Seasonal Affective Disorder can cause depression in the winter months

Do colder weather, cloudy days, and longer nights get you down? Do you find yourself feeling sad, anxious, or irritable as the days get shorter? Historically, the winter months have brought on mood changes – you’ve probably heard of the “winter blues,” or “cabin fever” from being cooped up indoors all winter. However, in the…

Research shows that optimistic people will generally live longer

Do your friends and family call you Pollyanna or Little Miss (or Mister) Sunshine? Do you believe the glass is half full, instead of half empty? Do you always look on the bright side? If that sounds like you, a Boston study published in August proves that your eternal optimism may not only have an…

Old woman hugging man closeup, family support and love, trusting relationship

When you reach a certain age, you sometimes have years that are full of bad news, bad health, and bad luck. But by this point in life, you also know to take the bad with the good – it makes you appreciate the bright spots all the more! Below we’ve asked seven seniors, all of…

Seniors Laughter Yoga

Yoga became popular in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, and today, about 36 millions Americans practice it. Twenty one percent of yoga practitioners are over 60. In addition to traditional yoga, Americans practice a slew of unconventional yoga variations. Hot yoga. Goat yoga. Beer yoga. But have you heard about laughter yoga?…

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…

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