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It’s an unfortunate fact that seniors in all income brackets are common targets for scams. There is good news though – there are lots of actions seniors can take to spot, avoid, and deal with scams. Read our tips:

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/spot-avoid-deal-senior-scams/
Spot, Avoid, and Deal With Senior Scams
Spot, Avoid, and Deal With Senior Scams
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Check out this gorgeous collection of photos from photographer Danny Goldfield featuring portraits of 100 seniors aged 100 years or older.
To Live 10,000 Years
To Live 10,000 Years
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The number one gift you can give to a senior is your time. But, of course, if you are looking for more gift ideas, we've got several! Check out our recent blog post to get ideas that the senior in your life is sure to enjoy this holiday season: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/perfect-gifts-seniors-holiday-season/
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Each year we support the +Alzheimer's Association and participate in the #WalkToEndAlzheimers read more about the cause on the +Radiant Senior Living blog!
Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017
Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017
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During hot seasons, staying hydrated is very important for people of all ages, but especially for older adults. 
With hot weather safety in mind, here are some tips on how to stay hydrated: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/ways-stay-top-summer-hydration/
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Did you know that choosing the right, healthy foods can aid us in decreasing the decline of our cognitive abilities? For instance, fish is a great choice for brain health. Think of fish as brain food due to the Omega-3 fatty acids it contains and other important qualities. Independent of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids non-fried fish has been found to be positively associated with gray matter volumes in areas of the brain that control memory and, you guessed it… cognition!

Check out our post on Boosting Cognition to learn more about how your diet can affect your brain!

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/boost-cognition/
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Preventative measures that may be taken against strokes include:
- lowering blood pressure if it is high
- finding out if one has an irregular heartbeat
- quitting smoking
- consuming alcohol in moderation if one consumes it
- lowering cholesterol
- making sure blood sugar levels are under control, especially for those with
diabetes
- exercising daily
- reducing sodium and fat in one’s diet

In the US, more than six million people have survived strokes, as reported by the American Stroke Association. Stroke survivors have been aided by medical advancements and quick actions of those who know how to detect strokes and secure help.

Check out the blog for more information on Stroke Awareness and Preventative Tips!
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The month of June is National Men’s Health Month dedicated to highlighting male-specific health needs. For men over 50 years old, five health areas that take the spotlight include the heart, prostate, skin, mind and bones. Read on to learn more about these five areas of men’s health, risks associated with them and ways to slow or prevent the development of these issues.
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Companionship and Community in Senior Living
Mounting evidence shows that companionship and community are a key component to overall health. No longer are they seen as sitting a few rungs up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; they are foundational to your well-being. This is true across all ages, including seniors. Feeling extreme loneliness, for example, has been shown to increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent. 
 
A myriad of factors are weighed when deciding to move into a senior living community. The opportunity for companionship and community should be one of them. When researching different senior living options, investigate the opportunities for social connections and interactions at each community.
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The Power of Storytelling for Seniors
 
“Your mother was born when your grandfather was stationed in Korea.”
“That was when I was a telephone operator.”
“I remember driving up Mount St. Helens, watching men with walking sticks climbing the mountain.”
 
You’ve been there: sitting across your grandmother, a china cup full of warm tea on the kitchen table between you, while you listen to stories from the good ‘ol days. But did you know there’s research that supports the benefits of this activity that seniors naturally tend to do?
 
Psychologists have long used reminiscence therapy - a practice that draws out life histories,  written, oral, or both, backed by research dating back to the 1970s - to improve psychological well-being of older adults. Done in groups or individually, memories of significant life events are recalled using prompts such as photographs, music or topics.
 
Even people with Alzheimer’s can benefit. Psychologist Alan Dienstag was recently featured on the NPR show On Being, where he discussed the Lifelines Writing Group he co-hosted with author Don DeLillo for people with Alzheimer’s in New York. Through writing prompts such as “I remember” or “The house where I grew up” participants in the group were able to write down memories from throughout their life. Dienstag summarized the experience:
 
The members of the Lifelines Writing Group have taught us about the power of writing and the nature of memory and memory loss. Their lifelines have also served as a means of dosing the psychological distance between the Alzheimer's and non-Alzheimer's world. Perhaps most importantly, they have demonstrated that there is a way to give meaning to the precarious station in life in which they find themselves, and they suggest a path for others in the early stages of Alzheimer's to follow; to live with memories; to give them to others; and to preserve in some form a record of who you are, who you were, and who you wanted to be in this world before it slips away.
 
You can help lift the mood of any elderly people special in your life on your next visit to them - at home or at their assisted living community -  by asking them to reflect on their past. Here are a few questions to get the ball rolling:
 
*-*Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
*-*What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
*-*What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
*-*What is your earliest memory?
*-*Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind?
*-*What are you proudest of?
*-*For your great great grandchildren listening to this years from now: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?

(Questions suggested by the organization StoryCorps)
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