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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

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