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Memory Care Coming To Lantana and Ocala!

Mar 9, 2021 9:26:40 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, Pacifica Senior Living Ocala, Memory Care, Meridian At Lantana

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Here at Pacifica Senior Living, we are always excited to introduce new communities joining our family and with that announcing new program offerings. Today, it’s our pleasure to share a great new addition to two of our Florida communities. Commencing this spring, Pacifica Senior Living Ocala and The Meridian at Lantana will be offering our award-winning LegaciesTM Memory Care program to help Florida’s seniors navigate their memory care journey with comfort and dignity.

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Creativity and Engagement Through Crafting

Mar 4, 2021 11:30:58 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare, Memory Care

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Crafting is something that many of us enjoy, regardless of age. Old and young alike, there is something wonderfully calming and nostalgic about sitting down with needles and yarn, paint and a brush, a little bit of clay, or even just some fabric remnants and letting your creative side take over. As we age, our mobility can become limited, so crafting also becomes one of the few activities in which seniors can actively participate as fully as younger folks, and it comes with a variety of health benefits that make it a meaningful way to spend an afternoon.

It also brings the added benefit of providing another outlet for reducing stress and lowering blood pressure in seniors. As a low-impact activity that requires focus and patience, it is cognitively challenging and a great option for those looking to help maintain or boost their memory during. While crafting may not often be on a doctor’s list of prescribed medicines, it’s a surefire way to help boost the health of seniors, and can also provide benefits to the well-being of both caregivers and seniors alike because it is an activity that can be enjoyed together.

A few specific craft related activities that promote wellness include the following:

Painting
The beautiful thing about painting is that there are many mediums to choose from—oils and acrylics to paint-by-numbers or even finger-painting if you’re not afraid of a little mess, seniors can paint the way they want to and paint the images they want. Deciding what you want to paint and how to paint it is also a big part of the fun and appeal of the activity. Perhaps most importantly, painting is a fantastic stress reducer, and according to doctors, repetitive movements help release serotonin, helping to boost mood and can even reduce symptoms of depression.

Knitting 
Many seniors may already know how to knit or crochet, but if not, it’s easy to learn while still being a great example of the kind of relaxing entertainment we’re talking about. Plus, this is an activity where it’s easy to start small and expand to a bigger project as your skills develop. This means that whether you are crocheting a potholder or a full-size quilt, you will get the same kind of benefits in connection with dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and focus skills, no matter what size project you’re working on. 

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Celebrating Love With Pacifica

Mar 4, 2021 11:25:16 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, Community Spotlight, Valentine's Day

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Big Changes Coming in Dementia Research

Mar 4, 2021 11:20:09 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare, Memory Care

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A quick visit to the Alzheimer’s Association page reveals a startling fact: 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It is no doubt one of the most devastating diseases we face today. This statistic doesn’t even account for the other types of dementia such as Lewy body, vascular, and frontotemporal. We desperately need to make some progress in our ongoing research for a cure.

Therefore, when a $1.4 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill that was passed and signed December 27th, 2020, it was cause for celebration. A portion of this bill endows a stunning $3.1 Billion to Alzheimer’s and dementia research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) just for the year 2021 alone. Not only does this represent an extra $300 Million when compared to the previous year, it also stands for a great leap forward in memory-loss research in how the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement are going to use these additional funds.

Regarding the additional omnibus funds, The Alzheimer’s Association said, “We are grateful to the bill’s cosponsors and congressional leaders for prioritizing provider education which will lead to better health outcomes for people living with dementia and their caregivers…We are grateful to our longtime congressional champions for their steadfast commitment on behalf of the millions of Americans living with this devastating and fatal disease.” This speaks volumes about the kind of impact that this increased funding will have and what kind of progress this kind of NIH money can represent when being put to such a good use.

As perhaps the most well-known Alzheimer’s and dementia organization, The Alzheimer’s Association funds a wide variety of research into Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, including research projects aimed to identify the disease's origins, preventative measures, and with ongoing perseverance, someday a cure. In aggressive pursuit of their vision of a world without Alzheimer’s, the Association made its largest-ever research investment in 2019 with more than 162 unique scientific investigations being funded by them. They also continue to hold their Walk to End Alzheimer’s events year after year, and have raised millions alone through this annual offering that draws so many loved ones to come out in support of this cause.

At Pacifica Senior Living, we, like you, look forward to a world without Alzheimer’s and dementia, a world where our award-winning LegaciesTM Memory Care program can be a thing of the past. We look forward to opportunities to share good news with you on this research front whenever it becomes available. However, as long as memory-loss conditions are a reality that we must continue to grapple with, we will continue to provide the high-quality care that your loved ones need in an environment that promotes wellness and engagement.

We invite you to call or send us an email today for more information about our LegaciesTM Memory Care or other care programs at Pacifica Senior Living communities across the country.
We’d love to welcome you to our family.

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Pacifica's February Vaccination Update

Mar 4, 2021 11:17:50 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, COVID 19

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After months of diligent efforts to protect our family of residents and essential workers, we are thrilled to announce that our vaccination effort in communities across the country has both started well and continues to go well as we work toward 100% vaccination for our residents and staff at Pacifica Senior Living.

Since December, when we were one of the first senior living companies to procure the vaccine under the Phase I vaccination process, we have been able to provide the vaccines to the majority of our residents and team members, and are quickly approaching every community.Pacifica Senior Living is excited that all of our senior living communities have COVID-19 vaccination dates in place. Our vaccination clinics for both residents and staff are well underway with 99% of all communities already receiving their first dose, and several communities have already had their second vaccine dose administered. Not only does the vaccine protect each person that receives it, but it protects the community as well. As we look forward to the end of this long and difficult time, we are thankful to so many who have demonstrated both determination and perseverance in ensuring all our residents and employees have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

While we continue to see our residents and staff receive the vaccine, we remain ever-mindful of our goal to continue to promote the well-being of our communities by up-to-date health and safety protocols. Our mission is to provide compassionate, personalized care services with dignity and respect, and it is our chief focus while participating in these clinics over the next weeks and months. We look forward to sharing more updates with you as we walk through this new and exciting time!

If you’d like to know more about Pacifica Senior Living, we invite you to visit any of our communities across the nation, and we look forward to an opportunity to welcome you to the Pacifica Family.

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Pets As Far As the Eye Can See

Mar 4, 2021 11:14:38 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains awakened.”
- Anatole France
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Making Ageism A Thing of the Past

Mar 4, 2021 11:09:52 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare

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America is getting older every day. While that may sound a bit obvious, it’s true in a way you probably don’t expect. As the Baby Boomer generation—one of the largest in American history—enters their golden years, they represent the largest segment of population boom in the country between now and 2030 (and possibly beyond). One of the unfortunate challenges that often arises as this segment of the population gets older is ageism.

As we explore this negative view of aging, lets first start with a clear definition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ageism is, “The stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age.” While this definition is pretty broad, it does incorporate quite a bit of what America’s senior citizens have had to put up with over the years, and what they may have to look forward to in the future if attitudes do not change. Thankfully, there is good reason to believe that these attitudes towards the 65-and-older crowd will change as we get into 2021 and beyond.

For starters, as this age group represents a greater percentage of the overall population, their needs and concerns will become a greater priority in general. The need for accessibility, housing, dining, and entertainment options for this age group will continue to grow as they age and express their desires for healthy aging (hint: it’s not at all like their parents’ idea of retirement!) and inevitably that will have a huge ripple effect on many businesses and industries. This alone sets this group of individuals up as a highly influential component of our society, and that carries with it a certain level of respect. But is that enough?

Despite the large, influential number of our population who continue to age year after year, there is still a need to acknowledge that ageism does indeed exist and to take the responsibility to engage and advocate for those “norms” to be removed from our daily interactions with seniors. We can do that by rejecting negative stereotypes that associated with aging as well as making the effort to stand up for those who have been discriminated against by various kinds of behaviors and comments. It only takes a moment to remind others that those seniors many want to overlook are a veritable repository of wisdom and experience and heeding their advice can only be beneficial to all who listen.

As professionals in the senor living world, we must always seek opportunities to ensure our residents voices are heard, from showing respect at the community level to lobbying for continued legislation that directly benefits the senior population. Many of our employees have spent the whole of their professional career advocating to make the lives of those we serve better; a cause we remain committed to each day. But, even if you don’t work in the senior living world you can still make a difference with those who are within your sphere of influence. As Martin Luther King Jr said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing at Pacifica Senior Living to help America’s seniors live peacefully and respectfully every single day, we would welcome the opportunity to communicate with you. We’d love to have you join in making make a better life for senior citizens everywhere.

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Pacifica Has 21 Caring Award Winners in 2021!

Mar 4, 2021 11:07:39 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, Awards

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Pacifica Senior Living works tirelessly to ensure that every resident in our communities country-wide receives not only the professional, compassionate, and person-centered care that they deserve, but that we also help enable them to live a life that is engaging and purposeful well into their retirement years. At the heart of all of our programs, from Independent Living to LegaciesTM Memory Care, this central mission of providing high-quality senior living that not only meets expectations, but exceeds them.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce that our efforts are being recognized with one of the finest and most prestigious awards a senior living community can receive, the 2021 Caring.com Caring Star or Caring Super Star!

21 Pacifica Senior Living communities received the award this year, continuing the great tradition we have of providing excellence to our residents, families, and associates who are all part of the Pacifica Senior Living Family.

As we celebrate this great achievement, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of Pacifica, from chefs and residents to caregivers and family members, for serving as the inspiration and the architects of the many award-winning communities operate. Your commitment and dedication to our communities have served as the solid foundation upon which our success has been built. Thank you for everything you do as a member of the Pacifica Senior Living Family.

We are happy to start this new year celebrating this well-earned designation in so many of our locations, and we look forward to a bright and prosperous 2021.

If you would like to view full list of award-winning Pacifica Senior Living communities, please click here.

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Over 60 Communities Voted Best of Senior Living 2021!

Mar 4, 2021 11:05:42 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, Awards

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Pacifica Senior Living works tirelessly to ensure that every resident in our communities country-wide receives not only the professional, compassionate, and person-centered care that they deserve, but that we also help enable them to live a life that is engaging and purposeful well into their retirement years. At the heart of all of our programs, from Independent Living to LegaciesTM Memory Care, this central mission of providing high-quality senior living that not only meets expectations, but exceeds them.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce that our efforts are being recognized with one of the finest and most prestigious awards a senior living community can receive, the Senior Advisor Best in Senior Living for 2021!

Over 60 Pacifica Senior Living communities received the award this year, continuing the great tradition we have of providing excellence to our residents, families, and associates who are all part of the Pacifica Senior Living Family.

As we celebrate this great achievement, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of Pacifica, from chefs and residents to caregivers and family members, for serving as the inspiration and the architects of the many award-winning communities operate. Your commitment and dedication to our communities have served as the solid foundation upon which our success has been built. Thank you for everything you do as a member of the Pacifica Senior Living Family.

We are happy to start this new year celebrating this well-earned designation in so many of our locations, and we look forward to a bright and prosperous 2021.

If you would like to view full list of award-winning Pacifica Senior Living communities, please click here.

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Why Choose Senior Living Now?

Mar 4, 2021 10:19:11 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living

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As with many adult children, it’s always tough to watch your parents age. It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that those people who have long been your rock and your support may need some additional reinforcements in key areas of daily life. Perhaps you’ve started noticing they are a little more frail, less active, and in some cases, facing some real obstacles in continuing to live independently. Despite the fact that they tell you everything is fine and ask you not to worry, in the back of your mind, you are worried and uncertain. After all, these are the people you have loved your entire life, the people that took care of you. But now it’s your turn to take care of them.

Where do you begin?

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