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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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Mother and adult child enjoying memories together

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. …

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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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Senior doing physical therapy for hip replacement recovery

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 …

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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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Seniors exercising in a fitness class

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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Senior couple contemplating their future and aging in place

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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ILC-Make downsizing your home easy with these tips

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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foods for brain health

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 …

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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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