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AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE MERRITTS

Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Nancy and Norman Merritt, residents of Eastwyck Village, have traveled to more than 34 countries in their retirement including Cuba, Russia, Tunisia, Peru, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Israel, South Africa, Zambia, Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, England, Iceland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malta, England, Equador, Panama, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland and Serbia. 

This vivacious couple embodies the active lifestyle promoted at Eastwyck Village and the senior living community provides a home for them to hang their hats after they‘ve traveled the globe.

The following is a small sampling of their adventures abroad:

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LEGACY MATTERS: It’s All About Grace, Dignity and Respect

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 -- None of us like to think of it, let alone plan for it, but we are all mortals and this “adventure” will ultimately end at some point in time.  

One of the aspects of dying is the idea of our legacy. That is, how do we honor and remember those we love after they die? And what memories and “lessons” are left behind? 

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ANNUAL LOW VISION TECHNOLOGY FAIR SHOWCASES PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HELP THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Monday, September 29, 2014 —The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will host its sixth annual “Low Vision Technology Fair” on October 15, 2014 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The fair is free to the public. People with vision impairment as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend. 

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DOWNSIZING THE EPICENTER

Monday, September 23, 2014 — A home is the central hub for everyone’s life.  Not only is it four walls, but every nook and cranny holds its own special memories, especially if you have if you raised children there.  Over time, however, this epicenter — once you factor in decades of mortgage payments, repairs, renovations, and sweat equity invested in the property — can become a real headache.

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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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