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Learn how social events are not just fun, but can be good for you!

A Brief History of Tea Time

Afternoon tea, the most quintessential of English customs, is surprisingly a relatively new tradition. While people have enjoyed tea since the third millennium BC in China, it was truly introduced to England in the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife, the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza.

This social event of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. As the evening meal in her household was served at a fashionably late eight o’clock, the Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. A snack between lunch and dinner seemed the natural solution. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. She soon began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

This tradition lives on today, with tea parties being anticipated social events to celebrate a number of occasions – birthdays, engagements, holidays, fashion shows and more. On the following pages you can read all about how tea parties and similar events are not just fun, but can help you live a healthier lifestyle

Keep on Chatting! Socializing for a Healthy Brain

Mounting research is showing evidence that keeping an active social life can actually help protect the brain from cognitive decline. One study showed that those with a strong social network including close social ties protected against cognitive decline. Another pointed to larger social networks having a protective influence on cognitive function in elderly women.

These findings have been used as the basis for the Purposeful Social Activities pillar of the Nexus at Silverado program, in which residents participate in structured social activities that often include volunteering and other charitable activities.

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Tasty Treats That Satisfy the Stomach and Mind

Studies have shown that certain diets can contribute to brain health later in life. One such diet is the MIND Diet (an acronym for Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay), a diet heavy in berries, leafy greens and seafood.

While following a healthy diet throughout one’s lifetime is the best way to gain benefits, Silverado communities o­ er specialized brain-healthy menus for residents.

Celebrate Fashion: Looking Good is Feeling Good

Nobody needs science to tell them that being well-dressed and clean are directly related to a good mood. On the other side of the coin, poor mood can lead to depression and isolation.

Being depressed and isolated has been known to exacerbate the symptoms of dementia, so Silverado residents are clean and well-groomed every day. The dignity and self-respect that come with feeling and looking one’s best is among the best tools to stand strong against the changes of dementia.

These fun facts are just a glimpse into the life-enriching, innovative care Silverado residents receive every day. Nexus at Silverado, a program designed for early stage residents, uses findings from the research previously quoted in a program of activities designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Nexus is broken down into six pillars of activities:

  • Physical Exercises
  • Stress Reduction
  • Cognitive Exercises
  • Specialized Digital Programs
  • Purposeful Social Activities
  • Support Groups

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