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Caring for Aging Seniors – Mind, Body, and Soul

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Why Seniors Can Benefit From Owning a Pet

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments

I’ve never been particularly fond of pets, although my parents had occasional cats and dogs when we lived on the farm. Actually, my brother was the one who took care of the dogs and played with them the most. More recently, my grandson has had two cats for a number of years now.

When we were moving from Michigan to Texas, I ended up staying with my daughter for three months until my place was available. During that time I got to know Hunter and Nikka quite well, which was quite a surprise because I don’t care for cats at all. Now I’m thinking about getting a cat of my own. [Read more →]

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Five Fun Brain Exercises for Seniors

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

We all know how important it is to exercise our body in order to stay in shape. We have also heard about keeping our mind sharp by living a healthy lifestyle. Did you know we seniors can also help keep our brain functioning through exercise? Exercising our brain is an important activity for seniors and doesn’t cost anything. [Read more →]

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The Down Side of Sitting

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

A natural side of aging occurs as we begin to physically slow down. As we enter our sixties and seventies, we are not as active as when we were younger. We often tend to sit in our favorite recliner and watch television or read books and magazines. Or, we take a nap or two throughout the day without heading to our more comfortable, and physically healthy, bed. [Read more →]

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Must Have Essential Nutrients and Supplements for Aging Seniors

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Nutrition is more than just the art of eating well; it is the art of eating correctly. Most of us are now aware that our bodies require certain nutrients in order to function right and stay healthy. The problem becomes as we get older and we need less calories, it then becomes vitally important for every piece of food to be optimizing the essential nutrients that our bodies need. [Read more →]

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Death of a Loved One – The Grieving Process

February 10th, 2015 · No Comments

A year ago this month my father passed away. He was the last of his generation that included my mom, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. As happens when we lose a loved one, our family instantly began the grieving process. [Read more →]

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Valentine’s Day Tea Sandwiches – Remembering the Past

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

As Valentine’s Day draws closer, we decided to offer a different type of article than usual; one that reminds me of my grandmother and her friends, back in the day. I was a child in the 1950’s and was present at a couple of society luncheons she hosted for her women friends. I thought it would be fun to share a couple of recipe ideas similar to those they enjoyed at their luncheons. [Read more →]

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Is the Mediterranean Style Diet Healthy for Seniors?

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

If you search online for the best diet for seniors, you will find several options. For the most part, if you stick to well-known sources you can feel relatively safe in following those eating plans. A couple of the main plans I know of from taking care of my father are the USDA Food Guide My Plate Plan that was suggested by his diabetic counselor, and the DASH Diet. [Read more →]

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6 Reasons Seniors Should Walk Every Day

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

We often hear we should add walking into our day in order to improve our overall health and increase our longevity. But, did you know there are other more specific reasons why a daily walk is important to seniors? Not only can daily walks help aging seniors remain physically healthy as long as possible, but they can also provide mental health benefits as well. [Read more →]

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What Specific Vitamins Play a Key Role in Senior’s Health?

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Seniors have brittle bones, there’s no secret about that. After a certain age, the body stops producing adequate amounts of skin, bone, muscle and red blood cells on a constant basis. Ergo, vitamins and minerals are required to fill in the gaps and get the body back on its feet.

These nutrients are responsible for all sorts of processes that occur in the human body, such as boosting the immune system, healing wounds, and strengthening bones. [Read more →]

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Late Bloomers Infographic

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the most inspirational feats anyone can accomplish is to do so after reaching a certain age. In our case, on this site, is when that accomplishment happens to someone over sixty, at the very least.

People in their seventies, eighties and beyond are finding they can succeed far later in life than they ever would have believed.

It wasn’t easy. They worked hard to get to where they are. But, they did not give up. They kept going despite the odds and didn’t quit until they accomplished their goal. [Read more →]

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