PUTTING THE ‘PRO’ BACK IN AGING: A SERIES FOCUSING ON AGING GRACEFULLY

Cultivating a Positive Mindset, with a Morning Huddle by Jennifer Crowley BSN RN CLCP CDP Research has been done to study the knowledge, attitudes and anxiety related to Aging.  Attributable to the growing number of older adults and continued interest in how to best serve our older populations, many aspects related to societal expectations and …

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A LITTLE CULTURE IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Active and passive engagement in the arts can be antidotes to depression By Sharon McDonnellOctober 4, 2019 Credit: Adobe Stock Part of the VITALITY ARTS SPECIAL REPORT Eve Hammond, 76, a retired scientist in the Bay Area, has a steady diet of museum and gallery shows, plays and/or concerts each month. She has also taken craft classes, …

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Preparing for Vitality and Resilience While Growing Older

by Jennifer Crowley BSN RN CLCP CDP The strength of a person is often measured in the ability to lift heavy objects or perform repetitive, physically exerting tasks. Western culture often emphasizes the productive and younger, active worker, with a billion-dollar anti-aging industry wrapped around everything we do. We offer encouragement of being strong when …

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10 LIFESAVING WINTER SAFETY TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Taking these precautions will help keep your loved ones safe By Madeline VannFrom Caring.com February 20, 2018 Credit: Adobe Stock (This article ran previously on Caring.com.) As people get older, they’re increasingly at risk for dying from extreme cold or winter-weather events, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — accounting for a significant portion of …

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How to Find Your Motivation for Better Health

Your personal priorities and preferences determine how you’ll make real change By Kelly K. James  November 6, 2018 Credit: adminTom Nolan Tom Nolan, 71, admits he led a less-than-healthy lifestyle for years. He ate foods he shouldn’t (and too much of them), slept poorly and avoided exercise. The result showed up around his waistline. Last year, his …

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HOW TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH BEFORE SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS

A cardiologist and psychologist offer advice to break through barriers By Gary M. Stern July 22, 2019 Credit: Senior Guidance | Flickr Have you ever noticed it seems to take a life-threatening health incident, like a heart attack, before people will change their everyday eating or exercise habits? According to the two experts interviewed for this story, …

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WAYS TO FIGHT A HEALTH INSURANCE DENIAL

Step-by-step instructions to appeal your case By Brette Sember July 23, 2019 Credit: Adobe Stock When your health insurance claim is denied or your health insurer refuses pre-approval for care you need, you may think your hands are tied. But there’s actually a lot you can do to try getting that decision reversed. All health insurance …

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HOW TO AVOID COMPASSION BURNOUT

Two experts offer insight into how to keep giving, with boundaries By Patricia CorriganContributing Writer July 23, 2019 Credit: Adobe Stock Caregivers, both professional and personal, often suffer from compassion fatigue — a syndrome also known as “secondary trauma stress.” But navigating any close, personal relationship also can lead to emotional stress and burnout. As a self-described …

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What Space Flight Teaches Us About Aging

Lack of gravity and other non-Earthly conditions cause accelerated aging effects By Steven N. Austad AFAR Scientific DirectorJuly 24, 2019 Credit: Adobe Stock (Editor’s note: This article is part of an editorial partnership between Next Avenue and The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), a national nonprofit whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical …

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HOW TO MANAGE STRESS WHEN IT’S AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH

Talk therapy, meditation and exercise are some of the ways to de-stress By Jennifer Nelson—June 20, 2019 Credit: Adobe Diana Zwinak, 53, was a teacher in a rural district outside Chicago when she developed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder where antibodies chronically attack the thyroid. “Basically, my thyroid stopped functioning,” says Zwinak. Her doctor’s recommendation: “You …

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