Assisted Living at Optalis

assisted living

Are you looking for an assisted living community that combines the security of care with the comforts of home? Optalis’s Assisted Living communities are the perfect place for you or your loved one. We provide assistance with daily activities in a modern, active setting that allows residents to live independent, satisfying lives. Services and Amenities… Read more »

Benefits of Journaling for Seniors

Journaling

Since the 1970’s, researchers have been studying the effects of journaling, finding that it is vastly beneficial for senior adults. Here are the 6 main reasons to keep a daily journal. Why You Should Journal 1. Record Your Life Experiences + Preserves Memories Revisiting entries is a great way to keep information for memoirs or… Read more »

How to Make New Friends in Assisted Living

Making New Friends

When you make the move to an assisted living community, the thought of meeting new people can be a little intimidating. As we grow older, it’s natural to hesitate when it comes to making new friends, especially if you already have a supportive family and friend group. Don’t let that hesitation stop you from enjoying… Read more »

Skin Care Tips: Preparing for the Summer Sun

Skin Care Tips

Dear Latonya: I’ve always spent a lot of time outdoors all year round. I think it has finally caught up with me. The damage to my skin is becoming more and more obvious. From brown spots to dry skin, I feel like sun damage is making me look older. Late night television seems to be… Read more »

Keeping Your Senior Safe in the Summer Heat

When the mercury soars, seniors in the Columbus area are at greater risk for heat-related problems. These can range from minor sun poisoning to life-threatening dehydration or sunstroke. Being aware of potential issues can help you keep the older adult you love safe this summer. Summer Safety Tips for Central Ohio Seniors Hydration: Encourage the older… Read more »

Senior-Friendly Festivals in Central Ohio

Summer in Central Ohio is a great time to visit local festivals. However, a festival that requires a lot of walking or doesn’t offer shade may make it difficult for your senior parents to enjoy themselves. But everyone is different. Your parents may be able to walk for hours but can’t stay in the sun… Read more »

Test Your Stroke IQ

Stroke Awareness

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of long-term disability. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke every year. Women, African Americans, and Hispanics are at higher risk for experiencing a stroke. One in three deaths in Hispanic women is the result of a stroke. However, experts say… Read more »

Traveling Safely with Mom this Summer

Traveling

Dear Ashlee: My husband and I decided to include his 85-year old mother on our summer vacation this year. While our plans are still in the works, we expect to be staying at a national park for five or six nights. We haven’t tried this before so we are hoping for a little advice on… Read more »

4 Tips for Easier Post-Rehab Grocery Shopping

Tips for Grocery Shopping

Going back to daily life after post-hospital rehabilitation and therapy can be challenging. One typical chore you may or may not have missed is grocery shopping, which can quickly become tiring or beyond your current physical capacity after rehab. Fortunately, we have a few simple tips to make this task easier and less overwhelming. That… Read more »

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet This Summer

Summer Diet

After a long, cold winter, warm weather has finally arrived in Central Ohio! If you are like most seniors and caregivers, too many snowy days led to a lack of exercise and too much indulging in comfort foods that aren’t very healthy. We thought the month of June would be a great time to help… Read more »