Articles tagged with: De-stressing Tips

Important Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss

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With summer upon us, some of us are planning a vacation that requires a certain level of travel. Whether by plane, train, car, bus or even ship, traveling can be a stressful experience, and it can be even more challenging when you or a loved one experiences hearing loss or other hearing problems. So, it is helpful if you are prepared while away from daily comforts.

Here are some valuable travel tips from the AARP that may help make you and your loved one’s travel and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible:

• Make a … read more

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Alzheimer’s & Mealtime: Tips for Success

Posted by: The Bristal

Caring for a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s can present many challenges for a family caregiver. Making mealtime go smoothly might be one of them. It’s important to identify what your family member’s struggles are and develop strategies to work around them.

Mealtime Struggles for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

A few mealtime challenges that are common for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia include:

• Diminished appetite: Your loved one may not recognize their body’s hunger triggers any longer or they may be taking a medication that decreases their appetite. A loss of smell or … read more

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Do You Meditate? Your Brain May Be Younger Than You Think

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Back in the ‘70s, the only people touting meditation were the hippies. Ah, how times have changed. Not only do a lot of people practice some type of mindful meditation today, but new science is showing us just how meditation actually helps. A study in the journal Frontiers of Psychology reports that the brains of meditators decline less with age than the brains of those who don’t meditate.

That’s good news for people who’ve been chanting “Ohm” for a while now, but even better is that it’s not too late to begin a meditation practice that not only might reduce … read more

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10 Benefits of Joining a Book Club

Posted by: The Bristal

Like to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Know a group of people who feel the same way? Why not start a book club, or join an existing group? You’d be surprised at the many advantages that come with belonging to an active enclave of readers.

Here are just a few benefits we came across in Senior Living Magazine.

1. Community
As a member of an active book club, you’ll be more prone to reading, and to sharing thoughts about what you’ve read with new and long-time friends. These will be people who are, literally, on the same page. Plus, it’s a great … read more

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Productive Inspiration: What the World Needs Now!

Posted by: The Bristal

As times grow increasingly challenging, and as a 24-hour cable news cycle fills the airwaves non-stop with often less-than-encouraging reports, it can all become rather overwhelming for us mere mortals to quite literally keep our chins up. And if it is difficult for us to keep our spirits up, imagine how much more demanding it becomes for seniors facing the same. What the world needs is a little inspiration, and we can find it in completing simple tasks everyday or by finally jumpstarting that personal goal.

How can we inspire ourselves to be more productive despite the exhausting realities we face … read more

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How to De-stress for the Holidays: Senior Care Tips from the Pros

Posted by: The Bristal

The holidays are a special time of year, where families and friends gather together to express their love and gratitude for one another. But let’s face it: They can sometimes be really “special” — as in outright stressful, and not only for caregivers of the elderly, but also, and more importantly, for the seniors in their care.

With a couple of key strategies in place, a skillfully open and flexible perspective, and the pure desire to enjoy each other’s company during this holiday season, it can be an amazing experience. It’s all about knowing how.

There are literally countless tips you … read more

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Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: Boost Brain Health

Posted by: The Bristal

Like the rest of your body, your lifestyle influences the health of your brain. Maintaining a brain-healthy lifestyle may lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. It could contribute to the prevention of symptoms, slow down the progression or even reverse the process of dementia-related deterioration.

Physical Activity

Aerobic exercise (e.g. walking 30 minutes a day, five times per week) can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent.

Brain scans at the start and end of a year-long study of 120 older adults … read more

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Manage Stress with Positive Thinking

Posted by: The Bristal

It’s been said smiling can brighten the darkest day. In fact, research shows having a positive outlook helps manage stress and may provide the following health benefits:

• Increases life span

• Lowers rates of depression

• Lowers levels of distress

• Builds greater resistance to the common cold

• Improves psychological and physical well-being

• Reduces risk of death from cardiovascular disease

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory however, is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the … read more

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