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Heart health and heart disease

Celebrate American Heart Month by Adopting Heart-Healthy Habits!

February is American Heart Month! As many Americans vowed to improve their health at the start of the year, this is an ideal time to remind everyone to focus on their heart and adopt better lifestyle habits to improve their health. Declared by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson, the first American […]
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dealing with winter weather

Staying Safe in the Cold: Tips to Protect Yourself During Winter

For many, winter is a wonderland filled with fresh snowfall, a chance to hit the slopes and an excuse to curl up by the fire. On the other hand, cold temperatures, snow and ice can present many challenges, especially for seniors. Taking the necessary precautions and following these tips can […]
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A Simple Act of Heart Makes a Huge Impact

by Julie Podewitz, Chief Marketing Officer Traditions Senior Living My 87-year-old father was alone on Christmas.  He lives in Florida and until he moves to Tennessee to be closer to us next month, he is, by all accounts, alone.  My brothers and I call him regularly and have asked friends […]
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Loneliness Among Older Adults: A National Survey of Adults 45+ – AARP

by G. Oscar Anderson, AARP Research, September 2010 In order to better understand loneliness and social isolation among older adults, AARP commissioned a national survey of the 45+ population to examine these issues.  In addition to examining prevalence rates among older Americans, the study provides a descriptive profile of lonely […]
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Senior Couple in Sun Room

The Crisis of Caring for an Aging Loved One

The following data is from AARP (www.AARP.com) and addresses the crisis adult children face in caring for an older relative or friend.  Caring for an older relative or friend is now the “new normal” of family caregiving in the United States. Today, the “average” family caregiver in the United States […]
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Selecting a Senior Community

Determining When Assisted Living is Right for You

Throughout November, we celebrated National Long-term Care Awareness Month.  This holiday shines a light on the various living and care options available to our aging population. Typically, the phrase long-term care is associated with nursing homes.  However, a nursing home is just one example of a senior care community.  Long-term […]
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Nursing Home Resident with Nurse

Cheers to National Assisted Living Week!

This year, National Assisted Living Week was recognized during the second full week of September, from the 11th to the 17th.  The Traditions Senior Living community was busy celebrating all the joys and benefits that assisted living provides its residents and those who surround them.  This year’s theme was “Family […]
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Classical music and Alzheimer's / Dementia treatment

The Association between Music and Memory

September marks the celebration of Classical Music Month.  From Medieval times until the early 1900’s, legendary composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms created masterpieces that are still enjoyed today.  Music, especially classical, has been linked to the reconnection with memories in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s, […]
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Family Pictures and Memories

What is Memory Care (Memory Support)?

What is Memory Care (or Memory Support)? Memory loss caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can lead to personality changes, irritability, and wandering.  These changes can be difficult to cope with and create a sense of fear and frustration.  However, senior living communities are expertly designed with the overall goal of reducing […]
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Caregiver with parent, stressed

Understanding Caregiver Burnout and How to Address It

In North America, more than 65 million adults are classified as caregivers, taking care of an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled loved one. Family caretakers average 20 hours of unpaid in-home care per week. This often places a burden on personal lives and finances. Caregiving can also lead to increased stress, […]
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