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Winter Skin Care

Here is a great short read on winter skin care written by Infinity Rehab, our onsite Physical Therapy. Is winter really hard on your skin? There are a couple of factors that contribute to this issue. Here is an explanation from the Mayo Clinic, as well as suggestions on what you can do this year to make your skin feel better: It’s the weather! Dropping temperatures and much lower humidity is the main cause of your dry skin. The water our skin makes creates a protective barrier. When the air is drier, this water evaporates faster leading to dry and cracked skin that can be itchy, painful, and even be more susceptible to infection. Exposure of skin to cold temperatures can lead to more serious issues like frostbite, particularly on extremities like your toes, nose, fingertips, lips, and ears. What can you do to protect your skin? Make sure your skin is covered. Wear hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves. If clothes get damp when you’re outside, change them as soon as possible. Wet cloths against your skin can cause it to break down. Regularly use a moisturizing lotion on your skin. Choose one that is hypoallergenic, and steer clear of those […]

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Like a Cruise Ship: Quality of Life at Country Meadows Village

If you’ve ever taken a cruise, then you know how fun it can be. In fact, it can be downright addicting. So, we ask the question, “Why should you have to give it up?” At Country Meadows Village, we are a cruise ship on land: with delicious, organic food offered in our open-eating hours dining rooms, and countless activities like meditation, watercolor class, gameshows, yoga, casino trips, brain-health stimulation, happy hour, shuffleboard, concerts; the list goes on. But unlike a cruise, your pets stay with you and your family comes to visit! In fact, we frequently hear from family members just how much they enjoy being able to share in all the activities and experiences with their loved one. A healthy, active lifestyle leads to a better quality of life. We take quality of life seriously at Country Meadows Village. You are in our care, but more than that, we want to help you shine in your golden years. Numerous studies from gerontologists suggest that an active lifestyle helps slow the aging process.  Our event calendar is carefully created to provide a balance for our residents with both physical activity and mental stimulation. We stay current to the times (currently, […]

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Are You in Peak Shape for the Holidays?

Are You in Peak Shape for the Holidays? For many of us, the holiday season involves more physical activity in unfamiliar places which increases fall risk. CMV and The Infinity Rehab team wants to help you be successful with your holiday plans.  Please consider the following questions to ensure your visit with family and friends is enjoyable and stress free! Are you traveling for the holidays? Are you going somewhere where there might be snow and ice? Are you worried you will have to do more walking than you’re used to? What about having to go up and down stairs or staying in an unfamiliar setting? Are you concerned you might miss out on family events because of physical issues that limit your activity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact our on-site physical therapy staff today to make an appointment at (503)496-3755. We will work with you to quickly identify and treat issues with your balance, muscle strength, and endurance. We can also help you to problem-solve any specific physical or environmental concerns you may have. CMV and The Infinity Rehab team wants to be sure you feel physically ready to enjoy the Holidays to […]

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Diabetes – Get Tested Early

November is National Diabetes Month Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease. Early detection is critical. This is why Country Meadows Village is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Monday, November 26, 2018. One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes. Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes. There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease. Recommendations for people with diabetes include a PAD test starting at age 50. Screening packages start at $139. […]

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A Family Affair: Community Living

Retirement living, even in the best community, can be a transition for the senior you love. Family connections should not be underestimated; numerous studies show that family involvement enhances the emotional well-being of senior living residents. Moving your senior into Country Meadows Village will take care of all of their day to day needs, but nothing can replace the wonderful feeling of being connected to family. Which is why we have compiled a list of 3 things for family to do once your senior moves into Country Meadows Village. 1. Visit – At Country Meadows Village, we encourage family and friends to visit their seniors. WE LOVE YOUR VISITS! You are always welcome to attend our classes and groups. Play a round of bingo, watch a movie, or join them for dinner. Your senior will love showing you off to their friends. We even have classes that we set up with the family in mind, such as the Alzheimer’s luncheon or the caregiver support group. 2. Call – A simple phone call reminds your loved one that you are thinking of them. If you live away from your loved one, consider setting up video chatting, like FaceTime or Skype. Many […]

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Senior Living: Being proactive can save you time, money, and stress

You’ve toured the senior living community, asked all of the right questions, tasted the food, met the residents, and have worked out all of the details for your golden years to be great. You are set to move, when the director informs you that there is a waiting list. What? Desirable retirement communities will have a wait list. The list could stretch into months, and occasionally years. To help navigate this, be proactive with your plans. Don’t wait until the moment you need assistance. Instead, start your search now and consider adding your name to the waiting list of your desired community. Ask what the waiting list involves: Is it an open-ended waiting list where you can keep your place on the list until you are ready to move? What type of deposit is required? Is the deposit refundable and under what circumstances? What benefits will I receive while on the waiting list, such as use of the amenities, or invitations to events? Once you are on the waiting list, relax. You just made a big decision that will improve the twilight of your life. At Country Meadows Village, we want your transition to be smooth and friendly. Come take […]

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Aging isn’t for sissies!

Aging is hard work, physically we change, such as our eyesight, hearing, or cognition. But, our Golden Years can be wonderful, especially if you have the right attitude. Check yourself: do you tend to be pessimistic, see the glass as half-empty, or think the worst of people and situations? Are you too self-critical? If you aren’t normally optimistic and want to be, change will happen, it takes time to keep the negative talk at bay and replace it with positivity. Surround yourself with positive people. Watching how others approach life with an upbeat and productive attitude will help. Be open to humor. Laugh, smile, and feel the joy that comes with giggling. It’s been said that “laughing is the best medicine,” and it’s true! Turn “I can’t” into “I can try.” Because aging is presenting new limitations on life, it’s easy to give a big sigh and be resigned to our restrictions. Instead, think of ways around your limitations-where there is a will, there is a way. Come join any of our activities, which you can find here: http://countrymeadowsvillage.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/meadows-calendar-1.jpg  Your positive attitude can have an effect on your well-being. New friendships, less stress, improved health, and you’ll have more fun. […]

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Driving: Aging and Staying Safe

For most of us, driving has been an important aspect for independence. The idea of giving up driving can be distressing, especially if you have been driving safely for years. And, if you are concerned about your spouse’s or parent’s driving skills, having a conversation with them can be difficult. Aging can bring vision impairments, loss of motion, and decreases in strength and mobility. And while aging doesn’t equate to giving up your license, an evaluation of your driving skills might be warranted. For seniors, there are a few signs to consider: • Recent dents or scratches on the car • New health issues • Chronic complaining about other drivers • Recent tickets Consider some easy adjustments like vehicle modifications, limit drive times to daylight, don’t drive in inclement weather, or use city roads instead of freeways. Ultimately, everyone should feel safe driving. Anticipate how your driving will be affected in the next few months and years. Be honest with your abilities, and consider recommendations from an occupational therapist specializing in driving to improve your skills and keep you driving for years to come. And if you need to have ‘the talk’ with someone about their driving, stay positive and […]

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