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Senior Living: Week in Review August 13th

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenAugust 17, 2012

Get the latest news, trends and tips in senior living for the week of August 13th…

Here’s a little ‘food for thought’ to close the week and make you think…

Don’t Worry

At age 20 we worry about what others think of us;
At age 40 we don’t care what they think of us;
At age 60 we realize that they haven’t been thinking of us at all. 

                                                                        ~Ann Landers

August has definitely been an interesting month in senior living. From learning more about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s to discovering ‘super brains’ in old folks, dementia research and knowledge is progressing. The New York Times also featured patient voices of Alzheimer’s Disease to help provide the perspective of people and families going through the heart wrenching experience of dealing with the debilitating disease.

Also, healthy aging has been a main topic of interest. Katie Couric discusses on NBC how integral diet, exercise and nutrition play an important role on enjoying your golden years. As one of our fabulous readers commented on a recent blog post, “‘We Are What We Eat.’ Food is our fuel, nutrients and nourishment, going directly into our systems, blood, cells and brains! ‘Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine.'” Stay tuned for A Place for Mom’s Senior Health, Food and Nutrition series, coming soon, to learn more about this topic…

And here are this weeks daily posts on A Place for Mom’s Senior Living blog:

5 Sage Tips for Caregivers from A Place for Mom Advisors

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Assisted Living in Your Own Backyard

Not sure if you can afford a nursing home? Prefabricated backyard cottages are the newest assisted living trend. Whether you call it a granny flat, a granny pod, or a mother-in-law cottage, the idea’s the same: a small, safe prefabricated house that fits right in your backyard and provides an innovative alternative to assisted living…. Read the full article

Are You Putting These Dementia Causing Chemicals in Your Body?

Knowledge is power. But in some instances, one can’t help but wonder whether ignorance is bliss. According to a recent study from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, a common ingredient used to produce the buttery flavor and smell in microwave popcorn, margarine, candy and baked goods is now being linked to Alzheimer’s… Read the full article

Enjoy the Great Outdoors with a Senior Park Pass

If you or a loved one is over 62, you can purchase a low-cost Senior Pass granting lifetime access to thousands of national parks and recreation areas for free or at a substantial discount. During a recent phone conversation with my mom, she raved about a recent trip she and my stepdad had taken to a regional hiking trail in the Coachella Valley. Not only had they had a wonderful day of walking around the scenic desert landscape, they were able to enter the park entirely free—thanks to a Senior Pass… Read the full article

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