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Do Your Doctors and Family Know Your Healthcare Preferences?

April 20, 2022 — You’ve probably heard the terms “advance care planning” and “advance directive.” They refer to the plans we can make (at any age) to outline our wishes for care should we become unable to communicate them. Here is some helpful information from the National Institute on Aging. Advance care planning involves learning about the types of... Read More

April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April 5, 2022 — Commonly known for its movement or motor-related symptoms, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. People living with Parkinson’s experience a progressive loss of motor control, manifesting as shaking or tremor and a lack of facial expression. But they are often more impacted by non-motor symptoms like apathy, depression, sleep behavior... Read More

Helping Someone Move to a Senior Care Residence

March 20, 2022 — Moving to a skilled nursing or assisted living residence—like Charlesgate—involves adjustments that are both emotional and practical. Any move to a new home often leads to feeling that you’ve “lost your bearings”—your sense of familiarity and belonging. Making new friends and settling into a whole new scene takes effort and a willingness to stretch and... Read More

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

March 5, 2022 — How’s your sleep these days? Sleeping like a log? Or sleeping like a baby – waking up every few hours, maybe even hungry to boot? Getting enough good-quality sleep is important to our health and well-being, but unfortunately many people find it harder to get a decent night’s sleep as they age. According to the... Read More

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Memory

February 20, 2022 — With the Alzheimer’s epidemic in America, people tend to worry about their memory, even when they are younger. Maybe you can’t remember where you parked the car, or you searched all over the house for your sunglasses, only to find them perched atop your head. Sharpness of memory varies from person to person. Genes are... Read More

It’s Heart Month! Help Yours by Reducing Stress

February 5, 2022 — Whether it’s from everyday problems, health struggles, or the COVID-19 pandemic, stress shows up often in life. And your body reacts to it: your heart rate increases, your blood vessels narrow – and over time, these little blows can add up and do damage to your health, particularly your heart. With chronic stress, you’re more... Read More

Grinding Your Teeth? Here’s Help

January 20, 2022 — Do you wake up with a tired or sore jaw in the morning? It could be a sign that you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Over time, this can damage your teeth and lead to jaw problems. It can cause teeth to crack, loosen, and even fall out. Teeth grinding and clenching—also called... Read More

Taking Care of Your Eyes as You Grow Older

January 5, 2022 — January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Unfortunately, it has no early symptoms — that’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment... Read More

Visiting a Friend or Loved One in a Skilled Nursing Facility

December 20, 2021 — During the holidays, most of us make every effort to spend time with the people we love. We cook, clean the house and wrap presents. We brave busy airports to join family who live out of town for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—whatever celebrations that are meaningful to us. And if we have a friend or... Read More

Some Sleep Apnea Symptoms Can Mimic Alzheimer’s

December 5, 2021 — “She thought she had Alzheimer’s, but it was really sleep apnea,” said a headline in the Bangor Daily News in October. The article went on to describe how, after living for over 10 years with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a 78-year-old woman discovered she was actually suffering from sleep apnea. “Donna Beveridge began to notice that... Read More