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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

Are Memory Lapses a Sign of Dementia?

September 5, 2018 — Molly and her husband, Stan, were taking a leisurely evening stroll through their neighborhood. As they approached a woman who lived in the neightborhood, Molly was ready to say hello, when she realized she couldn’t remember the woman’s name. Aaron was chatting with a coworker about a recent television show. When the coworker asked the... Read More

Does Aging Diminish Your Ability to Live Well?

July 5, 2018 — Stereotypes about aging abound – you’re probably familiar with many of them: Older people are grumpy and unhappy, focused on their aches and pains and a burden to their children. But when we look at the research, we discover that much of what we’ve been taught about aging is simply not true. At Charlesgate, we... Read More

Age Is No Obstacle for Those Who Dream Big

May 7, 2018 — May is Older Americans Month and we’d like to take a moment to recognize those seniors – Americans and otherwise – who didn’t let age get in the way of their hopes and desires. These courageous individuals demonstrate that age is no barrier to achieving one’s deepest passions. Please join us in celebrating the idea... Read More

Does Positive Thinking Really Work?

January 5, 2018 — Norman Vincent Peale, author of the book The Power of Positive Thinking once said, “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Many of us, when we face challenges in life, aren’t interested in people telling us to “look on the bright side” or to keep a positive attitude. We want to be acknowledged... Read More

Aging and Mental/Behavioral Health

November 20, 2017 — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five people over the age of 55 are living with some type of mental health concern. Two-thirds of those living in nursing homes exhibit mental and/or behavioral problems. The most common conditions include anxiety, cognitive impairment and mood ailments, such as depression... Read More

Is Alzheimer’s Preventable?

September 5, 2017 — September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. One in three senior die with the disease of another form of dementia. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country and with an aging population, its impact on society will continue to grow. And... Read More

It’s Time to Change Our Perceptions About What it Means to Grow Old

July 5, 2017 — Ageism – the belief that older people are somehow inferior to those who are young – is rampant in America. In one study, 70 percent of older adults said they had been insulted or mistreated because of their age. According the World Health Organization, ageism is most rampant in high-income countries, like the United States... Read More

Plan Ahead to Create Healthful Golden Years

April 17, 2017 — Conventional wisdom tells us that, as we age, we’re likely to experience more aches and pains, greater loneliness and declining health. For many, this turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. A study conducted at Yale University showed that people who had negative thoughts and feelings about aging had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.... Read More