4 Healing Powers of Exercise for Seniors

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As we all get older, there seems to be a correlation to our age and how many aches and pains we feel. Whether the aches and pains are caused by the experiences of living life or the activities we have participated in, many older adults often experience arthritis in addition to garden variety pains due to aging.. Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes inflammation, which can often be painful.  From my experience of speaking to many individuals in my senior programs; I can attest that arthritis is often... Click to Read More

Love Charity? Own Sneakers? Then You’ve Got To See Our New Map

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If you live in the United States, we’re sure you’ve heard (and maybe even been part of) a charity walk or a 5k run to raise awareness and funds to end diseases like cancer, ALS, or Alzheimer’s. They’re hugely popular in our country, and have had incredible results: since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has raised more than $492 million for Alzheimer’s research and community support. The Alzheimer’s walk 2014 stats alone were impressive: more than 49,000  teams participated in over 600 walks nationwide and raised more than $67... Click to Read More

Is Laughter REALLY the Best Medicine?

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Recently, after a dear friend died from brain cancer, I wrote a lengthy article about end-of-life planning and hospice care.  When I finished, I told my husband, “I think I’m done writing about the emotional stress of caregiving.  I just want to be funny for a while. I want to make people laugh.” My husband is a smart man.  He knew I was serious about being funny, so he didn’t laugh at my idea. Learning From Laughter I believe finding humor in difficult circumstances is probably in my... Click to Read More

How Senior Sports Leagues Benefit Older Adults

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There is no doubt that many senior citizens live very active lives.  Entering the golden years and beyond, seniors have consistently proven that retirement is not a static experience, but one in which they can continue to enrich themselves in various ways.  Nowadays, seniors can use their free time to take part in any number of activities, including sports! Senior citizens and sports are a fabulous combination.  There are many wonderful organizations that foster senior involvement in sports.  These senior sports leagues are a great way to combine exercise... Click to Read More

LGBT Seniors and the Issues They Face

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LGBT support is at an all-time high thanks to events like the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage, Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to publicly identify as female, the rise of Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox as a Hollywood superstar, and the increasing number of TV shows featuring LGBT couples (like the Netflix series Grace and Frankie and Sense8). But as we continue to bring LGBT issues into focus, it’s important to understand the issues that affect LGBT seniors, in particular. For instance, did you know... Click to Read More

Seniors in the Workforce

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Millions of seniors are being driven back into the job market – and that’s not a bad thing. For both businesses and seniors alike, there are a huge array of benefits to having older adults on staff. Although cultural ageism can make the advantages of hiring seniors difficult to see, hiring older adults can prove to be one of the best business decisions anyone can make. Below you can learn about the benefits of hiring older workers, what seniors can gain from continuing to work through their golden... Click to Read More

Common Misconceptions About Aging & the Seniors Who Defy the Stereotypes

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At first glance, the plague of ageism might not seem like a serious problem, but it actually contributes to a number of false assumptions about seniors and the aging process that can end up causing serious harm. In fact, many of the notions we have about aging are prone to becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. Whether you perceive your golden years as an opportunity to share the wisdom you’ve acquired over a lifetime, or believe aging is a vile fate that awaits us all, those attitudes often make all the... Click to Read More

Menopause and Depression: Recent Findings

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Menopause: that dreaded time defined as the period up to 12 months after your last menstrual period. Most of us already know some of the signs of menopause: hot flashes, mood swings, sleeping problems. Some women turn to hormone therapies in an attempt to make the process smoother. But good news is on the horizon: Over the past 10 years, women’s health research has turned to studying the relationship between menopause and depression and what might trigger depressive symptoms during the menopausal transition, known as perimenopause. The most current... Click to Read More

Seniors and Voting: Trends & Issues That Matter to Them

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As the race for President heats up again, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the role our seniors play in elections. How do they vote? What motivates them to stay involved? How much of the electorate do they account for? Conventional wisdom has always been that older adults vote in greater percentages. But do those voter statistics hold true as Baby Boomers begin to retire? Senior Citizen Voting Statistics A U.S. News Money Report examined voter trends in the 2010 election and found: The... Click to Read More

What Depression Feels Like for Seniors & How to Overcome It

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The later years of our lives come with a variety of new challenges. As our senses deteriorate, medical problems begin to mount and our loved ones pass with increased frequency, many people become vulnerable to depression. Experts estimate that as many as 20% of seniors experience depression -- a number that only grows among adults in long term care facilities. And in spite of how common depression can be, as few as one in ten depressed seniors will receive treatment. It’s easy to underestimate the effects... Click to Read More