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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

Dealing with a Diagnosis of Dementia

July 22, 2019 — Having to face an uncertain future where life’s most precious memories are no longer accessible is something many of us can’t even imagine. Yet, this is a diagnosis that millions of people around the world face every year. You will undoubtedly face a range of emotions after receiving your diagnosis and you may not know... Read More

Declare Your Own Independence this July

July 2, 2019 — One of the biggest fears people say they have about growing older is losing their independence, either due to illness, physical limitations, or simply an aging body that doesn’t perform as well as it used to. Freedom to live our lives the way we choose is part of the American dream. To ensure that we’re... Read More

Have Trouble Getting the Sleep You Need at Night? Take a Nap!

June 20, 2019 — Sleep is essential for optimum health, something we’ve discussed in this blog post. Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of sleep for forming memories, reducing depression, and maintaining both emotional and physical health. And, as we grow older, sleep difficulties often increase. In a National Institute on Aging study of people age 65 and older,... Read More

Yoga Is an Excellent Way to Improve Your Health

May 20, 2019 — The ancient healing art of yoga has been around for millennia. Yoga began in India as a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices. Today, yoga has gone “mainstream,” used as a practical way to achieve better health and well-being. Health clubs, gyms and employers offer yoga as part of their fitness offerings. According to... Read More

Creating a Memorable Mother’s Day When Mom Has Dementia

May 6, 2019 — Holidays can be a challenging time for families who are caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Beloved traditions may have to be adjusted to accommodate new realities. On Mother’s Day, many adult children wonder how to celebrate a day that may no longer hold any meaning for the honoree. But... Read More

Protecting Older Americans from Financial Fraud

April 22, 2019 — Financial fraud is the fastest growing form of elder abuse. The American Journal of Public Health estimates that 5.4 percent of older adults experience some form of fraud each year, but this is hard to gauge, as many fraud crimes go unreported. According to Bloomberg, seniors lose $37 billion to financial fraud each year. To... Read More

Organ Donors of All Ages Help Save Lives

April 5, 2019 — April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of planning ahead for your end-of-life care. One of the end-of-life healthcare decisions we need to make is whether or not to be an organ donor. In 2018, there were 36,528 transplants performed in the United States. Unfortunately, this... Read More

Charlesgate Celebrates Our Team for Social Work Month

March 31, 2019 — We recently celebrated Social Work Month here at Charlesgate. We took some time to reflect and highlight the social services departments of Charlesgate Apartments, Assisted Living and Nursing Center. There are many facets of social work taking place in the continuum of care on the Charlesgate campus, and our social workers and their contribution to... Read More