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Active Learning can Help You Stay Mentally Sharp

Recent research indicates we may be able to promote brain health by engaging in challenging cognitive activities like learning a new skill at an older age. The University of Texas studied the benefits for older adults who pursued cognitively engaging activities later in life.  The study consisted of 221 participants ranging in ages from 60 to 90, with an average age of 72 to try and determine what type of activities offered the greatest benefit to aging brains. Participants were divided into 6 groups with three taking part in what researchers labeled “productive cognitive engagement” involving active learning. Activities included learning photography and how to edit photos on the computer, quilting on a computer-driven sewing machine or doing both photography and quilting.  Two other groups were assigned to what researchers referred to as the ‘receptive engagement conditions,’ and neither involved learning new things or engaging in unfamiliar intellectual activities. Rather people wer
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Make Your Retirement Years the Start of New Adventures

As statistics indicate more and more seniors are living well into their mid-80s and beyond, it is all the more reason to continue to play, learn, contribute, create and relax. For many older adults, retirement is the start of new adventures and a new lifestyle.  Rather than spending your last years lonely and socially isolated, today’s generation of seniors enjoy opportunities not available to their parents. Many are healthier and more active than earlier generations; and experts weigh-in on all of the choices seniors have to make retirement years transformative. One of those suggestions is to volunteer. If you haven’t done so before, consider the causes you are passionate about and ask yourself what you can to do help. Do you want to make a difference in the environment, get involved in local politics or your church, or help people in your community in need? These are just a few suggestions of the many programs and opportunities to feel useful.  Other ways you can grow is to take a c

Discover Luxury Assisted Living in Houston

If you have started the search for assisted living in the Houston area, you will want to include MorningStar at River Oaks. Our all-inclusive community offers an array of luxury amenities found at high-end resorts, while at the same time, all of the warmth and welcoming comforts of home. Every private suite is smartly-designed to maximize space and include floorplans in one and two-bedroom configurations. All have high-end finishes, wall-to-wall carpeting, large windows, lighting, and safety features such as full, handicap-accessible bathrooms and emergency call systems.  Our goal is to give residents carefree retirement years by providing the care to help them maintain their independence , and the amenities and wellness programs to keep them engaged and looking forward to each new day. MorningStar at River Oaks’ all-day dining service means you can eat when you are hungry and not according to a rigid schedule. A full salon makes it easy to get a new hair style, treat yourself to a pe

Fashionable Independent Living Offering Comfort, Style, Services & Location

If you thought you would have to give up something to move into independent living , please meet MorningStar of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR’s newest 55+ community. Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2021, our community has it all starting with 141 contemporary apartments in a range of configurations including spacious studios; and one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Each is ready to move into and feature full kitchens, in-suite washer/dryers, handicap-accessible bathrooms, 24-hour emergency call systems, choice of a private patio or balcony, and private heating & air conditioning.  If you love the idea of hanging out at home while being treated to resort-style amenities, MorningStar of Hillsboro is your place. We offer all the amenities and hospitality services you need to live a full, healthy life such as a fitness center, relaxing patios, club lounges, and a heated indoor pool. Your choice of dining venues includes a casual dining deck to a formal dining room or private dining ro

Enhance Your Memory and Overall Brain Health

In a recent article in the US news & World Report, experts say forgetfulness is not an inevitable part of growing older and there are things we can do to help maintain and enhance our memory function and overall brain health.  Furthermore, they also benefit whole body health.       One of the first things they recommend is to never stop making “physical activity a priority as it optimizes blood flow to the entire body, including the brain.  An adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the brain helps to keep our memories sharp.”  Researchers explain that the type of exercise is also important and recommend a minimum of 30 minutes a day of cardio exercise such as running, power walking, biking, or swimming.  However, before beginning any new exercise regime, be sure to check with your healthcare provider.   In addition, continuing to learn new things can improve our memory as studies have found a correlation between challenging our brain and maintaining brain health.  This could inclu

Looking for the Best Memory Care for a Loved One?

Searching for memory care for a loved one that suits the person’s needs as well as the family’s is challenging at best. Knowing the person is dependent on getting the level of care they need for both their wellbeing and safety makes choosing the right home essential. Experts say start by taking your time to think about your loved one’s needs including daily personal care required such as dressing, toileting, bathing, etc. as well as any on-going medical needs.  Additionally do they have mobility issues and use a wheelchair or a walker; or do they need assistance eating? If the person is known to wander, you will want a secure home to keep him or her safe including alarms on the doors. Another thing experts say is to let a home know if the person is prone to angry outbursts or other aggressive behaviors.  Once you have a good idea of your loved one’s needs, now consider if the homes you are looking at are equipped to handle those needs. Ask about living arrangements, dining service, an

Facts & Fiction Regarding Arthritis

As May is Arthritis Awareness month, experts discuss some of the common myths and facts regarding arthritis, a condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the two main types of arthritis, and a national survey found nearly half of adults 65 years and older have been diagnosed with arthritis. OA, the most common and leading cause of disability in older adults, is the result of cartilage between the bones in a joint wearing down.  Many people belief arthritis is only a disease of the elderly but RA, while not as common as OA, typically starts in individuals as young as 20 to 40 years old. People also mistakenly think if a joint hurts, it must be arthritis. Doctors say there are several reason a person may experience pain in and around joints including old injuries, bursitis, and tendinitis.  Another myth is you shouldn’t exercise if you if have arthritis; however, studies show exercise can actually help with range of moti