jan 2 2014

Research is showing us that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health - healthy behaviors have a far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment or procedure. Study results have shown that very few people follow a fully healthy lifestyle. When we keep hearing that exercise and a healthy diet are good for us, we may "tune out" and say "I know all about it". But sometimes repetition is the only way to break old habits and learn good behavior.


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