I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Writing is Right Back
Keeping a journal as a senior is one way of keeping your memories alive and your brain sharp. Writing is a way for seniors to express themselves and be open in their thought process. It doesn’t matter if anyone even reads what is written but putting pen to paper is important. It is a tool for their brain to recall one’s history and something that may make them proud of reading and sharing. When one writes they are exercising their brain. Writing improves cognitive functions and will help with memory loss acting as a tool for thinking and creativity. It is a wonderful outlet for people of all ages. There is evidence that the act of writing leads to strong physical and mental health benefits. It helps with improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms.
Improves Cognitive Functions
Writing is a challenge, requiring you to frequently tap into parts of your brain that aren’t always exercised. Working on a creative project in general is also good for strengthening the connections between brain cells, which often decline with age, contributing to memory loss. Writing is also a great way to practice expanding your vocabulary, a great way to learn and keep your mind healthy.
Helps Communication Skills
If you are shy or just quiet by nature, writing can help you discover a new voice and actually give you more confidence when communicating with others. By boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence you will find it’s easier to carry on a conversation with those around you. Writing can also help you communicate to others through your work. Don’t be afraid to share what you’ve written with others as showing your work is a great way to make new connections with those around you.
Provides an Outlet for Emotions and Stress
Writing is known for its therapeutic properties, which is why it’s often recommended that seniors keep a journal to document their thoughts and emotions, particularly after the loss of a loved one, or another major life change, such as relocating to an independent or assisted living community. Having a safe outlet for expressing your feelings can help limit the harmful effects stress can have on the mind and the body.
James W. Pennebaker has conducted research on writing at the University of Texas at Austin. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health.” Pennebaker writes. “They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.”
So, get your pen and paper out and start writing! Enjoy yourself and feel better all at the same time! Happy Writing!
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of ...Show More
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.