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!
Sleep Problems and Seniors Back
It’s that old familiar problem...not getting a good night’s rest. Whether it’s having trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently in the night or early morning, getting less quality sleep (a.k.a. “deep sleep”), or only being able to sleep for a few hours; sleep disorders tend to surface as a common problem for older adults. Dr. Leslie Kernisan of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics says that, “normal aging brings on some changes to sleep. Basically older adults tend to sleep less deeply than when they were younger.” Often times, lack of sleep contributes to daytime fatigue which complicates driving and participating in typical activities.
Sleep Disorders Vs. Sleep Problems
During those regular doctor’s visits, you will probably be asked about how well you think you are sleeping. Sleep disorders include apnea (which is a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep), and periodic limb movement (or “restless leg syndrome,” when your constantly urged to move your legs repeatedly before falling asleep). Sleep disorders are diagnosed after a thorough medical examination, review of current prescriptions, and possible testing. Medical equipment may be provided or medication may prescribed for a sleep disorder. It is important to note that side effects to medications for sleep disorders are widely known to be habit-forming, and often do not provide long-term relief from sleep disturbance.
As we age, it is most likely certain that we will not sleep as long or as deeply as we do when we are younger. While sleep problems may persist as we age, there are measures we can take to increase our chances of sleeping as soundly as possible. Here are a few ways you can examine your routine to make changes if you need to improve your sleep:
Ensure Proper “Sleep Hygiene.” Sleep hygiene is a great way to describe how our bedtime routines either impede or improve our nighttime sleep. Consistent routines such as having a regular bedtime, bathing, or reading are all ways that signal your body that it is time to rest. Exercising (within four hours of bedtime), smoking, taking mid afternoon naps, drinking alcohol or caffeine all impede quality nighttime sleep.
Ensure There Are No Underlying Medical Problems. Sleep problems can be the result of a health condition. When treated properly, health conditions should not affect our ability to sleep well. Common health conditions that tend to affect sleep are heart and lung conditions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, arthritis, urinary problems, and even mood problems such as depression and anxiety. Discuss any concerns with your doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing insomnia or sleep problems.
As we age, lack of sleep can have dangerous consequences such as depression or risk of falling. Implementing better “sleep hygiene” takes time and dedication, but as you do this with help from your loved ones and your doctor, you can take control of your sleeping habits. Often times, getting to the root of the issue is the first step in making an improvement.
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.