BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Let's face it -- it doesn't matter the age -- when you want advice, you go to the experts -- and for this particular question, the caregivers at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights asked their "Resident Experts" for some "Dating Advice." And the uncensored answers are priceless!
"Don't go looking for love, let it find you!" ~ said Mary, who will be 100 years old in October.
"Don't do it!" ~ said Richard.
"Look for not just the pretty face, look for someone nice -- and money helps!" ~ said Tom.
"Be yourself, and money is important too!" ~ said Danny.
"Know someone for a long time and trust them," ~ said Pat.
"Make sure they have a good job & that your mother-in-law will be good," ~ said Katherine, Age 96
(Check out photo gallery for more answers.)
Since the onset of the pandemic, visitation from family and friends has been extremely limited at long term care facilities across the country. This isolation that is supposed to protect the residents from the coronavirus also has its own health risks -- in the form of loneliness and depression. According to The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine, "Social isolation and loneliness are public health risks that affect a significant portion of the older adult population. Strong evidence suggests that many older adults are socially isolated or lonely in ways that puts their health at risk."
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights understands the importance of human interaction and its effect on health and happiness. The caregivers keep their residents engaged [while wearing proper PPE (personal protective equipment)] through conversation, music, entertainment, cooking, seasonal parties that include their recent facility Luau, strolling Elvis making the rounds from outside, and they even had a summer watermelon eating contest.
Visit Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights Facebook page to view the photo gallery of activities that engage their residents.
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights is located at 35 Cottage Street in Berkeley Heights. Visit their website to learn more.