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

4 Important Safety Tips for Older Americans

Posted by Staci N.

May 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

safety_for_older_americansDid you know that May is Older Americans Month? What was once known as Senior Citizens Month is now called Older Americans Month. Older Americans Month is a time to honor older Americans by celebrating their contributions to our communities and provide them with information to stay healthy and active.

This year’s theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” Read on for four important safety tips you can put into use today. Whether you are considered an older American or not, staying safe is always important!

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Aging

How to Stay Fit and Meet New Friends

Posted by Christine F.

May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000060686968_MediumHow do you create new friendships without completely throwing off your daily regimen? When you’ve decided to make healthy life choices associated with diet and exercise, it’s not unusual to find yourself hesitant to partake in social gatherings, but the key is figuring out how to balance both needs.  

It’s especially difficult when the social activity you’re invited to involves going out to eat. The tricky part about meeting new friends in hopes to establish lasting relationships is your ability to say yes to social get-togethers while also having the willpower to keep your health a top priority. The truth is, it’s very challenging to build positive relationships in life if you do not first maintain your own mental and physical health.

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Topics: Making Memories

How to Sharpen Your Cooking Skills

Posted by Staci N.

May 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

sharpen_cooking_skillsHow do you get to be a better cook? It’s far more than acquiring a great collection of pots and pans, kitchen tools and cookbooks.

Researchers have found cooking is more complex and abstract than previously thought. An Ontario College, Ontario, Canada study, found good cooking skills involved perceptual and conceptual planning, monitoring abilities, adaptation and creativity.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Memory

Is Too Much Internet Activity Affecting Your Brain?

Posted by Staci N.

May 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Technology_AddictionSometimes, too much of a good thing can have damaging consequences.

Consider the wired world we all live in. You can stay connected with friends, coworkers, and family almost anywhere, anytime via an ever growing number of electronic devices. And as people become hooked on technology, they often add more tools to their high-tech repository of gadgets.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

The Magic Number = 25

Posted by Christine F.

Apr 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

iStock_000012217633_Medium25: The age when brain development is complete. Why should we care?

Because no matter how old we are, our brains had to clear an important hurdle to get us safely to where we are now. Though more is written about our toddler years, it’s the period between 10 and 25 that’s fascinating. A more critical time — it truly made us what we are today. 

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Topics: Aging

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