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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 recent 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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