Dancing and Dementia

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There’s an old study that said that letter writing might be helpful for reducing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Well it turns out, letter writing has got nothing on dancing.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently completed a 21 year long study of senior citizens age 75 and older to see what kinds of activities really do result in less dementia. The letter writing thing was a good start. Reading and doing crossword puzzles significantly decreased risk. Swimming ...

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AARP Entrepreneurs

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We recently wrote about Pearl Malkin, an 89 year old woman who was so determined to succeed that she figured out a means of raising her own business capital. Recently the AARP appears to have taken notice of the fact that those who are on in years still have a great will for business and so have launched a new program.

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Staying Healthy, 1 minute at a time

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When most of think of exercise, we think of gyms and watching extremely fit people going for marathon runs. We think of  weightlifting and hour long aerobic classes.

Turns out, to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy life-style, we can do a great deal for ourselves with just 10 one minute bursts of activity, three times a week. Where rests aren’t just acceptable, they’re encouraged!

Another option, for those who don’t want ...

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The Cost of Assisted Living

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While we are very happy to help people to be independent and stay at home, we understand that sometimes that’s just not an option. And so the inevitable question arises, what is the cost of assisted living?

The simple fact is, that number can vary wildly. If you or a loved one needs very little help, for example, if Alert Response and the occasional weekly home visit is all that’s necessary, the price ...

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Happy Canes

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89 year old Pearl Malkin discovered a business she enjoyed, decorating walking canes with artificial flowers. The problem was, she didn’t have the funds necessary to grow the business.

Rather than giving up and calling it a day, Pearl took advantage of a new service called Kickstarter. Kickstarter gives people the opportunity to fund the growth of a new business in exchange for various awards. For example, it has been used to fund ...

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Diana Nyad – Over 60 and Still Swimmin’

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Down at South by Southwest in Austin, one of the more remarkable presentations was taking place a few days ago. A woman by the name of Diana Nyad was telling her story. On July 10, 2010, at the age of 60, she began training to swim from the island of Cuba to the Florida peninsula, 103 miles of shark and jellyfish infested waters. A challenge for a swimmer at any age, Diana wanted to show that age was no reason to ...

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You Can Achieve at Any Age

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At 106, Fred Butler of Beverley, Massachusetts had been married for 65 years, raised 5 kids, served in World War 2, and accomplished many other things, but he had never gotten his high school diploma. He had dropped out of school in the 9th grade to take a job to support his mother and younger siblings.

He had always been a big supporter of education. For example, one grandson reported that Fred gave him $5 for every A on his report ...

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4 Steps to Get Caregiving Help

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If you are a caregiver for an aging parent, you may occasionally find yourself wondering why you always seem to be doing all the work.

It’s natural to feel frustrated that no one else seems to be jumping in, and it’s equally natural to find yourself unwilling to ask for help. Caregivers often have a list of reasons why they don’t want or need help, from “Training someone else is too much work” to “They just won’t know what to do.”

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18 Ways to Save Money Around the House

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Large flower pot on a manhole coverThe AARP has put together a list of 18 great ways to save money around the house, many of which look to be a great fit for the north Texas region.

In particular we liked the following:

1. Use a rolled up ball of aluminum foil to reduce static cling in the dryer. You can reuse it over and ...

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The MEDCottage: A Possible Nursing Home Alternative

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Kenneth Dupin spent a number of years traveling the world, seeing how the retired parents of adults were treated from nation to nation, and he came away with several observations, but most importantly he found this.

In most cultures, aging is revered. Family members bring their aging parents into their homes, and siblings share financial responsibilities.

The problem is, when bringing an aging parent into the home, everyone can feel a certain amount of privacy slipping away, which is why Dupin started ...

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