Understanding Your Stroke Risk

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is important to recognize your risk, the warning signs, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke.   What is a Stroke? The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports that

Stress Coping Mechanisms for Older Adults

No one is exempt from stress (except maybe young children). Stress doesn’t end in older adulthood just because most individuals are retired and have fewer responsibilities. Many older individuals are especially stressed and anxious during this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a great time to review some effective coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.   Stress doesn’t just

Staying Social While Social Distancing

It’s a difficult time for many as we all face social distancing and self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are no longer able to gather in groups over 10, and we’re encouraged to maintain a six-foot distance between us and other individuals. For those living in senior living facilities, nursing homes, and other senior housing options, this can be

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Image Credit: Parkinson’s Foundation   April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Through the Parkinson’s Foundation, individuals with Parkinson’s disease are encouraged to share their experience with the disease in order to raise awareness and provide coping methods.   What is it? Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurogenerative disorder. It affects the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain—more specifically referred to as the

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at your Senior Living Community

May the luck of the Irish be with you!   The U.S. Census Bureau reports that around 1 in 5 Americans have Irish lineage. Whether or not you’re Irish, March 17 is still cause for celebration! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day to celebrate no matter your age. Older adults at senior living homes love to celebrate, whether there’s

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

As individuals age, they may encounter health issues that require the management of medications. With the uptick in prescription medications and supplements, the risk for harmful drug interactions also rises. As our bodies age, the way our bodies break down and absorb drugs may also change. All of these things can lead to harmful complications. Not to mention, it can

Boosting Your Immunity

With the threat of getting the flu, this time of year can be dangerous for older adults. While a younger person may be able to fight the flu easily, an older adult may struggle. Older adults are much more vulnerable to infections and potentially dangerous side effects from the common cold and the flu virus. One of the ways to

Meet Roger!

Meet Roger Roger was born during the depression, on June 3, 1931 and was raised in Long Prairie, Minnesota. His family initially lived on a farm where his mother’s mother lived, but when he was three, his family moved into town. His father was a pressman for Hart Press, the largest employer in Long Prairie. His mother worked at home

Creativity and the Aging Brain

Creativity is essential to the aging mind. Increasing studies are showing that it has a tremendously positive effect on the aging brain. Creativity can foster neuron connectivity, which means it supports brain health. By stimulating cognitive functioning, creative projects can benefit those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.   A study on creativity and aging found that creativity has a positive impact

Cold Weather Activities for Seniors

With the cold winter weather taking over, no one wants to go outside. As temperatures stoop lower and lower, it can be increasingly dangerous for older adults to go outside. Staying inside all winter long can make people feel a bit of cabin fever, but there are some great activities to pass the winter until the warmer temps come around