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Finding Happiness During the Holidays: A Guide For Older Adults

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“Happiness is not ready made. It comes from our actions.” This quote from the Dalai Lama holds particular meaning for me during the holidays. While the holiday season is a time of celebration, family reunions, and childlike wonder, many of us are not immune to sadness – particularly as we age. We may have lost […]

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Discover Great Ideas for Gifts Older Adults Will Love

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By Susan Ayers Walker To make your shopping a little easier this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of fun and practical items for older adults. Grandparent Talk uses a deck of question cards to stimulate social interaction and spontaneous discussion between grandparents and the youngsters who don’t necessarily recognize the store of knowledge their […]

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Key Services Medicare Doesn’t Cover

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Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 and begin Medicare coverage. At last, they have health care coverage for life! But what many don’t realize is the array of services they’ll still have to pay for on their own. Despite all the things Medicare covers, it is not a head-to-toe plan. The average couple who retires […]

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How Seniors Get Taken for All They’ve Got

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Think you’re too smart to fall for a scam? A new study says 1 in 18 “cognitively intact” older adults is taken in by financial fraud or abuse in any given year. Declining cognition is responsible for a 33 percent increase in susceptibility to a scam, but healthy adults are often victims, says Patricia Boyle, […]

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Caring for the elderly: Dealing with Resistance

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Caring for the elderly can be challenging — particularly if a loved one doesn’t want help. Understand what’s causing your loved one’s resistance and how you can encourage cooperation. One of the toughest challenges you can face when caring for the elderly is resistance to care. How do you help a loved one who doesn’t […]

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Easy Ways For Seniors to Exercise Their Brain

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As we age, we tend to become more conscious of our health. Some seniors, however, may forget that their brain also needs conditioning to maintain their overall wellness. There is a common misconception that seniors lose a significant amount of neurons, making their acquisition of data more difficult. But this was refuted in a study […]

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Recommended Reading for August 2018

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The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself By Linda Abbit Linda Abbit, is a veteran of the caregiving industry who shares her advice on how can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself. Conscious Caregiver teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one. […]

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Plant and Outdoor Therapy: Worth It for Seniors?

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Whether it’s tending to a plant in their room, enjoying houseplants in communal residence areas or having exposure to greenery in the great outdoors (even through a window), seniors see undeniable benefits. And while you may agree from your own experience that you seem to feel better when Mother Nature is nearby, research proves that […]

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

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The risk of hearing loss for an older American is 10 to 20 times greater than the risk of heart disease, and 100 times higher than the risk of getting cancer. Of 30 million Americans who have hearing loss, a mere 20 percent get hearing aids. Hearing devices aren’t covered by Medicare or most insurance, […]

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Handling Caregiver Guilt After a Move to Senior Living

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Even though you knew it was time for your mom or dad to transition to senior living, that doesn’t make the new arrangement easier to bear. In fact, many family caregivers experience feelings of guilt after helping their parents move into an assisted living facility. Here are some helpful insights to assist families in letting go […]

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