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What is an Active Adult 55+ Community?

Mar 30, 2022 1:36:49 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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Active 55+ communities are apartment and resort-style senior housing communities specifically designed for older adults seeking independent living without the hassle of home upkeep. These housing options allow residents to enjoy the benefits of luxury community living without worrying about the maintenance, costs, and chores associated with homeownership. There are a multitude of benefits to seniors interested in 55+ housing and for those who may need care in the future, and Pacifica Senior Living is the perfect option.

These communities feature single-family homes or newly renovated private apartments at affordable prices, helping seniors reduce living costs without decreasing their quality of life. These housing options are situated in prime locations near shopping centers, bustling neighborhoods, art districts, and beautiful landscapes to allow for the optimal living experience.

55+ residents tend to be active, sociable members of their community, and they love being able to get out and about in their neighborhood with friends and family. Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace, for example, is a gorgeous community in the heart of the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon. It is an ideal location for low-maintenance housing for those still wanting to enjoy an active, social lifestyle in a highly desirable location. 

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Tips for Finding the Best Assisted Living Community

Mar 25, 2022 1:42:16 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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Finding assisted living is a monumental event in a person’s life, not only for the person seeking this living option, but for their family as well. It can be a daunting process filled with many questions during an emotionally vulnerable time.

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Health Around the Holidays

Dec 8, 2021 2:13:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in News & Updates, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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Health Around the Holidays

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National Cancer Awareness Day

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

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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's February Vaccination Update

Mar 4, 2021 11:17:50 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Pacifica Senior Living Communities, Health and Wellness

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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 News & Updates, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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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 News & Updates, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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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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Why Choose Senior Living Now?

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

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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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A Delicious, Nutritious Plant-Based Diet

Mar 4, 2021 10:14:35 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in News & Updates, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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As we age, our dietary needs inevitably change. Most adults can attest to a significant change in metabolism from those teenage years when you could eat whatever you wanted and never suffer any undue consequences. But this is especially true as years continue to pass and we move from middle age to senior years. In order to maintain a vibrant and healthy lifestyle, it’s necessary to take some vital steps in ensuring healthy aging.

One great way to manage your health as you age—along with aiding in weight loss, boosting the immune system, controlling blood sugar, salt intake, fat intake, and more—is to switch to a plant-based diet. This type of diet centers around whole, minimally-processed foods, limits or avoids foods that come from animals, and focuses on food that grows from the ground or on trees. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains are all a part of a balanced diet, but can also be used creatively as the basis for a complete pattern of consumption that creates healthy eating habits without sacrificing any of the flavor of your favorite recipes.

To many, plant-based diet brings to mind chewing on a celery stalk or slowly devouring a giant bowl of lettuce and calling it a whole meal. But this doesn’t have to be the case. A plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to only eat plants like a vegetarian or vegan would. Pescatarians eat fish in addition to a plant-based diet. Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs, but not dairy. Lacto-vegetarians consume dairy products, but not eggs. All of these diets include meat and dairy options, but are still centered around healthy servings of fruits and vegetables. As a rule, to get the most out of a healthy plant-based diet, most of your plate should be made up of fruits, vegetables, starches, legumes and grains. The plant based choices should make up the bulk of each meal, with meat or other non-vegetarian options serving as simply a side or even a garnish to complement the bounty of other choices.

If you are thinking of embarking upon a plant-based diet, you don’t need to start off as a full-vegan to get the best heart and health benefits. First, focus on eating more vegetables, whole grains, and fruits in place of unhealthy foods. Choose less processed foods, such as replacing white rice with brown rice. Then focus on alternative sources of protein—to replace large servings of meat—like guava, asparagus, quinoa, kale, and oatmeal. And for calcium-rich foods, give sesame seeds, chickpeas, almonds, bok choy, and coconut milk a try.

Experiment. Try foods you’ve never tasted before. Challenge yourself to make veggie versions of foods you love. For instance, replace a ground beef with grilled Portobello mushroom for a hearty burger. You’ll be surprised at how many foods you love have plant-based equivalents. Vegan mayonnaise and pasta sauces, for example, can be made from cashews.

If this sounds good to you, be assured it’s never too late to make this change, no matter what age. With a plant-based diet, odds are you’ll soon be feeling better, looking better, and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

At Pacifica Senior Living, we train our chefs and kitchens to be able to provide our residents with a variety of different dietary options for the benefit of their health and well-being. We are able to accommodate different textural diet options ordered by a physician, but beyond that, many of our communities also offer vegetarian, gluten free, and organic options for those interested in these healthy alternatives. We know how important it is that our residents have their dietary needs met while still offering delicious meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and strive to meet those preferences through a variety of delicious and creative choices. This is just one of the many ways we ensure that all of our residents get to live their best-possible lives while members of the Pacifica Family.

We invite you to visit one of our communities and sample of our delicious meals, in person or to-go, and we are certain you’ll see be pleased with our expertly crafted fare. We sincerely believe that our culinary offerings satisfy a wide array of tastes and preferences while delivering the daily nutritional essentials that help our residents continue to thrive. You won’t be disappointed!

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What to Look For When Choosing A Senior Living Community

Mar 4, 2021 9:54:30 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in News & Updates, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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