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Aging & Senior Health
healthy-eating-during-holidays
The holidays are a time for celebrating and with celebration comes indulgence. From stretching budgets to stretching waistlines, there’s no doubt that the holidays can be challenging to the healthy habits we try to keep the rest of the year. In fact, nearly 75% of annual weight gain takes place between Halloween and New Years....
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depression-in-seniors
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 7 million Americans over the age of 65 experience depression each year. Because many of the signs and symptoms of depression mimic normal age-related issues, seniors are at risk of misdiagnosis and lack of treatment of dementia. Symptoms can also be confused with chronic...
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15-ways-to-practice-gratitude
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie While we strive to be thankful year round, Thanksgiving is a special time of year that is set aside to reflect on our lives in gratitude. More than just making you happier, being grateful is essential...
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seniors-lose-weight
Dropping unnecessary pounds is usually a good thing, especially for seniors carrying excess weight. However, seniors are at a high risk for involuntary weight loss. While 13% of the general population experiences unintentional weight loss, nearly 27% of seniors over the age of 65 drop weight involuntarily. Unintentional weight loss can be a sign of...
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flu-vs-norovirus
Norovirus and influenza are two terms often used interchangeably to both mean the common flu. Because influenza results in a weakened immune system, many people experience other viruses, like the norovirus, while having influenza. This causes people to associate gastrointestinal issues with the flu, but the two viruses are different. Here’s what you need to...
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seniors-type-2-diabetes
Adults account for nearly 95% of all diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes, often called adult-onset diabetes. According to The American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million Americans living with the disease and an estimated 7 million more people who have the disease but are undiagnosed. And, as of 2010, 10.9 million Americans over the...
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Every Step You Take: PrimeFit Senior Fitness
Being more active is one way to immediately improve your outlook and your attitude throughout the year. Fortunately, residents of Leisure Care communities have plenty of options when it comes to getting fit and maintaining fitness. PrimeFit is Leisure Care’s signature fitness program designed exclusively for seniors. We recently sat down with Lindsy Johanson, PrimeFit...
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protecting-seniors-flu-season
Leaves are changing and the weather is cooling off. Along with the welcome changes of the fall, comes an unwelcome season – flu season. Beginning in October and sometimes stretching into May, flu season is the period of time when the influenza virus is most active. It’s a time to step up self-care and flu...
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why-do-seniors-sleep-so-much
We’ve all seen our senior loved one sleeping through a family gathering, going to bed earlier, resting more. So, what is it about aging that brings more sleep? And, is it healthy to sleep that much? Learn more about how sleep benefits seniors and how to help your loved one maintain healthy sleep habits through...
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