860.345.3779

Our Fun Approach to Mealtime

February 15, 2019

This month, The Saybrook at Haddam will celebrate “Jamaica Day,” serving traditional foods and drinks from the island nation, while enjoying Jamaican music, dance and decorations.  This is just one of the fun activities we incorporate each month to make meals at our independent retirement and assisted living community interesting, different and enjoyable.  Other ways include serving traditional holiday meals, preparing seasonal themed dinners, planning outdoor meals, and offering a wide variety of healthy favorites on a daily basis.  Making mealtime social and special is one of the most important things we do to ensure seniors eat well and enjoy the best quality of life possible (without having to shop, cook or clean!).

Families often tell us they worry that their elderly parents or loved ones are not eating enough, are not eating well and consistently, are adding too much salt, or are having other struggles at mealtime.  This is often one of the reasons they begin looking at retirement or assisted living communities.

We know from various studies that people begin to lose their taste buds as they age and their sense of smell changes. These are two major factors that affect eating, and they often lead to a decreased desire to eat or to eat well (adding too much salt or sugar to foods, for instance) – which, of course, can lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and other medical concerns. Even worse, poor diets have been linked to anxiety and depression in elderly people.

In a Clear Care article, Dr. Christine Gerbstadt from the American Dietetic Association and author of The Doctors’ Detox Diet says we don’t know why taste perception declines with normal aging, but we should be cautious to counteract the loss of taste.  She recommends seniors check with their doctor to rule out any medical conditions that are affecting the sense of taste (which may have treatment).

So, to address these downsides of aging, our kitchen team uses fresh ingredients (purchased locally when possible) seasoned with herbs and spices (instead of salt) to create a wide variety of options to please every palate. We also use mealtime as a social time when residents get to know each other, share stories, and avoid the loneliness of eating alone. It is also a time our wellness team can observe the health of a resident and possibly detect other conditions related to loss of appetite.

For seniors who live alone, here are a few suggestions for helping seniors eat right:

  • Limit times they eat alone. Try to arrange times for family members and friends to share meals with seniors and try to bring them to as many family celebrations, potluck dinners, and community meals as possible.
  • Serve foods at the right temperature. Foods simply taste better when served as hot or as cold as the recipe indicates.
  • Flavor foods with herbs, spices, citrus or vinegar. Basil, cilantro, oregano, turmeric, caraway and dill are just a few common herbs that define and enhance countless foods. Citrus juice, citrus zest, or flavored and aged vinegars are wonderful for marinades or dressings.
  • Add variety and introduce new foods. Start with ingredients you know seniors like, then add in different vegetables or flavors to make meals different. Finely chopped vegetables, for instance, can be added to almost any type of filling or sauce.
  • Pay attention to time of day seniors feel hungry. Help seniors get the most nutrition when they have the biggest appetite, whether that is at breakfast, lunch or dinner. If the other meals are smaller, you can worry less that they are not eating well.

We incorporate these suggestions (and more) at daily mealtimes at The Saybrook at Haddam. We know when people eat well, they are happier, more active, more sociable and enjoy a better quality of life.  To us, that is truly the backbone of all our other successes – and is how we achieve gracious retirement living!

 

For a personalized tour of The Saybrook at Haddam and its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or call David Downey at 860-345-8779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Staying Involved and Helping Others

January 30, 2019

Life at The Saybrook at Haddam focuses on independence, wellness and involvement.  By involvement, we mean participating in the activities and events we host on a daily basis for plenty of social, educational, creative and physical opportunities.  We also mean residents play an active role in helping others and making our retirement community (and the surrounding greater community) the best it can be.

Many independent residents continue to be active members in their churches, synagogues, local libraries, museums, and other volunteer organizations.  Sometimes they organize collections for non-profit groups at The Saybrook at Haddam to help meet needs within the larger community. These volunteer hours are invaluable and have an estimated $77 billion impact on the country’s overall economy.

Other residents look for ways to help out right here within our community.  Some make regular visits to the Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood to spend time with those suffering from memory-related illnesses. They help with craft projects or puzzles, join in sing-a-longs, or share a meal with a friend.  These connections are crucial to supporting a high quality of life for everyone involved.

Residents also help plan recreational and cultural activities and trips to museums, theaters, and concert halls throughout the region. They provide suggestions and input on the types of educational and artistic programs they would like to see at The Saybrook at Haddam.  They help take care of the many indoor and outdoor gardens, and they love to help decorate the community for special events and occasions.

Oftentimes a resident will share something from their home with the community for all to enjoy – another form of contributing to the greater good.  One resident displays her oversized creche in the front lobby at Christmastime.  Another donated her upright piano to the Safe Harbor neighborhood. Another placed a hand-made and fully furnished doll house in the hallway for all to enjoy.  These efforts help make The Saybrook at Haddam feel like home – and make ours a special place to be.

All residents play an equally important role in volunteer efforts– sometimes without even realizing it – by being a friendly audience.  We often have young performers (musicians, singers, dancers) from local schools share their talents by entertaining us.  These events give the young students a chance to perfect their performance skills (perhaps even overcoming some stage fright), while giving the audience a wonderful shared experience.  We also enjoy visits from the Girl Scouts who spend time with us on service projects so they can earn badges and reach goals.  Of course, we also welcome high school and college students who need to earn required volunteer hours to participate in a whole host of projects and activities with us.  Their interaction with residents is inspiring and motivating.

Each of these types of participation (“volunteerism”) is encouraged every day at The Saybrook at Haddam – and for good reason. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, seniors benefit from using their lifetime of skills and experience to meet community needs, and “giving back” helps them stay active and healthy.  We believe this to be true and we support this in every way we possibly can.  Come see how powerful that is!

 

For a personalized tour of The Saybrook at Haddam and its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or call David Downey at 860-345-8779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Helping Seniors Avoid Falls

January 16, 2019

Did you know one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall each year?  Or that emergency rooms across the country treat older adults every 11 seconds because of a fall (with a reported 2.8 million injuries, more than 800,000 hospitalizations, and more than 27,000 deaths)? This information, which comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives plenty of evidence that seniors should take every available precaution to avoid falls.

At The Saybrook at Haddam, we take extra steps to help residents prevent falls.  The most important thing we do is maintain a safe living environment – inside and out.  Inside, we keep hallways and walking areas clean and clear, and regularly check carpeting and flooring for bumps or uneven spots that could cause a fall.  We also provide handrails and plenty of lighting for safe travels throughout the community.  Outside, the maintenance team ensures all pathways are clear of snow and ice during the winter and other natural debris during the rest of the year.  They prune trees, repair walkways, and monitor countless other areas of concern.

Our wellness team works with residents to be sure they understand the side effects of medication, which may include dizziness or other factors that could result in a fall.  The team regularly checks eyesight, hearing and other conditions that could affect balance and cause a fall.  We also bring in mobility experts to check walkers and wheelchairs to be sure they are in proper condition (and not the reason for a potential fall). By being aware of their personal risks, residents become more alert and hopefully more cautious throughout each day.

The recreation and activities team offers exercise classes, fun games, and plenty of other opportunities for residents to build their physical fitness, which goes a long way to preventing falls and avoid injuries.  By being active, residents improve their strength, flexibility and balance and are less likely to trip or slip in their apartments or within the community.  This is particularly important since we realize seniors need extra encouragement to keep moving and to stay fit as they age.  Preventing a fall is one of the best motivators we know!

Of course, the simple choice of living in a retirement community offers the benefit of having plenty of staff available to escort residents or lend a hand for stability if ever needed.  Staff is also on hand to check on residents in their apartments to be sure their surroundings are safe (and to provide immediate medical attention if ever a fall does occur).

For seniors who still live in their own homes or apartments, we suggest looking over the AARP’s “HomeFit” guide for easy and effective ways to create a safe and comfortable home.  These tips offer important steps to take to avoid falls or injuries in the home (and trips to the emergency room).

In all we do at The Saybrook at Haddam, staying safe and helping seniors enjoy a high quality of life are at the top of the list.  This naturally means we avoid falls any way we can – and we hope you do, too.

For a personalized tour of The Saybrook at Haddam and its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or call David Downey at 860-345-8779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Even Seniors Benefit from New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2018

The tradition of setting goals and making vows for positive change in the new year has been around for generations – as has the joke that no one ever keeps their New Year’s Resolutions past the first few weeks of January.  Despite this “bad reputation,” The Saybrook at Haddam still feels everyone benefits from self-reflection and contemplation on becoming a better person and living a better life. We are encouraging all seniors to go ahead and make those resolutions once again – and wanted to share a little proof of why this is important.

In a December 2015 article in Psychology Today titled “8 Reasons We Really Do Need to Make Resolutions,” Dr. Theo Tsaousides says setting goals is part of the executive function of the brain, the language of the brain that is needed to take action. Goals provide us with a vision and a direction and help avoid wasting resources including time, money and energy. Writing down goals and objectives helps people avoid feeling confused and overwhelmed while preparing them for the moment when opportunities arise.

For seniors, this could mean accepting a friend’s invitation to try a new exercise class together or to join a new social club.  It could mean making a list of the great books you always wanted to read (or listen to on an audiobook) and checking off each one after it is finished.  It could also mean taking the first step to reconnect with friends or relatives.

Healthy Aging suggests a few more practical resolutions for seniors including eating healthier, increasing general activity, and giving your brain a workout.  This is so reaffirming to everything we do at The Saybrook at Haddam throughout the year.

Dr. Theo Tsaousides says that setting goals simply make us feel good – which makes sense because neuroscientists are learning that one of our most basic emotional reactions is happiness through pursuit. In other words, goals are the first step towards a greater level of happiness.  (It is also worth noting that when we do not have goals, we tend to waste our precious time which is never a good idea no matter what our age!)

So, let us toast to a truly happy New Year by setting goals and focusing on the pursuit of those goals!

 

For a personalized tour of The Saybrook at Haddam and its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or call David Downey at 860-345-8779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Holiday Classics to Share with the Seniors in Your Life

December 17, 2018

One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is to cuddle up and watch a classic Christmas movie on television (or on the big screen, if you are lucky).  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we have been screening many holiday favorites and have been happy to have visitors join us! At the same time, we know sometimes residents prefer to watch movies in the comfort of their own homes, taking advantage of movies on DVD or, better yet, streamed through on-demand services like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Setting up a movie date with the seniors in your life is easy (and affordable) – and everyone will enjoy watching (or listening to) timeless classics that truly represent the Christmas spirit.  Here are a few favorites residents have requested over the years:

  • Blondie (1939) – This radio classic centers around a Christmas card mix-up that leads to hijinks for Dagwood and Blondie.
  • Holiday Inn (1942) — This comedy musical is perfect to set the holiday mood, featuring the original movie debut of Irving Berlin’s song, “White Christmas.”
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – A heart-warming family story built around the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis –with a wonderful Christmas Eve scene that includes Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
  • Christmas in Connecticut (1945) – This romantic holiday comedy is focused around a food writer, played by Barbara Stanwyck, who is about to be discovered as a fraud of sorts when she has to entertain her boss and a war hero on her non-existent Connecticut farm.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) – This was Jimmy Stewart’s first film after returning from WWII and was considered a failure at the time of its release.  However, it now is considered to be one of the standard must-see holiday movies.
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) – Released just after “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this comedy is considered by some to be the better of the two for holiday viewing.  When a homeless man takes over a 5th Avenue mansion on Christmas Eve, the spirit of giving sets in and ends up playing a central role.
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)Known as the most famous Christmas movie ever, this classic tackles the question “Is Santa Claus Real?” The movie, starring a young Natalie Wood, was famously shot on location at Macy’s, during the actual 1946 Thanksgiving Parade, and in a NYC post office and courthouse.
  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947)The dashing Cary Grant plays the role of Dudley, a “human” angel who uses his charms to help a bishop and his wife (David Niven and Loretta Young) patch up their lives before Christmas arrives.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971) – Each Christmas, this wonderful variety show featured some of the most memorable and enjoyable performances shown on television.
  • Dragnet (1949) – A boy and his gift go missing on Christmas in this popular Dragnet radio special.
  • A Christmas Carol (1951) – This black & white version from the U.K., staring classic actor Alastair Sim as Scrooge, is considered to be the best on-screen adaptation of Dicken’s fateful Christmas Eve tale.
  • The Whistler (1951) – A radio detective story set against the backdrop of Christmas Eve in Panama City.
  • Six Shooter (1953) – Jimmy Stewart guest stars in this radio Western version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

‘Tis the Season – for Shopping with Seniors

November 30, 2018

Shopping is a big part of the holiday season and is an activity that really can be a lot of fun – even for senior citizens. Over the next few weeks, most of us will make many trips to the shops and malls (and online websites) searching for gifts, holiday outfits, cards and groceries that are essential for a fun and festive Christmas and Hanukkah. Seniors enjoy this process as well and appreciate being included – especially when shopping trips are planned with them in mind.  Here are a few easy ways to do that:

  • Help seniors make a list (and check it twice) – It is always a good rule to be prepared before heading out to the mall to know what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. Offer to help seniors write down what they want or need to buy and then focus on going to stores that most likely will have what they want. You may need to help seniors track what they have purchased and what they have spent.
  • Shop early and during the week – Malls and smaller shopping centers are least crowded during times when most people are at work or at school. Take advantage of this by timing your trip to start well before noon and try to end right before (or perhaps after) lunch. Shopping can tire anyone out so keep it short and maybe take two or three trips before Christmas to break up the chore.
  • Take advantage of gift-wrapping services – Many stores or malls have free or low-cost gift wrapping during the holidays. Seniors who may have some physical limitations may appreciate having this job handled by someone else.  Just be sure to label each box immediately and keep track of what is in each wrapped box so you don’t forget anything when the big day arrives!
  • See the sights – While you are out and about with a senior citizen, be sure to make one or two stops simply to enjoy some holiday decorations and perhaps some caroling. Malls and downtown spaces are often dressed up early in the season and offer special touches such as singing, music and cocoa.
  • Take a virtual shopping trip – If the weather or illness get in the way of a trip to the mall, online shopping is the way to go! Help seniors safely shop online by navigating to only trusted and secure websites, finding online coupons and discount codes, and helping them take advantage of things such as free gift wrap and shipping. Most importantly, help them through the payment process so you know it’s done correctly and securely. If seniors do not have a credit card or do not want to put their credit information online, offer to pay for them and let them write you a check.  It is best to do all online shopping before December 10, so you are certain packages arrive well before Christmas.
  • If the senior citizen lives in a retirement or assisted living community, be sure to check the activity calendar to see if they are hosting any in-house craft fairs, bazaars, or other events that might be good for holiday gift or clothes shopping. These types of events are the most convenient and are usually a lot of fun (with plenty of cocoa, music and friendship).

Holiday shopping with seniors can be fun and enjoyable – and can add to all the wonder of the season!

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with Seniors

November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving is always a time for family, friends, football and parades, and we at The Saybrook at Haddam happily celebrate all! We are already preparing for our annual Thanksgiving Day filled with all of the traditional favorites.  Our beautiful dining room is decorated elegantly and the kitchen team is working overtime to prepare everyone’s beloved dishes (and desserts).  We also will be celebrating with activities and entertainment, and by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and plenty of football on television.

Some residents head out for their Thanksgiving meals with friends and family – carrying on their own traditions.  Some stay local and others travel to meet up with loved ones.  This change of pace to their daily routines and the change of scenery often adds to the excitement of the season. Our wellness team is happy to help residents prepare for travel if needed by organizing medicines or sending along any other health-related information. This helps ensure time away with family is stress-free and more enjoyable for all.

Regardless of how and where you are celebrating Thanksgiving, we would like to suggest a few fun ways to maximize time with elderly relatives.  We like to encourage as much interaction between generations as possible – and one of the best ways is simply through conversation.  Have younger children write down open-ended questions such as:

  • “How did you celebrate Thanksgiving when you were growing up?”
  • “What was school like when you were young?”
  • “What was your favorite Thanksgiving Day food that you helped make when you were young?”

Have kids put their many questions into a basket or jar and pass around the table for everyone – including grandparents – to take a turn picking out a question and sharing an answer.  You could have someone video tape the conversation to add to your family history and archives (and perhaps to share on social media).

Other ways to share quality time with older family members include making a simple centerpiece for the dining room table, doing a puzzle together, or playing cards.  Everyone can participate in these types of activities – and enjoy the friendship and conversation that is sure to come about.

For residents who stay at The Saybrook at Haddam over the holidays, we offer plenty of entertainment and activities to set the tone for a wonderful holiday season.  We always open our community to friends, family and other visitors to share their time with us – and stay for a chef-prepared meal. We do have two private dining rooms for families to host small meals.  Simply talk with our kitchen staff to make reservations and arrangements. And, we have our Country Kitchen which is available any time of day to do some of your own baking.  The ideas are endless, so bring your best ones to us and let us help you make the holidays a wonderful time for the senior citizens in your life – and for all!

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Senior Citizens and the Flu

November 1, 2018

The Saybrook at Haddam’s Wellness Team hosted its flu shot clinic this week, which is a vital and convenient service we provide for residents each year.  We know age weakens our immune defenses which means older people are most vulnerable to severe flu disease – sometimes even sending them to the intensive care unit.  So, to help fight the flu, it makes great sense that we do all we can do to build up our defenses early in the flu season.

It is important to note that the Center for Disease Control recommends people 65 years and older get a flu shot and not a nasal spray vaccine.  This should be done annually because flu immunity wanes over a year and because viruses (and therefore vaccinations) change each year.  It is also important to note that it takes about two weeks for actually immunity from vaccination to set in after so getting vaccinated earlier is better.

The CDC recommends seniors receive either a high-dose or adjuvanted flu vaccine (vs. standard-dose seasonal shots). Some mild side effects can include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, muscle ache and malaise.

As always, the Wellness Team at The Saybrook at Haddam recommends everyone take precautions by covering coughs, washing hands often (or using Purel which is located throughout the community) and avoiding people who are sick.  Additionally, the team is available to discuss vaccinations as well as treatment of colds and flu (symptoms could include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue).  For seniors, it is crucial they begin treatment of the flu within 48 hours after symptoms start, especially if seniors are experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

Many families tell us they are comforted that their loved ones have so many health resources available to them at The Saybrook at Haddam.  There are many eyes and ears watching carefully for any signs of illness and health monitoring takes place directly and indirectly on a daily basis.  When an issue is suspected, families and physicians are contacted and treatment is planned immediately.

We hope all families remember that flu vaccination has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses, hospital visits, and even length of ICU stays. For residents or friends who may have missed our flu shot clinic, we suggest visiting a pharmacy or doctor’s office soon as the cold season is upon us!

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

 

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Renewing Marriage Vows & Celebrating Life Together

October 15, 2018

Life is full of celebrations and as we age, each happy event becomes more meaningful.  Ceremonies are held for various events that bring family and friends together to share joy and be a part of a larger purpose. Weddings, of course, are one of the most special occasions that we share and now, increasingly, wedding vow renewal ceremonies are taking center state.  After many years of marriage, some bride and grooms are moved to renew their vows to each other and celebrate their enduring love.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we think this is a wonderful thing to do and so this week we are celebrating weddings and renewing the vows of many couples living at our retirement and assisted living community.

Why renew vows?  This is not a requirement in a couple’s married life, but sometimes the act of a formal renewal gives a marriage a little boost or serves to inspire other people to strive for life-long commitment. After his first marriage renewal ceremony, the Rev. Steve Stockman remarked to the New York Times,“In a world where marriage is fragile and flighty, here were a couple declaring their love after all of these years. It was a moving ceremony and a great testimony to a society that needs to hear this kind of committed love.”

While some renewal ceremonies include a complete reenactment, travel to a destination, or a full-blown reception, ours will be simple.  Couples will gather in our beautiful front lobby, reaffirm the promises they originally made to each other (to be true to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor each other all the days of their lives) and celebrate with great music and some delicious wedding cake.  We appreciate that many residents are sharing photos and other mementos from their wedding day.  It will be a day to make new memories and promises, and to show gratitude towards each other.

We found it interesting that the trend of wedding vow renewals is growing around the country and across religions. Rabbi Naftali Silberberg from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute says marriage renewals can serve a valuable purpose and perhaps should be done more frequently. He explains that in the Jewish faith, a marriage is actually renewed at every moment, so a “renewal” is really more of a celebration of how the relationship has grown and matured, and how a couple’s appreciation for each other has blossomed and flourished.  In this light, he says, a renewal could be a “time to recommit to each other, this time with more feeling, with more profound devotion—it is time to actively resolve to take the relationship to the next level.”

At The Saybrook at Haddam, we agree and we are ready to celebrate just that!

 

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

How About Them Apples?

October 3, 2018

Recently, residents at The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood celebrated the start of the fall season with a game of “bowling with apples.” Residents had a lot of fun playing this silly tabletop game – and everyone laughed as we challenged our dexterity, concentration, and motor skills to try to roll apples. When the game was done, our chef gathered and washed the apples then baked them with a little cinnamon.  Nothing smells like autumn more than cooked apples!

This is just one example of how we develop activities and entertainment that embrace each season, get everyone involved, and add to the quality of everyday life for senior citizens and their families. Keeping a careful eye on the attitude and aptitude of each resident, we fill our days in ways that make the most of each moment.  We love to travel to local destinations, host local entertainers, and tackle as many games and activities as we can handle. Family and friends are always invited to join us, of course, which makes each event even more special and memorable.

Throughout the rest of the autumn season, we have planned outdoor picnics, “leaf peeping” joy rides, special seasonal meals, and other fall-related activities.  One of our favorites is painting pumpkins (and gourds), trick-or-treating and costume parades with young family members, and lots of music and entertainment. It is very hard to be bored or feel lonely at The Saybrook at Haddam!

For families looking to involve the senior citizens in their lives with fall celebrations and activities, we offer a few of our favorite suggestions:

Make some natural crafts – Go outside together and gather some natural items such as fallen leaves, acorns, pebbles and pine cones, then glue them together to make a “sculpture” or centerpiece. Or, place items in a glass jar then wrap with raffia or burlap ribbon.  Add some dried flowers or plants for extra flair.  If you choose to include cattails or milkweed pods, spray first with a fixative so they don’t shed.

Try some “old-fashioned” flower pressing — Pick some late-summer/early-spring foliage and flowers, place between wax paper, and insert into large books.  When they are properly dried, place into a picture frame, add to a decoupage project (such as a bird house or jar), or glue onto nice card stock for custom notecards.

Take a fall trip – Drive your grandparents to a local orchard for apple picking, find a pumpkin and gourd patch to walk through, or visit an arboretum or garden center.  Look for places with hay rides, apple cider (or, better yet, cider donuts), places to walk pets, and perhaps a hay bale or two to take a rest.

Host a themed party – From football to Halloween to Thanksgiving, there are many days and reasons to host a fun party.  Keep your senior-citizen-aged friends in mind when setting the time (early to late afternoon is best) and menu (mix in softer foods and less-spicy options), and entertainment (not too loud or agitating).

Quality of life for seniors includes lots of socializing and participation.  We hope these ideas inspire new ways families can include senior citizens into their enjoyment and celebration of this much-favored season!  Of course, don’t forget those baked apples!

For a private tour of The Saybrook at Haddam or its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact David Downey at 860-345-3779.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

We’re happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information about The Saybrook at Haddam.

Request Information or Schedule a Tour

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sign-up for Our Newsletter

Copyright ©2019The Saybrook at Haddam