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Maintaining Close Bonds with Parents from Afar

“Dear Mom…” Jenny lifted her pen to look at the Mother’s Day card she was writing. There was a lot of blank space to fill under these words. Something about the empty card was intimidating. She had a lot to say to her mother, yet too few ways to say it. She was at a loss for words. Jenny’s mother lived far away, in her home town of Raleigh, North Carolina. In Chicago, Jenny’s life revolved around her job and her husband. Though she was an only child, she always felt like her mother was more of a sister than a…

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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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Excerpts of Love Through Decades Past

As we draw closer to 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…

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Tips for Healthy Socializing in a New Senior Community

You’re back on the playground on the first day of school. Who do you play with? Who do you sit with at lunch? Is anyone going to like you? You’ve just moved into a college dormitory far from home. Your roommate is a stranger, and so is everyone else you’re living with. How are you going to socialize in this new environment? It’s your first day at a new job. You’re eager to make a good impression and prove your value. Are coworkers or bosses watching you? Do they approve of you? Will you make friends here? For those settling into…

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The Importance of Family in a Senior’s Life

The importance of family in a senior’s life is truly immeasurable. Not only does family provide a consistent social network, evidence has led us to believe that the relationship a senior keeps with his or her family has a direct impact on their overall quality of life. Seniors who maintain strong ties with their family have even been shown to outlive those who report less favorable relationships. If the potential for a longer life doesn’t make you want to connect with your loved ones, here are more reasons why you should make an effort to prioritize family. Changes in Social Networks As…

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