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Common Questions About Assisted Living, Answered

As we go through the natural aging process, sometimes we need a little help. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain from assisted living, especially for older adults who may be dealing with dementia or other age-related conditions. However, making the decision to move into an assisted living facility is not an easy task….

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Avoiding Depression As You Age

Depression knows no discrimination when it comes to background, social status, or age. Increasingly, older adults and senior citizens are reporting higher rates of depression, and it’s estimated that this statistic is still a gross underrepresentation of the affected demographic. Despite advances that have been made in mitigating misconceptions, there are lingering stigmas surrounding this…

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Tips for Communicating with Someone with Dementia

Dementia and other age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s can impede our ability to communicate with loved ones. Not only is it frustrating when you feel unable to convey a message, but this problem can also be extremely saddening, as loss of communication weakens our relationships. When this communication is lost with a close friend or family…

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How To Protect Memory Health As You Age

For any aging adult, memory health is one of the most crucial elements of wellbeing. Research has consistently shown that brain performance and memory retention tend to decline with the natural aging process. Fortunately, there are many ways to slow the rate of this decline and maintain brain health well into the later years of…

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What a Balanced Exercise Plan Looks Like for Seniors

Most of us know that staying active can help us live longer, healthier lives. But once you get older and your body doesn’t hop out of bed pain-free, how do you stay active? In our last blog, we discussed several misconceptions that keep people from rewarding, active lifestyles, but once you’re ready to be active,…

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Don’t Be Tricked By These Misconceptions About Aging and Fitness!

A majority of people tend to become more sedentary as they get on in years. This happens for many different reasons, including pain, weight, health, and fear of falling. Some people believe that exercise simply isn’t for them. However, exercise actually becomes more and more important the older you get. It not only can boost…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Bringing Kids and Pets to Visit Assisted Living Residents

There is a reason that senior living communities open their doors and arms to animal and children visitors — it makes the facility feel more like home! Many retirement community activities directors will schedule visits from local animal therapy groups and partner with local schools to host choir practice or let the drama students perform….

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Gift Ideas for Loved Ones in Assisted Living

When your loved one lives in assisted living, it can make ordinary events seem a little different. Although this is more a matter of perception, there are a few things that do change. Typically, senior living apartments have less space than your loved one’s previous living space because downsizing helps reduce responsibility and stress that…

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Signs of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

As we get older, our bodies gave a bit more trouble absorbing vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Additionally, it can become more and more difficult to manage grocery shopping and cooking. As a result, it is quite common for many elderly people to have vitamin and mineral deficiencies right when their bodies need proper nourishing…

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What Does Healthy Eating Look Like for the Elderly?

Eating is a social activity that plays an extremely important role in your health. As you get older, your eating habits will need to change. Your appetite will probably change anyway; it’s common for the appetite to decrease as we get older. It can also become more difficult to purchase and prepare healthy foods, which…

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Health Considerations for Older Adults

Eating well always makes life better, and it’s important no matter what age you are. At The Heritage, we keep the dietary needs of our community members front-and-center. Getting older usually does include a variety of health issues, and by making good diet choices, you can mitigate discomfort and other troubles. Though we have dietary…

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Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly – Part 3

Summer starts on June 21st, and temperatures can get plenty hot here in New Jersey. We’re also in a pretty humid location, which can make the heat even more oppressive. The thing is, getting outside is great for everyone. The fresh air and sunshine can make all the difference for the elderly, and at The…

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