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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. It’s equally important for seniors to set themselves up for success online and offline by having safeguards in place to make it more difficult for scammers to carry through with deceitful plans. For those who have become victims of scams or of helping a dishonest person, there are actions that can be taken to reclaim security.

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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We are loving these portraits 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 Walk to End Alzheimer's and the great work that the Alzheimer's Association does. Learn more about this fundraiser and organization 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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Make realistic goals for yourself for achieving better hydration. Work on increasing hydration day by day. Have a few water bottles readily available that you can keep with you throughout each day. Also, try out different fruit types in your water to jazz up the flavor. Strawberries, lemon, melon, and grapes can make water more fun to drink!

More 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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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!
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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.

What is a mini-stroke and why is it so important?

Separate from a stroke, a person could have a mini-stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), in which the brain’s blood supply is blocked for a short period and the brain temporarily malfunctions, as shared by the National Stroke Association. Symptoms are sudden and may include numbness, weakness or vision loss, difficulty speaking, confusion, severe headache with no known cause and/or loss of balance or coordination. The symptoms last for a short period and then disappear. If a mini-stroke is suspected, a doctor should be seen immediately. A TIA is a serious warning that one might have a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association.
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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.

Three 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:

diabetes
obesity
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
pants
wide-brim hats
sunglasses
sunscreen

Read more 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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