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Thinking with Sounds: The Link between Music and Memory

There's that song again. Hear it? Now remember what you were doing when you first heard it? You probably do.

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Vitamin D: Your Brain's New Best Friend

You may have heard Vitamin D referred to before as the "sun vitamin." That's because it is the one vitamin your body can manufacture, just from exposure to sunlight! And it's an important one, too: the Vitamin D family of nutrients is responsible for aiding absorption of other critical nutrients your body needs to function, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphate.

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Are Video Games the Next Great Brain-Training Tool?

Perhaps the last thing you might expect the average senior to do is to play video games. The arcade world is one most often relegated to the younger generations. Most seniors, who did not grow up living with multi-button controllers and the constant visual stimuli inherent to modern gaming, seem to have difficulty playing well, or even in picking up the basics. Indeed, most are put off by the complexity.

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You Can Avoid This Major Pitfall of Senior Life

It's a commonly believed "fact" of senior life that as we age, we need less sleep. But that's not always the case. Because many seniors have difficulty falling and staying asleep, a good night's sleep often becomes more elusive as we age. Sometimes the answer is a change in sleeping conditions— a new bed, a sleep mask or less light or noise. And medical intervention is to be expected for more advanced cases of insomnia. But there's another element that's often overlooked— our diet.

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Are Strong Family Ties a Cure for Depression in Retirement Living?

A senior living alone often faces many challenges including the symptoms of depression: lack of energy, difficulty focusing or concentrating, sadness, and even emptiness.

Some senior healthcare experts have noted that nearly 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression, and the likelihood that an elder will experience the symptoms of mood disorders increases with aggravating factors such as chronic physical disease or lack of mobility.

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3 Steps to Active and Independent Senior Living

 

An active senior lifestyle is about more than exercising regularly, though senior fitness is a part of active living. Being active means living well and enjoying good health in every area of life as an older adult.

We sponsor a lot of great activities and outings that keep our residents living well here at Marjorie P. Lee, and we’ve found that events that best help older adults stay active and independent have 3 key features in common:

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Healthy, Dynamic Senior Living is a Lifestyle

If ever there were a fountain of youth, diet and exercise would be it.

Forget about the steroids. Don’t bother with the hormone treatments. Scientists have yet to find any antiaging program that delivers on its promises. Even worse, many treatments have a harmful effect on your health.

Aging isn’t a disease. It doesn’t need a cure.

However, if you want to see healthier, more dynamic senior living, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to keep living well as you get older.

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Plugging into a Social Network Keeps You Living Well in Retirement

Living well isn’t just about regular exercise or good nutrition.

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Find Brain Fitness in Everyday Senior Life

 

When we were online the other day, we came across a list of everyday tasks that help promote better brain health (You can find the full list here at Posit Science).

That got us thinking about our own brain health tips for seniors.

We’ve suggested technology, exercises, and lifestyle changes that promote good brain function, but we haven’t really given any advice on how you can integrate brain fitness into the everyday parts of your senior life.

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It’s Never 2 Late to Start Living Well

At Marjorie P. Lee, we’re dedicated to creating a senior living experience where residents can age gracefully with independence.

We know that many older adults often move into senior living communities to live in a place where they will be respected, have access to a variety of senior services, and to take advantage of the social opportunities that can be found in these communities.

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