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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

It’s prime cold and flu season, and this year there’s been a particularly severe flu epidemic. In fact, according to information reported from CNN, this is the first year the entire United States is seeing the same level of flu activity, all at the same time. The rate of hospitalizations from the flu doubled...Read More

How to Get Involved Socially at Your New Assisted Living Community

After you’ve first moved into an assisted living community, it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive and out of sorts. You’re getting used to a new routine; a new, smaller living space; and meeting new people all the time — from from the staff to the other residents...Read More

Top 5 Tips for Healthy Joints

If you experience joint pain on a regular basis, it’s highly likely that you’re not enjoying the best quality of life possible. Joints are the connections between bones that allow movement to body parts like your knees, hips, shoulders, neck, and elbows. Over time, it’s common for joints to wear down, causing conditions like osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease affecting over a third of adults age 60 or older... Read More

The Top New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

If you’ve ever made New Year’s resolutions before, you probably know this scenario all too well: The first week of January, you’re ready to go, striving with all your might to meet your goals. However, by week two, those good intentions have already started to wane as you start to lapse back into your old ways... Read More

Do You Need Hip Replacement Surgery?

If you experience daily hip pain from a prior injury or a condition like arthritis, it might be time to consider a total hip replacement. As one of the most commonly-performed elective surgeries in the United States, hip replacement surgery could help you get back to the lifestyle you’re accustomed to... Read More

The Holidays in North Florida

The weather outside may not be frightful, but we guarantee you’ll find plenty of delightful things to do in north Florida this holiday season! While it’s true that the area might not receive heaping piles of fluffy, white snow to help you discover your holiday spirit, you can still find plenty of ways to get transported to a Christmas wonderland full of twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments... Read More

Is it Mental Illness or Dementia?

Mental wellness is just as important to your quality of life as your physical health. And, it’s important to note that developing either mental illness or dementia is not considered part of the normal aging process. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over 20 percent of adults age 60 and older have a mental health condition or neurological disorder... Read More

Seniors and Social Media

Although seniors have been notoriously slower than their younger counterparts when it comes to adopting the latest technology, the statistics have started to change. According to recent research from the Pew Research Center, back in the year 2000 only 14 percent of seniors ages 65 and older were regular internet users... Read More

How to Avoid Sitting Disease

Do you ever think about how much time you spend sitting in your favorite chair every day? Whether you’re working on the computer throughout the day or just relaxing in the evening watching television for a few hours, chances are you spend more time than you even think in a seated position... Read More

How to Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime

It is a common myth that senior adults are destined to lose their teeth. There is no reason seniors cannot keep their teeth for a lifetime, since tooth loss is simply the result of an oral disease — not the aging process. Read More

5 Myths about Assisted Living Communities

According to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), more than 850 million Americans currently reside in assisted living communities. These individuals made the move for a variety of reasons, whether they realized they needed some help with daily living activities like bathing or dressing, getting in and out of bed, or properly managing their medications... Read More

Do You Know Your Family Health History?

Your genes determine factors like your hair and eye color, the shape of your nose and your body type. You might even have the same laugh as your mother, or walk with the same gait as your father. While these types of things are easily seen by the naked eye, certain medical conditions your family members had may not be so easy to determine from just a glance... Read More

The Best Ways to Boost Senior Mobility

You’re probably familiar with the old saying that goes: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” When it comes to senior mobility, this tends to ring especially true. As you age, you might find certain tasks becoming more difficult — getting in and out of the car, climbing a flight of stairs, or vacuuming your living room, for instance. Many seniors begin losing some of their mobility... Read More

Rehabilitation After a Fall: What to Expect

When seniors fall, the injuries they face often lead to a compromise in their independence. Research shows that 87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are due to falling, including 95 percent of all hip fractures. If these seniors neglect to seek proper treatment and rehabilitation immediately, over half of them will… Read More

How Eating Together Improves Senior Nutrition

Aging brings changes to the way you eat. As your metabolism and activity level slow down, your appetite may also begin to decrease. That's because your body simply doesn't need quite as many calories as it did in your younger years. Aside from the effects of natural aging, some seniors may experience side effects from… Read More

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

Much like oxygen, food and water, sleep is essential to our survival. The amount of sleep we need tends to vary by the individual; some of us require eight full hours to feel refreshed and ready to face the day, while others can manage perfectly fine on five to six hours...Read More

Senior Living on a Budget

Sometimes financial words such as taxes, mortgage and interest can be intimidating. Another important financial word that many people avoid is budget. Unfortunately, because many avoid living on a budget — not to mention even creating one — their financial situation...Read More

The Biggest Myths about Alzheimer's Disease

One of the greatest concerns of growing older is often the fear of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive condition that gradually robs us of our memories, thoughts, and even our personalities. While it's common for older adults to joke about "senior moments," those small lapses in memory...Read More

5 Tips to Improve Heart Health

Your heart is the hardest-working muscle in your body, and this is the very reason why you should take extra steps to protect it. Taking small steps in your everyday life can help keep your heart healthy and strong while warding off a variety of potential problems, with heart disease being at the top of that list...Read More

Stress and Seniors: Best Coping Techniques

When most people think of retirement, they picture long, relaxing days filled with endless possibilities to enjoy their time. However, even though you may not have to worry about being a part of the rat race anymore, seniors still experience various forms of stress in their lives...Read More

How to Get More Bang for Your Social Security Buck

In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the original Social Security Act. Social Security is funded primarily through payroll taxes collected by the IRS. With a few exceptions, all salaried income, up to an amount specifically determined by law, is subject to the Social Security...Read More

The Top Ways Assisted Living Communities Improve Quality of Life

Today’s assisted living communities offer high quality health care services in a comfortable, safe environment. Plus, with a wide array of expanded amenities, from hair salons and daily housekeeping to nutritious dining and wellness programs, these communities ensure the highest quality of life for all members...Read More

Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re experiencing daily hip pain from arthritis or an injury, hip replacement surgery can significantly improve your quality of life. Around 90 percent of those who have hip surgery enjoy better mobility and less pain or stiffness. Plus, they’re able to get back to partaking in activities they may have been missing out on due to their chronic pain...Read More

The Perks of Moving to North Florida

Florida has long been known as one of the best retirement destinations in the United States. Studies reveal that Florida is actually the No. 1 state in the country for retirement living, with around 55,000 Americans age 55 and older moving to Florida every year. In fact, 19.1 percent of the population in Florida is above age 65!...Read More

What to Expect After Moving to an Assisted Living Community

Although each situation is unique to the individual, there are some telltale signs that an aging loved one could benefit from moving to an assisted living community. Often, a decline in health that affects overall quality of life is one of the most common reasons family caregivers seek assisted living services...Read More

Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation

A stroke occurs when oxygen to the brain is suddenly cut off and the brain cells become oxygen-deprived, causing them to begin to die. There are various reasons a stroke can occur, including a blocked artery, which is an ischemic stroke, or the bursting of a blood cell, otherwise known as a hemorrhagic stroke...Read More

Senior Living Cost Comparison

As you begin researching senior housing options, one of the most common questions that arises is: “How much do senior living communities cost?” The general rule of thumb is that the sooner you start planning financially for your future, the better. This means before making any decisions about your future...Read More

No Better Time than the Present to Treat Hearing Loss

This is the third and final article in a series I recently wrote concerning hearing loss. If you have not yet read the first two articles, I encourage you to read both “10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss” and “Untreated Hearing Loss: Effects and Who to See.” In those articles, I have outlined how hearing affects the overall health of our aging...Read More

Don’t Believe These Lies About Falls!

Approximately 9,500 deaths of older Americans are associated with falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and at 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually. In fact, 87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls, and two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months. One-fourth of seniors...Read More

What is Sundowning?

As nighttime approaches, it’s not uncommon for those with Alzheimer’s disease to begin experiencing a heightened state of confusion or agitation. This is known as sundowner’s syndrome, and it affects approximately 20 percent of the more than five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. The cause of sundowning is not yet known...Read More

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

Untreated Hearing Loss: Effects and Who to See

Think about the people you have met who have an obvious hearing loss. Do they seem to be delayed and even disoriented during conversations? Do they repeat things or start conversations on topics that have already been discussed? Do they have the appearance of being uninterested in what is being...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

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss

We begin hearing in the womb, and the auditory processing part of the brain is the last sense to stop working when we are dying. While this may be a tough way to begin a conversation with you, I hope stating these facts works as a kind of wake up call. Since God designed us this way, the hearing sense must be vital to our being. How does normal hearing work? Sound...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

Move to Improve: Exercise is Just as Important for Seniors

Not long ago, it was common belief that older adults didn’t need to exercise — retirement was time to just sit and relax. Another widespread idea was that exercise was actually harmful for people with certain ailments — “I can’t exercise because I have heart disease.” Now, more people than ever, at all ages, are exercising. So, does age-old...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

Want a Better Life? Drop the Candy Bar!

Not long ago, it was common belief that older adults didn’t need to exercise — retirement was time to just sit and relax. Another widespread idea was that exercise was actually harmful for people with certain ailments — “I can’t exercise because I have heart disease.” Now, more people than ever, at all ages, are exercising. So, does age-old wisdom...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

Clearing the Clutter for a Better Life

Dealing with clutter is a common struggle in the US. Americans continually buy new clothes, new books and new gadgets without getting rid of anything. Those who lived through the Depression were conditioned to never throw anything away. Closets, attics and garages swell with “stuff,” especially for those who have lived in the same home for many years. However, clutter can...Read More

The Science of Healing Through Prayer

Many people believe science and faith cannot mix. Science can be observed, tested and proven. Spirituality can also be observed and tested, but many aspects of spirituality are difficult to prove. Faith is necessary when dealing with spiritual matters. But when tested over and over and the positive results appear to correlate, it seems impractical to discount what appears to be scientific proof...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...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....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...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...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

Holiday Visits — Offering Practical Help to Loved Ones

The holidays are a special time for family and friends to get together. It’s not uncommon for us to visit a senior loved one who would benefit from our help. As you make your holiday plans, think about how you can help your loved one with things in the home so they don’t have to do it later. Offering your assistance during your holiday visit is a great way to show...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...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...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...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

Low-Income Senior Housing: Great Places to Call Home

No matter our age, we all crave a place to call our own that is comfortable and secure, has friends close by, and affords privacy when we want it. We do not “outgrow” the desire for these things. But, sometimes, after the paychecks stop coming and the savings account dwindles, seniors wonder what’s next. How will they afford a place of their own? What are their options? Over 50 years...Read More

Designing Your Home for Your Senior Years

When designing or shopping for a new home, we should consider the livability and comfort the home will afford us. There are always specific features that we are attracted to, and a general flow of spaces that we feel will make our particular living style more comfortable. When a young bachelor shops for a home, he looks for different features than a couple with children. Their needs have...Read More

A Valuable Resource: Service Coordinators at ACV

If you are a senior adult who is hospitalized following a fall or an illness, who do you turn to for help when it’s time to go home? Your family or friends? What if none are available? At Advent Christian Village (ACV) the answer is easy — you call your Service Coordinator. Or better yet, the hospital discharge coordinator calls the Service Coordinator with the details of the...Read More