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How to Help a Senior Loved One Quit Smoking

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  Do you have an older loved one in your life you would love to help quit smoking? Perhaps it’s a parent? Maybe it’s a close friend of yours? Regardless of your relationship, you care about this person and you hate to see them doing something that puts their health at risk. Here are a few tips to guide you in your efforts to successfully help your senior loved one quit smoking. Seniors and Smoking As you know, smoking comes with a long list of side-effects. Aside from lung cancer, smokers are also more susceptible to various health problems including (but certainly…

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3 Shocking Realities That Will Make You Start Planning to Age in Place Today

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By 2020, 56 million Americans will have reached 65 and by 2025, this number will grow to 84 million. People are living longer than ever before and as a consequence, the amount of their lives they’ll spend needing care is increasing. It’s estimated that 70 percent of these Americans will need assistance at some point in their life. Because of this, people are thinking more and more about the idea of “aging in place.” With 9 out of 10 Americans planning to stay in their home for as long as possible, aging in place has become the most common goal among the baby boomer…

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Family Caregivers: Finding the Courage to Ask for Help When You Need It

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Many words can be used to describe the role of a family caregiver, but “easy” is not one of them. Caregiving is demanding and stressful, yet if done right, it can be incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, many family caregivers neglect to recognize their personal limitations and they set unrealistic goals about the amount of care they can provide. Having impractical expectations in combination with an unhealthy attitude towards the acceptance of help is the quickest way to end up chronically stressed and on the road to caregiver burnout. When you notice your role as a family caregiver is affecting your quality of life, it’s…

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The Importance of Finding Purpose in Your Senior Years

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Your values are constantly evolving with age. After each milestone, you may find yourself questioning your life and its meaning. Every time you do this, you are reevaluating what is referred to as your sense of purpose. Your sense of purpose is dependent on your values and it will most likely change many times throughout your life. The things that define you one day may longer seem relevant the next. The most common trigger for this periodic evaluation is a major life event. The death of a loved one, a tough breakup, or a drastic change in career are all…

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3 Surprising Ways Seniors Can Boost Brain Health

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Today, people are living longer than ever before. Rapid improvements in healthcare technology have given many the opportunity to live well beyond a century while maintaining the ability to do things they never thought possible with their aging bodies. As exciting as this may sound, living a longer life comes with new challenges, including the threat of cognitive decline. For many, just saying the words ‘cognitive decline’ is enough to cause a bit of anxiety. No one wants to live their life with the constant fear that they are going to lose their mind. Fortunately, there are certain activities seniors can incorporate into their…

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