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Vista Village Senior Community, Vista’s premier assisted living community for seniors, seeks a Chef to run its food service program. We are seeking a chef with creative menu cycles, exquisite food preparation and a restaurant flair to lead our Food Services team. Our ideal candidate will have 5+ years’ experience in event planning, kitchen operations, and managing a budget and staff. Vista Village Senior Community offers top pay and an excellent working environment. If interested, please submit your resume and salary requirements.

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Suze Diaz…Every sports fan may have at one time or another secretly dreamt wondering what it would be like to be an athlete. No matter what age you are, the curiosity sneaks up and you find yourself pondering the question, “Could I be able to do that?” For one Vista Village Senior Living community resident, that question was answered on a beautiful sunny day on top of a magnificent lush green hill.

Vista Village Senior Living is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community whose main focus is providing the structure for a full, independent, best quality of life by giving their residents opportunities for extraordinary experiences. One of the industry-leading programs that residents are able to participate is the “Vibrant Life®” program. “Livin’ the Dream” is one element of the program designed to make residents’ wishes come true. Vibrant Life Director Ashley Cole compassionately goes the extra mile to bring each heart-filled desire of her residents come to life. On this particularly spectacular Groundhog Day morning, Director Cole again delivered a day worth repeating over and over that her resident will never forget.

Resident Dorothy Buchner is a sweet, sassy and spirited 94-year old dedicated sports fan. In high school, she played baseball and had a fondness for basketball. In the 1950s, Dorothy moved from Muncie, Indiana to California and found a passion for the game of golf. She remembers the exciting rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960s and has watched almost every event that the golf channels have to offer: PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, Masters, U.S. Open, and LPGA to name a few. Her favorite golfers are Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Not only does Dorothy enjoy rooting for the competing players, she’s intrigued by the size of the winning purse money that each tour offers! Her brother, an avid golfer himself, lives in Florida and shares her philosophy of “Older doesn’t mean you can’t!” Dorothy continues her fondness for basketball as an ardent fan of West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers.

San Clemente is one of Southern California’s popular beach communities and the rolling hills are home to Bella Collina Golf Course. Named Best Private Golf Course in the Spring 2017 issue of Orange County Magazine, the 230-acre, Tuscan-inspired landscaped course boasts three different 18-hole combinations for endless game variety and is a favorite location for weddings and grand social events. Founded in 1988 with tees designed by golfing pro Gary Player in the tradition of Scottish seaside links, Bella Collina’s acres of beautiful greens and fairways blends in with the natural rugged environment. Surrounding a top-notch terraced clubhouse offering additional distinctive services and amenities, the private course provides each club member an unforgettable venue to share with their family and friends. 2018 marks their 30th Anniversary with special plans for a one-of-a-kind celebration!

Dorothy’s wish was to have a private lesson with a professional golf instructor and play on a professional golf course. Through the caring collaborative efforts of the “Livin’ The Dream” program and Bella Collina, Dorothy was able to fulfill her lifelong dream.

After a lovely drive from Vista to San Clemente, we made our way down the hills on the lush two-lane road that leads to the parking area near the clubhouse and was met by Krisno Bridge, the Assistant Golf Professional at Bella Collina. Krisno had our golf-carts at the ready with a special cart decorated: A personalized sign marker just for Dorothy and gifted with a pink Bella Collina golf cap. Dorothy’s son, Fred, also joined us, delighted to be there for his mother’s momentous day.

Krisno led us to the practice area first to have Dorothy try a few practice swings. Ashley Landsman, Bella Collina’s Membership Director, and Natasha Darling, Bella Collina’s Marketing Coordinator, accompanied us to watch Dorothy ‘give it a go’ and swing the club; hitting the balls like a natural, they flew superbly through the air. Krisno was impeccable in his instructions to Dorothy and soon it was time for her to tee off on a hole. As we drove our carts to the hole, we noticed other members enjoying their own time on other greens on the course. Happy smiles and enthusiastic energy was felt as we passed by. Everyone was in good spirits and made quite a positive atmosphere for our day.

It was a wonderful treat to see Krisno take one of the clubs to show Dorothy his style as he hit the ball onto the green, then it was Dorothy’s turn to match Krisno’s shot! Dorothy was having a blast as she and Krisno dominated the hole and made their way to the green for the final putt. With a strategic eye, Dorothy putted and the ball officially rolled its way into the cup in one shot!

After an exhilarating time on the course, we headed for lunch on the clubhouse terraces. Wonderfully set on the south side of the clubhouse, the terraces was the ideal spot for viewing the dramatic panorama of the hills as well as relax, rest and reflect on the day’s fun. During a delicious meal served by our friendly waiter, many conversations regarding the golfing industry, about golf players, of family (Dorothy has 6 great-grandchildren) and funny stories had everyone happy and content.

A beautiful day for a tee time dream wish to be granted and what better way to share the experience than with people filled with warmth, compassion, admiration and respect. It was a pleasure spending time with Dorothy Buchner, her son Fred, Director Ashley Cole, Krisno Bridge, Ashley Landsman and Natasha Darling. Community is about helping each other to live the best life and with Vista Village Senior Living and Bella Collina, you will find that they know how to accomplish the mission with style.

To learn more about the Vibrant Life® program and Vista Village Senior Living community, please call 760-662-7421.

Original article at thevistapress.com


Suze Diaz…Vista Village Senior Living asks for your help for donated items to create and send Gratitude Boxes to show loving thanks to our military! Help give our soldiers little comfort reminders of home as they are out in the field. It’s just one of many ways we can say “Thank You” and let them know that we are thinking of them.

Senior Vibrant Life Director Ashley Cole is in partnership with one of the many senior communities that are committed to the “Operation Gratitude” project. The idea is to send items our current troops have requested through letters that they have sent home. The wives of these soldiers have shared with the senior communities what would make the soldiers’ surroundings more comfortable. This project gives residents and others in the communities the opportunity to let soldiers know we thank them for their service and also send our love, our thoughts and our gratitude.

Some of the items listed are (but not limited to): body wash, Vicks Vapor rub, lip balm, Icy Hot, eyeglass lens cleaning cloths, small bottles of glass cleaner, baby wipes, sunscreen, hot sauce, Taco Bell sauce packets, water flavoring packets (Crystal Light, etc.), beef jerky, sunflower seeds, hard candy, peanut butter packets, tooth paste and tooth brushes, books, stationary, DVDs, music CDs, and gift cards.

Vista Village Senior Living will be collecting items between January 2nd and January 31st. Will you please join us in a display of “Attitude of Gratitude”? There is no donation too small or too big to spread love to our troops. Let’s make this project a huge success and start the New Year off in a loving and caring way!

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Suze Diaz…  Do you have dreams on your wish list that still need to be realized? No matter how old you are or where you are in life, it’s never too late to have them fulfilled. Teresa Carnes, a resident of the Vista Village Senior Living community, was a lucky lady this past weekend as one of her dream wishes came true.

Resident Teresa Carnes & Owner Kage Hart

Vista Village Senior Living is a premiere assisted living and memory care community that focuses on giving their residents the experiences to have the best care and embrace a full, independent, quality of life. One of the opportunity programs that residents are able to participate in is the “Vibrant Life®” program. One component of this program is “Livin’ the Dream”; designed to take a resident’s dream and make it come alive.  Ashley Cole, Vista Village’s Senior Vibrant Life Director, loves the challenge of bringing the heart-filled dreams of her residents come to fruition and makes special efforts to create the best day.

Teresa Carnes is a retired ER Nurse’s Aide who worked for many years at the Outpatient Surgery Department at TriCity Hospital. Music has always been part of her life. Wherever there is music, she shines! Teresa used to go dancing back in the day with her husband at the many dances around town and her dream was to have a lesson with a professional dancer. Ashley and the Vista Village Senior Living staff decided to make it happen with a little help from the dynamic instructors at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Oceanside.

I went to the dance studio a little early before Teresa and her entourage arrived and was received warmly by owner Kage Hart, who showed me around during a small break before he finished a lesson with one of his students. There were nice, wide areas for dancing with a perfect balance of sound and volume through the speakers strategically placed around the dance floor. A “Dance Like No One is Watching” sign greets you at the front desk. A beautifully painted script “It’s Always Time to Dance” decorates the arch as you enter the dance floor. As I witnessed the lesson in progress, I enjoyed the interaction between teacher and student. The music was highly spirited, the teacher was encouraging, the student was immensely happy. Sitting in the lounge area, I met the other instructors as they came through the studio: warm, friendly, fun, cheerfully energetic and enthusiastic. As they talked about their background in dance, you couldn’t help but want to take a lesson with them right at that moment. I was also able to speak to a few students who were happy to discuss how they came to be a part of the studio family, each one receiving a welcoming embrace by the instructors. Each student shined with smiles as they explained their dance story. I was excited for Teresa and even though I had not met her yet, I felt she would be experiencing her dream at the right place.

Ashley Cole and her assistant, Med Tech Rowena Michelangelo, arrived first with three of Teresa’s friends from Vista Village Senior Living: Isla, Marie, and Jim. Not only was Teresa going to experience her dream come true, she was going to be having quite the dance party and sharing the experience with her friends! Then Teresa arrived looking wonderful in a plush royal purple dress matched with a purple and white flowered jacket. Her hair beautifully styled and wearing a lovely two-strand pearl necklace with a matching three-strand pearl bracelet. As she walked through the door of the studio, you could feel her excitement building as she walked across the dance floor to where her friends were eagerly waiting with anticipation. Her daughter, Barbara, was also there to share in the momentous fun and was delighted to see her mother and her friends ready for the afternoon’s festivities.

Instructors Joseph Currington, JD Cantrell and Ashley Quibilan started the dance party by leading the group onto the dance floor to teach the first practice steps to the waltz. The air was filled with joy as Isla, Teresa and Jim were in the hands of the professionals with Marie on the side, smiling and giving her two thumbs up in approval. There were plenty of smiles and a lot of laughter between the instructors and the resident students. After a few songs into the lesson, it was time to take a little break to relax and replenish with refreshments. During the break, Ashley Quibilan and Joseph Currington treated the group to a spectacular performance. Between the tunes of Michael Bolton’s “Missing You Now”, Toni Basil’s “Mickey” and Santana’s “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas), we were mesmerized by the fluid partnership between the two instructors as they executed the different dance styles from the waltz to the Argentinean tango. Then Owner Kage Hart and Ashley Quibilan took to the floor to give us a beautiful introduction to the international ballroom style of dancing. Then Joseph took a moment to take Ashley Cole for a spin around the dance floor to teach her the merengue.

Seeing such beautiful exhibits of the different techniques encouraged the group to come back to the dance floor and show the instructors their moves. Switching back to the music of their era, I caught glimpses of each one of the resident’s faces and it seemed as if they were transported back in time and remembering fond memories of their younger days. There was a sense of nostalgia in the air as each one danced more intently and with such confidence showing in their body. The rest of the group was thrilled in seeing these beautiful moments unfold. It was truly a lovely sight to see. As we neared the last dance of the lesson, Teresa and Kage took to the floor and gracefully waltzed to Michael Buble’s “At This Moment”.

There was yet one more surprise waiting for Teresa: She was awarded with the “Living The Dream” certificate to commemorate her big day. Signed by all of the instructors and Ashley Cole, it is sure to be a treasured memento of an outstanding day.

I have much love and admiration for Teresa Carnes for allowing me to be a part of her Vibrant Life experience. She is a sweet, dynamic and caring lady and I am thrilled her dream came true. I have much love and appreciation to Isla, Marie, Jim, Barbara, Ashley Cole and Rowena Michelangelo for such a fantastically fun time. Huge love, admiration and respect to Kage Hart, Joseph Currington, Ashley Quibilan, and JD Cantrell for their warmth and compassion in working with Ashley Cole and Vista Village Senior Living community to make Teresa’s dream a reality.

Vista Village and Rollerentertainment showed our residents how to Roll with it! Literally, this skating team goes to different venues (Vista Village was their first senior community) thanks to the help of our Vibrant Life Director.  Ashley Cole met Jerry Beck through her wedding industry background as he is a DJ and did the music for a lot of her former clients. His motto is “I am more than just a DJ. I massage the internal musical chords that make people tick”. And this is what he did on his skates, he made our residents smile from ear to ear when they rolled into our living room to perform.  A lot of questions circled our residents heads when they came in but by the beginning of the event, those questions were replaced with smiles–A lot of them!

A major part of a parrot’s day in the sanctuary is spent interacting with the people who visit. On an average day, about 50 people of all ages spend time walking among the birds, talking with them and offering the food we provide to feed them. It is through this daily routine that the birds become re-socialized. We had a great time interacting with these birds. Some of us wanted to take them home.

With a collection of unique and amazing people, we are lucky enough to stand beside them and serve their needs. They say, each day is a different day and when the sun rises, a new person evolves. When the sun settles for the day, that person rests and on repeat the person starts their day again the next day. Sometimes this comes in another way by out bursting communication that a person is trying to say but just does not know how to say it. While others, sit quietly waiting to show the real pearl they have inside of them. None the less, these unique and amazing people allow us to live, learn and communicate in a way that is special for each person. Thank you Alzheimer’s Association for coordinating this special event!

We wanted to share our positive message to those who are battling cancer.  #kisscancergoodbye

Our residents have battled through cancer and some still fighting but our hearts and prayers are sent to those in our community and we wanted to share our powerful messages #vistavillageinspires

It’s a dog’s life over at Vista Village when we get to have Love on a Leash visit.  The 4thSunday of every month, our residents are spoiled with these furry friends to make them laugh and share some smiles.   Love on a Leah (LOAL) is a nonprofit dedicated to providing an avenue for volunteer pet therapy teams to engage in meaningful and productive animal assisted therapy. We provide a framework for therapy teams to obtain the necessary training and certification in order to provide joy, warmth and emotional support to others through pet therapy.

Come on over and meet these amazing friends of Vista Village.

August – Under the sea, under the sea, darlin it’s better life where it’s wetter, under the sea. Our sweet mermaid asked and she received. On August 23rd, SeaWorld granted Vista Village, with the help of the Vibrant Life Director, tickets; so that our residents could go see marine life. Darlene, has always wanted to see dolphins and whales and has not been to Sea World in a very long time–so why not go see them up close.  One thing she loved is how clean the park was and the well-attended attractions.  She enjoyed a day with her friend, Dennis, as they soaked up the entertainment of whales, sharks, dolphins and Turtles.

August 9, 2017–Residents were discussing how sweets always make someone happy. It brings people together and pie makes memories. We decided that it was time to drive to get some pie. The VLD told the story about how there was a nursery that share a space with a bakery/restaurant. The residents did not believe it. A coastal drive and a trip to Betty’s Pie Whole was encouraged. When the residents came home lots of smiles and pie boxes came through the door.

August – These jeans were made for wearing and that is what we are going to do! Thank you to our generous donors for giving us jeans that allowed us to help someone who is going through tough times. Poetry in your Pocket was a charity event that allowed our residents to inspire others with their uplifting poetry. These pants will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center. Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter and education to North San Diego County women, children and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault. We hope that our poetry can empower these women and children!

August – Under the sea, under the sea, darlin it’s better life where it’s wetter, under the sea. Our sweet mermaid asked and she received. On August 26th SeaWorld granted Vista Village with the help of the Vibrant Life Director tickets so that our residents could go see marine life. Shirley, has always wanted to see dolphins and whales so why not go see them up close.

July – Lions, Tigers, and Bears…OH MY! What a sight to see when the San Diego Educational team brought in animals that one of our residents has been wanting to see forever! Her dream came true when they came in and told her she could actually touch the animals. With goose bumps and perked ears our resident was going wild for this opportunity.

July – Vista Village Inspires in so many ways. One particular way was participating in our local parade. We were invited by the Director as we were lucly enough to have his mother in our community. Wearing our red, white and blue, making our bus look like a firework and singing national anthem, we drove through the parade route with smiles and flags!

June – Take me out to the Ball game, take me out to the crowd, having fun with our residents who have never been to a baseball or seen a baseball (one of our residents had a wish to just watch a Padres game where they actually win!   Craig, James, Frank and Buddy had a ball! We were able to check off their Living the Dream wish all of them.  It was a guy’s only adventure and smiles from ear to ear touring downtown San Diego, entering a historic ball park and of course, enjoying a famous (hot)dog!

Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

·        More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease

·        Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

·        One-third of people age 85 or older have Alzheimer’s or another dementia

·        Middle-aged individuals can develop Alzheimer’s as well; approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association has local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. Find a chapter near you.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association host face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities nationwide.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association connect people across the globe through our online message boards, ALZConnected®. Our online community is ready to answer your questions and give you support.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association helps people find clinical studies through our free, easy-to-use matching service  Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®. TrialMatch connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.

•   The Alzheimer’s Associations free online tool, Alzheimer’s Navigator®, helps those facing the disease to determine their needs and develop an action plan, and our online Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive database of programs and service, housing and care services, and legal experts.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association houses the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library, the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Its Alzheimer’s Month- check out this link to learn about signs and symptoms to watch out for http://www.alzinfo.org/about-alzheimers/signs-and-symptoms


dr-mary-cuevaDr. Mary Cueva is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1975 and completed her residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1978. Dr. Cueva is a former member of the North County Coastal Women Physicians and the California Hispanic-American Medical Association. She is a past president and acting board member of the Academy of Family Practice in San Diego County. Dr. Cueva has practiced in the Tri-City area for more than 25 years and speaks fluent Spanish.

Dr. Mary Cueva is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 1975 and completed her residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1978. Dr. Cueva is a former member of the North County Coastal Women Physicians and the California Hispanic-American Medical Association. She is a past president and acting board member of the Academy of Family Practice in San Diego County. Dr. Cueva has practiced in the Tri-City area for more than 25 years and speaks fluent Spanish.

New Name, Same Mission!

We are so pleased with how this program has started off. In the interest of keeping you involved and informed, we wanted to let you know about a minor adjustment we’re making. Starting with the new year, this wonderful program will be called POQ – Physician Of the Quarter, and awards will be presented every 3 months. This adjustment allows us the time in between to brainstorm and develop new and exciting ways to continue showing our appreciation for all that our local Doctors do for our wonderful community. In addition, it keeps things exciting for you – we wouldn’t want you to get bored now, would we? Thank you for your eager participation in this new and exciting program! We look forward to announcing our next POQ!

Jackie Frieden, SMA


EAT WELL American – Join the American Diabetes Association® to put good food and good health on the table during American Diabetes Month® this November. Whether you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes or the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, or you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, the Eat Well, America!sm campaign will show you how easy and joyful healthy eating can be for everyone. Visit diabetesforecast.org/adm or call 1-800-DIABETES for meal planning, shopping tips, grocery lists, chef’s preparation secrets, delicious recipes and more.

There is no doubt that care costs, no matter what facet of the health industry, are almost always higher than what we maybe had anticipated. And in most cases, the care your loved one really needs isn’t even covered by most insurances, including Medicare. That is where planning for Long-Term Care becomes so important. Vista Village strongly encourages families to explore long-term care planning options starting now – before you need to use it. Visit Integral Senior Living for more information.

to learn what long term care is, how it can help you and why you should start planning now – even before you are ready to consider Assisted Living as an option for yourself or your loved ones.

“To be prepared is half the victory” – Miguel De Cervantes, Spanish Author

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not have an action plan to detect the disease in its early stages. Here at Vista Village we don’t just encourage awareness, we encourage taking positive steps toward prevention and treatment to whatever extent possible.

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad” – Miles Kington

Let’s be wise and learn what we can do today to help ourselves and our loved ones by implementing these helpful reminders. Don’t forget, men are also at risk for breast cancer as well, so don’t be shy to share this information with them too.

To learn more visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month


Meet Dr. Luis Navazo, our Physician of the Month!

Dr. Navazo has been a professional in his field for 26 years. He is a husband and a father of two. He graduated from UCSD in 1990 and completed his residency at UCSF East Bay. Surfing and Soccer are his two favorite sports.

Dr. Navazo’s favorite part of practicing medicine is that he gets to care for people and provide them the help they need.

Thank you Dr. Navazo!


Five Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregivers    

HBO Documentary Tells Real-Life Stories About: Five Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregivers

Caregivers, an inspiring HBO documentary about the lives of five family caregivers who are caring for spouses or parents with Alzheimer’s disease, is available to watch for free at HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project website.

The film shows five men and women caregivers openly discussing the challenges of dealing with changes in their loved ones, their own health concerns, and their feelings of loss and frustration. They also share the ways they cope, and how they find joy by staying in the present and savoring small, everyday moments.

Two seniors with Alzheimer’s are also featured, talking about changes in their brain functions, and how they adapt and stay positive.

The 48-minute film is one of four documentaries produced for The Alzheimer’s Project, a collaboration of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, along with the Alzheimer’s Association and two national charitable gift funds.

One of the most devastating forms of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease, says The Alzheimer’s Project at its website. Alzheimer’s is estimated to affect as many as 5 million Americans—a number that could rise to more than 11 million as the baby boom generation moves through retirement.

While there is no cure for the disease, The Alzheimer’s Project shows there is now reason for optimism about the future. The documentary series looks at groundbreaking discoveries made by leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating condition on those with Alzheimer’s and their families.

Let the sunshine in with these housekeeping tips

Now that the days are getting longer and spring flowers are basking in the warmer weather outdoors, it’s time to take a look at the inside of your senior loved one’s living space. The time-honored tradition of throwing open the doors and windows to welcome the springtime sun and the refreshing breezes is still important for all of us—especially for seniors who may need help tidying up after the long winter.


Spring is the season of new beginnings, so here are tips for teaming up with your favorite senior to declutter, reorganize, and tackle corner-to-corner cleaning of living spaces.

Make a to-do list. Consult with your senior loved one to prioritize the tasks to get done, and write them down. Along with vacuuming, sweeping, wiping and scrubbing, don’t forget to include chores related to possible health and safety hazards:

·         Throw out expired medications and any that are no longer needed or prescribed.
·         Discard expired packaged foods and refrigerated or frozen items that might look (and smell) past their prime.
·         Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other electronics (such as medical alert systems) used for health and safety monitoring. Replace batteries in needed.
·         Remove clutter from outside walkways, and indoor entryways, stairs, and heavily traveled areas.
·         Make sure all areas are adequately lit, and replace light bulbs if needed.
·         Remove slippery throw rugs and any other tripping hazards (such as ottomans and low-to-the ground furniture) that might cause falls.

Set a date. Unless you mark your calendar, as you would for a doctor’s appointment or any other important commitment, the spring-cleaning session might become a good idea that never happens. Decide whether the job can be handled over one weekend, or might be best spread out over several weekends.

Enlist help from family and friends. After you set firms dates and times to get the job done, ask family member and trusted friends if they’re available to pitch in. Let people know that any amount time they can devote to the task will be appreciated! Consider asking strong, healthy folks to come at a designated time to move furniture and do heavy lifting.

Involve your senior. It’s their home, after all, so give your seniors input into the cleaning process. Depending on their health, stamina and capabilities, older adults may not be able to easily manage some spring-cleaning duties. But jobs such as organizing shoes and clothing (and deciding which items can be discarded, handed down, or donated) or sorting through books and knick-knacks are often not overly demanding, and can help ensure seniors know that their contribution is critical to the cleaning and decluttering process.

Help raise awareness this month and all year long

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, says the National Parkinson Foundation, and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger.

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, the brain produces less and less dopamine, and the person loses the ability to control movement.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Symptoms vary from person to person, according to a variety of factors, including age of onset and disease progression, but primary motor signs include the following:

  • Tremor or the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Slowness of movement
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Instability of posture or impaired balance and coordination

Medications and Treatments

Many medications and treatments are available to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but there are none yet that reverse the effects of the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may also suggest lifestyle changes, especially ongoing aerobic exercise. Physical therapy that focuses on balance and stretching may also be effective. Speech-language pathologists may help improve speech difficulties. In later cases, surgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation may be recommended.

Living Well with Parkinson’s

After a diagnosis of Parkinson’s each person’s journey is different, but the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation recommends these common strategies for maintaining a high quality of daily living with Parkinson’s:

Manage nutrition and medications. Find routines and treatments that work best for you and follow them consistently.

Pursue activities that are important to you. Keep doing activities you love to do, and you may alleviate your symptoms and boost your mental well being. Painting, tai chi, yoga, exercise—keeping up with these favorite activities may help you take charge of your life with Parkinson’s.

Connect with the Parkinson’s community. Become better informed about Parkinson’s, and meet other people who are living with the disease.

Get involved with advocacy groups, clinical trials, support groups and educational conferences. Be both a benefactor and a participant in the Parkinson’s community and the community at large.

Plan ahead to adapt to the disease on your own terms. Make a priority of living well at home and at work as the disease changes by using assistive technologies and seeking the expertise of professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists and nutritionists wen needed.

Innovative Program Begins at the Community

Vista, CA April 2016Vista Village, a senior memory care community knows well that living a vibrant life at any age is a life worth living. Now the senior living community is taking the idea a step further by making it easier for residents to be vibrant with its new Vibrant Life® program beginning this April.

Vibrant Life® offers a pioneering approach designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives across seven core components for well-rounded and meaningful experiences. These core components provide the balanced structure for implementing diversity across the Vibrant Life® program, which is embraced through several signature programs.


“Each component fosters an overall well-being of living, truly living. There is a trend in today’s society that says ‘my kids are grown, my career is complete, now what?  What purpose do I have, now?’  We as a community are challenging ourselves to answer those thoughts.  With each day, there is a purpose, each day brings vibrancy all on its own. It’s time to embrace life and we are here to help residents do just that with our Vibrant Life® program,” said Debbie Kavenaugh for Vista Village.

Vibrant by definition means full of energy and enthusiasm. Vibrancy is what separates the mundane from the brilliant.  It is the key ingredient that changes mediocrity to exceptional, and conventional to extraordinary. The key to living is to live vibrantly.

The Vibrant Life® program consists of seven core components to foster the overall well-being of residents. In order to promote the ongoing focus of these core components, the community has created four Signature Programs to ensure its residents experience a Vibrant Life®.

The 7 main components to living a Vibrant Life®:

  1. Be Inspired— Gain a deeper sense of spirituality & feed the soul!
  2. Be Well— Intellectual stimulation, get moving & stay active!
  3. Be Challenged— Ignite competitive spirit, learn, grow & motivate!
  4. Be Adventurous— Try something new every day, explore & experience the unique!
  5. Be Family— Cherish family connections, share & continue family traditions!
  6. Be Social— Embrace friendships, celebrate the moments, talk, laugh & listen!
  7. Be Connected— Engage in meaningful community involvement, share experiences & expertise!

The 4 Signature Programs include:

  • PATH TO WELLNESS is a program that encompasses all aspects of wellness with tiers of achievement to encourage participation and provide the satisfaction of personal accomplishment.
  • LIVIN’ THE DREAM is a program designed to take our residents dreams and make them a reality.
  • THIS IS YOUR LIFE encourages social connectivity. Individual residents are showcased throughout the year to share their life stories and personal accomplishments.
  • VIBRANT LIFE® INSPIRES promotes the ability to give back to the local community through charitable endeavors.

The community is assisting residents to find their purpose, to search out how each can better incorporate the seven components to living: Be Inspired, Be Well, Be Challenged, Be Adventurous, Be Family, Be Social and Be Connected.

“Our mission is ‘to optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a Vibrant Life® filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities so that our residents connect with family, friends and the local community,’ adds Jaclin.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle in senior living contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

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How can families afford the costs of senior living communities?

Once families have decided that a senior living community is a safe and comfortable option for aging loved ones, the big question looms: how to pay for it. The national median monthly rate for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility is $3,500, according to a recent Cost of Care Survey. Other research shows monthly fees can range from $1,500 to more than $10,000.

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) reports that the typical assisted living resident has an income of about $19,000 per year. Most residents therefore must tap additional resources to cover the costs of assisted living.

Group Calculating Costs

Consider talking to an elder law attorney to help your family figure out how to pay the costs of senior living accommodations. These specialized attorneys can answer important questions about qualifying for Medicaid to pay for care, protecting family assets while still affording needed care, and making sure a spouse has money left after his or her partner’s care expenses are covered. The lawyer fees could be well worth it if your family ends up saving thousands of dollars.

Here’s an overview of options to consider when you’re looking for ways to pay for senior living options.

Personal savings. If your older adult has substantial savings or access to family money, paying out of pocket can cover the costs, but for how long? Consult with a financial adviser to confirm that personal savings or family assets will last though the years.

Sell the house. Some older adults can sell their house and use the money to pay for senior-living expenses. If the senior’s need for assisted-living care is too urgent to wait for the house to sell, consider a bridge loan until the house sells. Be aware that these are short-term loans, and can be risky in some situations, so consult with a financial adviser.

Reverse mortgage. This special type of home loan for homeowners who are age 62 or older allows long-time homeowners to borrow cash against the value of their home without having to sell the home. These loans may not be the best option for some seniors. Consult with an independent financial adviser—a neutral party, not a salesperson who wants to sell you a loan.

Long-term care insurance. This insurance covers nursing home care, home health care, assisted living care, and other medical services. Consult with an insurance agent to find out what coverage you can afford. Premiums are based on factors such as age, health, benefit amount and duration, and when the insurance company will start paying benefits. Other factors can affect the cost of coverage, including the region you live in.

Veterans benefits. Assisted-living costs can be covered by veterans benefits. To apply, you’ll need military discharge papers, a valid medical condition with a doctor’s letter, and minimum financial asset conditions. Spouses of veterans may also qualify.

Medicare and Medicaid. For those who qualify (based on disability and income), Medicaid pays for long-term assisted living care. Medicare does not pay for long-term assisted living, but sometimes pays for short-term rehab stays, usually after hospitalization. Each program has specific rules about what services are covered, how long you can receive benefits, whether you qualify for benefits, and how much you have to pay in out-of-pocket costs.

During National Nutrition Month, Vista Village emphasizes the importance of good eating patterns for seniors

Vista, CA (March 2016) Every March, American’s are asked to put a focus on good nutrition by celebrating National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” All consumers, including seniors, are encouraged to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to anyone’s life.

“Mealtime is definitely a time when residents enjoy the many benefits of our wonderful dining program “Dining by Design”, taking the time to appreciate each other’s company, centered around meals they enjoy and look forward to everyday,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village.

eat-rightThe dining experience at Vista Village, a local senior living community, features delicious food, great conversation, and an inviting atmosphere. The community’s signature “Dining by Design” program was developed to enhance social interaction, proper nutrition, and overall resident well-being. “Dining by Design” won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) prestigious “Best of the Best” award, enabling the community to offer one of the best culinary practices in senior living.

Essential to Dining by Design are:

•    Chef-prepared meals

•    Signature dishes served with well-rounded food choices

•    Restaurant-style ordering and service

•    Resident involvement in meal planning

Following mindful eating patterns doesn’t mean turning away from favorite foods, or ignoring long-established family traditions. In fact they can enhance and savor the experience.

Eat slowly. We often rush through our meals—either because we feel our lives are too busy, or eating has become mundane, a routine to be gotten through.

It is suggested to eat one bite at a time. Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full.

Pay attention to flavors. Try to savor the overall eating experience—the different flavors, spices, and textures. Notice how different foods complement each other. If you’re a cook, experiment with subtle variations of favorite recipes.

Take a look at your eating patterns. Mindful eating includes observing not only which foods you eat, but where and when you eat, and how much. Notice when you snack, and why. Do you eat in your work space, in your bedroom, or in front of the TV? Think about finding a quiet place where you feel comfortable, away from other distractions, where you can eat slowly and mindfully, and savor the eating experience instead of multitasking through it.

Visit http://www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful tips and nutrition education resources to spread the message of good nutrition.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle in senior living contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

Is it the IRS Calling?

As we enter the tax season, the incidence of IRS scams rise. The Federal Trade Commission reports that from 2013-2014 complaints about IRS scams increased- with 54,000 complaints filed in 2014 alone. Fraudsters often look to target older Americans who may appear to be more susceptible to such actions.

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

According to the IRS, here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

•    Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.

•    Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

•    Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

•    Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

•    Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

The IRS will not:

•    Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

•    Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

•    Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

•    Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

•    Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

•    Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

•    Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

•    Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

•    Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

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