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Laughter—a Common Sight and Sound When Living in a Retirement Community

April 16, 2019

Country Meadows

Does a laugh a day keep the doctor away? While we can’t promise that, we can confidently say that laughter is definitely good for the body, mind and spirit. That’s …

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Active senior living helps maintain heart health and prevent disability

February 11, 2019

Country Meadows

This message may not be adorned with lace or ribbons, nor set within a big, red heart, but it is sent with love from us to you and all seniors—consider …

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A happy, fitter new year for seniors at active retirement communities

January 28, 2019

Country Meadows

Americans want to live healthier lives—at least, that’s the message sent by their New Year’s resolutions. Exercising more is the number one resolution for 2019, chosen by 13 percent of …

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Older adults need support after loss of spouse in senior living years

October 15, 2018

Country Meadows

Reflecting on his grief following the death of his wife, writer and theologian C. S. Lewis wrote, “I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds …

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Influenza Vaccine Is the Best Flu Prevention for Seniors

September 27, 2018

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Flu season has officially begun. The dreaded illness arrives around September and remains active into May. So, when is the best time to think about flu prevention for seniors? Now. …

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Bocce promotes active senior living at Country Meadows Retirement Communities

July 27, 2018

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Bocce, in one form or another, has been played as far back as the Roman Empire, and possibly earlier. Two millennia later, it is still tremendously popular with some residents …

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Prioritize and protect the skin as part of healthy, active senior living

July 6, 2018

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As Americans, we spend more and more each year on products that promise to soothe, moisturize and rejuvenate our skin. The Global Cosmetic Industry estimates that this year we will …

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13 tips to help seniors stay hydrated in the summer time heat

June 25, 2018

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The sage who observed, “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine,” knew what he was talking about eons ago. Modern science has confirmed that a simple way to …

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Retirees find computers enhance healthy, active senior living

May 25, 2018

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Use of the Internet, smartphones and other communication technology is increasing among retirees, and many active senior living communities are encouraging that practice. A Pew Research Center’s 2017 report, “Tech …

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Keeping the beat is therapeutic for residents of senior living communities

May 4, 2018

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Residents of some senior living communities are benefitting physically and mentally from a simple activity that originated thousands of years ago. And they’re having loads of fun in the process. …

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

March 6, 2018

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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, …

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Seven myths about modern retirees and the senior living experience

February 2, 2018

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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 …

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

January 19, 2018

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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 …

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10 resolutions to improve senior living in 2018

December 31, 2017

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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 …

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

December 20, 2017

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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 …

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

November 1, 2017

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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 …

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

October 26, 2017

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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 …

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

October 10, 2017

Country Meadows

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 …

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