Remember to Enjoy Simple Things

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There are times when life is difficult. And when things are hard, it can be helpful to remind yourself to enjoy the simple things in life. If you feel overwhelmed, with everything on the news or with issues in your personal life, focusing on positives is a way to lift your spirts and reduce feelings of anxiety. If you are struggling and want to connect with a personal support coach, reach out. With experience helping individuals improve their lives, a coach can share strategies such as reframing your thoughts and focusing on small things that bring you joy. How You Interpret

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Aging: Finding Joy in Your Life Again

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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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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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3 Personal Problems and How to Solve Them

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Dealing with personal problems is part of life. Ideally there are quick solutions, but this isn’t always the case. There are times when problems nag at people. They consume a person’s thoughts and become a cause of sadness and worry. Everyone has problems from time to time. It is important to remind yourself that coping with life issues is human. You can grow from this. You can solve your current issue and learn strategies to help you avoid more problems in the future. Talking to a personal support service can help. Problems can be solved when they are acknowledged and

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How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy

How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is one of the long used treatments for taking control over a range of health problems, depression and mood disorders particularly. But just how effective could it be to renew your health? Mental health challenges, namely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), end of life trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease have been proven to be coped with using pet therapy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also marked the use of animals to reduce the feeling of loneliness, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. How Seniors Benefit from Pet Therapy Pet therapy can be given in another form, which is called animal-assisted

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How to Help an Addict or Alcoholic You Love

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Intervention Basics Attempting to help a loved one who has become addicted to drugs or alcohol is never easy, especially in today’s permissive society where liquor stores, pharmacies and now - marijuana dispensaries – are as common as dandelions in Spring. Add an unwillingness on the part of the addict to accept help and it’s easy to sink into a, “why try?” frame of mind or, “He has to hit bottom first,” which is practically the same thing. Most parents and grandparents however, get caught up in a continuous cycle of bailing their loved one out of crises, usually financially,

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TheSeniorList Launches Free Virtual Classes for September and October

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COVID-19 has drastically changed the ways in which we interact, making it more difficult for seniors to gather together. To meet that challenge, TheSeniorList is launching a lineup of virtual classes (via Zoom) hosted by various experts, designed to help adults learn new skills, keep active, or even meditate, all from the comfort of their home. The upcoming lineup will include social media 101, mental wellness, balance and flexibility, and even making a fall apple crisp. Best of all, the weekly classes are free and open to everyone, so you can feel free to invite a friend. And, with each class,

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Finding Joy in Difficult Times

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In times of trouble, it can be tremendously difficult to see the forest through that thick stand of trees – giant leafy Southern Oaks if you’re “down South” like us. Mix in a pandemic with the natural bumpy road called Life, and those happy feelings can get lost in the exhaust –and exhaustion. But maybe it’s not “happy” toward which we should set our GPS. There’s a wonderful little quote floating around: Joy is a choice purposefully made -and that’s a different thing than being happy. Happy. Happy depends upon external factors. It most often happens to us, whereas joy is a

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Addressing Issue of Lonely Seniors

We live in a time when we can communicate with friends and family via just a few taps on a smartphone screen. However, despite the increased connectivity that technology brings, research indicates that as a society, we are lonelier than ever before. Recent research has shown that there are more than 11 million seniors (aged 65 and above) living alone without support. And probably, no other generation or age group feels the acute pain of loneliness more than the elderly. Why are seniors so lonely? Age brings many difficult changes that contribute to a lonelier life. One of the biggest problems

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