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Dealing with depression

Some elderly people look forward to moving into an assisted living community, but others experience a range of negative emotions when faced with the prospect of leaving their home. This can be especially true in cases where elderly people can no longer take care of themselves and need assistance with everyday tasks. Depression can be a common side effect when senior citizens have to handle major life changes, but what is depression, and what action can be taken both by caregivers and older people themselves?

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Survey: older people feel younger

Most people have heard the saying, "You're only as old as you feel." A recent survey by market research firm Kantar seems to suggest that age really is all in the mind - at least, according to the older people who participated in the poll.

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How to get healthier bones

As you age, bone health becomes increasingly important. Individuals with poor bone density or medical conditions such as osteoporosis are at much greater risk of hip fractures and other potentially serious injuries. Fortunately, it doesn't take radical lifestyle changes to start improving your bone health. Here are some tips on simple measures you can take to strengthen your bones and feel better in the process:

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Play chess to stay sharp

For residents of retirement villages and assisted living communities, one enjoyable aspect of everyday life is having the time to engage in hobbies to the full.  As well as being entertaining, playing mentally stimulating games like chess can help older people to keep their minds sharp. Although it may not be immediately apparent, the "game of kings" can have a variety of benefits for older individuals, particularly those at risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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Handy gadgets for older people

Perhaps unfairly, senior citizens don't have a reputation for being the most tech-savvy individuals. However, if the popularity of classes at nursing homes that teach elderly people how to browse the Web is any indication, many older individuals are keen to embrace everything that the digital age has to offer. For many people living in an assisted living community, there are plenty of ways to use technology to make life a little easier.

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Help older people to stay cool this summer

With a heatwave affecting large parts of Britain, Sunrise of Beaconsfield featured in this ITN national news report on how people are coping. Older people, in particular, have to take extra care during hot weather.

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Is Omega-3 good for elderly people?

When it comes to dietary supplements, there is an almost bewildering array of vitamins and minerals to choose from. If you are worried about your ageing parent's health, you may be tempted to suggest some supplements to improve their well-being. Although certain additives like cod liver oil have been shown to improve joint function in elderly people, some individuals believe fish oils rich in Omega 3 also have cognitive benefits, or can even delay the onset of conditions like Alzheimer's disease. But is this true?

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Dealing with dementia as a caregiver

Whether it is Alzheimer's disease or another form of memory loss, dementia is one of the hardest conditions for both the person with dementia and their families to cope with. Seeing a loved one in distress is extraordinarily stressful, and in many cases, it may be necessary for individuals to live within environments where more support can be given.  However, even after you have helped your loved one to move into a residential care or nursing home, it can still be distressing when visiting.

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