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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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Holiday Gifts for Seniors

As the holiday season rolls around, everyone is shopping for the perfect gifts for their friends and families. Some people may seem impossible to shop for, and many find it especially difficult to think of gift ideas for the seniors in their lives. Below are some ideas to help you find the right gifts for your elderly loves ones. Fun and Games If a senior loves to play games, word games like Scrabble, Boggle, or Bananagrams make great gifts. Not only are they fun, they also stimulate the brain, which is essential for a senior’s mental health. A book of…

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The Importance of Preventive Care

Many seniors visit the doctor when they are sick to get healthy again, but it’s just as important to schedule regular preventive care visits. Preventive care includes regular exams, check-ups, vaccines, and screenings. While regular doctor visits may seem costly now, they more than pay off in the long term by saving money, worry, and time in the future. Any warning signs of disease can be caught early with preventive care, and vaccines protect seniors against harmful infections and viruses. Due to the rapid growth of the senior population, one of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s key public…

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Avoiding Holiday Depression

The holiday season is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, joy is hard to find. Depression in seniors is especially prominent around Thanksgiving and Christmas due to a variety of factors. Physical reasons, like shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep seniors from participating in holiday activities, and emotional reasons like loneliness, missing deceased loved ones, and wishing for happier holidays gone by.  Even the expectation that one is supposed to be especially joyful this time of year can trigger sadness and depression. “The holidays are a time of tradition…

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Medicare: Know Your Options

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is October 15th through December 7th. During this window, seniors can change their existing Medicare plans and prescription drug coverage to better meet their needs for the upcoming year. It’s important for seniors to review their plans for any changes in cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. Choosing the best plan begins with understanding what is offered and finding a balance between out-of-pocket costs and an affordable monthly payment. To begin, one needs to understand the basics of Medicare and how all the parts work. (sources: Medicare.gov, cms.gov) Part A (Original…

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