Summer Outdoor Activity: Herb Gardening

For an especially healthful activity this summer, try growing an herb garden! Gardening is a great low-impact activity that gets seniors outside and active, provides an creative outlet, and -- if you're planting herbs -- can bring edible results: tasty garnishes for the table! What's not to love?

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Staying Active with Low Impact, Low Intensity Exercises

The ideal activities for seniors are both low-intensity and low-impact. Low-intensity activities have light physical requirements and are easy to do (like walking or swimming), or are simply shorter in duration. Low-impact activities are ones that exercise muscles without causing too much shock or stress on the joints. 

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The Best of Both Worlds: Aging Independently in a Community

Independent communities are one option for long-term care for seniors. They provide staff help and social opportunities, and enable seniors to live in individual private apartments and living spaces. For a healthy, mobile senior who doesn't want or need to stay in a home, independent communities can be an attractive alternative. 

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The 4 Best Stair Lifts for an Accessible Home

Are you a senior thinking about aging independently at home, and want a better way to manage the stairs? Consider a stair lift! And here's a guide to the best 4 stair lift manufacturers on the market, based on value, warranty, installation, and customization.

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4 Ways A Patient Advocate Can Untangle Medical Matters

When you or a loved one goes to a clinic, hospital, or emergency room, or even somewhere as simple as a pharmacy for a prescription refill, it can be easy to feel nervous. What if the nurse's instructions at the hospital are unclear? How can you know an elderly friend or family member will keep up an at-home medical regimen? All of these concerns and questions are valid, but there's a good way to get relief: talk to a patient advocate.

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Preparing for Tax Season: Getting Free Tax Counseling

Tax season can be confusing, especially when it comes to senior-specific financial questions like pensions and retirement programs. Hiring a CPA can be costly. So can services offered by popular online tax services. However, there are a number of tax counseling programs available that have been developed specifically for seniors and offered at low or no cost. If you or a loved one is struggling with a tax question, these will be worth looking into.

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Preparing for Tax Season: Common Scams

As the saying goes, "There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes." But there is something else that can go in the list, and that is tax scams. Tax scammers are a routine part of tax season, and unfortunately, they tend to go after seniors. Here are some of the most common IRS scams and ways to recognize them.

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Thinking About Selling? A Few Tips for Prepping Your House

Are you thinking about selling your house? Maybe you're looking to downsize and move to a single-floor home. Maybe the grandkids moved to another state and you want to follow them. Or maybe Virginia's getting a little cold and you want to head to Florida. Whatever your reason, selling your home is a big to-do. Here are just a couple things to keep in mind as you're preparing.

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10 Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

Dementia can be hard to spot because it's a collection of symptoms. If you're trying to determine whether someone you know has dementia, it's important to get a professional diagnosis. Just having some of the listed symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that a person has dementia. In order for a person to be diagnosed, they have to show more than two. Forecastle Home Health lists 10 common signs and symptoms. Is your loved one displaying any of these behaviors?

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Fall and Winter Wardrobe Options for Seniors

Dressing appropriately for the climate is critical for seniors to stay comfortable, safe, and happy. If you are caring for your elderly loved one, you may not be too concerned about the way they dress, especially if they dress themselves appropriately most of the time. However, as the seasons change, it is a good idea to help them assess their wardrobe to make sure they will be warm (and stylish) this season.

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Medicare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

Seniors across America are reviewing and comparing plans, trying to make the best decision for their health and finances. Whether this is your first year enrolling in Medicare or you are thinking about changing your plan, the Medicare system can seem hopelessly difficult to navigate. Where do you start, and what do you need to know about it?

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6 Healthy Habits for Aging Well

The mission of Loudoun Senior Interest Network is to enhance the quality of life for seniors living in Loudoun County. Although many elements of aging are out of our control, there are some steps you can take to age well and enhance your quality of life.

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