Wellness Blog

September 8, 2017
first place readers' choice award winner

The Apartment Community Named Best Retirement Community

The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows earned the Belleville News-Democrat’s Reader’s Choice designation of Best Retirement Community in the Metro-East for 2017—more than […]
August 29, 2017
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St. Francis Center/Dammert Care Center Deficiency-Free

For more than a decade, the St. Francis Center for Assisted Living and the Dammert Skilled Care Center at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of […]
July 28, 2017
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Save Money (and Enjoy Life) with a CCRC

Everyone knows that a continuing care retirement community is the “luxury” package for seniors after retirement. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), also called Life Plan communities, […]
July 25, 2017
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10 Ways to Keep Your Parent from the ER

It’s every adult child’s greatest nightmare: You receive a call at work or in the middle of the night to tell you your parent has been […]
July 20, 2017

Secure Your Future in a Continuing Care Community

For older adults, there is no better security than a continuing care retirement or Life Plan community…if you can afford it.
July 18, 2017

The Cost of Transportation for Seniors

Because cars are the norm for most Americans, we tend to forget the cost of transportation when we consider our cost of living. Even for a […]
July 13, 2017
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Success and Your Senior Parent’s Retirement

Retirement is a time to enjoy everything you’ve worked your whole life for. No alarms. No deadlines. No boss. At the same time, retirement is fraught […]
July 11, 2017

Retirement Communities: Rent vs. Buy

If your parents are considering moving, as two-thirds of retirement-age adults do, which is better? Renting or buying? Well, it depends.
July 10, 2017
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Can I Afford a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

One of the most common questions we’re asked here at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows is whether someone can afford it. It’s […]
July 6, 2017
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4 Retirement Asset Withdrawal Strategies that Work

You’ve spent your entire life accumulating assets in preparation for a risk-free retirement. You’ve solicited advice from financial advisors, friends, and family. Now that you’re retired, […]
June 29, 2017

Taizé Prayer at The Apartment Community

The Apartment Community is proud to provide many faith-focused activities for our senior residents. Founded by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and situated on the […]
June 26, 2017
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Retirement Community Life – Enjoying the Transition

Now it’s time to focus on you. You’ve worked hard for many years. It is now time to make a move that allows you new opportunities […]
June 21, 2017
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Experience a Day in an Independent Living Community

When family members contemplate a beloved parent or grandparent moving to an independent living or continuing care retirement community, one of the first questions they ask is: […]
June 19, 2017
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Which Is Best-Independent Living or Assisted Living?

  What is Independent Living Also called a Retirement community Active adult community Senior apartments Continuing Care Retirement Community 55+ community   Assisted Living Provides help […]
June 16, 2017
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Reflecting on the Role of Fatherhood in the Faith

On the occasion of Father’s Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary life of Joseph of Galilee. He did the right thing. He didn’t allow his […]
June 14, 2017
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How TAC Helps Your Parent Grow in Faith

Faith has always been the foundation of your parent’s life. An avid churchgoer, they’ve always led by example. Giving to others has been a fundamental part […]
June 7, 2017
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Continuing Care Retirement Community Financial Security Checklist

Most people choose a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) because it assures their loved ones will receive a continuity of care throughout their lives. However, if […]
June 5, 2017
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What’s a CCRC (and Why Should You Care)?

As your parents get older, you may be introduced to a host of unfamiliar acronyms, such as IL, ADL, CCRC. IL=Independent Living ADL=Activities of Daily Living […]
May 2, 2017
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Normal Memory Loss vs Dementia

When our parents reach a certain age, we begin to wonder if their memory slips are normal or warning signs of dementia. Memory loss is a […]
April 24, 2017
3 generations of women

5 Risk Reduction Strategies for Dementia

Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is not a normal symptom of aging. Most forms of dementia are not inherited. After all, dementia’s not a real disease; […]
April 21, 2017
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Can Gardening Help Your Senior Parents?

If you’re one of those folks who has already chosen their seeds from the catalog that arrive in January or has seedlings growing in a windowsill […]
April 19, 2017
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Help Your Parent Restart Their Exercise Program

You and your mom had a great time last year, walking among the crisp fall leaves. You and she made it a regular practice during your […]
April 17, 2017
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10 Reasons to Make Poetry a Part of Your Life

“Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.” — Thomas Hardy
April 14, 2017
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Prayer and Caregiver Stress

Taking care of a loved one may cause an especially damaging form of stress called caregiver stress. Caregivers are also more likely to experience negative health […]
April 12, 2017
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Capture the Moments of Your Life: A Senior’s Guide to Using Your Cell Phone Camera

Are you of the generation that forgets your cell phone is actually a multi-use gadget that can do everything from direct you to a friend’s house […]
April 10, 2017
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Why Develop Your Sense of Humor?

A recently rediscovered medicine can: Lower blood pressure Increase immunity Prepare you for stress Boost creativity Relieve pain Improve mood Make you more attractive Would you […]
April 7, 2017
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Video Games That Improve Your Health

Evidence abounds about the health benefits of video games. They include: Overcoming dyslexia. Action games may reduce the effects of developmental dyslexia. Improving vision. Action video […]
April 5, 2017

Easter: Be an Instrument of Joy

If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy. —Pope Francis
April 3, 2017
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Benefits of Playing Cards for Seniors

Pinochle, euchre, bridge…card games are a leisure-time activity that brings people together to have fun. The National Institute on Aging, however, says that card games do […]
March 31, 2017
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Reflection from Pope Francis on Lent

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 “The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift” Dear Brothers and Sisters,