Fostering Social Interaction for All Ages

We were struck by the statistics on how detrimental social isolation and loneliness is to our health. One of the benefits of living in a Traditions community that sometimes comes as a surprise to residents is the companionship and how transforming it can be. It might just be sharing a 20-minute lunch with a friend or small group, going on …

Recognize the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia

Somewhere around 50 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, headed home for the holiday. Whether your trip is just up the road a piece, or half way across the continent, catching up with family over the long holiday weekend can be revealing. No, we’re not talking about simmering sibling rivalries! We’re talking about the realization that dear old …

Evidence Grows on the Brain Health Benefits of the MIND Diet

Changes in diet and lifestyle have been linked in the past to playing a possible role in helping to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study adds even more evidence to the potential of the MIND diet in terms of aiding better cognitive function. The diet evolution: From Mediterranean to DASH to MIND. It all started …

Food for Your Mood

We all know that when we eat better, we feel better. When we eat healthy foods, we have more energy, fewer aches and pains and are less susceptible to colds. We’ve all heard about heart-healthy diets and low-sugar diabetic diets but eating for brain health? Have you ever heard that the food you eat could be making you depressed? Well, …

A Treat with a Clever Trick to Help People with Dementia

A UK college student with a grandmother struggling with dementia came up with a clever way to help her stay hydrated during the day. Now his idea promises to help seniors around the world overcome this common problem among those suffering from cognitive decline.   How to turn water into a snack. Lewis Hornby is a student at the Royal …

Take a Few Steps and Help Prevent Falls

It’s fall! The perfect season for leaves turning gorgeous colors, crisp weather, tailgate parties, and more. And the ideal time to have a discussion about a different type of fall — the kind that trips up one in four older Americans every year. Everyone of every age occasionally takes a spill. But for seniors, falls can be a serious health …

How to Keep Fall and Winter from Becoming SAD Times for Seniors

Changing seasons can mean changing moods. And as the days get shorter in the fall and winter, a greater incidence of depression may occur, a condition that has been identified as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seniors are not immune to winter mood downturns, but the condition can be treated if it has been identified. Winter blues…or something more serious? Occasional …