How to Beat Seasonal Depression: Tips for Seniors in Assisted Living

Cold, icy weather, along with longer nights and shorter days, can depress just about anyone. But for many seniors in assisted living homes, seasonal depression might make their mood plummet. However, seasonal depression can be overcome!

In today’s post, Maranatha Village gives some great tips on how to help elderly residents beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and stay positive, hopeful and inspired during the winter blues.

Get Moving, Get Active

Exercise releases endorphins, the “happy chemical” for the brain that lifts moods. Regular movement and bodily activity are important regardless of one’s age. But as people get older, it becomes more difficult.

It can be hard to find good exercise routines for residents who have limited mobility. But it’s still doable.

One of our trained faculty members at Maranatha Village can aid you in creating a personalized exercise routine that takes into account any bodily limitations you may have. Small lifestyle changes also aid in promoting regular activity.

Be sure to eliminate sugary foods, sweets or sodas from your diet. Instead, eat a diet with more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. You’ll have more energy for exercise and a better mood.

Eat Healthy Food Options

Cut out excessive sugary foods and sweets. Instead, start eating a more balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. Your body and mind will thank you. Eliminate or limit how much alcohol you drink — which is a depressant, mind you — down to just one or two glasses a week. 

Get More Sunlight 

Open the blinds and let more sunlight in through the window. Winter is a time for less sunlight, and thus a vitamin D deficiency. This impairs positive emotion. Taking a supplement may also help, but spending more time in sunlight is a good substitute. 

Seek Professional Help

Knowing the signs of seasonal depression is half the battle. Talking to a doctor about how you feel helps you win it.

They can recommend lifestyle changes, medications or therapy to help overcome feelings of depression. Sometimes just speaking with somebody who will listen is just what you need.

Socialize and Connect 

Spend more time with family and friends. If that’s not an option, get involved in community activities at Maranatha Village. Humans are social creatures that need connection with others. Feelings of isolation contribute to seasonal depression.

Knowing that fact, we seek to give our residents an active, engaging lifestyle and a strong sense of community by offering plenty of activities and events for seniors.

Related Post: Find 5 fun, unique social activities at Maranatha Village.

Reminisce Over Family Memories

Get out the scrapbook and family photo album or videos. Reminisce with someone over fond memories of family or friends. This will help to spark hopeful, happy thoughts and emotions.

Volunteer or Serve Others

Even in assisted living situations, there are plenty of ways to be of service to other people. You can knit, help with cleaning, collaborate on small creative projects or spend time actively listening to someone. Helping other people and practicing gratitude helps lift the spirit.

Make Maranatha Village Your New Home

We love making sure our residents feel happy, comfortable and fulfilled all year long. For more information about our assisted and independent living services, or our rehabilitation services, contact us today. Call 417-833-0016 or email us.

Maranatha Village Retirement Community: 5 Unique Hobbies for Retired Seniors

Ah, retirement! The perfect time for seniors to pursue new passions and hobbies! Should we bring out the 1,000+ piece puzzles, crochet needles, and BINGO cards? No! 

At Maranatha Village, our retirement community in Springfield MO, our residents are interested in all types of interesting hobbies. From motorcycle riding to musicianship, our residents go beyond tired cliches. 

In this blog post, we’d like to share 5 unique hobbies for seniors in retirement communities, so seniors can make their golden years exciting and fun. 

1. Geocaching 

Geocaching is like a modern-day treasure hunt. Participants use the Geocaching app and a GPS system to locate small hidden items in trees, caves, and even in urban settings. Geocaches are usually small, sealed containers of trinkets or mementos, and sometimes contain a “guest-book” to sign. Most geocaches are looked at, and then replaced, but sometimes your instructions say “take something, leave something.”

Geocaching involves exercise and a bit of curiosity and mystery. Seniors could also hide geocaches around their retirement community, and get other residents involved in the hunt. 

2. Learning a New Language

It’s never too late to learn a different language, and retirement finally allows seniors the time to do it! There are plenty of resources to help people learn a second language, and there are tutors who can help. 

Learning a new language could even be a group or partner activity, as residents can practice their new language by conversing with each other. 

3. Learning a Musical Instrument

Residents in the Maranatha retirement community are very musically inclined! They sing in our choir and play instruments at our worship services. Retirement is the perfect time to learn something new, and the challenges of learning to read and play music keep your brain active and sharp. 

4. Improv or Acting Classes

The benefits of improv theatre go beyond just acting. A recent study of people aged 55+ engaged in improv theatre showed that participants experienced “increased positivity, an increased sense of comfort and ease with the unexpected, a sense of self-development and self-awareness, and a feeling of acceptance by their social group. 

5. Gaming

That’s right–Fortnite isn’t just for kids and teens! Seniors love to play video games too, and the problem-solving and hand-eye coordination involved can keep their brains healthy and active. A recent survey done by AARP found that the number of adults over 50 who play video games has increased from 40.2 million in 2016 to 50.6 million in 2019. 

Retirement Community at Maranatha Village

Spend your golden years with us! Maranatha Village is a top-rated senior and assisted-living community in Springfield, MO. We have versatile housing options, including houses, apartments, and duplexes. For more information about Maranatha Village, contact us today!

5 Spiritual Book Club Ideas for Senior Living Communities

While senior living communities here in Springfield, MO are experiencing colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, residents can fight the winter blues by connecting with each other indoors. 

Here at Maranatha Village, reading is one of our most popular indoor activities. We have a beautiful library packed with interesting books, and residents love to curl up in their home or apartment with a good book. 

But isolation, especially during the darker winter months, can be risky for seniors. So why not combine the comfort of reading a book with the joy of connecting with others in person? Book clubs can help our residents do just that.

In this blog post, we’ll share 5 spiritual-themed books for book clubs in senior living communities. 

  1. To Heaven and Back by Mary Neal 

On a river in Chile in 1999, Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon was in a kayak accident and drowned. During her drowning, Mary experienced her spirit leaving her body, and ascending to Heaven. While in heaven, she spoke with angels and experienced the love of God. Miraculously, Mary survived and has used her story to inspire others to have faith in God and deepen their relationship with Jesus.  

  1. Find the Good by Heather Lende

An obituary writer in a small town in Alaska, Heather Lende learned through her work to “find the good” in all people, and in tragedy. She believes we can find positive effects from any event if we take the time to notice. Heather shares her habit for positivity through heart-warming stories throughout the book. Residents in senior-living communities can discuss the stories in the book while sharing their own stories about the good that has come from their negative life events. 

  1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The hiding place is a memoir by Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian woman who helped hide Jews in Nazi Germany. She was caught and sent to a Nazi death camp, where she survived and was released due to a clerical error. Boom tells the story of how the events in her life unfolded, and how she connected with God’s powerful love for the strength to endure suffering and fulfill her mission. 

  1. The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel 

Lee Strobel was a journalist and a staunch atheist–until his wife had a life-changing event and became a Christian. Strobel then set off to prove her beliefs wrong, by researching the history and evidence for the existence and divinity of Jesus. To his surprise, he found the evidence compelling and converted to Christianity himself. He shares his story and research in this book. The book was also made into a film–so book club members can enjoy reading and discussing the book, and then enjoy the movie together. 

  1. Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Strength to Love is a collection of writings by Dr. King during his civil-rights work. Some of the stories were written while he was in jail, and they all describe his personal philosophy of nonviolence and social justice. Dr. King was a devout Christian, and his work is a story of true discipleship in action. 

Related Post: 5 Fun and Unique Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities. 

Senior Living Communities in Springfield: Maranatha Village 

Maranatha Village is a top-rated senior living community in Springfield, MO. We have versatile housing options, including houses, apartments, and duplexes. For more information about Maranatha Village, contact us today!

Cozy Fall Reading: 5 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

Fall is here–the leaves are bright, the air is crisp, and now is the perfect time to snuggle up with a fascinating book! 

The residents in our assisted living community at  Maranatha Village are still active and love social activities–but they also love to rest and relax in their beautiful apartment, home or duplex and get some reading in. 

It’s never too late to learn something new–and reading nonfiction books helps keep our assisted living residents enlightened and entertained during cold weather months. 

In this blog post, we’ll share five fascinating nonfiction books for seniors in assisted living facilities. 

Rhythms of Renewal By Rebekah Lyons

While you might be retired, that doesn’t mean your life is without stress. Living in assisted living communities can have difficulties if you are coping with health issues or other significant life changes. 

In her book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for Peace and Purpose, Christian Author Rebekah Lyons shares her story of overcoming anxiety and depression through what she calls the “4 Life-Giving Rhythms”: rest, restore, connect and create. 

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage By Joann Jenkins

Aging doesn’t have to mean a decline in health and wellbeing. This best-selling book by the CEO of AARP, Joann Jenkins, discusses critical issues facing seniors today, including caregiving, mindful living, building age-friendly communities, and making your money last. 

You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life By Elenor Roosevelt

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most admired and celebrated public figures in American culture. This book contains her wise advice about how to live a fulfilling life. Her personal stories and life lessons are captivating and inspiring, from cultivating courage and embracing challenges to taking ownership of your community. 

Band of Brothers By Stephen E Ambrose

This New York Times bestseller turned HBO mini-series is about a group of citizen-soldiers in World War II, chronicling their training and front-line fighting in Normandy on D-Day. Great reading for veterans; this book is about soldiers who learned courage and selflessness through the perils of war. After finishing the book, you can settle in with the HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Speilberg.

Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life by Roger Rosenblatt

Another fun book about the joys of aging, this poetry book by prize-winning essayist Roger Rosenblatt will leave you feeling both enlightened and entertained. Known for his witty humor, Rosenblatt offers 54 pieces of advice about life and aging in poems. This book is perfect for seniors in assisted living communities to read and share with other residents. 

Assisted Living Community at Maranatha Village

Maranatha Village is a top-rated assisted-living community in Springfield, MO. We have versatile housing options, including houses, apartments, and duplexes. For more information about Maranatha Village, contact us today!

5 Decor Ideas to Make a Senior Living Apartment Feel Like Home

Moving from a long-term house into a senior living apartment can be a massive transition for seniors. A completely new environment can make them feel a sense of distance or loneliness from the home they’ve become used to over the years. 

But there’s one way to help ease the transition and help seniors feel more welcome and comfortable in their apartment: thoughtful decorating. 

Maranatha Village shares a few decor ideas for making a senior living apartment feel like home in this blog. 

Framed Family Photos

Reasons for moving into a senior living apartment may include the loss of a spouse or a decline in physical ability. Both of these life events can make a senior feel separated and distant from family and the way their life used to be. 

Choosing meaningful family photos and framing them for display in a senior apartment is a great way to feel more connected to loved ones and make the new home feel more familiar and comforting.   

Personalized Art

Just because an older adult is retired doesn’t mean they lose their identity. Placing art and other personalized decor in a senior apartment can help seniors take ownership of their new space. 

Seniors can display work by their favorite artist or even some of their own work if they have a talent for art. 

Indoor Plants

Indoor plants add a splash of green to an apartment, especially if the apartment is painted in a plain or neutral color. As a bonus, plants also add oxygen to and naturally purify the air, increasing air quality.

In a 2009 study, house plants were found to increase the quality of life for residents in retirement communities, giving them a sense of purpose and something to care for.  

Mirrors

It’s difficult for seniors to downsize to an apartment when they are used to a bigger house. Hanging a mirror in the living room or kitchen can help create the illusion of more space while adding a modern, stylish touch. 

Related Post: Activities We Cherish Here at Maranatha Village

Lighting

Lighting is essential to any home decorating plan, especially for retired seniors who plan to spend a lot of time in their apartments. 

It’s a great idea to install lamps in a senior apartment that feature multiple brightness settings. This way, when seniors are active during the day, they’ll be surrounded by bright light, and when they’re ready to wind down at night, they can switch to dimmer, softer light. 

Senior Living Apartments at Maranatha Village

Maranatha Village is a top-rated senior living community in Springfield, MO. We have versatile housing options, including houses, apartments, and duplexes. For more information about Maranatha Village, contact us today!

3 Important Dimensions of Self-Care for Seniors in Retirement Communities

Self-care is a popular buzzword, but what does it mean? Images of bubble baths, pedicures, and shopping may come to mind. Still, self-care is so much more than occasionally treating yourself–it’s about caring for your overall wellbeing every day. 

Self-care is crucial for seniors–who may experience age-related health issues, the death of a spouse or peers, or separation from their family. 

In this blog post, Maranatha Village of Springfield, MO, explores three essential dimensions of self-care for seniors living in retirement communities. 

Physical Self-Care

With age comes an inevitable susceptibility to health issues–but there are a lot of seniors can do to care for their physical health. 

The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for seniors aged 65 or older without any limiting health conditions. Because self-care is about both mental and physical wellbeing, seniors should engage in activities they enjoy while living in retirement communities.

Seniors can walk, do yoga or tai chi, swim, or do water aerobics or Zumba! Here at Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO, our residents enjoy taking walks around our lake, taking in the scenery and wildlife

Emotional Self-Care

Emotional and psychological self-care is just as important as physical self-care, and the two go hand-in-hand. According to the CDC:

“Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.”

Seniors can care for their emotional wellbeing by learning to recognize when they’re feeling depressed, lonely or anxious, and doing what makes them feel comforted and supported. Emotional self-care options may include calling or visiting a loved one, turning to friends in their retirement communities for support, or solitary actions, including going for walks in nature or reading a fascinating book. 

Spiritual Self-Care

Spirituality is an important part of life for many people, and they can incorporate it into a self-care routine to increase wellbeing. Studies show that a sense of purpose and meaning may improve mental health, and seniors can find this in spiritual practice. 

The retirement community at Maranatha Village has an on-site chapel, regular church services and bible studies, opportunities to sing in the choir, and faith-based volunteer opportunities. 

Retirement Community at Maranatha Village

At Maranatha Village, we want to ensure your golden years are spent feeling safe, stress-free, and socially connected. We offer versatile senior living options including houses, duplexes, and apartments. To learn more about what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call (417)-883-0016.

5 Fun and Unique Social Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

When you hear the words “assisted living activities,” you might think of bingo or jigsaw puzzles. But seniors, even those in need of assisted living, are still robust and interesting people who deserve more than the same old clichéd activities.  

In this blog post, Maranatha Village, a top-rated assisted living facility in Springfield, MO, shares five fun activities for seniors in assisted living communities. 

#1: Life Story Exercises

Seniors are some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. What better activity to learn more about the fascinating residents in assisted living than hearing them tell their life stories?

This can be done as a group activity involving a combination of crafting photo collages, creative writing, and oral storytelling. Seniors get to relive their favorite memories while getting to know their fellow residents on a deeper level.  

#2: Jewelry Making

Crafting doesn’t have to involve paper maché or scrapbooking! A unique crafting idea is jewelry-making. Residents can use their creativity and aesthetic talent to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches. 

Assisted living residents can keep their fine motor skills sharp while creating beautiful artwork they can wear, give to loved ones or sell to raise money for charity. 

Related Post: Activities We Cherish Here at Maranatha Village

#3: Continuing Education

Seniors give a new meaning to “non-traditional” students! Retirement is the perfect age to spend time learning about new topics. 

Here in Springfield, Missouri, where Maranatha Village is located, is home to Missouri State University. Through the MSU 62 program, seniors aged 62 and up may take one class per semester, tuition-free. 

#4: Book Clubs

Okay, so book clubs are not exactly unique–but they’re still pretty fun. Seniors can get together and discuss exciting titles and the meaning they derive from them. 

Book clubs can be themed, such as historical fiction, biographies, spiritual themes, and anything residents are interested in. 

#5: Gardening Clubs

Gardening clubs are a way for seniors to bloom and for friendships to blossom. Residents can share gardening tips and assist each other with planning, planting, and harvesting crops. 

After harvests, residents can get together and cook a meal together, consisting of the fresh produce they’ve helped each other grow and harvest. 

Assisted Living at Maranatha Village

Our residents are never bored at Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO! Our residents participate in many of the above activities and more. We offer both assisted and independent living options, including houses, duplexes, and apartments. For more information about our assisted living options, contact us today!

The Top 3 Benefits of Joining a Senior Living Community From Maranatha Village Springfield

Retirement is a wonderful, exciting time in your life–you finally have the freedom to travel, explore your interests and hobbies and create a robust social life. 

But as you enter your golden years, you may realize you aren’t up to driving daily to meet up with friends, and maintaining a highly connected social life isn’t as easy as you thought. 

With loneliness and social isolation recognized as significant health risks for seniors, it might be time to consider moving to a senior living community–where activities are planned, and friends are just a short walk away!

Maranatha Village of Springfield, MO, shares three incredible benefits of joining a senior living community in this post.

You’re Never Lonely

 One of the top benefits of a senior living community is having an on-site social network

Senior living communities often center around social events and activities, and you don’t have to drive anywhere to attend. 

Developing strong bonds with the people who live near you increases your sense of belonging and social connectedness, significantly reducing any health risks from loneliness and isolation.

At Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO, we offer regular worship services, choir practice, walking trails, and more. 

Ease of Mind

Living on your own as a senior can be a vulnerable feeling. Senior living communities offer the peace of mind that comes with higher security, 24/7 on-site staff in case of emergency, and close relationships with your neighbors. 

Senior living communities also take care of tasks like yard-work and home maintenance, snow removal, trash, and meal service so that you can focus on the good things in life! 

Enjoy Your Forever Home

Many senior living communities–such as Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO, feature different levels of care. This means if you love your community, you may be able to live out the rest of your days without the stress of moving. 

If you start in independent living, it will be a smoother transition to stay on-site when you need to increase your level of care. Maranatha Village offers independent living, assisted living, and long-term care. 

Maranatha Village Springfield: The Best in Senior Living

At Maranatha Village, we want to ensure your golden years are spent feeling safe, stress-free, and socially connected. We offer versatile senior living options including houses, duplexes, and apartments. To learn more about what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call (417)-883-0016.

How to Find the Best Assisted Living Facility for Your Loved One From Maranatha Village Springfield

If your loved one has trouble completing daily activities such as managing medications, eating, bathing, or housekeeping, assisted living might be the perfect supportive community for them. 

Assisted living facilities allow residents to maintain as much independence as possible while providing round-the-clock assistance and access to medical care. There are bound to be many assisted living facilities in your area–so how do you pick the right one for your loved one when the time comes?

In this blog post, Maranatha Village, assisted living facility in Springfield, MO, shares a few valuable tips for finding the perfect facility for your loved one. 

Do Your Research

When searching for the right assisted living facility, the first step is to do some research. Find out which facilities are in your community, and call to schedule a tour. 

It’s also a great idea to ask friends, family and trusted medical providers if they have a place they recommend from their experience.  

During your initial research and phone calls, you’ll be able to rule out any facilities that don’t offer services your loved one needs and decide which ones to visit. 

At Maranatha Village in Springfield, we are glad to offer you a tour of our assisted living facility anytime! 

Related Post: Why a Spiritual Community is Vital to Aging and Healing 

Ask Questions

During your tour, you and your loved one will get a feel for the atmosphere, quality of the facility and services, and the kindness and competence of the staff.

You’ll want to compile a list of important questions to ask the staff, such as:

  • What services/amenities do you offer?
  • What types of medical services do you provide to residents?
  • Do you allow pets in your facility?
  • How would you describe the social environment here?
  • What are staff hours, and what are your emergency protocols?

At Maranatha Village, our assisted living facility staff is glad to spend as much time needed answering all your questions. We also offer a FAQ section on our website! 

Involve Your Loved One 

When making a final decision, consider your loved one’s interests, hobbies, and other social habits. Do they love to socialize with peers? Do they enjoy attending church services? Do they play games or do crafts? Which facility best fits these interests?

You’ll also want to ask your loved one how they feel after touring the facilities. Which one did they feel most comfortable in? Did they connect well with the staff and residents?

Come and Tour Maranatha Village

The caring staff at Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO, would love to give you a tour! Our assisted living option provides 24/7 healthcare with all the comforts and amenities of home. We offer both assisted and independent living options including houses, duplexes, and apartments.  Call us today at 417-833-0016 for a tour of our beautiful 100-acre campus. Stop by in person, or contact us online.

Top Ways to Ward off Summer Blues At Maranatha Village

The changing seasons can be challenging for seniors. We understand this at Maranatha Village. The grandkids are doing their summer fun activities, allergens are in the air, and sometimes feeling down happens. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss all of the best ways to fight those summer blues so that you can remain happy and healthy.

Get Active

Often when a person is feeling down it is because their brain is experiencing a lack of endorphins. As the body ages, it can sometimes be hard to get those natural stimulants needed in the mind to feel the everyday spunk. One way to get those natural happy chemicals going is to be active consistently. From taking a walk around the lake to using the exercise room, or playing a game of table tennis, as long as you are moving, your brain is allowed to produce endorphins. This will lift your mood and promote a happier outlook as you move through the rest of your day.

Get Engaged

Maranatha Village is more than a senior living community. It’s a community of mutual support. If you feel a little blue, we have many opportunities to engage with people who are walking through life alongside you. You might not realize it yet. Engage in our arts and craft community, or become a volunteer. If neither suits your interest, you can join our weekly garage sale or come worship with us at church. We’d love to enjoy your company and provide support for you as you move through those summertime blues. 

Take Time To Reflect On The Positive 

The most important part of feeling summertime blues is acknowledging that you feel them but not dwell on them. Everybody feels down. In these moments, taking time to reflect and remember happier moments while also giving yourself grace in this blue moment is what your mind and heart genuinely need. Calling a friend or family member is also an excellent way to communicate that you feel blue. Your loved ones want to support you, and they can engage in remembering all of the wonderful things that make this life beautiful with you. 

Maranatha Village Is Here For You

At Maranatha Village, we offer many opportunities to serve and be a part of a blossoming community full of mutual support. We offer many residential options for seniors to engage with those near them to fight off their summer blues. Some of Maranatha Village’s best features include assisted living with nurses available 24/7, our hair salons for grooming and pampering, and a bountiful nature trail where you are sure to see wildlife like geese, deer, and turkeys. All beautiful ways to promote endorphins and to offer support. To learn more about what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call (417)-883-0016.