Joe Annino, an Italian‐American, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and served his country in the US Air Force between 1952-1956. Shortly after that, he earned a B.F.A degree at Texas Christian University where he majored in Art education and minored in Spanish. Some might say, this is where his love of art began.
Rachel was born in Monticello, Utah, only because her family’s home town of Blanding was so small that the closest hospital was miles away. Within a year of her birth, her father took a position that relocated the family to California.
When I dream, I am ageless, therefore transformation can start at any age. Most people think of retirement as an off switch. You work hard, you retire and age. But today, age is truly just a number! In fact, as more and more baby boomers continue to transform the meaning of aging by pursuing their passions, aging transforms to ageless.
As you research your retirement living options, you will find there are several types of retirement communities available. Whether you’re seeking freedom from home maintenance, or want chef-inspired meals every day, retirement communities offer an abundance of lifestyle-enriching programs and activities that can help you enjoy a more vibrant lifestyle. But with so much variation in the services they offer, the choices may seem overwhelming. This is especially true if you don’t know the differences between each type of retirement community. The two most popular types are, independent living and assisted living communities. Here we offer some insight on both.
They say that knowledge is power. So, if power comes from knowledge, we must never stop learning. Lifelong learning is not just a phrase, it is a way of life. In fact, ask anyone who has a penchant for academia and they will tell you, I’m still learning. In retirement, lifelong learning is a means for creating a fulfilling lifestyle. So, if you’re finding you have time on your hands right now, and love learning, what if you could make it a part of daily life?
To say that COVID-19 is an emotional roller coaster is an understatement. That’s because there’s a very real existential fear and uncertainty as we charter into this new and unmarked territory of life. There is also the added pressure of being productive and staying positive while we are in quarantine. Although the idea of staying positive may seem far fetched especially now, it can be achieved with a good mindfulness practice.
The coronavirus has required us to make dramatic behavior changes in a very short period of time. From social distancing to staying at home, health, both mental and physical, is of critical importance. But, in this time of social distancing, it can be challenging to find ways to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. Especially since many of the activities we usually turn to for physical and mental wellbeing involve social interaction. There are however, ways we can still focus on our health and wellness during these uncertain times.
Living your best life in retirement can feel like a hard goal to achieve, especially today. That dream you had at age 30 of traveling and experiencing new things may feel more like “Now what?” But rather than focusing on the negative consider this, there is opportunity in adversity. Joseph Campbell once said, “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
We at Chateau La Jolla, continue to do all we can to slow the spread of Coronavirus and keep our residents safe by offering a complimentary concierge service. This service allows our residents to receive their groceries without putting their health at risk. Recently, a few of our residents felt so strongly about the wonderful experience they had with one of our personal shoppers Jason, they nominated him for our One Hundred Percent Plus (100% Plus) Program. On the nomination form, they wrote a beautiful letter of testimonial about it. They also highlighted several core values Jason demonstrated while taking care of them and we wanted to share it.
We are living in stressful times. In times like these, our residents need practical actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. To help our residents find some calm amidst all the chaos, we send weekly surprise gift boxes. Not only does this give them something to look forward to, it also helps keep them engaged. After all, everyone needs a break from reality, especially now more than ever.