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Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions

Many families are faced with the care of multiple generations. There are 43.5 million people in the U.S. providing care for someone aged 50 and older. Caregiving is often done with little understanding of the emotional strain it has on relationships. Caregivers may say they are managing okay, but often feel more stress than do those who are not caregivers. Many caregivers step into thei...

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Get Into the Act: The Value of Volunteerism

  "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill The value of volunteerism for older adults is two-fold. First is the value to society.  According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (which oversees AmeriCorps and SeniorCorp) 20.7 million adults ages 55 and over contributed more than 3.3 billion hours of serv...

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Generations Can Learn From Each Other

Since May is Older American's Month, wouldn't it be great to get our younger generations involved with our older generations in fun and meaningful ways? When children, teens and younger adults spend time with older adults, there are many benefits to everyone involved. Older adults can be great role models for children, while also passing on family stories, historical information and teaching th...

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Aging Well With Leisure

"I do it because I love it. It keeps me going, it gives me purpose." After running yet another 5k and finishing under 22 minutes, a 73 year young gentleman was being lauded for his active lifestyle. He kindly and humbly noted that his accomplishment was due to his dedication to age well. While most of us do not aspire to attain such physical fitness or conside...

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Aging Well: A Healthy Lifestyle with Exercise and Nutrition


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Older Americans Month 2015:

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year's celebration is "Get into the Act," to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and...

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