Benefits of Crafting for Older Adults

March is National Craft Month. At the Laureate Group, we celebrate crafting regularly in all of our eight communities. Although our Lifestyles Coordinators will direct and run crafting programs, sometimes our employees in various departments take part to make it enjoyable for our seniors. Even the families get involved. What makes this program unique is that there is no right or wrong way in crafting. It’s not about the end result. It’s about the process. The therapeutic benefits are practically limitless.

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Coping With Loss

As we might expect, the older we get, the more losses we suffer in our life. The most substantial losses might be that of a spouse, close friends, or peers. But experiencing loss extends beyond the loss of a physical being. For many people, their professional work was a big part of their identity. When they retire, though that sounds like utopia to some, it can result in the loss of a big part of their self-esteem and sense of purpose. It can be incredibly difficult to process. Each new “loss” can lead us further down the path of low self-esteem or sadness.

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The Senior Housing Industry Chaos Continues

Perhaps you’ve read some recently published articles regarding the financial woes at publicly traded Brookdale Senior Living, or perhaps you have a senior housing community near your home whose name has changed multiple times over the past few years. The current chaotic state of senior housing seems contrary to the news stories and articles about how America is aging. America is aging – we are all aging -- but we aren’t old enough, yet, to meet the current supply of senior housing in greater Milwaukee.

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