Happy 4th of July! This Independence Day we celebrate all things America and enjoy being in one another’s company. Fourth of July is a time for fun, games, good food, and even better company. This weekend, many local neighborhoods and towns will hold Independence Day parades, fireworks shows, or revolutionary war reenactments all of which celebrate the American revolution that gave American colonies independence from Great Britain, our founding fathers, and the creation of the declaration of Independence.
Memory and sense are closely connected. A smell, a feel, or a sound can often evoke strong memories. Music therapy is an important tool in Memory Care fields that can be used to help those dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss conditions.
Music is powerful and emotional. Sounds are so closely linked with internal memories and muscle memories, that often we connect sounds with recollections without even realizing it. If you’ve ever tapped along to a song unconsciously, or remembered all the words to an old childhood tune, you’ve experienced the power music can have in evoking deep, internal memories.
As we age, getting around can become more difficult, while some might opt to continue driving, many older adults decide to stop driving or give up their license for a variety of reasons - be it visibility, mobility issues, disabilities, or simply not wanting to deal with the upkeep and cost of a vehicle and the responsibilities that come with it.
But just because they no longer drive doesn’t mean they don’t want to be able to get around with ease. Ensuring our residents feel a strong sense of independence and freedom is important to us at Pacifica, and a core part of the services that we offer in our communities.
At Pacifica Senior Living we strive to build a culture that is accepting, loving and supportive of everyone. Inclusivity and equality are at the heart of what we do, and part of our core values of care. Through the month of June, many of our communities have been celebrating Pride, a time in which we celebrate love in all its forms.
Pride Month, and events like gay pride parades have been held since 1970, which marked the first pride event. This first demonstration was held as a memorial to the one year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It is a time to look back on all the hard-fought progress that has been made for LGBTQIA rights and freedoms, as well as reflect on what changes may still be needed.
Risotto is a classic Italian rice dish, originally from the Lombardy area of Italy. It is made of short grain rice that is cooked slowly with broth or stock in a way that creates a creamy, silky and decadent dish.
Risotto is a great example of an elevated simple dish. It uses simple ingredients (rice, butter and stock), a careful technique and lots of love to create something truly delicious. You can top your risotto with just about anything, from parmesan cheese, to fresh green peas, bacon, or -as in this case - delicious seafood.
This recipe takes risotto to the next level with fresh shrimp, scallops, calms and a pop of saffron. It is a luxurious dish that’s sure to impress. It's perfect for a romantic date, a special meal, or a dinner party with friends.
Our Employee Spotlight this month is the wonderful Lori, of West Park Senior Living.
Lori is a caring and thoughtful part of the Pacifica team, who goes above and beyond in her communities. She strives to make a difference each day for her residents and team members, building a culture of care, acceptance and compassion for all. She has been with us for six years, and worked her way up in the company, becoming a huge asset to the Pacifica team.
Summer is a great time to make a change, make a move, or take that big next step. If you’ve been thinking about making the move to a senior living community, there is no better time than now!
Getting to know a community, and what services, amenities and levels of care they have is a great way to ensure that community best fits your unique needs. At Pacifica Senior Living, we offer Active 55+ communities, Independent Living, Heartland™ Assisted Living, and Legacies™ Memory Care.
There’s no one in the world quite like your father.
A father is a child’s first hero.
When you’re young, he holds your hand so you don’t fall. Teaches you to ride a bike. Reads your favorite books. Helps you surprise Mom.
And, as you grow older, you realize the changing importance of Dad. When his arm’s not around you – through whatever life throws your way – he has your back with years of wisdom and insight.
All you Dads: Today, the world needs you.
Fathers and father figures are often pillars of wisdom, knowledge and advice in our lives. As we gear up to celebrate father’s day in our communities, we asked our residents to share what fatherhood means to them, or what their relationship with their father taught them. Here are just some of the heart warming and inspiring stories from across our communities.