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4 Eco-friendly Choices Seniors Can Make at Home on Earth Day

The weather is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom and, here at Deupree House, we're all getting ready to spend some time outdoors, enjoying the planet in all its springtime splendor. With the celebration of Earth Day turning 45 years old this year, many of the ecologically-mindful residents in our senior apartments have begun to think about ways to enact positive earth-friendly change—right here in our own community.

If you’re looking for a way to honor the occasion, here are four options to consider if you want to help make every day a little bit greener!

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5 Not-to-Be-Missed, Interactive Culinary Experiences in April

As the weather starts to warm and we're able to come out of hibernation a bit, we're reminded that there's a difference between living and living well. This past winter has had some stereotypical Ohio weather—cold and miserable—and we haven't been able to get out and socialize as much as we would have liked to here at Deupree.

If you're tired of being stuck indoors and want to greet spring with some fantastic activities, the Cincinnati area has some fabulous culinary events coming up that you won't want to miss.

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10 Secrets to Eating Well When You Don’t Cook for Yourself

After moving into a retirement community, there often comes a time in your life when cooking for yourself becomes an unnecessary chore. And with all the options available to Cincinnatians—you’ll find no dearth of excellent restaurants in the Queen City—it’s no surprise that many local seniors opt to forgo cooking. At least on most nights.

But when you don't cook for yourself anymore, eating healthy can be a challenge. You are at the mercy of someone else's menu, and must make choices based off of what is available to you. If you no longer cook for yourself, but want to eat healthy, here are some tips that work.

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Winter's Over! Enjoy Cincinnati's Green Spaces Again.

Winter weather is finally giving way to spring showers and warmer temperatures. For those interested in living well, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature’s bounty. As the month comes to a close, you can join your neighbors for Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30.

This unofficial holiday has become a tradition around Cincinnati, where numerous beautiful parks are available. Why not take the opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine? Recruit a friend—either human or canine—and take a walk!

Stretch your legs at one of these eight Cincinnati green spaces on Take a Walk in the Park Day— or any day you please!

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Age May Be Nothing But a Number, But How Young Do You Feel?

It's no secret that, with all of the advances in medical science and our improving knowledge on healthy diets and exercise, people are living better, longer. Based on the 2014 World Health Statistics, a child born in 2012 can expect to live 6 years longer than a child in the same setting and area who was born in 1990. Aside from the life expectancy numbers, there is a lifestyle change occurring in recent generations of seniors— older adults are maintaining a more active lifestyle. If 40 is the new 20, then 80 is the new 60, and there's no reason to slow down on the things you enjoy. In fact, senior apartments and retirement communities are geared for the exact opposite— energetic, fully invested seniors who want to contribute to their community and enjoy these prime years.

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How Did You Improve Your Retirement on Digital Learning Day?

March 13 was officially Digital Learning Day, a day that focuses on educating the public to leverage digital tools. The National Writing Project describes the informal holiday as a nationwide celebration that supports digital learning. While you may not have grown up with computers like your grandkids, you can still become tech-savvy and reap the benefits of better living through technology.

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You Are How You Sleep: Senior Sleep Habits to Kick to the Curb

Each night, countless seniors toss and turn, just hoping for a better night’s sleep. Many more lie sleeping snugly in their senior apartments, without a care in the world— these seniors have kicked their bad sleep habits to the curb. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of all Americans aged 60 and older are affected by sleeplessness that can last weeks or even months.

Sleep Awareness Week™, held March 2-8 in 2015, is an annual public awareness campaign that promotes healthy sleep—and it’s the perfect time for you to get a handle on your sleeping habits.

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5 Must-See Movies with Amazing Portrayals of Senior Life

During award show season it is hard not to get caught up in celebrating the biggest and brightest films of the year. Whether enjoying the glamor of the actual award ceremonies or settling in for a marathon viewing of the top nominated films, there is plenty of great artistry to discover this time of year.

At Deupree House we believe that making time to explore the arts is an important part of enjoying senior life. And film provides a fun and interesting way to explore our own lives and relationships while having a good time with friends.

The following films feature great story lines, prominent actors and a focus on seniors who are living well as interesting, complicated and thoughtful individuals.

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Get a Handle on Low Vision Obstacles

Like many older adults, you’ve likely anticipated some changes in your vision as you age. You probably expected to need a stronger eyeglass prescription and may have even anticipated (or dreaded) switching to bifocals, but there are many sight-related problems that you could have never seen coming.

Diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma—all conditions which can eventually rob you of your sight— aren’t simply the inescapable outcome of getting older, but many of these diseases have no early symptoms. Subsequently, many people do not realize they even have eye disease until the condition is advanced.

But you don’t have to let that stop you from living a full life.

Living well with these conditions requires some tools to overcome vision loss. Try mounting special magnifiers on your glasses or a headband for hands-free, close-up view. A handheld magnifying glass or miniature telescope works well too.

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5 Pieces of Advice No One Gave You about Life after Retirement

Most seniors look forward to retirement as the stage in life when they may do exactly as they choose, whenever and whatever that may be. With proper planning and foresight, your retirement years can be just as active, interesting and productive, but less stressful, than your working years. Retirement communities, friends, co-workers and numerous support organizations are aware of the pitfalls, and can help ease the transition for you.

Reaching retirement age is not like graduation or marriage: Your life should not suddenly change for better or worse. Rather, giving up the "daily grind" can open new opportunities, and offer a more relaxed way for you to participate fully in the lifestyle you embrace. But, it is not all sweetness and light either.

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