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Holiday Depression and How to Help Seniors Beat It

​The Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Many people love this time of year and revel in the early decorating and extension of the season. However, despite the magic and excitement that accompanies this festive time of year, the holiday season can be a sad and stressful time for many people.The holidays can bring depress...

Healthy Lung Month & Respiratory Therapy

From a health observance prospective, October is often most associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But there is another important observance happening in October – Healthy Lung Month. Most of us probably do not pay our lungs much attention unless we experience trouble breathing. The most basic function of our lungs is to provide oxygen to o...

Vitamins & Minerals for Seniors

We all have heard that we need lots of good vitamins and minerals as part of our diet and daily routine. Do you know the difference between these two materials? What are the most important ones as we age vs. when we are younger and developing?A quick definition of a vitamin is that they are organic materials. That means they can be broken down by a...

Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Fall has arrived, and while we welcome this kind of fall, the kind that involves injuries to seniors is not desirable. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Fall FactsHere are a few facts as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:One...

The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga and SeniorsYoga has been around for thousands of years. The yoga discipline originated in India and is defined as a system of physical and mental exercises that bring the body and mind together into a harmonious experience. In Sanskrit, yoga means to unite various parts to create balance in the mind, body and spirit.September celebrates Nation...

Osteoporosis, Prevention & the Elderly

Bones are living tissues that are always changing. Our bones continue to grow and strengthen throughout our lives. A person achieves "peak bone mass" in their early 20s, this is when our bones are at their most dense.During a process called remodeling, our bones are dissolving and growing new cells.This process continues as we age and is necessary ...

Charlie’s Retirement + Benefits of Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a scientifically proven method of therapy that offers tremendous benefits to people of all ages. It is proven to:Lower blood pressureImprove heart healthDiminish physical painInduce feelings of relaxation and promote stress reliefLet's not forget that the act of petting a furry critter, whether it be a dog, cat, llama, horse, hedgeho...

Aging and Vision: Common Senior Eye Diseases

Around age 40, a person's vision starts to change. Trouble seeing up close can require the use of special glasses or multi-focal contacts. Other common changes a person might notice as they age is a diminished ability to see colors or adjust to glare. These are normal occurrences that do not stop a person from living an active life.Common Eye Disea...

Aging & Our Sense of Smell

Our sense of smell is one of our five senses. It is an important sense that can help alert us to potential threats: gas leaks, rotten food or the smell of a fire. It is also closely tied to parts of the brain that process memories and emotions. Like music, particular smells can trigger good or bad memories.Like many things that change as we age, ou...