Monday, July 31, 2017

Dance Your Way to Health!

When’s the last time you got up just to shake it? Wondering if dancing could be the perfect activity for you? Are you looking for ways to get more exercise into your daily routine?

Nobody’s expecting you to be the next great salsa star, but when you start hearing about all the undeniable health benefits of adding a little dancing to your day, you might be ready to try! Even if you think dancing might be too far out of your comfort zone, read on and see if the rewards can sway you to give it a go!
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Research shows low impact dancing is a great way to get in shape and that you’re more likely to stick to it compared to other kinds of exercise classes. 


Dancing offers a great outlet for stress, anxiety, and can even help with insomnia. Add a dance class to your weekly routine, and you’ll likely feel the relaxing benefits in no time!


Getting into a dancing class or dancing regularly will help reduce chronic stiffness. One study shows that dancing helped reduce the amount of pain medication seniors used. Increased mobility is always good for maintaining independence. 


Regular dancing can replace some of the more monotonous cardiovascular activity you might be recommended to do for a healthy heart and lungs. More cha-cha anyone?

Brain Boost

Dancing really is good for the body and brain! When dancing, you challenge yourself to make split-second decisions. This activates your neurons, reduces the risk of dementia, and keeps you sharp.  

Researchers have studied actual dance classes from salsa to waltz, so you can’t go wrong with any kind of dancing you do to improve your health! Be sure to discuss with your doctor before engaging in a new fitness routine. 

If you have more questions about the health benefits of dancing for seniors or questions about assisted living in Ann Arbor, give us a call today. At Hillside Terrace Retirement Community, our family shares life with yours.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

6 Questions to Protect Elderly Patients in the Hospital

Are you wondering what the hard questions are that you should ask when you or your parent is in the hospital?

Are you prepared for the unexpected?

Are you worried about you or your parent’s potential risk for memory loss?

Don’t worry! Going to the doctor can be stressful, but we have some information that will be useful for you and your parent’s next visit to the doctor, especially if there’s a hospital stay.
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The New York Times asked “three experts their advice when it comes to six questions family members should ask to lower an elderly patient’s risk for hospital delirium:

  1. Do the nurses and doctors routinely screen for delirium or identify high-risk patients?
  2. How does the hospital deal with agitation or delirium in patients if it develops?
  3. What does the hospital do to keep patients from being disoriented?
  4. What policies are in place to make sure patients get adequate sleep?
  5. If my family member needs a urinary catheter or other bedside interventions, how does the hospital decide when to remove them?
  6. Will the physicians and pharmacy staff review my family member’s medications to identify medications that increase delirium risk?”

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Our "Aging by Choice" philosophy allows a flexibility of options for our residents and their families; you choose what is best for you, and we make it possible. We’re confident in our ability to provide the best quality of care, the security, and the family atmosphere that you’re seeking! We warmly invite you to see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. 

We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today– a facility for memory care in Ann Arbor.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

8 Tips for Exercising Safely as a Senior!

Are you worried about starting an exercise routine?

Do you think you’re too old to exercise?

Did you know a little exercise can go a long way?

Keep your bones strong with a little bit of exercise to help avoid falls and breaks. According to the National Council on Aging, “one-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.” Don’t let this be you!

If you want to stay young and strong, follow these helpful tips from Senior Advisor to keep your exercise routine safe as you age:
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  • Talk to your doctor before trying out a new exercise
  • Stretch regularly
  • Know your limits
  • Work with a trainer or instructor if you’re doing something new
  • Stick with senior friendly exercises
  • Eat plenty of protein
  • Drink plenty of water 
  • Rest when you need it

We have daily exercise opportunities to help you improve the quality of your health and wellness. These activities include strengthening movements, stretching, volleyball, bocce ball, ring toss, NuStep, and we even have a walking group you can join!

If you’re at all worried about following an exercise program, it’s best to consult your regular physician for medical advice.

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

At Hillside Terrace, we understand that it can be a challenging time and we want to help you in any way we can to make 
things easier. We’re focused on holistically improving and maintaining the well-being of our residents through promoting independence, a stimulating environment, and building rapport.

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The Heritage & Grace
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The Mayflower

For more information about elderly care in Ann Arbor and the other services we provide, visit us at, or contact us here! Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!” Schedule a tour today!