Pacifica Senior Living Blog

Pet Therapy: How Animals Can Help Seniors Thrive

Mar 22, 2023 11:58:55 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Well-Being, Pets


Animals play an amazing and important role in our lives, from working animals to household pets, therapy dogs, or farm animals, connecting with animals can have a profound impact on people. Pets, and animals in general, can bring out the best in us.

Pet and animal assisted therapy has many benefits, especially for older adults. Animal interactions provide a sense of unconditional love, tactile connections, and mental stimulation to seniors and residents of Senior Living communities.

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Benefits of Nature: How Spending Time Outside Can Help Your Mind, Body, & Soul

Mar 17, 2023 11:37:27 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Health and Wellness


With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to get outside. Being in nature and enjoying time outside has so many benefits for physical and mental health - especially for older adults and seniors.

Outdoor spaces have the power to help improve health and overall psychological wellbeing, can bring a sense of connectedness, and boost both mood and cognitive ability. Overall, spending time in nature can have a profound and positive effect on a number of aspects of our lives, so getting out in the natural world is an important part of our daily lives and routines.

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Bon Appetit Pan Seared Chili Rubbed Filet

Mar 14, 2023 12:53:32 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Dining, Recipes


Enjoy this flavorful filet dish from Chef Renee Jann of Pacifica Senior Living Paradise Valley. This Pan Seared Chili Rubbed Filet is paired with a hearty root vegetable hash, and topped with a pomegranate glaze for the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and a little bit tart.

Together, the elements of the dish
make for an amazing meal that was voted the third place winner in our Annual Culinary Competition.You can find the full recipe for both the steak and root hash below so you can try it at home! 

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Women's Day: Residents Share Changes in Women's Rights In Their Lives

Mar 7, 2023 12:56:34 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Holidays


International Women’s Day is a time when we celebrate the strength, resilience, and power of women, as well as look back at the progress and changes that have been made towards equality and women’s rights.

As we continue to strive for a more equal society for all, it is important to remember those who have pushed the boundaries, challenged the norms, and fought for women's rights, freedoms and empowerment.

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Top 10 Questions about Assisted Living, Answered

Feb 28, 2023 2:55:49 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Assisted Living


Deciding when you or a loved one should make the move to a senior living community, and deciding what type of care or home they need can seem like a daunting or even overwhelming process. Between understanding different care options to knowing what to look for in a community, you and your family will likely have a lot of questions.

We have compiled a list of questions and answers for some of the most common questions associated with Assisted Living, to help you along your journey to finding the senior livingcare option that best suits your needs.

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Touch & Memory Care: The Power Of Touch Therapy for Dementia Residents

Feb 22, 2023 1:20:00 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Memory Care


Physical Effects of Human Touch

Our memories are intricately connected to our senses. Whether it is a smell that brings us back to a specific time or place, a song that reminds us of past experiences, or even colors that we associate strongly with certain feelings, our senses help us form and retain some of our most powerful memories.

Touch, too, can have a strong and deep reaction - especially when it comes to memories and assisting those in Memory Care.

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Bon Appetit Thai Chili Salmon

Feb 21, 2023 11:39:14 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Dining, Recipes


Enjoy this spicy and zesty Thai chili pan seared salmon form Meridian at Lantana. This delicious dish is packed full of flavor, and is accompanied by nutritious spinach and pepper sauté, as well as scalloped potato tumble and sweet potato strawsEach aspect does together to make a spectacular dish that was voted the second place winner in our Annual Culinary Competition. Chef Michael Brown adds heat and personality to this fabulous dish for a meal you'll son remember.

Check out the recipe below to try it for yourself at home, or come visit Meridian at Lantana to try one of Chef Micheal's other amazing dishes.  Our creative culinary teams love coming up with new and exciting dishes like this one, and our competition judges were blown away by the creativity. If you love salmon, or bold and spicy flavors, this chili fish dish is perfect for you.

You can learn more about Chef Micheal Brown below, or check out some of other winning dishes. 

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Valentine's Day: Celebrating Love in All its Forms

Feb 13, 2023 10:53:41 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Holidays


Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love - in all its forms! Whether that means a romantic evening with a partner, a gal-pal day, games with friends, or reminiscing with family, Valentine’s Day is a great time to reflect and share appreciation for the special people in our lives.

When it comes to our senior living communities, we love to celebrate love! One of our favorite things is seeing the new friendships and bonds that form between residents and neighbors within our communities.

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Super Bowl 2023: Celebrating the Big Game

Feb 8, 2023 11:35:23 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Activities


It’s that time of year again, and our communities across the country are ramping up for America’s most watched sporting event - the Super Bowl! Football is a great sport supported by fans young and old, and is a great way to bring together families and friends from all generations. 

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Bon Appetit Pork and Rice

Feb 7, 2023 11:05:26 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Dining, Recipes


Enjoy this juicy and flavorful marinated pork recipe from Meridian at Westwood. This delicious dish is a quick and easy meal you can make and pair with your favorite side dish or vegetable. Chef Rashard Gardner adds the flavor and flare to this dish with powdered mushrooms and cooking wine, and serves it with a side of pineapple rice. You can find both recipes below.

Try this at home for yourself, or come visit us at Meridian at Westwood to discover some of the amazing meals we are cooking up. Our culinary teams are always working to provide new and exciting meals for our residents that keep nutrition and flavor in mind. You can learn more about Chef Gardener below, and find the recipe to make this new community favorite dish.

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