Wellness Blog

March 7, 2018

Lenten Challenge: Where Do You Look for Spiritual Inspiration?

If you’re looking for advice on inspiration, the first thing you’ll find is that there’s a lot out there. There’s […]
February 28, 2018
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Lenten Challenge: The Importance of Reflection

Lent is a time of spiritual renewal and reflection. It’s a time to take stock of both our faith and […]
February 21, 2018
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Lenten Challenge: Forgiveness

This Lent, Catholics are being encouraged to rediscover the act of confession while members of other faiths are taking a […]
February 14, 2018
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Lenten Challenge: Love and Lent

This year, Lent and Easter dates are a bit more notable than usual. Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and […]
January 31, 2018
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Aging Parents, Guilt, and the Sandwich Generation

Do you feel guilty about not taking care of your parent yourself? Do you feel guilty that you don’t visit […]
January 24, 2018
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Exploring Your Spirituality After 60

When we’re young, the concept of spirituality and religion can be very simple and easy to grasp. But as we […]
January 10, 2018
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Future Security in a Continuing Care Retirement Community

For older adults, there is no better security than a continuing care retirement or Life Plan community (as long as […]
January 2, 2018
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The Hidden Cost of Transportation for Seniors

Because cars are the norm for most Americans, we tend to forget the cost of transportation when we consider our […]
December 28, 2017
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How Humor Can Enhance Spirituality

Have you ever wondered where priests and preachers get their short, funny sermon anecdotes from? How do they find the […]
December 26, 2017
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Can Spiritual Practice Make Me a Better Caregiver?

As caregivers, we’re often all asking similar questions despite the unique nature of our individual situations. Am I doing right […]
December 19, 2017
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Holiday Traditions of The Esquiline Residents

Here at The Esquiline, our beautiful grounds are full of people enjoying the Christmas season. Our diverse community celebrates the […]
December 14, 2017
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10 Senior Travel Tips for the Holidays

Ah, the holidays! Cheerful greetings. Happy smiles. Delayed flights. Packed buses. Surly cabdrivers. Traveling with your senior parent doesn’t have […]
December 12, 2017
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Finding Answers in Pope Francis’s Christmas Messages

As we move farther into the holiday season, many people start to wonder — what’s the true purpose of Christmas? […]
December 7, 2017
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Nurturing Your Parent’s Spirit

No one takes better care of your parent than you. You know what their favorite meal is, what kind of […]
December 6, 2017
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Setting Your Spiritual Goals for 2018

As you start thinking about New Year’s resolution ideas, you’re probably considering things of this world—becoming healthier, eating right, volunteering, […]
November 22, 2017
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10 Ways To Give Back This Christmas

The shift from Thanksgiving to Christmas can be a little odd. We spend a week reflecting on all the many […]
November 17, 2017
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Holiday Activities in Belleville, IL

Celebrating the holiday season is easy in Belleville. The only challenge you’re likely to run into is choosing your favorites […]
November 15, 2017
Holiday Lights Scenery

Come Enjoy The Way of Lights

It’s that time of year again! When you’re looking for holiday activities in Belleville, don’t forget to stop by the […]
November 10, 2017
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Treating Dementia with Dignity

Your parent isn’t defined by their dementia. They aren’t a “fall risk” or a “wanderer.” Their true personalities aren’t argumentative […]
November 7, 2017
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Can Prayer Help Prevent Dementia?

Prayer doesn’t work like a punch card. All your wishes and dreams aren’t automatically answered after you pray for them […]
November 3, 2017
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6 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Wellness

Exercise for the mind is just as important as exercising the body, research shows. You’ve heard the saying, “use it […]
November 1, 2017
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Humor and Caring For Your Parent With Dementia

“What do we want?” “Low flying’ airplane noises!” “When do we want ’em?” “NEEEYYYYYYOOOOOWWWW” That may seem like just a […]
October 18, 2017
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Does Your Parent Have These Dementia Risk Factors?

There are a lot of factors that may contribute to the onset of dementia. Some can be changed, some can’t. […]
October 11, 2017
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7 Early Warning Signs of Dementia

One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. While that doesn’t mean […]
October 4, 2017
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I Think Mom Has Dementia – What Do I Do Next?

Sometimes “good morning” can be the scariest thing a parent can say. When it comes at 7 o’clock in the […]
September 8, 2017
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The Apartment Community Named Best Retirement Community

The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows earned the Belleville News-Democrat’s Reader’s Choice designation of Best Retirement Community […]
August 29, 2017
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St. Francis Center/Dammert Care Center Deficiency-Free

For more than a decade, the St. Francis Center for Assisted Living and the Dammert Skilled Care Center at The […]
July 28, 2017
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Save Money (and Enjoy Life) with a CCRC

Everyone knows that a continuing care retirement community is the “luxury” package for seniors after retirement. Continuing care retirement communities […]
July 25, 2017
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10 Ways to Keep Your Parent from the ER

It’s every adult child’s greatest nightmare: You receive a call at work or in the middle of the night to […]
July 20, 2017

Secure Your Future in a Continuing Care Community

For older adults, there is no better security than a continuing care retirement or Life Plan community…if you can afford […]