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Live well. Age well.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 -- Regardless of your age, we have all witnessed the truth in the saying that “everything old is new again.”

From clothing to cars and movies to hairstyles, it all seems to be cyclical. Even when it comes to raising a family, trends appear, disappear and reappear again. Think back to your own childhood and you will, no doubt, see some things make an appearance time and again.

Something that I will always remember as a child in a large family was the need to keep everything neat and tidy. Now that I too am a parent, I definitely see the wisdom in my parents’ ways. I too now enforce the personal tidiness that was required from each of us and seemed pointless at the time.

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AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO LEARN "F.A.S.T. SONG" TO BOOST STROKE WARNING SIGN KNOWLEDGE

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 -- Last week the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association released a song to help people learn the warning signs of stroke. It’s a song that can save lives.

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10 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 -- Autumn is a great time to prepare your home for the dropping temperatures and inclement weather that winter brings. It’s important to keep your home in tip-top condition to ride out the season ahead. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare your home and ensure that you have a comfortable and safe winter season.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 -- With age, comes change and adjustment.  It’s a fact of life.  As my mom always said, ”moderation is the key.”  As we approach, or accept (as the case may be), the senior phase of our lives, diet is an important consideration.  Realizing that there are many variables and situations that dictate our intake of certain food groups, the following information is designed as a basis for understanding — and a goal towards — which we should all strive.

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CPR NOW REQUIRED IN NYS SCHOOLS; AN INVALUABLE SKILL FOR SENIORS TOO

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 -- According to the American Heart Association, more than 325,000 Americans go into cardiac arrest each year. Those who have training in rescue breathing, which provides oxygen to a person’s lungs and chest compressions, which keep the person’s blood circulating, greatly increase the chance of their friend or loved one’s survival.

Just recently, the American Heart Association scored a major victory in terms of educating New Yorkers about how to perform bystander CPR.

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RETIREMENT TAKES WORK!

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 -- During the past 30 years or so, I have assisted families and individuals navigate the tumultuous waters of job loss as a result of corporate downsizing operations. As I support and serve my clients in “career transition,” it is often helpful to consider one’s life journey as a series of “mini-adventures” in one big trip. When we evaluate our past experiences and our personal character (or mettle), it is not the duration or ease of the trip that ultimately matters, but rather the manner in which the potholes and detours are navigated!

Here are some refreshers as we think of the retirement phase of our journey:

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PROFESSIONALS CAN EASE BURDEN OF DECLUTTERING AND DOWNSIZING

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 -- Whether you are preparing to move yourself or your parents to a senior living community, the whole process can be a daunting undertaking.

To help make a seamless transition into a new home, more Americans are turning for help from skilled decluttering and moving professionals.

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PLANNING AND SCHEDULING STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL DOWNSIZING

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 -- There is a difference between planning and scheduling. Planning is deciding what to do. Scheduling is deciding when to do it. Scheduling is simply choosing a time to do the activity; it’s the secret for making things happen. Nothing happens in your life until you create space for it. That’s what scheduling does. Here are some strategies to help you accomplish the physical work of de-cluttering and downsizing.

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 -- Alzheimer’s disease is the most under-recognized public health crisis in the 21st century. It affects Americans across all walks of life and all regions of the country. Today, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of caring for those with the disease cost $203 billion in 2013, including $142 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. More than 15 million family members and friends provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias – care valued at more than $216 billion. Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers have over $9 billion in additional health care costs of their own.

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WHAT SENIOR CITIZENS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SELLING THEIR HOME

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 -- When you are ready to retire, your home could be one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, selling your house at retirement age presents a different set of considerations than when you were younger. 

Whether you’re downsizing, buying in a new community or moving in with family, it takes careful planning to get the most out of your equity.

Here are some important considerations to bear in mind:

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