Enjoying the Sun Safely

July 1, 2024 — Enjoying the summer sun is a time-honored tradition. While the rays give us much needed vitamin D and make the outdoors delightful, it’s crucial to remember the importance of sun safety, especially for seniors. July is UV Safety Month and there’s no better time to shed a little light on protecting our skin from harmful... Read More

Understanding PTSD in Seniors

June 17, 2024 — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with younger individuals, particularly those who have experienced combat. However, this challenging and often debilitating condition does not exclusively affect the young. Seniors can also be susceptible to PTSD, a fact that is sometimes overlooked. As we observe PTSD Awareness Month, it’s important to highlight some of the... Read More

Prioritizing Men’s Well-Being

June 3, 2024 — As we observe Men’s Health Month, it’s crucial to highlight the importance of preventive health care, especially for senior men. Men are 50% less like to seek medical attention, even though they have a higher risk for chronic illness (like heart disease and lung cancer), are more likely to engage in risky behaviors (such as... Read More

Mental Health Matters

May 20, 2024 — Mental health is just as crucial as physical health, especially for our older adults who face unique challenges and changes in their later years. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the perfect time to challenge common misconceptions about senior mental health and explore how social engagement and mindfulness can help. There’s a famous cartoon... Read More

Green and Grounded: Gardening’s Therapeutic Benefits

April 15, 2024 — As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let’s consider how gardening can benefit everyone, but especially seniors. Gardening fosters growth not just of plants but of people, providing purpose, connection, and tranquility. After walking, gardening is the second most commonly reported leisure-time physical activity among older adults. Gardening can provide a holistic approach to... Read More

Love Your Heart

February 5, 2024 — February is not just about roses and chocolates; it’s also American Heart Month, a time to tend to our own heart’s wellbeing. Almost half of the U.S. population has at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking) and about one in five dies from... Read More

The Impact of Activity Professionals

January 20, 2024 — Whether they work in retirement communities like Charlesgate, nursing homes, senior centers, adult day programs, or healthcare facilities, activity professionals create vibrant and fulfilling environments. Their job is to create enrichment activities that contribute to person-centered, person-directed care and quality of life. This year’s National Activities Professionals Week is January 21-27. It’s a great time... Read More

Vaccinate for Winter Wellness

December 4, 2023 — This year’s cold and flu season resurgence is making headlines with a vengeance. Influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all on the rise. But it’s not too late to roll up your sleeves and do something to protect yourself – vaccinate! For a resilient winter, look to these top three vaccines. 1. Tailored... Read More

Talk Turkey: Sharing Health History

November 20, 2023 — As you gather around the festive tables this holiday season, share more than heartwarming stories and cherished recipes. Seize this unique opportunity to share family health history. It’s a conversation that can improve the lives of your loved ones and yourself. Family history might be one of the strongest determiners of risk for developing heart... Read More

A Treat for Seniors: Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15, 2023 — Most people think of Halloween when October rolls around, but smart seniors know that it’s also the month when Medicare Open Enrollment starts. From Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, individuals using Medicare can make changes to their plans, ensuring the benefits in the next year fit their ongoing healthcare needs. Open enrollment can seem overwhelming.... Read More