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Senior Fall Prevention

Messy-BooksFalls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls can be prevented, by making the home safer and using products that help keep seniors more stable and less likely to fall.

Here are some things you can do to make the home safer and help prevent falls:


  • Remove any furniture that is not needed. All remaining furniture should be stable and without sharp corners, to minimize the effects of a fall.

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Five Easy Ways to Live a More Active Lifestyle

Creativity-and-AgingRetirement living does not mean that you have to shut down and hole up. Yes, you have earned the right to some peace and relaxation, but this should not come at the expense of remaining active, either physically or socially. By maintaining a high activity level throughout your retirement, you will maintain your independence and lead a healthier, fuller lifestyle.

While this idea of getting and staying active may sound overwhelming, it is actually much easier than you probably suspect. Whether you live in a retirement living facility or maintain your own independent residence, the following tips will help guide and direct you as you look for new ways to stay engaged.

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Gift Giving for a Loved One in Skilled Nursing

Blue-GiftAfter buying gifts your entire life, it can be challenging to come up with new and creative ideas for your loved one. As time changes, the needs of your loved one will change. The decorative vases you used to purchase your aunt just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

When you have a loved one in skilled nursing, you know they need practical gifts. By targeting your gift-giving strategy to your loved one’s needs, you will be able to get gifts that show how much you care and that show you understand their needs.

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Multiple Generations Living in Senior Communities

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarOnce upon a time, most people who went into an assisted living facility or nursing homes were very old. Times have changed. More and more young seniors are choosing to moving to a senior community while they are still young, vibrant and independent, knowing they will be well-cared for as they age and their needs change.

Residents in senior communities today range in age from 65 to 105. Because of the leading edge of the baby boomers, and better health care for the very old – letting them live to be even older – many people in senior homes are nearly a generation younger than the very old people (in their late eighties and nineties) with whom they share the neighborhood. The music, the culture and the expectations of these younger elders are quite different than the older ones.

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Choosing the Right CCRC

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarA Continuing Care Retirement Community (often called a CCRC) is a great place for older adults to take comfort in knowing they have various lifestyle and care options that are designed to ensure their peace of mind today and tomorrow. CCRCs provide a place where seniors can live, socialize and receive they care they need, while knowing that they can remain in the same community should their care needs change in the future.

The difficult part sometimes, however, is picking the right CCRC that will meet your individual needs.

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Women and Alzheimer’s Disease - Putting the Caregiver Center Stage

Elderly-CoupleWhile Alzheimer’s disease is devastating and deserves every effort to find a cure, too often we focus on the disease itself to the exclusion of the caregiver concerns. Caregivers need to take center stage. And that is happening more and more thanks to the tireless efforts of people like Leeza Gibbons. Leeza’s mom died from Alzheimer’s disease as did her grandmother. Leeza’s difficult journey of being a long distance caregiver has fueled a lifelong passion to support the well-being of those who find themselves walking that same path.

A recent industry news article from the Alzheimer’s Association about the impact of dementia on women really struck me. Consider the following statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association:

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April is National Humor Month

Elderly-SmileHumor and laughter have many health benefits connected to them. Numerous studies show the impact of laughter on health through measurable improvements in the immune response, blood pressure, blood flow, stress hormones and other health indicators during and following a session of laughter. Some of these effects mimic the body’s physiologic response to exercise leading some to refer to a good laugh as "jogging on the inside."

In his book, Anatomy of an Illness, author Norman Cousins outlines a program of recovery from the debilitating illness known as Ankylosing spondylitis using positive attitude, love, faith, and laughter. Cousins watched Marx Brothers movies to evoke laughter and said, "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep. When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."

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