golden years

Getting older is a part of life, and something everyone must come to grips with. However, getting old doesn’t mean we still can’t set goals, or have hopes and aspirations. The decisions we make and how we choose to spend our time ultimately determines the kind of lives we lead. Engaging ourselves mentally and physically…

christmas

If your nerves are frazzled, you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in a while, and the “all is calm” line in “Silent Night” makes you roll your eyes, you’ve probably let the holidays get to you … again! It’s not too late to make some changes that could ease your anxiety and put the…

holidays

Holidays are not all glitter and egg nog—the holidays can hit seniors hard. Here’s how you can help older folks have an uplifting holiday season. We’re all vulnerable to holiday overload: planning, decorating, shopping, cooking, cleaning and shoveling take their toll. For older adults, this can be a particularly depressing season. Family events can bring painful…

boost

Have you ever noticed how just getting outside makes you feel better? As it turns out, most people not only feel a sense of serenity, but also tend to become healthier, both physically and mentally, while engaged in outdoor activities. In fact, research shows being outside boosts your immune system by increasing white blood cell…

live to be 100

The 2010 U.S. Census counted over 53,000 Americans who were 100 years or older. Then in 2016, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the number of centenarians had grown even more … to more than 72,000 in 2014. A 2017 survey by the Cleveland Clinic and Parade (of…

50 plus

There’s good news if you’re worried about your brain working at peak efficiency in midlife. Although traditional thinking tells us our brains are best in their youth, the American Psychological Association reports that the middle-aged brain maintains many abilities of youth and can acquire new skills. Their reporting also says that middle-aged brains can rewire…

thanksgiving dinner

Even if you’re a pretty healthy eater the rest of the year, you may ditch the discipline on Thanksgiving Day, proudly piling your plate high with turkey and all the trimmings and eating with absolute abandon. In fact, according to the Calorie Control Council, the average Thanksgiving dinner adds up to about 4,500 calories (that’s…

Frailty Is Not a Synonym for Old Age

When you hear the word, “frail,” you probably envision a very old, very thin person huddled under an afghan in a wheelchair. However, frailty is much more common than you’d think. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, one in 25 Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 are frail, with the number rising to one…

senior drive

While you have to be 16 to get a driver’s license, there’s no upper age limit on driving in most states.* But unfortunately, most of us don’t always know our own limitations and may continue driving a little longer than we should. Below are four warning signs that it could be time to relinquish the…

massage

You might think of massage as a pure indulgence, much like getting a pedicure or eating a really decadent slice of cake. But the fact of the matter is that the benefits of massage far exceed simply having your aching muscles rubbed and kneaded into submission for an hour. Check out some of the advantages…

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