Category: Senior Health and Wellness

Ask the Expert: Get the Most Out of MacIntosh Care Centers

Dear Sarah, I’m going to be moving to one of the MacIntosh care centers soon and I’m starting to get a little nervous about what it’s going to be like. Do you have any tips or advice for getting the most out of the experience? Sincerely, Bert H. Hilliard, Ohio How to Get the Most… Read more »

Ask the Expert: How Are Spiritual Needs Met at MacIntosh?

Woman with hands in prayer

Dear Elonda, My mom is going to be moving into a MacIntosh senior living community soon for assisted living. For the most part, she is ready for the move but there is one thing she’s worried about—her religion. Mom was raised Catholic and is very devout. She attends weekly Mass and before her health issues… Read more »

The Top 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Senior couple gardening for health benefits

A green thumb is a healthy thumb. Discover the benefits of gardening for seniors to inspire you during the next growing season! 1. Gardening helps keep seniors active. Gardening is a way to get your whole body moving. As you plant, weed and water, you’re putting your whole body to work. For seniors, an added… Read more »

How to Get Involved at Macintosh Centers: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer helping senior living resident and serving her breakfast.

Are you looking for ways to give back? The MacIntosh Company has plenty of local volunteer work for you to put your talents to good use! Local Volunteer Work with Seniors There are seven Columbus area senior living and rehab communities that make up The MacIntosh Company. However, if you were to visit all seven,… Read more »

How to Communicate with Your Parent’s Healthcare Providers

Doctor discussing patient with adult child caregiver

Adults over 65 visit physicians at more than twice the rate of adults aged 18-64. So as your parent ages, it’s likely their office visits may increase due to changing health needs. It’s also likely that you will be asked to join them on their visits to provide support and help them communicate with their… Read more »

Hepatitis C Risk Increases

The aging of Baby Boomers is bringing great changes to this nation. Along with rising worries about safety nets and health care comes a concern about Hepatitis C. Boomers are 5 times more likely to have Hepatitis C than the rest of the U.S. population. 1 out of every 30 Boomers has Hepatitis C. That doesn’t mean… Read more »

Test Your Stroke IQ

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 »

Importance of Pain Management

Dear Angela: I am scheduled to have back surgery in a few weeks. One big concern I have is pain management. I’ve had so many friends and family members who’ve had back surgery and have told me how painful it is afterward. My goal before surgery is to explore natural ways to manage pain and… Read more »

Laughter – The Best Medicine

Dear Dori: My father recently moved to an assisted living community. After my mom passed away, he was isolated and lonely. He was even beginning to develop new health problems, most notably diabetes. While I know these are big life changes to adjust to all at once, I really miss seeing him smile and hearing him laugh…. Read more »

Tools to Maintain a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Dear Dr. Kander: My dad is just getting ready to complete his cardiac rehab at a skilled nursing and rehab center in Columbus. He had terrible eating habits and was leading a fairly sedentary life before his heart attack. Now that he is almost ready to be discharged and return to his home, I’d like… Read more »