Tag: wellness

Holiday Light: The Beauty of Traditions

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I love seeing all the holiday lights come out. I love the brightly lit trees, the candles, streetlights, storefronts….well, all of it! The lights are especially a welcome sight this time of year. In this part of the world the daytime is short and the nighttime is at its longest. Darkness seems to dominate the… Read more »

Four Ways to Get Active After a Fall

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Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline. The reduced amount of activity and mobility leads to muscle weakness and more… Read more »

The SMART Way to Get Healthy

Each year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier. And why not? The start of a new year is the perfect time to begin a diet or put that exercise plan to work. We all have high hopes of living up to our resolutions.  However, according to research, half of us… Read more »

Secrets of a Brain-Healthy Diet

It’s no secret that what you eat can have a significant effect on the health of your heart. However, there are also foods that can help or hinder your brain. We focus on one brain-healthy food plan that is seeing positive results. The MIND Diet The MIND (Mediterranean DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet is… Read more »

Fighting Parkinson’s with Boxing Gloves

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In 2006, Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indiana. This unique program featuring intense and high energy workouts has grown across the country. What makes it unique? It’s designed to help Parkinson’s patients fight against the daily battles waged by the disease. Nashville’s Rock Steady program is located at STEPS Fitness in Nashville and headed… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Finding Your Purpose

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What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a common conversation starter with children. The conversations that follow are often filled with excited possibilities. The answers reveal a lot about our interests, dreams, passions or sense of calling. What I love about children is that the possibilities seem as endless to… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Why Is It Important?

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How often have you heard or asked the questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?  What does it all mean? My kids are all grown, and I’m retired, now what? How these questions are answered frame the lens in which one’s very existence is viewed. Like an epic novel, our life unfolds… Read more »

After the Move: Transitioning into a Senior Community

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At some point in the last several months, you decided to move into a senior community. You signed the contract, put your home on the market, hired movers, and possibly had a garage sale. You took advice on how to plan your move to have as little stress as possible. Now, you’re sitting in a new apartment… Read more »

Redefining the Senior Living Industry

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Van Cluck, president and CEO of Blakeford, takes a look at the changes he’s witnessed in our industry over the years. Twenty years ago when Blakeford was opening its doors for its first residents, I was just getting my feet wet in the senior living industry. It was 1996, and for about a year I had… Read more »

So You Want to Go on Vacation . . . Make the Most of Your Trip with These Tips

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Gather up the sunscreen, those new walking shoes, the phone charger, the travel-sized toothpaste and throw them into your already too full luggage. It’s vacation time! Taking a vacation, no matter how far from home, comes with some degree of stress. Invariably, you end up forgetting something or plans change due to unforeseen situations. For… Read more »