Influenza: Not Just a Fancy Name for a Cold

Both the common cold and the flu (influenza) are caused by viruses, but that’s where the similarities end. A cold is an upper respiratory disease, who’s symptoms include a runny nose and congestion. While the flu also attacks the lungs, nose, and throat, its symptoms tend to affect the whole body, and include chills, body [Read More]

This article has been written by our friend Sheila Olson, of exclusively for our readers. Yoga and meditation are two wonderful activities that anyone can take part in. You don’t have to be flexible or fit to get started with yoga. Likewise, you don’t have to be religious or spiritual to enjoy the benefits [Read More]

An Apple a Day…

…keeps the doctor away. This proverb dates back to the 19th century, but it is only in the 21st century that we have confirmed that it is true – and why. In particular, apples (and, to be honest, other fruits and vegetables as varied as strawberries, cucumbers, and onions) have recently been shown to slow [Read More]

Heartfelt Testimonial For Beacon of LIFE!

There’s nothing like a heartfelt testimonial, to foster confidence and enthusiasm for any program. We deeply appreciate it, when we receive a positive review, whether from happy families, vendors, staff members, etc. We are HAPPY when everyone is HAPPY! Take a look at this recent review from Lauresha!

Seniors are at high risk of financial fraud. Shawna Reeves, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging, states that, “Those of us working in the field have long known that the United States is in the throes of an elder financial abuse epidemic.” A 2015 report on Elder Financial Abuse estimates that [Read More]

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls

One of the most important ways to keeps seniors — even frail seniors — healthy and happy in their homes is to prevent them from falling. A fall is the most common way for an older person to lose their ability to live independently. The statistics are sobering. Falls are common: 1 out of every [Read More]

Mental Stimulation Games for the Elderly

After staggering down the steps early in the morning to make coffee, you start playing a game of online chess. Sounds like a funny way to start the day, but this is just one example of how game playing provides mental stimulation. This ten-minute round of speed chess not only provides the player with a [Read More]

The importance of good balance can never be underestimated. It is essential to good health and independence as we age. Senior citizens do not want to become dependent upon loved ones or caregivers to have basic needs addressed; they want to remain autonomous and self-directed. Good balance plays a huge role in achieving these goals. [Read More]

Injury and Rehabilitation Tips

Entering a nursing rehabilitation center no longer holds the stigma it once did. In the past, older people feared nursing home placement thinking it was the “end of the line.” Today, nothing could be farther from the truth! Specialized Centers  Nursing and rehabilitations centers have become highly specialized healthcare facilities. Knowledgeable and versed in the [Read More]

Falling down is a part of life. When we are toddlers, falling is a natural part of learning to walk. We fall down and “go boom”. We wobble and fall when learning to ride a bike. Mastering motor skills does not come immediately for most people. Learning new physical skills requires trial, error and repetition. [Read More]

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