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Image: Making the Nursing Home Decision

The decision to enter a nursing home is one of the most challenging a caregiver must face.  It is also a time of great stress often for the person entering a nursing home.   While the quality of life in nursing homes varies from place to place, hardly anyone is excited about the prospect of leaving their own home.   Read More...


Image: Is it Possible to Die of a Broken Heart?

Broken heart syndrome sounds like a myth, but it is real. Broken Heart Syndrome takes place in an older person who loses a partner after being together for a long time. Although this phenomenon has been around and "known" for centuries, studies have only recently been done.   Read More...


Image: Avoiding Senior Loneliness

People need companionship. "Older adults who maintain meaningful, satisfying relationships weather life's stressors to emerge happier, healthier and wiser than people who do not," says psychologist John Cacioppo, Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, in a USA Today Article about loneliness.  People in one study, who reported feeling lonely, had a 43% increased risk of death. And elderly people are often lonely.   Read More...


Image: Signs of a Heart Attack in Older Adults

We often think of a heart attack occurring like it does in the movies. The victim will suddenly grab his chest, fall to the floor, proclaims “I am having a heart attack,” and passes out cold.   Read More...


Image: How to Have a Healthy Heart - The AHA's "Simple 7"

Want to reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and stoke? A few years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched a program known as “Life’s Simple 7.” Their goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all American by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% - all by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, their program aims to help people identify and adopt healthier lifestyle choices.   Read More...


Image: Religion and Dying

A general philosophy of life and death - and of something bigger than ourselves - will come into focus when we face the death of a loved one or our own terminal illness.   Read More...


Image: Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

What does this quote mean? Kennedy may have been talking about showing our thanks to others through our actions - which is certainly a form of gratitude. But, acting on gratitude may also mean that instead of just paying lip service to the idea that we are grateful for the things and people in our lives, we actually take an active approach to practicing gratitude on a daily basis.   Read More...


Image: What You Can Do To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who discovered changes in the brain of a person who died after an unusual mental illness. He examined the patient’s brain and found that it had abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers as well as the loss of connections between nerve cells causing these cells to die off.   Read More...


Image: 6 Easy Ways to Prevent Arthritis

While surgery and medications can help arthritis sufferers, the best course is to not get arthritis to begin with! Preventing a disease like arthritis does not have to require hours at the gym or a closet full of vitamins or special health food concoctions!   Read More...


Image: Health Benefits of Pets  for Elderly People

It appears that owning a pet can be very good for you! For seniors, it can literally save lives. What kinds of pets and how to go about owning a pet are considerations as well as how capable a person is. A pet is a great asset but can also be a big responsibility.

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