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therapy animals

Therapy Animals and the Difference They Make

If you are a pet owner, you’ve probably experienced the many therapeutic and emotional benefits that animals provide. It can be something as simple as coming home after a bad day and being greeted very enthusiastically by your dog or taking your horse for a long trail ride.  Pets are great at helping us get …

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aging

Why Senior Living is Beneficial to Happy Aging

When thinking about aging, negative associations often follow – will I have trouble getting around, will I face health issues, will I be alone…That said, a positive attitude can transform the experience of aging.   Decades of research on ‘happy aging’ has confirmed that a positive outlook can improve one’s emotional and physical health throughout the …

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communities

Myths about Senior Living Communities Debunked

There is a tendency to judge groups of people as homogeneous rather a collection of individuals. Seniors, for example, consist of different demographics, pursue different goals, harbor different needs or concerns, and enjoy different hobbies and interests. These generalizations can extend to senior living communities which are as diverse as the people who call them …

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reading

Reading and Writing Make Great Winter Hobbies

Most people equate December with the holidays – and rightfully so – but December is also a great month to spend some time on hobbies like reading and writing. In fact, the whole month of December is known as Read a New Book Month, and December 7th is National Letter Writing Day! While the pandemic will …

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transition

A Continuum of Care – When Should You Make the Transition?

We all age differently and thereby will face different challenges over the years including a transition of living. Navigating health care decisions later on in life isn’t always a straightforward progression either. Making the decision to move from an independent living environment to one that involves 24-hour care is one that should be carefully thought …

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stroke

The Therapeutic Connection between Art and Stroke Victims

Strokes are very common, in fact, they are the leading cause of disability in the US and the fifth leading cause of death. A stroke occurs when oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the brain because of a blood clot or ruptured artery. When brain cells are starved of oxygen, they die, and the function …

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giving

The Power of Planned Giving – Creating a Legacy that Matters

If you’ve ever donated to a non-profit before, you’ve realized that every donation matters – big or small. However, there are more ways to make a difference than just a one-time, monthly, or even yearly donation to your favorite organization.   Planned Giving, also known as legacy giving, deferred giving, or estate giving is a powerful …

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transitioning

Transitioning your Parents from their Home to a Retirement Community – 10 Must do Steps

Transitioning your parents from their home to a retirement community needn’t be stressful – in fact, it can be quite enjoyable!  The key is making the move a family endeavor plus ensuring your parents are 100% involved in the decision-making process – after all this will be their home for hopefully years to come. The …

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physical therapy

The Importance of Physical Therapy in Reducing Falls in the Elderly

Although there is no magic pill for preventing falls in the elderly, we often overlook one of the best kept secrets in prevention – physical therapy.  Physical Therapists can help reduce the risk of elderly falls by 25 percent or more. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in older adults and are the …

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