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Hot Tips on Fire Safety for the Elderly

Fire safety is important for anyone at any age, but seniors have a higher risk of injury in the event of a fire. Be safe and plan ahead with our Hot Tips on Fire Safety for the Elderly.

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Let’s Support Our Veterans the Whole Year Through

The United States has many veterans of all ages and backgrounds, whom we celebrate every November 11th. We have grand parades and speeches. These are all great ways to acknowledge our veterans who have placed their lives on the line to defend our country. In his Veterans Day message[i], Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough stated, “Veterans Day should be a call to action for all Americans to serve those who have served, because that’s our most sacred responsibility, on this Veterans Day and every day.” It is not enough to show appreciation for our troops just one day per year.

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Mr. Sandman Bring Me a Dream: Elderly Caregiver’s Guide to Sleep

Caregiving can an extremely difficult job, and it can get even more difficult if you don’t get the sleep your body requires. Sleep is important to maintain the function of your brain and body so that you can take care of not only your needs, but the needs of your senior care receiver as well. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is a common problem among many caregivers in the United States. A study from JAMA Network found that, “Caregivers lost 2.42 to 3.50 hours of sleep each week due to difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep.” (1) When you are concerned about the well-being of your loved one, it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for a variety of reasons. Whether your mind is racing worrying that they may get up and fall, or they wake you because they need help, it can be draining to try to keep up with it all.

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Technology and Independence for All: 7 Ways Tech Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors

Independence is a priority for most seniors. As developments in technology increase, it becomes easier for seniors to maintain their independence. There are many ways technology can improve daily life. For instance, it can aide in completing daily tasks, managing health, teaching new things, and monitoring safety. Older adults simply need to take the time to learn how to use new devices and tools.

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Don’t Weight: A Senior’s Guide to Shedding Extra Holiday Pounds

Some say that the best part about Thanksgiving is the extravagant array of food. Between the stuffing, potatoes, corn, rolls, and pies, this carb-fest makes it easy to put on a few pounds. If you had to unbuckle your belt by a few notches this Thanksgiving, it’s time to step on the treadmill. According to Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., founder of The NY Nutrition Group, Thanksgiving dinner can rack up 4,000 calories or more. Accordingly, you can expect to see a weight gain of two to four pounds. (1) On top of that, eating lots of leftovers for the rest of the week can pack on even more weight.

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Reawaken Your Inner Child with these Classic Holiday Movies

Few activities are as nostalgic as watching holiday movies, whether catching them by ourselves or viewing with loved ones. Many of us know the songs or dialogue by heart and we get magically transported back to our childhood when we watch our favorite holiday special. These flicks are ingrained in our culture so much that we just can’t imagine December without them.

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‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping: Safety Tips for Seniors

It’s that time of year again. In just a few days, people will be headed to malls and big box stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals. According to Finder.com, “An estimated 72.4 million American adults plan to shop Black Friday this year. 24.4% of those surveyed were seniors aged 65+.” (1) Black Friday can be a chaotic day. If you are a senior, there are multiple precautions you should take to protect yourself, not just on Black Friday, but for the rest of the season as well.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Indoor Fitness for Seniors

Even when the weather gets cold, it is important for seniors to be active. According to the Mayo Clinic, seniors should aim for 2½ hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. (1) Activity helps maintain or improve strength, balance, energy, mental capabilities, mood, and your immune system. If you live in a state where the temperature is starting to drop too low to exercise outside, it is time to move your fitness routine indoors.

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Senior Finance: Setting Boundaries When Lending Money

As a senior, it can be very tempting to lend money to your family and friends when they need it. You want to see them happy and know that they have the things they need. However, you have important wants and needs to consider as well— including making sure your finances will last throughout the coming years and ensuring you will have enough money to cover your bills in case you experience a medical issue or require caregiving in the future. Many seniors have a limited income after retiring. Therefore, they need to be careful with the amount of money they spend as well as lend out to their family, friends, and neighbors. To protect your financial security, use these tips to create a plan for lending money and setting boundaries so that you can protect yourself from future financial difficulties.

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Is It Time to Start Wearing a Medical Alert System?

It may be a difficult thing to admit that you or someone you love is at a point in life where you are slowing down and may need a bit of assistance. American culture exhorts us to live independently and pursue activities of our own choosing. It is also important to note that there are times in our lives when all of us need a hand up to help us in our time of need, and this should not be considered “weakness.” It could be the loss of a job, an illness or accident, or the loss of a friend or family member. These things can occur at any point in a person’s life, but aging can make many things that younger people take for granted much more difficult, such as stamina, physical strength, energy, balance, hearing, and vision (just to name a few).

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