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6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

November 18, 2022 — Thanksgiving is a treasured tradition of gathering with loved ones to indulge in good cheer and good food. But there can be too much of a good thing – especially when it comes to food. Here are six tips to keep you on track for a healthier celebration, wherever you gather. 1. Make a Plan... Read More

Nocturnal Hypertension: An Invisible Monster

October 25, 2022 — What goes thump in the night this Halloween season? Let’s hope it’s creatures of the night and not nocturnal hypertension! Nocturnal hypertension is high blood pressure that happens while someone is sleeping. These spikes can have deadly consequences, including heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. The scariest part: people with normal blood pressure during the... Read More

National Physical Therapy Month

October 18, 2022 — More than one-third of the estimated 300 million physical therapy sessions each year are for seniors over 65. Nursing and residential care facilities employ 5% of all physical therapists and with good reason: physical therapy for short- or long-term residents can play an important role in overall care. What is physical therapy (PT)? Physical therapy... Read More

Learn About Normal Memory Changes for World Alzheimer’s Month

September 27, 2022 — September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International raises awareness and challenges the stigma that persists around Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementia. What’s normal, what’s not?  It’s important to know that dementia is not part of the normal aging process, but memory changes are. Despite our concern, many memory and... Read More

Joyful Moments for National Assisted Living Week

September 19, 2022 — Every year the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) invites everyone to recognize the role assisted living has in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. This year’s National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) ran September 11-17. Created in 1995, NALW inspires assisted living communities to host a variety of events and activities to celebrate... Read More

Losing Our Sense of Smell As We Age

August 25, 2022 — When we think of growing older, we often think about losing our hearing or vision. Visual impairment and hearing loss can have a major negative impact on the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. But as we age, we can also experience changes in our sense of smell. In fact, sense of smell gradually starts to... Read More

5 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

August 16, 2022 — August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! This annual campaign  spotlights the importance of vaccination in protecting public health. From highly contagious and life-threatening diseases like measles to routine, yearly illnesses like the flu, immunization save lives. It’s estimated that Covid vaccines, for example, saved nearly 20 million lives globally. Here are 5 reasons to... Read More

Seniors Stay Fit For Games

July 29, 2022 — Disproving the myth that seniors should take it easy, the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) completed their eighteenth summer national championships in May. Established in 1985 and originally named the National Senior Olympics Organization, NSGA’s vision is to promote healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness, and sport. The first National Senior Olympic Games was... Read More

Once Upon a Time: Storytelling with Seniors

July 11, 2022 — Everyone loves a good story. From cave drawings to corporate marketing, storytelling helps people find purpose and meaning; it may have even helped with evolution by encouraging cooperation. Multiple studies have shown that  storytelling impacts the well-being of seniors. When an elderly person shares the story of their life, especially with someone from a younger... Read More

Celebrating CNAs

June 28, 2022 — Did you know that: There are more than 600,000 nursing assistants nationwide? They support more than 1.4 million nursing home residents? They provide a median of 2.4 hours of hands-on care per resident per day? To become a certified nursing assistant, clinical training hours are required as well as classroom hours? Certified Nursing Assistants (or... Read More