Wellness Blog

May 2, 2017
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Normal Memory Loss vs Dementia

When our parents reach a certain age, we begin to wonder if their memory slips are normal or warning signs of dementia. Memory loss is a […]
April 24, 2017
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5 Risk Reduction Strategies for Dementia

Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is not a normal symptom of aging. Most forms of dementia are not inherited. After all, dementia’s not a real disease; […]
April 21, 2017
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Can Gardening Help Your Senior Parents?

If you’re one of those folks who has already chosen their seeds from the catalog that arrive in January or has seedlings growing in a windowsill […]
April 19, 2017
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Help Your Parent Restart Their Exercise Program

You and your mom had a great time last year, walking among the crisp fall leaves. You and she made it a regular practice during your […]
April 17, 2017
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10 Reasons to Make Poetry a Part of Your Life

“Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.” — Thomas Hardy
April 14, 2017
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Prayer and Caregiver Stress

Taking care of a loved one may cause an especially damaging form of stress called caregiver stress. Caregivers are also more likely to experience negative health […]
April 12, 2017
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Capture the Moments of Your Life: A Senior’s Guide to Using Your Cell Phone Camera

Are you of the generation that forgets your cell phone is actually a multi-use gadget that can do everything from direct you to a friend’s house […]
April 10, 2017
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Why Develop Your Sense of Humor?

A recently rediscovered medicine can: Lower blood pressure Increase immunity Prepare you for stress Boost creativity Relieve pain Improve mood Make you more attractive Would you […]
April 7, 2017
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Video Games That Improve Your Health

Evidence abounds about the health benefits of video games. They include: Overcoming dyslexia. Action games may reduce the effects of developmental dyslexia. Improving vision. Action video […]
April 5, 2017

Easter: Be an Instrument of Joy

If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy. —Pope Francis
April 3, 2017
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Benefits of Playing Cards for Seniors

Pinochle, euchre, bridge…card games are a leisure-time activity that brings people together to have fun. The National Institute on Aging, however, says that card games do […]
March 31, 2017
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Reflection from Pope Francis on Lent

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 “The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift” Dear Brothers and Sisters,
March 29, 2017
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Colorectal Cancer: Don’t Die of Embarrassment

It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in men and […]
March 27, 2017
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Tips to Reduce High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

As you grow older, you’re likely to gain in wisdom, experience and…health issues. Older adults are more likely to develop health problems even if they were […]
March 24, 2017

Heal Your Hurts with Laughter

Sure, laughing is fun, but did you know laughter is actually good for you? It doesn’t matter whether you titter or guffaw, chuckle or cackle, laughter […]
March 22, 2017
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Pros and Cons of Coffee

What would mornings be like without a sip of that rejuvenating nectar we call coffee? Coffee is a morning ritual, a workplace boost, and a mainstay of […]
March 20, 2017
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20 Unusual Money-Saving Tips for Seniors

The biggest fear of people who have retired is running out of money. In a survey recently conducted by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), 41% […]
March 17, 2017
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Seniors: Dance for Your Life!

Don’t forget to dance, no, no, no Don’t forget to smile Don’t forget to dance, no, no, no Forget it for a while —The Kinks
March 15, 2017
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10 Female Heroes You’ve Never Heard of

March is National Women’s History Month. When we were growing up, it was rare we were taught about female heroes. The textbooks were full of the […]
March 13, 2017

Should Seniors Improve Math Skills? Yes!

Everyone acknowledges mathematics is important. Students are required to take math courses until they’re 18. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses emphasize math. It’s the […]
March 10, 2017
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How Will the Trump Administration Affect Seniors?

Love him or hate him, the Trump presidency has already made big changes and is likely to make more. Most people are concerned how new laws […]
March 9, 2017
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Winter Warmth at the Missouri Botanical Garden

One of our favorite expeditions at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows is to the Missouri Botanical Garden, which lies about a half […]
March 7, 2017
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Using Metanoia During Lent

When many of us were growing up, we considered Lent a time of piety, penance and mortification. We gave up meat during Lent and fasted on […]
February 28, 2017
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Caregiver Tech to Make Your Life Easier

The need for caregiving is growing as our population ages. The number of unpaid caregivers for a projected 117 million Americans is expected to increase to […]
February 24, 2017
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Trends in Senior Wellness: Apps, Tech and Services

Mature adults have never had it so good! We are living longer than ever. We are taking care of ourselves better. We are doing more at […]
February 22, 2017
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10 Must-Know Facebook Tips

Older people may be Facebook’s fastest-growing demographic, but seniors tend to interact with Facebook less than other age groups. As part of a Penn State study, […]
February 21, 2017
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How Playing Games Benefits Your Health

Remember playing Tic-Tac-Toe and Hangman?  How about Hide-and-Seek and Tag and Dodgeball? Did you ever play BINGO? How about getting together with friends to play cards? […]
February 16, 2017
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10 Ways Seniors Can Find Love

Finding love is important for every human, regardless of age. Seniors, however, experience more obstacles than younger people. AARP data shows that 45% of Americans over […]
February 14, 2017
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Exercise Tips from the Wellness Center Director

Even wellness experts sometimes find it difficult to maintain their exercise routine, says Bridgette Argus, wellness center director at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of […]
February 9, 2017
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Fun Indoor Activities with Your Grandchildren

Being a grandparent is so much fun! During visits, you get to have fun with the grandkids without having to worry about them eating right or […]