Life at The Clare

Memory Mondays: 4 Ways to Help Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

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As joyous and sentimental as the holiday season can be, there also tends to be tremendous stress involved in gift shopping, event planning and more. Add a loved one with dementia to the mix, and both positive and negative emotions can intensify significantly. Making sure your family member or friend with dementia enjoys the holidays … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: 4 Ways to Help Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays”

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The High Dose Flu Vaccine: How Seniors Can Prepare for Flu Season

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It has long been said that people over the age of 65 face a greater risk for complications associated with the flu. But there are certain actions seniors can take to prepare for flu season, including getting the high dose flu vaccine. Here are some actions seniors can take this flu season, according to the Centers … Continue reading “The High Dose Flu Vaccine: How Seniors Can Prepare for Flu Season”

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Memory Mondays: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

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The holidays are right around the corner, and that usually means it’s time to search for the perfect presents for your family, friends and more. When someone close to you has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, however, you may be stumped on the best gift to buy. It’s best to first consider what … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s”

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Chicago’s Most Underrated Museums

Find more fun things to do Illinois with our list of the 10 most underrated museums in Chicago. 1. Money Museum https://www.chicagofed.org/education/money-museum/index 230 South LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60604 Visit the Federal Reserve in Chicago for a unique experience with money. See 1 million dollar bills displayed in a cube or larger bills displayed in … Continue reading “Chicago’s Most Underrated Museums”

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Virginia Wolff: Magic Moments as a Chicago Wedding Florist

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Interacting with people on some of the most joyous and inspiring days of their lives has been a major perk for Clare resident Virginia Wolff throughout her career. As an event florist who was contracted for more than 1,500 weddings, along with galas, fundraisers and other momentous occasions, she’s been blessed with that opportunity time … Continue reading “Virginia Wolff: Magic Moments as a Chicago Wedding Florist”

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Memory Mondays: Aquatic Exercise for Seniors with Dementia

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Engaging seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia on various levels is a main objective for memory care communities, caregivers, family members, and loved ones. One such engaging activity is aquatic exercise for seniors with dementia. For years, water therapy has been a means of strengthening the body with low impact and gentle movements. … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Aquatic Exercise for Seniors with Dementia”

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Memory Mondays: Pet Therapy and Dementia

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Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend, and new research reveals canine companions may greatly reduce the risk of premature death. Beyond companionship, though, dogs and other animals can have a significant impact when you pair pet therapy and dementia. Research suggests that pets offer health benefits like: – Lowering blood pressure and heart … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Pet Therapy and Dementia”

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Memory Mondays: Glucose Levels and the Risk of Dementia

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Memory loss and cognitive decline are often considered the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. However, recent research suggests a relationship between declining glucose levels and the risk of dementia – and a way to keep these levels from falling. Doctors have frequently linked glucose level decreases in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s. But a … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Glucose Levels and the Risk of Dementia”

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3 Common Senior Scams

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Between smartphones, computers and various other forms of technology and methods of communication, scams have become more and more common in our society. Whether it’s a phone call, an email or a pop-up on the Internet, we have all likely been faced with one scam or another in our lifetimes. It is important that we … Continue reading “3 Common Senior Scams”

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Volunteer Opportunities in Chicago in 2018

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For many of us, the new year comes with a new set of goals and aspirations: eat healthier, read more books, or volunteer at a nonprofit. While we can’t make you stick to a diet, we can help pair you with a local nonprofit (some opportunities even include reading books). You’re probably already aware that … Continue reading “Volunteer Opportunities in Chicago in 2018”

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City Living for Retirees Gains Popularity

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City living is no longer reserved for 20- or 30-somethings seeking the hustle and bustle that major metropolitans have to offer. Now more than ever, city living for retirees has quite the appeal. In fact, more people are deciding they want to remain in cities as they age, according to the 2017 Aging in Cities … Continue reading “City Living for Retirees Gains Popularity”

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John Buchanan: A Life of Impact

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Clare resident John Buchanan didn’t always intend to become a pastor. When he graduated with a degree in government, he was unsure of what came next. He took a couple of corporate interviews and sent applications into law schools. Then, a college advisor recommended the University of Chicago Divinity School. At first, John was hesitant. … Continue reading “John Buchanan: A Life of Impact”

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Memory Mondays: Hearing Loss and Dementia

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The relationship between hearing loss and dementia is nothing new, but it is gaining a stronger foothold. In fact, midlife hearing loss is one of many modifiable lifestyle factors that can potentially prevent more than one-third of dementia cases, according to a report presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. But what is noteworthy is … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Hearing Loss and Dementia”

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The Benefits of Tutoring for Seniors

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Tutoring is often assumed to take place between peers, such as college student to college student or even older students to younger students. The benefits of tutoring for seniors, though, suggest more people should consider this activity during their retirement years. One of the biggest motivations for people over the age of 50 to tutor … Continue reading “The Benefits of Tutoring for Seniors”

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Memory Mondays: Dementia Care Across the Globe

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There’s been a greater prevalence of and push for dementia care across the globe in recent years. This is especially true as there’s an estimated 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in America alone and almost 50 million worldwide, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. However, dementia care varies country by country, and each nation’s preparation … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Dementia Care Across the Globe”

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Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Anxiety

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Anxiety affects many facets of a person’s life – including cognitive function. Now, the relationship between Alzheimer’s and anxiety is becoming increasingly apparent, prompting a greater push to alter lifestyle choices and implement better stress management techniques for Alzheimer’s prevention. Those who suffer from severe anxiety alongside mild cognitive impairment are 135% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Anxiety”

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Memory Mondays: Is Alzheimer’s a Modern Disease?

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The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is increasing at a rapid rate. Researchers have been searching for ways to catch the disease early and even prevent it entirely. And the modern-day predicament has caused many to wonder: Is Alzheimer’s a modern disease? Anthropologist Dr. Ben Trumble set out to get a better sense of the answer. He … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Is Alzheimer’s a Modern Disease?”

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What You Need to Know About Muscles and Aging

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There’s no denying the correlation between muscles and aging. As we get older, we lose muscle mass, and often that leads to the perception that we’re weak and unhealthy. But biological age doesn’t have to be the key indicator of overall health, and getting older doesn’t have to mean getting weaker, according to new research. … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Muscles and Aging”

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History of Lincoln Park: Chicago

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Lincoln Park, the second-most-visited park in the United States with 20 million visitors a year, stretches across the lakefront of North Side Chicago for a sprawling seven miles. Starting from Ohio Street on the south, and running to Ardmore Avenue on the north and facing Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is roughly 1,200 acres, making it … Continue reading “History of Lincoln Park: Chicago”

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Memory Mondays: Your Eyes May Be the Window to an Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but new research suggests your eyes may be the window to an early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. That’s because Alzheimer’s affects the retina, or the back of the eye, in a similar way to how the disease affects the brain, according to neuroscience researchers at Cedars-Sinai … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Your Eyes May Be the Window to an Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis”

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