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Developing Meaningful Social Connections During Your Golden Years

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Once our kids move out of the house and we retire from careers, it may seem as though our daily social opportunities shrink. If we’re not intentional about connecting with others outside our home, retirement can quickly become an isolating experience. We no longer have the same routines that made social interaction a natural occurrence, so we have to come up with new ways of connecting with others on a regular basis.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, explains that socialization is a vital part of living a healthy retirement life. “Social activity is a key factor in remaining physically, emotionally and cognitively healthy,” says Rambarose, “not to mention a great source of purpose and fulfillment. That’s why many seniors choose to retire to a community setting, where social interaction happens naturally and isn’t inhibited by mobility issues or health concerns. Even for seniors living on their own, it’s possible to enjoy the benefits of socialization if they make the effort to build meaningful connections during their retirement years.”

Socializing for Better Health

While it may not seem like being social influences health as much as diet or physical activity, socialization actually plays a huge role in combating the crippling health effects of isolation and encouraging us to get out and about and take better care of ourselves. According to Greater Good Magazine by Berkeley University, socialization can help seniors in a number of ways, including:

  • Keeping the brain sharp and reducing the risk of cognitive decline
  • Promoting an active lifestyle
  • Combating feelings of isolation, which can lead to depression
  • Adding a sense of purpose to daily life
  • Promoting self-care through accountability
  • Creating a social network for support

5 Ideas for Making Meaningful Connections

Despite the undeniable benefits of staying socially active throughout retirement, many seniors struggle to make the meaningful social connections that make life better and brighter. Unfortunately, social connections rarely just happen on their own – we usually have to make the first move or take steps toward opportunities that will make socializing more attainable.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, so depending on your location, health and local opportunities, you’ll need to decide what ways are best for you to make strong connections or meet new people. If going outside your comfort zone is holding you back from enjoying a meaningful social life, maybe ask a trusted friend or your partner to help you get started. The following are a few ideas for how to put yourself in the position to make meaningful connections with others:

  1. Dive into your passions – We all have something we’re passionate about, and if we’re creative, we can find ways to pursue those passions at any point in our lives. By diving into your favorite activities, you’re likely to find others who enjoy the same things. Even if your favorite hobbies are individual activities, such as painting or woodworking, try to find a way to do them with others. Join a class or rent out an hour a week at a public studio. Or, if nothing like that exists in your area, start your own club. Hang flyers in public places to get others interested in joining you for a book club or weekly fishing outings.
  2. Get involved with youth – Seniors have so much to offer the younger generations – and many seniors find that kids give them just as much. Think about how you could get involved with children or teens by volunteering at a local after-school program or church. Maybe you have a special talent and could start teaching lessons. Look to see where your community has a need and offer to help. You could become an important mentor to someone.
  3. Be a better neighbor – You don’t have to go far to make important social connections. Your neighborhood is a great place to start looking for social opportunities. If you have an elderly neighbor who is shut-in or lives alone, offer to bring them a meal and spend some time with them. Maybe there’s a young family on your block who could use a babysitter. By offering to help your neighbors in their daily lives, you can create a strong network of social support throughout your community.
  4. Stay active in your faith – For many, faith and religion are a significant part of life. Participating in your religious community offers many ways to stay social and make valuable relationships with others. If you haven’t been active in a while, going back to worship services or prayer meetings can open doors to new friendships.
  5. Think about senior living – Even if you’re not ready to move to a senior living community, trying out some of the life-enrichment programs at local communities can give you opportunities to meet new people and find a social group. Most senior living communities welcome guests to participate in programs to see if they like the community lifestyle. Take advantage of these opportunities, and you may even find that the social connections available make senior living more attractive.

Love Life Here

Making social connections throughout your retirement years may take some work. It’s not always easy to be vulnerable with new people at this stage in your life. However, when you make the effort, the rewards of meaningful connections are worth the risk.

At Whitney Center, our residents experience daily opportunities for social interactions and develop meaningful connections with neighbors who become best friends and staff who feel like family. We understand that important relationships enhance seniors’ quality of life, so we make social opportunities a priority. It’s just one of the many reasons seniors love life at Whitney Center.

If you’d like to learn more about staying social throughout your retirement years or are curious about life at Whitney Center, contact us today to speak to one of our friendly team members.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

Why Seniors Should Consider Location When Retiring

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When searching for the right senior living community, many seniors and families concentrate on what the community has to offer. They consider the care services, apartment homes, available maintenance, amenities, life-enrichment activities and the general atmosphere. Evaluating what’s inside the community is important, but it’s also wise to think about what’s available beyond the community walls.

“Part of what makes Whitney Center so unique is its fabulous location in the Greater New Haven area,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT. “Our residents lead active roles throughout the greater community by volunteering or participating in local organizations. Although Whitney Center itself has much to offer, these connections to the surrounding area help to keep our residents involved and add meaningful facets to senior life.”

Location. Location. Location.

When it comes to starting a business, location can make or break its success. The same can be said about where we choose to retire. If the location of your chosen community isolates you from the things you love to do, how can you expect to lead a fulfilling lifestyle?

Of course, each person has different priorities when it comes to their retirement. Whatever yours are, make sure you consider how the location of a senior living community complements the people, activities and priorities that matter most. Here are just a few examples to consider:

  • Proximity to Hospitals – For most seniors, health is a major priority. Even if you’re in excellent health when you move to a community, you never know what might happen several years down the road. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the local health scene when deciding on a community. At Whitney Center, residents have confidence in their access to top-tier medical facilities and specialists. Our Hamden location is close to medical centers such as the Yale-New Haven Hospital and the General Practitioners of Hamden. New Haven is also home to excellent cardiologists, oncologists and other specialists.
  • Local Entertainment & Necessities – Wherever you go, it’s nice to know that whatever you need or want to do for fun is within reach. Consider the availability of important resources such as banks, places of worship or public transportation. Also think about the options you’ll have for entertainment. Is the community close to local shops and restaurants? How about movie theaters or parks? Can you walk to these places or will you need transportation? Whitney Center enjoys a prime location amid some of New Haven’s greatest sources of entertainment, including museums, live theatre, educational opportunities and more.
  • Easy for Family to Visit – Some seniors want to retire close to their children and grandchildren. Others hope to find a location that’s different from where they spent the rest of their lives. Whatever your views, you’ll want to consider how easy it will be for family to visit your community. Consider if there are decent hotels in the area, as well as fun activities you can do as a family. Whitney Center welcomes family members to participate in programs on and off campus and join residents for meals. Our location also makes it easy for loved ones to find lodging nearby and choose from an array of family-friendly activities throughout the area.
  • Cultural Opportunities – Retirement is the time to fill your life with what you love most. Whether that’s art, music, sports, education, humanitarian work or something else entirely, you want your home for your retirement years to give you easy access to the things you want to take part in. At Whitney Center, we’re proud to offer excellent cultural opportunities on campus – such as our art gallery and lecture hall – but we’re also connected to many cultural organizations off campus.
  • Nearby Excursions – If traveling is on your retirement to-do list, consider how well your community’s location is suited for frequent adventures. How far away is your community from major cities or airports? Or, if you’re close to urban centers, state or national parks or other landmarks, how easy would it be to explore those places? It’s great to have a gorgeous home base for your retirement lifestyle, but sprinkling in an adventure every now and then can enhance your quality of life. Whitney Center, for example, is close to Hartford and only a few hours away from major cities like Boston and New York.

Picture Yourself Here

Choosing a senior living community is a big decision, and lots of factors come into play as you make your choice. Be sure to consider the community’s location, either before you make your final decision or as a starting point to help find communities in a place you know and love.

If you’re curious about the New Haven area and what it’s like to retire here, we invite you to visit Whitney Center or call and speak to our team members. Find out why so many seniors have made Whitney Center their home for their retirement years and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

The Prescription for a Stress-Free Senior Living Lifestyle

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No phase of life is immune to stress. Retirement can be a stressful time for seniors when health issues, financial planning concerns or conflicting living options come into play. Fortunately, there are habits that anyone can adopt in order to relieve stress and tension in their lives, but it also helps to solve the issues that create stress in the first place.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT, says that senior living can do wonders to eliminate many of the stressors that seniors deal with. “Moving to a senior living community, especially a Life Care Community like Whitney Center, erases many common worries seniors have about their current lifestyle and their future,” says Rambarose. “Not only have they made a secure, smart investment in their present and future health care, but they’ve chosen to live in a place where they can access an array of stress-relieving solutions.”

Senior living may not be the answer for every senior experiencing stress, but we believe it can certainly help foster a stress-free lifestyle!

How Senior Living Helps Relieve Stress

Because stress during retirement can have many different causes, there’s no single remedy that works for everyone. Depending on the cause of your stress, the right solution for you can look very different than your friend’s or spouse’s. However, at Whitney Center, our wellness programs, care services and lifestyle options are flexible and tailored to meet the needs of every resident, creating a fulfilled and stress-free way of life.

Here are just a few ways senior living can help relieve senior stress:

  • No More Maintenance – Life at a senior living community eliminates the hassles of seemingly endless chores that need done around the house. Maintenance is covered, along with housekeeping, laundry and cooking. Additionally, residents never have to worry about a major home repair devastating their monthly budget or peace of mind. At a senior living community, you’re already covered!
  • Financial Peace – Although many seniors shy away from senior living due to worries about the cost, moving to a Life Care Community (formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community) is a smart way to secure your current quality of life and future livelihood. As a Life Care resident, your money not only goes toward your present living accommodations and services, but also pays for any care services you might need down the road. And because advanced care is available right on campus, you won’t have to leave the home you love to receive care.
  • Fulfilling Lifestyle – Whitney Center is proud to be home to vibrant seniors who enjoy countless opportunities for a rewarding lifestyle. We do our best to make sure each resident has a path to fulfillment – however they define it! We also offer dozens of amenities right on campus that can help to alleviate the daily stresses and tensions our residents might experience. According to Harvard Medical School, the best ways for seniors to relieve stress include:
  • Physical activity – Engaging in regular physical activity is a great way to balance chemicals in your brain to reduce stress and stay positive. Whitney Center helps residents stay active with a state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool. We host exercise classes and employ personal trainers to help seniors enjoy the best workout experiences possible.
  • Four-legged friends – Despite the responsibilities involved, experts say that pets can do wonders to alleviate stress with their unconditional love and companionship. Whitney Center is a proud pet-friendly community and even boasts a beautiful dog park.
  • Shift perspective – Activities that help the mind and body are good for relieving stress because they offer a renewed perspective to one’s problems. Activities such as meditation can also take the form of relaxation, art, music and more. Whitney Center offers plenty of avenues for residents to participate in relaxing, meditative endeavors that help them refocus their mind and renew their energy.

A Prescription for Stress-Free Living

Whitney Center is full of opportunities to help seniors live stress-free lifestyles. From the peace of mind that comes from knowing your future is in good hands, to experiencing vibrant programs and luxurious amenities that make life rewarding, there are so many possibilities for each resident to discover their own prescription for a stress-free senior living lifestyle.

If you’d like to know more about Whitney Center and how senior living can eliminate the stressors in your life, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to discuss how you can start experiencing the benefits of senior living today!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

7 Benefits of Volunteering During Retirement

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There’s no doubt that volunteer efforts do great things for local communities and beyond, but volunteering also offers tremendous benefits for individuals who put in the work. Many seniors in their retirement years turn to volunteering as a way to spend their free time, socialize with others, give back to their community and stay healthy. In fact, recent studies show that those who volunteer regularly experience positive mental and physical health outcomes, such as reduced stress and lower blood pressure.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, says, “Volunteering seems to be especially beneficial for the retired population. After careers are over and families are grown, it can be difficult to feel like you still serve a purpose. Volunteering allows retirees to plug into positive activities that truly benefit others and themselves.”

Whether you’ve been retired for a few months or several years, finding a way to volunteer in your community has the potential to enhance your quality of life. Especially if you can connect to a cause that you’re passionate about, volunteering can change your lifestyle for the better!

Volunteering for a Better Lifestyle

According to an article for Senior Community Services, adults aged 60 and older who volunteer reported lower levels of disability and higher levels of overall well-being compared to those who did not volunteer. In addition to increasing one’s independence and total sense of wellness, volunteering during retirement has plenty of other benefits as well:

  1. Promotes Physical Activity – By having somewhere to go and something to do, you can be active by default when regularly volunteering. Sometimes, it’s great just to get out of the house! However, many organizations that you can volunteer for also require some degree of physical activity. Whether you’re working in the community kitchen or leading a class a local church’s vacation Bible school, these opportunities encourage you to get up and stay active. If you really want to stay active, volunteering for a community sports league is sure to keep you moving!
  2. Prevents Isolation & Depression – Retirees can run the risk of social isolation if they don’t have commitments to get out of the house regularly. Volunteering is a great way to socialize with other people and avoid the pitfalls of loneliness and the depression that could accompany it. Most volunteer opportunities require you to work with others, either other volunteers or the people you’re serving. Plus, if meeting new people isn’t your favorite thing, you can always bring a friend to volunteer with you. 
  3. Bridges the Generation Gap – Retired adults have so much to offer their community – especially members of younger generations. By working together for an organization or on a community project, retirees and younger adults can share their knowledge and know-how to not only succeed in their work but also form important connections between generations. While you can share your experience and wisdom with younger folks, they may be able to teach you something new and share a unique perspective. 
  4. Renews Spiritual Purpose – We all want to feel like our life serves a purpose – something greater than just our solitary existence. After career and family goals have been accomplished, it can be hard to decide what your purpose is now as a retiree. Reaching out and finding volunteer opportunities could help you figure this out. Whether your volunteer work is helping someone directly or making your community stronger, it’s sure to have a positive impact. Doing good, constructive work for others is always healthy for the spirit. 
  5. Boosts Self-Esteem – When we do something productive, it helps us feel capable and increases our sense of self-worth. Actively volunteering can help you stay emotionally healthy by continually providing feelings of accomplishment and altruism. Plus, if volunteering is also a social opportunity, being around others can boost your self-esteem as well as help you build relationships. 
  6. Improves Cognitive Resilience – Doing active work, staying social and working towards goals can help improve cognitive health and lower your risk of memory loss as you age. The National Institute on Aging reported that keeping the brain active with meaningful, productive activities can lower your risk of cognitive decline and other health problems. The tasks you do as you volunteer can help keep your mind sharp and resilient throughout your retirement years.
  7. Leaves a Legacy – Doing good deeds and committing your time to something that matters to you is a wonderful way to be remembered. The work you do as a volunteer could leave a legacy for your kids and grandchildren and everyone else throughout your community. You’re never too old to inspire others with passion and hard work. If you ever wonder what your legacy might be, the dedication you’ve given to a particular cause or organization might be the answer.

Live a Life Full of Meaning

“At Whitney Center,” says Rambarose, “we believe the best years are still ahead. That’s why we work hard to promote countless opportunities for our residents to live a lifestyle that fulfills them. Whether that takes the form of volunteering or pouring into their passions, we’re here to help make it happen.”

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about volunteering during retirement, give Whitney Center a call. Our community has a robust volunteering program with dozens of partnerships throughout the Greater New Haven area. We can help you find a volunteering opportunity or share our experience in creating meaningful senior lifestyles.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

How Whitney Center Fosters a Senior’s Cultural, Educational & Spiritual Growth

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There’s so much more to a healthy retirement than simply maintaining physical wellness. Your retirement is an opportunity to expand your heart and mind, try new things and get involved in meaningful ways within your community. You’re finally free to spend each day exactly as you choose, so why not make the most of it by opening yourself up to personal growth?

“Our cultural, educational and spiritual experiences contribute significantly to who we are,” says

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT. “Retirement can be a special time in one’s life when they tap into those experiences to create meaningful routines and lifestyles filled with purpose. At Whitney Center, it’s our mission to empower seniors to encounter cultural, spiritual and education growth through as many avenues as they can imagine.”

Community Connections: A Resource for Growth

Whitney Center is committed to forming strong relationships throughout the Greater New Haven community. By partnering with local organizations, non-profits and social groups, Whitney Center opens up countless possibilities for residents to engage in community happenings and be a part of organized events and volunteer opportunities. Not only does this help foster a sense of cultural growth for seniors, but it strengthens the surrounding community, too!

Isolation may be one of the most dangerous situations for today’s seniors, especially in terms of personal fulfillment. Whitney Center residents avoid the unhealthy patterns caused by loneliness and isolation by finding meaningful ways to get involved in the community. These opportunities provide social connections as well as intellectual and emotional stimulation, working to keep the mind, body and spirit happy and healthy.

A Look Inside Our Community Partnerships

Whitney Center residents as well as staff members take an active role in developing relationships with our neighbors and supporting programs that improve the quality of life within our community. Here are some of the ways these relationships nurture our residents’ cultural, educational and spiritual health:

Cultural Programs – Thanks to our location, seniors can experience plenty of culture in the Greater New Haven area. The arts are popular here, offering residents the chance to pursue their artistic passions by participating or simply supporting programs and attending performances. Some of the organizations we partner with include:

  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven
  • Elm Shakespeare Company
  • International Festival of Arts and Ideas
  • Long Wharf Theatre
  • Neighborhood Music School
  • New Haven Chorale
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Shubert Theater

Educational Opportunities – While many activities offer the opportunity to learn something new, Whitney Center and the New Haven area help seniors enjoy educational experiences in a variety of ways. With Yale University right next door, residents benefit from the proximity to an Ivy League community. Whitney Center frequently hosts guest lecturers and other in-house events. In addition to the educational programs within our community, residents also partner with:

  • Highville Charter School
  • IRIS Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services
  • The Shoreline Trolley Museum

Spiritual Opportunities – Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, everyone can take steps to do something that strengthens the soul. At Whitney Center, many of our programs and partnerships involve humanitarian work that promotes charity and empathy, and ultimately spiritual growth in whatever form each individual is open to. Here are a few of our partnerships that empower residents to give back and grow:

  • Christian Community Action, Inc.
  • Alzheimer’s Association®
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
  • Play with Grace
  • The New Haven Community Soup Kitchen
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Yale Sustainable Food Program

Where You Never Stop Growing

“At Whitney Center, we’re proud to offer unique opportunities for seniors to embrace their best selves,” says Rambarose. “Through exceptional programming and community partnerships, we’re able to provide social, cultural, educational and spiritual experiences that give life more meaning. Of course, our residents have a lot to do with it themselves! Whitney Center residents are always finding new ways to put their talents and passions to good use to benefit not only themselves, but the greater good of our community.”

If you’re ready for a retirement marked by personal growth, call Whitney Center today to learn more about our remarkable lifestyle. Discover the incredible opportunities our community creates to help seniors grow and thrive throughout their retirement years.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

How to Find Rest & Rejuvenation Through Respite Care

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Today, family members provide the majority of care for seniors and older loved ones. While family caregivers can allow seniors to remain at home and lessen the financial impact of receiving professional care, the duties and responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one can take their toll. Many family caregivers eventually need a break from their role in order to rest and take care of themselves or other family members. Without the chance to rest and rejuvenate, caregivers can experience burnout and physical health problems – taking away their ability to care for anyone.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, recognizes the importance of self-care for family caregivers. “No one can give to others when they’re empty,” says Rambarose. “This is especially true with the non-stop tasks of caregiving. Although it might seem difficult to take a break from a loved one’s care tasks, those who utilize respite care experience greater health and have an improved ability to provide care in the long run. Balancing caregiving with the rest of your life is important for your overall well-being, and respite care can help you accomplish that.”

What Exactly Is Respite Care?

Respite care is a service provided by a professional caregiver or a friend or family member to temporarily fill in for a primary caregiver. Respite care could be as informal as asking your sibling to take your parent to the doctor, or it could take the form of a short-term stay at a local senior living community. No matter how you utilize respite care, the important thing is that it allows you as a caregiver to take a break from your duties.

There are multiple reasons why you might utilize respite care, including:

  • Taking a break to rest and renew your energy
  • Enjoying some valuable “me time,” an important part of self-care
  • Tending to other family or work-related responsibilities
  • Traveling for work or going on vacation
  • Attending a special event, like a child’s graduation
  • Recovering from an illness or injury

How Respite Care Benefits Caregivers

In addition to allowing caregivers time to do other things, respite care provides several benefits that strengthen a caregiver’s resiliency, energy and other abilities to provide great care for a loved one. Consider the following benefits for respite care discussed in the article, “Respite Care for the Elderly Is Important for Family Caregivers:”

  • Renewal to feel like yourself again
  • Energy to be effective in all you do
  • Space between you and your role, allowing for better perspective
  • Pleasure in your favorite hobbies or activities
  • Identity in something other than caring for a loved one
  • Time away from your role to free your mind and rest your body
  • Engagement with other people in your life

Unfortunately, many family caregivers forfeit the benefits of respite care because they feel obligated to provide constant care and oversight for their loved one. The thought of handing responsibility off to someone else, even temporarily, might make them feel guilty. However, being able to relinquish control for a short time is a vital part of being a good caregiver. Your loved one benefits, too, when you take the time to prioritize your own health.

Knowing They’re in Good Hands

As natural as it is to worry when your loved one is in the care of someone else, it helps to find a trusted source to provide respite care services. Whether that’s another family member, a home health agent or a reputable senior living community, knowing your loved one is in good hands allows you to take the break you deserve with complete peace of mind.

“At Whitney Center, our respite care guests receive the same services and support that our full-time Assisted Living or Memory Care residents enjoy,” says Rambarose. “They get the chance to mingle with other seniors, enjoy our programming and take advantage of our excellent amenities – all while receiving professional support and assistance from our team. We treat our respite guests like one of the family.

“Additionally, loved ones benefit from a change in pace and scenery. They get to meet new people and participate in community life. Some respite guests may even decide that they would like to move into the community full-time.”

If you’re a busy family caregiver in need of rest, it’s time to learn more about respite care. Contact local senior living communities near you or call Whitney Center to talk to our team members about any questions or concerns you may have. We can help you experience all the benefits that respite care has to offer.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living.

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

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How Aging Adults Can Guard Against the Rising Cost of Care

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Every year, the costs of care for older adults rise. And, even though today’s seniors are living longer than the previous generations, age often comes with a greater chance of chronic illness and limiting health conditions. For those approaching the phase of life when personal care may likely be necessary, planning for the future can cause a strain on their financial security.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care Community in Hamden, CT, says, “The imagined costs of care are what often keep many seniors from making adequate plans for their future needs. Many simply resign to stay in their home forever or recruit adult children to care for them if they ever need support. However, neglecting to plan in hopes of saving money seldom works out. Family caregivers end up paying thousands of dollars out of pocket for parents’ care needs, and in some cases, moving to an Assisted Living or Memory Care community is unavoidable. Without plans in place to pay for future needs, families can experience extreme financial burdens.”

So how can aging seniors hope to avoid the rising costs of personal care? How can they alleviate the burdens placed on their spouses and children? Planning ahead for potential care costs is the best way to start. At Whitney Center, we’re thrilled to offer an exceptional service that eliminates worries about future health needs and how to pay for them.

Discover Thrive at Home with Whitney Center

Because so many seniors face the stress of uncertainty when it comes to future care needs and their surmounting costs, Whitney Center developed a Life Care at Home membership program that meets seniors’ needs for potential support and financial management. Thrive at Home allows members to stay in the comfort of their home and still receive the wonderful benefits of a home health partnership, alleviating the stress on family members to provide care and securing future support without cost increases.

For less than $20 a day, Thrive at Home members can experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing any future care needs are already covered. Despite industry prices increasing every year, with membership and monthly maintenance fees, the costs for future needs are fully or partially paid for, depending on the membership level seniors choose. Our different membership levels offer flexibility to choose the degree of service that works best for individuals’ needs and timelines.

Here are just a few ways seniors benefit from a program as comprehensive as Thrive at Home:

  • Seniors stay healthy and independent at home with preventative and long-term care support.
  • Different membership plans offer flexibility to choose what services work best for you.
  • You have your own personal service and wellness team, available 24/7, to help you navigate your care needs and options.
  • Members enjoy easy access to top healthcare services when needed, such as nursing aides, live-in services, medically necessary transportation, GPS-enabled emergency response systems and much more – at no extra cost.
  • You can avoid the need for moving into care facilities or nursing homes.
  • Membership fees cost significantly less than similar care alternatives, and if your needs increase, your fees don’t have to!
  • Services include:
    • Care and service coordination
    • Home safe evaluations
    • Referral services
    • Transportation
    • Telehealth technology
    • Social engagement
    • Homemaker and companion services
    • Personal care
    • Social work
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
    • Nursing
    • Memory support
    • 24-hour care
  • Care is backed by Whitney Center, a premier 5-star-rated Life Care Community.

You’re in Charge of Your Care

What Thrive at Home members love the most is that they are in control of their futures. Membership gives you countless options for care support with a team of personal service professionals to walk alongside you to help navigate your benefits and possibilities for care. You’ll have a partner who has your best interests at heart and happily coordinates your overall care, providing valuable information and continual support so you can make healthy decisions that benefit your lifestyle.

When you become a Thrive at Home member, you’ll be assigned a personal service partner who’ll get to know you personally. They’ll work with you whenever you need them to help coordinate all your care services and act as your personal health advocate and medical navigator. You’ll never be on your own when it comes to making important decisions about your health!

Even if you join Thrive at Home without any current need for support, your personal service partner can help you create a Well-Being Service Plan, which emphasizes overall wellness and preventative care. It’s like having a personal health trainer on your side to help you make great choices and manage your well-being.

Plan Today for Security Tomorrow

Seniors who plan ahead for future care are taking great steps in securing the services they might need at a price they can afford. Even when you don’t know what the future holds, a program like Thrive at Home can ensure you receive whatever care support you need while saving you hundreds of dollars a day. Seniors who choose Thrive at Home choose to make a valuable investment in their future care, and peace of mind for themselves and their families.

If you would like to know more about Thrive at Home with Whitney Center, contact us today to get started on your future planning.

Discover Excellence in Senior Living. 

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!

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Overcoming the Challenges as a Long-Distance Caregiver

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Although it seems like a simple concept, long-distance caregiving is quite a dynamic role. Caregivers take on much more than a simple daily phone call, possibly also acting as their loved one’s personal financial manager to make sure their money is being spent wisely and safely. They can also be the point of contact for family or friends who live closer to their loved one and can provide care. Even this is only the surface of how deep long-distance caregiving duties go, and the deeper into managing the logistical aspects of a loved one’s life, the more exhausting and emotionally trying it can be.

However, according to AgingCare.com and the millions of other long-distance caregivers, you are not alone. Approximately seven million adults remotely care for aging parents who live an hour or more away. Long-distance caregivers can redistribute the weight of their caregiving duties by connecting with local community members to strengthen their loved one’s care network.

Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT, says that, although long-distance caregiving can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be. “Being a long-distance caregiver is rewarding because you are making sure your loved one is happy and healthy, even from an hour or so away. This shows true dedication and commitment. Long-distance support can be made easier by actively keeping in contact with your loved one’s primary caregivers, organizing visits and activities and being there for your loved one outside your caregiving duties.”

What Are the Challenges and How Do I Overcome Them?

Long-distance caregiving comes with its share of challenges, but with the right information and approach, you can greatly decrease the uncertainties and improve both you and your loved one’s lives.

Consider these tips on how to make long-distance caregiving easier for everyone involved.

  • Be in the Know.
    Before anything else, it’s a good idea to become well acquainted with both your loved one’s illness and their current treatment plan. Knowing the ins and outs of his or her situation better prepares you to anticipate disease progression, assist in managing their symptoms and prevent foreseeable crises because you’ll know what to tell the doctor. Being able to act before problems escalate will not only make your loved one more comfortable but also establish a greater trust between you.
  • Find Resources.
    AgingCare.com suggests getting a phone book to help map out essential resources in your loved one’s area. Yelp and some simple Google searches can also link you to helpful, easy-to-find resources that are often accompanied by insightful customer reviews. Keep in mind, though, that not every review is completely reliable, but at the same time, it’s reassuring to know someone else had a positive experience with the service or company you are considering for your own loved one.
  • Plan Visits.
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a long-distance caregiver is actually visiting your loved one. Though you may live only an hour away, family and work responsibilities can make it challenging to find a few spare hours. It’s important to plan your visits beforehand to avoid wasting precious time trying to decide on something to do when you get there. Instead, ask your loved one if they have any errands to run or places they need to go. Although these may seem like trivial tasks, doing them together can make it more fun and enjoyable.
  • Spend Actual Time Together.
    When you get the chance to visit your loved one, try to actually spend time with them outside of your caregiving role. It may be easy to focus the conversation on his or her illness, but it’s even more rewarding and beneficial to take both of your minds off caregiving by watching a film together, chatting over coffee, breaking out a classic board game or just going for a drive through town. Getting out of the house and out of your caregiving disposition can do wonders for both you and your loved one’s mood.
  • Establish Long-Distance Contact.
    This can mean anything from installing a landline phone in your loved one’s home to teaching them how to use a cell phone. Having a dedicated connection between you will give not only you and your loved one but also everyone in your care network peace of mind, knowing your loved one is always reachable. It’s important, however, to be aware that such connectivity could result in overly frequent calls from your loved one, so weigh your options and find a way to cope with the number of calls.

“Providing your loved one with the care you know they deserve is something distance can’t inhibit,” says Rambarose. “Whitney Center shares your passion for ensuring seniors receive the utmost care, whether they reside in our gorgeous community or in your capable hands. As a Life Care community, we know what it takes to devote time and love to someone who deserves nothing less than perfection.”

If you would like any more information, tips or suggestions on long-distance caregiving, contact us today!

Discover Excellence in Senior Living. 

At Whitney Center, you’ll find a distinguished senior living community where residents do what they love. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Whitney Center combines all the cultural, educational and historical charms of the Greater New Haven area with the intricate details of daily life for active seniors. Whitney Center is a Life Care community, offering not just an unparalleled independent living lifestyle, but a full continuum of care services as well, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and memory care. Whitney Center even offers a home-based long-term care program, Thrive at Home, which connects seniors to the services they need to live well in their own home.

Choice. Freedom. Opportunity.

We believe that remaining engaged and striving for excellence builds a more meaningful life. That’s why residents experience a host of services and amenities, events and cultural opportunities and wellness programs designed to foster endless growth and personalized living. Backed by our first-rate hospitality and philosophy of continuous improvement, our residents are free to travel, learn, volunteer, set new goals and create the life they want to live.

Come Here to Thrive.

At Whitney Center, residents live in the midst of cultural arts and education and dignified connections to the greater community. Seniors thrive in pursuit of what brings them joy, with unlimited opportunities to create and contribute. And, with the confidence in quality care services available on site if health needs ever change, Whitney Center makes it possible for seniors to continue enjoying the freedom to embrace life at its fullest.

Contact Whitney Center today to learn more about our Life Care community!