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Gobble Up Our Thanksgiving Action Plan for Senior Hosts

Are you a senior hosting Turkey Day’s main event? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a day to eat some good food, watch a parade, catch a football game, and make some great memories. Last year, 292 million Americans gathered to enjoy this yearly feast. For 2021, you can expect to see more than 700,000 turkey lovers joining this number, according to Finder.com. (1) While entertaining company can be stimulating and good for seniors, it can also be tiring. With this in mind, you may want to consider looking for ways to simplify your Thanksgiving holiday. Doing so can help you save energy and give you more time to spend with your family.

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Senior Health Alert: 10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

A strong immune system is essential for fighting off the germs and viruses that make you sick. Your immune system will naturally weaken as you get older. Therefore, looking for ways to boost your immune system becomes even more important as you age. When you have a weakened immune system, the flu becomes more dangerous. Your immune system cannot fight off viruses as well as it once did, and you are left more vulnerable.

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Autumn Activities for Those with Dementia

Dementia is a very common and frightening condition that affects 3 million Americans and is characterized by impairment of at least two brain functions such as memory loss and confusion. It is not a specific disease, but a group of thinking and social symptoms that can severely hinder daily functioning. There is currently no cure and the average person lives four to eight years after receiving the diagnosis. (1)

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National Diabetes Month: What Fall-Risk Diabetics Need to Know

November is here and in honor of National Diabetes month, communities across the United States will soon be teaming up to spread awareness. Diabetes is a common challenge for seniors. According to the American Diabetes Association, “The percentage of Americans aged 65 and older [with diabetes] remains high, at 26.8%, or 14.3 million seniors (both diagnosed and undiagnosed).” (1)

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Heroes of Your Golden Years

Heroes take many forms. As children, we often look up to fantastic role models. I remember falling in love with comic books, staring intently and with wonderment at each colorful panel, watching superheroes like Batman speed through the night in his Batmobile in search of the criminal denizens that put a blight on Gotham City, or such paragons as Superman who had x-ray vision and heat vision, flight, the strength to lift 2 billion tons, super speed, and invulnerability which he used to save the world.

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Tips for Learning and Using Technology While Aging-In-Place

According to the AARP, in the past year, 51% of older Americans say they bought some type of technology product. The top purchases were: • Smartphone (23%) • Computer or laptop (12%) • Smart television (11%) • Tablet (10%) • Smart home technology or device (12%) • Wearable device (7%) (4) There are many devices for seniors living alone that can improve their everyday lives as they age in place, including a medical alert system. An Alert1 emergency response solution can provide you with a fast and easy way to contact someone for help when you experience a fall or emergency. When you press the panic button, it will instantly contact and emergency response agent who will talk to you through the speaker and ask you questions to analyze the situation. Then they will contact whoever you need for help and stay on the line until help has arrived.

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9 Ways to Make Halloween Fun and Safe for Your Favorite Senior

When you're a kid, Halloween is typically one of the most exciting times of the year. You can dress up as anything you want, you score free candy, and you get to participate in other fun and spooky activities. However, as you get older it can be difficult to recapture the spirit and excitement that goes along with the Halloween season. According to CNN, “More than 148 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year.” (6) Make this holiday special and safe for your favorite aging-in-place senior. Give them a bit of nostalgia and rekindle their Halloween spirit. You can create great memories all while keeping your loved one happy and healthy with these fun Halloween activities.

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How Pet Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

When it comes to wellbeing and physical health, social interaction and companionship can go a long way for those aging in place. The past few years have seen a few revolutions in senior therapies, especially when it comes to pets and companions. Seniors may be interested in learning about developments in pet therapy and how the company of a pet can improve your day-to-day life.

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Preparing Your Garden for Fall

When fall comes around, it is time to start preparing your garden for winter. Gardening is a highly beneficial activity for seniors. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Gardening requires regular and continuous care; therefore, for older adults actively engaged with their home gardens, gardening provides opportunities for increased physical activity, which can prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of some cancers, Type 2 diabetes, depression and heart disease.” If you enjoy gardening, there are a variety of tasks you can take care of during the fall to keep your garden healthy. There are also multiple ways you can help keep yourself safe and healthy while you garden.

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17 Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

Fall is here and it’s time to celebrate. With colorful leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving, sports, and more, there are dozens of reasons to get excited. There are a variety of festive ways to enjoy autumn. Let the fun begin with these 17 Festive Fall Activities for Seniors!

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