Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Hermosa Beach

Join Team Welbrook in the inaugural South Bay Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Come out to Hermosa Beach on Saturday, September 30 as we walk with our loved ones and neighbors to fight this disease. Everyone is welcome and there is no registration fee.

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This is Your Life: Ms. Aleta Lee

This month’s This Is Your Life features Aleta Lee. Ms. Lee worked for the United States Air Force and later worked at the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) up until her retirement in 1989.  She is a world traveler, enjoys line dancing and is a member of the Westchester Elks! Aleta is loved and cherished by family and friends, as she keeps close connections with everyone she knows. Aleta’s This Is Your Life event was celebrated with friends, family and residents of the community. Aleta was ecstatic with all the decorations and lovely video that was made on her life story. The room, filled with kites and planes, expressed her love for kites (Aleta’s maiden name is Kite) and her job working in the aviation industry. Family and friends shared laughs, happiness and tears of joy, reminiscing the life of Ms. Lee. Aleta enjoyed the event and was thankful for this remarkable and memorable experience!

Living The Dream: Go Kart Racing!

Eunice Okuma has always wanted to experience the thrill of what it would be like to ride in a Go Kart. Our Welbrook residents who attended her event had an amazing time watching Eunice’s experience Go Kart racing for the first time.

So much fun was had by all!

This is Your Life!

Welbrook Southbay is show casing Violetta Reyes this month!  She is a wonderful Music Teacher who brings us immense joy every week when she plays for us.  She is and has been a very involved community and church leader in our area and we are very fortunate to have her living here at our community.  We love you Violetta!

Living the Dream

Wanda has always wanted to learn how to bowl so her Welbrook family decided to make her dream come true! It was an amazing event and everyone had a wonderful time!

Who Qualifies for Senior-Care Tax Deductions?

Torrance CA (April 2017) Tax season can be especially stressful for seniors on a fixed income and for family caregivers of elderly loved ones—groups that include millions of budget-conscious Americans looking to keep expenses down. For older adults living in an assisted living facility as well as for caregivers, tax deductions may be a possibility. Welbrook South Bay offers some important information regarding potential tax deductions*.

The good news is that seniors and caregivers may be eligible for tax deductions for medical and dental expenses. Another bright spot in 2017 is that final tax returns are due Tuesday, April 18, three days later than the standard April 15 date. This year the 15th falls on a weekend and Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a federal holiday, giving tax filers until April 18 to complete their returns.

Seniors receiving medical care in assisted living may qualify for tax deductions. This includes residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who require substantial supervision to protect their health and safety.

Taxpayers married to or related to seniors requiring care may be eligible for deductions if the senior qualifies as the taxpayer’s dependent according to IRS requirements. Detailed information on dependency can be found at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p554/ch05.html. Additionally, the caregiver must provide more than half of the support for the senior during the year.

Which Senior Living Expenses Can Be Deductible?
For certain assisted living expenses to be tax deductible, the resident must be considered “chronically ill.” A doctor or nurse needs to have certified that the resident either:

  • Cannot perform at least two activities of daily living, such as eating, toileting, transferring, bath, dressing, or continence, or…
  • Requires supervision due to a cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia).

To qualify for a deduction, the senior’s personal care services need to be provided according to a plan of care prescribed by a licensed health care provider. This means a doctor, nurse or social worker must prepare a plan that outlines the specific daily services the resident receives.

Typically, only the medical components of assisted living costs are deductible and ordinary living costs like room and board are not. But if the resident is chronically ill and the facility is acting primarily for medical care and the care is being performed according to a certified plan of care, then the room and board may be considered part of the medical care and the cost may be deductible.

Residents who are not chronically ill may still be able to deduct the portion of their expenses that are attributable to medical care, including entrance or initiation fees.

To claim the deduction, the medical expenses have to be more than 10 percent of the resident’s adjusted gross income. (For taxpayers 65 and older, this threshold will be 7.5 percent through 2016.) In addition, only medical expenses paid during the year can be deducted, regardless of when the services were provided, and medical expenses are not deductible if they are reimbursable by insurance.

For more information on what can and cannot be deducted for medical expenses see Publication 502 on the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf

*Welbrook hopes this information is useful, it is not an expert in tax preparation, and strongly advises seeking the advice of a professional tax preparer or financial advisor for assistance.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle contact Welbrook South Bay at 310-997-0838.

About Welbrook South Bay
Welbrook South Bay provides the finest in independent living, assisted living, and memory care options for residents. Located in Torrance, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call 310-997-0838 or visit www.welbrooksouthbay.com.

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Media Contact:
Heidi Gonzales
310-997-0838
welbrooksouthbayDSM1@ISLLLC.com

Senior Living Communities Can Contribute to a Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month

Torrance, CA  (February 2017) Ever since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964, the month of February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health awareness. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 cause of death for both men and women, killing an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. That is why many senior living communities such as Vista Village incorporate a heart healthy lifestyle into everyday living.

Whether it is through the prepared meals or the organized activities and onsite exercise programs, senior’s living in communities can find it easier to stay healthy because they have help to make it happen.

“Our residents often tell us they are eating healthier food choices because a chef is preparing meals with the right choices and making it taste good. In addition many find they engage in exercise more frequently once they live in a community due to the availability of our activity programs and friends to work out with,” said Heidi Gonzalez for Welbrook South Bay.

Through a heart-healthy lifestyle, seniors can prevent and control many coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors. Some risk factors can be controlled or at least made better like high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Only a few risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—can’t be controlled through healthy choices.

To reduce risk, seniors should try and control each major risk factor:

  • Weight: Maintain a healthy weight
  • Smoking: Quit or don’t start smoking
  • Exercise: Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week, cardio is best for a healthy heart even a simple walk works
  • Diet: Eat a diet that’s low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt
  • Sleep: Get plenty of sleep
  • The “Other” Heart: The saying goes that people can die of a broken heart or in other words emotions can indeed affect the heart. Keep it happy with:
  • Gratitude. Remind yourself of what you have to be grateful for
  • Laugh. Yes just laugh
  • Connect. Get out, find a group, take a class, call an old friend – your heart will be lighter.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle contact Welbrook South Bay at 310-997-0838.

About Welbrook South Bay

Welbrook South Bay provides the finest in independent living, assisted living, and memory care options for residents. Located in Torrance, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call 310-997-0838 or visit www.welbrooksouthbay.com.

Media Contact:

Heidi Gonzales

310-997-0838

Welbrooksouthbaydsm1@ISLLLC.com

The Benefits of Senior Living Communities

Growing numbers of seniors are enjoying living at communities like Welbrook South Bay

Torrance, CA (February 2017) A large segment of the older population in the Unites States—individuals between the ages of 65 and 84—will increase by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2020, says the U.S. Census Bureau. The population over age 85 will rise by nearly 19 percent. By 2060, says the Administration on Aging (AOA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice the number in 2014.

These statistics confirm the trend toward ever-growing numbers of older Americans whose need for senior-focused living situations has spurred one of the nation’s most powerful growth industries: living facilities that specialize in catering to older Americans.

By all accounts, the nearly 1 million older adults who currently live in senior communities are happy in their environments. A recent poll by Argentum (formerly Assisted Living Federation of America) found that 93 percent of residents in senior living facilities feel satisfied with the communities they live in. The survey also reported that nearly all residents—99 percent—say they feel safe in their living communities.

More communities such as Welbrook South Bay are designed and updated to appeal to active seniors with a variety of abilities, interests, and preferences. Here are a few of the most often cited reasons that older adults are choosing to move to senior living communities.

Safety. Good facilities have 24-hour staffing, state-of-the-art security systems, easy-access and handicap features, and emergency-medical services.

Social connections. Studies show that participating in social activities helps maintain cognitive health. Residents make friends, eat meals together, and celebrate holidays as a community. Senior facilities offer a wide variety of activities for residents, both on site and off. Classes, workshops, fitness options, dancing, reading groups, outdoor excursions, field trips—there is something for everyone!

No home maintenance and repair. Keeping up a home, inside and outside, is labor intensive, physically demanding, and expensive. Most senior-living residents are glad to say good-bye to these burdensome chores so they can spend time on other interests, hobbies, and activities.

Prepared meals. No more grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation. Residents can enjoy fine dining on a daily basis—without all the work. Many facilities offer alternative meals and can accommodate special diet needs. New residents commonly experience improvements in health and well being simply from everyday access to healthful, regular mealtimes.

To learn more about the benefits of a senior living community, contact Welbrook South Bay at 310-997-0838.

About Welbrook South Bay

Welbrook South Bay provides the finest in independent living, assisted living, and memory care options for residents. Located in Torrance, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call 310-997-0838 or visit www.welbrooksouthbay.com.