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Excerpts of Love Through Decades Past

Lucille Ball

On Valentine’s Day, love surrounds those who are fortunate enough to have found it, while the rest of us may find ourselves annoyed by the online posts of dinner dates, flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. As irritating as it can be at times, true love and dedication to another is certainly something to be celebrated and to aspire for. Because of this, we’ve collected excerpts from love letters, songs, quotes, and books that go hand-in-hand with the history they belong to. On July 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, and World War I began. Cecil Slack served as an…

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Living Legends: 5 Retired Athletes & Their Senior Success Stories

Super Bowl VII: Don Shula

“Retirement” may evoke thoughts of snowbird winters in Boca Raton – of seniors who finally ditched the nine to five and began to enjoy themselves without the stress of the hectic life they moved on from. Retirement may mean age finally becomes a factor that can’t be ignored, and that the overwhelming demands of pre-retirement life must finally be put aside. Senior citizens who have experienced this life transition have much in common with the retired athlete. For athletes, “retirement” means hanging up the cleats, passing the torch and swallowing the reality of the final whistle. Like retired seniors, athletes who end…

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Lifestyle Strategies to Promote Cognitive Vitality

What is cognitive vitality? Or perhaps we should first ask, what is cognitive decline? It may be something you or your elderly loved one is experiencing right now. With normal aging, cognitive decline takes the form of slower mental processing. Verbal communication, written communication, and decision-making can be things your senior is slower to do and understand. Though some accept cognitive decline as an inevitable part of aging, studies show that it can sometimes be reduced. In other words, you or your elderly loved one can take steps to promote and achieve cognitive vitality. “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist, but the…

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Four Thieves who Target Seniors During Tax Season

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Just when we’ve finally put our feet up after the busy, crazy holidays, duty calls once again. It is officially tax season. Navigating paperwork, records, pay stubs, bills, and confusing legal copy to file taxes before April 18th can be a drag, and if you’re a senior citizen filing taxes this year – age probably hasn’t made the process easier. Regardless of whether or not you’re filing taxes, if you’re a senior, you may have something bigger to worry about. Senior citizens are at high risk of fraud and scam during tax season. In 2011, MetLife reported that financial exploitation costs seniors $2.9 billion…

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Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

mental illness in the elderly

When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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