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Happily Ever Aging
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Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

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Breaking Down the Benefits of a Continuum Community for Seniors

A continuum community for seniors — also called a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or life plan community — offers a wealth of benefits to older adults looking to remain in the same setting as their care needs change.

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Facing Fears And Addressing Emotions in the Senior Living Decision

Making the transition to community living is a weighty decision for seniors, caregivers, and family members alike. Whether the senior in your life is planning a move to an independent living community or you are preparing to move your loved one to a memory care community, the decision can bring feelings of fear and complex emotions.

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Embracing Change: Senior Living and Emotional Resilience

The transition to senior living has the potential to bring significant positive change to an older adult’s life. Reaping the most benefits from this lifestyle, however, may largely depend on an individual’s ability to adapt to change. A senior’s openness to change may even be linked to better mental health and lower risks of depression and anxiety. In this article, we’ll explore some of the many changes senior loved ones may face and offer strategies for strengthening emotional resilience to best cope with these transitions.

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Finding Renewal: The Spiritual Significance of Easter in Senior Living

Beyond its religious connotations, Easter is also celebrated through various cultural traditions and customs. Many senior living communities embrace this diversity, honoring the rich tapestry of traditions that residents bring from different backgrounds and heritage, and creating inclusive environments where seniors can share and celebrate their cultural practices with one another.

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Sweet and Healthy Snacks for Seniors

Does the senior in your life have a bit of a sweet tooth? If your loved one is fond of sugary snacks, you may have concerns about the potential health impact of excess sugar in their diet. Everyone enjoys a sweet snack, but experts have found that people underestimate how much sugar they consume. Some sugars, such as fructose, glucose, and lactose, occur naturally in foods like fruit and milk. The issue arises from added sugars, i.e. the sugars and syrups added to food during processing, preparation, or at the table.

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How Seniors Use Social to Connect with Grandkids, Friends & More

As technology continues to evolve rapidly, social media has become an indispensable tool for connecting people across generations. Seniors, a group once perceived as technologically hesitant, have begun embracing social platforms and leveraging them to bridge the gap with grandkids, reconnect with old friends and explore a world of possibilities. This newfound digital connection has the potential to not only enhance seniors’ social lives, but also contribute significantly to their overall well-being.

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Valentine's Day: Tapping into Love & Companionship in Senior Living

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. And in the journey of life, the golden years should be no exception to the enchanting symphony of heartfelt connections. Contrary to some preconceived notions, seniors can be just as involved in the pursuit of love and companionship as any other generation. For adults residing in senior living communities, this quest remains vibrant and hopeful. In fact, these communities offer a rich tapestry of social connections and opportunities for seniors to celebrate this heartfelt holiday with warmth and joy. As the crimson hues of Valentine's Day approach, and the atmosphere resonates with a feeling of love and connection, we’re delving into the myriad ways through which residents in senior living communities can experience the magic of Valentine's Day. Join us as we explore the avenues of community events, family visits, virtual connections and other heartwarming channels that can make this time of year so special for seniors.

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Rewarding Resolutions for Seniors Eying Health & Happiness in 2024

When the clock struck midnight on January 1, people across the globe ushered in a new year with festive flair and celebration. For many seniors, this moment marked an exciting opportunity to embrace fresh beginnings and renewed aspirations. In 2024, a number of older adults have committed to taking a proactive approach to their health and happiness, setting realistic resolutions that reflect a focus on overall well-being. Let’s explore why these intentions are so powerful and how seniors can navigate the path to a healthier, happier life in the year ahead.

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Step into Fitness: Accessible Senior Exercise Plans for the New Year

As seniors step into a new year, the importance of adopting accessible exercise plans becomes increasingly important. For older adults, prioritizing health and well-being through tailored exercise routines is not just a resolution; it's a commitment to an improved quality of life. Embracing practical, manageable (and fun!) exercise plans designed specifically for seniors is a major key to maintaining physical vitality, mental acuity and emotional well-being.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside: A Senior's Guide to Winter Health & Well-Being

As winter makes its seasonal debut, enveloping many parts of the country in a blanket of snow and crisp temperatures, the challenges that seniors face to their health and well-being become more pronounced. The cold weather, icy sidewalks, and flu season can pose significant risks for older individuals. With careful preparation and proactive measures, however, seniors can navigate the winter season with confidence. In this article, we'll delve into key strategies for seniors to maintain winter health and well-being, ensuring a season of comfort and safety.

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10 Tips for Seniors to Unwrap the Gift of Joy this Holiday Season

The holiday season, often marked by festive lights and a contagious sense of joy, can be a time of celebration and reflection for people of all ages. For seniors, though, this time may bring about unique challenges that make it difficult to actively seek and savor moments of happiness. However, experiencing such elements of wonder and delight may be essential to maintaining a senior’s mental and emotional health this time of year. Whether residing alone or within a senior living community, finding joy during the holidays can significantly contribute to overall well-being. In the spirit of helping seniors access holiday cheer more fully, the following are some thoughtful tips for grasping the joy of the season and making this time truly special.

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