Senior Journaling Health Benefits

Journaling means keeping a record of your thoughts and activities. However, while journal keepers may focus on the present and record daily events, journaling moves beyond just a list of activities, like you might record in a diary or calendar. Journaling calls for more self-expression and reflection. A journal is a private endeavor, and you’ll…

Dancing for brain health

At 75, Shirley wants to maintain her mental acuity for as long as possible. That’s why she doesn’t spend her Wednesday and Friday nights playing Scrabble or Sudoku like some of her friends at the retirement community. Instead, she puts on her dancing shoes and heads to the community center to learn the tango, the…

Sad senior woman and caregiver drinking tea in the nursing house

It might hit you slowly. Maybe the family is gathering for the holidays and you notice that your mom can’t remember the ingredients for her famous casserole she has made forever. Or maybe you realize there’s no way your dad can drag the artificial Christmas tree down from the attic anymore; he just seems a…

Senior Fall Medical Alert Device

As your loved ones age, especially if they live alone or spend a lot of time alone, there will come a time when you worry about their safety at home. If you live nearby, you may be able to visit and check in on them, or have a neighbor pop in every day. But it’s…

Loving Senior Woman Reading with Dog

You might have those frustrating tip-of-the-tongue moments (“What’s that word again?!”) and can’t recall the names of people you meet as easily as you once could. However, a new book, Changing Minds: How Aging Affects Language and How Language Affects Aging, provides a good deal of assurance that age alone won’t significantly affect your language…

Alzheimer's Dementia Patient Listens to Music for Memories

If you are caring for a loved one with conditions that affect the memory and cognition, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that they rely on you for activities to stimulate the mind, fill their days, and relieve stress. Planning and guiding your loved ones through activities can help slow the decline of motor skills…

Hearing Loss can cause social isolation but can also affect your brain and cause dementia

Do you frequently ask your spouse to repeat her or himself? Have you continued to turn the TV up louder and louder over the years? Do you resist going to loud restaurants because you can’t keep up with conversations? If you’re like 20 percent of Americans and an astounding 66 percent of those over 70,…

Group of seniors at a barbecue binge drinking

Sure, college kids and young adults are known to drink to excess – at least on occasion. But did you know that one in 10 seniors also binge drinks? (Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a sitting for men and four or more drinks for women.) And the number of…

Self_Care Caregiver

Exhaustion. Digestive distress. Headache. Depression. Sleeplessness. If you’re a medical caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, you may have seen these symptoms. But we’re not talking about your patient’s symptoms; these symptoms just might be your own. While caring for your loved one is important, remember that you also need to take care of…

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