5 seniors meditate with a leader

Almost everyone has heard of or participated in a mindfulness or meditation experience. It’s a growing aspect of emotional self-care, physical improvement, and enhancing higher brain functions. For seniors, mindfulness and meditation can play a significant role in their overall well-being. Stresses unique to seniors Most seniors experience certain types of stress more often than…

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Protect Yourself from Scams

Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing. Fraudsters are targeting older adults and those with serious long- term health conditions to illegally obtain money or Medicare numbers.   Do not give out your Medicare number or Social Security Number (SSN) to anyone other than your doctor, health care provider, or…

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Finding easier ways to complete daily tasks can make life simpler. As we start the New Year, try these helpful ideas. 1. Alter clothing when you can. Try clothing that fastens or that has Velcro. Attach your belt on your trousers before you put on clothing. Place clear nail polish on buttons to keep them…

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  The winter holidays can be a sad or lonely time for older adults. The shorter days with less sunlight can also bring on “winter blues,” called “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD). If you feel yourself becoming anxious or dreading the holidays, there are things you can do.   5 ways to beat the holiday blues:…

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Given a choice between nursing home care and “aging in place,” most seniors enjoy the independence that comes with living at home. That can often be a challenge, but with a few modifications, you can stay living at home safely and happily. 5 ways to stay safe at home: 1. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms:…

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Becoming a Caregiver The realization that my Mom needed more care than my elderly Aunt Mary could provide hit me hard. As described in my first blog post, a visit to them in Florida confirmed that Mom’s changing behavior – forgetful, sometimes erratic – was more than Aunt Mary could handle. Not only that, my…

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Protect yourself & others by getting vaccinated     As your mother may have told you, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” One of the best and easiest things we can do to prevent certain diseases is to get vaccinations. Adults may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to…

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How to avoid heat-related illness People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Other factors that might increase your risk on hot days include high humidity, obesity, fever, dehydration, prescription drug use, heart disease, hypertension, poor circulation, sunburn, and alcohol use. Symptoms of heat stroke include fever (over 103 degrees…

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Can you believe that the end of the summer is here and fall is on its way? If you haven’t already, take a trip to the beach with friends and family, enjoy Pier 39 in San Francisco or simply go to a park and enjoy reading a book in the shade. Wherever you go or…

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