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St. Patrick’s Day is a reason for all to celebrate at senior living communities

March 16, 2018

An Irish saying proclaims, “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” That statement of pride contains more than a grain of truth, at least on March 17, when the Irish and non-Irish alike celebrate with the wearing of green, festive gatherings and maybe a […]

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Sleep apnea in the senior living years should be diagnosed and treated

March 6, 2018

Despite common belief to the contrary, retirees need as much sleep as younger adults. Research shows that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which has established March 11-17, 2018 as National Sleep Awareness Week.  However, it’s true that older persons often get less sleep or experience insomnia. Anxiety, […]

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Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions

February 23, 2018

Moving to a retirement community is a major life decision, with many lifestyle and financial implications. So, prospective residents should ask communities a lot of questions before deciding on the one that’s right for them. Just as people are different, with individual needs, likes and dislikes, so are retirement communities, offering a range of services […]

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Seniors anticipate celebrating love and friendship on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018

In the middle of winter, it’s nice to warm our hearts with a day that celebrates love and friendship. Though we tend to think of Valentine’s Day as one of romance, it began as a day to honor saints. The romantic association came later, and while it remains the holiday’s focus, we now recognize love […]

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Seven myths about modern retirees and the senior living experience

February 2, 2018

Many Americans don’t have an accurate image of older adults or the experience of senior living. They may readily accept fictional portrayals of seniors on TV or in movies as fact. Or, maybe they have known just a few older persons and base their perceptions on those alone. In reality, retirees today are defying stereotypes […]

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What should you look for in a retirement community?

January 30, 2018

If you have decided that retirement community living could meet your needs or those of a loved one, you have several options to consider. You may even feel a bit overwhelmed by your choices and concerned about making the right one. Seeking recommendations from friends or relatives is fine, but your priorities may be different […]

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Yoga for seniors: Discovering the physical, mental and emotional benefits

January 19, 2018

More and more seniors are practicing yoga for its low-impact movements, which help improve their flexibility, mobility, strength and balance, as well as their mental and emotional health. Those benefits have led to the creation of instructional yoga programs at active senior living communities, led by professional instructors. Yoga is a great choice for retirees […]

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Seniors downsize and wonder, “What do we do with all this stuff?”

January 4, 2018

The headline of a New York Times article in August 2017 summarized the dilemma perfectly: “Aging parents with lots of stuff, and children who don’t want it.” As older parents retire and choose to downsize by moving into a smaller home, a senior apartment or a retirement community, they may discover that they and younger […]

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10 resolutions to improve senior living in 2018

December 31, 2017

As we anticipate a new year, some of us consider meaningful ways to improve our lives—physically, mentally, spiritually or socially. But the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions predates modern times. Babylonians, Romans and Medieval knights began each year by making sacred promises to adhere to expected standards of behavior. Today we make resolutions to […]

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Vision-impaired seniors can gain brighter outlooks at senior living communities

December 20, 2017

We begin to notice changes in our vision as we get older, generally beginning in our 40s. That’s normal, and most of us can enjoy our senior years without experiencing serious vision loss. However, we need to accept that as we age, the likelihood increases that we will develop an eye disease or condition. That’s […]

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Active senior living communities buzz with holiday excitement and anticipation

December 11, 2017

Whether we’re normally a pollyanna or a scrooge, and regardless of our age, the holidays really can bring out the child in all of us. Beginning around Thanksgiving, we see it in the cheerful faces of our residents, even those who are experiencing challenges in daily living. Everyone’s in the holiday spirit at Country Meadows […]

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November is Family Caregivers Month—our new guide helps caregivers with care for themselves too

November 30, 2017

More than 40 million Americans provide unpaid care for family members or friends age 65 and over. This can be difficult for anyone, but especially so for those who also work full time. The dual responsibilities often conflict, causing employed caregivers to miss an average of seven hours of work weekly. According to a 2017 […]

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Encourage multigenerational interaction at your family Thanksgiving gathering

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is Americans’ second-favorite holiday, following Christmas, according to a national Harris Poll of a cross section of adults in 2015. Travel statistics back that up, with Thanksgiving also coming in as the second most popular holiday for both air and land travel. The industry trade group Airlines for America predicts that a record 28.5 […]

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Veterans Day: Honoring seniors living in Pennsylvania and Maryland who served our country

November 7, 2017

More than 800,000 Pennsylvanians and 400,000 Marylanders are military veterans, and over half are age 65 and older. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lists many of them as serving in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf War. With countless senior veterans now living in retirement homes, it’s […]

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Dental care is a vital part of assisted living and personal care services

November 1, 2017

With Halloween just behind us and all the holiday sweets just ahead of us, now is the perfect time to discuss oral health in seniors. Oral health can change during the senior years, so with teeth, gums and other areas of the mouth at greater risk of complications, routine dental care remains as important as […]

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Maintain a sense of balance, whether at home or at a retirement community

October 26, 2017

One in seven adults regularly experiences imbalance or dizziness, which becomes more common with increased age. Good balance is necessary for good health, because it prevents us from injuries we could suffer if we fall. Following prevention strategies and seeking medical help when needed can help balance-challenged seniors stay safe, walk on their own and […]

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Seniors can breathe easier with supportive, trained staff at senior communities

October 10, 2017

About one in seven older U.S. Americans has a lung disorder such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Breathing difficulties can make everyday physical activities, such as walking up a flight of stairs, difficult for some seniors. Pulmonary challenges can arise from changes in lung tissue, the nervous […]

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Senior living communities help manage fatigue and improve quality of life

September 28, 2017

Though we may tire more easily as we get older, chronic fatigue in older persons shouldn’t be accepted as a normal part of aging. Most people over 65—many of them in their 80s or even 90s—are living active, fulfilling lives in retirement. A Columbia University study of fatigue in seniors, average age 74, showed: Fatigue […]

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10 tasty snacks to promote health and improve senior living

September 19, 2017

Many seniors, particularly those who live alone, don’t eat enough or as healthily as they once did for a number of reasons. Medications could affect their appetite. Their teeth might have difficulty chewing some foods. A chronic medical condition could limit their diet. While changes in our eating habits and appetite are to be expected […]

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Create a memorable Grandparents Day—How to interview grandparents about their lives

September 8, 2017

Grandparents Day was declared a national celebration in 1978 by then President Jimmy Carter with the intent to “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” What a better way to honor them […]

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