Aging Well

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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Strengthen Your Social Ties to Age Well

If your neighborhood is like mine, you are lucky if you catch sight of your neighbors between November and April. Come May, it seems like we all emerge and reconnect. And reconnecting is good for us as it turns out: as we age, staying connected becomes even more important to our longevity.

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Volunteer and Age Well in the Process

Volunteers are the unsung heroes that improve the quality of life in our community in immeasurable ways. Community Thread was founded on the principal of volunteer engagement to serve unmet needs, and 50 years later that concept is still alive and well thanks to thousands of generous volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others. If you know someone who volunteers, or you are a volunteer, many thanks for your contribution to improving our community.

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The Keys to Living Longer, and Better

My mother, who lived to age 96, loved to be on the move. And it turns out that her lifestyle made a significant impact on her longevity, according to two studies that look at how adults age 65+ can live longer.

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