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The Christmas season is upon us! With ornaments hung from the tree and hot cocoa brewing, this special time of year celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus, can be filled with joy and cheer. However, it may not always come as a welcome season’s greetings for all. As we age, the holidays can lead to anxiety and sometimes even isolation or depression. With holiday memories of the past surfacing or extreme changes in a living situation. These can all act as triggers, leaving seniors feeling lost from their loved ones around them.

Charlotte regency senior couple christmas

This year, you can make a difference and help beat the holiday blues for the seniors in your life by simply following this guide to making the holidays happy again:


With the many events from Thanksgiving to New Years, there are several opportunities to include them into your holiday plans. Even the smallest of activities can have an immense impact on your senior's life. Whether it’s asking them to set the table, baking holiday cookies with them for Santa, or inviting them to a showing of the Nutcracker ballet. Help make them feel loved by incorporating them into your schedule this holiday season. It will give them the greatest gift of all, precious time spent with family.


Spend quality time with your senior, reminisce about the past, and make new memories together. While those recollections can sometimes trigger sadness, it can also give them something light up about. Telling tales are a great way to engage with seniors, as they have many to tell. As you spend quality time with your loved ones, ask them what their family traditions were like when they were younger. Comparing your similarities is a great way to bond during the holidays. Time spent together will also allow for new family traditions and memories to be made.


Keep things upbeat - If your senior is going through a hard time as a result of mental or health related problems, don’t let it get them down this holiday season. Stay positive! Never make them feel poorly about themselves if they can't do things the way they used to. If you’re senior parent or grandparent is used to cooking the big family meal during the holidays, but are now disabled, find ways for them to participate. For example, let them peel the potatoes or help snap the green beans for Christmas dinner. There are lots of ways to accommodate for your aging senior.


Can’t see all of your loved ones this year? Send them a Christmas card! Seniors love receiving special mail from family members and close friends. It’s not only fun for seniors but for fun for kids, too! Turn it into an annual project for the kiddos. Every year, have them draw Christmas cards to grandparents, great grandparents, and seniors without families here at Regency Assisted Living. It’s a great way to tell them you’re thinking about them this holiday season. But not all messages have to come by mail, you know. For those with long-distance relatives, it is easy to connect virtually over the internet using communication tools like Skype, FaceTime or Facebook Live using a computer, laptop or phone. No matter how far, give your senior loved ones a call to wish them a joyful, happy holidays.


The greatest gift of all, however, is time spent with family during the holidays. At Regency, we encourage our residents’ families to visit or, alternately, pick up their elder family member for a dinner, family get-together, or holiday event. For families who decide to join us during this merry and bright season, our Regency staff and team of culinary chefs work diligently to serve you and your loved ones with a memorable, special meal in our dining room.

Whatever the season holds for you, Regency Senior Living is honored to celebrate these special times with you and your family. Wishing you the happiest holiday season!

Written by: Katie Hanley

It's definitely not hard to acquire stuff throughout the years, yet over time there comes a peak moment when we need to rid our home of clutter and downsize into a smaller space. For most adults, that time happens when our children mature and have a family of their own, or perhaps it’s a result from a healthcare related issue.

For seniors considering decluttering, it may allow you to:

  • Start living and take advantage of retirement hassle-free.
  • Live closer to children and grandchildren.
  • Enjoy new memories without the burden of clutter.
  • Access what you want easily and within safe reach.
  • Reorganize possessions for estate planning
  • Maneuver more easily through the home in case you become disabled.
  • Downsize your home. 
  • Move into a Regency Retirement community!

The top 10 dos and don’ts in downsizing:

1. DO NOT Wait 

Spread the downsizing process out more than just a few days or even weeks. If time permits, begin at least 6-8 months in advance instead of trying to to make the difficult decisions of letting go in a shorter period of time. Also, be mindful with of your time; even though it may seem as if there is plenty of it – there never is, especially in those with a disability.

2. DO Plan

The professionals at advise thoughtfully planning out before jumping in head first. Take baby steps with identified zones to before beginning the long road to downsizing. For example, plan to start in the closet with old clothes, shoes, and accessories that are never worn.

senior packing

3. DO NOT Panic

Taking on a big project like this in full can easily start to feel overwhelming when looking at the big picture. Remind yourself that it has taken years to accumulate personal belongings, so the likelihood of finishing in just one day is just not realistic.

4. DO Prioritize

Belongings should be sorted into different 3 identified boxes, labeled as keep, donate, and discard. To prioritize, things that are outdated should be the first to go. For example, books that haven't been read in quite a while, furniture that is never used, et cetera. Strategists from Lifehack suggests discarding anything that does not “spark joy”.

5. DO Make Hard Choices

It’s normal to feel nostalgic about certain items that remind us of fond memories. It’s also normal to feel heartbroken and guilty when disposing of things that are special to us. While it is an extraordinarily difficult time letting these possessions go, remember that one individual's trash is another person's treasure. For making these difficult decisions, use the yes-no method. Simply ask yourself, “Do I really need 10 winter coats?” or “Will I use 3 frying pans?” This step helps the flow of sorting while remaining neutral and concise. 

6. DO NOT Create a “Maybe” Pile

This unnecessary 4th pile is a dangerous one. This gray space is where we start to question ourselves, letting doubt come between our progress. The solution? Ask yourself if you have used the item within a year. If not, chances are you won’t again. 

7. DO Adapt 

Most people prefer to age in place, however, depending on the situation this may not be an option for some seniors. The key is to adapt. Flexibility is crucial when it comes to extreme changes, especially when downsizing. For example, learn to part with belongings that take up too much space, like the never disheveled stack of loose photos. Adapt by scanning them onto the computer to keep them preserved and easily accessed. The same can be applied to music and movies with modern technology devices like Netflix, Spotify, and Apple Tv.

8. DO Repurpose and Recycle

Do consider donating, reusing, and recycling. The neighboring homeless shelters would much appreciate your closet full of unused winter coats. Need some extra pocket change? Post items online, such as eBay or Craigslist. If you have the time, host a garage sale. These methods can lessen the mess in your home and also give a second life to older items.

9. DO NOT Hoard 

A senior whose living space has become unsanitary, hazardous, or unable to function may show symptoms of an elderly hoarding disorder Be between being something of a pack rat saving things for a stormy day instead of saving and assembling things that are used, broken, chaotic or of no regard. Gatekeepers may find stores of decline or waste spread all through the house, which makes a dangerous risk for tripping and falling.

10. DO Be Sensitive

If the senior is showing hoarding behaviors, this could be a symptom of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Take note of sudden mood changes, forgetting to take prescribed medications, or letting bills go unpaid. Be sensitive towards seniors struggling to remember. They may start to feel attacked, defensive, or confused when disposing of their things. Patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s should be moved to our Regency Memory Care facility for their daily assisted needs.

It's imperative to start decluttering now, so the move to your new home at Regency Assisted Living can be as fluid of a transition as possible. For more information on downsizing, see tips at tips/

“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for the happiness in the future” – Wayne L. Misner

Written by: Katie Hanley

"By one means or another we need to get more established individuals back near developing kids on the off chance that we are to reestablish a feeling of group, a learning of the past, and a feeling without bounds."

- Margaret Mead

Activities between the eras are not just an extraordinary approach to help obtain information and insight – they’re likewise fun.

Individuals of every age can take in a great deal from each other if everyone keeps a receptive outlook and values the extraordinary difficulties that go along with the task. This may appear as grandchildren showing an older generation how to utilize innovation and new technology or sharing contemporary choices in media. Similarly, youthful ones can find age-old tunes or classic motion pictures that are generally as meaningful today as they were decades prior.

The immense difficulty we face is building up the basic knowledge of others, which may include a conflict of qualities when individuals from various age groups work and learn together.

Does the WWII vet who hasn't addressed the effects of war have anything at all in common with a youngster inclined to over sharing details about her day on Twitter? Will a senior, whose state of mind about race and gender roles were shaped amid more difficult times, talk eagerly with the student who grew up finding out about the Civil Rights Era from history books?

At the point when individuals coincide, it begins to dissipate negative and harsh generalizations we too often make of others.  charlotte youth and senior

Researcher Dr. Morris Massey said, “We don’t have to agree with the values of different generations, but we can strive to understand the mind-sets of different generations and how each group sees the world based on their experiences.”

Though a senior may only interact in person or by means of telephone, a younger generation may only connect through advanced technological means such as email or instant message. Spanning such differences requires adaptability in your reasoning and thinking.

We are molded by the occasions of our lives, and history occurs in repeated cycles. People born after WW2, for instance, most likely had their virtues affected by parents who grew up amid the economic downturn of the Great Depression. They may discover a shared view with Generation X-ers who recall the economic crisis of 2008, or new school graduates who have attempted to discover steady employment ever since.

The advantage of intergenerational association for seniors is lessening disengagement and destitution among our elderly community, who in turn enhance the lives of children, young adults, and seniors by sharing their understanding on the world as leaders, examples, or teachers. Through regular communication, they can become supporters for each other and solve problems relating to lack of education, ecological and health issues, crime avoidance, and a so many more.

As indicated by Generations United, such intergenerational exercises permit seniors to stay dynamic and connected to their community, which adds to living longer with better physical and emotional health. Overall, they tend to appreciate a higher personal satisfaction from having meaningful relationships in young adults and children.

“Older adults who regularly volunteer with children burn 20% more calories per week, experience fewer falls, are less reliant on canes, and perform better on a memory test than their peers,” the organization states. “Older adults with dementia experience more positive effect during interactions with children.”

What’s the advantage for our younger generations? Creating abilities and valuable life skills, values, and a feeling of citizenship. By imparting a culture, historical and cultural customs are well preserved.

"Together we are stronger," states Generations United.

At Regency at Pineville, everyday life is an intergenerational movement as our youthful staff and volunteers look after seniors and those requiring additional help with daily tasks. We welcome that our senior community offers a breadth of intelligence and advice to us and are a quality to society by their endeavors to contribute to their Regency community in every effort possible.

For more information on communication with intergenerational groups, the Charmm'd Foundation offers a list that can be seen at:

Call today and talk with our Activities Director to learn of satisfying ways you can start working with seniors.

To discover more about Regency Senior Living Charlotte, call (704) 542-9449. 

Written by: Katie Hanley

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:15

Key to Happiness? Assisted Living!

Everyone seeks the key to personal happiness throughout their life in a variety of places and in a variety of ways. Some think that happiness can be found by having more money, the perfect job, the perfect family, or through a laundry list of other ways.

While we all have been endlessly seeking the key to a happier life, Harvard University may have found it. In 1938, Harvard began a study that tracked 724 men of various socioeconomic backgrounds living in Boston. Every man was initially interviewed and medically evaluated, through blood work and brain exams, and this process has been repeated every two years. Most living participants and now well into their 90s, and Harvard now has an extensive amount of research to base their findings on.

So, what did they find during the 75 years of research? According to Robert Waldinger, Harvard professor and the fourth director of the study, the key to happiness is actually much easier to obtain than we believe. Good relationships with family, friends, and spouses are the biggest factor that lead to a happy life. seniors eating

People who were physically healthy and also maintained strong relationships were found to be mentally and physically healthier in the long-term. In comparison, those who had health issues and did not foster social bonds felt more isolated, melancholy and unfulfilled later in life. 

It can be challenging for people to make new friends at any age, but many people also take for granted that they have a built-in social network beginning when they enter school. Once school is completed, a career offers a new social pool and new ways to connect with people. But, what happens after retirement when those social circles essentially disappear?

This is where Assisted Living Communities, like Regency at Pineville, play an important role. Not only does moving into a senior living community help eliminate feelings of solitude and isolation, but it also keep seniors actively engaged – both mentally and physically.

Regency at Pineville’s structured environment offers a healthy balance between maintaining each person’s privacy and independence, and fostering new social connections. The latter is accomplished through monthly planned group outings and physical activities. Additionally, residents have the chance to join together for meals, games, movies, and worship.

While the idea of moving to a new place may seem daunting, the majority of residents discover a genuine sense of belonging after only a few weeks. Even people who would normally consider themselves to be shy may find that they are able to socially spread their wings for the first time, by connecting with other residents who become like family.

Cultivating and maintaining these strong social bonds after retirement, while also staying physically active, plays a very important role in protecting long-term physical and mental health, according to Harvard’s research. Assisted living can play an equally vital role in providing these keys to happiness to each resident.

Regency at Pineville offers a range of services, from Assisted Living to Memory Care, in order to fit the needs of each individual resident. To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254. 

Written by Kristen Camden

There are more than 15 million Americans who devote their time and energy to caring for aging loved ones who can no longer independently care for themselves. Many times, these families and caregivers stretch themselves too thin and risk their own health in order to keep their loved one at home, where they feel the most comfortable. At this point, it may be time to evaluate whether moving them into an Assisted Living community, such as Regency at Pineville, is in the best interest of everyone involved.

There are some very telling signs that can help families and caregivers recognize when the time has come to openly discuss moving a loved one into an Assisted Living community. daughter talking to mother

  1. Care Needs Escalate
    -More help is needed with housework, yard maintenance, repairs and cooking. Family spends more time taking care of these chores than making lasting memories with their loved one.
  2. Memory Issues Worsen
    -A senior can no longer remember when to take medication or how to perform familiar tasks.
  3. Seclusion Occurs
    -When a senior only has human interaction with relatives, a caregiver, or an occasional friend that may stop by to visit.
  4. Fears Develop
    -When a senior fears being alone in their own home.
  5. Driving Ceases
    -Driving becomes a dependency, for appointments and even shopping.
  6. Safety Issues
    -The home is no longer a safe place, due to risks associated with trips, falls, etc.
  7. Caregiver Stress
    -When the primary caregiver puts their health at risk, causing stress and illness.

Broaching this topic often times creates a large amount of conflict between a senior and their family. Facing such a huge life-changing situation can be very scary for a senior, and he or she may become adamant about not leaving their home that contains comfort and sentimental attachments.

However, the conversation does not necessarily have to be negative. According to experts, the best way to approach this topic is with open and honest communication, where both the family and their loved one are able to express concerns and listen to feedback. It is also best to offer a senior options, as opposed to dictating when and what will happen.

Shopping around for the right fit will help an aging parent gauge what they want and need, such as location, services and amenities offered. Visiting communities is also an important part of the process, and can help alleviate any misconceptions that a loved one has about Assisted Living facilities. Many times, people envision a sterile, hospital-like setting which is actually more closely associated with nursing homes that are focused on skilled medical care.

Regency at Pineville’s Assisted Living Community has more of a “family” atmosphere – each senior has their own apartment, and receives help with housekeeping, laundry, and remembering to take medications. They can come and go freely, have delicious meals in a social dining environment and participate in planned activities. This is the reason that many residents say, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Regency at Pineville offers a range of services, from Assisted Living to Memory Care, in order to fit the needs of each individual resident. To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254. 

Written by Kristen Camden

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:04

Saving for Retirement: Dos and Don’ts

The American workforce landscape began to change in the 1980’s and 1990’s with the introduction of the portable 401(k). Prior to that time, many people worked for the same company for 30 years or more and received a pension when they retired. While retirement pensions provided a sense of security, they did not provide opportunity for people to change jobs and take that “security” with them.

Since that time, the importance of saving for retirement has been engrained into the minds of most Americans. One reason is because the average US life expectancy has increased to 81.2 years for women and 76.4 years for men, making time a liability.

But how is a person with financial responsibilities related to mortgages, bills, credit card debt, and children supposed to also save for retirement? And how do those affected by the 2008 and 2009 housing crisis counteract their losses as well as save?

Here is a list of dos and don’ts that experts suggest, in order to stretch money during retirement years. Following these tips will help in the future so that affording to live in an Assisted Living community, like Regency at Pineville, is a viable option.retirement savings


-Start contributing to a 401(k) plan immediately upon entering the workforce

-Take advantage of compounding interest

-Pay more than the minimum monthly payment on credit cards to avoid paying excessive interest

-Pay off credit cards with highest interest rate first

-Consolidate credit card debt to get a fixed monthly payment with a lower rate

-Be disciplined about spending and sacrifice small luxuries

-Continue to work after retiring, to supplement savings

-Consult a “fiduciary” who is legally obligated to provide financial advice in your best interest

-Live a healthy and active life to avoid additional medical costs

-Save more money than needed for retirement, in case unexpected medical costs or job loss occur

-Obtain Long-Term Care Insurance to pay for costs not covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid

-Stay open-minded and flexible about selling homes, getting reverse mortgages, or living with a companion, when the time comes to consider ways to finance care


-Become a victim of time during years leading up to retirement, by not saving

-Abuse credit cards and fall into unnecessary debt

-Spend money just because it is “burning a hole” in your pocket

-Expect Social Security to cover your retirement years

Being disciplined is imperative in order to save enough money for retirement. Most people want to travel, stay self-sufficient, leave something for their children to inherit, and not become a burden on loved ones in the senior years. The way to do this is not by procrastinating, but by careful planning and continual saving.

The September 2015 and February 2016 blogs gave advice on ways to pay for assisted living, and ways to enjoy retirement on a budget. Reading these blogs again will give greater detail on the recommended actions given in this blog. By following these steps, seniors can help pay for care in an Assisted Living Community like Regency at Pineville, when the times comes for needed assistance with basic personal tasks of everyday life.

Regency at Pineville offers a range of services, from Assisted Living to Memory Care, in order to fit the needs of each individual resident. To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254. 

Written by Kristen Camden

Friday, 27 May 2016 18:32

Tips for Living a Long, Healthy Life

On the journey through life, there are many things that young people are told to pay close attention to in order to avoid difficulties later in life. Some of these include being financially responsible, planning for retirement, and staying “healthy.” Unfortunately, the former seems to be a larger focus than the later, as they are equally important. Maintaining good health is broad topic, and should be discussed in more detail because there are many age-related health issues that can arise and catch aging people off guard.

While people are living longer, they are also living more sedentary lifestyles. According to the US Census Bureau, life expectancy will be 79.5 years by 2020, compared to the 70.8 year life expectancy in 1970. And according to the 2011 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, for every hour that people over 25 years of age sit and watch TV, these adults show a 22 minute decrease in life expectancy.

That is why it is very important to understand the changes that can occur in the body later in life, how choices affect these changes, and how to manage them if they do occur. While the hands of time can’t be turned back, many adults can live active, healthy lives well into their advanced years.

Being aware is a start. However, staying physically active and taking charge of overall health are the keys to managing future well-being, according to the National Institute on Aging.Seniors Biking

Some recommendations include:


  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are high in fiber.
  • Schedule regular doctor visits to have blood work done, discuss any health concerns, medications, or changes in activities that are being considered.
  • Do aerobic exercises daily for at least 30 minutes.
  • Stay flexible and improve joint health by stretching daily.
  • Schedule regular eye exams in order to detect early signs of eye disorders, such as glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Make an appointment to see a doctor if hearing issues arise.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year to have cleanings, along with brushing and flossing teeth twice a day, in order to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
  • Regularly have blood pressure checked.
  • Consider taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to increase bone strength.
  • Get enough sleep and stay socially active, to increase happiness and overall mental health.
  • Speak with a doctor about what family or race factors might contribute to increased risk for disease.
  • Stay cognizant of hazards in the home that may result in trips or falls.


  • Spend unnecessarily long periods of time sitting.
  • Sit in direct sunlight without sunscreen, protective clothing, and proper levels of hydration.
  • Spend prolonged periods of time in the heat.
  • Misuse alcohol or caffeine.
  • Smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Ignore health problems, such as bladder issues and incontinence.
  • Ingest too much sodium or add extra to meals.
  • Ignore mental changes, such as confusion or decline in cognitive function, as these could be signs of dementia and early stages of Alzheimer’s.

These are some of the health tips that NIA recommends for those wanting to increase the quality and longevity of life. To learn more, visit

Regency at Pineville offers a range of services, from Assisted Living to Memory Care, in order to fit the needs of each individual resident. To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254. 

Written by Kristen Camden

Monday, 25 April 2016 17:39

Senior Memory Lapses vs. Alzheimer’s

Discussing dementia with a loved one can be a scary and uncomfortable thing to do, especially when you are unsure whether they are having normal, age-related memory lapses or if they are exhibiting signs of something more serious.

As Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 80% of all types of dementia cases, it is very important to be aware of early signs and symptoms associated with it. Because Alzheimer’s also causes a slow decline in memory, reasoning, and thinking skills, early signs can be easily confused with normal age-related memory problems in seniors. However, you can distinguish between the two once you know what to look for.

Here are 10 common signs and symptoms associated with early stages of Alzheimer’s, versus age-related memory issues:

  1. Memory Loss – This is the most commonly associated symptom, and can include forgetting newly learned information as well as relying on memory aids. An example of a typical change would be occasionally forgetting an appointment, but remembering it later.
  2. Inability to Complete Daily Tasks – Difficulty completing a familiar task, such as how to play a favorite game or managing a budget, is a sign, while sometimes needing assistance with microwave settings is more typical.
  3. Time/Place Confusion – A loved one who forgets where they are or has trouble comprehending time passage is exhibiting a symptom. However, forgetting the day of the week and then remembering it later, is a typical age-related change.
  4. Speaking/Writing Issues – Seniors who repeat themselves or have trouble maintaining and following conversations could be showing signs, versus seniors who may occasionally have trouble finding the right word to use in a sentence.
  5. Misplacing Belongings – A person who places things in unusual places and then cannot retrace their steps to find them, along with accusing others of stealing, exhibits signs. A person with typical age-related memory lapses may misplace an item, but then be able to retrace their steps in order to find it.
  6. Problem Solving & Planning Challenges – Some seniors may find that following or developing a plan is more challenging, such as balancing a monthly budget or following a familiar recipe. However, sometimes making a mistake while reconciling a checkbook is more typical.
  7. Vision Problems – A sign for some may be vision changes, which cause difficulty when reading, driving, or trying to judge distance. A typical age-related vision problem could be related to cataracts.
  8. Social Withdrawal – A loved one who begins to withdraw from their hobbies and social activities may do so because they have issues keeping up, while a more typical reason for withdrawing at times could be weariness of obligations.
  9. Decrease in Judgment – When a senior uses increasingly poor judgment regarding money, and even personal hygiene, this could be a symptom. Making a poor decision every once in a while is typically age-related though.
  10. Mood/Personality Changes – A senior experiencing symptoms could have mood changes including confusion, depression, anxiety, and fearfulness, and could become easily upset when uncomfortable. If a senior becomes irritable because their specific routine is disrupted, this is more of a typical, age-related mood change.senior memory issues

If your loved one is showing any of the 10 early signs or symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, it is very important to contact your physician in order to determine the cause. Before assuming the worst, it is important to understand there are many factors that could contribute to abnormal memory loss. For example, treatable conditions like thyroid problems, drug interactions, substance/alcohol abuse, depression, and even a vitamin deficiency could cause some seniors to experience similar symptoms. 

Regency at Pineville's Heritage Memory Care Unit offers the finest elderly care for your loved one. Although memory impairments alter an individual's life in a profound way, this does not mean an end to the quality of life or the ability to experience dignity, meaning, friendship and even joy.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there is continued research and treatment that is available to slow the progression and worsening of symptoms. Early diagnosis can help improve the quality of life for your loved one, as well as prolong levels their level of independence.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers helpful information regarding symptoms, research, treatment, and support. Visit their website for more information: 

To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254. 

Written by Kristen Camden

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:35

10 Spring Activities for Senior in Charlotte

The blooming trees, flowers, and warmer weather signal the return of springtime for Charlotte seniors to get outside and enjoy. While there are many ways for any senior to enjoy the beauty that comes along with the season’s change, caution and preparedness are imperative to ensure safety against the sun, when spending time outdoors.

“Oh my goodness it’s already April!” said Jamie Jollie, Executive Director at Regency at Pineville, in the most recent newsletter. “We are so excited to have the flowers blooming and residents sitting outside, goodbye to the cold!”

While mobility issues may keep some seniors from fully enjoying Mother Nature’s great outdoors, most agree that even sitting outside and breathing in the fresh air is a welcome change, after the long winter months. Before being too physically active, it is important for individuals to speak with a doctor in order to be aware of any limitations. Regardless of how time is spent soaking up the sunshine, Vitamin D will also be soaked up, which is very important for everyone. It is not only important for bone strength, but research is now showing that there is a link between Vitamin D and improved cognitive function.

Here are 10 ideas for seniors in Charlotte to do in springtime:

  1. Go for a Walk. After spending time mostly indoors during winter months, spring is a great time to make a habit of taking a daily walk, to strengthen muscles and improve mobility. Morning is the best time to take advantage of the sun, without the heat being too overbearing.
  2. Work in the garden. Whether you enjoy planting flowers, plants, or vegetables, working in a garden can offer physical and mental benefits. Time spent digging in the dirt is a relaxing, stress reducing task, which is also very rewarding once the hard work pays off and the garden starts growing.
  3. Watch the Birds. Anyone can enjoy this fun activity, regardless of the level of knowledge about birds. Just get some binoculars and enjoy the interaction between these feathered friends. Getting a book to identify birds that are indigenous to the southeast can add another level of fun!
  4. Visit a Park with Grandchildren. Spending time with children has the ability to bring out the kid in all of us. Whether it is a trip to fly a kite, have a picnic, or just stare at the clouds, spending time outdoors with the grandkids offers benefits to everyone; they get a much needed break from video games, and quality time is enjoyed by all.
  5. Peruse a Farmer’s Market. The Pineville Farmers Market on Dover Street is open every Saturday from 8 am to noon and offers fruits, vegetables, herbs and artisan foods direct from area farmers.
  6. Catch a Baseball Game. The Charlotte Knights start their season on April 14th and have a lot of home games scheduled at BB&T BallPark. What could be better than peanuts, cracker jacks, and baseball on a beautiful spring day?
  7. Plan a Day Trip. There is no need to travel far in order to take a day trip. Especially on hotter days, seniors can cool off by visiting one of the many museums nearby, including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Most even offer senior discounts, so don’t forget to ask.
  8. Enjoy a Concert. Charlotte offers many opportunities to enjoy live music indoors and outdoors. For a more relaxing, harmonious experience, there is also the Charlotte Symphony which offers everything from Beethoven to ABBA.
  9. Go Fishing. Why not take in the beauty of nature and enjoy a recreational activity, like fishing? Even those confined to a wheelchair can cast a line from a dock and reel in a catch. There are many locations to choose from, including the nearby Davie Lake, located in William R. Davis Park.
  10. Do Some Spring Cleaning. They call it “spring cleaning” for a great reason…this is the perfect time to sort through clutter, discard or donate old things, and freshen up living spaces!

Additionally, there are plenty of local events, fairs, and festivals in Charlotte to take part in and choose from, depending on personal interests.

One thing for seniors to remember when getting out into the warmer weather and sunshine is to prepare and be cautious in order to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other side effects that can accompany prolonged heat exposure.

A few tips to remember are:

  • Wear light, loose clothingFreedom Park Charlotte
  • Stay hydrated
  • Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Stay in shaded areas when possible
  • Avoid being out during peak hours
  • Pay close attention to the heat index

These are just a few tips to enhance enjoyment of spring and the warmer weather, in a safe way.

To learn more about Regency at Pineville, call us at (844) 425-4254.

Written by Kristen Camden


It would be difficult to find a person who has not dreamed of the day that they finally are able to retire from work and live care-free days, leisurely traveling and enjoying life. However, many do not factor a budget into that daydream in order to fund that exciting, fun-filled life.

There are ways to prepare and gauge how long retirement savings will last. Seniors should also maintain a monthly budget and stick to it, in order to stretch the nest egg.

Thankfully, money is not needed for all activities available in Charlotte, or in general. There are many ways to enrich daily life during retirement, and to find enjoyment, such as learning a new hobby or visiting local attractions.

Charlotte is home to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Charlotte Nature Museum, Wing Haven Gardens, as well as multiple themed tours led by Charlotte NC Tours. The city also boasts an extensive list of attractions for lovers of the arts: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Ballet, and many more.

Beyond local attractions, seniors have the opportunity to further enrich their lives on their own. A few examples might include:

  • Developing a new hobby
  • Volunteering for a cause
  • Getting a part-time job
  • Reading books, old or new
  • Writing poetry, stories, etc.
  • Mentoring
  • Being active, whether you walk or just play cards
  • Expressing creativity through art or music
  • Traveling
  • Serving the community

Regency Retirement Community of Charlotte also offers various exciting activities and ways to stay involved each month. This month, the Girl Scouts will visit to help make crafts, pianist Ethan Uslan will perform, there will be an Easter egg hunt, as well as many more activities.

Regency is dedicated to its residents’ wellbeing and happiness, making the city of Charlotte the perfect complement, with its extensive list of activities and fun.  To learn more, call (844) 425-4254, or visit our community at 9120 Willow Ridge Road, Charlotte, NC.

Written by Kristen Camden

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