Independent Living and Assisted Living: A Comparison

Baby boomers across the country began hitting age 65 in the year 2011. This means a huge population of the United States is entering their retirement years — or thinking about retiring, anyway! And, the average life expectancy has been gradually rising over the past few decades, too. Just 20 years ago, for instance, a person...Read More

Osteoporosis Prevention Tips

The word osteoporosis means “porous bone.” It’s a disease that occurs when the body’s bone mass decreases, doesn’t make enough bone, or both, which causes the bones to become weak and brittle. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), approximately 10 million Americans currently have the condition, with...Read More

Seniors and Pets

It is often said that a house is not a home without a pet. While seeing your companion’s wagging tail and furry face greet you when you walk in the door is benefit enough, pet ownership also provides a great deal of added health benefits, especially for seniors. Some of the benefits of owning a pet include lower heart rates, reduced stress levels...Read More

How to Get Started with Medicare

Created in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson, Medicare was designed to provide aging adults with access to health care at a time when it was becoming increasingly difficult to get private health insurance. Today, Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people...Read More

The Importance of Proper Senior Rehabilitation

The goal of any senior rehabilitation program is to help individuals get back to the level of independence to which they are accustomed following an injury, illness or surgery. These programs often include a combination of physical, occupational and speech/language therapies depending on the needs and condition of the senior...Read More

7 Common Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is a progressive disease, meaning symptoms gradually worsen over time. What may begin as simple forgetfulness or lapses in memory can become...Read More

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of a deliberate effort, or an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to treating diseases. In other words, wellness is the act of making healthy choices that lead to a fulfilling lifestyle...Read More

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain

Most adults are already well aware of the impact their diets have on their bodies. Eating foods packed with vitamins and nutrients while low in sugars and “bad fats” not only helps you manage your weight, but you’ll maintain the best overall physical health, too. For seniors, a nutritious diet has benefits like lowering...Read More

The Importance of Proper Medication Management

A growing concern for older adults is what is known as polypharmacy, which is defined as the use of multiple medications at any one given time. As seniors generally have several medical conditions all needing treatment, those over the age of 65 often need to take a variety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs to manage their conditions...Read More

Guide to Senior Housing

Being properly prepared for the future is a concern many seniors face as they enter their retirement years. And, with so many living options available in today’s senior living communities, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when starting the research process. Whether the decision to move is prompted by the...Read More

Senior Living for Couples

Recent research from the Census Bureau reveals that six percent of married couples in the United States today have celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss. With the average 65-year-old expected to live another 19 years or so, many of these couples find that their individual health care needs will begin to change as they continue down the path of aging...Read More

Assisted Living Moving Checklist

Planning a move is a stressful situation for most anyone; there’s booking the moving company, packing up the entire home, and then unpacking and setting up the new living space. For some seniors, moving to an assisted living community also means downsizing their belongings to fit in a smaller environment. This means stressful decisions must be made about...Read More

The True Meaning of Aging in Place

Life expectancy is at an all-time high in the United States today. With the average American living to 78 years old, people are using this increased longevity to stay in the workforce longer, engage in their communities, and take part in a variety of activities, from spending more time with family to volunteer work...Read More

How to Recognize the Signs of Stroke

A stroke occurs when oxygen to the brain is suddenly cut off, and as a result, brain cells become oxygen-deprived and begin to die. A stroke can be caused by a blocked artery, known as ischemic stroke, or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel, which is hemorrhagic stroke. These “brain attacks” can happen at any time and to anyone, but the damage a stroke causes is determined by what area of the brain was affected...Read More

Physical Therapy for Seniors

Recent studies show that one in four Americans currently age 65 will live to be at least 90 years old. While that’s positive news as it means we are living healthier lives than ever before, with advancing age often comes a loss of strength, flexibility and balance that can impact our daily lives. These physical changes can make living a healthy lifestyle somewhat difficult. Plus, our mobility may become limited, or we may be dealing with pain from chronic conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis...Read More

Senior Fall Prevention Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, more than 2.8 million older people are treated in the emergency room for injuries due to a fall. This means one out of three adults age 65 and older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in these individuals. Plus, when seniors fall once, they are more likely to suffer a subsequent fall. In fact, the chance of a repeat fall can double...Read More

5 Tips for An Easy Transition to Assisted Living

Change is not easy at any age. For an aging loved one who wishes to age in place in the home, starting the conversation about moving to assisted living may present some unique challenges. However, it’s important to remember that your loved one’s safety and quality of life may be at stake. If you've started to notice a decline in mental or physical health, or that everyday tasks are becoming more difficult, talking about future needs is vital....Read More

Alzheimer's vs. Normal Memory Loss

As we enter our later years of life, simple acts of forgetfulness become common daily occurrences. Perhaps you walked into a room and have no idea what your purpose there was supposed to be. Or, maybe you suddenly walk out of the grocery store in a panic because you've forgotten where you parked your car. While one might jump to the conclusion that you're clearly displaying some of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease, these small lapses in memory are considered quite normal...Read More

5 Tips for Touring Senior Living Communities

After you've made the decision to downsize your home, it's time to start researching your housing options. Perhaps you'e looking for a private home or apartment in an independent living community, or maybe you need some help with daily living activities and are seeking an assisted living community. No matter what your needs may be, you not only want to consider your health and safety, but you should also find a community where you'll be happy and comfortable in the years to come...Read More

How to Improve Senior Nutrition Habits

Eating a healthy, well-balanced mix of foods has a variety of benefits for seniors. According to the National Institutes of Health, proper nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, and even some types of cancer. A healthy senior diet can also lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, and can build up your body's ability to manage some of the chronic conditions or illness you may already have...Read More

The Best Exercises for Seniors

No matter your age, exercising regularly offers countless benefits. Exercise is key to a healthy heart, strong bones, and increased flexibility, making everyday tasks much easier to complete. For seniors, exercise provides additional benefits; for instance, regular exercise can protect from chronic diseases, improve mobility and lower the risk of a fall...Read More

Signs a Loved One Could Benefit from Assisted Living

Starting the conversation with aging loved ones about their future living plans can be a difficult process. However, as a caregiver, it's important to realize that there may come a time when your loved ones need more help than you are able to provide. Although many seniors have the desire to remain living independently in their homes for as long as possible, when their overall health and safety become a concern, it's time to being researching assisted living options...Read More

Independent Living Decision Guide

Seniors today are living longer, more active and healthier lives. This is why when many people hear the phrase "senior independent living" or any variation of it they commonly think of older adults aging in place within their homes. After all, they don’t need any assistance with daily living activities at this point, like dressing or bathing. However, more and more seniors today are recognizing the benefits of downsizing and moving into an independent senior living community...Read More

The Health Benefits of Social Wellness

Living a long, healthy life takes so much more than just getting 30 minutes of exercise every day. In fact, there are a total of eight dimensions of wellness that all have an impact on our overall health, including physical, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, environmental and financial. Social wellness, while just one element of those eight dimensions, provides some of the greatest benefits on our overall health and well-being...Read More

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

As we age, we may find ourselves starting to slow down a little bit. Perhaps our current homes are simply becoming too much to maintain on our own, and downsizing to a smaller home, townhouse or apartment starts to look appealing. Alternatively, the very opposite can occur; many of today’s seniors are healthy, active and independent, and these seniors are looking to enjoy their retirement years fully...Read More

10 Downsizing Tips for Seniors

For many people, moving out of the home they’ve spent many years making memories in can present an emotional or stressful situation. Packing up all your belongings, hiring movers, and setting up a new home can feel like a never-ending process that you just don’t have the energy to face. However, downsizing your home actually offers a variety of great benefits to seniors! Read More