Aging

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic St. Catharines, Ontario, about 12 miles northwest of Niagara Falls isn’t exactly known for its abundance of tropical plants, but that hasn’t stopped Gloria – an Atria resident at Anchor Pointe – from surrounding herself with flowers that might better thrive in Costa Rica than Canada. Gloria
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Posted on April 1, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic At Atria Senior Living, our mission is to serve the needs of older adults and their families. To that end, one of the ways we deliver on that mission is to develop new senior living communities. Our latest such development in the works: Atria Cary in none other than Cary, North Carolina.  An idyllic setting in the Tar Heel State 
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Posted on March 25, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Diane worried about leaving the hospital. She’d been admitted, again, for losing consciousness due to a health issue that caused her blood oxygen level to drop.   “It’s scary to wake up on the floor and not realize what happened,” she said. “Since I live alone, my family
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Overuse of alcohol among older adults is a mostly hidden story – for instance, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (March 22-28 in 2021) is aimed at teens.  However, research suggests that one third of older drinkers develop the dependency later in life and that was before Covid-related stress and isolation.   How much drinking is
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Posted on March 21, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Marissa Jacobson-Ojinaga, the Engage Life Director at Atria Rancho Peñasquitos in San Diego, California, has loved learning from the world’s wisest people ever since she was in elementary school. She regularly volunteered with her classmates at a senior living community across the street – playing cards with the residents, listening to
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Many U.S. adults will get unwelcome news from their doctors as they age – that they’ll have to take medications.  Why?  There are three health conditions that often become more common with age—high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol that raises your risk of cardiovascular issues, high blood sugar that raises diabetes risk and low bone density that
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How’s your bone health? Healthy bones help us stay mobile, anchor our muscles, protect our organs and store calcium. But many of us don’t give our bones a second thought until we break one or a doctor presents the bad news: “You have low bone mass (or osteopenia or osteoporosis).” Osteopenia is the term for
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination. The card indicating that has a place of honor on the fridge, plus several pix in my phone.  And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet. Considering how much trouble I went through to get it, it’s worth making sure it’s not going astray. I spent
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Turning 65 brings benefits–Medicare, Social Security (unless you’re a 70-or-bust holdout), maybe retiring or at least downsizing your hours. But—and there’s always that “but,” right? It’s also the age at which your doctor starts taking any symptoms with even a whiff of cardiac involvement very seriously.  He or she may have previously chalked up a
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With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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It’s a shame when dishonest people try to cash in to exploit a disaster. Watch out for these COVID-19 scams, and read our tips on how to protect yourself from being cheated.  Scammers “Phish” for victims by sending emails that seem to be from a legitimate source; they ask you to click a link, solicit
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Note: On Friday, April 17, Senior Planet hosted Dr. Michael Spertus, a family doctor and instructor at Harvard Medical School, to talk about how people can stay connected to their doctors through different platforms and video chat options. He also spoke about when he must see a patient in person vs. doing a virtual check-in. Watch
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With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
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Posted on January 3, 2017 by Billie Jean King Billie Jean King is a winner of 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a champion for social change and equality. She serves as Atria’s Well-Being Coach. There’s something about the arrival of a new year that motivates us
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What is it like to have the virus?  Here’s a report from Toby Kasavan, a friend of Senior Planet and teacher of Tai-chi and TaijitFit; learn more about his classes at BetterBalanceNY.com.  This whole experience has been stressful.  My wife, Anna, is 59 and in good health; she’s a runner and non-smoker with no diabetes or asthma; I”m
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I’m Virge Randall, Managing Editor of seniorplanet.org, and lifelong New York City resident.  Living in the epicenter of this epidemic presents some unusual challenges – some familiar to people in similar urban settings, some completely foreign.  Here’s a quick look at a typical day in Plague Central. Good Morning! I wake up between 7 and
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Posted on July 24, 2014 by Jamie Floyd On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos released a statement indicating the owner of their franchise, Pat Bowlen, is stepping down as a result of his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Bowlen has been living with the disease for a few years, but chose to keep this private. As I listened to the
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Posted on August 1, 2014 by Beatrice Huston Culturally speaking, we place a great deal of emphasis on physical health and the actions we take to keep our bodies healthy. But what about our brains?  As some of us age, we experience a decline in cognitive ability, memory loss and a general lag in mental
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Posted on February 2, 2017 by admin The Golden Girls had it figured out: Life is better with friends. They motivate and support us through life’s adventures and changes, so why not lean on them to achieve our goals? Find Your “Glass-Is-Half-Full” Friend Science-backed data shows that the people we surround ourselves with influence how
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Listening to the nightly news and its update of COVID-19 cases and deaths can put you in a less than happy-hour mood. While the situation with the pandemic remains critical and protective measures remain crucial, there are also some glimmers of hope, both on the treatment and vaccine fronts. Faster Cures, a center of the
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We’ve all heard of famous people with fantastic memories. Actress Marilu Henner, known for roles such as playing Elaine Nardo on TV’s “Taxi,” is said to have a highly superior autobiographical memory.  Tell her what year you got married, or graduated, or had a kid, and she’s likely to say, ”Really, a Sunday?” Former president
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