Honoring Memorial Day with Seniors

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In the excitement of summer’s unofficial arrival, it is easy to overlook what Memorial Day really is. Beyond the barbecues and neighborhood gatherings lies the real meaning of this day: remembrance. The Memorial Day holiday is a time to reflect on those who served during wartime and on family members who lost their lives during wartime. It is important that we take time to honor those who have served our country selflessly. While we’ve all heard stories of veterans who don’t want to talk about their wartime experiences, we... Click to Read More

How Seniors Can Prepare for Gardening Season

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Gardening can be an excellent activity for seniors. Not only is it productive, but it also keeps one active and occupied for a few hours every day. Moreover, according to many psychologists, gardening can be quite an effective form of therapy for depression or anxiety. Preparing for the gardening season is a must, and there are a number of ways in which seniors can do this. Gather Your Gardening Supplies The first thing to do, is to stock up on the equipment needed for the upcoming gardening season. This would... Click to Read More

Athletes of All Ages Aren’t Letting Parkinson’s Stop Them

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If your hobbies include sports and athleticism, it may feel as though there are few fates worse than Parkinson’s. But even though there’s currently no cure, that doesn’t mean there is no hope. With the right attitude and the right treatment, it’s possible to enjoy a fulfilling life for decades after being diagnosed -- even for athletes. Outlook for Parkinson’s Disease As the onset of symptoms begins, those with Parkinson’s gradually develop stiffness, tremors, and decreased coordination. In time, even simple tasks like brushing your teeth can become a serious... Click to Read More

How You Can Help Seniors with Pets

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According to The Humane Society of the United States, it’s estimated that 65% of American households own a pet.  There are approximately 163.6 million dogs and cats in American homes.  It’s safe to say that Americans love their pets! How Seniors Benefit from Animal Companions Companion pets, specifically such as cats or dogs, have been shown to provide a positive impact on one’s mind and psyche.  Seniors citizens are amongst the population that can truly benefit from the companionship and love of a pet. Pet ownership can improve the quality... Click to Read More

How Does an Aging Population Impact Caregivers?

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Americans are living longer than ever. Medical advances have resulted in unprecedented population growth over the last century. Although increased longevity is touted as a clear measure of success in modern health care, it can be accompanied by a range of challenging issues, such as disability and more demand for long-term care. For aging individuals, these issues can create difficulties, but how do they impact caregivers? Aging Trends and Long-Term Care There’s been a lot of attention given to the fact that the massive baby boomer generation... Click to Read More

Strokes and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

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Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year, making strokes the leading cause of serious long-term disability. While most people understand that surviving a stroke means living with neurological deficits, few expect to be left with physical pain. In truth, even many doctors are unaware that pain can be a common side effect of stroke, even though about 10% of stroke survivors will suffer from intense chronic pain. Risk Factors for Chronic Pain Just like there are risk factors which increase your chances of suffering a stroke, there... Click to Read More

The Reality of ALS: Documentaries, Ice Bucket Challenges, & Hope for a Cure

If you spend much time on the Internet, you’ll probably remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, one of the biggest viral video trends of 2014. Before the summer was over, nearly every personality, blogger, and prominent celebrity with an Internet presence had participated. The premise was simple: dump a bucket of ice water on your head in the name of promoting awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and encourage donations to help fund the research necessary to beat the degenerative disease for good. What really made the challenge catch on... Click to Read More

Arthritis and Weather: Is There a Connection?

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Many people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict changes in the weather, and they may be right. It may sound like little more than an old wives tale, medical professionals have long argued that joints weakened by old age, disease, or injury may indeed be susceptible to changes in the weather. The connection between joint pain and weather has been studied for years, but most of the evidence up to now has been inconclusive. New Progress Last year, a Dutch study conducted by orthopedic specialists from the... Click to Read More

What’s Normal During Stroke Recovery?

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A stroke is a serious medical condition which can occur with little warning. Since it impacts in a vital organ, the brain, it’s no surprise that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent loss of life. After the initial medical event has been stabilized, a new process begins: stroke recovery. The effects of stroke are different for every person, making almost every individual’s stroke timeline for recovery unique. Yet there are still some commonalities that stroke patients and their loved ones should be aware of. Where and How Strokes... Click to Read More

Tips for Celebrating Mother’s Day with Seniors: The Gift of Time

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, which means it is time to start your planning. We often fondly remember the Mother’s Day gifts of our youth; full assortments of macaroni jewelry, handmade cards made illegible by glitter, a breakfast of cold cereal you made for her all on your own! Now, however, as you and your mother are more mature (and the crafts are better left to the grandchildren), it can be hard to come up with a unique gift. Here are a few ideas to help you honor... Click to Read More
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