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Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected

May 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Exercise is repeatedly featured in our favorite magazines, blogs and television shows. As an adult, being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits your mental health, also? Being physically active has been shown to reduce anxiety, effects of depression and other mental health concerns. However, that doesn’t mean you need to go run the marathon that has been on your bucket list for years. Start slow and try a multitude of activities to find what fits your lifestyle best. Not sure where to start? Check out Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging. It’s designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

Maximize the brain-protecting benefits of your workout:

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Topics: Seniors, Health, exercise

Keeping Safe at Home

May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults. 

With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.

Make Necessary Repairs

Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you. 

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Topics: Seniors, Home Care, Caregiving, slips and falls, safety

Spring and Summer Are Scamming Seasons

May 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Late spring and early summer mark the beginning of vacations for many people. However, while you are relaxing poolside, fraudsters are working hard to snatch your money. Here are four scams to beware during these vacationing months.

Phishing for a Plane Ticket

Have you ever received an email to confirm a purchase you made online? The same principle applies, except you never reserved a flight. Con artists create realistic email confirmations with an airline’s logo, PDF attachments, and links claiming to take you to the airline’s help desk or home page. You may be inclined to select one of the links or attachments to try to figure out this obvious error. However, once the link or attachment is clicked, malware infiltrates your computer and can gather personal or financial information. If you are concerned about a suspicious email, directly contact your airline. Delta Air Lines, for example, has a page on their website dedicated to combating phishing emails.

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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, scams

5 Common Myths About Dementia

May 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the end of life, 1 in 3 elders will have some form of dementia. Despite the large number of people affected, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about dementia. Knowing more can help us better understand and care for those who live with dementia. This article will address five of the most common myths.

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Topics: Caregiving, Dementia, Memory

Honoring Women in Our Lives

May 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

To the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and all those other female figures in our lives who aggravate, cajole, embarrass, adore and encourage us, we say a collective thank you. We fail to express our appreciation nearly as often as you deserve. Know that we love you and are grateful for your presence in our lives.

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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving

There's an App for That Part 3

May 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Some apps in the online stores can waste time, money and memory space on your gadget. This series scours the internet and finds the handiest apps that are not a passing fad. The following group of apps has been tested here in our home office.

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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, technology

Make It Your Nature to Garden

April 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For some, there is nothing more refreshing than sinking their fingers in fresh, warm soil or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when plugging in seeds or root balls — a sense of accomplishment and a state of deep peace. However, gardening not only feels good, it is good for you. In addition to growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, here are some of other health benefits of gardening. 

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Topics: Tips, Health, study, Fun, lifestyle, Gardening, exercise

Hazards of Hoarding: Part 2

April 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding. If you are not sure if your loved one is a hoarder, WebMD suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • Does your loved one buy multiples of an item because they can’t find the item at home?
  • Are there narrow pathways to navigate through the mountains of possessions?
  • Does the clutter cause arguments or fights within the family?
  • Is your loved one unable to bathe, cook and sleep because of obstructions in and around living spaces
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Topics: Seniors, Caregiving, older adults

Ode to Joe: The Health Benefits of Coffee

April 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

What is your favorite thing to wake up to in the morning? Is it rolling over and seeing your special person snore quietly? Maybe it’s the excited giggles from your child or grandchild? Is it the sun peaking over the horizon?

Let’s be honest; it’s probably none of those things. Those greeting cards and movie moments are mostly a sweet mirage. Waking up, in reality, can be difficult, especially when you are trading the warmth of happy dreams for the busy daily demands of life. One way to make the morning brighter is to drink a fresh-brewed cup of coffee. Coffee can help pull people out of a sleepy stupor and energize them to face the day.

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Topics: Health, study, Fun, meals for seniors, vitamins

Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”

April 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”

“When did a simple trip to the grocery store become so dangerous? Is that a traffic ticket on the floor? Oh no, she is using two feet to drive, and this isn’t a stick shift! Gosh, I haven’t stomped on the imaginary brake pedal this much since Jimmy was 15 years old and learning to drive. I can’t let her drive back home. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all.”

Have you ever had this experience? Family members often worry about their aging loved one’s ability to continue driving safely and with good reason. Based on a study by the Federal Highway Administration, there were about 23.6 million licensed drivers 70 and older in 2013. If your loved one’s driving skills have diminished endangering others on the road, you may need to have that talk. It can be uncomfortable and awkward. However, it’s worth it.

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Topics: Tips, driving safety, older adults