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This Winter Illustrates the Advantage of Senior Community Living

Seniors in particular can become even more isolated during these winter months. Because there is great risk in braving the polar weather, including Hypothermia or even an increase in falls on icy surfaces, many older adults are confined to their homes for lengthy periods of time.

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Goal Oriented: A Promising New Year

It is a New Year and an opportunity for a fresh start is upon us! What are you looking to change? Are you happy with your health? Are you as active as you would like to be? Are you investing enough of your time with your loved ones? Would you like to give more back to your community? Setting goals that focus on bettering your overall health - both physically and mentally – will provide you with things to strive for and accomplish! Make these goals things you're truly passionate about changing and there’s no doubt you’ll be able to check them off the list and feel great about it. Here are a few New Year's resolutions we suggest considering:

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Keeping Score: How Hope Won Against Breast Cancer

But she chose to be a warrior preparing to face bullets during life’s game of Cancer Roulette. Bald and beautiful, my grandma first battled breast cancer when I was just five-years-old. This is where our story begins as we honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Kindness is Good for the Heart

Caution! Kindness has serious side effects! They’re positive, enlightening, and heartwarming; not only for the people we bestow such love and thoughtfulness upon, but for our cardiovascular health too!

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Eating Right for a Happy Heart

What a better segue from our January focus of “New Year, Healthier You” than February’s “Heart Month”? Eating right will help you fight against a bevy of ailments including cardiovascular disease! Taking the right steps and staying on track are imperative in maintaining a healthy, long, and prosperous life. Making the simple dietary steps below part of your life will aid in long-term benefits to your health and your heart.

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Living Strong with Laureate Group

The benefits of exercise for seniors are tremendous. According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), due to being at a higher risk for health problems, seniors have much more to gain from exercise than younger people. Here's how the Laureate Living Strong Program can help you or your loved one age in place.

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The Dog Days of Summer: Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

We don't normally associate Wisconsin with killer heat waves. Wisconsin in the summer is a beautiful, if humid, season, one that people of all ages enjoy. However, as we continue through July and into August, it's important to remember the care that must be taken with older adults when the heat grows extreme.

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Tom Hlavacek: A Labor of Love

It is with absolute gratitude that we bid a fond farewell to Tom Hlavacek, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, as he retires on Friday, June 30 after 13 years of service to the organization. As the Executive Director, Hlavacek oversaw a staff of 24 people who provide over 37,000 points of service in the 11-county region where an estimated 50,000 people are affected by the disease.

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Strength in Community: Fall Prevention

It's well known that falls among the elderly are common; however, may go unreported. Impaired vision, dizziness, and other problems that affect stability, older people are more likely to experience falls and less likely to have the strength and agility to find their footing after they lose balance.

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Humor and Health: A Perfect Pair

Do you like to laugh? Why? Let’s start with the fact that it makes us all feel good. Whether you’re the one initiating the laughter, or simply in the room and gaining the benefits of others’ joy, it’s all good. Laughter helps us to keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments and loss. As we age, we certainly have opportunities to experience all of the above, making laughter that much more important.

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Laureate Group Seniors Stay Active No Matter the Weather

You know the old sayings - March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. April showers bring May flowers... Though some days it seems the cold has left us for good, we're quickly reminded that Wisconsin weather is by no means predictable. That's why it's important to stay active all year round, no matter what the weather decides to do that day.

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The importance of friendships for aging adults

As the famous musician and former Beatle John Lennon stated, "Count your age by friends, not years." But, as an article from The Atlantic points out, in the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom level. Think about it: of first importance is family - spousal relationships, parent-child relationships, and extended family. Then comes friendship.

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Take Heart: American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a month where extra time and attention is paid to heart disease and the severity of this disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

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Extra Exercise Benefits for Seniors

A balanced diet and exercise are the foundation to health and longevity. A healthier heart, stronger bones, improved appearance and flexibility are just the few benefits of exercise for seniors.

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Don’t Let the Flu “bug” You!

Flu (Influenza) season is upon us. We at Laureate Group take this virus very seriously as getting the flu can be a serious health-altering experience Regardless of age or general health, year after year, influenza is a major public health concern. Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to getting the flu due to diminished immune systems and chronic diseases, including but not limited to diabetes, heart and lung diseases.

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Mental Health and Older Adults

Mental health and emotional well-being are as important in older age as at any other time in life. Older people face special physical and mental health challenges which need to be recognized, yet mental health concerns are often under-identified by health-care professionals and older people themselves. Older people are often reluctant to seek help.

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Be a Conscientious When Visiting an Older Adult

At this time of year, it seems like every third person you meet has a cold or is recovering from it. Or worse they may be battling a stomach bug. As mostly healthy active adults with busy lives, when we are “slightly sick” — a scratchy throat, cough, a bout of diarrhea — we usually shoulder through it as best we can to keep our lives on schedule. If that means sticking to a planned visit to an older adult you may want to reconsider. Your visit may bring more than just a smile to those you come to see.

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Winter Dangers and Older Adults

Now that our weather feels more like true winter, those who care for an older adult should remember to take some winter precautions. Preventing falls on snow and ice may come to mind, but there are dangers at home to consider.

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Living With A Chronic Condition

While a chronic, long-term illness can happen at any age, many older adults find themselves managing a chronic condition later in life. An acute illness generally responds to a specific treatment and a return to normal health is expected, but a chronic condition generally comes on gradually.

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Heat and Older Adults - A Word of Caution

Our cooler than average spring and start to summer may be frustrating to those of us who crave hot weather. In anticipation that the heat will come it is worth a reminder regarding the dangers of heat waves and the impact on older adults.

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