The Benefits of Hydration for Seniors

We all know that hydration is kind of a big deal. But as we age, hydration becomes a really, really big deal. Our sense of thirst decreases, our kidney function changes, and we might even take medications that can cause dehydration. The good news? Just remember to drink more water. Let’s dive deeper into the importance of hydration.  

Dehydration in the elderly can jeopardize metabolic health, raise stress hormone levels, and speed up biological aging. It can also affect the gut microbiome, which can slow down metabolism and lead to inflammation. Staying hydrated is especially crucial for decreasing the risk of conditions like dementia, stroke, and heart disease.  

The healing power of drinking water goes even further. Recent studies have shown that good hydration in the elderly can even help overcome preexisting health conditions. For example, increasing water intake can improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity—even for those at risk of metabolic disorders like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

So what are some of our go-to tips for staying hydrated? Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Seniors should drink at least two liters of water every day
  2. Set up visible reminders, like post-it notes, to drink water
  3. Keep a water bottle on-hand that can be refilled regularly 
  4. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and juice
  5. Stay mindful of medications that cause dehydration

For more information, or to book a tour, contact our friendly staff at The Plaza Assisted Living.

The Upside to Downsizing: Cutting Back on Clutter and Stress

Updated June 17, 2024

Retirement should be relaxing: beach days, rounds and rounds of golf, and catching up with old friends. But standing in the way of this carefree dream is often a family home that demands to be cared for. And if this once-buzzing property has become an empty nest, it might be time to downsize. Here are our tips for making the move.

Plan ahead

Consider your options, including independent living in Honolulu or other retirement communities in Hawaii. These are great because they offer a range of living arrangements, a built-in social scene, and a supportive environment with caring staff. Make sure to do some research before you’re ready to move, so that when it’s time you’ll know what’s right for you.

An important step in planning is to make a downsizing checklist. Include where you’d like to live, how to handle all your belongings, and what your current financial situation looks like. Make sure to understand the value of your home, so you can include that as well.

Hire a real estate agent

Less stress is what downsizing is all about. So, if you decide to sell your home, find a real estate agent that can handle the hard stuff. Think you’ll lose out by spending on the extra help? Think again. Homes sold by experienced agents go for, on average, $60,000 more than homes sold without one.

Cut out the clutter

If you’re moving to a smaller space, whether it’s to an apartment at one of the best retirement communities in Hawaii or any other senior living situation, you’ll need to scale back. This means parting ways with the belongings you no longer need, and only keeping what counts. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed you’ll feel with the lack of clutter. And when you move into your new space, you’ll still have your favorite family photographs, cards, and mementos—meaningful items you need to feel at home.

Downsizing can be the key to unlocking your dream retirement. At the Plaza, we’re proud to have one of the best senior living communities in Hawaii, with a range of senior care options. If you’re considering making the transition to a simple, relaxing, and fulfilling lifestyle, make sure to visit one of our five communities in Moanalua, Mililani, Pearl City, Punchbowl, or Waikiki.


Going from life at home to life in senior living can be an emotional rollercoaster. Whether it’s a move to independent living in Honolulu, assisted living, or one of the many retirement communities in Hawaii, you can follow these steps to feel at ease.

Embrace your feelings

Relief, anxiety, optimism, stress. There’s a full spectrum of feelings that can arise as you transition your loved one into senior living. And guess what? It’s perfectly okay to feel whatever you feel. Embrace your emotions rather than resist them, so you can empathize with your loved ones as they process the change.

Talk openly, listen intently

With all senior care options, questions and concerns will likely come up. Make sure to talk honestly and caringly with your loved one and, more importantly, make them feel heard. A nurse or staff member can always assist you with any issue and can help you both feel comfortable.

Explore their new home together

Senior living communities in Hawaii have so much to offer. Get to know the home together: stop by the common room, introduce yourselves to neighbors, tour the facilities, check out all the amenities, review upcoming events and programs. An afternoon of exploration will help turn anxiety into excitement.

Meet the support network

Among the best aspects of Hawaii senior living is that residents are often there for each other. So encourage your loved one not to be shy. Meet their new neighbors before helping them move in. This is one of the most reliable ways to help the transition. Make sure to also introduce yourself and provide contact info to caregivers and nurses. This will not only be comforting to you, but will reassure staff knowing they can reach out if anything comes up.

It’s all alright

We all process change differently. But, as you get your loved one settled into senior living, you can relax knowing you’ve made the right decision. Health hazards and difficulties will now be diligently attended to, dining and cleaning are all taken care of, and a new social life is just beginning. Your loved one will now be completely at ease—and you should be too.

For more information on what to expect, contact our friendly staff at The Plaza Assisted Living.


You’re not alone. No one ever finds approaching their parents about senior living easy. But waiting until the last minute only adds drama to this major life transition. To help out, we put together several insightful tips on how to ease your aging loved ones into the big move.

From Open Mind to Action Plan
“What happens when…” Start with a question. Ask Mom and Dad about their feelings towards senior care options and retirement communities in Hawaii. What happens when they’ll no longer be able to live independently? Define living independently. Would they consider independent living in Honolulu at a senior home? Once you’ve discussed these questions, put together a plan of action.

Time & Space
If your parents aren’t ready to consider senior living, if they can cope with independence—physically and mentally—it could be best to give them time and space. You might be surprised by their ability to care for themselves. If the situation proves to be more than they can handle, it’ll allow them to see for themselves how they’d benefit from senior living communities in hawaii.

Care from the Comfort of Home
The least strenuous transition is no transition at all. Some families will want to turn to a visiting nurse or someone to help with everyday tasks at home. However, it’s important to consult with a senior living professional to help determine if this should be one of your senior care options.

Focus on the Good
Make it a matter of perspective. Your loved ones aren’t having to transition to senior living, they’re getting to move somewhere where everything will be taken care of. No more cooking and cleaning, doing the laundry or running errands. Some of the best retirement communities in Hawaii feature scenic settings with five-star dining, beautiful private rooms, fitness programs, and engaging activities. Keep it positive.

Explore Together
There are many amazing senior care options all over Hawaii. Choose a few that you and your parents find promising, arrange guided tours, and see what they think. Reassure them you’re just looking, not committing. Make it fun and exciting, and always let mom or dad feel like they have a major say in choosing when and where to move.

Factor in Illness Progression
A progressively debilitating condition can weigh heavily on your loved ones. So it should be given considerable weight when it comes to your decision. Make a plan based on the likely course of the illness, give yourself wiggle room, and ease the pressure of rushing into a potentially wrong decision.

Overcoming the “Final Residence” Fear
The anxiety and uncertainty that comes with moving to a senior living home—from assisted living to independent living in honolulu—usually has nothing to do with the new residence and everything to do with facing mortality. Sometimes, one-one-one counseling or a visit with a pastor or priest can offer peace when it comes to making the transition.

Leaving home and moving into senior living inevitably comes with a sense of loss and abandonment. But with love and compassion, you can comfort your loved ones, and help them navigate this major life transition.

Questions? We’re here for you and your family, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

2023 All Community Open House

Sunday May 21st, 10am – 2pm

Ask About Our Open House Specials

Be sure to inquire about our exclusive open house specials when visiting. Call us today at (808) 404-9108 and ask about saving up to $1,000.00 on your first month’s rent*.

Participate in Guided Tours – No Reservations Needed

Find out why so many are choosing to make The Plaza home. Explore our model apartments and amenities, learn more about care programs, starting rental rates, activity programming, dining options, and move-in specials. Meet Team Members and experience how they interact with our Residents.

All communities open for tours between 10:00am – 2:00pm. All are welcome.

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46-068 Alaloa Street, Kaneohe
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95-1050 Ukuwai Street, Mililani
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1280 Moanalualani Place, Moanalua
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1048 Kuala Street, Pearl City
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*Only applicable to permanent move ins, who pay the full community fee of $4,500. $1,000 credit will be applied to the first full month of residency. Not to be combined with other discounts or promotions. Not applicable to second occupants or respite Residents. Valid only for Residents who move in within 30 days of date listed.

The Gift of Memory Care

Hali'a Memory Care Webinar

Best Friends, Cherished Memories and so much more...

Many approach the possible placement of a family member into memory care with a sense of guilt and worry. This Hali’a Memory Care Webinar will addresses common family concerns, but also describes the often surprising benefits of memory care for the person living with cognitive loss. Research has shown that “the brain loves company,” and the socialization and engagement that can come from an assisted living setting can be therapeutic to the person with dementia and foster feelings of friendship and community. In addition, strategies about memory care placement are provided, including when to consider a move, and how best to do it.

This webinar presented by David Troxel, MPH.


David Troxel, MPH is co-author of six influential books on dementia care including The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. He is the dementia care consultant to The Plaza Assisted Living and its Hali’a Memory Care Program which practices the Best Friends Approach. David adds insight and humor to his presentations and will allow for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar for attendees to ask questions and gain further insights into dementia care today.


Welcome Heddy Cortijo, RN!

With 7 years of experience with The Plaza, Heddy knows our community & is a valuable asset!

Heddy Cortijo joined the Plaza at Punchbowl in 2014 as a Charge Nurse. She was promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing in 2018, where she assisted the Director of Nursing with the operations and management of the nursing department.  In 2019, she was promoted and became the Director of Nursing for The Plaza at Kaneohe. In 2021, Heddy joined the home office team as the Assessment Nurse Coordinator. 


Heddy was born and raised on Oahu and attended Moanalua High School. She started her career in healthcare working as a medical assistant and case manager for an agency that worked with the homeless population. Thanks to her experience with the agency and the influence of the many Nurse Practitioners she worked alongside, Heddy decided to further her education and attended Kapi’olani Community College, where she obtained both her Certificate in Practical Nursing and Associates Degree in Nursing. She then moved on and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Heddy enjoys being a part of The Plaza family and working with our residents and their families to make them feel at home.


In Heddy’s new role, she will provide added support to all Plaza Assisted Living communities and nursing teams while also being available to assist with urgent assessments for new residents and readmissions of our existing Residents.

To The Valued Partners of The Plaza Assisted Living

Message from The Plaza

Yesterday, one of our communities was unfortunately the site of a tragic event.  At around 11:00am HST on Monday, August 31, a domestic incident occurred between a Resident of The Plaza at Waikiki and their visiting family member; resulting in two unattended fatalities.  Thankfully, none of our Team Members or other Residents were witness to the event, which took place in the parking garage of the community. 

Due to the ongoing investigation by the Honolulu Police Department and Medical Examiner’s Office, we are unable to comment any further or share additional details.

While yesterday’s event will be remembered with great sadness and sorrow, we will forever be grateful for the outpouring of support and gratitude received from our Residents, their families and so many others.  No one could have anticipated or planned for what happened, but as always in challenging times, we were united and will get through this together. 

Our thoughts, prayers and deep sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the individuals lost yesterday.