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Research Backs These Methods for Reducing Depression and Anxiety

For best results, experts recommend making one or two a daily habit By Patricia CorriganContributing Writer July 2, 2019 Credit: Adobe Looking for relief from garden-variety stressors? Feeling mired in one of life’s larger challenges? Weary of sweating the small stuff? The recently published results of a five-year study show that people who learn stress-intervention skills …



Reading together offers a novel way to stay connected By Susan Johnston TaylorJuly 3, 2019 Credit: Adobe About three years ago, Barbara Casson, now 65, observed that while other families did activities together, her small family didn’t have many occasions for shared activities, especially with relatives in different states. “I really think that’s important for families …



Most people, including doctors, associate it with older adults By Debbie Koenig June 28, 2019 Credit: Adobe The big statistic most of us hear about stroke is that our risk doubles every decade after age 55. But earlier this year, actor Luke Perry and director John Singleton died of stroke. Perry was 52, Singleton just 51. Last …



The surgeon and writer wants to guide a new kind of care in America By Sue CampbellFebruary 10, 2015   I spoke to Gawande the day his documentary film about end of life was to premiere on PBS’s Frontline. The movie is based on his bestselling book, Being Mortal. Both the show and the book add to a growing national …


First U.S. ‘Dementia Village’ Recreates a Happier Time

Its goal is to take people with dementia back to a time when they didn’t feel lost By Sherri Snelling Caregiving Expert Part of the TRANSFORMING LIFE AS WE AGE SPECIAL REPORT It all started with a fifth-grade class project. Scott Tarde, CEO of George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, which has operated dementia day care facilities in California’s …


Why Being Kind Makes You Healthier

Benefits go to our hearts, immune systems, mental states and more By Chrystle FiedlerJuly 3, 2019 Credit: Adobe When you are kind to another person, even in a small way, it has a positive effect by helping that person feel valued and supported. If you make such acts of kindness a regular habit, it’s actually good …



It starts with acknowledging that you can’t do it all on your own By Barbara and Jim Twardowski My parents taught me (Barbara), “To give is better than to receive. Don’t ask for handouts. Pull your own weight.” All great advice to live a self-sufficient existence. Sometimes, however, even the strongest individuals need to ask for …



Frank advice from Chanel Reynolds, author of ‘What Matters Most’ By Richard Eisenberg Money & Work EditorMay 14, 2019 Credit: Adobe The world turned upside down 10 years ago for Chanel Reynolds, a Seattle-based digital strategist, when her husband José Hernando, then 43, died in the hospital, a week after a bicycle accident. But the tumult …



By Denise Logeland A local agency gives free help to support your plans for aging at home Part of the TRANSFORMING LIFE AS WE AGE SPECIAL REPORT One of the best supports for older adults and family caregivers might also be the least known. Here’s how you can find it and tap into the help: The support …



4 tips to make the challenge more manageable By Leah Eskenazi (This article previously appeared on the site of PBS NewsHour.) Concern about Mom or Dad’s health and wellbeing is top of mind for many boomers today. Worrisome signs of your parent’s frailty, progressive memory loss or the decline in health require more and more of your …


4 Things to Do When Your Parents Are Resisting Help

Taking these steps can reduce frustration and stress — for all of you “Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.” Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives. And it’s a very real issue that we must …


How to Convince a Parent to Attend an Adult Day Center

7 tips to get mom or dad to go for care, meals and new friends Having a place where your parent is able to go during the day for care, rehab services or just socializing can be a godsend for caregiving families. But you may find that your loved one is reluctant to try it …


6 Home Renovations in Retirement That Are Worth the Cost

These remodeling jobs can make it easier to age in place Credit: Envato After retiring, the chance to stay in the home where you’ve built up memories and grown comfortable may sound perfect. But to age in place well, you may need to do some renovations. The question is: Which ones are worth the cost? …

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Dehydration and Seniors

Drink Up! Dehydration in Seniors With the summer sun and warm weather upon us, more and more of us tend to head outside for outdoor fun and activities. But, before you enjoy your fun in the sun, it’s important to make sure that you stay hydrated. Dehydration is extremely common, but seniors are at increased …


When Music Becomes Your Medicine

Playing an instrument offers physical and emotional benefits if you have health issues Part of the VITALITY ARTS SPECIAL REPORT If music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, then playing music hath charms to heal the savage breast, or, more appropriately, the damaged lungs. This is what Tom Zoe of Austin, Texas believes. So he helped create a program …


End-of-Life Planning: Starting the Conversation

It’s useful for people to consider end-of-life preferences throughout their lifetimes End-of-life planning is often avoided or delayed by Americans. In the United States, names like Terri Schiavo and Dr. Jack Kevorkian clutter our collective understanding of what to expect at the end of life. And thus, we ignore the topic altogether. Questions like the following …

An active senior couple hikes in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park Hiking

Easy Hikes for Active Seniors in Glacier National Park Glacier National Park, located in the Rocky Mountains area of Montana, is a popular attraction for sightseers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are over 700 different trails to explore, each with their own unique views of different parts of the area. For the active senior who wishes …



5 suggestions from money pros for when you need to step in Stepping in to help your aging, or declining, parents with their finances takes time, patience and persistence. There are financial documents to find and organize, checkbooks to balance and monthly bills to be paid. Plus, you need to make an overall assessment about …



A retired therapist on using your conflicting voices to guide you to a decision Credit: 412 digital | Flickr Crossing the threshold into retirement can feel like a high-wire act without a net. As a retired therapist, I can tell you that during this transition, whether we are retiring or rewiring, feeling disoriented or purposeful, …



Chronological age doesn’t mean what it used to, and why that matters Credit: Adobe Aging and mortality are intrinsic to the human condition. Accepting our mortality as humans underpins our search for meaning in life and our quest for wisdom and maturity. But when the average age of The Rolling Stones exceeds that of the …

A senior man participates in physical therapy after suffering a stroke.

Stroke Awareness – Prevention and Recovery Tips

Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States? While over 800,000 people in the US experience a stroke each year, the good news is that over 80% of strokes can be prevented by making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. Learn some tips for stroke …



The co-authors of ‘The Book On Retirement’ provide the answer (This article is adapted from The Book On Retirement: Are you ready for the Second Half of your financial life? by Kevin Houser and Gary Plessl.) Most people think estate planning is about their death. But it’s really not. It’s about your control over your assets — control while …



Making these moves now will make things easier for your family later No one really wants to talk about death. But physical death is inevitable, for everyone. The death of a spouse, family member or close friend brings a deep sadness as the complications of grieving begin. At such a difficult time when you are experiencing the …



An attorney and Next Avenue Influencer in Aging helps decode the process Part of the TRANSFORMING LIFE AS WE AGE SPECIAL REPORT (Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to submit essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays.) Most adults have at least heard …


The Problem With Do-It-Yourself Online Wills

These documents could save money, but can lay estate planning traps Credit: Adobe As a professional trustee and executor, I have seen hundreds of estate-planning documents, including some from do-it-yourself online services. I appreciate that using a DIY site to draft a will can save money and time. But I’m also concerned that sometimes doing it …

Active senior couple stretching in the park.

3 Lower Back Exercises to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

A common misconception about physical fitness is that it must involve strenuous exercises and long workouts in order to reap the benefits. But the truth is that even low-impact exercises and short stretching sessions can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and improved physical well-being. Some older adults may have flexibility or mobility issues, making some …


Your Top 10 Objects Your Kids Don’t Want

The author of ‘No Thanks Mom’ tells you what to do with them Credit: Adobe Stock The following is excerpted from No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them). Your house, and what it contains, is a minefield in the eyes of your grown children. They …


Is Hearing Loss Causing Your Parent’s Falls?

As we age, hearing loss is increasingly linked to other conditions Credit: Adobe Stock (This article was provided through The OpEd Project, whose mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.) While a new study last month suggested exercise is the best way to prevent falls in people over …


Ways to Stay Fit After an Orthopedic Injury or Surgery

Recovery and exercise guidelines to help you hit your stride again Credit: Adobe Whether you’ve been sidelined by a sports injury, an accident or a surgery, the loss of fitness that often follows can be seriously frustrating. Luckily, there are things you can do to help minimize your downtime, maintain your fitness and recover as …


Dementia Care Reimagined: A Q&A With Dr. Tia Powell

The author calls for more research on developing compassionate care models As so many medical professionals, policymakers and nonprofits continue to sound the alarm about the impending tsunami of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the U.S. still has no affordable long-term care system to handle the situation. In her new book Dementia Reimagined: Building …


Gymtimidation: How I got past my fear of working out

The right gym, the right trainer and other tips can help you succeed   Glute raises. Boat pose. In the safety of an empty corner, away from the gym’s dumbbell racks and big silver machines, I focused on the warm-ups I’d learned the week before. Proud of mastering that much — a month earlier, I’d …


Helping a Loved One With Dementia at Family Gatherings

Here are suggestions for engaging with him or her during family events By Patricia Corrigan Contributing Writer Credit: Adobe Stock Part of the TRANSFORMING LIFE AS WE AGE SPECIAL REPORT In many families, holiday or other event gatherings are a collaborative effort. Someone brings the main dish, someone else brings a salad and another person shows up …


Blue Zones, Part 2: How the World’s Oldest People in Asia and Europe Make Their Money Last

What we can learn from Blue Zone island residents of Japan, Italy and Greece By Richard EisenbergMoney & Work EditorApril 9, 2019 Credit: Next Avenue | John Gilman (In 2008, National Geographic writer Dan Buettner published his bestselling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, about …


Blue Zones, Part 1: How the World’s Oldest People Make Their Money Last

What we can learn from centenarians in Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula   (In 2008, National Geographic writer Dan Buettner published his bestselling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, about the five “longevity pockets” around the world: The Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, …

Senior couple reads a book on a mountain.

Why the City of Kalispell is a Great Choice for Seniors

Since 1892, Kalispell has been the focal point of northwest Montana. In fact, Kalispell is considered the largest city and commercial center in the Flathead Valley, with a population of around 23,000 people. Kalispell provides its residents with a host of amenities to ensure a fun, relaxing and productive lifestyle. You’ll find top-quality restaurants for …


‘End Game’ Film Shows the Struggle in End-of-Life Decisions

The Oscar-nominated documentary also spotlights palliative and hospice care Credit: ‘End Game’ | Netflix In a pivotal scene of the documentary End Game, we listen in as a team of palliative care professionals discusses Mitra, a 45-year-old woman who is dying of cancer. Should they approach her about hospice? The hospital chaplain urges the group not …


The 7 Benefits of Dancing at Any Age

Dances for a Variable Population offers the joy of dance to older adults Credit: Courtesy of Naomi Goldberg HaasInstructor Naomi Goldberg Haas invites students to invent their own dance movements Part of the VITALITY ARTS SPECIAL REPORT Pier I juts out over the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with — depending on your vantage …



Have you considered how to pass on your non-material assets? When people find out Debby Mycroft helps people write ethical wills, she always gets a predictable response: The Lament. “They say, ‘Oh, I wish I had a letter from my dad or grandmother or great aunt,’ whoever that person was. I have not come across …


You’re Never Too Old, Busy or Rusty to Make Music

It may take less time than you think and bring you joy Do you ever wish you knew how to play a musical instrument? If so, you are not alone. Yet a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts survey found that just 12 percent of U.S. adults were playing musical instruments. This gap between aspiration …


The Basics About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of AMD, and that number is expected to increase to nearly 22 million by 2050, according to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit …


Should All People 65+ Get Cognitive Assessments?

Experts agree it’s crucial for early detection of dementia, but some have concerns A special section in the recently released Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report focuses on the role primary care physicians can play in early detection of the disease. The association says all people 65 and older should receive some …

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Donating Your Household Items to Charity

Every year around this time, many of us get inspired to clean, declutter and throw away stuff that we no longer need. It’s spring cleaning season, and this is a great time of year to donate your unwanted belongings to a charity or local organization. Not only is donating a great way to eliminate clutter …

Happy seniors toast with red wine.

Three Can’t-Miss Kalispell Wineries to Savor This Spring

Looking for things to do in Kalispell, Montana? Wineries are a great springtime and warm weather activity for seniors to enjoy. Many locations offer walking tours of their facilities, which means that not only do you get some exercise, but you also get to learn more about the wine industry and how your favorite spirits …

Senior couple walks with bicycles in the park.

3 Senior Cycling Tips for Active Adults

The days of bicycling being just an activity for children are long gone! Cycling for seniors is great exercise, and more and more older adults are putting pedal to the pavement and going for a ride. In fact, cycling among those 60 years and better is growing the fastest of all age groups, according to …

Read this interview with a Kalispell chef.

An Interview with a Kalispell Chef

Do you know what’s in your food and where it comes from? The residents at Immanuel Lutheran Communities do – because the dining team not only feeds them, but educates them on what they’re eating. That’s one of the passions that came through when we spoke with Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef, Andrew …

Fun indoor activities for seniors to try to Kalispell

Fun Indoor Winter Activities for Seniors in Kalispell

It’s winter and your options for activities are limited. But that doesn’t mean you should stay inside watching TV until birds start chirping again. There’s plenty of indoor activities for seniors in Kalispell. You may have tried one of these activities years ago, or maybe there’s something on this list you’ve never done before. Either …


3 Tips for Exploring Conrad Mansion

Kalispell is our home, and we’re proud to say it. We love enriching lives by providing a strong Christian community of support and loving care. There’s no other place we’d rather call home. That being said, we’re also proud of the well-known attractions in the area, because they give our residents fuller, vibrant lives. It’s …

Tips for staying active in the new year.

Helpful Advice for Staying Active in the New Year

How’s your clean slate going? The New Year has only just begun, which means you have plenty of time to incorporate good habits into your lifestyle. Staying active is one routine you should definitely consider. Even if physical activity isn’t on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, it should be on your mind. Benefits of …

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions you can keep in 2019.

6 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep in 2019

Every January marks a clean slate, a new chapter, a fresh start. It’s like turning the page of a cluttered, note-filled journal to a crisp, blank sheet of paper ready to fill up. There’s something refreshing about knowing you can close the door on 2018 and focus on a happy, healthy 2019. What do you …

Learn the most common senior health concerns.

5 Senior Health Concerns & What to Do About Them

As we age, the more precious and vulnerable our good health becomes. Our bodies are built to endure many years of wear and tear, but eventually that wear and tear can begin to take a toll. And as part of the aging process, we’re faced with naturally-occurring increased risks for a number of health concerns. …

Learn these 5 myths about seniors and falls.

5 Myths about Seniors & Falls

Think about the last time you slipped on a patch of ice. Maybe you fell and hit your shoulder, or your tailbone, or even your head. It startled you, pain shot through your body, and for a moment you wondered if you were seriously injured. Hopefully you weren’t. Now imagine that happening at the age …

What is long term care insurance?

What is Long Term Care Insurance?

Ever heard of LTC insurance, or LTCI? These acronyms stand for long term care insurance, which was created to help cover costs associated with health services you might need as you get older. It’s different from traditional health insurance, though, because it can help cover the cost of services like in-home healthcare, assisted living, and …

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Best Fall Foliage Tours in the Flathead Valley

We’re the lucky ones. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we live in such a beautiful place. Flathead Valley is breathtaking year-round, but especially during fall when the leaves start to change and vivid colors emerge. We have mountains, the largest freshwater lake in the West, and plenty of outdoor activities for …

Learn the many benefits of swimming for seniors

6 Reasons to Consider Swimming Exercises for Seniors

Do you have a love-hate relationship with exercise? As we age, exercise often becomes harder because of the impact on the bones and joints. Physical activities like jogging, aerobics, playing sports, and even walking can be hard on the musculoskeletal system, making you want to avoid exercise all together. Luckily there are lower-impact exercises like …

Here’s how to choose the right retirement community.

How to Choose the Right Retirement Community for Your Needs

If you’ve done research on senior living communities, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that there are many to choose from. Your list of contenders may have similarities and you may be scratching your head thinking, now which one do I choose? The ultimate question is: how do you know which one is right for …

Beautiful views of the Flathead Valley in Montana.

Senior-Friendly Walking Tours in the Flathead Valley

Welcome to the beautiful Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana, a destination surrounded by valleys, mountains and beautiful lakes. In the cradle of the West, there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re lucky enough to be a resident of the area or are just visiting, you can enjoy exploring new places or experiencing …

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What to Expect After Moving to a Senior Living Community

As you age, you might find it necessary to make changes in your lifestyle. This could mean making a transition from your home to a senior living community. Although the idea of moving from your home to somewhere unfamiliar may sound daunting, the results of your move can be a great joy and a wonderful …

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Safe-Driving Tips for Seniors

As you age, many things can change. Driving is one of them. You may need to make small but impactful adjustments to ensure you are staying safe on the roadways and navigating as efficiently and effectively as possible. You can still maintain your independence simply by making slight changes to your driving habits and updating …

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The Guide to Better Nutrition Habits for Seniors

Living a healthy lifestyle starts with the food you are eating. Food is the foundation that your health is built on, and getting the proper nutrients and minerals is essential for living well. On the opposite end, eating poorly by consuming non-nutritious foods can slow down your body, deteriorate your health, and lead to a …

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2018

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As of 2018, 5.7 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, with numbers continually on the rise. As there is currently no cure, it is incredibly important to spread awareness and increase the …

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Faith-Based Summer Camps in the Flathead Valley

Attending summer camp is beneficial to children and teens for a variety of reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for them to disconnect from their hectic schedules and lives –quite literally. Cell phones are rarely allowed, and even if they are, good luck getting a reception in the woods! Secondly, it’s a new adventure just waiting …

Seniors enjoying spring activities

5 Ways to Get Involved Socially this Spring

Spring has officially sprung! From the blooming flowers to the chirping birds, there’s just something about spring that rejuvenates the soul. After being cooped up indoors over the winter, those of all ages look forward to getting outside to enjoy some of that warmth and sunshine. The Best Spring Activities for Seniors There’s no better …

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Top Tips to Prevent Falls in Seniors

As you get older, changes in your body can make you more susceptible to a fall. Muscle mass decreases after you reach age 40, which affects your overall strength and mobility. How well you’re able to see can also increase your risk for a fall, and many adults find their vision getting worse the older …

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The Myths about Assisted Living

Despite the fact that assisted living communities are proven to boost independence and enhance the lives of those residing in them, there seems to be several misconceptions about this popular senior living option. And, these misconceptions regarding the lifestyle and level of care offered can lead to hesitation on the part of all those involved …

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5 Reasons to Join a Senior Fitness Program

Many older adults recognize the fact that staying physically active is key to a better quality of life. However, it seems like the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to incorporate exercise in our daily routines. You might feel hindered by chronic arthritis or lower back pain that make it challenging to move …

Senior discussing hip replacement surgery with his physician

Could You Benefit from Hip Replacement Surgery?

Nearly a million Americans choose to have hip replacement surgery every year. In fact, hip replacements are one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries in the country, allowing 90 percent of those who undergo it to get back to the active lifestyles they previously enjoyed. Do You Need a Hip Replacement? Symptoms You Shouldn’t …

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The Moving Guide for Seniors

No matter your age, moving from a longtime home can be an emotional, stressful period in life. For older adults who are downsizing to a senior living community, there’s the extra step of making decisions about what belongings will be making the move with them. Items like extra pieces of furniture and décor may not …

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Tips For Improving Your Heart Health

Though heart disease risks increase with age, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older. The right lifestyle habits and a heart-healthy diet can help protect the hardest-working muscle in your body, so it’s vital that you take the proper steps to keep it in the best condition possible as you age. …

Generations of a happy, healthy family

Top Reasons to Learn Your Family Health History

People are naturally curious about their family’s past. Maybe your grandfather was a star in silent movies, or maybe your mother moved to the United States from Europe with only the clothes on her back. Perhaps you’ve always been told how much you look like your mother’s favorite cousin, or maybe you stumbled upon some …

Exercise for seniors in the winter includes a variety of engaging activities like yoga

How to Stay Active Over the Winter Months

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s difficult to find the motivation needed to do daily activities, like head out to the grocery store or pick up the dry cleaning. Staying inside where it’s warm and cozy, where you can hunker down on the couch under thick blankets sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it? If …

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5 Questions to Ask When Touring Retirement Communities

Making the decision to downsize your current home and move to a retirement community is one that can take time for careful thought and deep contemplation. However, once you’ve realized all the benefits downsizing offers to fully enjoy your retirement years, you’re on your way to enjoying the active, maintenance-free lifestyle a senior living community …

Learn how to reduce stress in your life with these tips

Stress Management Tips for Seniors

Throughout your life you face elevated stress levels for a variety of reasons. When you’re a child, you may feel anxious on the first day of school and when making new friends. As a young adult, getting accepted into the college of your choice or acing all your exams can be stressful. Then, establishing your …

Seniors exercising to benefit brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying physically active into your later years offers a variety of benefits to seniors, from keeping your heart healthy and your bones strong to improving your balance and strengthening your immune system. Exercise is also a known mood-booster, perfect for letting off some steam and reducing your stress levels. It can even help you get …

Seniors enjoying a healthy meal together

Seniors and Loss of Appetite – Is it Normal?

As you age, you might find that you’re suddenly eating less than you used to. Due to a decrease in both the level of physical activity you partake in daily and your resting metabolic rate, loss of appetite in seniors is a fairly common occurrence. However, it’s still important to get the essential vitamins and …

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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Normal Memory Loss

Forgetfulness is sometimes simply part of our daily lives. We mark appointments on our calendars, write lists of items to buy at the grocery store or set alerts on our cell phones as reminders of things to remember. As you age, both your body and your brain go through changes, making forgetfulness even more common. …

Prevent osteoporosis by leading an active lifestyle

Osteoporosis Prevention Tips

Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the body’s bone mass decreases or doesn’t make enough bone – or both – resulting in the bones becoming brittle and weak. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), osteoporosis is responsible for close to nine million bone fractures every year, and affects 200 million women worldwide. In …

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Successfully Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgeries have helped millions of people by relieving their chronic pain and restoring function and mobility. If you’re experiencing daily hip pain from arthritis or an injury, studies show that 90 percent of those who have hip replacement surgery enjoy a higher quality of life with less stiffness or pain, and they are …

Beautiful view of Chief Mountain in Glacier National Park in the Flathead Valley during fall

Enjoy Fall in the Flathead Valley

Ask anyone who has lived in Montana for a while what their favorite season is, and we’d guess that you’ll get “fall” as the resounding answer. The cooling air, the vibrant colors and the ability to enjoy the sights without crowds of tourists are just a few reasons everyone loves the fall. Tucked away in …

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The Best Exercises for Seniors

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine has countless benefits for people of all ages, such as a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved flexibility and maintaining an ideal weight. For older adults, exercise offers even more long-term health benefits. For instance, seniors who stay physically active feel more energetic, experience less chronic pain, have a decreased …

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What Does Aging in Place Mean?

The Importance of Having a Plan for Your Future The average American today is expected to live to the age of 78, which means people are living longer than ever before. These older adults stay engaged in the workforce longer or within their communities, from volunteering and mentoring to spending more time with loved ones. …

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Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Why Should You Consider Downsizing For many people, saying goodbye to a long-term home and moving away from all the memories created there can be an emotional or stressful time. However, for those seniors looking to live more independent, carefree lifestyles, downsizing a home can present many benefits. Why should you consider downsizing your home? …

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Dementia-Fighting Vitamins and Minerals

Your lifestyle can have a major impact on your health as you age. In fact, although scientists have yet to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, recent research has shown that various lifestyle changes can reduce the risk for the disease and combat cognitive decline. Managing a healthy sleep schedule, maintaining low stress levels, exercising …

The Benefits of a Life Plan Community at ILC

The Benefits of a Life Plan Community

What is a Life Plan Community? In November of 2015, senior advocacy group, LeadingAge, announced a new term for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Life Plan Community. Why the change? After two years of research, the conclusion was clear that today’s seniors prefer a name other than CCRC. No matter which name you personally prefer, …

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Family Fun in Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell Attractions for the Whole Family Keeping the kids occupied throughout the lazy, hazy summer months can pose some challenges. We all know how the attention spans of the youth are; one minute they can be fully engaged in an activity, and the next minute dramatically declare they’ve never been so bored in their entire …

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The Importance of Social Interactions

Avoiding Social Isolation as You Age Throughout our lives, the way we learn to interact with others and build relationships has a major impact on not only our social lives, but our physical, mental and emotional health as well. For seniors, some of the main benefits of social interactions are similar to those of physical …

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Technology and Seniors

Technology for Seniors: Making Life Easier While seniors may be known as being notoriously late to adopting the latest technology, over the past few years, older adults have started catching up with their younger counterparts. For instance, a study from the Pew Research Center revealed that compared to the year 2000, when 86 percent of …

Signs your loved one may need assisted living

Signs Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living

Starting the Conversation about Assisted Living Aging can bring challenges to our loved ones’ independence. Daily tasks that used to be simple may start to require assistance from others, and while 24-hour skilled nursing care may not be necessary, some individuals require more personalized attention that allows them to continue to thrive. As a caregiver, …

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Top Attractions in Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell has a rich history that dates back to the late 1800s. Originally founded as a railroad town, Kalispell became the county seat and the trade and financial center of the Flathead Valley. Today, Kalispell is still known as the professional, medical, retail and governmental center of the region, serving around 140,000 people in Northwest Montana.

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Innovative Therapy for Seniors: Music and Art Therapy

An integral part of senior care includes therapy programs like physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. These types of therapies are vital in improving mobility, motor skills, balance and coordination, and communication. In addition to these traditional programs, more senior living communities today are also offering creative, alternative therapies like aquatic, music, art, or even pet therapy, as each provides additional benefits above and beyond what the traditional therapies can provide.

Senior living options

Senior Living Options Today

In the past, older adults had to choose between aging in place in the home, perhaps with some in-home care or assistance from a family caregiver, or moving to a nursing home when their health begins to decline. However, senior living communities have come a long way since then. Healthy, active seniors who simply want to downsize or enjoy a retirement lifestyle could be a perfect fit for an independent living apartment. On the other hand, seniors who are experiencing a worsening in chronic conditions or a decline in overall health might be better suited to an assisted living or skilled nursing community.

Senior Couple Walking In Summer Countryside

Independent Living Decision Guide

Is a Retirement Community Right for You? When older adults start thinking about changing their lifestyles, one of the greatest fears many face in regards to moving to a senior living community is the thought of losing their independence. They may think they’ll be bored, that they will never get to see their friends and …