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Winter weather safety tips for active senior living

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
JANUARY 18, 2017
When “the weather outside is frightful” during wintertime, all of us, but particularly seniors, need to exercise caution. Despite the silent beauty of falling snow, we sometimes underestimate its capacity to do us harm, particularly when accompanied by low temperatures and ice. The key is to be prepared and cautious when facing risky weather-related conditions. ...

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Be smart when preparing to lose weight in your senior living years

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
JANUARY 11, 2017
After overloading on too many holiday goodies, many of us see losing a few pounds as our number one New Year’s resolution. If this sounds like you, take some comfort in knowing you have plenty of company. More than 100 million Americans are trying to lose weight by dieting each year. If you do decide ...

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Better nutrition for better health—a key benefit to seniors at retirement communities

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
DECEMBER 28, 2016
Most of us need fewer calories to sustain us through the day as we get older, but the content of those calories is important. If we hope to remain active and healthy, we should maintain nutrient-rich diets in line with guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA recommends that we strive for ...

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Take sleep problems during senior living seriously

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
DECEMBER 21, 2016
While sleep problems may increase with age, they shouldn’t be simply accepted as an unpleasant aspect of aging. Sleep issues can have serious consequences including depression, lack of attention, memory problems, nighttime falls and other issues. They can also lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and weight gain. A poll by the ...

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Visits from family and friends are holiday highlights at senior communities

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
DECEMBER 7, 2016
Regardless of age—3 or 93 or anywhere in between—most of us look forward to the holiday season. As children, we anticipated presents, but as we get older, the presence of family and friends often becomes the most meaningful part of enjoying the season. That’s certainly true for residents of retirement homes. Whether living healthily in ...

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Families can help seniors communicate with health professionals

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
At some point during the retirement years, seniors may find that conversing with physicians and other health care personnel is becoming difficult. This is particularly common with those who have hearing difficulties or a cognitive impairment. Another obstacle for some older retirees is that they view physicians as authority figures who should not be questioned. ...

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Retirement home communities do much to nurture spiritual life

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
Studies increasingly indicate that spiritual practices are linked with better individual health and well-being. For example, many seniors engage in regular prayer, finding it a source of inner comfort and support. They are among the 76 percent of Americans who report praying daily, weekly or monthly, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey. Today, ...

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Coping with a loved one’s dementia: Get our free guide on memory support for families

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
When those we love begin to experience symptoms of dementia and memory loss, they are likely frustrated, anxious and fearful. Their family members and friends will share those feelings while, at the same time, doing what they can to guide their senior loved ones through this difficult process. It is an emotional time for everyone ...

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Nine tips for communicating with parents in their senior living years

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
OCTOBER 31, 2016
As children, our parents took care of us. As adults, we may now find ourselves caring for them. The dynamics of this gradually reversing relationship between parent and child can be awkward and, at times, uncomfortable. Steven Zarit, a professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, says that many older persons face ...

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Photographs, old and new, can enrich the senior living experience

THE SENIOR CARE EXPERTS AT COUNTRY MEADOWS
OCTOBER 24, 2016
As seniors downsize, often to prepare for moving to a senior living community, they likely will come across an accumulation of family photos. Often the pictures will already be nicely organized, labeled and stored. But if not, now is the time to preserve them in a way that family members can enjoy and learn from ...

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