We watched Glenbrooke being built and knew right away that we would be selling our home to enjoy our retirement here. We have been here since 2003 and we will continue living here. Glenbrooke’s staff is second to none and they have become our family. Our friends that live here at Glenbrooke are also more like family. We enjoy the activities and lifestyle that Glenbrooke offers and truly believe there is not a better place to live out our retirement!
How Stress Develops Chronic Disease Back
Have you ever heard the old adage, “The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress?” While that may not be completely correct, it is widely known that stress not only complicates many health problems, it can actually cause disease that is long lasting. Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s ability to handle stress gradually breaks down.
Stress Can Be Both Good and Bad
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Stress puts our bodies into a reactionary motion. Dr. Kenneth Hamby, MD says that stress is “a physiological response that heightens awareness and prepares the body to confront or flee a perceived threat.” Stress at appropriate times and levels helps us to accomplish tasks more efficiently. It can boost memory, and it provides a vital warning system to our brains to release chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. Ideally, when stress passes, our hormone levels return to normal and our body functions drop to normal levels.
When stress becomes chronic or too intense, our bodies remain in a “fight-or-flight” mode which weakens our immune systems. This may lead to chronic disease, anxiety, depression, digestive and sleep impairments, memory and concentration problems, weight gain, and even heart disease. Dr. Hamby says that “when you live with chronic stress, your body never gets that signal to relax. It’s in a constant state of elevated heart function and higher blood pressure, and it puts a lot of wear on itself.”
Coping With Stress
People tend to find coping mechanisms to help them get through a stressful situation or experience. Many people tend to eat unhealthy foods, smoke, drink alcohol excessively, or live more sedentary; which are all risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. When we experience physical and/or emotional stress as we age, the effects are more taxing on our bodies.
It is possible to reduce and manage stress in our later years. Many seniors exercise and keep active, stay connected with friends and family, and find a purpose beyond themselves such as volunteering or community involvement to avoid chronic stress. A study by Yale University found that people who feel good about themselves as they get older live about seven and a half years longer than “glass half empty” types. Having a positive outlook on life helps us deal with stress better while increasing our will to live a strong, happy life.
As a widower, I felt extremely lonely and disconnected in my neighborhood and home. My friend introduced me to the idea of retirement living in an independent retirement community. I looked at several in Brevard County, but none had the sense of family or friendliness that Glenbrooke has. I’m here at Glenbrooke to stay!
I waited too long to make the move to Glenbrooke. I visited many times and told several of my friends to move, but couldn't seem to brave it for myself. The staff at Glenbrooke never gave up on me, and even helped to see me through the selling of my home and assisted with all the arrangements to make the move! I now feel that I have regained my zest for life and am proud to say that I have found the person I enjoy spending all my time with. I would have never had such an opportunity staying in my house. I am truly at home here!
My husband and I selected Glenbrooke as our home of choice to enhance our retirement lifestyle, but never thought about what Glenbrooke would offer if either of us passed away. After his passing, our children asked me to move closer to them. Even with my limited vision, I am able to maintain an independent, active, vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. The staff is always available to meet any wants or needs that I may have, and they always do it with a smile and a hug.
Moving to Glenbrooke is the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe, secure and completely at home. My friends and family who come to visit can’t believe that my apartment is so spacious and beautiful! They are always complimenting me on my home and I never get tired of hearing the words “what a nice apartment”. The friends and family I have gained since moving here have definitely helped fill a void in my life, and I have peace of mind everyday knowing I have the freedom to engage as much or as little as I want.
I LOVE Living at Glenbrooke! They truly care about us. We asked for a change to the food and it was done quickly and is delicious. Thank you, Glenbrooke for taking such great care of us and making sure we are happy residents.