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Celebrate Your Independent Living This Independence Day

Celebrate Your Independent Living This Independence Day

Recognizing the importance of independent living is crucial, especially this month. However, research suggests that most older adults do not have the basic equipment to safely grow older in their homes. The following are a few simple solutions to the many challenges of aging in place, which will allow you to maintain your independence in your home for as long as possible. Reinforce Railings and Banisters As we grow older, it can become more and more difficult to go from floor to floor on our own. Reinforcing railings and banisters can ensure that we have the extra support and balance...

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National Safety Month: The Perfect Time to Slip-, Trip- and Fall-Proof Your Bathroom

National Safety Month: The Perfect Time to Slip-, Trip- and Fall-Proof Your Bathroom

National Safety Month was created to raise awareness of health and safety risks in the home and workplace. For older Americans, one of the most common accidents involves falls. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 and older fall each year. In the home, bathrooms are among the mostly likely places to fall, and can result in more serious injury than other rooms. The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent bathroom falls. Optimize Safety in Your Environment Up to half of all falls are due to...

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Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other. In local communities, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too. Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important...

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National American Heart Month: 5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

National American Heart Month: 5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others. Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others to improve your heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both...

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Staying Active When It’s Cold Outside

Staying Active When It’s Cold Outside

It’s important to stay active as you get older. Regular activity helps maintain healthy muscles and bones, which can help prevent falls and broken bones. Additionally, regular exercise can keep your heart and joints healthy. Studies show regular activity can even help improve your mood and memory. But as it gets colder and darker, it can be difficult to stay active. Fortunately, there are many ways to be active even when the weather isn’t ideal.

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