Jackson Creek Senior Living Presents “Crepes and Cruisers” July 9

MONUMENT, Colo. — Jackson Creek Senior Living welcomes the Tri-Lakes Cruisers Car Club on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon for a classic car show.

Guests of all ages are invited to rev up their engines and head over to Jackson Creek, located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, where more than a dozen classic cars will be on-site for viewing. Enjoy homemade crepes and Chef Michael Longo’s signature almond punch along with live entertainment by musician Gus Meza.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Call 719-259-1331 or visit our website events page to secure your spot.

Note: Attendees are kindly asked to park on the north side of the community.

How Technology Helps Seniors Live Better

While older generations have traditionally been slower to adopt new technology, that all changed during pandemic restrictions when many seniors embraced it to stay connected with family and friends, communicate with health care providers, and engage with their community. Senior living providers know that uplifting connections, fulfilling interactions and a sense of belonging are essential for older adults. That’s why communities like Jackson Creek have interactive technologies in place that make it easy for residents to stay connected and engaged while promoting safe, virtual interaction among residents, team members, and families. And while technology may be hard to navigate for some, we offer tech-friendly classes to ensure those who want to use it are set up for success in the community.

Technology to Enhance Residents’ Life

Technology creators are offering more devices designed to appeal to seniors by helping them maintain their health and safety and improve how they communicate. Hearing and vision loss can lead to frustration and isolation for seniors because they can’t effectively engage with their surroundings. Jackson Creek employs the latest technologies to help residents overcome those limitations and enhance engagement and communication so they can be successful and maintain a purpose in the community.

Hearing loss is common as we age and can negatively impact seniors. It often results in confusion and anxiety and can limit the ability to communicate with others or enjoy pleasurable activities. In some cases, hearing loss can be mistaken for dementia and cause undue concern about a loved one’s mental health. To assist our hearing-impaired residents, our community is equipped with Hearing Loop technology, which is compatible with most hearing aids to help filter out background noise for a better listening experience during group events and activities.

Diminished visual acuity is a problem many seniors grapple with. Not being able to read books, recipes or instructions is challenging. To alleviate frustration, we offer Humanware, a desktop and portable electronic magnifier that facilitates reading and gives residents with low vision the option to listen to important content.

To prioritize communication between families and team members, Jackson Creeks utilizes LifeLoop, a digital community portal accessible from most laptops, smartphones, and computers. Residents can send and receive messages from family, share photos, register for community events, and even make maintenance requests or schedule transportation.

With high-speed internet available throughout the community, residents can utilize wearable technology such as smartwatches, activity trackers, and medical monitoring devices like our emergency alert pendants and wander-prevention wristband system. For entertainment, we developed Jackson Creek TV (JCTV), our in-house television channel that broadcasts private programming on flat screens in the community and in residents’ rooms. Residents can also take advantage of It’s Never 2 Late digital touch screen systems that house an extensive library of educational, entertainment, cultural, and health content.

Technology will continue to play a big role in the future of senior living. That’s why Jackson Creek is committed to partnering with industry leaders and investing in innovative solutions that keep residents connected, safe and engaged, which is an essential part of our person-centered approach to care.

Call 719-259-1331 or contact us online to learn how you or your loved one can find connection and joy in our community.

African American female communicating with senior woman living with dementia, sitting in living room holding hands and listening to her carefully

Communicating with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia presents challenges that can lead to frustration and misunderstandings on both sides of the conversation. To help avoid confusion, it’s imperative for caregivers to exercise patience and practice active listening and speaking strategies.

The following tips from the Mayo Clinic will help improve how you communicate with your loved one while benefitting their cognitive and emotional outlook, building a stronger bond, and making the most of each interaction.

  • Always be patient. Listen closely and allow enough time for your loved one to talk uninterrupted.
  • Know what to expect. Your loved one may have trouble remembering words or communicating clearly. They may repeat phrases or ideas or mix unrelated thoughts together.
  • Try to understand what your loved one is saying based on the context and use surrounding information to interpret the meaning. If they are struggling to formulate an idea, have them point to an object or have them walk you to show you what they are trying to communicate.
  • Maintain eye contact while speaking and always call your loved one by their name.
  • Use nonverbal actions to show support, such as gestures, visual cues, and other body language.
  • If your loved one is having trouble expressing themselves, be patient and calm as they navigate through the conversation, and always be kind and encouraging.
  • Avoid using baby talk, and don’t talk down to your loved one or as if they were not there.
  • Limit visual distractions and background noise, which can make it difficult to hear or concentrate.
  • Use short sentences, ask yes or no questions, and break down requests into single steps.
  • Speak clearly and calmly. Take a break if you get frustrated, and avoid criticizing, correcting, or arguing. Never ask them, “do you remember” or “don’t you remember.”

At Jackson Creek Senior Living, our memory support community helps individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia according to each resident’s individual care plan, which is determined prior to move-in. Our knowledgeable team members use proven strategies to communicate with residents and help them develop and refine their cognitive skills, form meaningful new relationships, and take advantage of dynamic programming offering socialization, stimulation and engagement.

In addition to receiving top-quality care, residents with memory loss have access to a secure, home-like neighborhood, comfortable dining, living, and activity rooms, three chef-prepared meals a day, medication assistance, and daily living support, with experienced team members on staff for true peace of mind.

At Jackson Creek Senior Living, we’re committed to supporting seniors in our community to live well and age well. Call us at 719-259-1331 to learn more about our independent and assisted living and memory support services for those 62+.

MONUMENT, Colo. — Jackson Creek Senior Living will host its first-ever Bouquet of Homes on Wednesday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m., where guests will discover the latest in senior living design and learn more about our locally owned and managed retirement community.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Jackson Creek Senior Living campus, located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, to enjoy guided community tours, view model apartments and visit with current residents.

At designated stops along the route, guests will receive a flower, small plate and drink, finishing the tour with a full bouquet and getting a “taste” of what Jackson Creek Senior Living has to offer.

This event is free, but space is limited. Call 719-259-1331 or RSVP online to secure your spot.

Jackson Creek Senior Living Announces Veteran’s Special

MONUMENT, Colo. — Jackson Creek Senior Living, located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, announces it is offering a 10% discount on rental rates for memory support and assisted living apartments during May. 

“We have a number of veterans who currently live in our community, and the Colorado Springs area is such a hub for retirees who have served our nation that we feel it is the right thing to do,” said Elizabeth Girling, Executive Director.

Jackson Creek Senior Living is managed by WellAge Senior Communities and the community includes three dining venues ranging from a bistro café to a table service restaurant; housekeeping and laundry services; wellness programs and social activities; nursing staff scheduled 24/7; medication management; fitness center and therapy space; onsite medical and professional clinics; a massage room; a theater/chapel space for community presentations and gatherings; a library, internet café and game room; an onsite general store; a complimentary dog wash; gardens, courtyards, walking paths and barbecue areas.

Jackson Creek Senior Living is also equipped with the latest technologies to keep residents connected, engaged and secure.

Just east of I-25 and a short drive from historic downtown Monument, Jackson Creek Senior Living is conveniently located near restaurants, major grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, medical services and retail shopping. The community sits across from the Tri-Lakes YMCA and is near some of the area’s top attractions, including Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, the Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain State Park and the Palmer Lake Recreation Area.

For more information about Jackson Creek Senior Living, call 719-725-6060 or visit www.JacksonCreekSeniorLiving.com.

Kim Searles, Director of Education from Colorado Springs-based Beneficent

Free & Open to the Public

MONUMENT, Colo. — Jackson Creek Senior Living will host Kim Searles, Director of Education from Beneficent, to present “Strategies for Paying for Long-Term Care” on Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Based in Colorado Springs, Beneficent has assisted more than 3,500 families to explore financial programs to help pay for senior care options including assisted living, adult day care, home care, and nursing home services.

Members of the public are invited to visit the Jackson Creek Senior Living campus, located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, for this free event. Lunch will be served during the presentation followed by a question-and-answer session for guests.

This event is free, but space is limited. Call 719-259-1331 or RSVP online to secure your spot.

When is it Time for Memory Support?

Knowing when it is time for memory support for a loved one can be difficult. Oftentimes, the signs and symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s unfold slowly over a long period of time and can be missed by family members until their loved one’s dementia becomes too advanced for them to safely care for themselves or live on their own anymore.

Once the signs and symptoms of dementia become noticeable it is time to consider memory support. If a spouse or family member does not act, their loved one could become a danger to themselves and others. Knowing the signs and symptoms of dementia will help you decide if your loved one needs memory support to keep them safe, healthy, engaged, and improve their quality of life.

Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

1. Changes in Health

Has your loved one lost a lot of weight rapidly? This may be an indication they are forgetting to eat. If your loved one has unexplained bruises or other injuries this is often an indication of progressing dementia. Falls, bumping into furniture, or slipping on the stairs can be signs of Alzheimer’s while visual problems and loss of balance are common for those living with dementia.

2. Changes in Personality and Mood Swings

If your generally calm and cheerful mother becomes quick to anger or seems overly agitated, she could be experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s symptoms. People living with dementia are prone to angry outbursts, unreasonable fears, and frequent agitation, which may be caused by underlying issues related to the disease.

3. Concerning Behavior

If you find an elderly parent’s stove left on, water running unchecked, or your loved one wandering outside without a coat in the cold, these are potential symptoms of advancing dementia that can lead to harm. People living with dementia may forget to take their medication or take it multiple times per day. A pill bottle that should be half empty or a prescription that’s gone long before a refill is suggested can be dangerous signs of memory decline.

4. Poor Hygiene and a Change to Home Cleanliness

If your loved one’s personal hygiene seems neglected, such as unkempt or unwashed hair or clothing that’s been worn multiple days in a row, they may be struggling with dementia. If the cleanliness of their home has changed with unwashed dishes piled in the sink, unopened mail stacking up, or expired food in the refrigerator/pantry, they may be experiencing cognitive decline that requires immediate intervention and possibly a move to a memory support community to protect their health and wellbeing.

5. Frequent Confusion

If your loved one does not recognize you, can’t remember how to get from one room to the next, or often gets lost driving, they are most likely experiencing the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s and need additional help.

When you see a friend or loved one struggling with signs of dementia, we recommend it’s time to step in and get them the memory support they need and deserve. At Jackson Creek Senior Living, our specially trained team takes a whole-person approach to aging, and they understand the unique needs of each resident who is treated with patience and compassion. If you are uncertain about your loved one’s mental and/or physical health due to dementia or Alzheimer’s, please reach out to us. We are happy to answer your questions and help you decide if memory support is right for your loved one.

At Jackson Creek Senior Living, we’re committed to supporting seniors in our community to live well and age well. Call us at 719-259-1331 to learn more about our independent and assisted living and memory support services for those 62+.

Talking with Loved Ones About Assisted Living

When it comes time to talk with a loved one about assisted living the way you go about it will determine if the conversation goes well. Downsizing from a house full of memories, leaving a familiar neighborhood, fearing the loss of autonomy and control of their lives can make many seniors hesitant to even discuss the subject. Allowing them to voice their concerns rather than being dismissive of them and being a good listener when you bring up the topic will help make it a positive conversation.

Getting the Conversation Started

It’s best to broach the subject of assisted living well before your loved ones need it. Try mentioning it in casual conversation by asking if they have thought about it or are considering it for the future. Ask open-ended questions and really listen to what your loved one has to say about how they see their lives in the next two, five or ten years.

Don’t be surprised if the first attempt at discussing assisted living is rebuffed and even met with resentment.  If that is the case, drop the subject and give it time before you bring it up again. An opportunity may prevent itself to restart the conversation if your mom falls and sprains her wrist or your dad complains about the endless chores involved with maintaining the house.

Unless your senior loved one’s situation is urgent keep in mind the old saying, “patience is a virtue” and don’t press them into talking about or making a big life decision like moving into assisted living if it will cause hurt feelings or anger.

Have Some Prepared Responses

When your loved one is ready to talk about assisted living have some prepared responses if they express doubts about their finances, losing their independence, or leaving a familiar place.

Offer to go with them to speak with a financial adviser who specializes in helping seniors prepare for the transition to assisted living. Having a professional lay it out for them will be helpful in their decision-making process.

If they are worried about losing their freedom point out how liberating it will be to not have constant home-upkeep to manage or endless lists of chores for cooking and cleaning. Muse with them about how they can use their free time to pursue their hobbies, try new things and focus on doing the things they enjoy instead. Remind them they deserve to be unburdened by heavy responsibilities and focus on what they really like to do.

If they are worried about leaving a familiar place offer to join them on a tour of Jackson Creek Senior Living so they can see what the living accommodations look like, all that our menu has to offer and the fun activities we have scheduled like our small group fitness classes on Wednesdays, arts and crafts on Thursdays, and our Saturday matinee movie. These scheduled activities will give them an opportunity to meet and talk to residents already living and thriving here.

Keep It Positive

Always emphasize the positive when it comes to their decision regarding assisted living. Offer support and be a sympathetic listener as they work through their concerns about it. Keep reminding them it’s their turn to focus on having fun pursuing their hobbies and interests with new friends and experience the things they’ve never had time for.

If you would like to learn more about assisted living or memory care assisted living, we’re here for you as a resource and glad to answer your questions. You can schedule a personalized tour online or call us at 719-259-1331 and let your loved ones see for themselves all our community has to offer.

Visit Jackson Creek Senior Living at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument, CO 80132.

After Social Distancing, it’s Time for Social Connections for Seniors

For over half a century, researchers have focused on the importance of community and a sense of belonging as factors boosting human health. Social connections are essential for health and well-being at all ages, but experts have found they are especially important for promoting health in later life. In a bad news, good news situation, we can’t avoid declines in physical, sensory, and cognitive function as we age. That’s the bad news. On the flip side, social functioning remains malleable and can expand as we age – in other words, social connections in later life are strengths that can boost mental health and well-being.

Why do social connections matter? The list is long, including disease prevention, fewer physical health problems, longevity, improved cognitive function, better self-esteem, purpose in life, and a sense of belonging—especially powerful for older adults.

It turns out, people who are confident with their place in the world are less likely to question their faith and beliefs, providing stronger spiritual health. This sense of belonging is so important that seniors who have that sense report their health as higher than those who have a lower sense of community—regardless of their actual state of health.

Over the last two years, the pandemic has reminded those of us in senior living how important social connections—and being part of a community—are to well-being. Even when we had to stay “socially distant,” the residents in our community remained connected, even if just to open the apartment door and participate in a sing-along, visit with team members throughout the day, or connect with family and friends via Zoom, Skype or Facetime, which we helped to facilitate.

As things “open up” again and people return for tours, we have heard the same thing from many of our prospective residents and their families – being home alone just wasn’t working. The National Institute on Aging estimates three out of 10 American seniors live alone, and the pandemic left many too isolated and without social connection.

Seniors Staying Connected

Yes, we agree that social connections are important. Even the American Public Health Association highlights that socialization improves mood, cognition, memory recall, and is associated with healthy behaviors, including exercise. But as we age it can be more challenging as friends and family may pass away, physical limitations make it harder to get out and visit, and busy families are often caught up in their own lives. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to connect with others socially, but older adults have to be proactive in seeking out these opportunities. Here are some ideas for seniors:

  • Exercise classes and walking groups
  • Happy hours and group outings
  • Regular phone calls and video conferences with friends and family
  • Bingo or card games
  • Billiards, darts and other parlor games
  • Fitness and other health classes
  • Attending lectures at senior living communities (usually free!)
  • Join a support group
  • Organize a coffee group to talk sports, current events, or knitting, whatever feeds your fancy

As a WellAge Senior Living community, Jackson Creek Senior Living spends a lot of time and energy coordinating events, clubs, and activities for residents living with us. Residents can decide what they want to partake in, but the bottom line is they have choices to connect socially. Even the introverts who enjoy a good book in their suite for most of the day love to see their neighbors at dinner. We have dedicated team members whose job is to organize the social events – and get folks involved. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call as we like to think of ourselves as a resource to local seniors and families.

Considering a move to senior living for yourself or a loved one? Call 719-259-1331 or contact us online to learn more about our studio and one-bedroom apartments and how moving to Jackson Creek Senior Living offers seniors access to a built-in community of friends.

Lunch & Learn

MONUMENT—In “Getting to Know the Hearts of Jackson Creek Senior Living,” representatives from Jackson Creek will deliver a free informational session for seniors and families interested in learning more about this 137-apartment retirement community and senior living services in general. The informational presentation will be held at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 719-725-6060.

Guests will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by some of the community directors, including the executive director and the directors of assisted living, memory care, and culinary services. Chef Michael Longo will also conduct a dessert demonstration.

Jackson Creek Senior Living was designed to meet the growing need for senior housing and health care in El Paso County. The community is managed by WellAge, a respected Colorado-based senior care management company.

For more information about Jackson Creek Senior Living, call 719-725-6060 or visit www.JacksonCreekSeniorLiving.com.

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