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Sleeping Well as You Age

It is a common myth that seniors don’t need as much sleep as they age. However, at every stage of life, getting quality sleep is essential to mental and physical health. It is recommended that adults get seven to eight hours every night, but changes in sleep patterns due to aging mean that those over 65 tend to get less and less sleep. Some changes in sleep that seniors may notice are sleeping for less time, taking longer to get to sleep, waking up more often during the night, waking up earlier, feeling sleepier earlier, and napping in the afternoon….

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Baby Boomers Live Longer but Have Poorer Health

By the year 2029, the last of the baby boomers – the 78 million Americans born after World War II between 1946 and 1964 – will be turning 65. According to the Schaeffer Center of Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, the average life expectancy for 65-year-olds will rise 20.1 years in 2030. Even those with disabilities will extend their lives by up to 8.6 years. Despite the fact that baby boomers are projected to live longer lives than their parents, they will likely be less healthy, researchers say. By the year 2030, the typical Medicare…

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How to Remain Mentally Young

Old age is often associated with wisdom because of the vast number of things seniors have experienced. There’s a scientific explanation as to why our elderly loved ones always seem to have endless knowledge and give the best advice. According to neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, PhD, seniors have “millions and millions of little social scenarios and facts” recorded in their brains that can be recalled at any time, and “are much better synthesizer[s] and integrator[s] of that information.” However, many seniors fear that they will succumb to cognitive impairment and memory loss as they age. Today, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer…

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Holiday Fun for Seniors

“ ’Twas the night before Christmas, When all through the house Not a creature was stirring, Not even a mouse…” Every Christmas, grandparents all over the world read Clement Clark Moore’s immortal poem to their grandchildren just as their parents and grandparents did before them. this holiday season, reading timeless Christmas stories with grandchildren is just one of the many ways seniors can get into the festive spirit. Those who want to get out on the town can attend holiday concerts, shows, or craft fairs. Another fun outing is to grab family or friends and drive around to look at…

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Staying Socially Engaged

An elderly woman loses her husband of 60 years to cancer right before the holiday season. Like so many others who have experienced this, she slips into a state of loneliness and depression. Christmas was her husband’s favorite holiday, and for the first time in decades, he won’t be there to celebrate it with her. She feels completely hopeless, like she will never be happy again. But there is a remedy that could bring her back to herself, and it’s not the latest therapy or pill. It’s something much simpler – people. Recently, researchers have found that social interaction and…

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