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Pioneering a New Path in Senior Living – Part 2

Good looking senior woman smiling and using tablet

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about what a great time it was to live at the Cascades, and I stand by that. Many of the things that we discussed in that first letter have already been implemented. Part of the kitchen remodel has been completed, and we’re waiting on the City for permits for […]

Pioneering a New Path in Senior Living – Part 1

Happy elderly woman on a swing

The Cascades is the best it’s been in years. In all my years at Cascades, since I was a boy, this may just be the best I’ve ever seen it. It truly is a great time to live at the Cascades. Part of that is the energy in the community right now. If you haven’t […]

3 Things Experts Look for in Senior Living

Health care professional with elderly lady

A couple of months ago I got a call from a buddy of mine from High School. His mother was helping her parents find a senior living community. She was concerned. She didn’t know anything about senior living or retirement homes, and she didn’t want to make a mistake. It was her parents, after all. […]

Resolve To Have More Fun Next Year!

smiling elderly woman standing near yellow flowers

It’s no secret that we’re living longer. According to the Alliance for Aging, between 1900 and 2000, the average life expectancy in the United States rose by nearly 30 years, making adults 60 and older the fastest-growing segment of our population. Indeed, through advances in health care and technology, older Americans are the pioneers of […]

Could The Holidays Be The Best Time For “The Talk?”

Table with Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you are a child, parent, or concerned caregiver, “the talk” about the need for elder care or assisted living is never easy. Yet it’s best for all involved to have a compassionate conversation before a health crisis that might result in costly and difficult decisions. The holiday season with everyone together may be the […]

The Dangers of Loneliness for Older Adults

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Is loneliness impacting your health and quality of life? According to the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) website,, shrinking social circles, poor health, life changes, and even transportation challenges contribute to isolation for older adults. The article warns that isolation can contribute to loneliness, which impacts health and quality of life. New research by […]

National Assisted Living Week

A Spark of Creativity promotional graphic for September 2019

There’s no better time to begin thinking about senior living than during National Assisted Living Week Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. The week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance offers […]

Feeling Great Through Fitness

senior residents exercising at Cascades of Tucson

It’s Never Too Late to Feel Great Through Fitness! Exercise at any age is being hailed more and more as a “miracle drug.” Working out has been shown to reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, and depression, dementia, diabetes, falls, and heart disease. Some people even say that if exercise were a pill, […]

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated in the Arizona Heat

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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, on average, 1400+ residents will end up in the hospital this summer due to heat-related illnesses. Let’s make sure you are not one of them! Staying hydrated during the summer is critical. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, which can seriously impact […]

Memory Support and Care Best Practices

Elderly adult lady smiling

An Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is heartbreaking for both the patient and their loved ones. It’s a confirmation that life is going to change in expected, unexpected and irreversible ways. It’s unsettling and frightening. And as the condition progresses, most individuals are going to require special assistance within their home or a memory support residence. […]