Downsizing 101 - Tips to Make the Transition Easier

Transitioning into a smaller space, particularly an independent living facility, can be an emotionally draining task. You may need to go through boxes you’ve been avoiding for years, donate or sell furniture, and leave the home you and your spouse raised your children in. Our goal is to help make the transition to our independent living facility a little bit easier. Keep your communication open, take your downsizing one step at a time, and go at your own pace.  Take Pictures ... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Thursday, April 14, 2022

Loss of a Spouse: Helping Your Parent Cope

Death is inevitable, but dealing with death is a process that can take months or sometimes years to complete. When a parent dies, they leave behind a lot. You, their earthly possessions, memories, and sometimes, their spouse. For couples who have been together for so many year, even daily tasks like loading the dishwasher can seem overwhelming and lonely. Luckily, there are ways you can help your surviving parent cope with the loss of their spouse.  Talk Through Your Own Grief Your... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, March 28, 2022

15 Questions to Ask When Touring an Independent Living Facility

Transitioning your loved one from their home to an independent living facility is an emotional decision, and allowing a facility to take over their care can be nerve wracking. How do you know an independent living facility is the right fit for your loved one? When you tour a facility and talk to the staff, a million questions will be developing in your mind. Eventually you’ll want to ask them all, but here are 15 questions to prioritize when touring an independent living facility. Ask... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, March 23, 2022

5 Tips to Prevent Senior Falls

How to Prevent Senior Falls Every second of every day, a senior, or someone age 65 or older, suffers a fall in the United States. This statistic means that falls are the leading cause of injury or injury related death for this age group. One in four aging Americans will fall each year, so it’s important to prevent these falls as much as you can. There are a few things seniors can do to help prevent falls and keep them independent longer, including exercise, consulting a doctor, and... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, March 1, 2022

5 Hearty Fall Soups & Salads to Satisfy Your Hunger & Improve Your Health

Benefits of Superfoods You may be wondering, “What are superfoods, and why do I need them?” Eating healthy is extremely important, especially as we continue to age. Superfoods are foods that contain a variety of vitamins or nutrients which are beneficial for health. However, many individuals are not aware of which superfoods might be best for them or how to prepare a meal using superfoods. We’re sharing a list of our favorite superfoods and recipes that are easy for you... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

3 Ways to Decorate for Fall When You Have a Small Space

Decorating Your Small Space for Fall The key to decorating for fall when you have a small space is simple: simplicity itself. When decorating a small space such as an apartment or townhome, it’s important to remember that less is more. Crowding a space with decorations can make it feel less than warm and inviting. Small decorative items and hints of fall could be exactly what you need to transform your small space this holiday season. Here are our tips for decorating an apartment or... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, September 10, 2019

3 Ways to Enjoy a Social Life in Retirement

Enjoying a Social Life in Retirement For many, retirement is an exciting time to take advantage of the endless opportunities that come with a social life. With more time to spend with friends and family, there are a multitude of ways to enjoy the time spent in retirement.    Events & Amenities in Retirement Communities One of the many advantages to living in a retirement community like The Village at Germantown is the opportunity to participate in on and... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, August 2, 2019

3 Reasons to Choose a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Continuing Care Retirement Communities You may be wondering what a continuing care retirement community has to offer and why individuals choose to live here instead of a traditional retirement community. A continuing care retirement community is comprised of numerous benefits such as accommodations for nursing care, assisted living, and independent living. Our continuing care community works to serve residents in any way possible. Here are 3 reasons to choose The Village at Germantown in... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, July 8, 2019

4 Exciting Trends in Retirement Communities

4 Trends to Look for in a Retirement Community There are many reasons to be excited about living in a retirement community, but there are some unique amenities you won’t find just anywhere. At The Village at Germantown, for example, residents enjoy the perks of living in a high-end retirement community that has amenities that you just won’t find in every location. Here are a few trends in retirement community care we offer:   1. Transitional Care ... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, June 17, 2019

Guide to Retirement Preparation: 5 Things No One Tells You About Retirement

There are many things to consider when thinking about retirement. Although people talk about this stage of life quite often, there are a few important elements regarding retirement that are sometimes not mentioned or forgotten about. Downsizing is Ideal and Inevitable When considering the thought of downsizing, retirement sometimes becomes scary to individuals. Some may worry that they won’t be able to keep their beloved valuables and memories. However, The Village at... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Day in the Life: Amenities and Activities at The Village at Germantown

  A Day in the Life: Evelyn 7:00am : I typically wake up around seven and complete my morning beauty routine and enjoy a light breakfast before heading to the fitness studio for my morning exercise. 8:00am:  My favorite fitness classes are the yoga and pilates classes. Since starting an exercise routine last year, I’ve noticed I’ve gained more strength and my arms are looking more toned and fit. Sometimes I also work with a personal trainer if I’m... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, April 22, 2019

Guide to Legal Documents for Seniors

As you get older, it gets more important than ever to create a plan of what will happen to you and your assets if you were to pass away. It isn’t something any of us like to think about, but it is a necessity, not only to protect yourself, but your family members. There are several things you need to think about implementing, including a living will, a living trust, a last will, and a financial and medical power of attorney. We will go through these, explaining what they are and how... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, March 18, 2019

Smart Travel Ideas for Seniors Seeking Adventure

Vacation Ideas for Seniors One of the most exciting aspects of retirement is the ability to travel more and experience new places and activities you didn’t have the time, energy, or money for in your younger years. Fortunately, there are plenty of exciting vacation destinations for seniors, and most of them offer senior discounts! For AARP members, you can expect even more savings on lodging, dining, and even vacation packages. READ MORE:  Top 10 Senior Discounts To Take... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Choose a Retirement Community

  What should I look for in a retirement community? When searching for any new home, there are numerous factors to consider. When searching for the retirement community to best suit your needs, there are even more factors to keep in mind. Location and Community Amenities When choosing a retirement community, consider which locations appeal to you. Are you interested in living in a metro area or a suburban location that also offers convenient access to area hospitals... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, January 30, 2019

5 Best Fitness Tips for Seniors

How to Stay Fit in Your 60s and Beyond Staying fit and healthy in your 60s and beyond is possible, but like any other fitness routine, it will take time and dedication. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you create a new workout routine or if you’re looking for motivation to continue with a current one. 1. Work Out at Your Own Pace Whether you’re 25 or 75, it’s important to understand your own limitations and to work out at your own pace in order to avoid... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, December 17, 2018

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: 5 New Holiday Book Releases Coming in Winter 2018

Holiday 2018 Book Releases Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and Christmas will be here before we know it! We’re counting down the days until Santa pays a visit. Until then, we’re looking forward to cozying up with a glass of wine or a cup of warm cider and enjoying these new holiday 2018 book releases from some our favorite authors.   1. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock Sydney Batson is just trying to keep up with the holidays and her career as... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

3 Ways to Plan for Retirement

How Do I Plan for Retirement? Retirement affords many opportunities for seniors to look forward to. From more time to travel to enjoying more time spent with friends and family, retirement brings many blessings. As you prepare for retirement, new activities, more free time, and how you’d like to enjoy these years, consider the following in order to help you make the most of this season of life.   Purge Your Possessions There’s no better time than now to get rid of... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Top 10 Senior Discounts to Take Advantage Of

One of the advantages of retirement is the abundance of senior discounts available. From restaurants and movie theaters to hotels and car rentals, there are hundreds of businesses and organizations that recognize deals and discounts for seniors. Please check with your local organization for more information, as deals and discounts can vary by geographic region and season.   Top 10 Senior Discounts to Save Money Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance The next time your car... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, September 14, 2018

A Splashing Good Time: Water Aerobics Classes

As we get older, our bodies aren’t what they used to be. They can’t handle the high-impact exercises of our 20’s. In fact, high impact exercise can actually be counterproductive for seniors with conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and other age-related ailments, as they can increase pain and the risk of injury. However, it’s still important (and recommended) that seniors get 150 minutes of exercise that elevates their heart rate each week. Weakness and poor... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, August 13, 2018

A Tour of the Woodworking Studio

Life doesn’t stop for retirement, and neither should you. Retirement communities today are thriving and exciting locations full of modern amenities and an abundance of activities. When choosing a retirement home for yourself or a loved one, keep in mind whether or not the location offers the opportunity to explore both activities you enjoy and hobbies you’re interested in pursuing. In addition to keeping your mind sharp, discovering new hobbies and dedicating time to activities... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Calling All Bookworms: 5 Must-Reads to Add to your Summer Reading List

Which amenities are at the top of your list when searching for a retirement community? At The Village at Germantown, residents have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of five-star amenities like our fine-dining restaurant and bar area, relaxing spa, state-of-the-art fitness area with indoor pool, and our library that is home to a collection of new releases and beloved classics. SCHEDULE A TOUR   Independent Living Amenities: Libraries Few independent living communities in the... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, May 4, 2018

Staying Active at Any Age: Fun in the Garden

When searching for a retirement community, chances are the number of activities and amenities available is at the top of your list. Your retirement years should be the most rewarding time of your life, with plenty of ways to explore your favorite hobbies and interests. When you move into a retirement community, finding a place that values fun and friendships is a must! At The Village of Germantown, residents have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of five-star amenities like our fine-dining... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Perks of Pet Ownership for Older People

One of life’s greatest joys comes in the form of our pets. Considered by many as just another member of the family, pets can add happiness and silliness to our lives each day. Did you know, though, that pets can improve our overall health and well-being? Especially for older people, pet ownership can have valuable health benefits that prolong and enhance life. That’s why at The Village at Germantown we welcome pets in our independent living community. We even have our own... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcoming Fall, and Preventing Falls!

As we welcome a new season at The Village at Germantown, we are excited for some cooler weather, the return of football games, and the buzz that surrounds the upcoming holidays. One holiday that may not be on your radar is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which takes place on September 22. For many older people in America who live independently, one of the most common worries and problems is falling. Falling can result in broken bones, long-term physical therapy, and, in the worst... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Senior Safety During the Summer

Summertime in Germantown, TN brings many fun traditions, exciting events, and lush gardens. However, these staples of summertime bring more time outdoors, creating more room for accidents and harm for people of all ages. For older people in particular, the summer heat, increased activity, and appearance of seasonal allergies and bugs can have a detrimental effect on health and wellness. Whether you are a caregiver, a family member, or just an older, independent person seeking tips on beating... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Traveling Made Easy During Retirement

AARP is reporting that in 2016, 99% of Baby Boomers were planning to travel for leisure and had approximately 4-5 trips that they were actively planning within a 12-month period. Travel is definitely a top priority for older, retired people who want to see more, experience more, learn more, and just have a good time! However, with planning travel and being away from home, comes stress. Finding your perfect getaway location, coupled with booking flights, managing your budget, and planning... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fitness For All: Exercise at The Village

As we age, our bodies tend to slow down over time. Whether because of health issues, aches and pains, or limited mobility, many older adults lose interest in exercise. In fact, according to findings reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, only 32% of senior citizens across the country exercise daily. Despite this low percentage, we all know how beneficial exercise can be to improve both your body and mind. Plus, studies show that the more active you are, the more active you... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, June 9, 2017

Honoring Our Residents

May is known as a month of celebrations. From graduations to Memorial Day, there are celebrations sprinkled throughout the month that bring together people of all ages and walks of life. During May at The Village at Germantown, we are reminded of the important roles many of our residents have played throughout their lifetimes. If you walk into any resident’s room or look at the pictures hung up outside their doors in the halls, you quickly see the important people, places, and... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Into Fun: Social Events At The Village

While there is always something going on at The Village, springtime brings much more than sunshine, showers, and flowers to our community. Spring brings about renewed energy and excitement to our halls, giving residents plenty of opportunities to socialize together. Thanks to warmer temperatures and more active residents, our calendar has filled up more quickly than it normally does this month! Not only is this exciting for the whole community, but these events serve important needs, too.... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stronger With Age: The Wonders Of Rehabilitation

The Village at Germantown is not just a community where residents explore hobbies, make friends, and enjoy their golden years; it is also a place for growth. Many of our residents come to live with us after experiencing a health scare, and are seeking assisted living or simply some rehabilitation programs that can help them grow stronger by the day. Or, our independent living residents seek preventative exercise and care to keep their bodies healthy and feeling great. Whether our... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Heart Health Awareness Month: What Seniors Need To Know

Each February, we celebrate Heart Health Awareness Month, where we can discuss ways to prevent heart disease and raise awareness about heart issues that can occur. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day celebrations, Heart Health Awareness Month is a reminder to do more to love and care for ourselves. Especially for seniors, it is important to find ways to improve your overall health and reduce health risks in the years ahead. At The Village at Germantown, our residents are surrounded by the... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Additions For The New Year: The Village In 2017

As we welcome another new year at The Village at Germantown, we are excited for and inspired by the many new additions we will welcome in 2017! If you are a resident here or have been to visit us recently, you know too well that our facility has been undergoing some changes. Significant construction has taken place, allowing us to open several new buildings this year, and also update and expand upon some of our favorite spaces. What can you expect from us in the year ahead? Read along to... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Feeling Festive: Merry and Bright At The Village

Each December, The Village at Germantown brings festive fun to all we do. Whether in our holiday decor, our traditions , or our many activities, we make our community feel like home to all of our residents. When choosing a community for yourself or a loved one, one of the most important questions to ask is: Is this a place I want to call home, all year long? Especially during the holiday season, we have found that, year after year, our residents love calling The Village home even more.... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Heart of the Holidays: Our Traditions

One of the most anticipated and beloved times of year at The Village is the holiday season. In our community, we know the importance of creating lasting traditions that our residents look forward to year after year. At the same time, many of our residents have traditions of their own, and we look for ways to accommodate their celebrations. By bringing in family members, delicious meals, and festive decor (and fashions!), The Village really is the merriest place to be all season long. ... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Building Up & Filling Up: Our New Apartments

Lately at The Village at Germantown, there is one word that can sum up our days: busy! While there is always something going on in our buildings – from art classes to field trips, Margarita Mondays to movie nights – we have even more to be excited for in the coming months. As we draw closer to the holiday season and the new year, we also make our way toward some new, highly-anticipated additions to our community. Expanding and Updating Around The Village, we are always... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, October 31, 2016

Active Aging Week at the Village at Germantown

Scooter races, synchronized swimming routines, photo booths, cocktail parties and more take over the Village during the last week of September. All of this fun is part of a much-anticipated, internationally-observed annual tradition known as Active Aging Week . What is Active Aging Week? This week was initiated in 2013 by the International Council on Active Aging, and it’s designed to celebrate and encourage the vibrant, energetic lifestyles that more and more older people are... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Sunday, September 18, 2016

Get in Touch with Your Creative Side at the Village

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about the retirement years is having the time to try new things and explore your own creativity. Here at the Village, we have all kinds of opportunities for residents to get in touch with their creative sides. Creative Activities at the Village at Germantown We’re happy to report that we have several resident groups that meet regularly to work on creative projects, such as a knitting crew known as Loops of Love, a new sewing club called... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Our Tips to Stay Cool in the Germantown Summer Heat

While the warm sunshine, beautiful hydrangea blooms, and summer family fun make this season a favorite for many, it’s important to be mindful of rising temperatures and humidity in Germantown. Especially if coupled with certain health challenges, summer weather can bring risks like dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion. Here at the Village at Germantown though, we have plenty of opportunities and ideas to help our residents stay healthy and cool while still enjoying all that... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Blazing a Trail in Retirement: Older Americans Month 2016

With Memorial Day just around the corner and on everyone’s minds, did you know May is also nationally recognized as “Older Americans Month”? This designation began in 1963 when the National Council of Senior Citizens and President John F. Kennedy declared the month of May “Senior Citizens Month,” which became the “Older Americans Month” we know today. Since JFK, each U.S. president has made an annual, formal proclamation that older Americans be... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, May 27, 2016

Beyond the Myths: The Wonderful Truth About Retirement Living

Today’s society is very familiar with the period of life known as retirement, but that doesn’t mean society gets to determine what your retirement lifestyle looks like. There will always be various opinions and even myths about retirement, but until you get there, how do you know what it’s actually like? Think about how unique your life right now is compared to everyone else’s in your community. No two people have the exact same combination of friends, family, jobs,... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Reasons Germantown is a Great Place to Retire in TN

With its quaint small town charm paired with close proximity to the metropolitan area of Memphis, Germantown, TN is truly the best of both worlds. For many different reasons, this city is a common choice for people searching for retirement communities in Tennessee. Here at the Village, we’re very proud to provide high quality retirement living, and in this post we want demonstrate how living in Germantown creates an unparalleled retirement experience for our residents. The Location of... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Benefits of Retirement Communities for Couples

Maybe you have fond memories of drive-in movie dates and pretty corsages for senior prom. Perhaps it seems like just yesterday you were being showered with rice and cans were clanking behind the car when you drove off as newlyweds. You might have fixed up a first house, raised children together, and led the family on countless vacations across the country.  Now, as a retired couple, you may be wondering what your next adventure will be together. If any of this sounds familiar, you... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Downsizing for Retirement in Germantown

Are you ready to start a new chapter of your life in retirement? What better way to do that than to start new traditions in a new living space? According to Merrill Lynch and Age Wave , half of retirees who relocate are downsizing, and there are plenty of reasons behind this decision. Downsizing for retirement will allow you to feel cozy and comfortable in just the right amount of space without having to worry about a lot of extra rooms you no longer use. Now let’s discuss the many... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Year in Review: The Village at Germantown

There is always something going on at The Village at Germantown , and we love how our residents stay busy and active, especially during the holiday season. Before we head into 2016 though, we wanted to take this last blog post of the year as an opportunity to reflect on the great things that have happened in our community during 2015. Maybe you’re a current Village resident who can enjoy reminiscing over these memories along with us. Perhaps you’re considering moving to the... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Fun at Our Germantown Retirement Community

From Mrs. Gourley’s Nutcracker’s Alley to wherever our elves are getting into mischief, the Village at Germantown is full of holiday spirit this time of year. Have a ball at our Christmas and New Year’s parties, participate in the Christmas Carousel Gift Fair, attend the Village choir’s holiday concert, and enjoy festive performances by the ECS choir, Joy Weiner Student Violinists, and our very own staff members. Villagers can also hop on the shopping shuttle to... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Retirement and Leisure: A Time to Enjoy

To those who have had committed their years to working hard, providing for their families, and caring for their loved ones, the idea of leisure activities in retirement might seem frivolous. However, life coach and best-selling author Ernie Zelinski, along with many other researchers, would suggest that well spent free time in retirement can lead to a limitless number of benefits. In this post, we will explore the advantages of the extra time available in retirement to relax and pursue old and... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Thursday, October 29, 2015

Helping Your Loved One Transition to Retirement Living

Is your loved one making the move to a retirement community like the Village at Germantown ? Any move involves change, and no matter what stage of life someone is in, support from family and friends can go a long way in making the transition smoother. It’s important for your loved one to see his or her transition to a retirement community as a new life chapter, and there are several ways you can support that perspective. Provide Reassurance During the Decision When your loved one... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Thursday, September 17, 2015

5 Tips to Prepare for Retirement

Are you or a loved one preparing to retire? Retirement is a wonderful season in life, filled with new activities, relaxed schedules, and ample time with family and friends. As with any lifestyle change, careful planning makes the transition smoother. To help with the change, we’ve compiled for you 5 tips to prepare for retirement, so you can make the most of your golden years. Plan Your Retirement Activities Let’s start with the most exciting part: all of the new things (or... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Friday, August 21, 2015

Inside Germantown Retirement Living

There is no such thing as the “Monday blues” in a retirement community like the Village at Germantown. When you wake up in your charming villa or cozy apartment , a week of engaging activities , enriching programs and relaxing opportunities awaits you.  Brew coffee in your full size kitchen before setting off for the clubhouse, where you will find an adoring Golden Retriever just waiting for a scratch on the head. While you’re there, check your email in the... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Thursday, July 9, 2015

Short Term Rehabilitation in Memphis, Tennessee

Accidents can happen. When your loved one suffers a fall, medical emergency or has a planned surgery, sometimes getting back on their feet is a slow process. We are proud to have a Skilled Nursing Center with highly trained staff that has become known as the short-term rehabilitation center of choice for Memphis’ top orthopedists Our continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers a Skilled Nursing Center that can help with all of the rehabilitation needs that your family may... Read More
Posted by Carrie Atkins at Monday, June 8, 2015

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