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!
Writing is Right Back
Keeping a journal as a senior is one way of keeping your memories alive and your brain sharp. Writing is a way for seniors to express themselves and be open in their thought process. It doesn’t matter if anyone even reads what is written but putting pen to paper is important. It is a tool for their brain to recall one’s history and something that may make them proud of reading and sharing. When one writes they are exercising their brain. Writing improves cognitive functions and will help with memory loss acting as a tool for thinking and creativity. It is a wonderful outlet for people of all ages. There is evidence that the act of writing leads to strong physical and mental health benefits. It helps with improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms.
Improves Cognitive Functions
Writing is a challenge, requiring you to frequently tap into parts of your brain that aren’t always exercised. Working on a creative project in general is also good for strengthening the connections between brain cells, which often decline with age, contributing to memory loss. Writing is also a great way to practice expanding your vocabulary, a great way to learn and keep your mind healthy.
Helps Communication Skills
If you are shy or just quiet by nature, writing can help you discover a new voice and actually give you more confidence when communicating with others. By boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence you will find it’s easier to carry on a conversation with those around you. Writing can also help you communicate to others through your work. Don’t be afraid to share what you’ve written with others as showing your work is a great way to make new connections with those around you.
Provides an Outlet for Emotions and Stress
Writing is known for its therapeutic properties, which is why it’s often recommended that seniors keep a journal to document their thoughts and emotions, particularly after the loss of a loved one, or another major life change, such as relocating to an independent or assisted living community. Having a safe outlet for expressing your feelings can help limit the harmful effects stress can have on the mind and the body.
James W. Pennebaker has conducted research on writing at the University of Texas at Austin. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health.” Pennebaker writes. “They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.”
So, get your pen and paper out and start writing! Enjoy yourself and feel better all at the same time! Happy Writing!
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.