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COMBATING SENIOR LONELINESS

Thursday, September 11, 2014 — When seniors live alone, they are susceptible to periods of loneliness during any time of the year.

If a senior is quieter, experiences appetite loss or has trouble sleeping, he or she may be suffering from loneliness. Other indicators include unusual behavior (such as when an elderly parent calls up unexpectedly and doesn’t have much to say) or simply if he or she speaks of being lonely. The diagnosis is determined by the duration and degree of symptoms.

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CREATING A SENSORY-SUPPORTED SPACE: USING SMELLS, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS IN YOUR HOME

Thursday, September 4, 2014 -- As sensory beings, we relate and respond to our surroundings through our senses.  As we age, these senses usually diminish and we must do what we can with what we still have. 

Here are some ideas that I have experienced personally as I supported my aging parents in their own home:

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & EXERCISE

Monday, August 25, 2014 -- What is the difference between physical activity and exercise? Both of these terms relate to voluntary movement that burns calories. Physical activities get the body moving, i.e: gardening, walking the dog, raking, and taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Physical activity and exercise are both important and help improve your ability to do the every day activities you enjoy.

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CHEFS' CORNER: HERBS DE PROVENCE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — If you're looking for a seasoning blend that works well in salads or with fish, chicken, beef and pork, try making your own Herbs de Provence.

In this video, Chef Jim Rhoads of Chef's Deli & More by Chef's Solutions, LLC in Troy, N.Y. leads you through the steps to create the classic blend of fragrant herbs.

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LIFE’S A JOURNEY, HAVE YOU PACKED YOUR BAGS?

Monday, July 28, 2014 — For the past thirty years or so, I have helped individuals survive, and thrive after losing their jobs.  As I reflect on this journey called “life,” I am reminded that we are all on adventures…journeys whether it be recovering from an illness or condition, relocating, healing from a personal loss (death, divorce or job loss) or another of life’s “detours.”

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DOWNSIZING? HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO GET RID OF?

Thursday, July 17, 2014 — If you're considering moving into an independent senior living community, chances are that you'll need to downsize your possessions. Here, Helen Volk, B.S., J.D., founder and president of Beyond Clutter, talks with Benita Zahn from WNYT NewsChannel 13 about how to decide which items to get rid of during the downsizing process.  Helen is a frequent guest at Eastwyck Village where she delivers seminars on the topic.

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