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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

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

June 10, 2022 — The pandemic has been challenging for everyone. It has also highlighted what is possible with talented staff and quality care, especially in senior living.  Charlesgate is proud to announce that two employees have been honored by the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) for their dedication and excellence. Jessica Bonin, wellness director, was presented with... Read More

Learning to Talk About Mental Health

May 20, 2022 — Since the start of the pandemic, more and more people are talking about mental health. An increasing number of folks are starting to see it for what it is: one important component of your overall health and well-being, just like your physical health. But mental health conditions, resources, and conversations can still feel complicated and... Read More

What You Should Know About Stroke

May 5, 2022 — Did you know that stroke causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease? Each year in the United States, there are more than 795,000 strokes. With stroke being so devastating and so common, learning about it can help you act in time to save a co-worker, friend, or relative. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes... Read More

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