Wellness Blog

November 17, 2017
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Holiday Activities in Belleville, IL

Celebrating the holiday season is easy in Belleville. The only challenge you’re likely to run into is choosing your favorites […]
November 15, 2017
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Come Enjoy The Way of Lights

It’s that time of year again! When you’re looking for holiday activities in Belleville, don’t forget to stop by the […]
November 10, 2017
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Treating Dementia with Dignity

Your parent isn’t defined by their dementia. They aren’t a “fall risk” or a “wanderer.” Their true personalities aren’t argumentative […]
November 7, 2017
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Can Prayer Help Prevent Dementia?

Prayer doesn’t work like a punch card. All your wishes and dreams aren’t automatically answered after you pray for them […]
November 3, 2017
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6 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Wellness

Exercise for the mind is just as important as exercising the body, research shows. You’ve heard the saying, “use it […]
November 1, 2017
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Humor and Caring For Your Parent With Dementia

“What do we want?” “Low flying’ airplane noises!” “When do we want ’em?” “NEEEYYYYYYOOOOOWWWW” That may seem like just a […]
October 18, 2017
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Does Your Parent Have These Dementia Risk Factors?

There are a lot of factors that may contribute to the onset of dementia. Some can be changed, some can’t. […]
October 11, 2017
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7 Early Warning Signs of Dementia

One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. While that doesn’t mean […]
October 4, 2017
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I Think Mom Has Dementia – What Do I Do Next?

Sometimes “good morning” can be the scariest thing a parent can say. When it comes at 7 o’clock in the […]
September 8, 2017
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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+ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
April 24, 2017
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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 […]
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 […]