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Health Benefits of Living Near the Water

For anyone that has spent time on a beach or by the coast, it is easy to see why so many people choose to live near the water. Not only is life by the water beautiful and inviting, it can provide seniors with a wide range of mental and physical health benefits as well. Many people like the water because they feel a certain amount of peace and tranquility there. Others enjoy the water because they are interested in water sports like boating and fishing. Whatever the case, at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island, we love that our members get to experience so many of these benefits firsthand.

Top 4 Reasons to Live Near the Water

1. Lots of Sunshine

Exposure to sunshine can instantly boost your energy levels and helps your skin to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps with the absorption of calcium, something that is very important for everyone from teens to seniors. Because Vitamin D is only found naturally in a few different foods, it can be hard get a healthy amount based on your eating habits alone. By just spending a few minutes a day in the sunlight as you enjoy living so close to the water, you can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D and prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

2. Fresh Sea Air

Did you know that sea air is charged with healthy negative ions? These negative ions are ideal for helping your body absorb more oxygen, improve your overall level of alertness and balance serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a happy chemical that has been shown to improve your mood and reduce stress. This is just one of the reasons beach vacationers tend to head back home feeling relaxed and refreshed. For those who are lucky to live in this type of environment year-round, the sea air helps to contribute to a more relaxed and carefree lifestyle.

3. Better Sleep

Living so near the water can also have a positive effect on how well you sleep and the amount of sleep you get each night. The combination of breathing in the fresh sea air mixed with the calming sounds of the water is enough to lull anyone into a deeper sleep state. The benefits of longer, more restful amounts of sleep are seemingly endless. When you sleep better, you will enjoy a boost to your immune system, reduce stress and feel more energized throughout the day. If you have struggled with sleeping and relaxation in the past, making a move closer to the water may be in your best interest.

4. Increased Immune Function

In addition to making it easier to relax and reduce your stress levels, living near the sea will also have a positive effect on your immune system. Stress is one of the biggest contributors to anxiety, depression, insomnia and illness. The adrenaline that the body releases during a stress response has been linked to ulcers, increased heart rate and high blood pressure, which can have an effect your immune system. For seniors who may already be living with a heart condition or other illness, living near the water is a natural way to help your body heal.

Live Near the Water at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island

Research has shown that there are many great health and wellness benefits of living near the sea. Want to learn more about life here at our award-winning continuing care retirement community? For more information about becoming a member or to schedule a tour, visit our friendly team online today.

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Independent Living with a Carefree Lifestyle

The retirement years can look very different for different people. At The Cypress of Hilton Head, we know better than most just how important it is for seniors to have the opportunity to choose what their retirement years will look like. We believe when seniors are able to make their own choices and do the things that they enjoy, that they will be more happy and comfortable during their golden years. That is why we support seniors with the tools they need to live an active and independent lifestyle.

Independent living at The Cypress is designed to complement your lifestyle while giving you plenty of choices and ensuring you have peace of mind. From scheduled events to getting to know your neighbors and a wide range of great amenities, we strive to include a wealth of options for our residents to enjoy.

Independent Living with a Carefree Lifestyle

With so many different options available to seniors today, it can be tough to know where to begin as you search for the right independent living community to fit your needs. Modern senior living communities can range from comfortable and homelike to a luxury high-end experience. What can you expect from life at The Cypress?

Life Enrichment

Without the worry of every day stresses like caring for your home or maintaining your property, you’ll have plenty of free time to pursue your favorite activities. Whether you want to engage with your friends and family, take an art class or volunteer your time, there are many different opportunities to live a full and rich life here.


At The Cypress, we want to foster happiness and an optimal level of wellness for all of our community members. With many great amenities available, including structured wellness programs and scheduled health and fitness classes, we are dedicated to helping each of our Members nurture their body, mind and spirit.

Home Care

Our home care services are designed to help Members enjoy all of the benefits of a more carefree lifestyle by assisting with daily tasks like light housekeeping, medication monitoring, transportation and more. Gone are the stresses of staying on top of health issues and mundane daily tasks. Instead, our home care services allow Members to extend their independent and active lifestyles with a wide range of wellness programs, activities and more.

Some of the most popular services offered with home care at The Cypress include:

  • Transportation and travel assistance
  • Grocery shopping and laundry services
  • Light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Dog walking
  • Respite care
  • Letter writing assistance
  • Medication monitoring
  • Skilled nursing care
  • And much more!

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Interested in learning more about the carefree lifestyle here at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island? For more information about life in our continuing care retirement community or to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus, be sure to visit us online today.

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The Health Benefits of Wine

With the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival coming up next month, we thought we would look at some of the benefits of drinking wine. Whether you prefer white or red, wine offers many health benefits for the moderate drinker. Raise your next glass to these top benefits of wine.

Wine Protects Your Heart

Wine lowers your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. This is one of the oldest health benefits of wine, as the beneficial effects of wine on heart health have been known for 50 years.

Tannins in red wines – especially those from the south of France and from Sardinia – contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. To get the largest heart-healthy benefits of wine, consider drinking red wines from these regions.

A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found men with high blood pressure were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack if they drank wine, compared with non-drinkers. The Nurses’ Health Study found that wine consumption reduces heart disease in women by over 20 percent, so this benefit translates across genders.

Wine Boosts Brain Health

According to a Columbia University study, wine preserves brain function. Those who do not drink may lose brain function at a higher rate than moderate wine drinkers.

Wine Lowers Your Risk of Stroke

You are half as likely to experience a blood clot–related stroke if you drink wine, according to a Columbia University study that tracked more than 3,000 individuals over an eight-year period.

Wine can thin the blood, which reduces the risk of blood clots. This in turn decreases the risk of stroke.

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, is also believed to prevent against strokes while protecting your heart and your brain.

Wine Decreases Diabetes Risk

Drinking wine can actually lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Moderate wine drinkers who enjoy a glass of wine several times a week were 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than drinkers who enjoyed a single glass of wine per week, Diabetologia determined. The study tracked over 70,000 Danish adults for more than five years.

Tips to Enjoy Wine Responsibly

To get the most health benefits from wine, drink no more than two glasses per day if you’re male, and one glass per day if you are female. Drinking more than this increases the risk of adverse health outcomes, which would mean you’d be more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other conditions.

Wine glasses sizes vary widely, with some essentially serving as wine bowls, not glasses. A standard pouring of wine is 5 ounces.

Are you looking for a new favorite wine? Consider checking out the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival to sample great wines and food from local chefs. Events include wine dinners, which pair food and wine. Some even feature Iron Chef style competitions pitting chef against chef. You’ll also be able to sip and shop, educate your palate by tasting wines from different regions, and learn how to cook classic lowcountry dishes. It all culminates in the Grand Tasting, where you can sip high-end wines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres to the beat of a live band.

To stay up to date with the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival and with other events in the Hilton Head region, look to the award-winning continuing care retirement community Cypress of Hilton Head Island, which provides continuing care for individuals 62 and older who want an active lifestyle in a beautiful waterfront location on Hilton Head Island. Contact us today to learn more about our vibrant community.

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Card Games & Puzzles that Help Boost Memory

Studies show that brain games preserve cognitive function and memory in the aging process. Whether you’re interested in playing games for fun or want to keep your mind sharp as you age, here are card games and puzzles that will help preserve your memory. To get the most mental benefits from playing games, combine different types of games so your brain experiences a variety of challenging activities.

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles test word recall and your ability to solve clues. Puzzle books offer puzzles of the same difficulty, while those in newspapers start easy and get more challenging as the week progresses. Solve crosswords on your own or work in a group to make this a social activity. Crossword puzzles do help with memory and word recall—at least, until you get to puzzle mastery and even a Sunday puzzle seems easy.



The numbers puzzle Sudoku preserves brain activity, challenges logic, and aids memory. In Sudoku, you complete rows using the numbers 1-9, so all grids, boxes, and rows of the puzzle contain one instance of each number from 1-9. If you enjoy puzzles but don’t consider yourself a wordsmith, this might be the memory booster for you.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles aren’t just for kids (although you can solve one with your grandchildren). Colorful puzzles test your ability to sort shapes and colors, create matches, and think visually. They also boost concentration and focus. Incorporate a jigsaw puzzle into your brain game routine to take a break from word games and get a small dopamine hit from making matches.

Memory Matches

Great for playing alone or with grandchildren, a game of memory matches relies on your recall, specifically your ability to remember where particular items are. Lay out a series of cards, then flip them over and try to create matches. Use a deck of memory cards or use regular playing cards and focus on collecting matching pairs of suits or matching numbers (for instance, two clubs or two sevens).


Chess combines both short-term memory (when novice players are learning the basics) and long-term memory (when veteran players recall strategy). The social component of chess is rewarding, as is the option to build skills. This is a great pick for adults who want a challenging hobby they can perfect in their golden years.

Word Search

Word searches challenge your ability to pick out words from a grid of random letters. Word searches can improve your vocabulary, increase your focus, and boost pattern recognition. The game also delivers a dopamine hit each time you find a word, which can improve your mood.


If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, you’ll find many apps made to boost memory. These are great for on the go learning. Popular memory apps include Lumosity, which helps with problem solving and memory, Brain Trainer, which focuses on memorization, Personal Zen, which decreases stress, Brain Fitness Pro, which boosts focus and cognitive skills, or Eidetic, a spaced repetition tactic that has proven useful for recall.


A social game that also strongly challenges memory, bridge relies on groups of four players. By learning conventions and bidding, you can challenge your memory and relax. As with chess, no two games are identical, so playing bridge offers rewarding challenges throughout your life. Here at Cypress of Hilton Head, bridge is one of the many activities we offer.

As an award-winning retirement community, Cypress of Hilton Head hosts activities designed to support healthy aging. To learn more about our continuing care retirement community, contact us.

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What is Right for Me? Home Care vs. Retirement Community

There may come a time in your life, or in the life of a family member when you have to consider whether aging at home or moving to a retirement community works best for your medical and lifestyle needs. There are pros and cons that accompany each option and deciding which works best for you is a process that should be given a great deal of thought. While some people may believe that working hard to live a healthy and active lifestyle guarantees that you can live out your golden years at home, others understand that life is full of obstacles that could make opting for a comfortable continuing care retirement community the best option. So, which is the right choice for you or your family member?

Making the Choice: Home Care vs. Retirement Community

When the time comes to start considering the best senior care options to fit your needs, there are a couple of main options to choose from including in-home care or making the move to a retirement community.

Home Care

With home care, seniors are able to “age in place” in the comfort of their own home. Helpers are hired to provide daily care for seniors who are living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or any other combination of medical and physical challenges. Some of the benefits of in-home care include:

  • Assistance is provided at home
  • Daily tasks like meal preparation, appointments and transportation are provided
  • Costs are typically charged on an hourly basis
  • Short-term solution
  • Ideal for those who can live independently but require some assistance

When first discussing continued care options, many seniors feel that aging in their current home is the best option for them. However, this option may not be a good choice for those who may need a long-term care solution or access to 24-hour medical care.

Continuing Care Retirement Community

Choosing to live out your golden years in a continuing care retirement community has many benefits. For those who are interested in a more long-term care solution, life in a retirement community is typically a great option. With the comfort of added security, access to 24-hour medical services and a number of different amenities available, this is an option that works for seniors with various medical and lifestyle needs.

Some of the greatest benefits of living in a retirement community include:

  • Maintenance-free living where outdoor chores, household services and other general upkeep is completed by staff
  • On-site medical care is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Continuous care is adaptable to fit your specific medical needs as you age
  • Many wonderful amenities are available including wellness and fitness programs, arts and culture activities, transportation services, round-the-clock security, meal plans and more
  • Seniors enjoy many social opportunities to meet and interact with other community members, with both on-site and off-site activities

While retirement communities are a great long-term care solution, the idea of leaving home can be stressful for seniors and their families. However, after becoming familiar with the many benefits of life at our continuing care retirement community, many seniors find that the combination of security, comfort, amenities and access to medical care are just what they’ve been looking for. And of course, family members are welcome to visit any time.

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Want more information on the benefits of life at our continuing care retirement community? Visit The Cypress of Hilton Head Island online today to schedule a tour.

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How to Avoid the Most Common Health and Holiday Scams

avoid-holiday-scamsWith the holiday season officially upon us, it’s important to take time to educate our residents and their family members on the prevalence of holiday and health scams. As Hilton Head residents prepare for their busiest season, we want to make sure you can enjoy the holidays without incident. While this should be a season for celebration and reflection, there can also be an ugly side to the holidays. Luckily, you don’t have to stop having fun to avoid falling victim to common scams around this time of year. With a few helpful tips and tricks, your holidays can easily go off without a hitch!

Look Out for These Common Holiday and Health Scams

Holiday Travel

If you or a family member is planning to travel during the next few months, there are a few key warning signs to be aware of when booking your trip online. These include:

  • Beware of flight or hotel prices that are considerably less than competitor prices. If you are working with an agent offering insanely lower prices, there may be a need for caution.
  • The only available payment option is for a bank transfer. If you are dealing with a scammer, bank transfer may mean that there is no way to get your money back.
  • Look out for low-resolution or “fuzzy” logos for credit card companies or trade associations.
  • Make sure the web address you’re visiting is legitimate and hasn’t been altered in any way. If the domain name changes from .com to .org, there could be an issue. You can also avoid scams by checking the domain name at to see when it was registered. If it was only registered recently, proceed with caution.
  • Trust your instincts. If something seems like it is too good to be true, chances are it probably is.

Other Holiday Scams

During the holidays, global fraud attempts increase by 31 percent. This means travel scams are not the only thing Hilton Head residents should be aware of. Some of the other popular holiday scams include identity theft, gift-return scams, mobile payment scams and loan fraud.

Health Scams

November marks the beginning of the open enrollment period for health insurance in the US and that means millions of Americans are trying to navigate the complicated system to find the right insurance plan to fit their needs and budget. This also means scammers will be out in full force. To protect yourself during the open enrollment period, it’s important to be aware of common health scams, including:

  • Fake Insurance Policies – Most commonly, individuals will come across fake health care policies when searching online. These scammers are looking for all of the typical information they would need to steal your identity. Beware of handing over social security and bank account numbers on websites that are not official.
  • Medical Discount Card Scams – These cards are often offered as a substitute for health insurance. They promise to give individuals access to discounts on everything from dental work to eye exams but, in reality, they are often useless. Always research a discount card before signing on and never use them to substitute regular health insurance.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

At The Cypress of Hilton Head Island, we want all of our residents and their loved ones to enjoy a happy and stress-free holiday season. For more useful holiday tips or to learn more about life at our continuing care retirement community, be sure to visit our friendly team online today to schedule a tour.

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Enjoy Holiday Festivities in Harbour Town

The holiday season is almost here! Find out what’s going on in Harbour Town to help plan your holiday events.

Harbour Town Lights

holiday-festivities-charlotteThe annual Harbour Town Lights celebration takes place from November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Harbour Town celebrates with a large Christmas tree and holiday light display complete with figurines. During select days, Santa will make an appearance, which makes a memorable experience for your grandchildren. As you walk along the harbor, you’ll take in the beautiful light display and the gorgeous natural setting of the Harbour River. Listen to live music, carolers, and other entertainment as you stroll and take in the lights.

You can purchase handmade ornaments, hot cocoa, and other holiday presents from local craft vendors. The holiday shopping schedule at Harbour Town has yet to be announced, so check in before you head to the lights display if you’re interested in a crafts experience.

Throughout the Harbour Town Lights Celebration, Sea Pines Resorts is collecting food and children’s toys to help brighten the holiday season for those who are less fortunate. Consider bringing canned food or an unwrapped, new children’s toy to spread joy this holiday.

While you’re seeing the lights of Harbour Town, you can take part in other activities offered at the Sea Pines resort. After you’ve worked up an appetite playing golf or tennis, or touring the grounds by horseback, the restaurants located along the harbor offer waterfront dining opportunities and amazing views. Explore five miles of sandy beach, or relax by the onsite swimming pools. Guided activities allow you to go deeper into the environment around the resort. Whether you’re interested in birding, kayaking with dolphins, a sunset wine and cheese tour, equestrian activities, or family-friendly vacation activities, you’ll enjoy the active vacation atmosphere.

Fishing Tournament at Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Also held November 24 is the 15th annual Fishing Tournament at Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Anglers can try their luck fishing bream, bass, or catfish. Enjoy a hot dog and roast marshmallows while watching the friendly competition.

Caramel Apple Festival

The next day, November 25, Heritage Farm at the Sea Pines Resort is hosting a caramel apple festival. Celebrate the autumn weather with apples, games, and crafts while also getting a preview of winter lights.

Open House Jingle Fest

Over on the island side, across from Harbour Town, you’ll find more shopping and holiday fun at the Open House Jingle Fest, scheduled for December 3-5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wander the Main Street shopping corridor munching on complimentary snacks and beverages, while listening to your favorite holiday tunes and getting a head start on your Christmas list.

Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove

From December 1 to January 4, you’ll also be able view the Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove Towne Center. The Dove Street light festival was an annual Hilton Head Island favorite for 20 years, but has been on hiatus since 2010. Guests can walk through the lights while enjoying the Shelter Cove shopping experience and seasonal music.

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If you enjoy visiting Harbour Town and Hilton Head Island over the holidays, consider joining The Cypress of Hilton Head’s luxury independent living community near Hilton Head. Our community offers condominium and townhome living with planned activities, walking trails, assistance, and medical care. If you’d like to schedule a tour or have questions don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Rev Your Engines for The 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival

One of the area’s most exciting events, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, is coming up. This motorsport extravaganza will be held from October 27th through November 5th. This year expect a full daily schedule of activities including a luxury car showcase, an aviation exposition, a black-tie gala, and so much more!

Vehicle Showcase

Hilton-head-motoring-festivalOne of the main highlights of the multi-day event is that visitors get a chance to view a unique collection of automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and aircrafts. In total, over 500 vehicles will be on display throughout the exhibition. The Car Club Expo will take place at Hilton Head Island on November 4th with entries from car clubs throughout the Southeast. Each car club is asked to choose their 10 best vehicles for award consideration.

The Aero Expo at Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation will also be taking place on November 4th. The night prior, the Flights & Fancy gala will take place, both vintage and new aircraft will be on display throughout the event. The gala will take place between the hours of 7 pm and 10 pm with tickets required. Admission price includes dinner and a full bar.

Two-Day Tickets

Many guests choose the two-day ticket option to take advantage of all the events occurring at the Port Royal Golf Club on November 4th and 5th. One of the most unique displays during the exposition is the “Life” expo featuring a range of vehicles that have taken part in 24-hour endurance racing events. There will also be racing boats showcased as part of the festival. On Sunday, the main event at the golf club will be the Concours d’Elegance (French for “competition of elegance”). The most prestigious vehicles in a variety of categories including classics, sport and motorcycles will be on display and judged during this event.

Festival Tips

Throughout the November 4th and November 5th weekend, complimentary shuttles will be running back and forth between the Hilton Head Island Public School Complex and the Port Royal Golf Club. Parking is free and the shuttle ride is approximately 10 minutes. There is plenty of seating for the event, but due to the large number of expected guests, visitors are more than welcome to bring chairs and blankets to use throughout the day to relax. There will be vendors on hand to purchase food and drink items while you attend the showcases and competitions.

The city of Savannah will also be home to many of the festival’s events over the weekend. For instance, An Evening of Cars & Cigars will take place on Thursday, November 2nd at Carolina Cigars with highlights including dinner, an open bar, and two cigars per guest. The biggest draw for the event will be the Savannah Speed Classic taking place over the weekend at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. This event takes place near Savannah’s famous River Street, and offers a road race experience with a detailed look into the logistics of racing. Spectators, drivers, crew and families can all enjoy this event.

The Cypress of Hilton Head is conveniently located nearby the exposition site for this annual event. Many of our residents love the convenience of attending the daily activities and then returning to our luxury community to unwind. For more information about our award-winning continuing care retirement community, give us a call today at 1-888-815-4571.

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Long-Term Care Planning Month: The Perfect Time to Start Thinking About Your Big Decisions

October marks many exciting occasions: the leaves have begun to change, the weather is getting cooler, and the holidays are suddenly right around the corner. However, October also marks Long-Term Care Planning Month, an important annual event with particular significance for those in their golden years.
It’s not always exciting to engage in long-term care planning, but it is a critical step that all senior citizens (and those that care about them) must take to ensure a comfortable and burden-free retirement. With that in mind, here’s what you need to consider as you begin to make plans–and why it’s so important not to put off this process any longer.

The Basics of Long-Term Care

First of all, what exactly is long-term care? Essentially, long-term care is a catch-all term used to refer to the assistance and support that many senior citizens eventually need for the various activities of daily living (often referred to as ADLs). This includes bathing, using the toilet, getting in and out of chairs and beds, dressing and eating. Long-term care typically does not encompass medical treatments or support; it simply refers to the help that retirees need to address normal daily activities that have become more difficult with age.

Why Planning for Long-Term Care is so Important

Making arrangements for your long-term care might not seem like the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, but this planning process is critical for all seniors due to the overall costs typically associated with long-term care. In general, Medicare only covers care directly related to medical issues and rehabilitation from injury or illness; it does not cover non-medical related care including required help with daily living activities. Medicaid, on the other hand, will cover long-term care–but only after the covered individual has completely depleted any assets and with little choice of facility or in-home service providers.

In other words, long-term care can get expensive quickly. Most retirees will need long-term care at some point, but programs like Medicare and Medicaid cannot be relied upon to provide adequate funding for necessary help with daily activities. Too often, the cost of long-term care can be catastrophic for the elderly and their grown children, many of whom are not in a position to provide care directly.

What You Can Do to Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

First and foremost, planning ahead can go a long way to avoiding a financial crisis once long-term care is needed. Seniors of any age can benefit from starting a savings account aimed at covering their eventual long-term care needs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Long-Term Care Planner is a wonderful starting point for seniors and their family members looking to find out more about long-term care planning with resources such as insurance options, care calculators, and guides on how to talk to your family about long-term planning.

Those retirees who are generally in good health might consider Long-Term Care Insurance. These insurance policies are tailored specifically to help senior citizens who need help with everyday activities and typically cover most to all of the covered person’s long-term care costs–and specifically the non-medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

As the average American lives longer and longer, taking the time to plan your long-term care can go a long way toward relieving yourself, your spouse and your children of the difficulties associated with daily living care in retirement.

Our goal at Cypress of Hilton Head is to craft a lively, fun-loving atmosphere for our active retirees. Located within a stunning waterfront neighborhood, the Cypress of Hilton Head’s continuing care retirement community aims to provide a county club-like setting to promote an active lifestyle for our residents in retirement. To find out more about our complete suite of amenities, activities and services, please contact us today.

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Ways to Flex Your Writing Muscles


Have you ever stopped and considered how you are exercising your mind? There are a variety of activities you can partake in to keep your brain sharp; including working on a puzzle, playing music, or practicing a sport. However, there is one additional activity that should be added to that list: writing. In fact, not only can grabbing a pen and paper help keep your mind in tip top shape, it can also contribute to happiness, encourage creative thinking, foster relationships, and help communication skills. Here are some tips on how to enjoy writing and ways to incorporate it into your daily life.


Write Positive Thoughts

Once a day, sit down for five to ten minutes and write about things you are thankful for, or positive moments from your day. If you’re having trouble getting started take a look at positive writing prompts. This could be writing about something as simple as someone holding the door open for you at the store while your hands were full, or striking up a nice conversation with a teller at the bank. Have you ever heard the saying, “There is always something to be thankful for”? Focus on that question when you are writing. Research shows that positive thinking boosts your health and improves your work.

Start a Blog

Starting a blog is a fantastic way to share your passions. The best part about blogging is you can write about anything, whether it be about times spent with family or sharing your favorite home cooked recipes. Many blog sites allow readers to leave comments and ask additional questions; allowing you to connect with others who are interested in similar topics as you. While there are blog sites that cost money, here is a list that includes free sites to get you started.

Write to Family & Friends

Is there a friend or family member you have been thinking about recently? Reach out to them by writing a letter. Ask them how they have been and catch up on past memories together. This could even lead to grabbing a bite to eat together and rekindling an old friendship. While life has become very digital, trading in your keyboard for a pen could help you feel more relaxed. Also – who doesn’t love getting personal notes in the mail these days?

Become a Pen Pal

There are so many unique cultures around the world. If you are interested in connecting with someone new, consider becoming an international pen pal. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about a new culture, you’ll be able to flex your writing muscles! Oftentimes, you can choose someone who is in a similar age group as you, mentor a young adult, or connect with someone who shares your love of gardening or golf. The choices are truly endless. In addition, becoming an international pen pal gives all parties involved the opportunity to learn a new language. How cool is that?

At the Cypress of Hilton Head, we believe in taking part in activities that foster one on one connections and share a smile. That’s why we encourage members at our exclusive retirement community to enjoy activities that allow creative thinking. If you’re interested in learning more about our “not your grandma’s” retirement community, where we emphasize active living, contact us today.

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