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Leaving a Legacy: Capturing Family History for Future Generations

As we grow older, most adults begin to reflect on what their lives have stood for and what history and legacy they will leave behind. For all of us, there is an innate desire to feel as if we have made a difference in the world. For older adults, feeling confident that younger generations are aware of their heritage is also important.

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Study: An Active Senior Lifestyle Adds 5 Years to Your Life

For the most part, when it comes to health basics, we know what is bad for us, and we know the implications. But do we know what’s good for us?

Most of us have seen the Surgeon General’s warning on the side of a pack of cigarettes. Older adults have been around long enough to know that smoking, heavy drinking, and overindulging in the wrong foods take a toll on one’s health.

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Thank You for Being a Friend: The Real Benefit of Senior Living Communities

In elementary school, making a new friend was as simple as sharing a snack at lunch or a ball on the playground. By high school, the politics of friendship—, requiring shared interests, the right attitude, and probably the right clothes—become decidedly more challenging. Even though it might be tough to fit in during adolescence, at least you’re surrounded by potential friends. In adulthood, making new friends may feel downright impossible. Fortunately, senior living communities can help.

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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home: What’s The Difference

Not so long ago, there were only two types of “homes”: the family home and the nursing home. Typically, older adults transitioned from the former to the latter when their care needs exceeded the family members' ability to meet them, or when memory issues created unsafe conditions for remaining at home. At that time, people didn't have any other choices.

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Yoga for Seniors: Mindful Chair Yoga Poses and Coherent Breathing

These are short chair yoga poses and exercises that can be easily completed at home or in a group setting. They combine breathing awareness with yoga exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair or lying down. If possible, you should wear loose clothing, shirt untucked, but any type of clothing is fine. If you experience any pain, simply skip that exercise. All yoga exercises are gentle, never pushing the body. The goal is to feel relaxed and peaceful.

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How to Find Elder Care Options That Don't Feel "Elderly"

Perhaps your parent is starting to struggle with their normal daily tasks and they are beginning to need outside support more often. You have been able to provide love and care as much as you can, but it is now getting to the point in which it’s challenging to keep up on your own.

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Senior Resources for Staying Active, Healthy, and Happy

Parents await patiently for a baby’s first step and teenage boys brim with excitement and pride at the first signs of facial hair. In fact, there are many physical changes that we experience throughout our life. As we age, however, the changes are not always as welcome.

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Independent Living Community vs. Staying at Home: What to Consider

What does an active retirement mean to you? To 75-year-old Jerry Quill, it means playing ice hockey. For 62-year-old Chuck Melin, the senior years are a fine time for steer-wrestling. A generation ago, the dominant image of seniors was a kindly, old grandmother knitting in her rocker as Grandpa watched TV or took a snooze. This isn’t your grandparents’ retirement. The independent living community of today recognizes that seniors are doing more, growing more, and living longer than ever before.

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How to Avoid Sibling Feuds While Caregiving

Working with your siblings to care for an aging parent can be rewarding, challenging, and every emotion in between. For some families, this is a time to reminisce and reconnect. It gives everyone an opportunity to remember the old days in a positive way. Unfortunately, caregiving doesn’t go so smoothly for every family. Sibling feuds are a fairly frequent occurrence when a senior loved one needs more assistance.

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What to Look for When You Tour an Assisted Living Community

There are many factors to consider when determining which senior living community is the best fit for a loved one. That means the process can take a little more time than many seniors and their families anticipate.

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Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options for a Loved One

January is a month when senior care organizations typically receive record numbers of phone calls and questions from worried adult children. In many cases, it’s because they spent time visiting an elder during the holidays and they realize their senior loved one needs a little extra help.

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Holiday Blues: Helping an Older Loved One Enjoy the Season

Most people think of the holidays as a fun and festive time of the year. But for older adults, especially those who may have recently experienced a loss, the holidays can be anything but festive. It’s important for family members to learn the signs of the holiday blues and how they can help an older loved one overcome them.

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Can Tai Chi Relieve Arthritis Pain in Seniors?

Autumn is a season of the year where temperatures can fluctuate widely. As the thermometer rises and falls, so too does the barometric pressure. For older adults who have osteoarthritis, these ups and downs can translate to increased pain and swelling in damaged joints. This can seriously limit a senior's ability to carry on their normal daily routine. .

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Making a Smooth Transition to a Senior Living Community

The transition from a home you've known for many years to a new senior living community can be emotional. Older adults moving to new surroundings may experience a variety of feelings ranging from excitement to sadness. It’s important to remember that this reaction is perfectly normal.

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The Benefits of Storytelling for Older Adults with Dementia

Storytelling is an age-old tradition around the world. It can also be a form of therapy for people who have dementia. There are several different types of storytelling and reminiscing, and they all provide similar benefits.

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Senior Living in Texas: How to Make the Best Decision

Beginnings are always a little scary. You probably felt anxious on your first day of kindergarten, the first time you lived away from your family, and on the first day of your first job. The transition to senior living is no different. When contemplating where you’ll spend the next chapter of your life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

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Older Adults and Pets: Furry Friends with Amazing Benefits

Dogs will listen with seemingly endless patience. They will love unconditionally, and they'll gladly join you for a brisk walk around the block. Is it any wonder scientists are touting canine companionship as a lifestyle enhancer?

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What Does It Mean to Age Successfully?

Seventy percent of Americans over 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the health and social needs of older adults, according to a study by West Health Institute. And just 10 percent of professionals who work with older Americans feel seniors are “very prepared” to age well, according to the National Institute of Senior Centers.

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