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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Tips for Winter Wellness

In the Chicagoland area, the winter can be beautiful but also cold, snowy, and a little unsafe if we are unprepared. Older adults are especially vulnerable to the risks that severe winter weather poses. These Tips for Winter Wellness can help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

How Older Adults Can Practice Gratefulness Ahead of Thanksgiving

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2020 brought significant challenges for most of us, but as we approach Thanksgiving, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on the good that has entered your life this year. These could be small acts of kindness you’ve experienced or large feelings of joy; both should be acknowledged and reflected on. Here’s how […]

Three Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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Have you ever found comfort in painting a picture, creating pottery or even discussing an artist’s work you enjoy? Art therapy is a creative form of therapy for older adults with memory loss, or people experiencing mental or physical stress. Unlike a regular art class, art therapy sessions are led by professional art therapists. They’re […]

Master These Mental Health Screening Tools to Stay Healthy

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Most of us have participated in annual physical checkups, allowing our doctors to check on various aspects of our health, like our blood pressure or weight. This is an important way to determine the quality of our health and help us make improvements as needed.

Looking Forward: Embracing the New Year as an Older Adult

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With so many of us feeling refreshed and optimistic after the holiday season, there’s no better time to start planning to make 2016 your best year. Whether or not you are a fan of making New Year’s resolutions, the beginning of the year is a great time to set up a game plan to make […]

5 Smart Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health as You Age

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Even if you aren’t diagnosed with a mental illness, your thoughts, emotions and attitude affect your energy, productivity and overall health. It’s imperative to take care of your mental health as you age in order to strengthen your ability to cope with everyday hassles as well as more serious crises and challenges.

Four Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness to Watch for in Older Adults

Mental illness is a common, though often ignored, malady in older adults. The World Health Organization found that, as of 2013, approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. Unfortunately, many people confuse symptoms of mental illness with normal signs of aging. Mental illnesses are diseases that cause mild-to-severe […]