10 Activities to Enjoy with your Grandchildren this Summer

10 Activities to Enjoy with your Grandchildren this Summer

Grandmother playing with grandson

The summer season is upon us: rays of sunshine, chirping birds and blooming flowers! This time of year also brings more daylight hours to enjoy with your grandchildren and loved ones. So, what are some ideas to enjoy both the great outdoors and the company of your grandchildren? Read below!

Lemonade Stand

Set up a lemonade stand! You’ll be able to make the refreshing summer drink together and share it with others! Not only will passersby enjoy a fresh glass, but you’ll enjoy every moment of the experience with your grandchild!

Cloud Watching

Who needs a book when you can glance up at the sky on a warm, summer day and make stories out of the clouds? Encourage the children to use their imaginations!

 Ice Cream Sundae

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Nothing says summer like an ice cream sundae! Gather your grandchildren together to create the wonderful treat – don’t forget the whipped cream, cherries and chocolate syrup!

Picnic in the Backyard

You don’t have to go far to have a picnic… try your backyard or local park! Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite lunch items and head outdoors!

Art Projects

Get out your art supplies! How about painting a birdhouse or even painting watercolor portraits of each other – the sillier the better!

Teach your Grandchild a Hobby

Do you have a favorite hobby you want to pass on to your grandchild? If so, share your talents such as crocheting, woodworking, cooking, etc. Your grandchild will hold these memories for a lifetime!

Sidewalk Chalk

This is a summer favorite for many children. Head outdoors with a bucket full of chalk and make designs on the sidewalk! The more colorful the better!

Fly a Kite

Did your grandchild come to visit, but it’s extra windy outside? Make the most of it by flying a kite high in the sky! Take turns guiding the kite through the air.

Watch a Sunset or Sunrise

Grab a blanket, head outdoors and watch one of nature’s most beautiful scenes!

Pictures

During all of your adventures, be sure to take as many photos as possible so that at the end of summer you and your grandchild can create a scrapbook together!

 

Make American House Bonita Springs Your New Home!

Are you a Florida resident? If so, we will soon be opening the perfect new home for you… American House Bonita Springs!

Over time, the financial costs and physical strain of owning a home or condo can become overwhelming. Making the decision to move into a rental senior housing community can go a long way in helping to alleviate some of that stress. Most often, many utilities that are additional monthly expenses, like water, gas and electric, are included in your rent. There are no maintenance costs, like mowing the lawn, fixing a leaky roof or replacing a hot water heater. Moving into a senior living community means that all those maintenance issues – indoor and outdoor – are taken care of for you! This means less stress and more time to enjoy your family and friends. And those social gatherings you’re always hearing about? Well, those are usually free too!

The decision to transition to a senior housing community can be a difficult one – you’ve spent many years in your family home and created special memories that last a lifetime. Let American House Bonita Springs help you create new memories!

Maintenance-free Living

American House Bonita Springs is a completely maintenance-free senior housing community:

  • Full-time, on-site maintenance: Consider the on-site maintenance staff as your personal ‘handyman’ ready to take care of any task big or small.
  • Kitchen appliance upkeep: Most apartments in American House Bonita Springs have full kitchens. So what happens if you’re having problems with your stove or refrigerator? Don’t worry! These big ticket items won’t put a strain on your budget, rather the on-site team will do what’s necessary to repair or replace your appliances!
  • Worry-free travel: Leaving on vacation to travel across town or to a different state? You’ll have peace of mind knowing your home will be just as it was when you left.

Life Enrichment

There’s never a dull moment at American House Bonita Springs. Someone is always there to share a laugh with you, catch up on the latest TV show, or take a walk around the neighborhood. Moving into a senior living community allows for plenty of socialization and new friends! At American House Bonita Springs, the community is full of things to do: swimming, cultural outings, crafts, music, food – it’s limitless.

The perks of living at American House Bonita Springs outweigh the potentially difficult decision of moving into a senior housing community. With maintenance-free living and several options to keep you active and engaged, American House Bonita Springs may be the perfect place for you!

3 Common Excuses (And Solutions) For Not Exercising In Honor Of National Senior Health And Fitness Day

Just because you’re growing older doesn’t mean it’s time to “take it easy” when it comes to your physical fitness! The last Wednesday in May (which is May 28, 2014) is National Senior Health and Fitness Day — so use this as motivation to make sure you’re on a plan to move around and exercise so you stay healthy and fit.National Senior Health and Fitness Day

If you have arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other medical condition, you may think you can’t exercise and that you’ll make things worse. Generally, this isn’t true. Exercising is good for EVERYONEespecially seniors. The key is finding appropriate exercises for your health and ability. We’re here to remind you on National Senior Health and Fitness Day that you CAN exercise and that you’ll feel better after doing so!

As always, consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

3 COMMON (ahem) EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING (AND SOLUTIONS)

1. I have arthritis (or diabetes, etc.); I can’t move around to exercise.

While inflammation in the joints from the different types of arthritis can be painful, especially during flare-ups, one of the best things you can do to help ease that pain is to exercise! Other conditions may make it harder (at first) to find a fitness routine to follow, but there are definitely plenty out there to choose from. Talk to your doctor about some low-impact exercises you can do, such as Tai Chi.

2. I don’t want to/can’t spend money on a gym membership.

You don’t have to! One of our 10 Longevity Tips is to incorporate a regular fitness routine into your daily schedule. You don’t need to leave the house to do this: You can watch YouTube videos, rent an exercise DVD from the library (or buy one), or copy pages from a magazine to give you a routine to use.

3. I don’t like fitness videos.

That’s OK. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are still plenty of ways to get and stay fit. Is there a community pool nearby? Start swimming (which is great for aging joints!). Take some time to smell the roses by going on a walk every morning. Find an exercise you can do (perhaps like these 3 Simple Fall Prevention Exercises?) and commit to making it part of your day.

NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY AT AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we encourage our residents to stay healthy and fit all year long. Besides the regular and varied activities we do, we also have implemented iBalance machines to help residents stay strong and reduce the risk of falls. To find out what else we offer in terms of fitness for our residents, call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour.

Exercise for Seniors

Do you think exercising only happens in a gym with tons of expensive and complicated equipment? Or that it’s only for those without arthritis or other body aches and pains? Think again!

You, too, can easily exercise. And you can have fun while doing it!

The answer? Tai chi.

MEDITATION IN MOTION

Tai chi (sounds like tie-chee) is an exercise from China that has been around for thousands of years. It essentially combines aspects of karate, yoga, aerobics and Pilates. It is often referred to as “meditation in motion.”

Anyone can learn tai chi and benefit from the smooth exercise. Tai chi uses the focus of karate without the combat; the breathing of yoga without the twisting and turning; the cardiovascular benefits of aerobics without the impact level and the strength-building of Pilates without the pain.

Ideal for seniors, tai chi is very low-impact and easily modifiable to your own comfort level — and needs no equipment. Plus, tai chi is a very versatile exercise: It can be enjoyed inside or outdoors, alone or as a social exercise in a group environment.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Recently, studies have determined that tai chi improves symptoms in those who suffer from arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. In general, tai chi makes sense for senior citizens because it has many health benefits and minimal risk. It’s also known to bring pain relief, reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

Tai chi lowers blood pressure by improving something called arterial flexibility, or the “ability of an artery to expand or contract as blood pressure changes,” according to a recent article in The Atlantic magazine. According to the article, the more flexible arteries are the better one’s overall cardiovascular health. Poor arterial flexibility is a predictor of impending heart and circulation problems, according to the article.

Regular strength-training exercises (using weights, sit-ups and push-ups) help improve muscle tone — but studies show senior citizens in particular may not benefit from this as these exercises also lead to stiffening of the arteries. Tai chi isn’t touted as a strength-training exercise and may prove to be most beneficial for seniors.

One study compared two similar groups of senior citizens — those who regularly practiced tai chi and those who didn’t. The ones who did displayed greater flexibility in large and small arteries, plus greater muscle strength and lower blood pressure.

TAI CHI AT HOME

At American House, we have indoor and outdoor areas where you can practice tai chi — by yourself or in a group. Call us today to learn more about all the amenities we have to offer to keep you in the best of health!

~An article on the study was published in The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and will also appear in a future print edition of the journal