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4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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When the sun wakes up late and slips away before the workday ends, when many a day is dark and gray, when it’s Groundhog Day...

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Turkey With a Twist: Rethinking Thanksgiving

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The Wesley Community 30 Year Club

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Thank you to this group of employees who have served with dedication and compassion for more than
30 years at The Wesley Community...

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The Best Diet You've Never Heard Of

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When most of us hear “diet,” we think of a four-letter word meaning something we must suffer through — a short-term means to a desired outcome.
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Making Art Has a Profound Effect on Vulnerable Older Adults

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If social inclusion is an important factor in promoting optimum wellness in older adults, what happens when you add arts to the equation?

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Are You Getting Enough Protein? Too Much?

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If you’re like me, you often find yourself confused by how many health headlines contradict one another. Lately, I’ve found this to be true where protein is concerned...

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The Joy of Fostering a Senior Dog

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Carol Byers already had two dogs when she decided to foster a third. Byers, an active woman in her early 70s, set her sights on an older pet.
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What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams

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Over the last year or two, tech support scams have exploded. The fraudsters want to “remote in”... 

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How to Avoid Sneaky Bank Overdraft Fees

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Banks love to talk about how easy it is to do online banking, such as depositing checks via a smartphone app. But did you know that if you want to see how much is really in your bank account...

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11 Tips to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

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The opportunity to travel is one of the great benefits of having financial security and more free time as we age. Traveling is one the most life-enriching activities, and traveling...

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What Loneliness Is Doing to Your Heart

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You may have heard that loneliness is hazardous to your health — and can even lead to an early death...

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The Online Classes That Help the Homebound Connect

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Rose Binder, 93, of Queens, N.Y., is homebound. She has no stores in her neighborhood, and taking an accessible taxi service...

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Why Working Longer Is Good for Your Health

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Retirement didn’t sit with Lee Humphrey when she tried it about a decade ago, at 62. About a year after leaving...

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The Surprising Secrets of Successful Retirees

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s or early 60s, odds are you’d like to know what it takes to have a happy and successful retirement. 

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Making Art Has a Profound Effect on Vulnerable Older Adults

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If social inclusion is an important factor in promoting optimum wellness in older adults, what happens when you add arts to the equation?

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What I Learned During a Year Without a Dog

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Unloading the dishwasher, I dropped a plastic cup and watched it roll across the floor. For a moment, I expected our golden retriever, Teddy...

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How to Craft Your Memoir

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When I overheard my father reminiscing with his old Army buddy about how desperate they felt as kids having to do menial tasks to earn money that would help their families — even plucking chickens — I realized I hadn’t heard much about his emotional life growing up...

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Your Pet and Your Estate: No Joke

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Maybe you heard that Joan Rivers left a portion of her $150 million fortune to her four rescue pups, who are now living with...

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Why Cruises Are Ideal for Boomers Traveling Solo

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If you’re a boomer considering cruising by yourself — whether because you’re single or your spouse can’t or won’t travel — you may have some anxieties about it...

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How to Start Painting at Any Age

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Before Jackson created this work of painting and collage, she wasn’t familiar with the terms “artful aging” or “creative aging”...

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Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

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Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, offers an insightful observation about the promise and potential of longer lives. “Thousands of baby boomers each day surge into their 60s and 70s,” he wrote in a recent article for The Wall Street Journal.

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7 Tips for Travelers With Disabilities

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Jackie Witt always feels a little anxious before she travels. The 31-year-old can barely climb steps, finds walking long distances difficult...

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The Magic of Leaving Your Comfort Zones in Retirement

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One of the biggest goals of my career as an air traffic controller was having a worry-free retirement. I envisioned a comfortable place where I could lie back and watch the world pass by; where I could live not only without work, but without challenge, worry or stress.

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5 New Year's Resolutions For Older Adults

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In 2007, British psychologist Richard Wiseman followed more than 3,000 people attempting to achieve New Year’s resolutions including the top three: lose weightquit smoking and exercise regularly. At the start of the study, most were confident of success...

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6 Ways Age Changes How We Travel

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An AARP study of 2015 Baby Boomer Travel Trends found that older travelers anticipated taking four to five trips the following year...

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How to Keep Off Extra Pounds During the Holidays

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With the holidays right around the corner, your calendar is probably already filling up with friendly parties, formal dinners and family gatherings. All of that celebrating can take a toll on the body.

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'Elder Orphans' Have a Harder Time Aging in Place

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Thriving in a place that’s safe and comfortable, surrounded by cozy memories, is a natural desire of older adults. We treasure independence and want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become...

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Why Smart People Fall for Investment Scams

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There are many reasons why we fall for investment scams. As we understand and realize these factors, we are less likely to fall prey to investment scamsters — who we call “financial serial killers.”
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An Invitation to Dump Your Obligations

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We often complain that we don’t have enough time to do all the things we wish to do. For many of us, it’s a true statement. We truly don’t have enough time. We ardently desire a “time out” from our obligations.

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The Importance of Listening to the Person With Dementia

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People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia are an invaluable part of our society. Millions of them are brilliant, wise and actively advocating for their rights and needs...

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It Happens to the Best of Us: I'm Not Cool Anymore

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A few mornings ago, I saw a reflection of myself and had to summon every bit of strength to keep from shrieking. What was staring back at me, from a darkened winter window, was sad, morally repugnant and just plain creepy.

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Art and Friendship Make Powerful Tools to Fight Ageism

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“Whom would I meet? What would I say? Would I seem dorky?” These were Rena Berlin’s concerns before she met her Partner in Art Learning, the new “pal” she’d been matched with through a program that pairs a college student with an older adult to create art.

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Helpful Apps for Seniors

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Every day for the last 24 years, I’ve worked with the elderly and, by extension, with their families. As the founder of Caring Senior Service, a non-medical in-home care provider, my goal is to ensure that people can age with dignity in their own homes and to reassure families that their loved ones are safe and secure.

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4 Life Lessons From Tony Bennett and Other 89-Year-Olds

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Singer Tony Bennett, at 89, isn’t resting on his laurels. He recently released a new album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome KernIn an interview with NPR, he recalled how much he loved singing for his relatives as a boy. “It created a passion in my life that exists to this moment as I speak to you, that is stronger now at 89 than in my whole life,” Bennett said. “I still feel that I can get better somehow. And I search for it all of the time.”

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Common Myths of Hospice Care Debunked

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In the past 40 years, attitudes towards death and dying in America and much of the rest of the world have slowly changed. The hospice movement has grown considerably and now constitutes its own segment of the health care system. Prior to hospice, people often died alone, in institutional settings like hospitals.

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Keep Your Family Safe From Animal-Borne Diseases

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Three out of every five new sicknesses in humans come from either animal or bug contact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. While not every animal or insect encounter will make you sick, tens of thousands of Americans have become ill. Some of these interactions can result in major illness.

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Senior Bank Accounts: Should You Get One?

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It isn’t hard to figure out why some banks and credit unions offer special checking accounts for customers they call “seniors.” Once they establish banking relationships this way, they can try to entice the new account holders with savings accounts, loans and retirement accounts.

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Lighten Up Your Favorite Recipes of Yesteryear

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Do you long to eat favorite foods from your youth without a side order of guilt? With creative tweaking, chocolaty brownies, creamy scalloped potatoes, hearty meatloaf, green bean-mushroom casserole with fried onions and other comfort foods can return from the list of no-nos.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids From Fighting Over Your Will

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Prepare for Surgery With Exercise and Diet

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A dozen years ago, at the age of 50, Lillie Shockney decided to have breast reconstruction surgery after two bouts of cancer and two mastectomies. The procedure called for removing a flap of skin and fat from her abdomen, used to rebuild her breasts.

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What Banks Are Doing to Halt Elder Abuse

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An increasing number of banks and credit unions are implementing fraud-prevention initiatives to prepare for the onslaught of aging Americans expected to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
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Why Am I Just Getting Allergies Now?

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When my daughter was two, I took her and her older brother blueberry picking near our hometown of Arcata, Calif. The farm owners weren’t too concerned about children “sampling” the goods. So my kids scarfed plenty of fruit before we got out of there with a full bucket.

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7 Exercises to Never Do After 50

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Working out the same way in your 50s as you did in your 30s sets you up for a world of hurt. Changes in flexibility, muscular strength, bone density and recovery time make injuries more likely if you don’t adjust accordingly.

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7 Steps to a Healthier Barbecue

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It may be the favorite way to cook on hot summer days, but experts say the high heat of grilling can produce cancer-causing compounds that are dangerous to your health.

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Meditation Changed My Life

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Like so many members of our boomer generation, I walked away from organized religion long ago. Baptized and confirmed Episcopalian in childhood, my last steady churchgoing experience involved attending “youth services” in my teens, where we stood around in a prayer circle in our jeans and sandals, singing contemporary hymns in a fog of incense.

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Giving Elders and Their Caregivers Support

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As Americans age, it's vital we give our elders -- and their caregivers -- the support they need. Global caregiving advocate Ai-jen Poo tells us what we can do to positively affect change, starting right this minute.

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Can We Delay Aging?

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A look at aging and health as medical focus on lifespan broadens to include one's healthspan, too. This is the basic premise of a new field of research called geroscience. But there’s an obvious catch: Can we do it?
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How to Lose 1,000 Square Feet — and Keep It Off

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Five years ago, when I sold my 1,700-square-foot condo in St. Louis County, Mo., in preparation for a move to a small apartment in San Francisco, Calif., I knew I had to get rid of at least two-thirds of my stuff. That required touching every single thing I owned.
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5 Things to Do During and After a Hospital Stay

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Any hospital stay can be a revelation. When it’s totally unexpected, the experience can be even more fraught with surprises. I speak from personal experience and have some advice based on it. Last year, I had pain severe enough to require a middle-of-the-night visit to the ER. It turned out to be kidney stones — stones that felt like boulders and required an invasive procedure (a ureteroscopy) to view, measure and then zap them into dust. Star Wars inside my body while I was out cold. The procedure was performed at a great hospital. I had a great specialist. It all went well.
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Skype: A Onetime Enemy Becomes a Long-Distance Parental Lifeline

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When your son moves halfway around the world, it's not 'who ya gonna call,' but how? I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with technology. When I got my first answering machine back in the '80s, it was with a mix of excitement (never missing another call!) and dread (but what if no one called?). I make no pretense of being an early adopter, but I pride myself in believing that I eventually do catch up. (Although my son will cringingly tell you that I still sometimes call my iPod a Walkman.)
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You’re Not As Active As You Think You Are

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If I were to ask you how active you are, what would you say? Do you consider yourself to be active and productive on most days of the week? Do you meet the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week? Would you go so far as to say that you exercise frequently?
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10 Things You Should Bring to Every Doctor's Appointment

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As an emergency physician, I see patients every day who have forgotten to bring something critical to their appointments. That's understandable when you face an unplanned emergency situation, but not when you've had time to prepare for, say, an annual checkup or a follow-up visit with a specialist.
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6 Things to Know About EMV Chip Credit Cards

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By now, you’ve likely received in the mail a replacement credit card with an EMV chip (EMV stands for Europlay, MasterCard and Visa). The computer chip has been put in to keep hackers from getting access to the data in your card’s magnetic strip. But you may be in for some surprises, and I say this from personal experience.
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Why Keeping a Good Relationship With Your Doctor Is Key

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“It’s all about relationships.”

That’s what a mentor told me during my medical training. Every day, as a pediatrician, I realize how true this is.

With the recent emergence and increasing popularity of virtual doctor visits due to convenience and lower costs, it is necessary to examine the nature of the interaction between doctor and patient.

As patients, we go to our doctors in our most vulnerable states. We want them to tell us what we want to hear — that nothing is wrong and our deepest fears are unsubstantiated. Sometimes that happens, and unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t.

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Make Sure Your Long-Term Care Insurance Works for You

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Some people protect themselves from the exorbitant out-of-pocket cost of long-term care (median annual price of a private room in a nursing home: $91,250, according to Genworth Financial), by buying long-term care insurance policies. But here’s some stunning news during what the long-term care industry calls Long Term Care Awareness Month: More than a third of people with long-term care policies at age 65 lapse their coverage before they die, forfeiting all benefits, a new Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College analysis finds.

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What to Do When Being the Caregiver Is Not an Option

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There are 66 million unpaid adult family caregivers in America — 29 percent of the adult U.S. population — providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Female caregivers outnumber their male counterparts two to one. In 2012, female family caregivers, on average, were 48 years old, lived alone, and provided about 25 hours of care per week.
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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Parents Are Safe In Bad Weather

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Lately, it seems our headlines have been filled with stories about Mother Nature wreaking havoc on our surroundings. From horrible flooding to fast-spreading wildfires to monster hurricanes, weather and the damage it causes is putting human lives in danger. And as we gear up for a strong El Nino that is expected to bring heavy rains to California and big storms to the East, it doesn't look like the winter months will bring much relief to many parts of the nation.
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4 Rules to Giving Your Heirs Money While You're Alive

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Leaving money to heirs upon your death, by contrast, is a lot less taxing than you might expect. For inheritances, the 2015 federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million per person. That means 99. 8 percent of people never have to pay an estate tax, because so few people have assets that exceed $5.43 million. However, if you want to give money to your children or grandchildren while you are still alive, you have options.
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Tips for talking to an aging loved one about driving

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The ability to drive is one of the last forms of independence that seniors are able to retain. When bringing up the topic of ceasing driving, it is important to listen to what the senior has to say.
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Seniors find comfort and convenience online

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New technology and the internet aren’t just for young people. According to a recent study by Pew Research, 59 percent of American seniors are internet users.
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Senior homes can help make the golden years golden

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For many seniors, there comes a time when they can no longer care for themselves independently. This is often a difficult realization for seniors and their families, as they remember the days when the senior was fully self-sufficient and usually the primary caregiver for the rest of the family.
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Winter safety tips for seniors

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When the weather outside is frightful, there are a number of steps seniors can take to ensure a safe and healthy winter season. Ice, snow and cold temperatures can affect people of all ages, especially older adults. It is especially important to keep an eye on seniors during the winter. Regular check-ins to make sure your loved one is living as happily and healthfully as possible can make a huge difference in keeping seniors safe during the winter months. When temperatures drop and winter storms roll in, seniors are more likely to experience injuries and health problems related to the weather. Issues such as hypothermia, frostbite and falls due to ice and snow often see an uptick during the colder months. It’s critical that seniors and those who care for them exercise certain safety measures and precautions this time of year.
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Social isolation a concern amongst seniors

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Social isolation among seniors is alarmingly common. The notion that retirees spend the majority of their time traveling and connecting with friends and family is simply inaccurate. A much higher number settle into a more sedentary lifestyle that can severely limit social connections, create loneliness and may put their mental, emotional and physical health at risk. Twenty-eight percent of Americans over the age of 65 live alone. It is important for seniors and caregivers to be aware of potential social isolation. Social isolation is an issue that should be considered by anyone who is considering remaining in their home as they age.
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Summer offers great outdoor opportunities for seniors

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After a long and harsh winter, the warmer temperatures and sunshine are certainly welcome and people are flocking outdoors to enjoy them – including seniors. Spending time outdoors can bring about sharper mental states and happier moods, along with improved physical health and a better overall sense of well-being. It is important for caretakers to encourage seniors to spend more time outdoors as summer approaches. Spending time outdoors is physically, mentally and emotionally revitalizing. Being cooped up indoors is not good for individuals at any age. Being outside creates a sense of independence and can help in building confidence and stimulating the senses. While some seniors are able to perform physical activities outdoors, such as cycling or tennis, others may be restricted due to physical limitations. However, there are a wide variety of outdoor activities that can be adapted for and enjoyed by individuals of all levels of physical ability.
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How to Determine if a Parent is Ready for a Senior Living Community

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For adults with elderly parents, determining whether mom or dad is ready for a senior living community can be extremely stressful. Parents spend their entire lives caring for their children and it’s not easy to admit when the one who’s occupied the caretaker role for so long becomes the one who may need help. According to experts, the decision does not have to be a melancholy one, even if it is oftentimes a difficult one. One common way of evaluating a parent’s condition is for adult children to actually look at their parents and their surroundings. Are they losing weight or hiding bruises that may be from falls? Do they have a complex routine of medications? Do they have their bills and finances in order? Are they able to care for their house inside and out? These questions can help adult children decide whether their parents are capable of functioning in the environment they’ve lived in for years.
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Benefits of adult day services for both seniors and caregivers

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Caring for a senior family member or loved one creates a level of stress unmatched by most endeavors. Adult day programs, such as Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services, allow caregivers the chance to take a deep breath and address their daily commitments while knowing their loved one is in good hands. Adult day services are designed to meet the wide ranging needs of seniors and family members. While programs are equipped for seniors who require full-time care, adult day services are also geared to cater to vibrant, active seniors who may have lost a spouse or are otherwise alone more than they or their families would like. Rather than engaging in solitary pursuits during the day, seniors can enjoy the company of others.
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Helping seniors enjoy the holidays

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As we enter Thanksgiving week and look forward to the season of giving – it’s time to turn our attention towards how we can make the holidays an ever merrier time of year for the seniors in our lives. For our elder family members who are accustomed to hosting and leading the seasonal festivities, holidays can be stressful and depressing if their physical and emotional needs aren’t considered. The holidays can also bring additional stress from multiple travel plans and an uprooted routine. “The holidays can be overwhelming for anyone, with travel, family and social engagements, house guests, shopping and a million other to-dos. It’s important to keep the needs and feelings of seniors top of mind during the holiday season as we gather families for celebrations,” said Lorrie Shilling of The Wesley Community, a regional non-profit based in Saratoga Springs that provides housing and services for area seniors. Set realistic goals. Visiting family and friends is a top priority during the holiday season. If seniors tire quickly or are easily over-stimulated, limit the number of outings or the length of time seniors are included. Noise and confusion at a large gathering can lead to exhaustion, so it may be helpful to set aside a room for reading, watching TV, resting or quiet chat. Make sure to schedule ample rest time throughout the day and don’t rush around.
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Wesley Community offers continuum of senior care - active to nursing home

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Adult children face a difficult dilemma when aging parents have too much solitary time or begin requiring full-time assistance. The challenge of caring for a senior while handling the day-to-day responsibilities of one's own life is often overwhelming.
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How art helps Alzheimer's patients better communicate

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Art provides an outlet to express thoughts and feelings that may not be able to be expressed in any other way. This notion has been found particularly relevant for people with Alzheimer’s. Painting with individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease can unlock a world of creativity. The hobby triggers powerful memories and transports people through time as they paint.
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Tips for making moving easier for seniors

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Many seniors will inevitably face a move at some point — to a smaller home, to a retirement home or to a relative’s home. These moves can be emotional, but following a simple strategy can ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.
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Seniors at high risk in low temperatures

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Cold temperatures like those that swept through the Capital Region last week can pose health risks for people of all ages. The elderly are among the most susceptible to hypothermia, especially those who are ill, medically vulnerable and alone or isolated.
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New Year's resolutions for seniors and caregivers

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New Year’s day is just around the corner, and with it comes another round of New Year’s resolutions. These vows typically fall under the self-improvement category, but a team effort may be the best path to success for seniors and caregivers.
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Helping seniors cope with the holiday blues

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Thanksgiving marked the official kickoff of the holiday season, and although it s supposed to be a time of good tidings and joy, seniors may become overwhelmed by feelings of stress or sadness. These unwanted feelings are known as ...
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Halloween safety tips for seniors

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Halloween night can be a scary time for seniors and not just because of children dressed as vampires, wolf men and wicked witches. Kids accompanied by their parents don t pose a threat, but constant knocking and large masked visitors can be intimid...
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Helping seniors get their ZZZZs

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Sleeping well is an essential part of physical and emotional health. This is especially true for seniors who rely on seven to nine hours of rest each night to repair cell damage, improve memory formation and refresh th...
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Hot summer days especially hard on seniors

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Summer provides many great opportunities to get outside and enjoy the warm rays of sunshine. But the comfortable temperatures that draw us outside can also be a danger to seniors if precautions aren t taken. Most of us love spending time outside afte...
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Assessing the independence of aging love ones

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Fourth of July is less than two weeks away. Soon we ll be at our patriotic best as we remember one of the most important days of the year Independence Day. For adult children, it might also be a good time to assess the independence of aging loved o...
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'Never too Old to Play'

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to recognize the lives and contributions of seniors in the United States. The theme for 2012 is Never Too Old to Play, chosen by the Administration on Aging to encourage older American...
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A whole-body approach to preventing dementia

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A typical list of tips for preventing dementia begins with word games, puzzles, reading and other mentally stimulating activities. While this kind of stimulation is important as we age, it is not the only tool seniors can use to stay sharp. According..
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Spring's the time to evaluate, improve diets

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This week s unseasonably warm weather has many seniors everyone, really thinking about the outdoors. From clothing choices to recreational pursuits, the onset of spring is one of the most exciting times of the year. It also marks a good opportuni...
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Keeping spring cleaning safe for seniors

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Spring is just around the corner and with it comes warmer weather, flowers and a reminder to clean and de-clutter our homes and our lives. Many seniors grew up with the concept of spring cleaning and continue to make it a part of their annual routi...
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New Year s resolutions for seniors

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New Year s resolutions are among the many traditions we partake in during the holiday season. Oftentimes, these promises to make our lives better, happier and healthier are easy to make but hard to maintain. Heading into 2012, seniors and their famil...
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The benefits of assisted living

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When we begin to consider moving a loved one to an assisted living community, the benefits of such a move can be clouded by guilt or other negative feelings. Family members sometimes wonder what else they could have done to keep the senior in questio...
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Simple steps to ward off dementia

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Despite recent news that researchers are making great strides in the fight against Alzheimer s disease and other forms of dementia, early brain deterioration remains of great concern to seniors and their adult children. This will remain true until a ...
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Consider adult daycare

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Adult children face a difficult dilemma when aging parents have too much solitary time or begin requiring full-time care. Oftentimes, children want to do the noble thing and be their parent s primary companion or caretaker, but in ...
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