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How Senior Living Communities Can Help Combat Depression

December 31, 2014
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Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming about the day we can finally retire, and spend our days doing what we want—instead of what we have to do. Even if you enjoy your profession, most people work primarily to provide for their family and to fulfill financial needs. This is why it comes as a shock to many seniors and their family members when retirement leads to depression—particularly when mobility begins to decline. Believe it or not, an excellent way to combat depression as you age is to move into senior housing or an independent senior living community. Below are a few benefits to senior living that can oftentimes turn your depression around.

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Your Diet and Aging

December 29, 2014
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You know what they say: “You are what you eat.” What your diet comprises of can determine how well you age. While there are foods that you should favor, there are others that you should limit—if not stay away from entirely. Here are three of the worst foods for aging, as well as three of the best foods for potentially slowing down the aging process.

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7 Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Some Extra Help | Video

December 23, 2014
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"Mom is starting to slip." "Dad just seems a little off lately." "There's something a little different about grandma, but I can't put my finger on it."

If you have an aging loved one, you might know these phrases all too well. The problem with those phrases, though, is that they aren't very specific. In this video, we briefly talk about a few of the signs that your aging loved one may need some extra help at home, or that it might be a good idea to start looking into a senior care community.

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Your Guide to Hospice Care | White Paper

November 26, 2014
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No matter what your age, hospice care is rarely a comfortable subject to discuss with a loved one. However, hospice care can be exactly what you and your loved one needs during this trying time. Arranging for the regular care of a professional hospice team can help provide comfort and care to both you and your loved one.

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5 Health Conditions to Watch for As You Age

November 14, 2014
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Everyone hopes that they age gracefully and live out their golden years with relatively few health problems, but there are still a few health conditions that affect many people as they get older. Here are just a handful of conditions to look out for as you start to approach old age.

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Aging and Your Gender

November 10, 2014
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In the United States, men live on average 76.3 years while women live an average of 81.1 years. This is based on statistics provided by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in 2011. The difference between male and female life expectancies in the U.S. (4.8 years in favor of women) is consistent with the rest of the world, but may also speak to the difference in how men and women age.

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Find Your Loved Ones a Welcoming & Supportive Environment | Infographic

November 6, 2014
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Nationwide, there are over 16,000 nursing homes that are home to 1.6 million residents. While so many choices make it possible to find the perfect nursing home for your loved ones, narrowing down your choice is often easier said than done. Knowing what to look for in your search for the right nursing home can help you make the right decision.

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Planning for Long-Term Care

November 5, 2014
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According to Genworth Financial  and its annual long-term care cost survey, the cost for long-term care facilities in PA can run between $40,000 and $100,000 a year. This includes care provided in an assisted living/personal care facility or skilled nursing home and other types of senior living communities that are specifically tailored to the needs of seniors who require assistance. These costs for senior housing in PA are expected to rise 4 percent to 5 percent annually over the next five years.

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5 Ways Seniors can Combat Wintertime Illness

October 28, 2014
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“Getting older is a part of life” – isn’t that what everyone says? One of the ways that aging affects the body is by decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. This can cause problems for elderly people and even more so in the winter months. It is critical for the well-being of any senior to know and put into action effective methods to reduce the chances of contracting a wintertime sickness.

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Tips for Seniors Looking to Stay Active in the Winter Months

October 24, 2014
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In the winter, with the cold weather that tends to keep us indoors, it can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, remaining inside with little to no activity is not just unhealthy for the body, but the mind too. This is especially true for seniors. So, what can be done so that seniors stay active as the temperatures drop? There are plenty of activities that will get seniors up and moving inside even when the weather isn't cooperating outside.

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