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 humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
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.