Eat Your Oats!

Jane Lear at Take Part says “Eat Oats for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner“. After reading the following passage we tend to agree:

Oats are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They have an abundance of soluble and insoluble fiber; the soluble fiber, specifically beta-glucan, helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood, and insoluble keeps the body’s plumbing in good order. And they are a good source of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins.

So, everything in oats ...

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Tips on Improving Memory

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to struggle with memory related issues. An article published in WebMD raises an excellent point about how modern life has put a strain in everyone’s memory:

There’s certainly a lot more information to commit to memory these days. “I used to have one phone number, one bank account, and no passwords,” my 73-year-old mother says wistfully. “Now, between work, home, and my cell, I have four phone numbers, plus a bank-account number ...

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Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

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

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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FREE WHITE PAPER: What to do when at-home isn’t enough but assisted living is too much?

America is facing an explosion in both the relative and absolute number of seniors comprising our population, and with that explosive growth comes an increasing number of difficult choices which will need to be made by an increasing number of seniors, their family members and their caregivers.

Not surprisingly, seniors constantly experience frustration – and in many cases, even anger – over their individual inability to successfully “age-in-place,” especially as their individual need for medical intervention increases. This has led to ...

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Seniors & Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

In this country, we often spend so much time worrying about teenagers and alcohol (and rightly so) that we often overlook a segment of the population that has legal access to beer, wine and spirits, but may have just as much trouble managing drinking responsibly: senior citizens.

We all know stories about the grandfather who might occasionally have one too many, the widow who never drank but now needs a nightcap to fall asleep, or the uncle nobody wants to be ...

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Your Family’s Inheritance: Pass It on

Consider this: According to a news article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, a 2010 study by the Center for Retirement Research revealed that as the parents of baby boomers die, their offspring are the recipients of the largest transfer of wealth in the country’s history, an estimated $8.4 trillion.

This can be good news/bad news, as much of what comes with that inheritance may not be quite so valuable. As scions of the Great Depression, the parents of baby boomers often were ...

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Chronic Pain: Caring for Seniors

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

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 ...

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

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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