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Dealing with Holiday Loneliness

  While the holiday season is touted as the most wonderful time of the year, the truth is that it can arrive with mixed emotions. If family lives far away, if we’ve lost a loved one, or if life has changed in some significant way, it’s normal that the tidings of comfort and joy can […]

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Make Your Own Fun: How Melrose Meadows Residents Bring Their Activity Ideas To Life

Blase Bingo? Cookie-cutter activities? Paint-by-number events? Not here at Melrose Meadows. When it comes to providing fun activities and events for our residents, we’re all about variety. Sure, our activities director, April, does an amazing job of finding out what residents enjoy doing, looking for what’s hot and happening in our Iowa City community and […]

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Guest Post: Four-Footed Healers Support the Team

We’re a bunch of animal lovers here at Melrose. Staff, residents and visitors have all been known to bring furry friends to the community, where they’re welcomed with baby talk, treats, and lots of love. Pets are welcome to live at Melrose with their owners at no additional monthly charge (just a pet deposit prior […]

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“Do Yourself a Favor and Don’t Wait Too Long to Move Here” A Conversation with a Melrose Meadows Resident

Lucy Murphy knows more than a little bit when it comes to senior living. After all, she used to be a consultant to nursing homes back in the day, so she understands what makes a community great. Which is why we’re so lucky and happy to have her as a dedicated and essential part of […]

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Thinking About Retirement? Here’s Why You Should Think About Long-Term Care Too

By June Duncan, Rise Up for Caregivers   Financial planning is one of the keys to a fulfilling retirement. But your retirement plans should include considerations for your health too. Medicare is an indispensable benefit for senior health, but many adults do not realize that this benefit does little to cover long-term care needs. If […]

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Developing a Mindset for Moving Forward: A Conversation With a Melrose Meadows Resident

One of the things we’ve seen firsthand is that getting older doesn’t mean slowing down and giving up. Far from it. In fact, if you ask Marilyn Woodin–one of our Melrose Meadows residents–getting older can mean a journey forward to new and exciting opportunities. “You can either make a life for yourself and enjoy it, […]

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Why You Should “Adopt” A Senior This Grandparents Day

If you’re lucky enough to have a grandparent or older adult in your life, you already know that they can be pretty great people. And while you already show appreciation to them on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, there’s another day coming up that celebrates them with regards to their unique role in your life: […]

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Growing Older, Growing Better: Make A Difference This Senior Citizens Day

These days, senior citizens are more active than ever…and it’s high time we celebrate, embrace and take advantage of that (no matter what age we are). And there’s no better time to kick off the celebration than on August 21st. That’s when the United States of America recognizes National Senior Citizens Day. Declared as a […]

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How to Choose the Right (Senior-friendly) Realtor For You

You did it! You found a senior living community you love. You’re getting ready for this next, amazing stage of your life. But now comes the hard part: moving. And everything that goes with it.   While there are LOT of difficulties when it comes to moving, we’ll focus on just one today that can […]

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Tips to Help Seniors Improve Mental and Physical Health

We all lose our car keys from time to time, and it’s not uncommon to find the television remote under the coffee table after searching under all the couch cushions; however, as we age, these types of slip-ups tend to happen more often.  While this may be a normal part of aging, there are many […]

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