What is a Living Will?

What is a Living Will?

You may have heard the terms living will or advanced directive, and wondered just what they mean. Simply put, it’s a legal document specifying what actions you want taken related to your health, if you’re incapacitated or otherwise unable to communicate your decisions to your health care providers directly. It’s really something you ought to make time to do, and a copy should be provided to your regular physicians. It’s a good idea to make a card listing their names and phone numbers to keep in your wallet. In the event you are unexpectedly hospitalized, your physicians can be contacted and will be able to provide a copy of your living will/advanced directive, as well as information on your medical condition and any medications you’ve been prescribed.

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Coping With A Diagnosis Of Dementia

Coping With A Diagnosis Of Dementia

Contrary to what you may think, dementia isn’t a disease. It’s a set of symptoms that affect memory, social skills, and thinking, enough to impact daily life. Many people think memory loss is one of the major symptoms of dementia. While it’s true that memory loss is a factor, it’s only one piece of a complicated puzzle. And, just because you’re becoming more forgetful, doesn’t mean you actually have dementia. Some memory loss is an inevitable result of the aging process for everyone.

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Hobbies For Seniors

Hobbies For Seniors

Now that you’ve retired, you have more free time than ever. What can you do that’s interesting and fun? Take up a hobby, of course! Some people have been enthusiastic hobbyists all their lives, and know exactly what they want to do. For others, work, family and everyday life have never left much time for hobbies or activities. If you fall into this category, it’s a great time to explore interests and find something enjoyable that really holds your attention. Spend some time thinking about what interests you that could be turned into a hobby. A good place to start might be with the television. What programs do you like to watch? When you’re clicking through the channels, what grabs your attention? History? Gardening? Painting?

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Staying Fit for Seniors

Staying Fit for Seniors

We all know we should exercise more. But gym memberships can be expensive, and it can be hard to work up the motivation to actually go. Experts agree that regular exercise is especially important for seniors. Osteoporosis and even some medications can make bones brittle, making any fall a potential broken bone. Muscles lose their strength if not used, and overall endurance decreases. There are ways to stay fit without spending a lot or making a big time commitment. Always check with your doctor, and make sure you follow any restrictions your doctor gives you. There are lots of things you can do in your own home to increase your level of fitness and activity, or you can get out and walk at a nearby park or school.

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Paying for Long Term Care

Paying for Long Term Care

No one really wants to think about needing long term care, but the fact is, most of us probably will. When you’re in good health and enjoying retirement and the freedom to pursue hobbies, travel, or just relax, assisted living or nursing home care seems far away. But realistically, the time to make plans is before you actually need to put the plan into action. If you wait until you need care to figure out how to pay for it, your options are much more limited.

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