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Seniors

Seniors and Vision Care

EyeglassesWhether you reside in a retirement living community or an assisted living community, your need for an annual eye exam is the same. Even if there are no obvious symptoms or trouble with vision, it is still possible to have an eye disease.

Some people may need more frequent examinations if they are suffering from certain medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These types of conditions can put a person at a higher risk for some eye diseases.

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The Battle of the Blood Sugar

Battle-of-Blood-Sugar-1Improve your life by reducing your risk for diabetes

If current trends continue, one of every three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet there's a lot we can do to reduce these numbers, said Zeba Ali, MD, Family Medicine Physician with Portage Medical Group.

Ali sees cases of diabetes and prediabetes each day and offers the following critical information about how to reduce your risk.

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Legal Documents That Every Senior Needs

Brookdale-Legal-DocumentsNo one wants to think of the possibility of their death. But not planning ahead means leaving the burden to your family and friends when you are gone. And without the proper documents in place, it could be setting them up for legal snares, financial issues and many years in court to get your estate settled.

No doubt, planning for the future from a legal and financial perspective can be confusing and overwhelming. There are many documents that should be put in place, but sometimes caregivers and their elderly loved ones don't understand the terms that are used, or what each document is for. Here are definitions of the different types of legal documents:

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Understanding Medicare Benefits

Brookdale-Medicare-BenefitsMillions of Americans over the age of 65, as well as some disabled individuals under the age of 65, are eligible to receive Medicare benefits. In terms of skilled nursing, this Medicare coverage is crucial in offsetting some of the expense. Depending on your loved one’s level of care and need, their Medicare benefits may pay for some of their short-term costs.

Medicare Part A

Qualifications for Medicare Part A can vary. However, to put it simply, if your loved one is over the age of 65 and is eligible to receive Social Security, they may be able to receive Medicare Part A benefits that will pay for all or some of their stay in a skilled nursing facility.

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Mental Wellness Tips for Seniors

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarYour golden years should be your best years. You’ve raised your children and even helped them raise your grandchildren. You’ve worked hard at a job and can now relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can travel and take on new hobbies. You can also take the time to volunteer or get involved with community groups. You’re at the point in life where you can now avoid the rat race and live your life on your terms.

In order to make the most of your retirement years, it’s good to remain active and in good physical shape. Physical activity can help you stay strong and fit enough to do the things you enjoy. It can also help you maintain your balance and mobility. But there is another thing that needs to be exercised on a regular basis in order to achieve optimal health. That thing is your brain.

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Food For the Soul

Sterling-House-Food-for-the-SoulAn Educational Seminar with Sterling House® Valparaiso

Join us at the Valparaiso Family YMCA on March 22 for an educational seminar, “Food for the Soul.” This presentation will help you learn new ways to positively impact your emotional state and improve your overall health. You’ll find out why it’s so important to nurture and care for your emotional self. Make plans now to be here.

Thursday, March 22, 10:30 to 11:30 am

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Creativity and Aging

Creativity-and-AgingMany of us associate getting older with decline, but some things get better with age. It turns out creativity can be one of them. With aging comes what is known as "crystallized intelligence". This is the collective benefit of a long life of experiences and acquired knowledge. While "fluid intelligence"-defined as the ability to think and reason abstractly-can decline with age-crystallized intelligence improves.

With age comes wisdom and better self knowledge. Inhibitions and self regulation decline, perhaps tapping previously unexplored areas of the brain. According to researcher Eugene Cohen this turns out to be a good thing and can lead to what Cohen calls "the new senior moment"-coming up with creative and often humorous solutions to problems. Cohen recounts the story of his 80 year old in-laws who were on their way to visit their daughter and her family in Washington DC. They had taken the subway as far as they could and planned to get a cab the rest of the way. When they came out of the subway they realized the city was being hit with a major snow storm and were not able to get a cab. Their daughter was still in her car on the way home from work and was not reachable (this was before cell phones), so they were left alone to come up with a solution to their dilemma. They simply walked across the street to a pizza delivery restaurant, ordered a pizza and asked to be delivered with it! They arrived safely at their daughter’s home and brought dinner with them!

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