Introducing Senior Senorita: Creative Arts Therapy For Older Adults

“My services can be thought of as preventative care” is what Rachelle Behar Block, MS, LMHC told me regarding Senior Senorita, the company she started based on needs she recognized while working in the mental health field, specifically with seniors. Senior Señorita offers creative arts therapy to homebound individuals, as well as groups and independent nursing and assisted living facilities....

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GoGoGrandparent: A Hotline to Uber and Lyft

So many seniors live in areas where there is inadequate public transportation, or they need assistance or special accommodation to get from one place to another.  The resulting isolation and loneliness can contribute to depression and a decline in vitality. Uber and Lyft, on-demand transportation companies are now available in so many metropolitan and suburban areas, are great solutions for...

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Hurricane Season Is Here: Be Ready For The Unexpected.

Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 through November 30- and stretches from the Florida Keys to the top of Maine.  Putting together a hurricane plan is tedious but vital, especially for aging relatives.  It makes the pre and post storm days more manageable and less stressful.  Now is the time to prepare and stock up. Regardless of where you live, this checklist of...

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Meals Glorious Meals: Marthas Senior Gourmet: A Meal Service That Caters Solely To Seniors

There’s no shortage of gourmet meal delivery services to choose from – they seem to be the new, new thing. But luckily for us, there’s one serving our south Florida area that is exclusively intended for older individuals and it’s called Martha’s Senior Gourmet. I think it’s a brilliant concept – for three reasons. First, the meals are geared to the varied dietary needs and taste buds of seniors....

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Meet Christine King: South Florida's Own Exercise and Health Guru

We know that remaining physically active as possible, no matter any physical limitations, is crucial to our total well being. There's a plethora of compelling evidence demonstrating that staying physically fit prevents or delays many chronic diseases, while at the same time, improving mood and reducing depression and cognitive decline. Introducing Christine King, of Your Best Fit,  a...

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Do You Like Exercising in your Home? Try These Online Exercise Resources

  • by Susan Holtzman
  • 27 February 2017
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Some type of daily exercise routine is so important for our physical as well as emotional well-being.  When creating a care-plan I always encourage my clients to be sure to plan for access to physical activity during the day.  The issues to be sure to address in an exercise routine include flexibility and strength building.  Focusing on these will help to keep you or your loved one...

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Give A Techie Gift This Year

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the dilemma of finding great gifts for loved ones and friends.  It can be especially challenging to find something special for an older family member or friend who may have everything they need, or think they do.   You may shy away from technology oriented gifts, but older people are often more tech-savvy, and tech appreciative than...

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Getting Peace of Mind with I AM FINE

We spent a lot of time worrying about our children as they grew up. Now that they're young adults, it seems that for many of us, our parents are now our focus of concern. Is my mother safe? Did she get home from her doctor's appointment? Did she return home after going to the movies?  If this scenario sounds familar, you should know about a service called "I AM FINE," an automated, check-in...

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How to Start Helping Aging Parents: What You Must Know

How do you know if your parents need help?  Sometimes it's very obvious-- and can begin with a dire medical event such as stroke or fall.  For others it's a more lengthy but clear downward path that may be as a result of an early diagnosis of cognitive impairement. And for many it's not clear and we don't often recognize more subtle signs, and don't recognize that a few seemingly...

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Step-by-Step Guide for Selecting A Medicare Care Drug (Part D) Plan

It’s Medicare Open Enrollment time (October 15 - December 7)!  Maybe it’s because many of us are nearing Medicare age,  that I’m receiving many calls on how to select a Part D Drug Plan.  I thought I’d lay out a step-by-step guide on how to go about it. No doubt about it, finding a drug plan can be a daunting experience.  In fact, Jane Gross, creator of the New Old Age Blog in...

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Tips for Visiting Parents In Long Term Care Facilities and Other Good Caregiving Tips

The Association of Long Term Care Planning (ALTCP.org) has put together a list of tips for visiting parents in Long Term Care Facilities.  Their list was generated by 20 "experts" in the field and I'm thrilled to be part of this group. The tips range from communicating with your family member, to understanding the nuts and bolts of the facility. I think you'll find each and every tip...

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Hospice Care in South Florida

I receive a lot of inquiries about Hospice so I thought a quick post was in order. There are many misconceptions about Hospice and what it is and what it does. Hospice addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families. A team of interdisciplinary experts work together to provide palliative care, with the goal of making the patient as comfortable...

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Meet Senior Homeshares: The New Wave of Having Roomates As We Get Older

Forget everything you know – or experienced – about living with roommates. Times have changed. It’s a new world and Senior Homeshares— the innovative online housemate service designed for older adults – has embraced it.   The company matches elders who have more home than they need or can afford with others on a fixed income looking for safe, affordable housing. “Many of our users are empty-...

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Stay Connected: Technology Will Impact How We Age

I was thrilled to be used as a resource for a recent article by Ana Veciana-Suarez in the Miami Herald on the impact of technology on us as we age.  The article, aptly titled "Technology Will Change How And Where We Age, stresses the importance of staying connected. Thanks Ana! If you missed it, take a look. You'll be glad you did.

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A Different Take On Caregiving

Finding a competent, compassionate caregiver can be stressful. Who can you trust when you can’t be there for your loved one? For those who want to use a private caregiver, you'll be happy to learn about and meet Carespotter, a company that screens private caregivers with a tenacity that’s so important for this endeavor. Its five­ step screening process includes an intensive background check....

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Important Questions To Ask When Selecting A Home Care Agency

Selecting a Home Healthcare Agency can be a difficult task. It's not your typical business transaction. We tend to think only about the actual caregiver that will be sent to your home.  But like the caregiver, you must have some "chemistry" with the agency and the way they operate. They will work with you to make sure your parent, spouse, or loved gets the best caregiver for them-and it's...

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Let’s Remember Our Older Relatives, Friends And Neighbors This Holiday Season--- And Always

I love this message from the Alliance For Aging (Department of Elder Affairs)-- Although popular culture is not openly aware about this, older adults are generally wiser than most people.  The wisdom of older people is sometimes not obvious, but when we get the opportunity to run something by them, we generally learn something essential.  People in their seventies, eighties and older...

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And Now For Some.....Bling---- Introducing Glam Squad

If you live in Miami, New York CIty, or Los Angeles you're in luck.  We’ve got just the ticket for those in need of a little glam (and who isn’t?). Glamsquad to the rescue. This new service – we like to think of it as the Uber for home beauty – will dispatch licensed, talented and vibrant beauty professionals to your door. Need your hair blown out before a big event?  A makeover for the...

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Check On Your Parents This Holiday Season

The holidays are often the only time of year when the extended family gets together, and those occasions offer you and your siblings an opportunity to check on your parents well-being and discuss your observations together. Do they seem more forgetful or confused? Are they frailer than the last time you saw them? Have they lost too much weight? If you’ve noticed significant changes in their...

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Meet Angela Colley and Make Your Home A Safe Place

Angela Colley is on a mission. She determined to make it safe for seniors to stay at home, one residence at a time. As a certified Aging in Place Specialist, she has the expertise to design safe, secure – and stunning – homes. She’s takes care of daunting details those of us with aging parents worry about. And, her consultations offer in-depth suggestions on how to make your parents’ home safer...

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Fifty: It Is NOT The New Thirty

When author and editor Lorraine C. Ladish turned 50, her friends congratulated – and consoled - her. But when someone tried to comfort her with the oft-repeated phrase “Don’t worry, 50 is the new 30,” she took offense. “Fifty is not the new 30, or the new 40. It´s the new 50, and that´s a great thing! If it really were the new 30 or 40, I´d probably be pining to have another baby. And then when...

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The Residences: A New Assisted Living Facility In Miami

If you or your parents are considering moving to an assisted living facility (ALF), you’ll want to add The Residences in West Kendall to your list of places to check out. It’s owned and operated by United HomeCare, a non-profit home health and community care organization in MIami-Dade County and it's located right next to the West Baptist Kendall Hospital. I went to see it for myself and met with...

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Protecting Your Parents (and Yourself) From Identity Thieves

Identity thieves and other criminals often prey on aging seniors. They know that someone who is a bit confused or forgetful may be persuaded to provide information about their bank account, Social Security number (SSN), date of birth or other private information. But identity theft is a serious problem for people of all ages, and knowing how to respond is important for you as well as your aging...

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GreyMatters: A Great Way To Share Memories With Older Family Members

If our childhood friend "Old McDonald" ran the iTunes store instead of his farm, he'd probably sing, "Here an app, there an app, everywhere an app-app!"  Today, there are hundreds of great Apple and Android applications that you can download for a better lifestyle. In my ongoing search for great applications and other resources for seniors and caregivers, I ran across GreyMatters. It's an...

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We Have Your Pets Covered Too: Introducing EQUIPAWS PET SERVICES:

Did you know that more than half of all households have at least one pet? If you or a parent live in Miami (Downtown Miami to Cutler Bay) - and have a pet, then you’ll be happy to learn about Equipaws Pet Services. Flavia and Frankie Berti offer a vast array of services that include professional pet sitting, dog walking and running, and boarding while you’re out of town, either your own home or...

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Welcome To The New Seniority Matters Website

This is a big year for me. Seniority Matters celebrates its' fifth year, and I am turning 60. Which got me thinking about a facelift. For the website, naturally. So I’m thrilled to unveil the new Seniority Matters website,  the result of what I’ve learned over the past few years from caregivers like you - users of our directory, my individual clients and the many professionals in the...

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“BE MY EYES” iOS APP

The National Federation of the Blind estimates there are nearly 7 million sight impaired people living in the US. Nearly half are 65 and older, an age group that already faces its own challenges. But help is on the way, thanks to new app created by Danish craftsman Hans Jørgen Wiberg that seeks to make life easier for the blind by connecting them with sighted volunteers. “Be My Eyes” allows...

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My Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas For Seniors

Tis already the season -- and our older family members are always the most difficult to buy presents for. Though many insist that the only gift they'd like is quality time with their children and grandchildren, it's really nice to bring along a Holiday gift. Whether you purchase a big gift, or a small one, you want it to be something that's perfect for them.  Here are some ideas for...

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Gift Ideas That Will Get A Couch Potato Moving

Is this the year that your friend/spouse/parent will finally get moving? That is, exercise regularly for good health and an even better disposition? I have some good ideas that just might inspire the most inert counch potato. It's worth a try.    Who wouldn't love one-on-one time with a Personal Trainer? Sibyl Adams, is an experienced personal trainer whose fitness blog...

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The New Tablet From AARP: Just What Your Parents Have Been Waiting For

Do your parents have a tablet?  If they feel that they're too techie, complicated, and expensive then they will want to check out AARP's new tablet, the "Real Pad," that will be available starting mid-October. The tablet features oversized texts and icons, built-in tutorials, and easy to access 24/7 tech support.  It has a 7.85-inch screen (smaller than the average tablet, but larger...

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Meet Jane Guirola And Lady Jane Hair Services, A Welcomed New Addition To Seniority Matters

“When you look great, you feel great,” says Jane Guirola, the owner of Lady Jane Hair Services. What makes Lady Jane’s service unique? She will travel to yours or your mother's home – or even an Assisted Living Facility to offer you just the type of pampering you both deserve.   No cookie cutter approach here. Jane is committed to providing personalized service by first listening to your...

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Know Your Loved Ones Wishes In The Case Of Serious Illness Or Incapacity

  • by Brian J Kiedrowski MD
  • 06 June 2014
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It happens all too often: families come to see me, distressed, because they don’t know what to do when their loved one has suffered a serious illness or becomes incapacitated. They don’t know what type of medical interventions their loved one would want, how they feel about artificial nutrition, like a feeding tube, or if they should just try and keep them comfortable. It adds tremendous pressure...

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Seniors Never Alone Program: A Wonderful Resource And Program From The Switchboard Of Miami

If you're concerned about a parent, or other relative or friend who's over 65, and who lives alone in Miami-- or is just in need of friendly conversation, you're going to be thrilled and relieved to learn about the free Seniors Never Alone Program run by the Switchboard of Miami. Last week I had the pleasure to tour the Switchboard's center and observe first-hand what this...

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Rally Round: A New Website And APP That Makes The Day-to-Day Caregiving Tasks Easier

Rally Round is a fabulous new website and iPhone app that was developed in the UK but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, can be used anywhere in the world! Have you ever wondered how you might be able to coordinate with others to assist in the everyday, must-do tasks for your homebound loved one? Rally Round offers a practical solution by allowing you to create your own private page...

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Vitas Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Groups In Miami-Dade County

Here's an updated list of Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups (English AND Spanish) in Miami that are offered by Vitas Healthcare. For more information and to reserve to attend, please contact Norma Trabanco at 786-306-8450. VITAS: Kendall Office: 11731 Milles, Drive, Suite 400, Miami  33183: Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Tuesday of the month, English Support Groups: 3rd Tuesday of the...

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Does Your Parents' Doctor Still Make The Grade?

Breaking up with your physician, someone who’s been there for you for a long time - maybe decades - isn’t easy. It’s awkward and difficult to give up a comfortable relationship with the doctor and his or her staff. This is especially true for our parents, who, in their senior years, are loathe to start anew with someone who doesn’t know them well, and is often young enough to be a grandchild....

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Helping Our Parents Combat Loneliness

Over the past three years, I've spoken with hundreds of family caregivers who are concerned about a parent's loneliness and isolation. A recent study, described in this  USA Today article,  confirmed that these feelings, so common among seniors, can raise the risk of premature death by as much as 14 percent.  What can we do to help our parents be as active and engaged as...

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Keeping Your New Year Resolutions With The "New Years Shuffle"

I take the process of making New Years' Resolutions very seriously. Every year I make the resolutions just before December 25--- and spend the final week of the year thinking about what I will do to make them a part of my routine seamlessly.  I like the idea of starting anew with a clean slate in areas that I have failed at during the year. And then, beginning on January 1--- I'm off and...

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The Time To Talk Is Now

Remember all those times your parents sat you down for “a talk?” Well, now it’s your turn. You can’t have an “emergency” plan for those daunting life-or-death issues unless you know what your parents do - and do not - want regarding their health care. Do they want a DNR order? How about a feeding tube? Are they comfortable going to hospice?  Do they want to remain at home? These aren’t easy...

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Exercising Over The Holiday Season

It's no wonder that people complain about gaining weight over the holiday season. Between holiday parties with lots of rich food and alcohol, and the loss of normal routines caused by travel and family reunions, the exercise schedule seems to just fall apart. But it really doesn't have to be that way. You can always get some exercise during the holidays! When I first wanted to start running, but...

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Tis The Season For...Farmers Markets

We are entering the best time of the year in South Florida--- when the humidity goes away, and being outdoors feels great and invigorating. Have family or friends visiting? Looking for a productive outing?  Check out our list of local Farmers' Markets throughout South Florida and find the one closest to you.  We're always updating this list, so... If there's a Farmers' Market that you...

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Finally A Company That Can Answer Your Medicare Questions.

Does the word Medicare make you feel uneasy? If so, you can be sure you're not alone. With so much complicated information out there it’s so difficult to make informed choices for yourself or an aging relative. You will be happy to be rescued by 65 incorporated. The company, founded by recognized Medicare expert Diane Omdahl and marketing guru Melinda Caughill, has distilled the wealth of...

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Tai Chi: A Great Way To Reduce Stress And Improve Balance

Tai Chi is a mind body practice that originated in ancient China and has been practiced for thousands of years. It began as a martial art and as it developed it became a method of enhancing physical and mental health. Tai Chi is now popular in the West, and people all ages and physical conditions can learn it. It involves gentle movements, deep-breathing and moving meditation. It is low-...

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Take A Stress Break With Online Guided Meditations

The physical act of meditation, sitting still and quieting the mind by focusing on your breath or a phrase, sounds so simple and delightful. But in a day full of email alerts and deadlines, surrounded by open offices at work, or obligations at home, it can be a challenge to come to a halt for even a few minutes. But it’s worth trying because the benefits of meditation to our health are undisputed...

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Having Trouble Finding A Geriatric Physician For An Aging Relative?

Are you having trouble finding a geriatric physician for an aging relative? You're not alone. The paltry reimbursement fees that doctors are entitled to under medicare have made this much needed specialty a very unpopular field to be in. And it's getting worse. A recent and provocative article by Judith Graham in the New Old Age Blog Walking Away From Medicare, describes one Geriatrician's...

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Ten Tips For Traveling With Aging Relatives

It's inevitable that we develop some limitations as we age --so being prepared and taking them into consideration as you plan a vacation with an aging parent, grandparent, spouse or even for yourself, will make the trip easier and more enjoyable for the entire family. Here are some tips that are often overlooked but that can make or break the vacation for seniors:  Have them...

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Silver Sneakers: Fitness And Fun For Older Adults And Seniors

Silver Sneakers is a fun exercise program designed specifically with older adults in mind. It offers a variety of exercise classes, such as: Muscular Strength and Range of Motion, Cardio Circuit to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance, Cardio Fit...low impact aerobics combined with abdominal exercises and stretching and Yoga Stretch to increase flexibility. A chair is offered for...

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The Healthy Way To Boost Your Energy

It’s not unusual to feel lethargic once in a while, especially if you’ve had a poor night sleep, or you’ve been under a lot of stress. But if you’re finding that you can’t get out of first gear most days without a caffeinated beverage to pick you up, consider this advice from nutrition expert Keri Glassman, on how to boost your energy the healthy way. Stay Hydrated “People don’t realize that...

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Getting Fit Without Getting Hurt

You're committed to getting in shape or to restarting a long-abandoned fitness routine. You jump into your workout with gusto. Oh oh ! The next thing you know, you're hurting. What happened? Usually, it's because you're doing the right activity with poor form, or too much for a newbie. Or, it could be that you have chosen the wrong activity for your body tor physical conditioning. Here are some...

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Senior Drivers: Paving The Way For A Smooth Ride With The Beyond Driving With Dignity Program

If I were to rank the most pressing concerns family members have of their aging parents, driving would be near the very top. And of all conversations caregivers have with their parents, what’s become known as the “taking the keys away” talk is the most dreaded, even more than talking about their finances, or the need for some personal assistance. Yes, having the driving talk is very difficult, (...

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Give A Gift Of Safety: What You Need To Know About The Beyond Driving With Dignity Program

It's hard to find a palatable solution to the driving dilema that so many of us face with our aging loved ones.  I've written about available driving programs for seniors, and I liked the Beyond Dignity With Driving (BDD) program so much that I became a Certified Instructor so that I could offer it to our Seniority Matters users in South Florida.  Please click here to...

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What I Wish I Knew: The Importance Of Having A Trusted Resource While Being A Caregiver

It’s been nearly two years since my father died, and I ceased being an active caregiver. When I look back on my own caregiving experience, there are still things that make me very sad. Yet I’ve never been able to pinpoint what it is that disturbs me so. Until now, that is. Recently Lisa Huening of the The Shifting Path, a company in Northern California that provides guidance and coaching to...

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This Full Service Pharmacy Will Shorten Your To-Do List.

You’re going to thank me for introducing you to Surf Med - the latest addition to our directory of trusted, prescreened businesses in South Florida. That’s because this pharmacy, a family run business that’s been around for more than 50 years, does more than fill prescription vials. They carry everything you can think of from home medical equipment and supplies for sale or rent, to scooters and...

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Meet Elaine Ortiz, RN, And The New Adult Day Center Of South Florida

I receive many calls from Caregivers asking about Adult Day Care services for their loved one. And now, if you live in Miami, you’re in luck.  Elaine  Ortiz, RN has recently opened the Adult Day Center of South Florida in Palmetto Bay. The center offers a range of services and activities from nutritional snacks and meals, daily exercises, and games and puzzles, to Alzheimer’s...

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Volunteer Opportunities For The Newly Retired, And The Not So Newly Retired

Boredom. Loneliness. Isolation.   It’s a vicious cycle and one seen all too often in the lives of seniors who have new, quieter (and perhaps too quiet) lives since they’ve retired. The days that once whizzed by are feeling very long for many.   A solution? Volunteering. Helping others releases those “feel good” endorphins, fills  time with meaningful work, keeps those all-...

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Exercises For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Help Relieve Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  (CTS) occurs when the median nerve that controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers is either compressed or pinched, causing weakness, pain, numbness in the hand. It can develop very slowly, and often you hardly recognize the slight symptoms of tingling or a little discomfort which can be relived by simply shaking your hand. As it progresses,...

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Meet The Good Son: A Full Service Concierge Company In Boca Raton And A Welcomed Addition To Our Provider Directory.

He’s a good son. How many of us have uttered that phrase while bursting with pride? And, in the next breath: I just wish he lived closer. We all need a “good son” nearby - one who will rush over at a moment’s notice to take us to the doctor, watch the house while we’re away, go grocery shopping, put up hurricane shutters, take the car in for service or even just change a light bulb. For those of...

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How And When To Take Supplements

In our haste to get out the door in the morning, many supplement users reach for their day’s worth of calcium, vitamin D, fish oil, and often much more, and throw them down the hatch with one big gulp of water, often on an empty stomach. That’s one thing that can be checked off the to-do list. Right? And of course, they feel so healthy now they’ve “innoculated” themselves for the day. Yet, how...

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Deducting Mom And Dad: Tax Tips For Caregivers

This post first appeared in the Miami Herald on March 4, 2012. It has been updated to reflect changes in the laws in 2015. If you're one of the 40 million+ caregivers in the US, then you know first hand the toll it can take on you financially.  But what you may not know that there may be some tax breaks that you can take advantage of.   Here are just a few suggestions for ways to ease...

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Preventing Hand And Wrist Problems

Hand pain has many causes, including injury and disease. Some of the most common conditions causing hand pain are De Quervain's Tendinitis (causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( causes pain in the palm, some fingers and the forearm), fractures (cause pain, swelling and loss of movement), Arthritis (causes pain and swelling in...

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The First Steps In Getting Help For Your Parent

It's hard enough for caregivers and their loved ones to agree that some additional help is needed. But once that bridge is crossed, the task of finding just the right person can be just as challenging. What questions should be asked?  Are special credentials required? Can we trust them? What are the laws? It's mind boggling. That's exactly how I felt when I started out on the caregiving...

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Geriatric Care Manager (GCM): A Professional That Caregivers Should Know About

Old age isn’t for sissies. Or for their caregivers, who often juggle full-time jobs, families of their own and other responsibilities. Taking care of an elderly loved one can be an overwhelming, challenging, emotionally draining "job." And, yes, sometimes it does take a village. We’ve found that one of the most helpful people is a Geriatric Care Manager, an expert that helps families...

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A Step-by-Step Guide On Giving Power Of Attorney For Healthcare

My father has nine lives. He’s cheated death - and astounded doctors who gave him weeks to live - numerous times. In the process, he’s been in the hospital too many times to count and faced several life-or-death situations. Many times, he was too weak to grasp all the nuances of the medical mumbo jumbo. “Talk to my daughters,” he’d tell the doctors wearily. Talk is cheap, as they say. What we...

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Thriving Without Driving

Are you worried about your parents' driving, and don't know what to do?  Well, chances are you should be. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, seniors are more likely than younger drivers to be at fault in an accident and their most common violations are failure to obey traffic signals, unsafe turns and passing, and failure to yield the right of way....

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Why A Chiropractor May Be The Answer For You.

So what do I do for an aching neck or back? I usually have a therapeutic massage or a chiropractic treatment. Having recently covered massage in my blog, I will focus on the benefits of chiropractic manipulation in this one. I have been seeing chiropractors since the 1980's for everything from a dislocated thumb, stiff neck, lower back spasm and sciatica. Recently, she adjusted the carpal tunnel...

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DrugsDB.com: A Great Resource For Caregivers Who Manage Their Parents' Medications

Caregivers often ask me for suggestions about how to make sure their loved ones are getting more benefits than negative side effects from their medications. My response and one of the most important caregiving tips: is to understand the medications that your loved takes. "Medication Management" is a critical responsibility of the caregiver.  Considering the staggering amounts of medications...

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Meet Candice Brown, RN: A Certified Geriatric Care Manager And A Very Welcomed Addition To Our Provider Directory

It's no secret that I feel very strongly about Geriatric Care Managers (GCM's) and how important they can be in senior care. A previous blog post described what they do.  I am thrilled that Candice Brown, RN has joined the Seniority Matters Service Provider Directory. Candice is an expert at navigating mazes. And that’s imperative when dealing with the daunting health care...

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Stay Limber!

Staying limber is so important.....and so easy! These exercises can be done before, after or even replace a workout if you're short on time. I. Start with the head and neck Do ten slow head circles in each direction(if you become dizzy, stop). Next, turn your head from right to left 10 to 15 times. II. Shoulders Do 15 shrugs (move your shoulders up towards the ears, then...

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Massage Therapy: So Many Types---So Many Benefits

Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts and is found in most cultures around the world. There are so many different kinds of massage, that I will only describe some of those that are well known and widely done in the US. Accupressure: uses the fingers to press on key points on the skin. When pressed, these points release muscular tension and promote blood circulation and...

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Everything Is Negotiable

Have you ever bought a car without haggling over the sticker price? Or paid “asking price” for a house? While most people don’t think twice about negotiating for everything from to washing machines to garage sale discoveries, few would dare bargain when entering an independent living facility. And that’s a big mistake, according to a story published in the Wall Street Journal in May. It notes...

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Here's To A Long Bright Future

Longevity expert Dr. Laura Carstensen poses a thought provoking question: What are we going to do with our enhanced life spans? After all, Carstensen points out in her book, A Long Bright Future, our generation didn’t expect to live this long. We complain about not having enough time, she notes, but here’s the good news: science and technology have bestowed an extra twenty or thirty years...

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Here's Your Chance To SHINE

Navigating the mind-boggling maze of Medicare and Medicaid rules is daunting. But there’s help - and it’s not one of those infuriating recorded messages. The compassionate souls at SHINE volunteer their time and energy to give seniors free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid - and they’ll even help them apply for Medicare and prescription drug assistance programs. They’re a...

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Books By Mail Program Delivers

Anxious to kick back with the latest James Patterson thriller? Or escape on a rainy afternoon with a Danielle Steel tome? Perhaps listen to a captivating book on tape or watch a video? Our libraries are brimming with enticing books, marvelous music, interesting videos and the newest books on tape - and they’re available even for those people who are physically unable to get there. Miami-Dade,...

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Introducing Ric Pertierra And Personal Protection Corp. He Makes Planning For Your Future Easier.

A bird’s natural instinct is to faithfully and diligently guard its nest. Your nest egg is just as important - and protecting it against the ravages of long term care is imperative. That’s Principal Protection Corp’s expertise. The Miami Beach-based company, a recent addition to the Seniority Matters Service Provider list, knows that since one out of every two people will need long-term care (...

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When Good Herbs Have Bad Reactions

I’m sure you’ve heard this: Herbal remedies are all natural, so they must be safe. While these ancient therapies have been known to cure - or at least help - many maladies, they can also cause serious health problems if mixed with certain prescription drugs. In other words, more is not always better. Taking ginko to help improve your memory? Don’t mix it with anticonvulsants - it will increase...

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The Benefits Of Exercise For Alzheimer's Patients

The other day I went to visit a friend who has Alzheimer's Disease at her Assisted Living Facility. She appeared to have declined since my last visit. She was walking very slowly and tentatively, she shut her eyes several times and had to be prompted to open them, and her voice was almost inaudible. So I went into trainer mode...we walked, climbed stairs and did chair squats for almost one and a...

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The Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease And Dementia

I am often asked to explain the difference between Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Dementia. In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's Disease is the cause. But the question deserves a much more thorough response, and Dr. Robert Stern, Director of Boston University's Alzheimer's Disease Center's Clinical Core (photo, left) provided this response to the question on their website.  ...

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Are Your Meds Making You Sick?

What if a book really could save your life. Would you buy it?”  That’s the question pharmacist Robert Steven Gold poses while touting his book Are Your Meds Making You Sick? A Pharmacist's Guide to Avoiding Dangerous Drug Interactions, Reactions and Side Effects.  Gold, a longtime Indiana pharmacist and Perdue University clinical pharmacy instructor, penned the 280-page...

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Need To De-stress? Try Reiki

Reiki is a japanese healing modality that helps one relax and reduce stress. It is a'' laying on of hands' treatment and is based on the theory that life energy flows through us. When some of that energy becomes "blocked" we can experience pain, stress and even illness. Reiki energy work helps to unblock that energy and also treats the whole person....body, mind and spirit. The word Reiki is...

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ReServe Miami: Life In The After 55 Lane

A friend of mine was so infatuated with his impending retirement that he counted the nanoseconds until he could punch out for the last time. His “I can’t wait to do this” list was endless; his vivid images of a stress free life had the rest of us working stiffs green with envy. And was retirement all that he dreamed of? Not so much. Oddly enough, he's often bored  - and actually misses...

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How To Have The "Prime Time" Of Your Life- Jane Fonda's Guide To Aging With Fervor

Jane Fonda no longer has that “go-for-the-burn” fervor, but at age 74, she still has the moves. And Baby Boomers who want to age as gracefully (although perhaps not as vociferously) as this icon will find inspiration in her book, Prime Time. The Emmy-winning actress lays out a compelling argument that aging should be revered - not feared. Noting that many of us will live much longer than our...

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The Importance Of Human Touch

There are many health benefits associated with human touch. Research conducted by the University of Miami's Touch Research Institute demonstrated that being touched can:  Lessen pain Lower blood glucose Slow the heart rate Lower blood pressure Improve pulmonary function Improve immune function Increase growth in infants Touch is the major form of...

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Introducing Elderly Alerts: Offering Safety And Peace Of Mind

If it’s new, state-of-the art and makes life safer for seniors, ElderlyAlerts.com probably can deliver it. Its mission is to deliver the most affordable and technologically advanced personal medical alarms available - and it’s on the cutting edge with its products, including a unit designed to work in homes without a land line. ElderlyAlerts.com, which recently joined the Seniority Matters...

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Do You Have Enough Fiber In Your Diet?

Adequate fiber intake is linked to a lower risk of disease. Unfortunately, most Americans eat far less than the recommended amount.  The Institute of Medicine recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories ingested each day.  This translates to a daily intake for men and women < age 50 of 38 and 25 grams respectively per day while for men and women...

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Senior Move Manager: A Profession That Makes Moving And Downsizing Easier And Less Stressfull

Packing up and moving isn’t the least bit daunting to Barbara Wolfsdorf. In fact, she thrives on it - the more minutiae, the better. Barbara, a new Seniority Matters Service Provider, is so adept at the grueling process that she’s known as the Move Out...Move In Specialist! Her company, Lifestyle Moving, specializes in helping seniors and their families cope with the emotional and...

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Five Things You Can Do To Prevent Falls

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 3 adults, 65 and older falls every year.  Why Do Older People Fall? Here are five reasons and remedies. 1. Our backs round and our heads tilt forward, changing our center of gravity. Prevent it by making good posture a habit. When you sit, tilt your pelvis forward, lengthen your spine, and imagine a...

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Falling Off The Exercise Wagon: Tips For Getting Back On

So you'd been working out regularly for six months and then took that wonderful vacation in Barcelona for two and a half weeks. When you got home you were too jet-lagged to go to the gym, work had piled up at the office and there was all that laundry to do. Suddenly it's been two months since you've even looked at a weight. After two months off it can be hard to get started again. Here are some...

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Are You Ready To Be A Caregiver?

If you’re a caregiver you know just how stressful it can be, especially in the beginning when you feel so overwhelmed. That’s exactly how my sisters and I felt when we were caregivers for my father. Had we been more prepared, many of the difficulties and crises that we experienced could have been anticipated and resolved much more quickly, and life would have been a lot easier for all of us....

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Learn How To Love Exercise!

Many people complain that they don't have time to exercise. That's usually not the truth, though. It's really because they don't like exercising. You couldn't pay me to play some sports, baseball being one, but through lots of experimentation, I have found many different ways to exercise that I absolutely love! Aerobics, running, yoga and weight-lifting-- to name a few... Here are some tips to...

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How To Choose A Retirement Community Or Assisted Living Facility

In a 2012  New Old Age Blog, Paula Span described the outrage felt by residents at an upscale continuing care retirement community (i.e.: type of community that offers different levels of care including independent, assisted, and memory care) when they changed their policy to allow only those who lived in the independent units of the community to dine in the most luxurious dining room...

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Fitness In A Hospital Parking Garage.....Really?

Last Monday, I woke at 5:00 am so that I could drive a friend to South Miami Hospital(SMH) for a 6:30 am surgery. After about 45 minutes in Pre-Op I was told that I could leave. Bleary- eyed and light-headed, I knew I needed food. Down to the cafeteria I went and had a high protein breakfast. I immediately felt better. Now it was time for my morning workout (I had 5 hours to kill!). I decided to...

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Do You Have The Bedtime Blues?

Sleep is essential to maintaining both physical and mental health. If you're like most people, you have at some time had difficulty either falling asleep, staying asleep or getting quality sleep. What are some causes of sleep difficulties? Stress: stress can be caused by fear or worry. Mental or emotional conditions: such as depression or loneliness. Stimulants: tobacco, caffeine and...

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Eat This For That: 100 Best Foods For Women

I found a terrific list of 100 healthful foods that every woman should include in her diet. Compiled by Alissa Miller on her blog at Nursing Degree.Net, she has grouped them into nine categories and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the foods on her list: Overall health - Flax seed tops this list Skin Health - Includes foods with high concentrations of vitamins E and A and...

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How To Get Into A Good Fitness Routine

Fitness is one of the greatest things you can do for your health. Exercise can help you lose or maintain your optimal weight, improve balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle mass, aerobic capacity and even bone density. It can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases like COPD and diabetes. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests that healthy adults include AT LEAST 150 minutes of...

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South Florida Easter Seals: A Gem For Alzheimer's Patients & Their Caregivers

We get many calls from Caregivers inquiring about Adult Day Care services for their family members with Memory Disorders. Our mission at Seniority Matters is to arm you with as much information as possible so that you can make good and informed decisions. So yesterday I visited the South Florida Easter Seals to learn more about the programs and centers they operate throughout South Florida for...

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Should You Join A Gym OR Train At Home?

This is the second of a two-part blog. In my first post, I gave six reasons why joining a gym is a good idea. In this post, I take the opposite perspective ...reasons why you might NOT want to join a gym. Gyms can be costly, overcrowded and, of course, it takes time to drive to and from the gym. I find that a lot of people 40 and over, especially those who work full-time, prefer the...

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Choosing The Right Insurance Agent For Your Medicare Needs

Our recent blog post  "Guidelines for Purchasing (Medigap) Supplemental Insurance Plans" provided many resources and instructions on how to purchase Medicare Supplemental plans online.  There is so much information to absorb. In addition to everything that is on the hundreds of related websites, there is also news that we cannot ignore. As an example a published article ...

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Should You Join A Gym?

This blog post is the first of two parts. In this post, I talk about the factors on the plus side of joining a gym, and some questions to ask before you join. The most important consideration in joining a gym is your lifestyle. If you are ready to commit the membership fee, the travel time to and from the gym and, of course, the time you will be working out, then a gym has a lot to offer. Here...

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It's All About The Butt

One of my lovely clients asked me why women’s butts flatten out as we age. After an extensive Internet search that yielded nothing but a funny blog by young women bodybuilders who call it "pancake butt," I enlisted the help of a sister who has a degree in computer science. She couldn't find the reason either, so I just had to guess. Here's my humble opinion for the "pancake butt effect." The...

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The Benefits Of The Stability Exercise Ball

The Swiss ball, also known as the stability ball, gymball and physioball, was invented in Italy in 1963 as a toy. Not long after that, two English physical therapists started incorporating its use in pediatric physical therapy. Then, along came Dr. Klein-Vogelbach, a Swiss physical therapist, who began using the ball in orthopedic and back rehab. In the 1980s American physical therapists brought...

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A Friend And Caregiver In Need

For the past few months, I’ve been offering caregiving advice to a friend of mine in Los Angeles. Our parents lived in the same community and were great friends for many years until sickness and frailty put a damper on their social lives. Barbara is now an active caregiver for her mother, the last survivor of the friendly foursome, and she’s facing many of the stresses and frustrations that my...

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THE Conversation

Have you seen this Public Service Announcement on Aging with Joan Rivers and her daughter? It's part of the Volunteers of America's campaign to get family members to talk about aging. Using humor to address this topic, it shows that no matter who you are, it's not an easy conversation to have. Take a look and tell us what you think. Have you had THE conversation...

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Get Up And Dance! Ballet For Boomers And Seniors

A lot of people have jumped on the ballet class bandwagon. Why? Because ballet classes are entertaining, have great health benefits, and, who doesn't want to look long and lean like Natalie Portman in “Black Swan?” Ballet is strenuous -- so use caution and common sense -- because every inch of your body is actively engaged in the movements. And ballet is good for the brain because, like any kind...

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New Research Shows That Soy Doesn't Prevent Bone Loss Or Help With Menopause Symptoms

Women who consume soy supplements thinking…hoping… that they will help reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms such as bone loss, insomnia or hot flashes will be very disappointed at the findings of a clinical trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. I know this study well as I worked on it for 3 years at the University of Miami—managing and analyzing the data—and co-authored...

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Now You Can Have A Dose Of Flax Seed In Your Coffee

Take a walk through your local super market, and you’ll be surprised to see just how many products contain flax seed, which some call a “wonder food” for its many potential health benefits. You’ll find ground flaxseed as a key ingredient in “chewy” products such as cereals, oat meal, breads, and crackers. But now, one processor has come up with a way to mix it with your morning coffee. Flax Milk...

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When It Comes To Heart Health, Know Your Numbers!

The number of women who have heart attacks increases dramatically once you turn 55, especially after menopause. There are many factors that affect your risk for heart disease and stroke. Some, like age, race and family history, you can’t control. But others, such as obesity, stress, smoking and cholesterol, you can. If you are at risk, for any reason, take your heart health seriously. Begin by...

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Electronic Reading Devices (eReaders) For Aging Eyes!

If you’re having trouble reading in low light, you’re not alone. Over time, an adult’s eyes may become damaged and he or she may experience difficulty reading in low light, difficulty focusing due to blurred vision and increased sensitivity to glare. These are the beginning symptoms of many eye disorders including macular degeneration -- the leading cause of vision loss among persons aged 65 or...

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Feet Hurt? What You Can Do For Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (PLANT-er fash-EYE-tis) causes a stabbing-like pain in the heel of the foot. It usually occurs in only one foot, but can affect both as well. Sometimes, the pain is felt in the arch or on the ball of the foot. It is most common in runners, athletes and women between 40 and 60. Heel pain is caused by stress placed on the plantar fascia ligaments (under the bottom of the foot...

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Exercises To Help Your Posture

Poor posture is prevalent in older adults and can cause a myriad of problems. Poor posture causes the head to move forward and the shoulders to round, which in turn, causes neck and back pain. A once healthy gait becomes a shuffle increasing the risk of falling. People with kyphotic posture (extreme convex curvature of the upper spine) often have to use a cane or walker just to get around....

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Extra Inspiration That Keeps Us Working Out!

Do you sometimes need extra inspiration to keep working out? I do too. Enter Diana Nyad...remember her? Diana Nyad, now 61, is a former world record holding American swimmer. Diana broke many records including the 50-year-old mark for circling the island of Manhattan in 1975 in 7 hours and 57 minutes.  In 1979 she completed the longest swim in history...102.5 miles from Bimini to...

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Our Thoughts On Assisted Living Facilities Here In Florida

Recently the Miami Herald published an excellent series "Neglected to Death" that brought to our attention some of the horrific conditions that exist in some assisted living facilities here in Florida. For many of us (even those like myself who work with these issues everyday), who are in the throes of searching for solutions for our own parents, this was an eye-opening and disturbing series, and...

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Overcoming The Negative Effects Of Too Much Sitting

Seniority Matters note: Sibyl's blogpost is so timely, and serves as a great response to the recent New York Times blog depicting the workplace as a major culprit in today's obesity epidemic. "The science of sedentary behavior, also called inactivity physiology, is an emerging field of research in health, fitness and medicine. This field involves the study of sitting for extended...

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So Many Reasons To Consider Doing Yoga

Why would you want to twist yourself like a pretzel? According to the Yoga Alliance, there are many good reasons: Stress relief: Yoga reduces the levels of cortizol__ the stress hormone Pain relief: Studies have shown that practicing yoga postures, meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases and...

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Anyone Can Exercise...Even Those With Fibromyalgia

About two percent of the population in the United States has a condition known as fibromyalgia. It affects more women than men and the risk of getting it increases with age. People who have fibromyalgia feel pain in their muscles, tendons and ligaments. They have tender points, where, when pressure is applied, they feel additional pain. Sleep patterns are also disturbed, with a lack of deep sleep...

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We've Got Your Pets Covered

Did you know that more than half of all households have at least one pet? Chances are yours is one of them, which is why we have included two great providers in our directory that you can count on for a wide range of pet services. If you live in the South Dade, Aventura or Coral Springs areas, you'll want to know about Pet Medical Centers. Their centers offer...

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Exercise As You Travel.....Literally

Excited about going on a trip or adventure? Traveling can be exhilarating, but getting to your destination often involves long periods of standing or sitting. All this inactivity can leave you achy or sore. Here are some exercises you can do while standing in long lines at the airport:   Calf raises: Stand with feet apart and come up onto balls of feet and slowly lower heels to the floor,...

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Indulge Your Cravings For Chocolate Guilt Free

Valentines Day or not, chocolate is most everyone’s favorite treat and lately it has attained the status, along with leafy greens and flax seed, as a health food. A piece of dark chocolate can even help you lose weight, according to David Wolfe, a noted natural foods expert. He says Cacao (the raw bean) is actually one of the great weight loss foods because it contains an abundance of...

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A Great And Easy Aerobic Exercise ---Swimming

In Florida, we don’t have to look far to find a good place to exercise. Most likely, there’s a pool in your backyard or around the corner. So what are some of the benefits of swimming? The Centers for Disease Control says,"Swimming is the third most popular sports activity in the United States and is a good way to get regular aerobic activity. Just two-and-a-half hours per week of aerobic...

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Is Pilates Right For You?

This blog post was written by my daughter, Amber Yancey (photo left). She is a third-generation fitness instructor, an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer, a Pilates instructor, a choreographer and co-founder of the largest nonprofit dance company in Washington, D.C., Capitol Movement. (Can you tell I’m a little proud of her? Read more at the Capitol Movement Website  -- Sibyl Adams Pilates...

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Osteoporosis: Can We Prevent It?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break easily. Fractures usually occur in the wrist, hip and spine, but can occur in any part of the body. When the vertebrae begin to break or collapse people lose height and/or develop a stooped posture. About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Post-menopausal women are particularly vulnerable, but men get it, too. Getting...

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Talk About A Service Provider That Can Really Make Our Lives Easier...A Daily Money Manager

Identifying and enrolling providers for our users has been one of the most challenging yet gratifying parts of developing Seniority Matters. Everyday has been an education, and I now know about people and services that I didn't even know existed.  I can’t believe that I could have gone through life without knowing about them.  As an example (and there are many), I never knew what a...

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Fear Of Falling

September 23 is National Fall Prevention Day.  Every year over 250,000 people fall, many requiring medical attention. I am going to pay special attention to it on the 23rd, and on other days as well. I worry a lot about my father falling. Sometimes the most unnoticeable misstep results in him catapulting across the room. I have been there when it has occurred and it happens so quickly that...

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Just Get Moving!

Why fitness now?   Life expectancy has increased from 47 years of age in 1900 to 76 years in 1996. The number of people 65 years or older is predicted to increase to 69 million by 2030. It has been proven that seniors who exercise regularly enjoy better overall health than those who don't and regular exercise is associated with reduced risk of disability and dependence. Benefits of exercise...

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Baby Boomer Juggling Act: Today's Miami Herald (Father's Day, June 20)

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads. I was looking forward to having a quiet day celebrating Father’s Day with my kids and husband, and calling my father who lives in California. I will still have a family day complete with a barbecue, but the day started out with a lot of excitement. I woke up to today’s Miami Herald’s story by Ana Veciana-Suarez on the Baby Boomer juggling act, "Caring...

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It All Starts With The Core

The core muscles are the large muscle groups of the back, abdomen, hips and pelvis. The core muscles stabilize us during movement and help us to handle the physical demands of daily life -- standing ,sitting, picking up children, carrying groceries or bending down to pet the dog. Peggy Brill, a physical therapist and author of “The Core Program,” says, "Both the neck and lower back are dependent...

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