Pets: A Therapeutic Wonder for Seniors

In an assisted living home three seniors sit quietly in a community living room space. Rose is thinking about how far away her children and grandchildren are, missing their company. Bert keeps mentally going over the mistakes he has made in life, fixated on what people did wrong and how the situations should have been rectified. Betty is thinking about her aching back and joints,

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Helping Seniors Thrive with the Power of Music

Music has the power to move the heart and soul, and experts believe that its benefits extend to both physical and emotional health (Fernandez, 2013). Music is a common denominator across income levels, education levels, cultures and age. It is very diverse and expressive, making it a beautifully unique element to societies across the world. Music has been sought out for various emotional fulfillments and

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Preventing and Confronting Senior Abuse and Exploitation

Picture this: An assisted living home in a small town houses 50 seniors. Many of these seniors lived very different lives in different socio-economic income brackets, but still find themselves living together in the same community with similar struggles. Seniors are a vulnerable population due to sickness, weakness, and decreases in cognitive function. Unfortunately the vulnerable in this world often bear the brunt of the

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Cohousing: The Changing Opportunities of Independent Living for Seniors

“While I had tried to save for retirement, I never understood the cost of aging.” This statement was made by Susan, a 60-year-old widow in Bellingham, Washington. She has an annual income of $11,000 (Western Washington University, 2017). When looking at the skyrocketing fees required for senior housing and care, what is someone like Susan supposed to do? The Joint Center for Housing Studies of

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Social, Active and Purposeful for Optimal Senior Health

There has been growing awareness of the importance of exercise, social community and purpose for mental and physical health. This is true for all people, but is particularly important for older adults to cope with the many changes, losses and trials that they have faced throughout life. Some communities are structured to help seniors with such types of established activities, while others still need to

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors in Assisted Living

We all want to do something nice for our aging loved ones, especially those that are currently living in assisted living facilities. We’ve compiled a short list of things to consider when buying for these extra special members of the family:   Keep in mind that many seniors in assisted living have downsized their living situation, so large bulky items can be easily crossed off

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New senior living center proposed in Symphony Park in Las Vegas

Officials in Las Vegas are looking into the possibility of a new senior care center to be built in the Symphony Park area. Las Vegas City Council will be looking over the proposal to and the exclusive negotiating agreement with Symphony Park Development Co. LLC. As Las Vegas continues to recover after the recession, the proposal seems the perfect remedy to a slow moving process

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The Science Behind Alzheimer’s Hints at Coming Solutions

Brain studies continue to churn out results that help our scientific world better understand the components that lead to life altering diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. With the continued support from not only higher education, but also the support from the non-profit world filled with billionaires such as Microsoft’s very own Paul Allen, information will continue to pour in and help identify ways to both

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Some Seniors To Face Medicare Premium Spike in 2016

Congress and the White House have taken steps to decrease an unforeseen hike in standard Medicare Part B next year. 1 in 7 beneficiaries are facing a 52% increase in premiums, to $159.30 in 2016. This will mark the largest rates jump in Medicare history. However, a bipartisan contract on the federal budget, signed by President Obama on Nov. 2, has temporarily set the current premiums

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The 15 Ultimate Foods That Can Help Seniors Sleep

Are you finding it difficult to help your elder loved one relax or fall asleep? You’ve come to the right place.  These snacks have natural substances that can help them have the much needed good night’s rest they always deserve. Are they lying in bed staring at the ceiling? Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology and director of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine: Sleep

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