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Top Charities in Houston & How to Support Them

For its support of Louisiana storm victims after Hurricane Katrina, Houston was nicknamed “Big Heart.” But to area residents, Houston has always been big on volunteering to support and give back to others.  Not only is it a great way to share your time and talents, it’s also clear there are health benefits of volunteering …

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The Benefits of Music for Memory Care

The connection between music and memory has been researched by scientists for many years, and studies show that music has wonderfully positive effects on mood, movement and brain function for seniors. How many times have you found yourself listening to a favorite song from your youth and it brings back memories of happy times with …

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Quick, Easy Fall Snacks

If you don’t know by now, a nutritious diet is one of the most important factors in aging well. As we grow older, our specific nutritional needs change. While many work hard to get the proper nutrients in three square meals, unhealthy snacking is one of the most pervasive diet problems. Luckily, fall months produce …

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Helping Your Parents Spot Fake News and Avoid Senior Scams

As an adult child of a senior, you’re probably what’s known as a “digital native,” meaning you’re comfortable with using technology and know your way around the internet. Your parent or senior loved one, on the other hand, is a “digital immigrant,” meaning they weren’t brought up with the internet and are more susceptible to …

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How The CMS Rating System Ranks Skilled Nursing Care

You may have heard of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star rating in reference to skilled nursing care – but what does it actually mean? The distinguished 1- to 5-Star rating system helps consumers make meaningful distinctions between high-performing and low-performing skilled nursing care, both in senior living communities and in stand-alone …

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DIY Home Planters & The Best Plants for Balconies

Gardening can be one of life’s great joys, especially in retirement years. But for those moving to a senior living community, there may not be enough lawn space to take all your beloved plants with you. Luckily, you can create your own lush oasis on your apartment balcony. A small balcony garden can act as …

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Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Senior Living Communities

In your search to find your ideal senior living community, you’ll need to know the differences between a for-profit and nonprofit senior living community. It’s an often-overlooked distinction that can have notable impact on both the kind of care you’ll receive and your overall lifestyle in retirement. Around 82% of residential care communities are private …

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What Levels of Care Does Assisted Living Provide?

You may know by now that senior living isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to aging successfully. Different individual needs and preferences call for different levels of living. If you’re an independent older adult who only needs a little help in your day-to-day activities, for example, assisted living could be perfect for you. But what is assisted …

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9 Benefits of Having a Pet During Retirement

Filling your days with purpose and joy is what retirement is all about. For those still searching for ways to enhance their quality of life, pet ownership could be the perfect option. The benefits of pets for seniors are not only abundant; they’re truly impactful. From physical fitness to mental health to social companionship, the …

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What Is Spiritual Wellness?

Broadly defined, spiritual wellness is having a set of moral values that guide your behavior, decision-making and overall life. For many, it is a connection to a greater power through religion. The beautiful, and complicated, thing about pinpointing a spiritual wellness definition is that it’s unique to each person. For some, it comes from practicing …

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