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Pets Enhance Well-being
Animals can reduce loneliness and encourage healthy behaviors. It is important to appreciate how pets can add to a healthy lifestyle as we age and as our loved ones also get on in years. Learn how owning a pet can add to our quality of life.

Preparing for Emergencies
Planning for "what ifs" seems to many of us to be a waste of time. But serious storms are constant reminders of how quickly our normal living can be disrupted. Research tells us that emergency planning should be one of our priorities, especially if we are older adults. Learn the basics here!

Hobbies are Good for Health
Studies show that if we choose hobbies that are mentally and physically challenging, we can enhance our health and quality of life. Get some suggestions and good ideas here.

Caregiving and Our Emotions
Caregiver emotions can be difficult to handle even though we want to take care of our loved one. Learn how to deal with our mixed feelings, and recognize that we need to get help and not try to do everything on our own.

Companionship as We Age
Looking for companionship at any age, but especially in our older years, can be a challenge. Before looking, we need to explore our feelings and acknowledge the kind of relationship we want for ourselves. Learn about the three C's which help us to find the right mate and be safe a the same time.

Disability Trends Declining
Disability appears to be declining in older age say the experts. This is good news for us as we age. What's the bad news? Read this article and discover why "sitting disease" causes peril to our health.

Seeking Companionship After 50
Seeking a new friend and potential partner can seem daunting, especially if we haven’t been “out there” in years. We need to find the courage to learn how to look for companionship and feel safe doing it! This article provides us with some guidelines. More to come on this topic!

Making the Most of Doctors' Visits
Visiting the doctor's office can be stressful, especially if we are having problems with our health and are looking for answers. We can miss information or misinterpret what the doctor is telling us. This "must read" article helps us make the most of our visits.

An Older Brain Can Learn New Tricks
Some cognitive abilities continue to improve well into older age. We need to know a few tricks to keep our minds sharp and to keep up with the daily details of living. Read this article to learn a few of them!

Tips for Medication Safety
As we age it is normal to take more prescription and over the counter drugs than when we were younger. Therefore, it is also more common to have drug interactions and drug side effects. Read about the numerous tips to ensure that your medications don't become a negative to your health!

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