Aging Well

Lightening Our Loads as We Age

I don’t know about you, but I have accumulated a lot of stuff. Some of which I value, and some which just takes up space. It can feel overwhelming to look at all of it and make decisions as to its next home (or final resting place). I don’t like to send anything to the landfill if it may have some value for someone else but there are some things that need to exit permanently.

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Get Active and Stay Upright

Our parking lot was icy this morning and I was very mindful of my balance. I know that a fall can be life-changing, especially as we get older. I broke my wrist a few years ago from a fall and became a statistic: one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury.

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Getting Around on our Community Bus Loop

Remember when you tuned 16 and got your driver’s license? For me, it opened up my world and no request was beneath me when my mother directed me to drive to the store for something. Driving was the definition of freedom!

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The Power of Touch

When I want to take good care of myself, I schedule a massage. While that may sound indulgent, it turns out that touch has a big impact on quality of life, especially as we age.

Touch is a basic human need. It is believed to be the first sense developed in the womb. When newborns are deprived of touch, their growth is slowed, and serious cognitive and behavioral disorders develop that can persist into adulthood.

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Supporting Loved Ones at the Memory Café

We have heard the stories and they are alarming: the number of people struggling with dementia are increasing as our community ages. It is estimated that more than 1,000 residents in the Stillwater area live with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, according to ACT on Alzheimer’s, a local coalition collaborating on providing guidance to people with dementia and their informal caregivers.

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