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Plan Ahead to Ensure End-of-Life Wishes Are Met

October 5, 2018 — It’s something many of us prefer not to think about, and yet something each one of us is going to face at some point – making the transition from life to death. Planning ahead can save you and your loved ones a lot of heartache. No one wants to find themselves in a situation where... Read More

Limited Mobility Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get the Benefits of Exercise

September 20, 2018 — We’ve discussed the importance of exercise for aging well before. But what about those living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease or another mobility-limiting condition?  What can they do to keep fit? The good news is that exercise can be done by almost everyone.  Many people living a chronic condition may restrict... Read More

Are Memory Lapses a Sign of Dementia?

September 5, 2018 — Molly and her husband, Stan, were taking a leisurely evening stroll through their neighborhood. As they approached a woman who lived in the neightborhood, Molly was ready to say hello, when she realized she couldn’t remember the woman’s name. Aaron was chatting with a coworker about a recent television show. When the coworker asked the... Read More

An Ounce of Prevention

August 20, 2018 — August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccinations are one of the best ways we have to prevent many diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several diseases have been virtually wiped out in the United States thanks to immunizations – polio, smallpox and diphtheria are among the most notable. Many others... Read More

Five Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Stroke

August 6, 2018 — Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. The good news is that, according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Many of the risk factors for stroke... Read More

Charlesgate Celebrates Senior Prom

July 23, 2018 — At Charlesgate Nursing Center, residents and staff are like family to each other. Many staff members do special things for residents on a daily basis, without fanfare, as part of the daily routine. But a recent event brought to light how special the relationship is. Recently, the Charlesgate activity staff hosted a prom for our... Read More

Does Aging Diminish Your Ability to Live Well?

July 5, 2018 — Stereotypes about aging abound – you’re probably familiar with many of them: Older people are grumpy and unhappy, focused on their aches and pains and a burden to their children. But when we look at the research, we discover that much of what we’ve been taught about aging is simply not true. At Charlesgate, we... Read More

Can Spirituality Help You Lead a Healthier Life?

June 20, 2018 — We all understand the importance of physical activity, eating well and keeping our minds engaged to help improve our overall health and well-being. But the link between spirituality and good health has been less clear. While science and spirituality rarely cross paths, there have been some studies looking into whether or not spirituality plays a... Read More

Brighten Your World This Summer

June 5, 2018 — Have you noticed that colors seem less vibrant lately? Or that your vision is getting more blurry? If so, you may be one of the nearly 22 million Americans who have cataracts. Few conditions of aging erode an older person’s independence faster than losing their eyesight. As people age, they are far more likely to... Read More