Life at The Clare

Artist Profile, Marcia Fensin: Your Art Should Reflect You

As a child, Clare resident Marcia Fensin often went to the forest preserve with her uncle, equipped with brushes and watercolors. The pair would sit in nature for hours on end, experimenting with the paints and interpretations of the scenery. From there, Marcia’s love for art only grew. “I’ve become very proud of the art … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Marcia Fensin: Your Art Should Reflect You”

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Memory Mondays: Coffee and Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Over the years, many studies have portrayed various health benefits of drinking coffee. Some even connect improved brain function with coffee. However, new research links coffee and Alzheimer’s in a negative way. The study suggests that long-term caffeine consumption may result in worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms. Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain observed mice … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Coffee and Alzheimer’s Symptoms”

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An Innovative Senior Living Community for Retired Musicians

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Where do retired musicians go after playing their last notes on stage and moving on from their professional careers? For about 60 older musicians, the place to be is Milan’s Rest Home for Musicians, called Casa Verdi. A neo-Gothic mansion completed in central Milan by Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1899, the innovative senior … Continue reading “An Innovative Senior Living Community for Retired Musicians”

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Memory Mondays: Millennial Caregivers and Dementia

Millennial caregivers have become increasingly common, given the rapidly aging society and a greater need for care. What may come as a surprise, however, is the number of millennial caregivers assisting loved ones with dementia. That’s because one out of every six millennial caregivers is providing aide for someone with dementia, according to a new … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Millennial Caregivers and Dementia”

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Does Cancer Accelerate Aging?

Does cancer accelerate aging? Recent research shows that cancer survivors tire more easily than people with no cancer history, even years after treatment. Despite the idea that you’re only as old as you feel, such instances suggest a pattern of “accelerated aging” among those who have a history of cancer. “The main goal of cancer … Continue reading “Does Cancer Accelerate Aging?”

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Memory Mondays: Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

For years, scientists have been searching for a means of predicting, diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms occur. New research from King’s College London presents a blood test for Alzheimer’s with the potential to do just that. In fact, the researchers noted they were able to predict the onset of the disease with 87% … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Blood Test for Alzheimer’s”

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Planning Retirement: Answer These Questions If You’re 50 or Older

Planning retirement? Whether you’re anticipating retirement, just about to retire or already have retired, developing a plan is key for your years after work. Answer these questions courtesy of Forbes to make planning retirement as successful as possible. – How long do you plan to retire? Essentially, this entails estimating your life expectancy to be … Continue reading “Planning Retirement: Answer These Questions If You’re 50 or Older”

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You’re Only as Old as You Feel: Aging Cliches May Bear Some Truth

We’ve all heard the saying that you’re only as old as you feel. Most likely, we dismiss such sentiments as nothing more than one of the myriad of aging cliches that exist in society. But could it be true? Is it possible to truly feel differently than our actual age tells us to feel? Research … Continue reading “You’re Only as Old as You Feel: Aging Cliches May Bear Some Truth”

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Artist Profile, Sara Rini Aversa: Art Revolves Around Us

Every aspect of Clare resident Sara Rini Aversa’s life and career has been touched by art in some way, shape or form. Beginning in high school, Sara enrolled in art classes, working with silk screen, oil paints, watercolor and more to explore her creativity. After she graduated in 1950, her parents supported her dream of … Continue reading “Artist Profile, Sara Rini Aversa: Art Revolves Around Us”

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Memory Mondays: Sitting and Memory Loss

Sitting and memory loss – what do the two have to do with each other? In recent years, studies have noted various health issues associated with sitting too much, from diabetes to heart disease. This holds true even among those who regularly exercise. But the latest research finds that among people middle-aged and older, an … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Sitting and Memory Loss”

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The Long-Term Effects of Stress

The long-term effects of stress typically include various health issues, including chronic pain, heart problems and anxiety and depression. Yet we often associate such significant health ailments with major stressors, from getting fired to big breakups. However, new research supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health points out that … Continue reading “The Long-Term Effects of Stress”

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Osteoporosis Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Here’s what you need to know about risk factors that contribute to your bone health and how to protect your bones, courtesy of ConsumerSafety.org. What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease marked by increased bone weakness, which increases the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. How many people does … Continue reading “Osteoporosis Awareness Month: What You Need to Know”

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Memory Mondays: Cognitive Benefits of Meditation

Study after study indicates the cognitive benefits of meditation, from mental clarity and stability to creativity and focus. New research endorsed by the Dalai Lama himself concludes that there are additional cognitive benefits of meditation, including protection against age-related cognitive issues. Scientists at the University of California, Davis Center for Mind and Brain followed 60 … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Cognitive Benefits of Meditation”

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Why Early Retirement May Help You Live Longer

Early retirement promises tremendous potential for new interests, second careers and more. The latest research points to an additional benefit – a longer life. That’s right. Retiring early can lengthen your life, according to a 2017 study from the University of Amsterdam published in the journal of Health and Economics. Dutch men aged 54 and … Continue reading “Why Early Retirement May Help You Live Longer”

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Memory Mondays: Chicago Researchers Develop Diet for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Is there a diet for Alzheimer’s prevention? Researchers from Rush University in Chicago have developed one that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much has 50%. The plan combines elements from the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) to create the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet. … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Chicago Researchers Develop Diet for Alzheimer’s Prevention”

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Jack Jennings: Washington Insider Shares Experiences in Education and Politics

Growing up and going to school in Chicago, Clare resident Jack Jennings wasn’t entirely sure what his future would entail. Jack attended the Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary during his teenage years, a school administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago geared toward men considering the priesthood. After deciding this against this path, he studied … Continue reading “Jack Jennings: Washington Insider Shares Experiences in Education and Politics”

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Memory Mondays: Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

Oral health often indicates issues in other areas of the body. Now, a new study notes a relationship between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. People who have had periodontitis for over 10 years are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those without periodontitis. That is according to a new study from Chung Shan Medical … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s”

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Does Calorie Restriction Prolong Life?

The benefit of cutting calories has typically been associated with weight loss. But does calorie restriction prolong life, as well? The answer just might be yes, according to new research. Reducing calorie intake by 15% for two years has the potential to slow the metabolic process that leads to aging, the study found. It can … Continue reading “Does Calorie Restriction Prolong Life?”

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Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Daytime Sleepiness

Drowsiness during the day may indicate more significant issues than a poor night of sleep. The latest research published in Jama Neurology points to a correlation between Alzheimer’s and daytime sleepiness. Studies show that people with Alzheimer’s disease typically experience disrupted sleep. However, it was unclear whether this disrupted sleep results from a buildup of … Continue reading “Memory Mondays: Alzheimer’s and Daytime Sleepiness”

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Retirement for Singles: How to Plan for Care without Adult Children

Navigating the aging process is difficult for anyone, but retirement for singles proves especially challenging. Whereas couples have each other to lean on and parents can turn to their adult children for assistance with care or to serve as powers of attorney, aging alone may present some risks. More and more older Americans are unmarried … Continue reading “Retirement for Singles: How to Plan for Care without Adult Children”

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