Music Therapy: How Music Can Benefit Aging Seniors

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Whether it’s Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” or Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” music strikes a chord within just about all of us.

Studies show that people in every age group benefit from music therapy, which relaxes the body, reduces muscle tension, boosts productivity, decreases stress levels, and strengthens memory and learning.

Seniors especially benefit from the healing power of music through better awareness and concentration, enhanced interest levels, improved memory and recall, and increased mobility and coordination.
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Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

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While many seniors find it possible to remain happy and healthy at home as they age, many more are finding happiness in a different home: their children’s.

In 2008, 6.2 million intergenerational households resided in the United States. In 2010, the number jumped to 7.1 million households, or 6.1 percent of all households. This two-year increase marked a faster rate of growth than the previous eight years combined.

Moving a loved one into your home may be the right choice for your ...

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Geriatricians: Specialty Doctors for Seniors

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Who doesn’t have memories of visiting the pediatrician as a kid? You know, the “kid doctor” who always had a seemingly endless supply of lollipops, perfect medicine for post-shot tears? From that point on, most of us have spent an hour or two in the company of a medical specialist, ranging from a dermatologist to a gynecologist to a surgeon and beyond.

As we age, many people 65+ decide to transition their day-to-day healthcare needs from a general practitioner, a medical ...

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Chronic Pain: Caring for Seniors

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There’s a four letter word that most senior citizens know all too well: PAIN.

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, some 100 million Americans of all ages experience chronic pain – defined as pain lasting as long as three to six months – and nearly 90 percent of seniors fit uncomfortably in that category.

Consult this list of maladies and see if anything rings a bell – arthritis or joint pain, repetitive motion injury, discomfort associated with cancer, diabetes ...

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Financial Trust Officers: Helping Seniors Plan Their Future

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A general definition of a trust officer is an employee of a bank or investment management firm. Trust officers also play a starring role in the ongoing concerns – financial and otherwise – of older Americans.

According to the web site CaregiverStress.com (highly recommended), trust officers primarily serve as custodians of an individual’s finances, focusing on estate issues such as wills (which direct the distribution of assets upon death) and trusts (which manage and distribute assets prior ...

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Seniors that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

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We all know amazing seniors in our lives that are constantly giving. Perhaps it’s a grandparent, an uncle or aunt, or even an elderly neighbor. Regardless, thoughtful counsel that comes from decades of experience never goes out of style. And in many cases, the best is yet to come as some seniors aren’t quite done contributing.

In addition to the wisdom of their years of life experience, perhaps the greatest mentoring gift seniors can offer is their time and attention. Many ...

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Time Out: How Isolation Can be a Health Risk for Seniors

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Of all the woes that beset seniors, social isolation and loneliness are rapidly climbing the charts as growing concerns. Consider this: Elders who are mostly isolated from human interaction have a 26 percent higher death risk than their more social peers.

It’s not surprising, then, that social isolation is gaining recognition as a real health issue for seniors. One quarter of all American households are comprised of people who live alone, and the number of Americans who said they have no ...

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High Blood Pressure: How to Check and Control Hypertension

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We might not all know the precise definition of the term hypertension, but just about everybody is well aware of the condition by it’s more familiar name – high blood pressure. And no matter how we refer to it, hypertension, hypertension can be a killer among the young and old.

Some 50 million Americans have the disease, including 60 percent of all senior citizens; about 2 million Americans are diagnosed every year with hypertension; and the malady contributes to approximately 700,000 ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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For many of us, taking vitamins (remember the ones that looked like characters on “The Flinstones”) was once a daily occurrence. Somewhere along the way, we fell out of the habit. But recent studies show that now may be the time for seniors to consider resuming their vitamin routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that more than one third of Americans over the age of 75 have a vitamin deficiency, primarily because they don’t eat as much food ...

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