CareAGE Connections

Advance Directives: What Are They?

We like to think that we will always be capable of making our own health care decisions. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t work like that. A stroke, an automobile accident, or an inability to understand medical treatment information—any number of circumstances could occur that might limit or take away a person’s immediate ability to make health… Read More

Winter Wonderland at The Lakes!

At the end of 2018, we wanted to show our appreciation for our local social workers and case managers. These folks, who work with us through our local hospitals and agencies, do a lot of hard work for us all year round—and this was our chance to thank them! We arranged for a pickup in… Read More

What’s in a Christmas Carol

Our holiday celebrations are well underway here at the Lakes. Along with our magical decorations that really light up our building, we had the wonderful pleasure of hosting the Four Seasons Singers—a talented group of singers who donate their time to us each year. They came to enrich our lives with songs such as Jingle… Read More

How to Talk to a Loved One With Memory Loss

One of the hardest parts of caring for a loved one with dementia is communicating with them in a meaningful way. Communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s or a similar disorder can be very frustrating for both of you, particularly if your loved one doesn’t always remember who you are. They may also think they live… Read More

Under the Sea Senior Prom

Residents, family, and staff danced swimmingly through our Under the Sea theme (pun absolutely intended) Senior Prom this past week! Our turnout was incredible, and we’re really proud of how much fun everyone had. Doug Anderson provided the wonderful live tunes from the 40s and 50s as we danced along on our custom dancefloor. With his guitar… Read More

The Lakes at Banning Luau!

We had a blast at the end of August with our big Luau. From wonderful food to even better performers, we were thrilled to have a day of fun with our residents and families. The performers, Makua Hula Hawaiian Dancers and their instructor is Perla, took volunteers up from family members, staff (me being one… Read More

Five Ways Fasting May Improve Your Health

Fasting has a long and rich history – ancient healers often recommended it to patients to help aid in healing. Hippocrates, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle all praised the benefits of fasting. Paracelsus, considered to the founder of modern toxicology, said, “Fasting is the greatest remedy – the physician within.” Most of the world’s religions embrace… Read More

Creative Expression Helps Keep Your Mind Healthy

Most people are familiar with the power of art to transform lives and alter one’s perception of the world. Many of us have had the experience of having a book, movie, or play provide a springboard for future dreams and aspirations. Most of us have experienced what it’s like to have a favorite song or… Read More

Cholesterol – the Good, the Bad and the Confusing

Many years ago, you may have gotten just a single cholesterol number from your doctor. Today, it’s likely that you receive several numbers – an overall score, then a separate number for HDL (high-density lipoprotein), and one for LDL (low-density lipoprotein). You may have even gotten information about whether your cholesterol is made up of… Read More

Meditation Has Many Benefits for Both Body and Brain

Once thought of as a “new age” fad, meditation is now becoming more mainstream as research uncovers more and more of its powerful health benefits. Even Corporate America has jumped on the bandwagon. Many companies, including Apple, Google and Nike, have offered meditation in the workplace. Although its mainstream popularity is a relatively new thing,… Read More