Life at The Clare

Memory Mondays: The Ins and Outs of Dementia Care

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Dementia care is no easy undertaking. Training on how to relate to someone with memory loss is typically conserved for professional caregivers. Yet family and friends often need some guidance on how to interact with their loved ones who have memory loss. That’s because gut instincts don’t necessarily yield the best results. Handling those with … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: The Ins and Outs of Dementia Care”

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Nutrition for Seniors: What You Need to Know

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Good nutrition for seniors provides numerous benefits. Those include improved mental acuteness, a stronger immune system, increased energy and the ability to manage chronic health problems, among others. Eating well is the key to an emotionally balanced, mentally sharp, vibrant retirement. However, it’s not always easy to make the proper choices for a well-balanced lifestyle. … Continue reading “Nutrition for Seniors: What You Need to Know”

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Memory Mondays: Questions to Ask Memory Care Communities

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Determining which questions to ask memory care communities can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You undoubtedly want to find the right memory care community for your loved one, but arriving to that decision isn’t simple. More likely than not, questions about costs and services come to mind as you consider memory care communities. You may not … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Questions to Ask Memory Care Communities”

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How to Talk to Elderly Parents About Senior Living

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Figuring out how to talk to elderly parents about senior living can be a daunting task. When parents and their grown children begin to explore retirement living options, family members may experience a range of emotions. However, a family working together can play a vital role in making a parent’s transition positive and comfortable one. Communication … Continue reading “How to Talk to Elderly Parents About Senior Living”

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Artist Profile, Jim Stack: From Napkin Sketches to Charcoal Portraits

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If you had asked Clare resident Jim Stack years ago how he might fill his time during retirement, drawing most certainly would not have topped his list. He recalls a time in grade school, when he had to sketch a tree and adorn it with papier-mâché blossoms. He remembers being chided for his inability to … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Jim Stack: From Napkin Sketches to Charcoal Portraits”

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Memory Mondays: These Health Conditions Are Linked to Alzheimer’s

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Study after study suggests different health risk factors result in Alzheimer’s disease. Research shows that Alzheimer’s stems from multiple factors as opposed to a single cause. Typical risk factors include advanced age, family history and certain genetic mutations. As it turns out, Alzheimer’s itself can be a risk factor for other health problems, as well. This is … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: These Health Conditions Are Linked to Alzheimer’s”

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Loneliness in Seniors: Why Keeping Good Company Boosts Your Health

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Loneliness in seniors is more than just an occasional source of melancholy. In fact, it can actually accelerate a decline in health, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. One in three seniors experience loneliness, which is noted by a feeling of isolation or not belonging, the study found. Of that number, a … Continue reading “Loneliness in Seniors: Why Keeping Good Company Boosts Your Health”

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Memory Mondays: Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

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There are many reasons you may be feeling forgetful. Maybe you’ve been sleeping less. Perhaps your level of physical activity has been lower than usual. It could also have to do with genetics or lifestyle and environment factors. However, there’s one critical aspect of your life that plays a major role in your brain health: your … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Foods to Help Boost Your Memory”

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Taking Control: Stress Management for Seniors

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Regardless of our age or station in life, we all experience stress. Stress management for seniors, in particular, is of utmost importance for optimal health. Managed in a positive way, stress can be a motivator. But managed poorly – or not at all – stress can be harmful, even crippling. Aging already impacts the immune system, … Continue reading “Taking Control: Stress Management for Seniors”

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