News stories from Ives Hill

20 Feb: Tips to Avoiding Financial Planning Mistakes

Whether you just landed your first job or nearing retirement, it’s never too early or too late to plan for your long-term future. Unfortunately, studies show that only about 33 percent of US households have an IRA designed to help save for post-retirement life and less than half of those people have a 401k set up. Kiplinger.com lists five common…

21 Jan: Simple Stretches to Keep You Moving This Winter

During the winter months, inactivity can take a toll on the physical and mental health of seniors. Staying active during the colder months is vital to maintaining good health. Senior living communities like Ives Hill offer wellness and fitness programs and we encourage community members to remain involved and engaged during the winter months. Here are six simple stretches you…

06 Jan: Improving Eating Habits

Changing the way you eat doesn’t sound too difficult. But, if you’ve been doing something for most of your life, and now you’re in your 60s or older, that can be pretty daunting. What helps is to have a partner to help you. Those residing within retirement communities that provide three nutritious and delicious meals each day enjoy such a…

16 Dec: Staying Active in the Winter Months

Hibernation is not an option for seniors during the winter! While the cold, the snow, and the lack of sun can be depressing, you cannot let that cause you to curl into the fetal position and count the days until spring arrives. It’s no joking matter either. Being inactive is unhealthy for you physically, mentally, and socially. Therefore, it’s recommended…

02 Dec: Tips to Fighting Cold and Flu Season

Winter – also known as cold and flu season – can leave you more prone to falling ill in the cold months. There are over 200 different cold viruses, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults average two to three colds each year. Both the common cold and the flu are contagious, but cold symptoms…

25 Nov: Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season can be an especially difficult time to grieve the loss of a loved one. Your sense of loss can be magnified during family gatherings, holiday traditions and meaningful events. The need for support is the greatest during the holidays. Focus on good memories and take comfort with family and friends. There are a number of ways you…

17 Nov: Veteran Residents at Ives Hill Honored

Veterans Day has passed, but Ives Hill continues to honor its residents who served. More than a dozen residents in attendance Saturday served in World War II. The guest speaker, Major General Miyako Schanley, is honoring her mother, an Ives Hill resident whose military career was cut short when she became pregnant. Schanley says her experiences in the military have…

04 Nov: 11 Decorating Tips for Enriched Housing

Decorating can ease the transition into enhanced housing. Helping someone move into enhanced housing can be an emotionally fraught experience. Collaborating with loved ones to decorate their new living quarters in a way that helps protect their physical safety and boost their emotional outlook can assist them in their transition, says Julia Bailey, a senior associate and interior design project…

29 Oct: Sunlight May Not be Enough to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency

Calcium and vitamin D are two of the most important nutrients for bone health, but vitamin D deficiency is common among seniors. Because seniors typically drink less milk and spend fewer hours outside, they often aren’t getting all the vitamin D they need. For most people, sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D, as sunlight converts cholesterol to…

14 Oct: Tips to Staying Active In the Winter Months

Cold weather forces many seniors inside during the winter months, but you don’t have to limit your activities until spring. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. That’s just 30 minutes, five days a week. Ives Hill offers a wide range of physical and mental activities and varied programs and events…

23 Sep: Reap the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Research has shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. While you may not want to give up steak and chicken for good, you can still adopt a plant-based diet while consuming modest amounts of fish and lean meat. People who averaged eight-plus servings of fruits and…

19 Sep: Drop to Drive Photos and Video

On Wednesday afternoon, September 18, more than 800 golf balls were dropped from the sky by the Watertown Fire Department for the Ives Hill “Drop to Drive” fundraising event in Watertown. Each golf ball signified a $5 contribution towards a new vehicle for the transportation of Ives Hill residents. Stay tuned for how much money was raised! If you’d still…

16 Sep: Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Pets not only can improve the lives of seniors, but they also have a positive impact on their health too. People of all ages benefit from having a pet, but this is especially true for seniors. Walking a dog not only provides an opportunity for exercise, but also the chance to socialize thanks to increased interactions with neighbors. Studies show…

09 Sep: Brain Games

Do you think that crossword puzzles and word search games are nothing more than mild entertainment that help pass the time? Think again. Those affordable and easy-to-find games are likely one of the keys to staying mentally sharp as you age, at least that’s what numerous studies have shown. Brain games, as well as other mentally stimulating leisure activities play…

26 Aug: Are You Practicing Safe Medication Management?

As we age, it becomes more likely that additional medicines are being used which can increase the chance of harmful drug effects or interactions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration urges older adults to use caution when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Physical changes as you age can affect the way medicines are handled by your body. Ives Hill offers…

12 Aug: It’s Not Downsizing, It’s Rightsizing

Your home is your haven. Shouldn’t it feel peaceful, comfortable, and organized? 2019 may be the year to feather your nest with those things most cherished, and eliminate those things that don’t serve you. Organization can be an overwhelming task when faced with decades of accumulated material possessions. As a senior, now may be the right time to pass down…

06 Aug: Stretching Exercises

Seniors who reside at Ives Hill enjoy numerous amenities and scheduled activities, including exercise classes. These community members can literally walk from their home and join their peers in working up a sweat, socializing, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s just one of the many reasons why Ives Hill and The Lodge at Ives Hill is a great choice for…

29 Jul: Three Fun DIY Projects for Grandchildren

One of the most important relationships in our lives is the one between grandparent and grandchild. When you live at a maintenance-free, vibrant community like Ives Hill, grandparents have the space, freedom, and lifestyle that allows them to connect with their loved ones! You can create memories and bridge the generation gap with these three fun DIY projects to do…

18 Jul: Family Golf Showdown

Ives Hill Retirement Community by Heritage family members and proud parents, Theresa Fallon and Vivian Bufalini, recently enjoyed watching their sons, Jeff Fallon and John Bufalini, partake in friendly competition during the Watertown Men’s City Golf Tournament in Watertown, NY. Congratulations to John Bufalini for winning first place in the tournament! Ives Hill is proud to encourage community involvement and…

25 Jun: Residents Visit Ft. Drum and 91st Military Police Battalion

The 91st Military Police Battalion recently invited Ives Hill residents and family members to tour the Historic LeRay Mansion and the Ft. Drum Museum on the Ft. Drum Army base. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time! Ives Hill is so blessed to have intriguing activities such as these while promoting a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle among friends, neighbors, and a…

14 Feb: An Inspirational Love Story On Valentine’s Day

Ben and Peggy Coe have been married for 65 years and have spent the last 70 Valentine’s Days together. To many, that’s pretty impressive – unless you ask them. “We don’t make a big deal out of it, do we?” asked Peggy. “No,” Ben responded. The Coes have lived in Watertown since 1973. They first met in Massachusetts.

09 Feb: Ives Hill Retirement Community Celebrates Wear Red Day

Residents and staff at Ives Hill Retirement Community in Watertown, NY recently celebrated National Wear Red Day. On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together for a common goal: promoting awareness and the eradication of heart disease and stroke by wearing red.

12 Dec: Heritage Ministries Announces Affiliation

David Smeltzer, President and CEO of Heritage Ministries, and Judith Shean, Chair of Ives Hill Retirement Community, Inc, announced today that Ives Hill Retirement Community and The Lodge at Ives Hill of Watertown, NY have become affiliates of Heritage Ministries.