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Recognizing and Responding to Depression in Older Adults

May 11, 2020

Depression affects people of all ages, but adults over 65 can be especially vulnerable due to  multiple potential risk factors. Depression also tends to go unrecognized or misdiagnosed in seniors, especially when they are managing other physical or mental health challenges. Even though being apart from family can be its own risk factor, living in […]

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Senior man with depression sitting with his face on his fist.

Social Media for Seniors: Yes, Seniors Can Learn and Enjoy Social Media!

May 1, 2020

It’s easy to feel left out when everyone is talking about a funny video they saw on Facebook or keeping up with each other’s life milestones through their social feeds. And what’s a hashtag, anyway? As an older adult, you might feel like social media is not for you. However, you might just discover that […]

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Male senior living resident using social media on his smartphone.

How to Keep Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes

April 22, 2020

In light of COVID-19, many seniors are social distancing at home, sometimes living alone. In advanced age, sometimes the most simple, everyday activities become more challenging.  For seniors who live in their own home, especially by themselves, potential risks lurk in the most mundane places. Whether you’re a senior living comfortably in your own home, […]

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Senior woman decorating flowers in her home.

How to Protect Older Adults from Contagious Illnesses

April 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore how vulnerable we all are to public health threats, and especially highlighted the threat of contagious illness to senior citizens. Even in the absence of chronic health conditions, the immune system naturally weakens with age, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. That’s why it’s important to […]

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Senior man alone at home.

6 Fun Activities Seniors Can Do Over Video Chat with Family

April 8, 2020

When seniors live in independent living or assisted living, they cannot always visit with their families and loved ones face-to-face. Other conditions, like staying indoors due to COVID-19, can cause fewer social opportunities, as well. The lack of interaction can lead to loneliness. That’s why it’s important to find ways to connect over distances. A […]

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Senior talking to grandchild on laptop video chat.

Social Distancing for Seniors: How to Reduce the Risk of Contagious Illness

March 30, 2020

Social distancing—or the preferred physical distancing—poses challenges for seniors and residents of senior living perhaps more than any other group. However, it may be more important for them, as well, since they are at high risk for complications from contagious illnesses. Unfortunately, social distancing can lead to loneliness. That’s why it’s important to take a […]

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Senior living resident on video call.

Staying Connected with Seniors When You Can’t Visit Face to Face

March 24, 2020

Residents of Aviva’s campus make a true home here, aging in place comfortably, and often forming close bonds with one another, whether they are in independent or assisted living. Yet there is no replacement for family or other loved ones, whether they live down the road in Sarasota or across the country. Yet what happens […]

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Older woman in a chair in a senior living facility.

Here’s Why You Should Select a Skilled Nursing Facility After a Hospital Stay

March 11, 2020

Did you know that more than half of U.S. adults will have surgery in their senior years? Or that stroke is among the leading causes of disability in seniors, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information? These are just two of the scenarios where a senior may have additional medical needs after a hospital […]

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skilled nursing facility nurse caring for senior patient

Know Your Options: What Are Senior Independent Living Apartments?

February 28, 2020

As a homeowner or someone who has been living on your own, you might hesitate to make a move into a senior living community. Some people have a negative impression of these communities, worrying that this type of living situation might mean sacrificing independence, an active lifestyle, and all the comforts of home.  The way […]

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Staying Active: 5 Benefits of Senior Fitness Programs

February 18, 2020

February is American Heart Health awareness month! To celebrate, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight the importance of fitness and physical activity for seniors. Regular exercise can help not only with cardiovascular health for seniors, but offers a wide range of other physical, social, and cognitive benefits. Read on to learn five of the top […]

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senior stretching in fitness class

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