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Living Well with Health Challenges

January 20, 2020 — As people live longer, the likelihood of developing a health condition increases. The American Geriatrics Society estimates that 80% of seniors have more than one chronic health problem. Some of the most common include high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions – everything from atrial fibrillation to congestive heart failure. But... Read More

The New Year Is a Good Time to Adopt a New Attitude

January 6, 2020 — The dawning of a new year allows us to pause for a moment and take stock of our lives. For most of us, there are things that could use some improvement – such as our outlook on life! According to a study at Yale University, researchers discovered that people who had positive thoughts about aging... Read More

Aging Well Isn’t All Hard Work

December 20, 2019 — Whenever the subject of staying healthy as we grow older comes up, many people tend to tune out. No one wants to hear that they need to exercise more or eat more healthfully. They’ve heard it all before. The good news is that there are several things we can do to enjoy better health that... Read More

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