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Nocturnal Hypertension: An Invisible Monster

October 25, 2022 — What goes thump in the night this Halloween season? Let’s hope it’s creatures of the night and not nocturnal hypertension! Nocturnal hypertension is high blood pressure that happens while someone is sleeping. These spikes can have deadly consequences, including heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. The scariest part: people with normal blood pressure during the... Read More

National Physical Therapy Month

October 18, 2022 — More than one-third of the estimated 300 million physical therapy sessions each year are for seniors over 65. Nursing and residential care facilities employ 5% of all physical therapists and with good reason: physical therapy for short- or long-term residents can play an important role in overall care. What is physical therapy (PT)? Physical therapy... Read More

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

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

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Memory

February 20, 2022 — With the Alzheimer’s epidemic in America, people tend to worry about their memory, even when they are younger. Maybe you can’t remember where you parked the car, or you searched all over the house for your sunglasses, only to find them perched atop your head. Sharpness of memory varies from person to person. Genes are... Read More

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