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14 Strength, Flexibility & Balance Exercises for Seniors

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for Americans 65 and older, according to data from the CDC.1 Luckily, there are many ways to lower the likelihood of taking a tumble and increase your ability to recover. Two of the most effective are: Exercises. One of the main risk factors is poor strength and balance.2 There are lots of exercises for seniors that improve balance, mobility, strength and stability. (See below.) ...

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April 1st, 2022

Doctor’s Visit Checklist Helps Relieve the Stress of Doctor’s Appointments

The idea of visiting the doctor is often accompanied by some sort of sinking feeling, regardless of age. From when we were children to our senior years, there is always some reason to have a looming dread about it. From the fear of needles as a child, to getting an unexpected complication reported to you Read more >>

February 24th, 2022

Tips for Healthy Aging

Healthy aging is based on a well-rounded approach to life that fulfills not only our physical needs, but our mental and emotional needs as well. When we recognize and meet these needs, we set the foundation for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling aging experience. Follow these 10 easy tips for healthy aging! 1. Eat Read more >>

January 10th, 2022

A Guide to Low Vision for Seniors and Family Caregivers

As we age, we may develop conditions that make it harder to participate in day-to-day life. One of these is low vision. What is low vision? The National Eye Institute (NEI) defines low vision as any visual impairment “that makes it hard to do everyday activities” that “can’t be fixed with glasses, contact lenses, medicine or Read more >>

January 10th, 2022

5 Ways to Reduce Stress

Reducing stress is just as important as exercise and diet. That’s because the stress response doesn’t just impact our emotions – it affects our physical health, too. Stress causes an elevation of cortisol, (the so-called “fight-or-flight” hormone produced in the adrenal glands), which is great when we’re in danger, but produces adverse effects if we Read more >>

October 9th, 2021

Online Fraud: 7 Common Scams & Tips for Avoiding Them

Scammers still rely on the phone, but they’ve also expanded their frauds to the digital world. Staying vigilant and skeptical is critical to avoid being defrauded. Protect yourself by protecting your personal and financial data. Distrust any request for your Social Security Number or payment via credit or debit card, ACH, EFT or other option. Read more >>

October 4th, 2021

Healthy Sleep Habits for Older Adults

“There’s a common misperception that as we age, our sleep gets worse. It’s not that simple at all,” asserts Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, gerontology and geriatric medicine, and biobehavioral nursing at the University of Washington. “What we’ve learned in exploring the data that is that healthy older adults, as Read more >>

October 2nd, 2021

Healthy Aging: Why Sleeping at Night Is Important

Poor sleeping doesn’t just make us cranky, it can impair our daytime function, increase risk of falling and exacerbate or lead to serious health issues. That’s why It’s important to help identify possible sleep problems and to see a primary care provider or specialty practitioner. Consequences of Lack of Sleep in Older Adults “Sleep is Read more >>

September 1st, 2021

Healthy Aging: Personal Hygiene Basics for Older Adults and Family Caregivers

With all we have going on in our lives, it can be easy to overlook the important connection between wellness and hygiene. But routine personal maintenance can help us keep ourselves and our loved ones healthier and safer. Personal Hygiene Checklists for Seniors Hands According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing hands Read more >>

August 31st, 2021

How to Monitor Elderly Parents Living Alone (Without Annoying Them)

Caregivers walk a fine line when they monitor elderly parents who are living alone. When the time comes, you want to strike a balance that allows your parents to age in familiar, comfortable surroundings where they don’t feel monitored. That way, they can maintain their pride and dignity as they enter their later years. Coincidentally, these Read more >>

August 23rd, 2021

Popular Diet Trends May Not Be as Healthy as You Think

At this point in our lives, we’ve heard multiple messages about eating right and we’ve probably had every intention of following that sage advice. But the truth is – according to research from National Institute on Aging – most of us can and should try harder.1 A recent review of research for the agency shows Read more >>

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