avoid assisted living

Assisted living holds a stigma among many seniors because the words imply a loss of freedom and independence, but that simply isn’t so. Services such as Friendship at Home take assisted living to a whole new level, allowing seniors to live in a comfortable, independent fashion at home. Let’s take a look at some of the…

sugar

Your Sweet Tooth Could Be Messing with Your Head! Around Thanksgiving, sugar shows up on our doorsteps, an often uninvited, yet not totally unwelcome, houseguest. After tempting us from morning to night and effortlessly luring us into her cloying embrace, we finally summon the power to send her packing in January each year. But while…

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone for participating and voting! Our 2016 Seniors Got Talent Winners are…   3rd Place – $250 Trina Wiggins – Tina Turner Tribute 2nd Place – $500 Panorama Residents “Stayin’ Alive” 1st Place – $1,000 Young at Heart Senior Line Dancers

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In the U.S. and all developed nations, people are living longer because of improved healthcare and enjoying a wider array of opportunities and activities in their latter years. But is our existence really better because of these advantages? In a 2013 TED Talk, civilization scholar Jared Diamond explored life as a senior in modern versus…

Blood Pressure Medication

Seventy percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older have high blood pressure. However, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million of them aren’t taking medication to control their hypertension as directed, with those living in the South (known as the “Stroke Belt”) being the worst offenders.…

Music Therapy Can Have Many Benefits for Seniors

About three years ago, Anita Newton’s mother Louise Martin, now 97, stopped recognizing her daughter and others who were close to her. She also eventually stopped communicating and no matter what words Anita used, nothing she said seemed to reach that part of her mother’s mind that stored certain memories. Then one day Newton noticed…

Keep an Eye Out for These Signs of Dementia

Family gatherings during the holidays are usually times of great joy, but sometimes a bit of concern creeps in. If your parent or another family member isn’t quite themself, how do you know if the difference is significant? According to physicians, there are specific signs that should signal to you that your family member should…

Life is full of stresses. Work, family, social pressure, you name it — it’s not easy to stay positive. If you find yourself down more often then not, it may be time for a change in lifestyle. This doesn’t mean reinventing yourself, but it does mean taking more “you time.” Here are some activities and…

2017

While you may not be up for packing yourself into a crowded hotel banquet room, donning sparkly party hats, and counting down the minutes to midnight with 200 rowdy strangers, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the beginning of the New Year! Check out a few ideas that might be more your style…

christmas

My family and I just returned from a Rhine River cruise. Since it was the start of the Christmas season, we got a firsthand look at how all of the countries on our path—from the Netherlands to France—celebrated the holiday, particularly the sugary confections and steaming mugs of cheer that made their celebrations a little…

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