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How Community Living Encourages a More Active Lifestyle

Staying active as we age can be difficult. The 2021 Senior Report from the United Health Foundation found that 31% of adults ages 65 and older in fair or better health were physically inactive. Only 23.1% of adults ages 65 and older met the federal physical activity guidelines.  This is a concern because regular exercise …

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7 Easy Holiday Recipes for Seniors

It’s a common saying that the way to the heart is through the stomach. During the holiday season this couldn’t be more true. As families and friends gather together to share love and appreciation, a festive meal is usually the activity everything revolves around. If you’ve been tasked with preparing a dish for your celebration, …

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Tips for Reducing Loneliness for Seniors During the Holidays

For many individuals, the holiday season is their favorite time of year. It’s a time when you can gather with family and friends to give gifts, enjoy a few drinks, eat to our heart’s content and enjoy each other’s company. For many seniors, however, the holiday season can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. …

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How to Support Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers

Medical professionals often refer to Alzheimer’s as a family diagnosis. This isn’t because the disease is contagious, but instead because the whole family suffers from the illness. Alzheimer’s gradually breaks down the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language of a person until full-time care becomes necessary. Until that time, family and …

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Oak Trace Veterans Reflect

Alex Mankivsky is more well-traveled than your average Oak Trace resident. The Navy veteran served from Feb. 1952 to Dec. 1955, training for three months in Great Lakes, Illinois, before climbing aboard a steam engine to make the overnight trip to Virginia to begin his service. That was nearly 70 years ago, but Alex can …

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The Difference Between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing

Assisted living and skilled nursing are levels of care that help older adults continue living life while getting the support they need to get the most out of every day. While both of these types of care are designed for older adults, the benefits that each offers are very different. Here we will outline the …

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Fun Facts About Fall

There’s nothing quite like fall in the Midwest. In Illinois, residents are able to enjoy the complete “fall experience” starting in September as the leaves change color all the way through November when many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a nice meal and maybe even some football. The fall season also represents the perfect time to …

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Caregiver Burnout? Respite Care Can Help

America is a country of caregivers. In fact, more than one in five Americans are caregivers, according to the “Caregiving in the U.S. 2020” report from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). But caregiving can often come with a cost. In fact, 23% of American caregivers report that caregiving has made their own …

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What Does Oak Trace’s 5-Star Medicare Rating Mean for You?

Choosing to move into a senior living community is a major decision. We understand that. If you or a loved one are considering life at Oak Trace, we strongly encourage you to visit our community in Downers Grove, Illinois, for a tour so you can take a closer look at what makes it shine. We …

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