Friday, May 31, 2013

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO, Offers Tips for Making Friends in Retirement

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO since 2001, has worked with older adults for more than a decade. Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure, and its staff have witnessed the benefits of social interactions and friendships well into the golden years. Making new friends later in life is often necessary due to lifestyle change or moving to warmer climates, confirms Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO. In earlier years, friends could be made at work, or at a child’s soccer game or school program. In retirement, it’s a little different, but a new friend can be found around every corner with a little perseverance, Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure advises.

Volunteer with an organization

Volunteering is an excellent way to meet like-minded people, says Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO. Find an organization you relate to, then call or check the group’s website for volunteer opportunities. As Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure explains, there’s a good chance others will also be volunteering just like you. If you volunteer regularly with the same organization, you will begin to form bonds with other volunteers and the staff in many cases, explains Kelley Hamilton. Bonaventure seniors regularly volunteer at local schools, hospitals and theaters, and have made many friendships through these efforts. More than making friends, volunteering offers the added benefit of sharing skills and expertise with organizations doing good in the community, notes Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure.

Get a dog and go for a walk

When moving to a new retirement community, a dog can help you meet your neighbors, says Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure. A dog will force you to take regular walks around the neighborhood, where you will likely bump into several neighbors and other dog owners. As Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO, explains, a dog can really help start conversations and put you in front of the same people regularly, thus forming new bonds.

Do what you love

Another great way to meet new people and make friends is to keep up with familiar hobbies in your new surroundings, explains Kelley Hamilton. Bonaventure seniors regularly knit together, go golfing or biking, or tend gardens. In your new community, continue to bike, walk and golf regularly. Through regular routines, you will end up encountering many of the same people. After several interactions, people begin to form friendships, confirms Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO. In addition to doing what you love, consider exploring new interests, advises Kelley Hamilton. Bonaventure seniors and others alike benefit from trying activities they have always wanted to do, but have never gotten around to doing, such as taking a photography class, learning to ballroom dance, or joining a water aerobics class. By engaging in these new activities, you will be exposed to a whole new group of future friends, says Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO.

Just ask

While making friends later in life can be awkward and uncomfortable, as Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure explains, friendships and social support groups are essential to living vitally. Research has proven that people with strong social interactions can actually live longer. So, get out there and ask the neighbor over for dinner, and accept invitations to events that may not seem so interesting. With a little work, friendships will begin to grow and flourish, says Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bonaventure CEO Kelley D. Hamilton Says Centenarians Share Some Surprising Commonalities

From gender to living arrangements, an overwhelming majority of those who live past 100 tend to have a few key shared traits, reports Kelley D. Hamilton.

According to Kelley D. Hamilton, active and fair-skinned females cohabitating with others in populated beach towns may have the most longevity of any demographic. As reported by 2010 Census Bureau data, the centenarian population has increased by some 20,000 individuals since 1980. Kelley D. Hamilton explains the data also reveals clues as to who is living past the ten-decade mark.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kelley D. Hamilton on the Benefits of Returning to School After 50

Going back to school is an increasingly popular decision among retirees. There are many benefits and advantages to college as a senior citizen. Mental acuity and social interaction are important in senior years and going back to school can provide both. Kelley D. Hamilton, Bonaventure Senior Living CEO, expounds on the virtues for seniors considering furthering their education. 

Q: Are there any financial benefits for seniors considering going back to school?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Many colleges and universities offer free or reduced-cost classes as well as tuition cuts and waivers.

Q: How can returning to school help with social interaction if everyone else is younger? 

Kelley D. Hamilton: There are many, many older students. Also, age is no barrier to friendship. The simple act of chatting between classes helps with social interaction.

Q: Is there a sense of personal fulfillment involved here?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Absolutely! Seniors who finally have the time to learn something they are really interested in gain an amazing feeling of fulfillment.

Q: How does returning to school help cognitive abilities? 

Kelley D. Hamilton: The stimuli around seniors in school make the mind more alert and focused.

Q: What about computers and technology? Will seniors be capable of keeping up? 

Kelley D. Hamilton: Of course! Studies have shown seniors who learn computer skills and modern communication techniques are mentally healthier and less depressed.

Q: What other ways does going back to school benefit seniors? 

Kelley D. Hamilton: I think you could say the need to be needed is an unusual benefit to school. Adults have an ingrained need to be needed and attending school with younger people often allows seniors to impart their personal experience and knowledge to others.

Q: Is it harder for seniors to attend college than younger people? 

Kelley D. Hamilton: In some ways it is easier. Older people are able to focus their attention when needed. They don’t have the heady sensation of new found freedom distracting their attention.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kelley D. Hamilton - Seniors Reach Amazing Heights in New Millennium

Today’s seniors are far different from any other generation. They stay active longer, mentally and physically, enabling them to accomplish much of their dreams from younger years. No longer does hitting that 60-year-old mark mean it’s time to break out the knitting needles. Kelley D. Hamilton, CEO of Bonaventure Senior Living, expounds on the amazing seniors of the new millennium.

Q: Is it realistic to believe seniors can accomplish phenomenal feats?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes! Many of the world’s most incredible feats have been accomplished by seniors over the years. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of Little House on the Prairie fame did not publish her first book until age 68.

Q: What if they have had problems like hip injuries? Would that make a difference?

Kelley D. Hamilton: It all depends on the senior citizen. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 93-year-old yoga instructor who had hip surgery and was told she’d never be able to do yoga again. Today she is regularly in the lotus pose and took up ballroom dancing a month after surgery.

Q: What do geriatric specialists say on the subject?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Geriatric specialists are saying longevity among seniors is the new normal. Increased activity should be expected.

Q: How long can seniors stay active?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Again, that’s entirely dependent upon the senior, but specialists report increased activity way into the 80s and 90s.

Q: Are there any records held by active seniors?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Sure, there are many. Ninety-two-year-old Canadian senior Olga Kotelko holds more than 20 track and field event records. She has been the subject of many studies aimed at her unusual endurance.

Q: Can seniors participate in marathons and triathlons?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Definitely! Seniors can and have entered marathons and triathlons in their 70s, 80s and even 90s.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Kelley D Hamilton Q&A - Bonaventure Senior Living

Q: Where do you see Bonaventure going in 2013?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We feel pretty good about things, really. We opened Bonaventure communities in Castle Rock, Colorado and Salem, Oregon last year, bringing our entire portfolio up to 37, with over 80 percent of both of those new communities already pre-leased.

Q: Do you plan to expand the company’s presence in Colorado?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, we’re building a new community in Colorado Springs and are also looking at building closer to home in Oregon and Washington in 2013. We anticipate 2013 is going to be a great year.

Q: Tell us a little bit about the history of Bonaventure.

Kelley D. Hamilton: Well, when we started back in 1999, we were called Mountain West Retirement Corporation. We started out with just two small assisted living communities. Since then, we’ve expanded and focused on multi-use campuses that are rich in features and ensure resident satisfaction.

Q: You have three separate groups, correct?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, we have a core executive team, and then Bonaventure Senior Living, Bonaventure Senior Housing and Bonaventure Construction. Each organization has its own responsibilities within the whole.

Q: What are your metrics on resident satisfaction?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Glad you asked, because they’re easy to define and we’re very proud of them. For six years in a row, 9 out of 10 residents would happily recommend Bonaventure to a friend or family member. Our regular communication with our residents and their families ensures that we’re living up to our motto of, “Live Life on Your Terms.”

Q: Why do you think Bonaventure has been so successful?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We’re genuinely tuned into the resident’s needs. We set up town hall meetings and invite input, and make quarterly resident satisfaction surveys available. Our staff has a culture of accountability and responsibility, meaning that those inputs make their way back up the ladder to management and we respond to them.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kelley D. Hamilton Suggests Hobbies for Active Seniors

Bonaventure CEO Kelley D. Hamilton has had extensive experience with older adults in his career. If there’s one thing that Kelley D. Hamilton has experienced about the residents of Bonaventure, it’s the fact that they love being able to pursue hobbies once they have the free time available. Hobbies are more than a way for seniors to stave off boredom, says Kelley D. Hamilton; they’re often a passion and a love that was long deferred.

Kelley D. Hamilton suggests a few hobbies for senior adults with some extra time in their lives:

Genealogy – It’s important to know what your ancestry is, and where your family’s roots lie. Online resources have made it much, much easier to do the detective work, and seniors often find out much about their backgrounds that they did not know.

Travel – Kelley D. Hamilton notes that travel doesn’t necessarily mean expensive overseas vacations. For seniors on limited budgets, weekend trips or short vacations are a great option, and are a great way to expand horizons.

The Internet – Each generation of internet browsers and operating systems get a little easier to use, notes Kelley D. Hamilton. Seniors who get acquainted with the Internet often love it when they find out how much information is available at their fingertips. Seniors are also one of the fastest-growing groups for social media, as they reconnect with friends and family and find like-minded older adults who share their interests.

Art and Music – The arts are a classic hobby for seniors, says Kelley D. Hamilton. Often adults have an itch to express themselves in ways that they always felt they never had time for. Painting, learning an instrument, sculpting or writing often unlocks a muse that seniors had hidden away for years and years. According to Kelley D. Hamilton, “it’s never too late to do what you really enjoy.”

Monday, April 1, 2013

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