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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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A picture can tell a story of 1,000 words. See 100 beautiful 'stories' in this photo collection of 100 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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We are proud supporters of the Alzheimer's Association. Learn more about their biggest fundraiser, The Walk to End Alzheimer's, and the overall goals of the organization on the latest blog post 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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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? As people get into better shape, their brains grow. See our newest blog post to learn how to improve your brain health!

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/boost-cognition/
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80% of strokes in adults are PREVENTABLE.

To decrease the likelihood of a stroke occurring, preventative measures can be taken. In fact, the American Stroke Association shared that 80 percent of strokes in adults are preventable. More than half are caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Learn how: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/2017/05/time-stroke-awareness-preparedness/
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Did you know June is #Men’sHealthMonth? This month there is heightened awareness on preventable health problems, early detection, and treatment of diseases impacting men.

Learn about some of the health concerns for senior men over on the Radiant Senior Living blog!
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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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