Turning 50. What’s next?

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

50People today seem to be a bit less perplexed about growing older than they used to be. This could be in part related to recent advancements, but might also be due to a culture whose worship of youth has been tempered somewhat.

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Why Life Is Too Short to Stay Mad

Posted by Christine F.

Jul 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000041145080_MediumIf you’ve ever wondered why some people naturally attract friends, and you don’t, it may be that too often you wear your heart on your sleeve. Think of how you present yourself to others.

Are you a little too rude when a sales person mistakenly gives you the wrong change? Do you quickly respond in a hostile tone when someone suggests a new exercise program, implying you could use a work out? Many people would just shrug these things off, but if you are quick to anger, be careful. 

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Habit Forming and Your Brain Health

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

i_can_and_willYour brain is a powerful neutral party. It will shape and support all habits – good or bad!

According to neurological studies, habits come in three parts. First there’s a cue, the behavior trigger. Then there’s the routine, the action itself. Finally comes the reward — the brain’s payoff for staying with or abandoning the habit.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

A Dream We All Share (But Would Rather Not)

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

woman_having_nightmaresIt’s a dream, but it all seems so real. 

You’re back in college; it’s finals week. You have an 8 a.m. test; the alarm is set. In your dream, you awaken. It’s 9 a.m. You’ve slept through your exam.

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Topics: Brain Health, Aging

5 Memory Boosting Tips to Keep You Sharp

Posted by Christine F.

Jul 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

67932973_thumbnail1Millions of Americans think about what they’d like to improve within their current lifestyle. Most are focused on becoming healthier; losing weight, getting more sleep, performing better at work, or picking up a favorite hobby. Every media outlet blares information about what we have to do to be healthier people.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

4th of July Fun Facts to Jog Your Memory

Posted by Christine F.

Jul 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000009542138_MediumWhen you think about all the years you have celebrated the Fourth of July, what is the most memorable to you? Do you enjoy spending time with family, having a picnic or grilling out? Maybe watching fireworks or a parade is your favorite part of the day. For many, the most important thing about the Fourth of July is the history behind it — it is not just a day off of work, but the day the United States celebrates its independence.

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Topics: Memory

Green Thumb = Healthy Brain

Posted by Staci N.

Jun 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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As we wrap up the winter months and watch the temperatures climb, it's natural to begin thinking about and planning for springtime activities like gardening.

It’s long been known that gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature in a tranquil environment. Just taking a walk in a garden can help improve your mood. This is why gardens are often an integral part of retirement living communities -- so older adults can easily interact with the ever-evolving landscape as the seasons change.

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Topics: Brain Health

How to Make Your Next Family Reunion a Memorable One

Posted by Staci N.

Jun 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM


family_reunion_pictureThis is the time of year when many families get together and have a large (or small) family reunion. Family reunions are a great way to learn about your family’s history while making memories with older and younger generations.

Read on for easy tips to make this year’s family reunion one to remember!

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Topics: Memory, Making Memories

How to Build Lasting Relationships

Posted by Christine F.

Jun 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000033304124_MediumThe only constant in life is change. Humans are continuously learning, growing and evolving. With that, the relationships you had in the first half of your life may not have been carried into your latter years. If you’re lucky enough to have a few great friends that you can trust and rely on, the best thing you can do is to continue nurturing those relationships.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Making Memories

5 Good Reasons to Take a Nap

Posted by Staci N.

Jun 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

iStock_000005188073_LargeAre you in the habit of taking an occasional catnap, siesta or afternoon snooze? No matter what you call it, closing your eyes and hanging out in a hammock, couch or easy chair for a short time can actually be good for your health and wellbeing.

If you think turning off the world by taking a nap is a waste of time, think again. Researchers at Alleghany College in Pennsylvania have found that so called power-naps of even 45 minutes can help lower your blood pressure, especially after you’ve experienced a stressful event.

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Topics: Memory, Brain Health

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