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Reminiscing Can Improve Memory and Overall Mental Health

memories, reminiscingBoth scientific and informal evidence show that telling family stories is beneficial for older people.  “Research shows that writing on or reminiscing about family history improves self-esteem, enhances feelings of control and mastery over life, and often results in a new or expanded vision of one’s life for older people,” according to Agingcare.com. 

There are many ways a senior can record his story, but he may need help. Dawn Lakasmani, of Dallas-based Seniority Counseling, uses several different reminiscence therapy techniques   She says that seniors will often tell her details about their lives that their families have no idea about. Lakasmani uses reminiscence techniques to “let the patient go where they want to go.” (https://www.goldencarers.com/reminiscing/).

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Smartphone Market Responds to Needs of Senior Users

sr-smart-phone-usersSmartphone technology may seem complicated and flashy, but don’t believe anyone who says it’s only for the young. In fact, 73 percent of those 50 to 59 years old now own a smartphone, according to a 2016 survey from AARP. Going one step further, a recent study of smartphone user habits by the Pew Research Center concludes that 92 percent of those aged 50 and above now use text messaging, 80 percent use their phones to access the internet and 87 percent use them to send and receive email.

Still, a significant smartphone generation gap exists within the baby boomer set. While smartphone owners 50 to 59 regularly perform common daily tasks and even occasionally play a game on their smartphones, AARP’s study noted adults 60 to 69 are far more likely to rely on a laptop or desktop computer for email or internet use, and tend to avoid apps and games altogether. 

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60 Plus? Smart Fashion Tips to Keep You Looking Smart and Stylish

 fashion-after-60Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

Not at all, says Catherine Brock, who blogs about style on The Budget Fashionista. Reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up your love

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3 Tips to Help Save Money on Prescription Drug Costs

Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even savingPrescription-drug-costslives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in the past seven years, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

What’s driving the increase

The Health of America Report found prescription drug spending by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) members increased 10 percent annually since 2010. High costs of patent-protected drugs account for the lion’s share of the total increase.

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Need Care Today? Here are Four Choices to Try Before Going to the ER

torn-ligament-and-fractured-bone(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?

You head to the emergency room, of course. You wait in the long ER lines and pay the hefty bill that concludes your visit, all for a non-emergency situation that required immediate treatment. It's hardly the most efficient solution, and while your health is certainly your most important concern, there are ways to receive the same quality care without the long wait and extravagant expense of an emergency room visit.

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How to Enjoy Pizza Night without Sacrificing Nutrition

pizza-night

You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact, starting with frozen prepared foods as the foundation of your dinner plate and adding side dishes with fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and/or low-fat dairy can make it possible to serve a balanced meal that is quick and tasty. And that works for pizza night, too!

"Eating a balanced meal doesn't mean you have to give up favorite foods like pizza," says Bobby Parrish, Food Network personality and Today contributor. "It just means you need to be mindful of portion sizes and balance out your plate with a nutritious side dish of fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains."

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Transportation Safety: How Seniors Can Maintain Independence on the Road

driving, safety, elderly, independent, transportationIt can be hard to admit your vision isn't what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you've noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you've found it challenging to drive at night.

If you're a family member noticing these warning signs in a loved one, pointing out these challenges may seem like a daunting and delicate undertaking. But when it comes to being on the road, safety is one thing you can't ignore.

Encouraging your loved one to prioritize safety can be hard, especially when it feels like their independence is at stake. That's why it's important to have an open and honest discussion to determine the best options for maintaining independence outside the home.

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