smartphones for seniors

Five years ago, I had a flip phone, and I was perfectly happy with it. Having finally added texting to my plan (to the unbridled joy of my friends and family), I was just as “connected” as I wanted to be. I honestly couldn’t figure out why anyone needed to check email in the grocery…

Grieving Has a Purpose – It Helps You Heal After the Loss of a Loved One By Cary Bliley, president of Bliley’s Funeral Homes, with three locations in the Richmond Metro area. As a society we avoid sad or uncomfortable topics because we think it’s a way to elude pain and not deal with a…

outdoors

The cold weather is finally gone and spring sunshine is pouring in. It’s the perfect time to stop to smell the roses and get active outdoors. Don’t think you have to be cooped up inside just because you’re getting older. The outdoors is a great place to be for people of all ages. Here are…

live longer

You’re eating right, exercising and have given up unhealthy vices such as smoking and excessive drinking. Your parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived long, full lives. So good habits and genes are all you need to live longer, right? Wrong. According to the Danish twin studies, your DNA may be only 15 to 30 percent…

active aging

Just because you’re getting a little older doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself away. Now that you’re retired (or soon to be), you need to find new ways to occupy your time to stay healthy and active. Consider the following ideas to live an independent, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle: Find a Hobby It’s time…

wearable technology

You may already be sporting an activity tracker, like a Fitbit or an Apple Watch, to keep a close eye on your daily number of steps, sleep quality, etc. But tracking your activity is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable technology. Below we’ve found some of the latest, greatest—and smartest—wearable…

When you live alone—or simply don’t get out as much anymore—loneliness can quickly balloon into a sense of isolation and sometimes even depression. In fact, it’s estimated that millions of older Americans suffer from depression. However, according Michigan State University Today, researchers have found that avoiding these feelings of desolation and despair can be as…

sleep better

Are you getting enough sleep? Seven to eight hours is the amount of sleep adults need to lead a healthy life. However, data from a National Health Interview Survey found that 30 percent of adults get less than six hours of sleep each night. While it’s been reported that sleep needs change as we age,…

sensory stimulation

The primary sensory areas of the brain are largely untouched by Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). That means that sufferers can still respond to touch, smell, taste and sight in their everyday life. It’s also possible for sensory stimulation to ease some of the symptoms of frustration and actually…

preventable

Healthy living is key to helping you stay physically and mentally fit. By embracing a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a nutritious diet, sufficient rest, socialization and reduced stress, you can improve both your physical and mental health. According to current research, healthy living choices could even reduce the risk of developing brain disorders…

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