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There are so many different types of scams out there – and the people behind them are not always strangers. While being friendly, giving, and generous are great qualities for a person to have, for personal safety and security, it’s important for one to be able to discern the questionable from the pure of heart.

Read our tips on how to spot, avoid, and deal with senior scams: 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 these amazing 100 portraits of seniors aged 100 years or more.
To Live 10,000 Years
To Live 10,000 Years
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If you’re looking for gifts for the seniors who are dear in your life, read on for ideas that are sure to bring joy to them. One gift doesn’t fit all for any one person, so our list is separated into categories to help you find the perfect one. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!

See our recent blog post full of holiday gifting ideas:
http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/perfect-gifts-seniors-holiday-season/
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Join us in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in support of the Alzheimer's Association on October 8th.

Learn more about the walk and the Alzheimer's Assocation on the Radiant Senior Living blog: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/walk-alzheimers-2017/
Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017
Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017
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Hydration is so important for everyone, but especially children and seniors. Turn to peers for support in your hydration endeavors. If multiple people work on their hydration efforts together, not only are reminders sure to be made, but the health effects can be shared and the support can be celebrated. Hydration Club, here we come!

Hydration tips: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/ways-stay-top-summer-hydration/
Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer
Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer
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Our hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with learning and memory— shrinks in late adulthood. However, regular physical activity training can increase the size of the hippocampus! Check out our newest blog post for ideas on how to decrease cognitive decline.

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/boost-cognition/
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Possible Effects of a Stroke

We’ve shared what a stroke is, but what are some of its effects? According to the National Stroke Association, depending on which side of the brain the stroke occurs, the damage caused is different.

Left Side of the Brain: When a stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, movement on the right side of the body is affected, as are abilities to do math and science, and speak and understand written language.

Right Side of the Brain: When a stroke occurs on the right side of the brain, movement on the left side of the body is affected, as are the abilities to do creative tasks such as painting, appreciating art or music, recognizing emotion or having spatial awareness.

Specific areas of the Brain: When a stroke damages a specific area of the brain, that part may not function as well as it did before. Walking, speaking, seeing and feeling may be affected. Other effects may include changes in sleep, seizures, impaired movement, fatigue, pain, memory loss, depression, difficulty thinking and bladder control trouble.
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Attention toward heart health tops the list of health needs for senior men. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Prevention is aided by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, healthy eating, exercising regularly and preventing or treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

June is National #MensHealthMonth see more heart health tips and other information on Five Important Areas of Men's Health for Men Over 50 over on the Radiant Senior Living blog!

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/2017/06/health-areas-men-50/
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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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