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It’s an unfortunate fact that seniors in all income brackets are common targets for scams. Scammers often figure that seniors have money or resources and taking advantage of them comes with little risk. They think seniors may not report crimes out of embarrassment or fear of relatives doubting their ability to control finances, and they may encounter hassles if taking legal action. Seniors also may react emotionally and quickly help someone who claims to be struggling because they have been there and someone helped them. There is good news though – there are lots of actions seniors can take to spot, avoid, and deal with scams.

See 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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We are enjoying this amazing collection of photos from Danny Goldfield featuring 100 portraits of seniors aged 100 years or more.
To Live 10,000 Years
To Live 10,000 Years
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Do you make holiday candy each and every year? It is such a wonderful treat! Homemade fudge is one of the many things listed on our recent blog post sharing "Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors." Which idea do you think is best?

Get the ideas here:
http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/perfect-gifts-seniors-holiday-season/
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Notice! The Walk to End Alzheimer's has been rescheduled for the safety of walkers. Please join us on Sunday, October 21st for the rescheduled event. Help us drive even more awareness to this great cause.

Learn more about the Alzheimer's Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer's on the 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/

Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer
Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer
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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!
More info: http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/boost-cognition/
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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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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.
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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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