Seniors and Technology in Assisted Living

These days technology is growing faster than we can keep up with and seniors are along for the ride. An increasingly large amount of older adults has started to use technology and social media sites as part of their everyday routine. Facebook, Skype, and smartphones have been great tools in keeping up with family and friends, but now we are seeing a trend in increased app usage.

The number of older adults using the internet and related tech devices is increasing, with over half of seniors using the internet and owning cellphones, according to a survey by Pew Research.

Different apps, as well as different devices, help people keep up with not just family, but their hobbies as well. Maneuvering through apps and devices can help keep the mind active while also learning a new skill. Senior living in Denver could easily see more activity regarding this technology. App downloads, such as the birding app mentioned in this article could go up also. See more…

Many senior living communities have integrated technology programs into residents’ daily routines as today’s technology can keep seniors connected, mentally active and physically safe. It’s no wonder seniors have Facebook accounts to connect with their grandchildren, or use iPad apps to play Scrabble, Solitaire and other games to keep their minds engaged.

 

What’s Old Is New Again: Why Townhouses Are the New ‘It’ Homes

It can be incredibly expensive to find a new home in the Chicago area, but it looks like more and more people are finding the perfect starter home.

Townhouses are less expensive because they take up less land than stand-alone homes, and you can often still find them with some backyard space.

If you’re considering moving into a new townhouse, be sure to get the roof inspected by a qualified and professional Chicago roofing company. Our team at NRC is more than prepared to make sure you move into a home with a safe roof.

http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/townhouses-hot-trend/What’s Old Is New Again: Why Townhouses Are the New ‘It’ Homes | realtor.com®

Recent waves of outside-the-box ideas in housing have brought us teeny-weeny homes, converted shipping containers, prefab modern palaces, and co-housing apartments with luxe perks for millennials.

But the latest “it” homes with builders and buyers have actually been around since the 19th century.

Townhouses, those classic rows of attached single-family homes that are a fixture in American cities and suburbs alike, got a second wind in the 1960s. That’s due to folks scooping up these existing, and often inexpensive, older abodes as they moved back into the big cities. And now the lovechild of a condominium and standalone house is back again and hotter than ever with both buyers and builders.

Read more at realtor.com

 

No Matter What Type of Floor You Choose, Choose Long’s Carpet

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We love having lots of choices, but when it comes to choosing what flooring to put in your house there is a lot to consider.

Whatever you choose, you want it to last a long time. You will see it and walk on it every day so it has to be something you really love. It also needs to be functional, easy to take care of, and cost effective. So how do you choose a flooring that you will love and is perfect for all your needs?

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/picking-perfect-floor

 

 

 

 

 

Picking the Perfect Floor | This Old House When choosing a new floor for your home, asking yourself a few key questions at the beginning can dramatically increase your satisfaction in the end.

Choosing the right flooring for a particular room in your home may seem like a daunting decision. It’s a process that combines your personal taste with careful thinking about practicality. After all, it’s a surface you, your family and friends will walk, stand and sit on, your kids will spill, play and grow up on. But asking yourself a few key questions at the beginning of the process should help reduce your worry, ease your choice and increase your long-term satisfaction with your new floor.

Questions on the Floor What’s the size of the family that will regularly use the room, and how much traffic will the floor receive? Children definitely make a difference. Any pets? Will the floor be exposed to moisture regularly? How often is the floor likely to need cleaning? How long do you hope and expect your new floor to last? Read more…

Luckily at Long’s Carpet, we have everything from vinyl flooring, Berber carpet, hardwood, laminate and more, all at discounted prices. You can skip the middle man and get lower prices than retailers offer.

How Your Teeth Can Impact Your Heart

It’s obvious that you should take care of your teeth for good health. But did you know that the state of your teeth can also affect your heart? Brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings will help decrease your chances of getting gum disease, which also decreases your risk of heart disease.

Start being proactive about your health and come visit us! We proudly serve as dentists in the Highlands Ranch area. 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/healthy-teeth-healthy-heart.aspxHealthy Teeth, Healthy Heart? – Dental Health Center – Everyday Health Experts say that your oral health could clue you in to the condition of your heart — so listen up! Here’s what you should know about the links between your teeth, gums, and ticker.

You brush, floss, and follow all your dentist’s commandments for healthy teeth and gums (kudos!). But did you know that those mouth-healthy habits may ultimately keep your heart healthy, too?

Research has found a surprising number of links between the state of your mouth and your heart. In fact, we now know that people who develop gum disease (either gingivitis, a milder form that results in inflammation and infection of the gums, or periodontitis, which develops when the inflammation and infection spread below the gum line) are nearly twice at risk for heart disease.

“There is a very logical reason why the two may be connected,” says Peter M. Spalding, DDS, associate professor in the department of growth and development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln. Experts are starting to understand that the underlying mechanism of cardiovascular disease is related to inflammation, he says. Read more…

 

Stay Cool This Summer and Hide Your New Air Conditioner Safely

You made it through last summer without AC and we have to commend you, that was uh, brave. Don’t make the same mistake this summer. Your home should be a comfortable place to be all year long. At Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning, we can help you have a nice cool home all summer long.

Check out these ideas below on how to keep your home cool this summer and hide the AC box. If you have questions about where you could put your new AC unit give us a call!

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/29385453/list/5-ways-to-hide-that-big-air-conditioner-in-your-yard5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard If you live in a hot climate, your air conditioner is probably your favorite major appliance. However, it can quickly become a major party crasher in the middle of your backyard summer barbecue. That same hulking, boxy piece of machinery that cools your house can be an eyesore in your garden. But don’t sweat it. There are plenty of ways you can hide, mask, conceal and block your air conditioning unit so you won’t even know it’s there. Here’s how to keep your cool.

First keep in mind how your air conditioner works and what keeps it happy and efficient. An A/C unit needs space to breathe. Because it works so hard to make the inside of your house cool, it needs to vent a bunch of generated heat. The reason that the metal casings of air conditioning units are perforated is to do just that. Keep this in mind when adding any sort of cover or obstruction near your machine. To be safe, check the manufacturer’s recommended distances for any sort of enclosure.

When designing your new house or retrofitting for a new system, remember that a happy air conditioner is one that doesn’t have to work so hard. One way to ensure this is to use energy-efficient methods of home design that can reduce your reliance on air conditioning and keep as much cool air inside your home as possible.

Another way to design an efficient system is to make sure that your unit has a cool, shady spot in which to work. Place it on the side of the house with the most protection from the sun, so that it doesn’t heat up too much. This will keep it running more efficiently (which is great for the wallet) and can help avoid noises and malfunctioning associated with overheating.

Now on to the tips for minimizing visual impact. Read more…

 

 

 

You Need A Place For Some Fun In Your Home

If you are planning on a home remodel you might want to consider adding a rec room to those plans. A rec room isn’t just for the kids anymore and adding one to your home will give you the perfect place for entertaining.

Check out these ideas for adding some fun to your home!

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70312224/list/10-reasons-to-bring-back-the-rec-room10 Reasons to Bring Back the Rec Room Pingpong, pool and foosball — what’s not to love? Games offer screen-free entertainment, bring the whole family together and make parties more fun. If you have a lot of space, you can knock yourself out with a full-fledged rec room, but if you need more of a rec corner, consider adding a pingpong net to a seldom-used dining table or hanging a dart board on a basement wall. There are lots of reasons to create a place for more fun in the house. Here are 10.

1. A rec room is perfect for parties. Love to entertain? Pool, pingpong and foosball make excellent icebreakers. Keep the mood lively with oversize signage on the wall, a colorful rug and quirky accessories.

2. A rec room is a vacation house bonus. Having a room dedicated to fun is a huge plus for any vacation home — or any house that needs a little extra boost in the entertainment department. It’s where you’ll find everyone congregating after a day at the beach or when the rain is coming down.

3. A rec room can be elegant. Ink-blue walls, Tom Dixon pendant lights and velvet upholstery? So long, avocado-green shag carpeting — the rec rooms of today can be as elegant as you like.

4. A rec room can be fun for the whole family. Cards, board games, table tennis or (if you choose to add one) a TV to watch the game — in a rec room, there’s something for everyone. To make the most of the space, select furnishings that are soft and portable, so you can rearrange things to suit the activity.

5. A rec room can be unexpected. If you have a large kitchen table and your family rarely uses the formal dining room, why not transform the dining room into something else? With a crystal chandelier, antique chairs, and framed nautical charts and silhouette art on the walls, this rec room feels almost formal — but so much more fun than a stuffy dining room. See more…

If you are thinking about doing a home remodel in Dallas we, at JNT Developers, can help. We are a full-service general contractor and roofer and are ready to help you with all of your needs.

The Chicago Flag Turns 100

At Expert Roofing we know a lot about roofing and we pride ourselves on being a leader in Chicago roofing contractors. Becoming an expert in anything takes time but one of the best ways is to try and learn something new every day. We love learning about roofing and we also love learning about the communities we serve.

We see the Chicago flag all of the time but we didn’t the history behind it. The Chicago flag just turned 100 years old on April, 4 2017. Check out this story and learn about where are flag came from and why it looks the way it does!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-flag-origins-flag-day-htmlstory.htmlHistory of the Chicago flag – Chicago Tribune “In its simplicity, the flag is totally immune to going out of style.” Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s official cultural historian

Every day in Chicago is Flag Day. Try walking a block on Michigan Avenue without spotting the city’s municipal colors in flag form.

Atop building entrances, on the right upper sleeves of police officers’ uniforms and on the bridge over the Chicago River, Chicago flags fly near their national and state counterparts.

Visitors scoop up the design on T-shirts and other souvenirs, while locals often have it tattooed on their bodies.

It might be hard to believe, but despite its popularity today, the Chicago flag was unrecognizable to the general public almost 60 years ago when the owner of a Portage Park hardware store displayed it. Some mistook it “for everything from the flag of Israel to that of one of the Scandinavian countries,” according to an Aug. 12, 1958, Tribune article.

How did this icon come to be? And what makes its design so popular and respected among flag enthusiasts (including the North American Vexillological Association, which says that next to the flag of Washington, D.C., it’s the best city flag in the U.S.) and laymen alike?

Let’s dissect the flag of Chicago by its colors — red, white and blue.

In 1892, with a little more than one month before the dedication of the World’s Columbia Exposition, organizers met with city leaders in a panicked effort to finalize decorations on both the exposition grounds and throughout the city.

Chicago had very little in terms of an official visual idenity — no official colors or iconography, let alone a flag — on which to lean. Published comments from the exposition’s supervisor for painting and sculpture, local mural artist Francis Davis Millet, addressed the issue:

“Almost all European cities have chosen colors, as the universities and colleges have done, and these are called the ‘Municipal Colors.’ Would it not be well now to see if the authorities of Chicago will not select a color or combination of colors as the ‘Municipal Colors’ for the city? If this is done, it will simplify the whole matter of civic decorations very much and afford a precedent which will, I am sure, be followed in all great cities of the Union.” Millet

The Tribune embraced Millet’s “catchy” idea, announcing a contest on the next day’s front page for the best municipal color combinations. In 10 days, the Tribune received 829 entries.

Suggested by an architect for the exposition, Alfred Jensen Roewad, red and white was the winning combination. He also submitted several images of how the colors could be displayed, including designs featuring a now familiar Y-shape.

It wasn’t until 1915 that the city’s lack of a flag became an issue. Ald. James A. Kearns, 31st, introduced a resolution calling for an official design. The City Council agreed with Kearns, who feared Chicago was lagging other major cities, and established the Chicago Municipal Flag Commission.

The commission sifted through more than 1,000 submissions before settling on an original design by writer and flag aficionado Wallace Rice. Coincidentally, Rice was originally retained to set the design rules of the competition.

The designs were submitted and approved by the City Council on April 4, 1917 — the same day the U.S. Senate voted to support U.S. entry into World War I. There were 63 “Yeas” and no dissents.

“White, the union of all the colors, to symbolize the union of all the races in the city of Chicago.” Rice, Chicago flag designer. Read more…

 

 

Calling All Gardeners It’s Time To Get To Work

At Lon Smith, we specialize in Dallas and Fort Worth roofing and many of our clients are getting ready to start their gardens. The month of April is a big month for gardeners in Texas. It is time to start planting your garden but also keeping on the lookout for storms that may damage your crops.

With so much to do during this time of year, having a handy list to keep you on track will help you get the most out of your home garden. Take a look at these tips below.

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8761781Texas Gardener’s April Checklist This is a pivotal month for planting, sowing seeds, fertilizing and performing important garden maintenance chores.

With so much to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but simply take it a step at a time to ensure your garden is healthy, lush and beautiful.

And keep one eye on the thermometer — while we’re less likely to have a late-season frost at this point, it’s not impossible, so be sure to cover up tender seedlings or new transplants if temperatures dip.

Noel Cross+Architects Sow SeedsAlmost any plant easily grown from seed can be sown this month.

Be sure to check the planting directions on the backs of the seed packets to know the proper planting depth for each seed type.Annuals.

Opt for celosia, coleus, periwinkle, sunflower, zinnia, gomphrena, ageratum and cleome.Herbs.

Most herbs can be sown this month, including chives, catmint, basil, thyme, oregano, sorrel, tansy, winter savory, summer savory, yarrow, tarragon, germander, lavender, cumin, comfrey, sage and rosemary.

Lots of vegetable seeds can be sown: lima beans, snap beans, beets, chard, okra, radishes and summer squash.

Wait until late April to sow seeds for corn, cucumbers, eggplant and pumpkin.

Erin Ponte Landscape Design Plant Your GardenYou can plant nearly anything this month.Vegetables.

Eggplant, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos and sweet potato slips can be planted from 4- to 6-inch containers.Fruit.

Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon are good options; look for them in 4-inch pots.Herbs.

Nearly all herbs can be planted, including rosemary, chives, thyme, oregano, lavender, sorrel, catmint, sage, lemongrass, lemon verbena, basil, catnip, bay laurel and tarragon. Read more…

 

 

Burgers to try at San Antonio’s top restaurants in 2017 – San Antonio Express-News

At Dwelling Suites, we provide fully-furnished kitchens so guests can, in theory, cook every meal of their extended stay in San Antonio. All from the comfort of their apartment. The convenience of being able to make a meal right at home is wonderful, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop every now-and-again for some of San Antonio’s delicious fare.

If you are craving a burger here are some you don’t want to miss.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/food/article/best-burgers-san-antonio-2017-11049856.phpBurgers to try at San Antonio’s top restaurants in 2017 – San Antonio Express-News Though simple in concept, some of San Antonio’s best restaurants have made culinary masterpieces out of burgers.

Some include sweet additions like bacon jam, pear onion jam or even foie gras peanut butter. One burger is served between two donuts. Others include a mix of melted gourmet cheeses.

But a few stick to the basics, adding just lettuce, tomato and onion, and letting the flavor of the juicy slab of beef speak for itself.

We sifted through the critics-choice best restaurants in the Alamo City to find the spots that serve this classic American sandwich on its menus. See the burgers you can try at 13 of San Antonio’s best restaurants in the gallery above.

This year’s edition of the “Top 100: Dining & Drinks” guides you through the top restaurants, bars, wineries, bakeries, coffee shops, distilleries and breweries.

To see our whole list with rankings and a searchable interactive map of listings for the perfect place to nosh or sip by cuisine type, area, price and more, please visit our subscriber site at ExpressNews.com/2017Top100. See more…

 

Give Your Garage The Ultimate Design Makeover

Have you been in your garage lately? This part of the house can get neglected during the winter months. The cold pushes us back into the comfort of the heated indoors and it becomes nothing more than a place to park the car and store boxes of stuff.

Now that spring has sprung though, it is time to reclaim your garage and bring it to its full potential. We don’t want to get too philosophical but your garage is an extension of your house and an extension of you. It’s time to clean out all of the old boxes of junk and give your garage the makeover it deserves.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/296-creating-the-ultimate-garage-workshop/?#.WOU2L4grLIUGarage Workshop Design – Bob Vila To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve center with a lift, a wash and wax station, and cabinetry for an extensive supply of tools; to the carpenter it is a woodworking shop with a table saw, a ventilation system, and workbenches to detail out the latest project. It is a place for the guys to hang out. It is the tool type’s equivalent of a gourmet kitchen.

“People spend thousands of dollars on their kitchens, as a place to cook, congregate, and for a certain level of comfort,” says Steve D’Gerolamo, founder and owner of The Ultimate Garage. So why not garages? Beyond the basics of four walls and roof, a garage workshop becomes a second home for the enthusiast — housing tools, toys, workstations, and more. So it’s little wonder that the garage of old is getting one serious makeover.

Garage Basics A new garage construction project requires the same basic considerations as a new home construction project — site preparation, permits, foundation work, framing, roofing, and mechanicals. Most garages rest on slabs, but any drainage system for a mechanic’s workshop will require more extensive excavation, foundation work, and filter systems for oil and grease. Knowing how the space will be used prior to breaking ground is essential. Read more…

Whether you are putting a new roof on your home or your garage Interstate Roofing will help you with all of your roof repairs or replacements.