Gym Anxiety: 10 Ways to Face Your Fears

By Health & Wellness

There’s no question that going to the gym for the first time or after a long hiatus can be intimidating. After all, different exercise classes often have their cliques, yogaand Pilates sessions may be filled with sculpted bodies, and the weight-lifting area may have hardcore exercise enthusiasts trying to best one another. Who wouldn’t be nervous in that environment?

But it’s a mistake to let your jitters deter you from seizing the opportunity to become healthier or fitter. Remember, at some point, there was a first class or workout at the gym for every member, so you’re in good company, even among the more experienced. To ease your trepidation, it can help to remind yourself of this fact.
To learn about 10 ways to help alleviate your gym anxiety, from AARP, CLICK HERE.

15 Heart-Healthy Foods for Seniors to Enjoy

By Health & Wellness

Healthy eating for seniors is not always top of mind, but it is especially important as we age. That’s because poor diet is a major risk factor for chronic diseases, disability, and death, with nearly two-thirds of seniors over the age of 65 in the U.S. consuming a poor diet. Improving nutrition for older adults is a conversation worth having, and it’s also important to remove the stigma that healthy food for older adults isn’t enjoyable. There are so many wonderful fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, proteins, dairy, and more to love!

Life Care Services® communities prepare a wide variety of delicious and healthy meals for seniors. It’s all about balance. When dietary restrictions allow, it’s okay to enjoy an ice cream cone or a piece of pizza! However, there are numerous heart-healthy foods for seniors that offer exciting flavors and excellent nutrition to not only provide flavor-filled taste but also health benefits.

To learn about 15 foods for seniors that are great for the heart, body, and soul, CLICK HERE!

It’s Time to Throw Out Stereotypes on Aging

By Lifestyle, Senior Living

In late 2021, journalists at National Geographic magazine and AARP discussed working together to explore how Americans perceive aging as we emerge from the COVID pandemic. That began a research collaboration focused on asking people like you questions that would probe the full breadth of aging issues — from health and finances to attitudes about happiness, home, optimism and even dying.

To make the study as useful as possible, we posed the same questions to Americans from age 18 into their 90s, to see how opinions vary over the arc of adulthood. More than 2,500 people participated, representing the full range of America’s backgrounds, demographics and ethnicities. Another 25 adults 40 and older participated in in-depth interviews.

Many of the often surprising results of the AARP–National Geographic “Second Half of Life Study” are in your hands. No single sentence can capture the gist of all that people told us, but we can say with confidence that most prevalent opinions and stereotypes of aging were proven wrong.

Overall, the message was refreshingly positive and reassuring. On the whole, life is good, especially for older Americans — especially those over 60. And the person you see in the mirror is far different from the type of person younger generations might think you are.

To view the results of this interesting AARP and National Geographic survey, CLICK HERE.

The Best Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

By Activities, Lifestyle

Older adults have valuable life experiences, and retirement is an opportune time for seniors to give back by sharing what they have learned.

Senior volunteers can be assets to any project, organization, or initiative, and the agreement is beneficial for both sides. From physical activities to sharing knowledge in a variety of settings, retirees have plenty of options for volunteering, and just need to know where to look.

Life Care Services® has compiled a list of top volunteer opportunities for seniors, and we’ll go over why volunteering for seniors is important. To view the list, CLICK HERE.

Steps to Take Toward Celebrating and Accepting Aging

By Health & Wellness

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.

7 Senior Travel Tips: What to Consider When Planning a Trip

By Lifestyle

With a return to cross-country and cross-continent travel well underway, seniors are heading around the world to enjoy adventures and relax in exotic locations. Senior travel is a top priority for many older adults who have the time and resources to see the sights with friends or visit loved ones. If you are planning a trip, it’s important to have a solid understanding of what you will need to travel safely and without delay. With the perfect roadmap, you will also be able to have uninterrupted fun!

Life Care Services® has put together a list of seven of the best senior travel tips so you have an easy-to-follow plan to make your trip memorable. To view the list, CLICK HERE.

How to Keep Your Immune System Strong as a Senior

By Health & Wellness

“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?

By Health & Wellness

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.

senior woman looking in medicine cabinet

6 Medical Problems That Can Mimic Dementia

By Health & Wellness

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. ​​