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Charlesgate Helps Pioneer Intergenerational Program with Rhode Island College

December 7, 2019 — Since the beginning of time, generations have had their differences. Many baby boomers grew up having grandparents say “When I was your age …” implying that their generation led a much more challenging life than those of the grandkids. Today, many baby boomers see millennials as lazy and entitled, while many millennials see baby boomers... Read More

How People Living with Diabetes Can Have a Healthful Thanksgiving

November 20, 2019 — November is Diabetes Awareness Month, just in time to bring awareness to healthy eating habits before one of America’s biggest feasts. According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than 30 million Americans live with diabetes and a quarter of those people aren’t aware they have it. More than 80 million US adults have prediabetes. In... Read More

Living Well Through Healthy Eating

November 5, 2019 — The Rhode Island Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, provides farmers market vouchers to residents of Rhode Island who are 60 and over or disabled and meet a certain income limit as part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The coupons are worth $15 and can be... Read More

Charlesgate’s Therapeutic Coloring Program Is Not Just for Kids

October 23, 2019 — An MSW Student’s Journey in Group Therapy at Charlesgate North Nicole Swanson, Social Work Intern I am a social work intern at Charlesgate North Apartments and Charlesgate Assisted Living getting my MSW. During my foundation year in my coursework at Simmons College in Boston, I took a class called Social Work with Groups. This class... Read More

Tai Chi Helps Many Older Adults Stay Fit

October 21, 2019 — For many older adults, physical activity can be a challenge, due to a chronic medical condition or recent surgery. But one form of exercise that can get older Americans moving safely is the traditional Chinese martial art of tai chi. Tai chi uses slow movements which, when practiced over time, can improve balance, agility, coordination,... Read More

Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

October 7, 2019 — According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million Americans live with the disease and another 60,000 are diagnosed with the disease each year. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women. Despite extensive research on the subject, we still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. Many believe that... Read More

When Is the Right Time to Say Good-Bye?

September 20, 2019 — Harold Snyder, a lifelong smoker, had been diagnosed with fast-growing lung cancer. This was his third diagnosis of cancer in the last 10 years. He had a choice – treat the disease aggressively, which would cause numerous unwanted side effects, or manage the pain and focus on the quality of his life. Harold chose treatment.... Read More

The Importance of Fall Prevention

September 5, 2019 — Fall is just around the corner, which means Falls Prevention Awareness Day is almost upon us. Every year, on the first day of autumn, which this year falls on September 23, the National Council on Aging brings awareness to this important topic, which directly affects more than one in four older adults each year. According... Read More

Exercise Is a Critical Part of Aging Well

August 20, 2019 — Summer is beginning to wind down and many people use this as an excuse to stop getting the daily exercise they need. As colder weather sets in, people tend to stay indoors more and forego the many benefits of staying physically active. Exercise and physical activity are an important part of a well-balanced health regimen... Read More

How to Safely Manage Your Medications

August 5, 2019 — The older we get, the more likely we are to be taking prescription medications. As we mentioned in this post, more than a third of Americans over the age of 65 take at least five prescription medications and the typical 75-year-old takes more than 10 prescription drugs. This can making taking the right doses at... Read More