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Lifelong learning for seniors in senior living community

Benefits of and Opportunities for Lifelong Learning

December 13th, 2019

During the last 50 years, scientific and technological innovation has had profound effects on how learning is understood. Learning is no longer simply associated with a formal education in school or applied solely in the workplace. Instead, learning is now seen as something that takes place throughout our lives in our daily interactions with others […]

Senior Citizens Completing Puzzle

Brain Stimulating Games for Seniors

December 3rd, 2019

Here’s the good news: Your doctor says you should have more fun. Playtime isn’t just for kids, it’s important for everyone. But it might be particularly so for seniors, because games can help restore or prolong our vitality. In fact, studies continue to show that play and fun activities — for older adults or people […]

Senior couple gardening outdoors at senior living community

Benefits of Independent Living for Seniors

November 15th, 2019

You’ve reached an age where freedom reigns. You’re untethered from responsibilities, and free time has blossomed. The world is your oyster; your life is a well-planned gem. But … You’ve also reached an age where driving at night to, say, meet friends for dinner is daunting. Venturing to the store on a snowy day is […]

Senior women at yoga class at senior living community

Staying Fit During Winter

November 1st, 2019

Staying Fit During Winter When colder temperatures arrive and the snow starts falling, it’s easy to neglect exercise, especially as we age. But winter shouldn’t mean hibernation. There’s no reason you need to take a break from physical activity when it gets chilly outside. Senior living communities like Essex Meadows, or your local senior center, […]

Occupational therapy for seniors

What Is the Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

October 28th, 2019

As we age, many common activities we once took for granted can become more troublesome. Strength wanes, joints stiffen, balance can become more precarious. These hurdles affect daily routines and can affect our quality of life. It’s especially true following an injury, surgery or other medical event. For seniors who encounter unexpected obstacles to full […]

Wine and Food Pairings at Essex Meadows

What Wine Goes With What Food? Advice From Our Food and Beverage Director

October 4th, 2019

By David Reynolds, Director of Food and Beverages at Essex Meadows Imagine you’re at a nice restaurant. The menu describes delectable dishes and the wine list is expansive. Of course you want your whole dining experience to be just right, including the wine pairings. But maybe you’re unsure what goes with your order. Or perhaps […]

Skilled Nursing Caregiver with Senior Resident Patient

What is Skilled Nursing and How Do I Know If I Need It?

September 23rd, 2019

If you have a parent or loved one who needs round-the-clock skilled nursing care — or especially if you’re the primary caregiver for an older loved one — three things are almost certainly true: It’s a full-time obligation. At times, you feel it’s physically and mentally overwhelming. You would need a lot of reassurance before […]

Fall activities for seniors like leaf peeping in Connecticut

Top Locations to Catch the Connecticut Fall Foliage

September 4th, 2019

New England leaf peeping season is upon us. As Connecticut fall foliage dances across the color spectrum, Connecticuters and tourists alike will be spending time outdoors to admire Mother Nature’s annual pageantry. Lucky for those in our area, some of the most vibrant autumn displays occur in and around Essex, Connecticut. Admiring changing colors – […]


How to Become an Artist After You Retire

August 23rd, 2019

Learn the ageless benefits of art. Susan Nilsen lives at Essex Meadows, Essex, CT. Among the many amenities at our full-service senior living community, we offer offers residents a well-equipped art studio and weekly classes. “Learning to draw and paint has been challenging and fun,” Susan says. With the help of an encouraging instructor, “new […]

A senior is hiking the nature trails by the Essex Meadows retirement community in Connecticut

7 Best Hiking Trails for Seniors Near Essex, CT

August 5th, 2019

Walking. Strolling. Traipsing. Perambulating. Ah, hiking! It’s the simple activity that stretches the muscles, fills the lungs and nourishes the spirit. The more you explore our lovely neck of the woods around Essex, CT, the more hiking trails you’ll discover – from easy hikes for seniors along mostly flat, groomed trails to demanding vertical rock […]