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Plymouth Place offers the right environment to make the most out of life. And our blog is the place to learn more about our community and issues in the world of senior living.
 
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3 Ways Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

Remember when we’d look up a fact in an encyclopedia? Wait for the operator to connect our call? Or write a letter to a pen pal? In just a few decades, technology has dramatically changed the way we get information, connect with others and spend our free time. Many of these changes make our lives …

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E-friends: Voice-activated assistants fill a need

Many seniors are discovering the joy of having an easy-to-use device perform tasks or answer questions while relaxing in their armchairs. Those with memory, eyesight or dexterity issues can simply ask for the weather report, find out what’s on TV, set an alarm, play music or call a grandchild without having to type, press buttons …

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Counting the Costs

When comparing the costs of living at home versus living at a Life Plan Community, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, as they say. Take stock of your actual monthly expenses so you have a good starting place to make a smart decision. Monthly costs can add up. Rent or mortgage payments are probably …

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The Benefits of a Not-For-Profit Life Plan (CCRC) Community

Common goals, but different approaches What’s the difference between for-profit and not-for-profit senior living communities? And what does it mean for you? Both serve the needs of older adults with good stewardship and the intention to build an enterprise that lasts. However, their governance and financial management are vastly different. At a Glance: Comparing For-Profit …

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Are You Acting Like a Teenager?

You know those kids who are always on their devices, taking photos and texting their friends? You might be more like them than you think. A survey conducted by the National Council on Aging found that seniors are driven by a desire for connectedness. Staying connected to family and friends was top of their list, with …

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Choose to Live on Your Own Terms

By Sharon Sleezer, Director of Sales and Marketing Seniors choose to move into independent living at a retirement community for different reasons. Some tell me it’s because they’re tired of working on their house and yard, and are ready to downsize. Others like the social aspect — meeting new friends and getting involved in new …

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Music & Memory

Connectivity: The quality, state or capability of being connected.  It’s a powerful word when you consider how much of our happiness depends on being connected.  Plymouth Place asks the question “What connects us as human beings?”  Love, compassion, empathy, certainly.  Laughter is a great connector.  Think of all the people with whom we’ve bonded because …

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The Power of Music in Our Everyday Lives

Come stroll with me through Plymouth Place, and sooner or later you’ll hear music. As we pass Dole Hall, we might hear the community choir singing, blending their voices with the chime of hand-held bells. It’s wonderful to know that apart from enjoying the simple pleasure of making music, they’re also making their brains fitter. …

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Katherine’s Smile

I have smiled and greeted Katherine Hawthorne, Certified Nursing Assistant, for many years working together for Plymouth Place Senior Living in La Grange, IL . Her smile always made my smile just a little wider. She always struck me as a “good person” whatever that means…but I never really sat down to get to know her …

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A Healthy Appetite for Life

By Executive Chef Maryann Narkis Most people find eating balanced, healthy meals a challenge, but this becomes especially difficult as we age. Seniors who live by themselves are more likely to have an increased risk of poor nutrition – even malnutrition. It’s common to suffer a loss of appetite as our senses of taste and …

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