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Snowshoeing is a fun winter physical activity.

Many people find it difficult to stay in shape during the winter, especially during the holiday season.

The festive feasting and all of the sweet treats you’ll consume between Christmas and New Year’s Day don’t make matters easier. But as long as you balance the savory splendor with healthy choices and exercise, you’ll be good to go.

This winter, don’t settle for a gym membership to stay in shape. Take advantage of all of the fun activities the season offers! Here are a few examples of how to spread holiday cheer and burn calories at the same time:

1. Go Christmas shopping …read more

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You may feel a little stuck when selecting a gift for a loved one experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but there are a number of items that can be helpful and enjoyable.

Certain presents can be useful for everyday life while others are soothing and comforting. Whether it’s during the holiday season, for an upcoming birthday or any other event, you can use the right gift to show a loved one how much you care.

Everyday items
As the Alzheimer’s Association reported, there are small steps that can be taken to help individuals living with dementia lead a normal, …read more

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Homemade trail mix makes a healthful and satisfying snack.

There are dozens of reasons to be excited about the holiday season.

But once it comes to an end, it’s not uncommon to feel more upset than usual. And while you may be sad that Christmas is over, something else is likely to blame: seasonal affective disorder.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, SAD is a type of depression that affects 10 to 20 percent of Americans. It occurs as the seasons change, most frequently during the winter, due to lack of sunlight during the daytime.

Beating the winter blues may seem difficult at first, but there are plenty …read more

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Offer a helping hand without question.

The holiday season poses the perfect opportunity to show the caregivers in your life just how much you appreciate him or her.

Sure, you can buy a material gift for your loved ones, but why not take a different approach this year? This Christmas, recognize all of their hard work with one of these meaningful gestures:

1. A home-cooked meal
There’s something about a homemade gift that’s extra sentimental. And when it’s food, it’s even better. Find out your favorite caregiver’s most cherished dish and invite him or her over for dinner during the holiday season. If you can’t find a night …read more

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Spending time outside in the snow? Make sure you layer up and wear a scarf, hat and gloves.

As the holiday season rolls in, so does the cold.

The snow and freezing temperatures will be here before you know it. That means it’s time to layer up your clothes and take extra precautions on the road. But winter weather isn’t only going to impact your daily agenda – it can affect your overall health. Read on to find out how your wellness will be influenced this season and how you can take care of your body until springtime:

1. Your immune system is at risk
Think about all of the time you spend indoors closely surrounded by your friends and …read more

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Finding activities the whole family can enjoy can be difficult, but sometimes the right film can bring everyone together.

The best movies for the entire family are the ones that are enjoyable for any age group. Loved ones can eagerly discuss a favorite scene or character and bond over a shared passion.

The Star Wars movies have been entertaining American families for four decades. Many older adults can remember when they first met Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the many other indelible characters that first helped Star Wars make such a big splash. With the release of several new …read more

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Sugar fresh cranberries to use as garnish.

Fruitcake doesn’t have the best reputation.

Sure, there are a handful of folks who love the seasonal dessert, but many could do without it. For those of you seeking a different treat to bring to the holiday party, consider one of these sweet, fruit-filled desserts:

1. Vanilla Yogurt Berry Trifle
This simple recipe from Country Living magazine makes a light dessert after the Christmas feast:

Ingredients:

  • 2 12-ounce packages strawberries
  • 1 12-ounce package raspberries
  • 1 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large containers of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 40 ladyfingers
  • 2 Tbsp. orange liqueur – optional
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen blueberries

Directions:

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Your loved one may experience a change in mood and personality.

Finding out that your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be an overwhelming experience.

And although it may have been an easy decision to become the primary family caregiver, you’ll likely run into a number of situations where you feel uncertain about the next choice to make. Consider these tips from Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services at Sunrise:

1. What are the most common symptoms Alzheimer’s?
Age-related forgetfulness is inevitable – everyone loses the car keys every once in a while. But not remembering where something is placed isn’t the only …read more

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Serve fresh tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a classic dish.

Did you know that December is Tomato and Winter Squash Month?

What better way to celebrate than with a few new recipes? Now’s the perfect time to make a warm, comforting dish to get you through the freezing temperatures.

Here are four meals that incorporate tomato or winter squash:

1. Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup
There’s nothing like a bowl of fresh tomato soup on a cold winter’s day. Try this recipe from Food Network:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 carrots – unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 4 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes – coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato …read more

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Understanding what makes dementia different from age-related memory loss is crucial when caring for your parent.

Forgetfulness is common.

We’ve all misplaced the car keys, forgotten to reply to an email and drawn a blank at the grocery store after leaving the shopping list at home. But there is a point when forgetfulness is more concerning, especially in older adults.

“Many people have difficulty recalling someone’s name, at times,” said Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care and Program Services at Sunrise. “A truer sign of dementia occurs when a person doesn’t recognize a formerly well-known person, doesn’t know the day or season, or has difficulty remembering new information.”

Your brain changes as …read more