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Golf Clubs For Seniors

Golf truly is a game for a lifetime and modern advances in golf equipment have kept seniors playing the game they love for longer. But whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, it is a game where the appeal never fades. In this article, we are going to talk about the various categories of clubs. Although we will not be recommending particular brands, the information will be very useful in making your next golf purchases.

Senior Does Not Mean Senior Or Does it?

Just because you are getting on in years it does not mean you automatically need senior flex shafts in your clubs. But if your clubhead speed has lessened over the years, how you assemble your set of clubs may be the key to lower scores. Known as “set make-up” – it really comes down to putting the clubs in your bag that give you the best chance of playing well. The late Arnold Palmer played golf against the kids on the PGA Tour well into his seventies as well as playing senior golf. One of his secrets was he adapted his equipment. He put more flexible shafts in his clubs, increased the loft on his driver, added some fairway woods and hybrids as well as oversized cavity back irons, wedges he felt comfortable with and rocked the modern putter for many years. Let’s look at each category of equipment for some ideas. By the way, although you can buy new and get totally custom fitted, there is now a burgeoning used golf club market, especially online. You can save money and still get great playing golf clubs!


The USGA (United States Golf Association) has set rules regarding the flexibility of driver faces so any top make driver made after 2010 or so should have a similar amount of face flexing. The 4 things the senior should look for are these:

1. Loft. Loft is your friend in golf. The Chances are you do not hit the ball as far as you used too. And yes, you may still be able to hit it out there 250 yards, but it is a fair bet the average is a lot less. A way to pick up some additional yards is to improve the “carry” distance on your tee shots and more loft helps you to do that. A lot of manufacturers offer Drivers in the 12-15 degree range of loft and they are definitely worth checking out if you can leave your ego alone!

2. Shaft length and weight. Many drivers are 46 inches long, yet the average driver length on the PGA Tour is 44.5 inches long. If you try a shorter driver, you will surprise yourself how much easier it is to hit the sweet spot and gain yardage by trimming an inch to an inch and a half off the grip end. It will not really impact the shaft flex but you can always add a little lead tape to the head if you like (one of Arnold Palmer’s tricks!)

3. Face Angle. Nowadays many drivers come with adjustable face angles to help counteract a tendency to hook or slice the ball. If you are a slicer, some manufacturers offer drivers with offset heads to reduce the slice and improve the launch angle of the ball.

4. Head size. There are some seniors who are just not comfortable with the 400cc to 460cc head size on modern drivers. Although you will give up a little distance on all but the purest hits, looking at some old school titanium club heads in the 250cc to 350cc range may help you find some confidence you can square the club up at impact. This may be especially the case if the shaft is also shortened and the loft is at least 11 degrees. Another bonus is these clubs are often less than $20!

Fairway Woods And Hybrids

Much of what can be said for drivers can also apply to fairway woods. Unless you can hit a 3 wood higher than a one level house, it is a club you probably do not need unless you play in a climate with very firm fairways where you may be able to eek out some yardage because of the roll. A 5 wood (hugely popular on all tours these days) will probably work better for you. Look for one with 18 or 19 degrees of loft and for the average sized person, a shaft of no more than 42 inches. A 7 wood and or a 9 wood (with between 21 and 24 degrees of loft) is also a great club for the senior to use as they work very well out of the rough as well as the fairway and tee box. The 5 wood can replace a 1-2 iron, a 7 wood, a 3-4 iron and a 9 wood a 4-5 iron. If you are looking for additional height, a shallow faced club may help, if you are using them more off the tee and from the rough, a slightly deeper face may help. Hybrids are iron replacements and are usually slimmed down looking hollow headed clubs designed to replace the longer irons. For most seniors a 1,2, or 3 iron is not a user friendly club but adding a 5 or 7/9 Wood combo and starting with a couple of hybrids in the 4 or 5 Irons can make the game a lot easier. You can even buy iron sets entirely made from hybrids. These are not “cheater clubs.” Lot’s of top notch players of all ages often have two or more in the bag.

Irons And Wedges

Assuming you have added a wood or a hybrid or two, your longest iron will probably be a 5 or a 6 iron. Cavity backed irons that spread their weight around the perimeter of the club is the way to go. Buying new or used, one of the most important things to get right is the lie angle (how the club is soled at impact with the ball.) Most golf clubs can be bent a couple of degrees in the neck area and with the help of a professional club fitter, this small adjustment to your irons may make shots a lot more accurate. Modern golf clubs are lofted stronger than clubs from the past. a Pitching Wedge in 1995 had around 48 degrees of loft, today 44 or 45 is commonplace as most sets now come with a Gap Wedge, an additional wedge of around 50 degree of loft before you get to the sand wedge (usually with around 56 degrees of loft.) Looking at some of the super senior professional golfers, it is notable, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino and many others do not carry a 60 degree wedge (also known as a Lob Wedge) so although you may want to carry one if you have a lot of hills and carries over sand traps around the greens on your home course, it is not by any stretch mandatory. A good sand wedge needs “bounce” on the sole (the number of degrees the back of the leading edge sits lower than the front of the leading edge.) If you play in wet conditions with a lot of fluffy sand in the bunkers, a sand wedge with 12 to 15 degrees of bounce is ideal. If you play on a course that is firm under foot with less sand in the traps, a sand wedge with 9 to 12 degrees of bounce will be a better weapon.


There is so much personal choice among putters. But whether you choose a traditional blade or centershaft putter, a Ping style heel to toe putter or one of the large and fashionable MOI putters, two things to look for. Most putters are too long for the user. You can cut it down and add weight with lead tape but take your putting stroke, see a professional and make sure your eyes are comfortable over the ball and then the right length of putter can be fathomed for you. Whatever design you choose, you will find a head weight that just feels ideal. Have fun trying different putters out and remember there are plenty of great putters on the used market!

Shafts And Grips

Modern graphite shafts do not have the performance issues of graphite from the 1980’s but it is amazing to hear experienced golfers still say silly things like: “Graphite turns the club into a hook machine” or “It has too much torque.” From a scientific viewpoint, that is simply not the case any more with decent quality graphite shafts the major manufacturers use. With its lighter weight, graphite should be a must for a seniors in their woods and hybrids and probably their irons as well. Most off the rack wedges come with “Wedgeflex” shafts, these are inevitably stiff shafted. Throughout his career, Jack Nicklaus used a sand wedge with a soft flex shaft and even if you keep steel in the wedges, having them reshafted with a more flexible shaft can help a great deal. You do not have to go with senior flex but it is a fact most american male amateur golfers use stiff flex because of their ego, when a regular or even senior flex club may help them better. Try out different shafts with a competent club fitter and you may surprise yourself.  Whatever grip you like the feel of can be assembled to suit your grip. If you have arthritis in your hands, the grip can be built up – many top senior pros do this to eliminate the grip taper on the lower half of the grip and to help with the vibration of the club at impact if they get sore and stiff hands.

Putting It All Together

Let’s take the example of Tom. Tom is a 65 year old male golfer with a swingspeed of 84 mph with a driver and 67 mph with a 6 Iron. His handicap is 12. He does not hit the ball as high or as far as he once used too. But he uses good course management and hits the ball pretty straight. He carries a 12 handicap and is capable of shooting 81-83 on a regular basis on a 6,100 yard par 72 golf course. Here is a suggested set make-up for him using senior flex shafts in the clubs:

Driver: 300-460cc (based on personal preference) driver head with 12-14 degrees of loft.

Wood: 5 Wood with 18 to 19 degrees of loft.

Hybrids: 4 and 5 Hybrids to replace the 4 and 5 Irons.

Irons: 6,7,8,9, Pitching Wedge and Gap Wedge – same model, same shaft.

Sand Wedge: 56 degrees with 12 degrees of bounce with a shaft, be it steel or graphite, of a similar flex profile to the other clubs.

Putter: Whatever he chooses!

That is only 12 clubs! The rules allow you 14 and you may find you do not need them but this set up gives you the room to add an additional fairway wood, maybe a 6 Hybrid Iron or a 60 degree wedge!
If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

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Ten Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Ten Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer

Memory loss that interferes with day-to-day life could be a symptom or sign of Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. This is a type of brain disease which leads to a slow decrease in someone’s memory, thinking and reasoning abilities. Here are ten signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. When you recognize any of them, don’t disregard them. Schedule a doctor’s appointment.

Memory loss that interferes with day-to-day life

A more general sign of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in the early stage, is not retaining recently learned information. Others comprise of not remembering pivotal dates or events, constantly asking the same questions, and increasingly requiring to rely on memory aids or relatives for things they used to deal with by themselves.

What is a typical age-related change?
Sometimes not remembering places or appointments but recalling them later.

Difficulty in planning or problem solving

Many individuals living with dementia might undergo changes in their ability to create and follow a plan or use numbers. They might have difficulty following an everyday recipe or keeping track of their month to month bills. They might have difficulty focusing and taking a lot longer to accomplish things than they did previously.

What is a typical age-related change?
Making periodic errors when dealing with finances or household bills.

Challenges completing familiar duties

Individuals that have Alzheimer’s sometimes find it difficult to complete everyday duties. Often, they might have difficulty driving to a familiar place, comprising a grocery list or recalling the rules of a beloved game.

What is a typical age-related change?
Sometimes requiring help to use the microwave or to DVR a TV show.

Perplexed with time or place

Individuals that are living with Alzheimer’s may lose track of dates, the seasons and the passing of time. They might have trouble comprehending something if it isn’t happening right away. Occasionally they might forget where they are or the matter in which they got there.

What is a typical age-related change?
Feeling confused about what day of the week it is but figuring it out later.

Difficulty comprehending visual images and dimensional relationships

For some individuals, having vision issues is a sign of Alzheimer’s. This might lead to trouble keeping balance or difficulty reading. They might also have issues judging distance and distinguishing color or contrast, causing problems with driving.

What is a typical age-related change?
Vision changes associated to cataracts.

New issues with words when speaking or writing

Individuals living with Alzheimer’s might have issues following or joining conversations. They might stop mid-conversation and have no concept how to continue or they might repeat what they’ve said. They might have difficulty with vocabulary, have difficulty naming a familiar object or use the wrong name (for example referring to a “watch” as a “hand clock”).

What is a typical age-related change?
Sometimes having difficulty finding the correct word.

Misplacing items and having difficulty retracing steps

An individual living with Alzheimer’s can put items in unusual places. They might forget where they put things and are not able to go retrace their steps to find the item again. They could blame others of taking them, particularly as the disease advances.

What is a typical age-related change?
Misplacing items occasionally and retracing their steps to find them.

Reduced or bad judgment

A person living with Alzheimer’s might experience changes in judgment or making decisions. For instance, they might use bad judgment when handling finances or be less attentive to grooming or maintaining their cleanliness.

What is a typical age-related change?
Making bad decisions or mistakes occasionally, like disregarding to change the car’s oil.

Withdrawing from work or social affairs

An individual living with Alzheimer’s disease might experience changes in the capability to engage in or follow conversations. consequently, they might withdraw from leisure and/or, social activities or other engagements. They might have trouble following favorite team or keeping up with an activity.

What is a typical age-related change?
Occasionally feeling disinterested in relatives or social commitments.

Changes in temperament and personality

A person living with Alzheimer’s might experience temperament and personality changes. They may become confused, suspect, depressed, fearful, or nervous. They might be easily distressed when at home, with friends or when out of their sanctum.

What is a typical age-related change?
Devising a very particular ways of doing things and getting irritated when a routine is disturbed.

Find Quality Independent Living, Assisted Living, & Memory Care In Arizona

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Strength Training For Older Adults

Strength Training For Older Adults

From time to time we feature an interview that is worth quoting in full. Such an interview is one with Dr. Roger Fielding on Strength Training for Older Adults. Below is the text from the interview at the News In Health website. You can find the original at: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2020/03/dr-roger-fielding-strength-training-older-adults

Disclaimer: You should speak with a medical professional before undergoing any exercise regime. Use proper safety precautions and have assistance available when you exercise.

NIHNiH: Are the benefits of strength training different for different age groups?

Fielding: The benefits of strength training across the lifespan are relatively similar. But as people get older, there’s a progressive decline in the amount of muscle mass and muscle strength.

So as we age, I think it’s even more important to consider incorporating some strength training into our physical activity routine, to either slow down the progression of that decline or to some extent prevent it from occurring.

NIHNiH: How does strength training help older adults live independently?

Fielding: There’s a very close relationship between the loss of muscle strength with aging and the development of mobility limitations and poor physical functioning. As people lose muscle mass and muscle strength, they begin to develop problems with their ability to walk, their ability to get up from a chair, to climb a flight of stairs. And those changes can reach a point where people lose their ability to be living independently.

Interventions that can prevent that loss in muscle mass and strength as people age may be able to delay or prevent people from losing their independence.… The most robust type of exercise training to prevent the loss of muscle strength and the loss of muscle mass is strength training.

NIHNiH: What would you say to an older adult who feels unsure about how to start strength training?

Fielding: The first thing to remember is that some exercise or a little bit of exercise or physical activity is better than no exercise and no physical activity. So anything you can do is going to have benefits that are real and sustainable.

More and more, there are programs at local gymnasiums, local health clubs, and accessible gyms like the YMCA and other organizations that are very targeted for older people. So if people are intimidated, I would suggest they look to see if there are programs like that in their community that might be more friendly and more accessible and welcoming to their age and their demographic.

There are also some strength training activities that can be done with things like ankle weights, or using your body weight and a chair. So there are some strength training activities that don’t really require specialized equipment or going to a gymnasium, that people can do to start off with.

They may ultimately progress to getting strong enough that they might want to go to a gym or a community program where there’s a bit more challenge. But there are certainly things that you can do in your home that are very scalable and accessible that don’t involve going to the gym.

NIHNiH: What are some tips for staying motivated with a new strength-training program?

Fielding: Ask yourself: Why do you want to do this? Like, you want to go on a four-mile hike or be able to play in the yard with your grandchildren or start playing a sport again. Goal setting can be really useful in trying to keep people motivated to stay with a program of physical activity.

It’s also important to find something that you really like to do and can make part of your daily routine, activities, or behaviors. If you’re somebody who absolutely loathes going to the gym, signing up for a gym membership is not going to be the right strategy for you. But getting some hand weights and some ankle weights that you can use at home, in a place where you’re very comfortable, may be something that’s going to get you motivated to start.

Some people really like to exercise with a friend or partner, or with a group of people. In that case, finding someone that you want to embark on a strength training program with can also be a really good way to keep you adherent and keep you motivated. The important thing is finding something that works for you.

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

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For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

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Physical Games For Seniors

Physical Games For Seniors

Most seniors love to stay active. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, activity is vital in independent and assisted living facilities. With a plethora of exercises and games available across the state, we’ve hand-picked some of the best physical games for seniors.


Yoga is the perfect activity for the indoors or outdoors-man. This is a highly effective practice for senior citizens. Yoga is comprised of controlled body positions and stretches, with a goal of physical and mental well-being. The activity is perfect for participants looking to attain deep spiritual tranquility. This is one hobby that is great for the body and soul!

Health Benefits

There are numerous health benefits for yoga participants. Weight loss is, of course, at the top of the list. With the possible weight loss comes a more balanced metabolism, with a lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure. But, that’s not all! Yoga can result in increased muscle strength, flexibility and better balance. Yoga, which is a practice believed to be more than 5,000 years old, has been shown to improve cardiovascular and blood circulation, as well.


Beginning in 15th century English pubs, this sport has constantly changed over time, but the goal has remained the same. This is one of the most popular sports to play for seniors because of its competitive, yet lighthearted nature. A player wins in shuffleboard when reaching a score of 15, but some bigger tournaments could require 21 points for a win. Alternating turns, each player slides four weights across an opponent’s board. Sliding your weights to the highest available scoring area is the objective here. Players can also knock opposing weights off the board with their own weights or use them to protect their current score.

Health Benefits

Shuffleboard increases heart rate and reduces stress at the very same time. Another benefit is the obvious workout for various muscle groups.

Line Dancing

A simple way to take part in the recommended 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day is by partaking in line dancing. The sport is great for the heart and it keeps its dancers healthy and in shape. If you’re intimidated by dancing, there is no need to worry because line dancing is the perfect exercise for beginners.

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits in the world of line dancing. Improved stamina, posture and balance are just some of the benefits. The exercise can lower stress and improve stamina in the process. Avid dancers may see a lowered risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, as well.

Bocce Ball

This sport’s history is fascinating! Dating back to ancient Egypt in 5200 B.C., bocce ball’s popularity began to soar in Greece hundreds of years later. The sport made its way to Belgium, Flanders and Holland after that. Bocce ball took center stage during the first Bocce Olympiad held in Athens in 1896. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the sport officially took off in the United States, though. Open Bocce is the most played version of the game. Eight balls, plus a smaller ball (pallino) are shared between 2, 4, 6 or 8 players. A random player is chosen to throw the pallino first, then all participants try to get their ball closest to the pallino. The closest to the pallino receives one point after each round. Additional points are awarded when the leader’s ball is closer to the pallino than any other opponent’s shots. Once a total of 13 points is attained by one player, a winner is crowned.

Health Benefits

Ideal for stress relief, bocce ball can also improve mental stimulation and overall flexibility.

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300

Retirement 101: Retirement Home Types Defined
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Retirement 101: Retirement Home Types Defined

Are you searching for “types of retirement homes” or “types of retirement communities” while looking to find out which type of senior living community is right for you? If the answer is yes, this guide should help create a clearer picture of all of the different types and explain more about each.

There are a lot of retirement community living options out there, it is okay to feel overwhelmed and confused about the types and styles of care for a senior living community. It is important that you learn terminology and the differences of the senior care solutions so that you can make a good choice for your loved one.

When you start your search, use this guide to learn about the various types of housing options available in the United States.

Independent Living Communities

Senior independent living communities are for seniors who are still independent with few medical problems. Residents will live in a fully equipped private apartment.

There are a variety of apartment sizes from 2 bedrooms to studio apartments. Fine dining services are also offered with a custom designed meal package. Often times, a resident can choose to pay for a certain number of meals daily. There are also frequent social outings and events for entertainment.

These are called:

  • Continuing care retirement community
  • Senior apartments
  • 55+ Communities
  • Retirement villages
  • Congregate care
  • Retirement communities


  • Some government funding through Section 202
  • Mostly Private Pay

Price range:

  • $1500 to $3500 monthly

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are for seniors who cannot live on their own safely, but do not need as much care needed for a nursing home. They receive assistance with medications, daily living activities, housekeeping and meals. There are 3 meals a day provided in a central dining room. Residents have private apartments that have a limited kitchen area. Staff is available 24/7 for additional safety. Many assisted living communities have licensed nursing services. The hours will vary, so be sure to ask about them when you visit. Scheduled transportation and social activities are available as well. There are sometimes a special unity for those with Alzheimer’s but not in all communities

Also called:

  • Personal care home
  • Assisted care community


  • Some take Medicaid
  • Mostly private pay


  • $2800 to $4500 for Alzheimer’s care shared suite
  • $2500 to $4000 monthly depending on apartment size and assistance level

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes have 24/7 skilled nursing care for the elderly who need high levels of medical assistance. 24 hour nursing services are available from a licensed nurse. Most nursing homes do provide short-term rehab stays for those who are recovering from surgery, injury, or illness. Long-term care will have high level care needs and complex medical issues that need routine nursing services. Residents will share rooms and are served meals in a central dining room unless they are too ill. There are also activities and some nursing homes have a special unit for those with Alzheimer’s.

Also called:

  • Long term care facility
  • Skilled nursing center
  • Nursing center
  • Convalescent care


  • Medicaid
  • Private Pay
  • Medicare


  • $4000 to $8000 monthly

Alzheimer’s Care

There are plenty of housing options for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For those who are memory impaired, it is vital that they have 24/7 care and structured activities to ensure quality of life and safety. Many will try to care for their family at home, but it is hard given the skills that are needed to care for those with memory issues.

If you need a care community, you need to understand that Alzheimer’s care is done in assisted living, as well as personal care homes, and nursing homes. Normally, the residents will have a semi-private apartment and structured activities provided by trained staff. Many of these environments will have locked or secured areas that ensure that no one wanders off. Most times within these secured areas, residents will have access to gardens and walking paths.

Also called:

  • Dementia Care
  • Memory Care


  • Medicaid
  • Private Pay


  • $3000 to $7000 monthly

Residential Care Home

Residential care homes are private homes that serve residents that live together and get home from live-in caretakers. These homes have assisted care services for those who want a home like community and privacy. Assistance with daily living like dressing and bathing are provided. The nursing services and amenities will vary. Ask about their services when you visit.

Also Called:

  • Adult family home
  • Board and care home
  • Group home


  • Medicaid
  • Private pay


  • $1500 to $3000 monthly depending on care level and services

Respite Care

Respite care is a place that gives caregivers a break by allowing the resident to have a short-term stay in the community that will meet their needs. Most assisted living communities and nursing homes have respite care. The resident can stay from a week to over a month depending on the situation. They will receive the services that the community offers. Respite care stays are also a good way for the elderly to get acquainted with their new residence. Most residents find that they enjoyed their stay and are willing to move in after their visit. Respite programs are also available for Alzheimer’s and assisted living residents.

Also called:

  • Adult day care
  • Short-term stay programs


  • Medicaid
  • Private Pay


  • $75 to $150 daily

Home Care

Home care will allow the elderly to stay in their home while receiving assistance that is needed to help them to stay independent. Normally, home care involves assistance with daily living activities like dressing, bathing, and meals or instrumental daily activities like making appointments, transportation, paying bills or just being there for companionship and emotional support. Home care services range from once a week to 24 hours daily depending on needs.

Also called:

  • In-home personal care
  • Home health care
  • Home care aide


  • Medicaid/Medicare via certified home health agencies
  • Private Pay


  • $20 to $40 an hour

Senior Housing Options Comparison

The graphic will help lay out the approximate costs for each different type of senior care and living services.  Families can use this information to better plan for their needs.  It details approximate costs, types of services included, and whether each type of care includes things like medication management, personal care, transportation, and much more.  Knowing the needs of each senior helps pick the best level of care that fits their preferences and care level.

Service or Feature Alzheimer’s Care Nursing Home Assisted Living Independent living Communities
Cost per Month


$3000 to $7000 $4000 to $8000 $2500 to $4000 $1500 to $3500
Medication Management


Yes Yes Yes No
Meals Per Day


3+ 3+ 3+ Meal plan options
Mobility Assistance


Yes Yes Yes No
Personal Care*


Yes Yes Yes No
Accepts Wheelchairs


Yes Yes Yes Yes
On-site Nurses*


Varies Yes Varies No
Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care


Yes Varies Varies No


Yes Yes Yes Varies


Yes Yes Mostly Yes Mostly Yes
Incontinence Care Yes Yes Yes No


Personal Laundry Yes Yes Mostly Yes Varies


*Personal Care and On-Site Nurses may be available through third-parties.

*All Costs are calculated in US Dollars



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Why Retire In Sedona Arizona?

When the time comes to retire a lot of retirees these days are choosing Arizona. There are a lot of cities in Arizona to retire in so you have to choose carefully. You have a lot of options so you might ask yourself “Why Retire In Sedona Arizona”?

 Beautiful Vistas & Mild Seasons

Sedona is located in the high desert of Arizona under the towering southwestern rim of the expansive Colorado Plateau. The city enjoys four mild seasons which are characterized by clean air and abundant sunshine. Temperatures are moderate and pleasant with average highs near 75° and winter lows of about 46°.

Sedona is a unique place full of beauty and is situated strategically at the mouth of the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon.  The area is complimented by massive formations in red-rock alongside beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Many residents cherish these views, vistas, and consider the natural beauty of the area to be equal to many of the national parks.

A City for The Arts & Tourism

Sedona is considered one of the state’s premier resort, recreation, retirement, and tourism destinations with great views and art centers. This means that it is great for residents and even more fun when family or friends come to visit.  There is lots to see, lots to do, and all of it happens with the beautiful backdrop of the rugged beauty of the high Arizona desert.

Sedona Arts Center

The Sedona Arts Center is a place to discover, learn, and share in the arts. With both permanent and special exhibitions paired with education and artistic development it is a great resource for residents and tourists alike.  The center is a nonprofit educational institution which enriches the lives of visitors with fine arts, the largest collection of local artists, and instruction for aspiring artists.

Opportunities for learning are offered in weekly classes, art workshops, and even field expeditions. There are private lessons available for focused mentoring.  Enriching retirement with artistic expression can be one of the most meaningful pursuits many people experience in life.

Beauty of nature

The amazing natural beauty of the area quickly put Sedona on the map and became a favorite place for the motion picture industry to film movies, commercials, and other productions. Even today Sedona is the backdrop for television shows, commercials, and movies are still filmed in the still wild natural beauty which surrounds the city.

Sedona Annual Events

Finding exciting events in Sedona is easy. With music festivals, art festivals, chili cook-offs, aeronautical events, wine festivals, and events for just about every holiday there is nearly always something going on soon. Every month has many activities that make fun opportunities to invite friends and family to come visit and enjoy with you.

For more information about what is coming up on the calendar of events for Sedona please check out the events list page.

Quick Facts On Sedona

  • The population of Sedona is about 10,000 people according to the 2013 Census report.
  • Sedona features around 6 million acres of national forest
  • The economy is booming with a vibrant array of retail stores, hospitality services, healthcare, and construction.
  • The Crime Rate is half the US National Average
  • Sedona enjoys having 4 medical centers
  • There are 2 airports within a short drive of Sedona

Sedona City Parks

Finding a place to enjoy a stroll, walk the dog, take the bike for a ride or even make a splash at Sedona’s splash park is easy. The city features 11 parks which feature well manicured landscapes, areas to bike, walk your dog, take time to remember our Military Services, or take kids to play in the water.

Park List

Botanical Garden

Bike Skills Park

Greyback Park

Jamesen Park

Jordan Historical Park

Sunset Park

Sedona Dog Park

Posse Ground Park

Sedona Wetlands Preserve

Schnebly Memorial Garden


Sedona Sustainability

When an area is as beautiful and popular such as Sedona guarding that beauty becomes a priority. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is dedicated in preserving Sedona’s stunning natural beauty for both residents and tourists alike. In addition to protecting the natural beauty of the area Sedona features a vibrant “green” economy which helps provide meaningful employment and living wage.  Ultimately every decision is made to protect nature, the residents, and preserve this natural gem which makes Arizona one of the finest places to retire in the United States.

Retiring in Sedona Arizona

SLS Communities offers the finest retirement facilities in the state of Arizona and operates Sedona Winds Retirement Community.  Independent living is complimented with assisted living and memory care services. This makes it easy for active adults to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Sedona with a wonderful community to call home. For more information about SLS Communities or Sedona Winds please click here or call 480-348-9609.

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Exciting Retirement In Sun City AZ

Sun City Arizona is packed with exciting activities for retired adults, access to all sorts of shopping, medical care, fine dining, grocery shopping, and more right within the boundaries of the area.  The concept was simple, a place to live where there is plenty to do, shopping is close, there are no schools, taxes are low, and no one has to fight with the snow. Sun City offers retirees a place to go to escape shoveling snow and trying to keep up with yard work.

Purpose Built Retirement City

Sun City, AZ was the first retirement community purpose built from its inception, and many say the best. The vast majority of features no standard in 55+ retirement communities across the country started in Sun City. That includes the concept of building an entire community which is dedicated to the recreation and leisure for active retired adults.

Having been established for more than 50 years Sun City has prospered and matured to be one of the best value retirement areas in the country. Ultimately the legacy is to continue to provide residents with the finest place to retire in the state of Arizona, the country, and the world.

Quality Heathcare Close by

Boswell Hospital was the first hospital in the area, and named after the man that originally owned the area of Sun City. The hospital has been complimented by a number of facilities and services which meets the areas needs. In fact even Banner Boswell Hospital received a multi-million dollar expansion in 2008 and has achieved a rank in the top 100 hospitals in the country. That makes the heathcare amenities that are available in Sun City simply some of the very best in the nation.

Recreation Opportunities of Sun City

Sun City enjoys having many golf courses close by, seven recreation centers, two bowling centers, a 33-acres man-made lake, and many restaurants.

Clubs & Activities

Sun City is absolutely packed with opportunities for activity and entertainment. There are crafts, concerts, sports, swimming and much more. With over 120 chartered clubs there are near limitless ways to keep busy, active, and live a very life rich with experiences, friendship, and fun.

The types of clubs are enormously varied and include things like jewelry making, wood working, calligraphy, knitting, stained glass, metal working, leathercraft, painting, quilting, and ukulele playing just as a sample.  Many residents rightfully claim that the only people that are bored in Sun City are those that choose to be.

Other Activities & Sports

There are plenty of other things to do in Sun City including: fishing, soft ball, basketball, billiards, lawn bowling, photography, racquetball, shuffleboard, aerobics, model railroad clubs, and a wealth of different card clubs.

Live Music & Concerts

With many big names, exciting concerts, and the Sun Bowl outdoor concert venue that seats as many as 7,000 people there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy music in Sun City.  There are weekly free events on Sunday nights and more than enough to take in.

History of Sun City

The area was originally opened on January 1st 1960 with only 5 model homes, 1 shopping center, a recreation center and 1 golf course. Time magazine featured the story on their cover when over 100,000 people attended the opening weekend, which was more than 10 times higher than they had dreamed.

It was an original concept to have an area where age restriction was required to sign a deed to live in the area. At least one resident must be 55+ or older and no one under the age of19 may live in the area.  What the result is for retirement age adults is something that might be what Disney would make for retirement.

Quality Retirement Communities

There are many great retirement communities in and near Sun City that offer a wide variety of active retirement living services. These retirement communities have services such as independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

This means that the area provides near limitless opportunity for entertainment, activities and shopping while quality retirement communities take care of the details and health for many of the residents.

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What is Assisted Living?

Are you searching for “What is Assisted Living?” while seeking additional information about this great retirement community service? If so SLS Communities has all of the information you need to better understand what it is, who it is for, and how it enriches the lives of the people that choose to make it part of their lives. Assisted living is an option for long-term senior care which offers personal care support, including medication management, meals, dressing, transportation and bathing.

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Assisted Living Facts:

  • Number of apartments: 475,500
  • Number of U.S communities: 31,100
  • Number of residents: 735,000
  • Percentage residents which get assistance of three or more ADLs: 40%
  • Average length of stay: 36 months

Senior Care Redefined

Assisted living was a rather new concept just 25 years ago, but today it is one of the quickest growing options in long-term care for seniors. Facilities for assisted living has a large variety of services, providing senior housing solutions for the adults that are still able to live independently and only require certain assistance. Many seniors fin that the option of assisted living offers the amount of care needed for them to continue flourishing in the new stage of life. Their golden years should be enjoyable, and that is where assisted living has developed more options than ever.

Cost of Assisted Living

The cost for assisted living depends on various factors:

  • Apartment size (single bedroom, two bedrooms, or studio apartment)
  • Type of residence
  • Type of required services
  • Geographical location of community

There are many communities which charge basic rates to cover all of their services, with extra fees for specialized services. The majority of assisted livingcommunities will charge monthly rates, but have a long-term option as well.

Usually, the base rate will cover only room and board with a daily meal service, which is determined by the assisted living community. There are times where entrance fees, laundry, deposits and housekeeping fees apply. However, as these vary at each community, it is significant that you request the individual details from each of the communities you look at, including costs and services.

Assisted Living Services Offered

When it comes to assisted living communities, each one is different in their own ways. Each province and state have various regulation and licensing requirements for providers in assisted living, which can impact certain services being offered at the community. For instance, there are assisted living facilities that are associated to or share the campus with skilled nursing facilities. Therefore, those communities are able to provide medical care that is more advanced. However, generally assisted living communities only offer basic medical care, monitoring and activities each day. The activities of daily living (ADLs include things such as eating, dressing, hygiene, mobility, toileting, bathing, shopping and using the phone.

Below are some basic services that assisted living provides:

  • Daily meals
  • 24-hour security and supervision
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Health and exercise program
  • Laundry
  • Transportation
  • Social programs
  • Medical service access

“Assisted living” is a term in the industry that defines specific facilities and/or communities. The term may or may not be used for reflecting the official state or provincial needs concerning the care level, licensing, and/or services provided. It is recommended that you request to see the license and/or contact the province or state’s licensing authority to clarify license type, care level, and/or services provided by the assisted living community.

Deciding on Assisted Living

Today’s seniors are much different than seniors in the past, as most will continue to live active and fully, with a balanced life. Therefore, the choice of moving into a senior community, assisted living or other type of senior housing can become a confusing endeavor for both seniors and family members. The process of determining which assisted living community can seem complex, but luckily resources are available to help you out.

We have gathered questions for asking, and things to consider when looking into assisted living communities. Deciding on the correct community will require serious thinking, so you should take the time to evaluate the features, services, and policies of each community.


  • When arriving to the residence, do you find the appearance of the location to be nice?
  • Did you get a warm greeting from the staff welcoming you?
  • Is the decor homelike and attractive as your taking a tour?
  • Are residents called by name by staff/administrators, with warm interaction?
  • Are residents social with one another and seem comfortable and happy?
  • Are you allowed to speak with residents regarding how they like the staff and residence?
  • Is the staff dressed appropriately, outgoing and personable?
  • Do the residents appear to be the appropriate housemates for your loved one?
  • Are the staff members treating each other professionally?
  • Are you able to visit the resident at any time?
  • Are staff members friendly as you pass them on the tour?

Physical Features:

  • Do they have a simple floor plan?
  • Is there a well-designed community that it your needs?
  • Are the hallways, doorways and rooms accommodating for walkers and wheelchairs?
  • Are the elevators available for people who cannot use the stairway?
  • Are residents visited regularly by nurse or physician to provide medical checkups?
  • To what extent are medical services offered, and how are the serviced provided?
  • Are there handrails to help with walking?
  • Are the shelves and cupboards easily reached?
  • Are the floors designed with non-skid materials or carpets that are easy to walk on?
  • Is there a good amount of natural and artificial lighting for residence?
  • Is the residences clean, without order and have appropriate heating and cooling?
  • Are there clearly marked exits and available sprinklers?
  • If residents wander, do they have means of security?

Contracts, Costs, Finances and Needs Assessments

  • Are there written plans on how to care for individual residents?
  • Is there an available contractual agreement disclosing supportive and healthcare services, fees, and admission and discharge provisions? What policies for transfers and refunds do they have?
  • Is there a process for assessing the service requirements for each resident and are the requirements addressed periodically?
  • Does the process involve the resident, the facility staff or his/her family, as with the physician of potential residents?
  • Are any private, government or corporate programs available to assist covering service costs of the resident?


  • Is residence able to provide a list of available services?
  • Is the staff available to meet both unscheduled as well as scheduled needs?
  • Is the staff able to provide assistance 24 hours with activities of daily living, if required? ADLs include eating, dressing, hygiene, mobility, bathing, grooming, toileting, and the use of phone, laundry and shopping.
  • Do they provide housekeeping services within the residents’ unit?
  • Are residents able to arrange transportation on short notice?
  • Are barber/beautician, pharmacy, and/or physical therapy services provided on-site?

Quality of Care

When looking for the right assisted living facility, it is significant to discover as many details as you can in regards to the governing regulations in the facilities area. Currently, there are no federal regulation policies when it comes to assisted living facilities. However, as the requirement for assisted living increases rapidly, various states are quickly trying to develop a regulatory system. At present, two out of five states already have assisted living licensure regulations, while one out of fine states have revised or drafted assisted living regulations. About 20% of states have started to study assisted living.

Additionally, it’s significant to review the administrator’s qualifications and the service providers within the assisted living facility as well. The following are things to look for when evaluating residence administrators:

  • Experience within the field
  • Adequate education
  • Continued training to meet the requirements of the residents’ psycho-social and health needs
  • Management abilities which meet those required

Usually, the type and number of employed staff in assisted living facilities depend on the facility’s size, provided services, as well as any special resident requirements. Generally, the staff includes administrators, activity directors, food service managers, certified nurse assistants, maintenance personnel, health/wellness directors, and personal care attendants. Additionally, contracted services from dietitians, beauticians, physical therapists, nutritionists, and physicians. When you evaluate the care staff, the following are things to look for:

  • Sufficient number of staff to meet any requirements that occur unscheduled.
  • Sufficient number of staff to meet the required 24-hour schedule of residents
  • Sufficient number of staff to meet any requirements the families of care recipients may have
  • Individuals that have the skills, education, and continued training to serve the residents’ requirements

Finding The Correct Facility

If you’ve assessed residential facilities and are confident that assisted living is the comfortable option for your loved one, your next step is contacting a case manager, financial planner, clergy ember, physician, hospital discharge planner, or a social worker to ask about the facilities in the region. Additional information can be found regarding assisted living by investigating any of the 16 assisted living companies that are publicly traded, including American Retirement Corporation, Alternative Living Services, Atria Communities, Assisted Living Concepts, Balanced Care Corporation, Capital Senior Living, Brookdale Communities, CareMatrix Corporation, as well as Sunrise Assisted Living. Even better, request information from more than one person and collect details about multiple companies. Once you collect all the details and information you can for the facilities in the area, ensure that more than one facility is visited. This will allow you to get a feel for the various assisted living facilities and what each one can offer.

While visiting the assisted living facilities, you should ask the questions as follows:

  • What are the full range of services profited by the facility?
  • How are payment plans set-up?
  • What services come with the base monthly plan?
  • How does the facility identify the care services my loved one will require, and how frequently will they be reevaluated?
  • Who conducts the resident evaluations?
  • What is the policy for the use of outside services?
  • Does the facility require a deposit, is the deposit refundable in the event my loved one needs to move?
  • In the event requirements increase or decrease in time, will the changes be reflected in the fees?
  • How long of a notice will my loved one be provided if/when a change in fees occur?
  • Can the fees be increased, even if the needs of my loved one does not?

Assisted Living Communities in Arizona

If you are looking the best assisted living communities in a state where the weather is comfortable and mild during the winter SLS Communities currently has 4 locations to serve you or your loved ones. The level of care for each and every resident is tailored to their needs and preferences.  Our highly trained staff is dedicated to the needs and dignity of our residents and work each and every day to create a environment of caring and professionalism.