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Fun Things To Do With Your Grandkids in Hilton Head

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If you’re looking for fun activities that grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy together, Hilton Head is the perfect setting. On our beautiful island, you’ll find activities of all stripes to please everyone in the family — from bookworms to budding pirates.

With Grandparents Day coming up on Sept. 11, we think it’s the perfect time to plan some activities that will provide hours of fun for you and your grandchildren. Here are a few of our favorite island attractions that appeal to all ages.

Go on a Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Who doesn’t adore dolphins? Hilton Head is home to hundreds of them and you can choose among a variety of cruises where you’re sure to spot these water-dwelling mammals. Some cruise lines even offer special educational tours tailored to kids, and many of the boats have shaded decks for everyone’s comfort.

Go Horseback Riding

When you’re ready to spend time on terra firma, horseback riding is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity. By embarking on a horseback trail ride, you also get a bird’s-eye view of the Lowcountry natural environment, including forests and lakes. For children under 7, pony rides are available.

Hunt for Treasure and Defeat Smelly Sam

Do you have an aspiring pirate in the family? If so, he or she will love joining the Black Sparrow crew in the hunt for “Smelly Sam,” Hilton Head’s favorite pirate. As kids board this authentic pirate ship, they’ll don their pirate garb, have their faces painted, get a pirate tattoo and learn all the pirate lingo. They’ll also find treasure including jewels, gold coins and other surprises.

Play in The Sandbox

The Sandbox is an interactive museum especially for kids and features exhibits like an international bazaar, an observational saltwater aquarium, a T-rex tracking adventure and more. The museum offers a variety of activities targeted to young children through age 8.

Visit Adventure Cove

Adventure Cove includes the only arcade on the island and features a variety of games, from the classics to the newest titles. Kids can win tickets, which they can redeem for prizes like electronics and stuffed animals. The park also offers miniature golf and is home to two 18-hole courses surrounded by gardens, waterfalls, rocky terrain, lagoons and more. The “Lost Lagoon” course even features a two-story cave.

Go to the Beach!

Without a doubt, the jewel in Hilton Head’s crown is its stunning, pristine beaches. You and your grandchildren can splash in the water, collect shells or build sand castles as you enjoy the beautiful weather. You can choose among numerous public beach access areas as home base for getting to more than 12 miles of seashore. If you want to swim during your stay, be sure to select one of the beaches with designated swimming areas.

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While you’re in town, we hope you’ll plan a visit to The Cypress of Hilton Head. We offer a variety of activities, whatever your pleasure — from golf to yoga, games, performances, travel, art classes and more. Please contact us today to learn more!

 

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7 Questions Your Doctor Wants You to Ask

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Are you one of those people who won’t go to the doctor no matter what? Or maybe you’re the opposite, constantly seeing your doctor with worries that you might be ill.

Regardless of the frequency of visits, doctors want their patients to be informed and ask questions about their medical care. Here are some of the questions doctors say they wish their patients would ask.

Am I Getting the Right Nutrition?                          

Research indicates that many people — especially seniors —  fail to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals. By the time symptoms show up, you may have developed a deficiency in a critical nutrient. Early signs that you may need better nutrition include:

  • Hair loss.
  • Sores or skin rashes that linger.
  • Cracking around the corners of the mouth.
  • Pale-colored tongue.
  • Extreme fatigue.

Is it Normal to Not Have an Appetite?

For a variety of reasons, many seniors see a significant decrease in their appetites. Seniors typically are less active than younger people, and they often require fewer calories to be healthy. In addition, a declining sense of taste may diminish the appeal of eating. Lost appetite also can be a symptom of depression or other health issues.

Why Do I Need This Prescription?

By asking about the purpose of a specific medication, you give your doctor an opportunity to discuss your treatment plan. Your medical professional likely wants you to understand your medications and why you take them, along with possible side effects.

Should I Take Supplements?

There’s conflicting research on whether seniors should take multivitamins and other supplements, and most medical professionals will tell you that it’s better to get vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet. But in certain cases — such as treating some health conditions and for people on a limited diet — supplements may make sense. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

Is an Antibiotic Necessary for This Condition?

Many patients ask for antibiotics for any little sniffle. Before you ask, understand that overuse of antibiotics has contributed to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If your doctor offers an antibiotic, take time to discuss the need for it in treating your current health concern.

How Can I Prevent This Problem in the Future?

Your doctor wants to make sure you get well, and she wants to prevent you from developing the same problem again. Some doctors may offer information about preventing illness, but you can also bring up the subject. It’s important to be proactive so your doctor can help you develop a plan that works for your specific needs.

What Are the Goals for the Next Visit?

Work with your doctor to determine how you can best use the time before your next appointment. Instead of waiting to react to health issues, take the initiative to commit to your own preventive care.

Next time you visit your doctor, be sure to take along a list of questions. You’ll come away better-informed and with the tools to take action to protect your health.

We’d love to talk with you about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle at The Cypress of Hilton Head. Please contact us to learn more!

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Getting Started with Birding on Hilton Head Island

Are you interested in a fun activity that gets you outdoors, helps you meet new people and gives your health a boost? If you’re in the Hilton Head area, birding is a great choice.

The popularity of bird watching has really picked up steam in recent years, and for good reason: It’s inexpensive and environmentally friendly, there’s almost no learning curve, and people of all ages and all levels of physical ability can enjoy it. Here in Hilton Head, we’re proud to have so many options for birding; why not take a gander?

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For many reasons, Hilton Head is the perfect place for taking up the birding hobby. The island is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, alligators — and hundreds of bird species. In addition, the Town of Hilton Head is known for its commitment to development that is environmentally friendly, and the town retains significant tree cover.

When you begin bird watching on Hilton Head Island, you’ll find that you can spot approximately 200 types of birds, according to the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society. Visit areas like docks, bike trails, marshes and lagoons to see birds including Osprey, Heron, the Brown-headed Nuthatch, Painted Bunting, Red-shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee and many others.

Best Birding Sites on the Island

Hilton Head has a number of designated birding sites, including several that belong to the Hilton Head Island Birding Trail. If you’re a smartphone user, be sure to download the mobile app that provides driving directions along with information about the birding sites and birds you may see.

The Audubon Society also lists popular birding sites in and around Hilton Head, including Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge off U.S. 278 and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 22 miles south of Hilton Head.

Getting Started with Bird Watching

If you’re new to birding, you may find it challenging at first to identify specific birds. Especially in light that’s dim or very bright, keeping up with fast-moving birds may take some practice. Consider these tips to help you spot and identify birds on the island:

  • When you locate a bird, watch it rather than immediately reaching for your field guide. By studying the bird’s characteristics including markings, movements and song, you can remember it for later identification.
  • Try to jot down some quick notes, including the bird’s general shape and size, along with color and unusual markings.
  • Watch for patterns in how a bird walks, flies and jumps, and try to observe what and how the bird eats — for instance, by moving its bill through water.
  • Record details about the habitat, including the current weather, and your own observations.

Armed with your notes, you can later refer to your field guide to confirm the species of the birds you observed on the island. To learn more about birding and other fun activities in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, please contact us today to plan your visit to The Cypress of Hilton Head.

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What is Lowcountry Cuisine?

Frogmore stew. Hoppin’ John. She-crab soup. If these odd-sounding names don’t make your mouth water, you must not be from South Carolina’s Lowcountry!

Lowcountry cuisine goes with Hilton Head like peanut butter goes with jelly, and we think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. If you’re not familiar with this regional cuisine, you’re in for a treat when you visit Hilton Head Island.

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What Exactly Is Lowcountry Cuisine?

Lowcountry cuisine shares some features with Southern cooking, but it’s unique to the South Carolina Lowcountry region. The cuisine draws inspiration from our coastal estuaries and uses oysters, fish, shrimp and crabs as its foundation — you can expect some combination of seafood dishes at any Lowcountry meal. And the African and Caribbean influences add just the right amount of spicy kick.

Grits, rice, and local, fresh produce also play a significant role in this style of cooking. Rice cultivation saw a downturn here following the Civil War, but it’s picked back up in the past several decades. Today, rice — whether served on its own as a side dish or made into a pilau with tomatoes and vegetables — shares center stage with seafood in Lowcountry dining.

Plan Your Own Lowcountry Boil

What’s the Hilton Head equivalent of a New England clam bake? A Lowcountry boil!

To host your own, get the freshest shellfish you can find and put it in a huge pot with spicy, smoked sausage and vegetables. Add potatoes and corn if you want, along with some seriously spicy boil seasoning. Once it’s done, you’ll turn it all out on a table covered with newspapers — we recommend doing so outdoors — and enjoy a very messy Lowcountry feast.

Here’s a recipe we love for one Lowcountry boil variation using crawfish and shrimp. Enjoy!

Where to Find Authentic Lowcountry Dishes

If you want to enjoy Lowcountry cuisine in Hilton Head without cooking it yourself, you’ll find some great choices. One of our favorite restaurants is A Lowcountry Backyard, which offers an exceptional Lowcountry menu in a quaint, comfortable atmosphere.532499_10100936126506955_1469680810_n Try the Lowcountry Shrimpburger, Potato Chip Meatloaf, Island Crab Cakes, and, of course, Shrimp and Grits.

To get a taste of Lowcountry flavor in a variety of Hilton Head settings, consider a Savor the Lowcountry food tour. You can choose among several different tours with stops that include the island’s Coligny Beach district along with premier shopping and dining areas.

Enjoy Fine Dining Anytime as a Resident of The Cypress

While you’re in Hilton Head sampling the Lowcountry fare, we hope you’ll take time to stop by The Cypress, where our residents enjoy delectable cuisine in a variety of dining venues ranging from casual to elegant: The Cypress Dining Room — our white linen restaurant,  The Bistro — for informal, tasty bites, our Patio Dining— for gorgeous views, our Private Dining Room — for special events, and of course our fully-stocked Bar. To learn more or to schedule your personal tour, please contact us today.

 

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The Top 7 Health Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

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Are you looking for a stress-relieving exercise program with a wide range of health benefits? For many seniors, yoga fits the bill.

At The Cypress, yoga is one of our favorite activities. Research suggests that yoga may be helpful in fighting multiple health concerns, including high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, and back pain. Here are the details on some of the top health benefits of yoga for seniors.

  1. Lowers the Risk of Hypertension

AARP notes that yoga can help seniors reduce their medication for treating hypertension. One study found that individuals who participated in yoga for six hours per week over 11 weeks lowered their systolic blood pressure by 33 points. A control group, on the other hand, lowered their systolic pressure by only 4 points.

  1. Improves Sleep

If you have trouble getting sufficient shuteye, yoga may help. Research has found that yoga can lower the time it takes to get to sleep and can help you sleep longer. By sleeping longer and better, you may improve your overall quality of life by feeling more energetic during the day.

  1. Helps Control Weight

Yoga can help you concentrate, and it boosts your willpower, experts say. By practicing frequently, you can stay focused on your long-term wellness goals, including your weight. In addition, yoga can assist in controlling blood sugar in people with diabetes, which also can help with weight control.

  1. Lubricates Joints

As we age, our joints may start feeling a little stiff. Regular yoga practice can help keep joints lubricated, which can ward off medical conditions like arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Experts say yoga also can help relieve the pain from arthritis, and it can help boost the density of your bones and keep osteoporosis at bay.

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  1. Improves Strength, Balance and Flexibility

The strengthening poses of yoga can help you improve your balance capability. Good balance is critical for avoiding falls, the leading cause of injuries among seniors. With its joint-lubricating and muscle-stretching poses, yoga also helps you improve your range of motion and flexibility.

  1. Assists in Relieving Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may find that regular yoga workouts can help. A study found that after just four weeks, individuals taking part in a yoga class required lower doses of pain medications to control pain.

  1. Boosts Mental Well-being

Yoga is known to reduce stress. It also helps you tap into your natural relaxation response. In this state between sleep and wakefulness, your body benefits from a lowered heart rate and blood pressure.

The combination of movement, meditation and breath awareness you get from yoga can help enhance your mood, settle your frazzled nerves, reduce anxiety, and provide you with a general sense of well-being.

Support Your Active Retirement

At The Cypress of Hilton Head, we’re committed to providing a wellness-oriented atmosphere that allows you to maintain your active lifestyle. To learn more about our yoga program and other health-supporting activities available to residents of The Cypress, please contact us today.

 

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6 Ways for Seniors to Get Involved this Earth Day

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Research has found that spending time in nature offers many benefits for seniors, including less stress and depression, quicker healing, and a reduced need for pain medicines. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve put together this list of six ways seniors can help make a difference in protecting our precious planet.

  1. Plant a Tree

Trees do so much for our world. They help remove excess amounts of harmful CO2 gas from the atmosphere, absorb pollutants, and provide food, income and energy for communities.

Planting a tree is a powerful step in helping the environment, and it’s a lasting gift to the planet and to yourself. Enjoy watching your sapling grow in the coming years! If you use social media, check out #TreesForEarth to see others’ efforts.

  1. Plant a Garden

While you’re at it, why stop the planting with just one tree? Planting a garden can benefit you, your neighbors and the wildlife in your community. By planting species native to your area, you’ll encourage beautiful birds and butterflies to make a pit stop during their migrations. And the bounty from your garden can supply you with nutritious, fresh produce year-round.

  1. Reuse and Recycle

Earth Day is a great time to take a look at your habits around the house. Remember that anything you throw away ends up in the local landfill. Are you tossing items that someone else could use or that could be recycled? If you throw out a lot of food waste, consider composting; you’ll help the earth, and you’ll end up with a great soil additive for your new garden.

  1. Spend Some Time Outdoors

A walk in a natural setting will lift your spirits and give your fitness a kickstart as it boosts your appreciation for the Earth. Many residents of The Cypress enjoy walking in Hilton Head’s beautiful parks or along one of our lovely beaches.

  1. Take a Break from Tech

During the annual Earth Hour, people across the globe take a break from their electronics for 60 minutes. This year’s event is done, but you can still power down your gadgets for a while in honor of Earth Day. Once you’re back online, you may enjoy reviewing how people around the world observed Earth Hour this year.

  1. Start Getting Ready for Earth Day 50!

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought together 20 million Americans and led to the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It also resulted in passage of the Endangered Species, Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Earth Day will continue to gear up over the next five years leading up to the all-important 50th anniversary. If you’re interested in helping plan a local event in coming years, the Earth Day Network offers tools to help.

If you enjoy spending time in nature, you’re sure to love the beautiful seaside environment of The Cypress of Hilton Head. To learn more about The Cypress lifestyle, please contact us today.

 

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The Top Scams that Target Seniors and How to Avoid Them

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Why do so many fraudsters target senior citizens? Seniors often have nest eggs, own their homes, have excellent credit, and are trusting and polite by nature, as the FBI points out.

If you’re a senior, you may be a very appealing target for all manner of nefarious individuals who want to separate you from your money. At The Cypress of Hilton Head, we want to help protect our members and all seniors from potential scams. We’ve compiled this list of the top types of fraud committed against seniors to help you safeguard your hard-earned cash.

Telemarketing Flimflams

If you have a phone, you probably get calls from people trying to sell you stuff. These scams often involve cheap vacations or health care products like vitamins. If the caller mentions a “free prize” or pressures you to “act now,” step away from the phone — quickly.

Health Insurance and Medical Ruses

All U.S. seniors over age 65 qualify for Medicare, so don’t be impressed by a caller’s seeming “inside knowledge” of your health plan. In this scam, a caller may try to get your personal info by posing as a Medicare representative, or they may offer you “free” products that they then bill to your insurer.

Fake Prescription Meds

If the price of a medication from an online pharmacy seems too good to be true, it probably is. A significant number of medicines that originate outside the United States are counterfeit. Prescriptions from questionable online sources also don’t go through the same rigorous safety checks as those dispensed through reputable U.S. pharmacies.

Cemetery and Funeral Fraud

The FBI points out two types of scams in this category that target seniors:

  • Perpetrators scan obituaries and call — or even attend — funeral services to take advantage of a grieving spouse. The scammers claim the deceased person had an outstanding debt, which they try to collect.
  • Untrustworthy funeral homes take advantage of seniors’ lack of knowledge about the cost of funerals to run up the price. Attempting to sell a grieving spouse an expensive display casket for a cremation is one example of this type of scam.

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Internet Scams

Internet use is increasing among seniors, and so is the potential for getting cheated online. Beware pop-up windows that look like virus-scanning software; scammers may be trying to trick you into clicking and possibly downloading spyware or a virus. And never click links in an email from a seemingly legitimate business — or even the IRS — asking you to “verify” or “update” your account. Instead, go to the official website of the company or agency and log in.

Investment Schemes

Some investments can sound like very attractive ways to grow your nest egg, but law enforcement authorities advise caution. Types of fraud to watch for here include notes from an alleged Nigerian prince who needs your help getting his money into the country, pyramid schemes and many others. If you’re considering an investment that sets off your internal warning bells, check with the FBI or your local police before handing over your money.

The bottom line is, always trust your gut.  If your instincts tell you something just isn’t right, discuss the situation with a few trusted friends or family members before moving forward.

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The Best Exercises for Seniors

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We often hear the standard advice about the need to exercise more. But hearing and doing are two different things, and medical experts say the perils of inactivity continue to plague Americans. The benefits of exercise are well-known, including reducing the risks of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer. Getting active also is associated with mental health benefits, including a reduction in depression and a better quality of life.

For seniors, the perks of starting an exercise program can be especially pronounced. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, seniors can experience significant health benefits with even a moderate amount of physical activity. If you’ve let your activity level slip lately or you’ve never been active, consider starting an exercise program that includes activities in four major categories. Be sure to check with your doctor first.

Balance

For seniors, developing balance is especially important for reducing the risk of falls. Balance exercises can help in two ways: by focusing on stability and by building muscles in the legs.

A great way of improving balance is through the Chinese martial art tai chi, which combines relaxation and movement to benefit both body and mind. Tai chi includes various movements, with each one merging gracefully into the next. Classes are available for seniors at various fitness levels.

Stretching and Flexibility

For many people who work out regularly, stretching may not play a starring role. But research has found that proper stretching may improve your flexibility and the range of motion in your joints, which can help decrease your risk of injury as you participate in other forms of exercise.

One type of exercise that can help stretch your muscles and improve your range of motion is yoga. With regular participation, experts say, you’re also likely to improve your flexibility. You can choose among many forms of yoga that range from a high-intensity workout to a peaceful, meditative activity.

Aerobic Endurance

Experts recommend that we exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes weekly. Seniors are advised to start with aerobic sessions lasting a minimum of 10 minutes each and build from there, both in time and intensity.

You can choose among many forms of aerobic exercise, but swimming works especially well for seniors since it’s easy on the joints. Water aerobics classes such as the ones we offer at The Cypress are another option for an endurance workout that uses the buoyancy of water to relieve stress on your body.

Strength Training

To prevent your muscles from losing strength as you age, consider participating in a weight training program. Before beginning, make sure you understand proper form and techniques for preventing injury, and start with very light weights. Once you can lift the weight easily for 12 repetitions, experts say you can increase weight in small increments.

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The Cypress of Hilton Head offers a variety of exercise classes and facilities, including a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, golf, croquet, beach walks, line dancing, sporting events and more. To schedule your visit, please contact us.

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Top 10 Foods that Seniors Should Add to Their Diets

Did you know that something you probably love doing — and that we all do every day — could improve your health, vitality and quality of life? That something is eating, and by choosing the right foods, medical experts say you can improve your mood and reduce or eliminate chronic health conditions like heart disease, cancer, hypertension and diabetes.

Here are 10 of our favorite foods that offer powerful benefits for seniors. Enjoy!

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  1. Spinach

Most vegetables are smart choices for seniors, but leafy greens like spinach are particularly packed with nutrients. Try them in a salad or smoothie to get your daily dose.

  1. Yogurt

Along with other dairy products, yogurt provides a healthy helping of calcium and vitamin D, and it adds probiotics that can keep your stomach working with you rather than against you. Choose low-fat varieties when possible.

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  1. Tea

Not just for sipping daintily in the garden, tea qualifies as a bona-fide superfood with a powerful punch of antioxidants. Research has found that tea may lower cholesterol and can inhibit cancer-cell growth. Choose either green or black varieties, depending on your personal preference.

  1. Walnuts

Sometimes we feel like a nut — or a whole handful! Walnuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts taste fantastic, and their nutrients can boost your immune system and help protect your body against damage from stress. And there’s more good news about nuts: Research has found there’s no need to limit them for fear of gaining weight.

  1. Oatmeal

We admit it. We like oatmeal! And that’s a good thing, because oatmeal and other whole grains are essential sources of B vitamins for seniors. To keep your meals interesting, branch out with some unusual choices like quinoa, which is rich in protein.

  1. Chicken

You can get protein from a whole host of foods, but experts say lean proteins like white-meat chicken, beans and fish are best. Keep meat portions reasonable, such as the size of a deck of cards.

  1. Fatty fish

Although fish falls under the general “protein” category, we think varieties with Omega-3s deserve a special mention. Your body can’t make these essential fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function and may lower the risk of heart disease, arthritis and cancer. Get your Omega-3s with two servings weekly of fatty fish like halibut, mackerel, salmon and tuna.Food2

  1. Berries

The deeper the color of fruits and vegetables, the moreloaded they are with antioxidants. For a tasty dose of healthy nutrients, try blueberries, which are packed with vitamin C and potassium and may lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and inflammation. Raspberries and dark cherries also deserve an honorable mention in this category.

 

  1. Hot Peppers

Chili peppers get their “heat” from capsaicinoids, which also provide protection against cancer, heart disease and inflammation. Chilies also contain high levels of flavonoids and antioxidant carotenes — including approximately double the amount of vitamin C you’ll get from citrus fruit.

  1. Don’t Forget a Treat!

Our list wouldn’t be complete without our favorite: dark chocolate. New research has found that this delicious treat can reduce your blood pressure and is packed with antioxidants. For healthy meals and treats on a daily basis, we also love dining at The Cypress. Whether you prefer our formal or informal dining venues, you’ll find beautiful views and culinary delights to tempt your tastebuds. Please contact us today to schedule your visit.

 

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The Health Benefits of Retiring by the Beach

What is it about the beach that’s so attractive? From the time people started writing, they’ve described the ocean’s allure. Maybe it’s the warming sunshine, the laughter of children, the beautiful shells or even the infinite possibilities of a vast sea stretching to the horizon. But one thing is certain: Human beings are drawn to the ocean.

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At the Cypress, we’ve been believers in the soothing effects of retiring near the beach for years, and now new evidence has found that proximity to the ocean may provide even more tangible health benefits. Scientists say recent research is providing support for some longstanding traditional wisdom: Being near the beach may be good for your health. As you’re evaluating beach retirement communities, consider the ways in which living near the ocean may benefit you.

Moving near a coastline can significantly improve well-being, researchers have found, in part because the seaside environment may lessen stress and encourage an active lifestyle.  Whether you enjoy walking, biking, bodysurfing, playing paddle board or building sand castles with the grandkids, there’s never a shortage of healthy activities to enjoy on the beach.  Researchers also note that sea air contains negative ions that improve the body’s ability to drink in oxygen.  Negative ions also can assist in balancing serotonin levels, positively impacting your mood and stress levels.HILTON HEAD ISLAND_Dog

Moderate amounts of sun can aid skin issues, including the chronic condition psoriasis. Sea water, in addition, can help some skin conditions like dermatitis, an allergic rash. And spending time in sea water also can improve the skin’s elasticity and appearance, researchers note.

If you enjoy swimming, you’ll be happy to learn that floating in the water helps push blood toward your heart and delivers more oxygen to the brain, improving alertness and activity levels.

Spending some time in the sun also can spur the body to secrete endorphins, making your stress melt away and helping you feel relaxed.  And there’s a reason many people buy tapes with the sounds of the ocean to help them sleep at night— the soothing sound of waves actually changes patterns in your brain and can assist deep relaxation, helping rejuvenate your mind and body.

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Seeking out the Water: It’s Human Nature

If you’re considering retiring near the beach, you’re not alone. In fact, scientists say it’s human nature to seek to be near bodies of water. Most of the world’s population live near water, and the beach is an age-old preferred vacation spot. One neuroscientist posits that ancient humans lived near oceans, which helped the human brain grow and become more complex.

Today, it’s easy for seniors to spend soothing, healing time experiencing surf, sun and sand. At a beach retirement community like The Cypress of Hilton Head, you can reap the benefits of the ocean as often as you like. To find out more about the beaches, amenities, and benefits of our beautiful retirement community, please contact us.

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