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It’s an unfortunate fact that seniors in all income brackets are common targets for scams. Whether you’re seeking to simply take preventative action or you’ve been scammed, it’s really important to remember to stay positive. Preventing scams may seem time-consuming and you may think it’s a hassle to take a bunch of action when nothing has happened. Just remember, the payoff is peace of mind, safety, and security.

Read how to spot, avoid, and deal with senior scams:
Spot, Avoid, and Deal With Senior Scams
Spot, Avoid, and Deal With Senior Scams
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We are all smiles as we go through these 100 portraits of seniors aged 100 years or more!
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:
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Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Alzheimer's Association this past weekend at the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Portland!

Learn more about the walk and the Alzheimer's Association by reading the latest blog post on the Radiant Senior Living blog:
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:
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.
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What is a stroke?

In short, a stroke occurs when an artery that carries nutrients and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked, bursts or ruptures, the brain stops receiving the blood it needs, and brain cells begin to die, according to the American Stroke Association.

Detect a stroke by remembering to act FAST

If a stroke is suspected, fast action is recommended, which is why “FAST” is the acronym for stroke detection and seeking help.

F: Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile and note if that smile is uneven or lopsided.

A: Arm Weakness. Is one of their arms weak or experiencing numbness? Ask the person to lift one arm and note if it drifts downward.

S: Speech Difficulty. Is the person’s speech slurred or hard to understand? Are they unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The grass is green.” Can the person do this?

T: Time to call 911. If a person shows any of these symptoms – even if the symptoms go away – call 911 and say “I think this is a stroke,” to help the person get immediate medical attention. Time is very important when it comes to strokes, so note when symptoms have occurred and let emergency responders know.
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June is National Men's Health Month

Routine medical check-ups are recommended for people of all ages. What a doctor checks for in a regular physical will differ based on a variety of factors including age and gender. As we age different screenings are recommended as our risk for developing certain health issues increases. Routine checkups and receiving proper screenings are both vital exercises for assessing medical issues, future problems and learning how to remain healthy.

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.

Areas of Men’s Health to Consider for Men Over 50:

1. Heart Health

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.

Conditions and lifestyle choices that increase the risk include:

being overweight
poor diet
physical inactivity
excessive alcohol use
Did you know? According to the CDC, most U.S. adults’ hearts age greater than their actual age, placing them at increased risk for strokes or heart attacks. Learn more about heart age!

2. Prostate Health

Prostate cancer risk increases with age. Symptoms of prostate cancer may vary and some men have none. For men with no prostate cancer symptoms, it is smart to understand the nature and risk of it, and the risks, benefits and alternatives to getting screened for it.

Symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

difficulty starting urination
weak or interrupted urination
frequent urination
difficulty emptying the bladder fully
pain or burning with urination
continuous pain in the back, hips or pelvis

3. Skin Health

Men are more likely than women to experience serious effects of Melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Frequent mole checks and regular visits to a dermatologist are recommended ways of monitoring for skin cancers.

Lowering the risk when outside can be helped by wearing:

long sleeves
wide-brim hats

Schedule your regular check-up today if it hasn’t already been scheduled!

While these tips and areas of health concern will aid an individual in assessing and improving on their own health needs, scheduling regular doctor visits should be at the top of any man’s health care list. Routine check-ups are vital for screening for medical issues. While this is a good habit for readers of any age, it is of great importance for those over the age of 50 for assessing future medical problems and learning how to be in the healthiest state possible.
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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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