9 Tips for Aging Gracefully

“Wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been” – Mark Twain People who make it to the ripe age of 70 or 80, or even 100, are survivors. Seniors survived many threats to their physical and psychological health, but through it all, they have triumphed. They are stronger, wiser, and have a mature perspective that only comes with age. However, getting older often evokes feelings of anxiety, meaninglessness, and even depression. But there is no need for those feelings to take over your life. There are many things to be grateful for, and many things we can do that weren’t possible before. Thinking about the positive things that come with age can help us age gracefully and get the most out of

14 San Francisco Bay Area Fall Activities for Seniors

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area – full of life, vibrant fall colors, with many festivals and events happening. Embrace fall by going out, connect with people, and just enjoy life. Benefits of Fall Activities for Seniors Going out and connecting with other people improves our mental and physical health. Here are some reasons why getting out and participating in activities this fall will be good for seniors: Lifting our spirits Reconnecting with nature Improved health Not feeling isolated Relaxing Boosting Vitamin D levels Feeling connected and renewed Encouraging physical activity and mobility Feeling more active Increased energy Living a fulfi

Ideas for Treating Insomnia in Seniors

Insomnia is a common ailment in seniors and affects almost 50% of people over the age of 60, according to the National Institute of Health. Our sleeping patterns change when we get older. We often get tired earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning, which is normal. It is not normal, though, if our sleep is often disturbed and we wake up tired. Signs of Insomnia Problems in Seniors Some signs of insomnia are obvious, like rolling around in bed waiting for sleep to set in. Other signs are more disguised and may also be a sign of other problems. Here’s a list of insomnia symptoms to look out for. The presence of one or more of these symptoms may mean insomnia is the cul

Benefits of Exercise for People with Dementia

The 2011 World Alzheimer’s Report suggested that routinely providing personalized cognitive stimulation to those with mild to moderate stages of dementia can produce “short-term improvements and/or reduce decline in cognitive function.” Exercises that can stimulate these responses target both the mental and social functions in the brain. For maximum benefits, exercise should be tailored to their interests and abilities, and they can be done in a group setting like a home care facility or carried out individually by a family member or professional caregiver. Benefits of Exercise The following benefits of exercise are particularly helpful to people with dementia, but they are also helpful to

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