Pam Gray, Bonaventure Senior Living, and company staff have been serving the unique needs of older adults for nearly a decade. As people age, interest in the past often grows, specifically around ancestry. According to Pam Gray, Bonaventure Senior Living COO, DNA testing is a simple, useful way to help complete the family tree and so much more. In this Q&A, Pam Gray of Bonaventure Senior Living discusses DNA testing as a means for peeking into the past.
Q: What is DNA testing?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure Senior Living COO: The DNA testing I refer to looks at the genetic makeup of an individual for the purposes of uncovering ancestral information.
Q: How is DNA testing done?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure Senior Living COO: Anyone can buy a DNA testing kit online, take a cheek swab, and send it in to a lab for review. Continue reading
Pam Gray is the Bonaventure Senior Living Chief Operating Officer. Gray says her company’s active communities are populated with amazing seniors, many of which are more in shape and more adventurous than they were in their 20s.
Slow Down? No Thanks…
According to Pam Gray, many Bonaventure residents have chosen to remain active well into their golden years. They are inspired by the example of 95-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch. Following hip replacement surgery due to a rather nasty fall, Ms. Lynch was told to slow down. She, however, did just the opposite, reports Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO. The lifelong yoga enthusiast told her doctor that wasn’t going to happen. Pam Gray tells Bonaventure residents that one month after her surgery, Ms. Lynch took up ballroom dancing.
Many people associate seniors with mobility issues, joint pain, arthritis, and a sedentary lifestyle but that’s often due to a simple lack of physical activity. According to Pam Gray of Bonaventure, for many seniors there is nothing actually holding them back from enjoying active lifestyles. For some, it can be difficult to break years of bad habits but many are surprised with their newfound fitness after they establish a regular workout routine.
Q: Many seniors think there is no point in exercising since they’re getting older anyway. How do you respond to complaints like that?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO: Seniors can benefit from exercise more than almost any other age group. Not only does regular exercise help people look younger, but it can also help them feel younger. It even lowers risks for diseases of the brain like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Pam Gray joined Bonaventure Senior Living in 2004 and became COO in 2007. Pam Gray brings Bonaventure a wealth of experience in providing individualized and senior-focused care. In the following Q&A, Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO, discusses changes that come with aging and ways to address them.
Q: Why is there increased focus on healthy aging in recent years?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO: The population is aging at astounding rates. By the year 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over 65. This, coupled with increased longevity, has everyone focused on how to best serve seniors’ needs. Bonaventure incorporates wellness programming and encourages healthy lifestyles across all of its communities.
Living to 100 years old and beyond used to be reserved for literary characters, Bible figures, and the ultra lucky one-in-a-billion genetic lottery winners. But now, reaching triple digits is soon to become a reality for more and more people—including current retirees.
Q: Why are more people living to 100?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO: It is mostly because of advances in medicine, nutrition, and preventive care. Seniors are more aware of their health, and they seek out help more often if they notice something wrong.
Q: Are women or men more likely to live to 100?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO: Women are far more likely to live to 100 than men. Part of that is because women are more social than men, and their stronger social support structure can help keep them in good health well into their later years. Women also may have been exposed to fewer environmental toxins during their working years. Continue reading
With the right nutrients, seniors have the ability to stay mentally fit, can build resistance to illness and disease, achieve higher energy levels, reduce recuperation times, and manage chronic health problems. Chief Operating Officer Pam Gray of Bonaventure Senior Living knows the importance of nutritious food and therefore provide healthy and delicious meals which are often listed as one of the reasons seniors make their homes there.
Q: How many calories do seniors need daily?
Pam Gray, Bonaventure COO: According to the National Institute of Aging, seniors that aren’t physically active need about 1600 calories a day whereas very active seniors need about 2000 calories a day.