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Pride in Aging: Julia Child »

“To think – it has taken me 40 years to find my true passion.” – Julia Child Julia Child, a determined chef from California, took the culinary world by storm. Throughout her life, she broke countless barriers and became one of the first women to have a cooking show on a public television channel. But what many find truly admirable about Julia Child is that she did not find success and fame until the age of 51. As she aged, her passion for cooking grew, and while other people her age began to...  

Navigating Healthcare Decisions »

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide initiative to educate the public and their providers about advance care planning and the importance of healthcare decision-making. Discussing end-of-life plans with loved ones can be difficult, so this day of awareness is a good reminder, perhaps encouraging both parties to broach the topic sooner rather than later. Families who make proactive healthcare decisions often experience increased peace of mind during difficult times, ...  

Does Google Glass Give Seniors New Sight? »

Google Glass is just the latest innovation to come from the immensely popular search engine; a development that’s no surprise considering how many areas Google has conquered. It allows users to experience the world around them in a totally new way, but with a $1,500 price tag, how beneficial is it to seniors? How Google Glass Works In a nutshell, Google Glass is a computer integrated with a pair of glasses. Users put them on and are able to manipulate a selection of apps, with some of the m...  

National Nutrition Month »

Did you know that March was National Nutrition Month? This annual educational initiative, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focuses on the importance of sound food choices and physical activity. As April begins, here are some tips to help keep you on track the whole year through: General Aging   Our nutritional requirements change as we age, and we must be conscious of giving our bodies the nutrients they need as we grow older. Older adults should provide their bodies w...  

All About Arthritis with Dr. Williams – March 27th »

CMSS is happy to host Denis A. Williams, M.D. this Thursday at Covenant Home of Chicago. Dr. Williams will lead an open, hour-long discussion about hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis, including diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Williams, of Swedish Covenant Hospital, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatment for patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. One continuing education credit will be awarded to social wo...  

Pride in Aging: Hometown Heroine Mary DeBuck »

There’s a woman from my hometown of Elmwood Park who was born before Elmwood Park ever existed – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. At 105-years-old, Mary DeBuck enjoys riding her bike, cooking Italian treats and talking about her great, great, great grandkids. When asked how she feels, her classic response is, “I can’t complain.” Where I come from, Aunt Mary is a celebrity. She’s someone you refer to as aunt, even though you’re not actually related. But before I go on to tell you m...  

Making the Most of Your Time Together »

As we grow older, our needs change, and so too must the way we interact with our loved ones. One of the best gifts adult children and caregivers can give seniors is a commitment to accommodate the slower pace and mental shifts that everyone experiences as they age. If we aren’t careful, we might rush through the time we have together and miss valuable opportunities to create new memories with our older loved ones.  When your parent or loved one begins to show signs of aging, don’t assume i...  

The Benefits of Volunteering in Retirement »

Retirement is a stage ripe with new opportunities thanks to increased free time and fewer daily obligations. While many older adults appreciate the chance to explore new hobbies and spend more time with their families, leaving the workforce presents unique challenges. For those who miss the consistency and meaning once found at work, volunteering can be a great option. Older adults have years of experience that they can use to help others, and many improve their own health in the process. Ac...  

Organic - What Is Really Important? »

By now I think it’s safe to assume we have heard a lot about why we should and shouldn’t buy organic. Those of us who choose to buy organic are noticing the price difference when we whip out our wallet at the counter. In these tough economic times, we may be forced to pick and choose what we can and cannot afford with regards to organic products at the grocery store. Therefore, the question becomes: What are the crucial organic foods we should purchase and what are the ones we can get away wi...  

Bunions in Older Adults »

If you are suffering from toe pain and are ruling out a bunion simply because you think they only happen to the young professionals wearing pointy high heeled shoes, you could be mistaken. Bunions can form from an inherited structural issue in the foot or as a result of medical conditions like arthritis. Inflammatory or degenerative arthritis can cause the cartilage covering the big toe joint to deteriorate and places extra pressure on the joint that over time forms a bunion. Even if arthrit...  

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