Life at The Clare

How Wearable Technology for Seniors Promotes Health and Safety

These days, there seems to be wearable technology for everything and everyone. Want to track physical activity or sleep patterns? There’s a wearable for that. Want peace of mind that someone will respond in the event of a fall? There’s a wearable for that, too. With many different devices on the market, it may be … Continue reading “How Wearable Technology for Seniors Promotes Health and Safety”

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Memory Mondays: Challenging Behavior in Dementia

With the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often comes symptoms such as restlessness and aggression. Challenging behavior in dementia can be distressing for both the person with cognitive decline and the caregivers involved. In navigating such behaviors, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Consider where the behavior … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Challenging Behavior in Dementia”

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The Health Benefits of Yoga and Other Low Impact Workouts for Seniors

As you age, exercise might become more daunting. You may have fears about intensity or injury. You may worry that you no longer have the strength or capacity to complete a run or lift heavy weights. You may even have health conditions that prevent you from trying certain workouts. Older age doesn’t mean you should sit … Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Yoga and Other Low Impact Workouts for Seniors”

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Memory Mondays: Dementia and Heart Disease

Want to protect yourself from dementia as you age? The answer may be in your heart – literally. That’s because the risk of heart disease in middle age can be tied to dementia later in life, according a recent study conducted by Dr. Rebecca Gottesman and others at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Dementia and Heart Disease”

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Memory Mondays: Virtual Reality and Alzheimer’s

As the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases, so too does the focus on different solutions and treatments for cognitive decline. One relatively new approach is exploring how new technologies like virtual reality and Alzheimer’s correlate. Not only does virtual reality prove a useful tool for those with Alzheimer’s, but it also helps researchers gain a … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Virtual Reality and Alzheimer’s”

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The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

Social media has taken the world by storm. It serves as a platform to disseminate news and information, share experiences and connect with friends and family. And though sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype and others may seem to be geared toward younger populations, older adults are increasingly creating social media accounts for themselves. In … Continue reading “The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors”

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Journalists of The Clare: Residents Reflect on Careers in Journalism

Those who choose to live at The Clare lead rich, fulfilling lives. Among the resident ranks are lawyers, doctors, professors, artists and more – and notably, quite a few journalists. Journalists of The Clare won Pulitzer Prizes. They worked for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune, reporting on topics ranging from … Continue reading “Journalists of The Clare: Residents Reflect on Careers in Journalism”

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Memory Mondays: Dementia and Money Management

There are a number of challenges that arise with cognitive decline, with one major difficulty being the correlation between dementia and money management. As brain function decreases, so too does the ability to handle personal finances. Usually, that means loved ones must bear this responsibility. Rather than fumble through the issues associated with dementia and money … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Dementia and Money Management”

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Top New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

It’s officially 2018, and with the New Year come the best intentions for a better, healthier lifestyle in the months ahead. If you haven’t yet thought about your goals, reflect on these top New Year’s resolutions for seniors, as recommended by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation. – Balance your diet: Vow to … Continue reading “Top New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors”

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Retiring in Chicago

Chicago is a wonderful city to call home for people of all ages and lifestyles. If you’re considering retiring in Chicago, you are not alone – 14% of the Chicago metro population is over 65. So why are people retiring in Chicago? Chicago is a cultural hub with excellent healthcare and transportation options. Learn more … Continue reading “Retiring in Chicago”

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Do You Have What It Takes to Age Well?

Navigating the aging process is no easy task, and there’s no absolute right or wrong when it comes to how to age well. Still, recent research notes that certain life skills we learned – or didn’t learn – at an early age influence how we handle aging. Specifically, researchers at University College London centered on the effects of … Continue reading “Do You Have What It Takes to Age Well?”

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How Seniors Can Beat the Winter Blues

As beautiful as winter in Chicago can be, there’s no denying the effect that frigid temperatures and dreary skies have on our mood. If the winter months bring about a state of depression each year, however, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be to blame, or a milder form of it. Luckily, there are several ways … Continue reading “How Seniors Can Beat the Winter Blues”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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