June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June 1, 2017

  I never really understood the song, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, until I moved from Southern California to Minnesota. After a long winter one looks rather desperately for signs of spring. May seems to last forever—but then June arrives, and the landscape gloriously bursts forth in color, no longer able to contain the Read more…

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To Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Think Before You Eat

May 30, 2017

By Judith Graham Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Harvard Read more…

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Helping An Elderly Parent Settle Into A Senior Care Facility

May 22, 2017

BY MARGARET MANNING  •  SENIOR LIVING Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to make this transition smooth and comfortable for everyone. So, let’s talk about the before, during and after of helping an elderly parent to move into a senior care facility. I hope that you find the following tips useful!Helping your Read more…

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Music and Movement

May 15, 2017

This month our blog is all about Physical Fitness, the first of our Lighthouse 4 Pillars for Living Life on Purpose®.  In our last post we encouraged the “do-able”: exercising just 20 minutes a day.  But integrating several of the Pillars at the same time is even better!  In this case, you can connect Physical Read more…

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Effectively Communicating with Older Adults: Expert Advice Abounds

May 8, 2017

Many adult children have experienced this paradox: At the very time they need to communicate with their aging parent about important issues in their life, the older person begins experiencing impediments that make communication difficult. Many times, it’s a medical problem—i.e., recovery from a stroke, cognitive impairment, diminished hearing or eyesight. Other times, it can Read more…

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Using Music to Exercise

We all know we need to exercise—but can music really help?  Well, humans love rhythm.  We tap our toes, and nod our head to the beat.  Even toddlers will waddle to the rhythm. And if we add music to exercise, the brain benefits, along with the heart. When researchers at Ohio State University added music Read more…

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Making the Most of Your Memory

May 1, 2017

Do you remember those Reader’s Digest articles, “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power”?  Well, the word of the day when it comes to Brain Fitness is: neuroplasticity.  It simply means that your brain can create, change and strengthen neural connections—and it can do that even as we age.  But just like a regular muscle, Read more…

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High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia

April 24, 2017

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members. Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on Read more…

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