Conversation Tips for Seniors in Social Settings

Einstein, it is rumored, was once seated beside Marilyn Monroe at a dinner party. "Oh, Mr. Einstein," she cooed, "with your brains and my looks, we could have perfect children." The physicist paused for a moment and then asked, "But what if they had your brains and my looks?" Party and playful questions aside, there is no doubt that social settings sometimes require us to have good answers. And sometimes, they require us to ask good questions. Albert Einstein had more to say about questions. He encouraged us to “learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important

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Dealing with Life after Loss

When you are trying to cope, dealing with life after loss, it can be very, very difficult. When we lose someone close to us, particularly if it is a family member or a lifelong friend, the grief can be an exceptionally powerful force in our day-to-day lives. While we can logically understand that loss is part of life, when we lose someone close, it can cause confusion, sadness, and depression. How each person copes with grief can differ, but typically time passing is what helps. But that time period may be months or even a year. There is no set

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When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

In every parent-child relationship, there eventually comes a time when roles reverse. It's a natural and inevitable extension of the aging process. The mom or dad who once changed your diapers, drove you to soccer practice, and applied Band-aids to skinned knees will gradually lose their mobility and independence, requiring greater help and supervision with their own health and safety needs. For the child who in turn is tasked with caring for an aging parent, navigating this new juncture can be difficult because it means taking a more directive role in relation to a grown-up who, in addition to having

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Aging: Finding Joy in Your Life Again

Dealing with Loneliness

It’s not easy getting older. Not only do you have to deal with the aches and pains of this stage of life, but the reality of death is harsh. You may have lost loved ones that were a big part of your life. Losing them may have brought you to your knees in desperation of wanting them to come back. While you may have been able to get back on your feet again, things are not the same. You may have lost the joy in your life. Aging: vFinding Joy in Your Life Again Aging: Finding Joy in Your Life Again

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Staying Social to keep Dementia at Bay

For years science has been building and ever-expanding body of evidence that staying social has benefits to those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairing diseases. Along with exercise (and sometimes incorporated directly with it), social interactions may be one of the best and easiest ways to help individuals facing the challenges with dementia. Staying Social to keep Dementia at Bay Released by The Lancet Neurology in 2006, a study titled “The effect of social networks on the relation between Alzheimer's disease pathology and level of cognitive function” showed a relation between social network size and cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease. Similarly,

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How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors

How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors

Why are doctors and lawyers made to go out and get continuing education credits? It keeps them sharp, exposes them to new ideas, and keeps them growing and progressing in their fields. How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors This doesn’t only work for folks with jobs that need expensive degrees. Everyone benefits from continuing their education throughout their life. How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors Making education and mentally challenging activities a regular part of your routine significantly lowers your risk of dementia later in life. How Continuous Learning Helps Aging Seniors Here we talk about how to incorporate more continuous learning into your

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Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

 Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles

The world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, refers to imagination as a “discovering faculty,” one that “penetrates into the unseen worlds around us.” That power to see beyond what is immediately available is echoed by Dave Evans, Stanford professor. “There are lots of you,” he reminds us. “There are lots of right answers.” Things are so much more than they seem, especially for those with a fertile imagination. If your interested in keeping your brain sharp, we recommend exploring ways to enhance your creative powers.  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles  Five Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles Seeing multiple possibilities, believe

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5 Secrets to Building Up Your Neuroplasticity

5 Secrets to Building Up Your Neuroplasticity

Up until recently, we believed our brain plasticity was stagnant and fixed. Dr. Norman Doige, a psychiatrist from the University of Toronto, helped to reveal that this isn’t the case. Neuroplasticity is something fluid that you can build up, and that means… you can create new neural pathways for the rest of your life. 5 Secrets to Building Up Your Neuroplasticity Why is this important? Like any other muscle in your body, when it comes to your brain, you either use it or lose it. To keep your cognition strong and to help set yourself up for successful aging, it’s important

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Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

Playing a board game is the perfect way to spend some time with the retirees. The variety of games allows for quality one on one time, as well as group fun with grandkids. Moreover, games are known to improve the health of the brain, which can prove to be a great tool in regard to the memory and logical thinking of seniors. And most importantly, this keeps seniors engaged, which reduces the dangers of senior isolation. Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees Here are the top 10 board games every retiree can enjoy: 1.  Bingo Top 10 Board Games for Active Retirees

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