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Healthy Habits for the New Year

Parc Alpharetta Fitness CenterA new year is a time for a new attitude. Why not do yourself a favor and adopt some fun, healthy habits? The senior community here at our Alpharetta apartments is the ideal group for finding partners to help keep you motivated and on track. Find a group of like-minded neighbors and help each other to develop a healthier lifestyle. Choose one or more of these examples for a fun new change in your life.

Cook Healthier Foods

Sure, cooking for one or two can be difficult, but eating premade can be healthy if you do it too often. Start by learning a healthy new recipe each week and turn it into a social occasion by cooking and eating it together with friends. Learn to stir fry one week, go vegetarian the next, or look into cooking food from other countries once a month. Food tastes better when it’s freshly prepared, and it’s much healthier as well.

Form an Exercise Club

There’s no sense getting bored by doing the same type of physical exercise every day. Get together with a few friends and try new things each week. Spend half an hour in our fitness center, go for a swim or do water aerobics in our pool, stroll around the grounds or at a nearby mall, or do a workout video together in your living room. Let each group member pick a new activity at the beginning of the week, and vote for your favorites at the end of the month. Who knows, you may fall in love with a new activity that you want to do all the time.

Learn Meditation

Life can be stressful, no matter who you are or how you live, and meditation is a proven way to help reduce stress and increase well-being. You can meditate in any part of your home, or use headphones to take your instructions or music outdoors. Just find a comfortable spot where you won’t be interrupted for a while. Use guided meditation recordings or find an online class to use at home. In just 20 minutes a day, you can find new energy and purpose for the rest of your life.

Learning and trying new things is a healthy way to live, and it’s always a good idea to develop new healthy habits. The amenities at our 55 plus active adult community make it easy to do. Call our office to schedule a tour today.

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Staying Committed to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Calendar ListIf our Alpharetta apartment residents are like most holiday revelers, then you probably ended last year enjoying plenty of indulgence and excess in several areas of your life. Although the parties are fun, the food tastes delicious, and we all deserved some much-needed relaxation, the start of the new year is a great time to get your life back on track by going after new goals and striving for better health. Whether you have resolved to volunteer more, eat healthier, or stick to an exercise regimen, the following tips will help you stick to your resolution.

5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Be Realistic – Most New Year’s resolutions meet failure when bars are set too high or individuals try to completely reinvent themselves in one fell swoop. Set realistic goals and only attempt one major change at a time. Give yourself a realistic time frame for achieving your goals, be honest with yourself about what you can achieve and how you can do it, and work on developing patience with yourself.
  2. Stay Positive – Do not beat yourself up over missing a day at the fitness center. Practice self-love and forgiveness while aiming to improve yourself, learn something new, and have fun.
  3. Reduce Stress – Anxiety and stress often cause people to fall back into old, unhealthy habits. Be aware of what causes you stress and whether you soothe yourself with unhealthy means. Take steps to reduce stress and find healthy ways to relax, such as exercise, socializing, or meditating.
  4. Maintain Focus – To stay focused, schedule calendar reminders and find like-minded individuals for support and encouragement.
  5. Celebrate – Establish small mile-marker goals which will allow you to celebrate each step of your success throughout the year. Come up with new, healthy ways to celebrate or reward yourself such as trying a healthy restaurant, going out with friends, or relaxing on the couch with a good movie.

If your goal this year includes trying new things, staying active, or making more friends, take a look at the amenities and community activities available for residents of our senior apartments. You can stay on track, achieve your goals, and become a better you all while enjoying the comfort of your home. Contact us to learn more about our 55 plus active adult community.

Hot Cocoa

6 Drinks to Warm You Up This Season

Hot CocoaAre you hosting a bit of a get-together with friends or loved ones? Perhaps you just want something tasty to sip on while you enjoy the winter weather. Here at Parc Alpharetta, we encourage you to enjoy this season. To help you warm up, we’ve pulled together a few key recipes perfect for the colder weather.

#1: Fresh Ginger Tea

Here is the simplest of drinks. Combine freshly cut ginger in your hot tea—you choose your favorite variety. Steep for a few minutes and then enjoy with a bit of sugar. Simple, but very effective.

#2: Easy Chai Tea

Chai tea is naturally relaxing. This one features fresh ginger to warm you through and through. You can make an entire pitcher of it to enjoy with friends. Real Simple offers a simple recipe for Easy Chai Tea.

#3: Insane Candy Cane Cocoa

The blend of cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate pieces, and peppermint extract makes this an excellent recipe. Crushed peppermint finishes it off. Better Homes & Gardens offers the recipe for Insane Candy Cane Cocoa.

#4: Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Warmed, this recipe for Apple-Pie Spiced Cider can be exactly what you need on a cold day. The recipe, from Martha Stewart, uses all of your favorite apple pie spices including nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon.

#5: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Over at Dessert for Two is a fantastic recipe for those who need a bit of a pick-me-up during the day. The recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte is rich and tastes like a dessert, but it will offer just the flavor you need. Skip the local coffee shop and choose this recipe for a more rewarding option. Also, you can keep it cool or warm depending on your mood.

#6: Hot Cinnamon Coffee

Let’s say you want to warm up, but you don’t want a lot of fuss. This recipe from Shape.com for Hot Cinnamon Coffee is fast and easy. It uses cinnamon, brown sugar, and non-fat milk. It’s the perfect option for a fast, warm drink.

Looking for a Place You’ll Love to Call Home?

For those looking for 55 plus active adult apartments in Alpharetta they simply love spending time in, our senior community could be your ideal choice. We welcome you to visit us to learn more about our available floor plans.

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5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season

Hot TeaLiving in our apartments in Alpharetta comes with a multitude of benefits, including access to active adult living. But now that winter has arrived in Georgia, there are even more reasons to be thankful. Here are five reasons why winter is the best season.

1. Families Get Together

There’s something about the winter holidays that brings families together. Whether it’s breaking bread at the dining table, taking part in community holiday festivities, or decorating the holiday tree together, winter time is all about family. At Parc Alpharetta, there is plenty of outdoor space to have family picnics, walks around the beautifully landscaped grounds, or just to relax and enjoy the scenery.

2. Temperatures are Comfortable

Winter in Alpharetta is wonderfully comfortable because of the cooler temperatures. The days are not to hot or too cold. This is a nice benefit for your energy bills, too, since this is the time of year when you likely won’t have to run fans. Just open the windows wide and enjoy the temperate winter climate.

3. Cozy Sweaters

Even Alpharetta, Georgia gets a little chilly in the wintertime. This is the best time of year to break out those cozy sweaters that have been waiting in your closet. Cozy sweaters are soft and just warm enough to keep the chill at bay, especially in the evening. Winter is a great time to get started knitting a holiday sweater for a loved one, too!

4. Hot Tea

During summer in Alpharetta, it’s usually too warm to drink hot tea. But come winter, hot tea is perfect for de-stressing after a long day, or simply as a nice beverage to drink with a favorite book. In your apartment in Alpharetta, there’s plenty of kitchen space to store a variety of herbal teas and even a favorite China tea set! Try your favorite hot tea with a lemon twist or a cinnamon stick for extra pizzazz.

5. Shorter Days

The long summer days can be glorious, but sometimes they can last a little too long. Shorter winter days give you a nice excuse to tuck into your cozy apartment at Parc Alpharetta without feeling like you’re missing out on the rest of a long day.

Residents of our senior apartments get to enjoy quality adult living all year long. Contact us today to view available floor plans at our 55 plus active adult community that you’ll love to live in!

Holiday Cards

Tips for Making Holiday Cards

Holiday CardsThere’s always something special about the holiday season. Sure, there’s plenty of food and fun activities to enjoy. However, this is also a fantastic time to reconnect with people who you may not have spent much time with over the year. You can always encourage your loved ones to visit you at Parc Alpharetta, our apartments in Alpharetta. But, giving them something special, and simple is also an option. Holiday cards created by you, with your special message, may be just what you need.

Tips for Creating Stunning Holiday Cards

You do not have to have a lot of time or spend a lot of money on the creation of holiday cards. Rather, they can be as handmade and decorative, or as simple, as you like. To help you to get started, consider these tips.

  • Start with a quality card stock. Visit any local crafting store or shop online. A good card stock is important because it is the foundation of your card.
  • You may wish to print out, draw, or even purchase elements to add to the card. It doesn’t have to be a flat item – no need for just stickers. Instead, allow for the element to be three dimensional, popping right off the paper. Attach this using crafting glue in small amounts.
  • Layer several sheets of cardstock on top of each other, one slightly smaller than the other. This creates more dimension. Use colors that represent the holidays.
  • You’ll want to add your special touches here. This may be easy to do by crafting a simple poem that you add to the front of the card. For others, it may be important to look for an inspirational quote to use.
  • Write a heartfelt note in the card. Make it personal. Make it special. The more attention you pay to these details, the more meaningful the card will be to the person who receives it.

It does not have to take long, but with a bit of attention, you can make holiday cards that are truly cherished.

Crafting at Your Apartment Home

If you wish you had a space for crafting projects like this, consider moving to our 55 plus active adult community. Contact us today to learn more about our senior apartments in Alpharetta.

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Protecting Your Identity for Seniors

Woman on LaptopCriminals are using technology to take advantage of seniors in a variety of ways and identity theft is at an all-time high for those over the age of 50. Learning more about the ways your identity could be stolen, choosing secure apartments in Alpharetta, GA, and shredding your mail thoroughly before discarding can prevent most identity crimes from happening.

4 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft for Seniors

Invest in a Shredder

Your credit card statements, utility bills and other correspondence arrives complete with many of the details someone would need to assume your identity. Shredding these papers once the bill has been paid can help reduce your risk of identity theft. Thieves rummaging through your trash looking for papers like these will be sorely disappointed to find only tiny pieces of cross-cut shred to work with.

Choose a Secure Home

Our apartments in Alpharetta are home to many individuals which is not an ideal spot for criminals. There is simply too much activity around the mailbox. Even better, a mailbox that secures with a key is much more difficult to break into and most thieves simply won’t take the time or risk to do so.

Monitor Your Accounts

Even if you don’t bank online, carefully reviewing your statements when you receive them can help expose signs of identity theft. A monitoring service can also allow you to spot the signs of trouble early. If you need help, a trusted friend or relative can help set these up for you and ensure you are always protected from the risk of someone assuming your identity.

Follow the News

Learning more about identity theft and the ways criminals are using technology and old-fashioned crime to steal information can help you cut your risk and ensure you do not become a victim. Following the news of recent crimes against seniors and other individuals can help you recognize the signs of trouble and ensure you don’t become a victim.

Choosing a secure place to live and receive mail is a great way to start! Our 55 plus active adult apartments in Alpharetta are more than just lovely and comfortable, they also offer the security of an upscale development and plenty of neighbors to keep an eye out for strangers and potential mail thieves. Contact us to learn more about our senior apartment community and to take a tour and see for yourself!

Walking

7 Worst Senior Exercises and What to Do Instead

WalkingWhen you move into our Alpharetta apartments, you want to take measures to maintain your health. While exercise is an essential part of good health and long-term longevity, seniors must also take measures to avoid injuries by focusing on the right exercises. By recognizing the exercises to avoid, you enjoy greater health and reduce the risk of injuries. Let’s take a look at a list of exercises to avoid:

Running

Running is hard on the body and older adults may have arthritis or injuries to the knees that contribute to pain when running. The act of running puts extra strain on your body and is similar to carrying three times your normal weight. Instead of running for cardiovascular exercise, consider walking the same distance instead.

Leg Presses

Leg presses are the exercise that involves lifting weights by straightening your legs against a flat and square plate on an exercise machine. The problem for older adults is the lack of lumbar support, or back support, while working on the exercise. The lack of proper support increases the risk of back injuries and back pain. Instead, try doing squats.

Crunches and Sit-Ups

Crunches and sit-ups are hard on the lower back and body. While you do not lift up a large amount of weight, you may not have proper back support and the exercise usually requires several repetitions.

Rowing Exercises or the Upright Row

Rowing exercises, or the upright row, pull a weight upward in a rowing motion. The problem is that it causes tension in your back and shoulders. In older adults, the extra tension may cause back pain and general discomfort in the body. Instead, try rows and lat pulldowns.

Deadlifts

Deadlifts are a difficult exercise that involves lifting a large amount of weight off the ground. While an experienced lifter may enjoy the exercise, the form is often difficult and a minor change to the proper form may cause serious back injuries.

Chest Presses

Chest presses involve weights and pressing away from the chest. The problem for seniors is the tension it causes on the chest muscles. Since older adults may have weaker chest and back muscles due to their years in their career and their posture over a lifetime, the extra tension may cause pain and discomfort in the chest. Instead, try doing pushups which work the same muscles as the chest press but also stretches them while training the core muscles to stabilize your torso and protect your lower back.

Overhead Presses

As the name implies, overhead presses involve lifting dumbbells above the head and pressing upward until your arms are straight. Many seniors find it difficult to maintain the proper form. The improper form may result in injuries to the back by over-extending the arms.

When you are ready to focus on your lifestyle and you want to find a comfortable living environment, our 55 plus active adult apartment homes offer a solution for your goals. For more details about our senior community, call our office today.

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Milton’s Literary Festival and Veterans Day Breakfast

Pile of BooksLiving in our Alpharetta apartments allows you easy access to fun events all through the year. With Veterans Day just around the corner, one of the most popular community events is gearing up for another great year. The annual Veterans Day celebration starts at 8:00 a.m. on November 11, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. The event is held at Milton City Hall (2006 Heritage Walk) and the Olde Blind Dog.

An Amazing Veterans Day Celebration Close to Our Apartments in Alpharetta

Our apartments in Alpharetta are close to this amazing Veterans Day celebration, so why not make a fun day out of it? To start the event off, a free breakfast is served for all veterans in the area. The spread includes sausage biscuits, sweet rolls, coffee, and juice. Retired Brigadier General A. J. (“Tony”) Tata will speak during breakfast. General Tata served 28 years in the U.S. Army. He’s a regular participant in national television shows as an expert on security matters. He’s also an acclaimed author of books including Foreign and Domestic and Three Minutes to Midnight.

The Milton Literary Festival: Best-Selling Authors, Workshops, and Panels

As the breakfast winds down, the third annual Milton Literary Festival kicks off. This year, over 40 authors are on hand for the festivities. Activities include a wide variety of workshops and panels. You can learn more about topics including historical fiction writing, writing as a veteran, mystery writing, women’s fiction writing, and tips for getting your work published.

Multiple best-selling writers including Bret Witter, Mary Kay Andrews, Karen White and Beatriz Williams will take part in the festival. To finish off the festival, the Olde Blind Dog is hosting a “Literature Live Cabaret” in which authors will read from their work.

The Milton Book Trail is a popular part of the Milton Literary Festival, as well. The trail is an easy-to-walk path where people of all ages can enjoy reading from the popular children’s book specially chosen for the event.

Are you seeking a place in Alpharetta that feels like home? Parc Alpharetta Apartments offers elegance and convenience for active adults 55 and up. Contact the office of our senior community to learn more about our available apartments!

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Simple Ways to Maintain a Clean Bedroom

Parc Alpharetta BedroomYour bedroom should be a calming, relaxing sanctuary that you can retreat to at the end of the day to unwind and destress. Unfortunately, if your bedroom is cluttered it won’t feel calming or relaxing. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help keep your bedroom clean and clutter free. The following are some tips residents of our apartments in Alpharetta may find helpful when trying to maintain a clean bedroom.

Make Use of Clothing Hampers

It is tempting to just take clothing you aren’t wearing and toss it on the ground, but don’t do that if you want a clean bedroom. Instead, make use of clothing hampers. When you are done wearing certain clothing, take it off and place it in the hamper. This will keep your bedroom neat and tidy.

Avoid Using the Tops of Dressers as Storage

Putting items on top of your dresser can have a snowball effect. It starts with a few simple items and before you know it the top of your dresser is filled with odd knickknacks, trinkets and other items. All those items on top of your dresser can make your bedroom feel cluttered. Try to keep the tops of your dressers free of clutter in an effort to keep your bedroom clean.

Avoid Using Your Bedroom as a Storage Unit

Many people tend to use their bedroom almost like a storage unit. However, if you want a clean bedroom, you will have to avoid turning it into a pseudo storage unit.

Make use of the various closets around your apartments if you want to store items. If the closets in your apartment don’t provide enough space for everything you want to store, our community offers additional storage.

Make Parc Alpharetta Your New Home

Parc Alpharetta is a beautiful 55 plus active adult apartment community located in Alpharetta, Georgia. When you choose to make Parc Alpharetta your new home, you won’t have to store items in your bedroom, as each apartment has ample storage and closet space. In the event you need more storage space, additional on-site storage is available upon request. Call our office today to schedule a tour of our senior apartments in Alpharetta.

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7 Alternatives to Coffee

Green TeaCoffee can be an excellent way to start your day, but many people are looking to give up this addictive habit for various reasons. If you’re looking to kick the coffee habit or you just prefer a drink other than coffee, we’ve got a series of alternatives for you to explore.

1. Hot Apple Cider

With a unique flavor, hot apple cider has a great pick-me-up all of its own. It has a nice, soothing taste that will be perfect in many situations that often call for coffee.

2. Green Tea

Want something that will give you a nice boost of energy without the jitters of coffee? Green tea might be the drink for you. This beverage not only provides energy, but it’s also known as a “sickness fighter” due to its antioxidants. On top of all that, it’s cheap and can be found at any grocery store.

3. Prune Juice

Prune juice may not be known for its delicious taste, but it helps regulate electrolytes in your body which can lead to increased stamina and energy. For some, the flavor of prune juice can be overpowering. In that case, dilute it with apple juice or water to make it a bit more palatable.

4. Kombucha

This delicious drink has risen in popularity over the past few years. It’s a type of tea that is made of fermented yeast along with other ingredients and comes in a variety of flavors. If you want to try something new and healthy for you, pick up a kombucha.

5. Lemon Water

Water with lemon can be surprisingly invigorating. Not only does it keep you hydrated, whereas coffee dehydrates you, but it also adds its own bit of energy that won’t leave you feeling sluggish later in the day.

6. Green Smoothies

Blend up some fresh veggies and make a healthy green smoothie. You’ll introduce green veggies into your diet, which will do the body wonders.

7. Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is the best alternative to coffee because it provides the same caffeinated buzz that accompanies coffee. It’s made of the leaves of the holly tree, which grows throughout South America. It provides a number of health benefits as well, on top of being completely devoid of the crash that accompanies coffee.

Our residents can enjoy these alternatives in our apartment homes. Are you interested in our 55 plus active adult apartments in Alpharetta? Contact us today to schedule a time to view our senior community and floor plans.

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