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Recommended Reading for January 2019

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Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, By Dr. Roger Landry This book is a call to action: for individuals to live a lifestyle that will give them the best chance to maximize their potential as they age; for organizations and communities to become places where older adults can reach their […]

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The Link Between Alcoholism and Dementia

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Many people equate long-term damage caused by alcoholism with liver failure and pancreatitis. Many are thus surprised to learn that alcoholism also causes a form of dementia known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) is a type of brain disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B-1, or thiamine. The syndrome is actually two separate […]

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Can Pumping Iron Extend Your Life?

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Several recent studies point to the same conclusion: Weight training can help you live longer. Maybe you were a weightlifter, way back when. Or you used to do pushups and sit-ups … but that was a long time ago. Now, you keep fit with a daily walk or bike ride. That’s enough, right? Fitness professionals […]

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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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