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Recognizing Depression in Older People

May 12, 2021 — This past year brought many challenges and obstacles that tested people’s strength and resiliency. The pandemic forced us to cope with situations we may never have imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result. Many people found themselves dealing with mental health problems for the first time. May is... Read More

Go Ahead – Cut a Rug!

April 20, 2021 — It’s spring, people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and the U.S. is slowly coming back to life after having been through so much loss. You won’t be alone if you feel downright giddy, or if you feel like celebrating! Dancing is a fun way to celebrate – and it’s also good for you. What’s that?... Read More

Pandemic Spotlights the Importance of Brain Health

April 5, 2021 — Besides COVID-19’s widely known effects on lungs and breathing, a new report says the pandemic has taken a widespread toll on mental well-being, which affects brain health. Think of all the ways the pandemic has changed people’s lives – heightened health risks, uncertainty, less social engagement, new routines and economic hardship. All of it together... Read More

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

March 19, 2021 — March 23 is the annual Diabetes Alert Day®. Created by the American Diabetes Association, this special day is meant to be a “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. More than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Read on to find out whether you... Read More

Facts About Essential Tremor

March 5, 2021 — Shaky hands are not a sign of aging. And a shaky head is not a sure sign of Parkinson’s disease. An involuntary shaking of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk can be a sign of essential tremor (ET). ET is one of the most common movement disorders in the world, and the most common... Read More

Safety Tips for Using Over-the-Counter Pain Medications

February 19, 2021 — As the opioid epidemic in America continues to claim lives, many people are turning to other ways to treat their pain. For example, many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain may be advised to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex. But while... Read More

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure

February 5, 2021 — February is American Heart Month – a great time to talk about heart health and ways to prevent heart disease. Preventing high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the following healthy living habits to prevent high... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun

January 6, 2021 — We are very pleased to provide these updates about COVID-19 vaccinations at Charlesgate. We’re working in partnership with staff from local Walgreens and CVS pharmacies to provide shots for all residents and staff who want the vaccine. Senior Living Center The Senior Living Center is scheduled to begin vaccination clinics in partnership with Walgreens in... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

December 17, 2020 — Now that the first FDA-approved vaccinations for COVID-19 are being dispensed nationwide, people have lots of questions about getting the vaccine and their activities after they get the vaccine. Here are some Q&As directly from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can find these and other Q&As here. How... Read More

Are You Getting Enough Physical Activity?

December 4, 2020 — If you’re like many people, you may not be getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” And, they add: “Keep in mind, some physical... Read More