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National Cancer Awareness Day

Nov 7, 2021 9:24:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living

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On November 7th, Pacifica Senior Living communities nationwide will be recognizing National Cancer Awareness Day to bring attention to the many brave individuals fighting cancer and promote increased awareness  about one of the world’s most prevalent diseases. 

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Pacifica Senior Living Ranked Top 20 Nationwide For Senior Living!

Oct 12, 2021 2:02:57 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare, Awards, Healthcare and General News

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Argentum has released their 2021 rankings of senior living providers across the United States, and Pacifica Senior Living is proud to take a spot within the Top 20 Nationwide for Senior Living Overall and the 14th Largest Assisted Living provider.

 

Each year, Argentum ranks senior living providers across America to help families learn more about which companies are located throughout their region of the country. Argentum is the leading association in the United States providing dedicated support for companies managing resident-centered retirement living communities. Since the company was formed in 1990, they have strived to promote enhanced quality of life provided by senior living communities nationwide. 

 

With 7,924 units total and 3,915 Assisted Living units, Pacifica Senior Living ranks as the 20th largest provider for senior living nationwide (8th in Memory Care and the 14th largest provider for Assisted Living!). 

 

Our communities are located across the Western half of the United States and along the East Coast. Families will find assisted living, independent living, and memory care at our communities, each providing a customized approach that puts residents at the center of their routine. 

 

Families are welcome to learn more about their nearest Pacifica Senior Living communities by using our residence locator. We welcome families to tour our communities, getting a firsthand look at what it means to call Pacifica Senior Living home

 

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5 Signs of Dementia Around Holidays

Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare, Healthcare and General News

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During holidays, it’s common tradition to travel across state or international borders to visit family we don’t see everyday. Whether we live near or far from our loved ones, holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah are the time of year to catch up with those we may not have visited throughout the year. 

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Increase in Dementia

Sep 10, 2021 11:07:57 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living, General Healthcare, Memory Care

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According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 55 million people throughout the world are living with dementia. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease include dementia as a symptom, causing an individual to lose their memory and cognitive function. Data from the WHO suggests dementia costs families $1.3 trillion per year. 

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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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