The Villages Florida

Why You Might Want a Place at The Villages

The Villages is a near-famous retirement destination located just one hour north of Orlando in Sumter County, Florida.

Known as the “Friendliest Neighborhood in America” The Villages is currently home to a retiree population of over 125,000 people.

The community offers much more than just golf courses and lap pools to keep their residents happy.

For 5 years running, 55Places.com has ranked The Villages as the number one most popular active adult communities in the county.

Between the social clubs, live entertainment, and tight-knit community atmosphere, it is impossible to be bored.

Here are a few reasons why you should have The Villages on your radar:

It’s Growing 

The Villages has grown 33% between 2010 and 2017, and for 2 years in a row, it has been ranked as the country’s fastest-growing city.

Just recently, The Villages acquired an additional 5,600 acres of land for the development of over 22,000 new single-family homes, new business space, and undoubtedly new golf courses for the current and future residents.

Live Entertainment 

The Villages entertainment

It would be amazing for a city to offer live music every day of the year.

Well, The Villages puts on three live music performances every day of the year, and they’re all free!

The city schedules and books over 1,000 live performances for the city residents to provide them a fun, active, and lively environment to socialize.

The Golf is Out of This World 

Golf at The VillagesThe Villages is very famous for its wide variety of golfing opportunities.

A unique aspect of The Villages is that simply by being a resident, you’re offered a free membership to all of their country club facilities.

This includes over 11 championship golf courses, all available for you at your own scheduling.

For those who are new to the sport, there are top-notch academies to help bring your game up to par.

There Are Over 2,500 Active Social Clubs

You read that right. There are over 2,500 unique social clubs active and available in the Villages.

So many options ensure that staying active is a priority for the residents in this community.

Whether you like singing, dancing, gardening, fishing, canoeing, running, pottery, or jazz, there is something for everyone.

Live Polo

Polo at The VillagesThe Villages Polo club offers an experience to the residents and attracts some of the largest crowds for the sport in the entire country.

The facility sits on over 250 acres and has first-class facilities.

Competitors come from around the world to entertain over 30,000 attendees per year.

If you’ve never seen a polo match before, you’ll be in for an exciting spectacle.

It Has its Own Culture

From singles to artists to veterans, or dancers, The Villages is truly a potluck community.

The city tends to embrace your individuality and offer you platforms to live life on your own terms.

That inclination towards individuality is best expressed in the golf-cart culture of The Villages.

Golf Carts at The Villages

Golf carts are the preferred means of transportation in this city, and everyone has theirs decorated according to their own taste. It’s a cool fun testament to the unique culture found only in this community.

Town Squares

The founder of The Villages Harold Schwartz believes in the idea of a gathering place for friends, family, and fun.

The Villages offers three Town Squares where you can find live music, food, shopping, and a guaranteed great time.

Each Square is a little different, once again showing that in The Villages there is truly something for everyone.

Need some help keeping your loved one active?

If you have a loved one and simply don’t have as much time as you’d like to help them stay active, call Papa today and request a Papa Pal to help.

Our Pals love to spend quality with the members of our Papa Pal Community. Social engagement and staying active are two proven ways to help improve the quality of an elderly person’s life. Let us help today!


Loneliness: More than an Emotional Condition

Loneliness is considered by many to be a new-coming epidemic in the United States.

There is no subset of the population more impacted by this than our senior citizens.

This is because of both the rate of seniors impacted by loneliness (25% of people aged 70+) and the drastic physical impacts loneliness can have on the aged.

Many studies show that loneliness has a strong correlation with heart conditions, diabetes, mental illness and more.

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This is because the human body responds to loneliness in the same way it responds to chronic stress.

Hormones that inhibit the body’s immune responses are released and trigger physical reactions like inflammation.

In fact, it’s been proven that regarding mortality, loneliness has a negative effect greater than the smoking of 15 cigarettes a day.

What Causes Loneliness?

It’s difficult to conclude in each specific example what the absolute cause of loneliness can be.

For most of our loved ones, it is a culmination of circumstances. Major life events have been shown to increase the vulnerability a senior may have towards loneliness.

The death of a friend or spouse, moving to a new home, or a family member moving away are all major shakeups that can trigger loneliness.

The situation often worsens as seniors go through sensory or mobility impairments these issues can create feelings of desolation and solitude.

Even typical caregivers can often be faced with these realities and unable to properly assist in helping their loved ones escape this mental condition.

Often caregivers are worn out from assisting with 100 other responsibilities, and simply don’t have the fuel left to fully engage with their loved ones beyond surface-level conversations that don’t leave anyone fulfilled.

This is where Papa can offer a chance for a brighter tomorrow.

Alleviating Loneliness with Papa

Papa Pals can bring a fresh face and a renewed sense of energy and purpose into the caregiving role.

They can be the additional hands on deck, and the loving friend that everyone wants for their aging loved ones.

Specific strategies that Papa Pals can enact to help your loved ones are:

A deep conversation with an emphasis on listening

Papa Pals don’t have a laundry list of jobs or tasks demanding their attention.

When they are called on, they are 100% committed to the task of providing love and assistance to your loved one.

Be the student

Studies show that seniors respond well when their knowledge and wisdom is passed down.

This can be as simple as a Papa Pal asking a loved one to teach them how to knit or asking about what he or she did in their career.

Encouragement

Encouragement can be an incredible tool in alleviating loneliness for seniors.

It can help move them gently towards a new social activity with others, or into a place of expressing themselves that allows them to feel fulfilled and authentic.

Papa wants to do everything to help bring your loved ones a brighter tomorrow. Call us at 1-800-348-7951 to schedule a trusted companion to hang out and get out of that lonely shell.


7 Ideas For This Father's Day

Father’s Day is a wonderful time of the year. Husbands and Dads have a day to be celebrated, and we get to do something special to show them appreciation and create joy in their life. Papa wants to be a part of that!

Father’s Day is an opportunity to show gratitude to our dads, make the day theirs, and celebrate all that they’ve done for us.

Unfortunately, the reality for some is that we don’t live as close to our elderly loved ones as we’d like.

For those seniors, these holiday times can be lonely, but Papa can be the source of physical companionship and celebration that brightens their holiday.

Our passionate Papa Pals want to make sure your Papa gets the love they so very much deserve, even if you can’t be there yourself.

A Papa Pal can be the hug that you send to your dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day, or the heartwarming smile that makes their holiday special.

Wish you could see the look on your dad’s face as he reads your Father’s Day Card? Even better, you can wish him one with the grandchildren by your side as you look into his eyes via a Facetime call that our Papa Pals would be more than happy to help coordinate.

When we celebrate Father’s Day it’s important to do more than just the standard phone call and card.

We at Papa think they deserve an entire day. Start with a homemade breakfast or brunch reservation, break out the cards, and get going on an adventurous day your father will remember all the way through next year.

Papa Pals can help with all the above, and if you need some recommendations on other activities you or your Papa Pal can enjoy with dad, see our favorites below:

Nature Trails 

Take a peaceful stroll with your dad and take a few hours to talk, observe nature, and enjoy each other’s company.

Matinee Movie 

It’s so rare we get to enjoy a movie with our elderly loved ones, Father’s Day is a perfect opportunity to make the trip.

Go out to eat

If you had breakfast at home, take your dad to lunch with a view. Maybe one of his favorite places he doesn’t get to go to so often anymore.

Look through photo albums

Seniors HIking

Nothing beats reminiscing about great family memories, and Father’s Day is a perfect excuse to do just that.

Sporting Event 

Depending on your location, odds are you can catch a baseball game this time of year, and they’ll probably be celebrating Father’s Day at the stadium too.

Walk around a local Farmer’s Market

Between the people, food, and rustle & bustle, a farmer’s market can be a great place for a fun-filled day with dad.

Museum

For dads who prefer a quieter, more artistic setting; a day at the museum will be time well spent.

How do you celebrate Father’s Day? Is there anything special we can help make happen in you or your loved one’s life?

Let us know by following us on social media, commenting, and staying involved with Papa. Call us today: 1-800-348-7951


Senior Transportation

Social Transportation: Rides for Seniors

One of the most important things you can offer an elderly loved one is companionship, and one of the greatest needs of our elderly friends and family is transportation.

Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment, our loved ones have places to go and things to do.

Social transportation is the Papa way of bringing both companionship and transportation into the mix.

Imagine this...

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Valeria and Olga

Your loved one has a doctor’s appointment for Tuesday early in the afternoon.

They could also use some groceries to stock up their fridge, pick up some paper towels, and they also can’t forget to grab a card for a family member’s upcoming birthday.

You, the caregiver, have a big meeting that same day and have already called out of work multiple times this month.

Rescheduling the doctor’s appointment is always a possibility, but what if it’s something urgent? What would you do?

Practically speaking, you could always order a taxi, or an Uber for your loved one.

Realistically though, is that safe? What if something were to happen during the ride that made your loved ones feel uncomfortable?

Beyond that, does it give your loved one the care and companionship they really need?

The Uber driver is going to pick them up, say hi, and drop them off. The taxi driver certainly isn’t going to assist your loved one to the door of their doctor’s visit or help them get from store to store to get what they need.

However, our Papa Pals will not only get your loved ones to the door of their doctor’s office, but they stay with them until the visit is over, while being a compassionate friend.

Afterward, they can take them to the grocery store, the drug store, or wherever else they need to go, carrying their bags along the way.

Wouldn’t that be a better solution for everyone?

Our Papa Pals are a committed team of soon-to-be nurses and college-goers who are mostly looking to enter the healthcare industry.

Papa Pals are more reliable than an Uber or a Taxi service, and more importantly, we care.

We care that your loved one not only gets to where they need to go but has fun doing it too.

Papa Pals understand the pressures that can come from being a caregiver on top of having a full-time job and other responsibilities. We aren’t just doing this to make a living; we’re doing this to make a difference.

Papa Pals are committed to providing door-to-door transportation with safety and compassion as our key focuses.

We believe that having fun and socializing with your elderly loved ones is critical in providing them the highest quality of life we can.

Papa offers an affordable alternative to full-time nursing and home care. Within that service, we are thrilled to offer elderly transportation as an alternative to simply relying on ride-sharing services. That’s our idea of Social Transportation.

Who says grocery shopping can’t be fun? Call us today at 1(800)-348-7951 and let Papa help you today.