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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Debunking Common Assisted Living Misconceptions

April 17, 2017

Assisted living can be a feasible option for many families. It gives seniors the opportunity to live their lives as independently as possible in a safe and caring environment, which makes a positive impact on well being. But often families hesitate to explore assisted living as an option for their loved ones, based on assumptions about Read more…

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Walking to Wake Up the Brain

Remember in elementary school when kids got to choose who would be on their teams for sports?  I wasn’t high on anyone’s list, thanks to my limited athletic ability.  But there is one activity almost anyone can excel in—walking.  In an earlier post (Moving More in 2014) we noted that even 20 minutes of walking Read more…

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Got Bacteria?

April 10, 2017

We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.”  Of course we don’t take it literally—not really.  But that statement is actually true in some fascinating, microscopic ways that earlier generations could never have imagined.  Turns out that everything we eat and drink either helps or hinders the amazing population of bacteria that inhabit Read more…

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