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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.

Read our tips here: 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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10,000 years never looked so good! Check out this site to see wonderful portraits of 100 seniors aged 100 years or more.
To Live 10,000 Years
To Live 10,000 Years
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Our favorite gift idea has got to be the great ideas under Food Fun category. But, then again, we like a tasty holiday dish! What is your favorite from this list of holiday gift ideas?

See our holiday gifting ideas on the blog:
http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/perfect-gifts-seniors-holiday-season/
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We had such a great time at the Portland #WalktoEndAlzheimers supporting the Alzheimer's Association. Learn more about the walk and the Alzheimer's Association 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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Cognitive health, also referred to as brain health is dependent upon a great many factors, several of which include genetics, the environment, diet and physical lifestyle. Some of those factors are uncontrollable. Check out our post on Boosting Cognition to see how two of the factors within your control – diet and physical lifestyle – may be approached with the aim of improving brain function and memory.

http://blog.radiantseniorliving.com/boost-cognition/
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Detecting strokes, knowledge of FAST and following recommended prevention actions could absolutely make a difference when it comes to strokes.

Learn more about strokes:

Stroke.Org — In addition to a variety of resources on stroke awareness, detection, and prevention Stroke.Org provides a fabulous digital download Explaining Strokes that can be printed and shared.

StrokeAssociation.Org — The American Stroke Association and American Heart Association provide a wealth of information, stories, and resources to help build awareness.

Radiant Blog -- How to Identify, Treat, and Possibly Prevent Strokes
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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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