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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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The Importance of Keeping Your Aging Senior Active

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 14th, 2016

As you think about the best ways to care for your aging parent or loved one, one of the things you can do that will provide the most benefit in all areas of life is encouraging exercise. Being active can help your aging senior in a wide range of ways, from strengthening social relationships to improving memory and even preventing depression.

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Three "Brain Games" Websites for Keeping Older Minds Sharp

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 29th, 2015

While cognitive decline can be a natural part of the aging process, it’s possible to counter the trend through brain teasers, memory games, and other mental “workouts”. Read on to learn three websites packed with brain games for seniors, as well as other suggestions for helping to keep your aging loved one’s brain in tip-top shape. 

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5 Safe and Fun Hobbies for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 13th, 2015

Hobbies are an excellent way to support the mind and body while staying active, connecting with others, and finding a sense of fulfillment -- all experiences which often diminish with age. Inspire your aging loved one with these five ideas designed to help him/her put down the remote control and pick up a rewarding new hobby. 

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Five Fun Fall Activities For Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 16th, 2014

Fall’s arrival brings the promise of glorious foliage and a crisp feeling in the air. While jumping in leaf piles may no longer be at the top of your list, here are five fun fall activities to help your aging parent enjoy the splendor of the season.

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8 Activities to Help Stimulate Your Aging Loved One's Memory

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 18th, 2014

As your loved one ages, a reduction in cognitive ability will likely occur. Small declines and short-term memory loss are common, but you can help prevent this. The brain is a muscle, and like any muscle, it needs to be exercised.

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ABC's of Assisted Living

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 13th, 2014

If you have not yet downloaded our newest free resource, "The ABC's of Assisted Living," you are missing out on a fabulous guide to senior living!

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Middlewoods of Farmington Residents are Ringing Their Bells!

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 31st, 2014

A new resident bell choir is ringing at Middlewoods of Farmington Led by Activities Director, Ginny Brown, the residents of Middlewoods of Farmington formed the bell choir a few months before the holidays and have been performing at the community and around town.

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4 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Loved One’s Life Story

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 19th, 2013

November is Family Stories Month. Interestingly enough, November is also National Lifewriting Month! These two celebrations provide a wealth of opportunities for families to connect with their elderly loved ones. So before you leave the table this Thanksgiving (and head out to do all your Black Friday shopping) take a moment to share a story, listen to a story, or write down a few words to remember those stories.

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Activities Across the Generations...Enriching the Lives of Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 8th, 2013

Celebrating Relationships! Celebrated on the first Sunday of October, Intergeneration Day provides a great opportunity to celebrate relationships between seniors and younger generations. When most people think of intergenerational activities, they typically envision children and seniors together in that picture. We invite you to pause for a moment and expand that picture and remember that activities that bridge generational gaps reach out to a wide variety of different age groups. In honor of Intergeneration Day, think about how you can help connect your aging loved one with meaningful intergenerational experiences.

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