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Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day

August 19, 2021 — National Senior Citizens Day is Saturday, August 21. Here at Charlesgate, we think every day is Senior Citizens Day! This annual observation is a great time to remind all people of the important position that seniors hold in our families, communities, and country.   Here is an excerpt from the proclamation President Ronald Reagan issued... Read More

How the Senses of Smell and Taste Change as We Age

August 5, 2021 — It’s not your imagination – food may not smell or taste as good as it used to. The changes in your senses may be due to long- or short-term causes that can happen to anyone as they age.   What causes loss of smell? Many problems cause a loss of smell that lasts for a short... Read More

The Role of Spirituality in Aging Well

July 20, 2021 — Several studies have shown that as we grow older, we benefit from thinking about higher things such as beauty, the meaning of life, the things that connect us, our place in the world—in short, the quality that is often called “spirituality.” As we age, the reality and inevitability of the end of life grows more... Read More

Nostalgia Can be Good for You

January 20, 2021 — We’ve all experienced nostalgia, when we remember the past fondly and perhaps wish to be back there again. Nostalgia has been a big topic during the coronavirus pandemic, with people reminiscing about their lives “in the before times.” Nostalgia often gets a bad rap – we may be admonished not to “live in the past,”... Read More

How Cataracts Affect Older Driver Safety

November 20, 2020 — Coming up Dec. 7-11 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. It’s a good time to think about any challenges an aging person may have to driving safely. At the top of the list is good vision! Because cataracts are very common among older adults, it’s important to get regular eye exams. During the exam, your... Read More

The Importance of Having Advance Directives

November 5, 2020 — Advance directives are one of those things no one really wants to talk about, but which we all need – especially older people. And the urgent care that older people often need if they have COVID-19 has made the importance of advance directives even clearer. As research from West Virginia University points out, “COVID-19 has... Read More

Could You Benefit From Having a Patient Advocate?

October 26, 2020 — When it comes to healthcare, you most likely have many years of experience talking to your doctors and discussing your treatment. As we age, however, we may face barriers or challenges that keep us from communicating as effectively as we once did or from remembering everything our doctor says. That’s why it’s a good idea... Read More

5 Myths About Aging

June 30, 2020 — Many people make assumptions about aging and how older age will affect them. But it’s important to understand the positive aspects of aging. The National Institute on Aging shares five common myths about aging and older adults – and how healthy choices can help you stay healthy and independent. Myth: The older I get, the... Read More

Brain Cells Continue to Grow, Even as We Age

February 5, 2020 — Conventional wisdom used to say that people are born with a set number of brain cells and that, as brain cells died, they weren’t replaced. But many studies in the last few years have taken this notion to task. Researchers have discovered that, in fact, we continue to grow new brain cells (neurons) as we... Read More

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