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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The East Bay Senior Independent is CEI’s monthly calendar of free and low-cost events in Richmond, San Pablo, Berkeley, Albany, San Leandro, Hayward and Castro Valley. As you enjoy watching the crisp leaves fall this October don’t forget to attend one of these events. Come and make new friends.   Calendario mensual de CEI de…

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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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About 20 percent of people in the U.S. have an allergy. So don’t let your allergies sideline you this summer! Remember to stay away from allergens that cause your immune system to flare up. Keeping your home clean and dry so it is free of pollen, mold, pet dander and dust mites will help to avoid…

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Winter calls for hearty meals that provide our bodies with the energy needed to keep us warm. But as the season changes and the weather becomes milder, we don’t need our bodies to work so hard. This means we should choose lighter meals with fresh flavours. Meal planning is a great way to save money…

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As the weather warms up, trees grow, flowers bud and bulbs produce bright colors and there’s a natural urge to come out of hibernation and for many of us to start getting our hands dirty. While gardening can be a great form of exercise and stress relief, it can also improve your cardiovascular health. And…

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What are some free things to do near me? We’ve got the answer! Here is a full calendar of events we have hand-picked for you. From Richmond to El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward.  Highlights from the January Calendar: Free Organic Food at Farm Stand Every Monday, 11am to 2pm (or until all produce…

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