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Steps to Take Toward Celebrating and Accepting Aging

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The idea of aging is an open-ended concept. There is so much to explore, achieve, and discover as an older adult! That’s why so many people who are aging or who support those who are aging are removing the negative stigma surrounding the topic. Instead, it’s important to take the proper steps to come to terms with aging and enjoy all that it has to offer.

There are two key components to growing older:

Accepting Aging
Celebrating Aging

Life Care Services® can help you or your loved one navigate both of these areas, and our senior living communities offer programming, care, and support solutions that make aging easier. Let’s take a closer look at accepting the aging process and how you or your friend or family member can celebrate that growth, year after year. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

How to Keep Your Immune System Strong as a Senior

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“How can seniors strengthen their immune systems?” This is a common question for many who want to improve their health as they age. A strong immune system in older age starts with implementing or continuing to make healthy lifestyle choices, protecting yourself from illness, connecting with others, and developing awareness about your daily habits.

Life Care Services® believes in supporting seniors and their immune systems so they can live life to the fullest. We’ve compiled a complete guide that older adults can use to protect their health with nine best practices. To view the best practices, CLICK HERE!

What is Memory Care and How to Know When You or Your Loved One May Need It?

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Memory issues creep up slowly. Seniors can go years without noticing any significant difference in their memory by relying solely on the help of family or friends. Eventually, there may come a point when the level of care you or your loved one needs exceeds what can be provided at home. At that point, it’s time to start looking into memory care options.

Life Care Services understands it is difficult to know what services are out there and even more so to know when you need to utilize them. By informing yourself now, we hope to prepare you or your loved one for the day it becomes necessary. To learn more about memory care and signs that you or your loved one may benefit from memory care, CLICK HERE.

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6 Medical Problems That Can Mimic Dementia

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If you’re an older adult experiencing memory lapses, lack of focus or confusion — or you have a loved one with those symptoms — it’s natural to worry about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

But other treatable conditions can cause similar symptoms, and they can be easy for doctors to miss, says Ardeshir Hashmi, M.D., a geriatrician and section chief of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine.

“Sometimes there’s just a very superficial workup and then [the doctor says], ‘Here’s a pill for Alzheimer’s,’ ” Hashmi says. (While no drug has been proved to stop or slow the progression of dementia, there are several federally approved medications that can help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.) “Before you make that conclusion, you should rule out all the other things that can be confused with dementia — things that are easily reversible.”

To find out more from AARP about some common medical problems that can be mistaken for dementia, CLICK HERE. ​​

The Power of a Positive Attitude as You Age

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Having a positive attitude toward aging is powerful, and is the first step for seniors to enjoy a happy life. There are so many reasons to be positive at an older age.

5 Ways to Have a Positive Aging Experience

Having a positive attitude toward aging is powerful, and is the first step for seniors to enjoy a happy life. There are so many reasons to be positive at an older age. As an older adult, you have:

Less of an obligation to work.
More time for fun activities.
Reduced stress without household responsibilities.

The idea of aging can be a source of anxiety for many people, especially those who aren’t sure what to expect or how to navigate the experience. Growing older is a fact of life, and it is not a journey that should be feared, but rather, one that should be embraced.

With support and resources, you have everything you need to look forward to a positive aging experience. Life Care Services has put together a list of five ways you can find that positive attitude and use it to plan. To view the list, CLICK HERE.

Balancing Life as a Caregiver

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Becoming a caregiver is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity for you to give back to a parent or family member who has given so much of their time to you, and now you’re returning the favor. Yet, this shift in roles can also be a source of guilt or stress over providing adequate care for your loved one.

Becoming a caregiver is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity for you to give back to a parent or family member who has given so much of their time to you, and now you’re returning the favor. Yet, this shift in roles can also be a source of guilt or stress over providing adequate care for your loved one.

Life Care Services understands the pressure caregivers are under and want them to know we’re here for you. To learn about tips you can follow to start alleviating some of your stress and start providing capable care, CLICK HERE.

Important Information and Tips for Balance Problems and Disorders in Seniors

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Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or as if the room were spinning around you? These can be troublesome sensations. If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem.

Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. They are often caused by disturbances of the inner ear. Vertigo, the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning, is a common symptom.

Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you are moving or remaining still. Good balance helps you walk without staggering, get up from a chair without falling, climb stairs without tripping, and bend over without falling. Good balance is important to help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.

Balance disorders are one reason older people fall. Learn more about falls and falls prevention from NIA. Visit the website of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for information on specific balance disorders.

To learn about the causes and symptoms of balance problems, as well as how to cope with the, from the National Institute on Aging, CLICK HERE.

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13 Tips to Help Seniors Thrive in Retirement

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Retirement is a wonderful time to explore newfound freedoms, enjoy some well-earned relaxation, and grow as individuals. Finding fulfillment in retirement isn’t the same for everyone. Different interests and goals mean every person has the ability to create a custom plan of what retirement looks like for them.

There is a misconception that determining how to thrive in retirement solely depends on your financial outlook. In reality, flourishing in retirement is about creating a plan that will help you embody an enjoyable, healthy lifestyle.

If you are looking for ideas about how to make a retirement plan that fits your interests and goals, you’ve come to the right place. Life Care Services® has put together several retirement tips that seniors can use to thrive. To learn more, CLICK HERE!

Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health as a Senior

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Protecting our mental health and mental wellness is easier said than done. We tell ourselves to smile or find the good in life, but the truth is, some days can be hard.

The issue of senior mental health is in a category of its own. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), at least one in four older adults experiences a mental disorder, with depression being the most common issue. People aged 85 and older also have the highest suicide rate of any age group.

As we get older, fears may creep in if we have to navigate any of the following:

  • Depression and/or anxiety from isolation
  • Mobility issues
  • Disrupted daily routine
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Dietary changes

To protect our overall health, it’s important to maintain positive mental health as we age. There is so much for seniors to experience. With a little help, you may find that your mental wellness can be better than ever.

To learn about mental health tips for seniors, CLICK HERE.

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Real-Life Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

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Why Is Physical Activity Important?

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things on their own. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.

Including all 4 types of exercise can benefit a wide range of areas of your life. To learn how staying active can help you, from the National Institute on Aging, CLICK HERE.