Senior-life

Aging Advisory Council Meets in Lamar Tuesday

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A meeting of the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council will be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Ranchers Restaurant, 33110 CR 7, Lamar.

Agenda items will include a report on LAVAAA Provider Budget Update, a review of Advisory Council Bylaws, Eastern Plains Legislative Task Force and Technical Review Committee, and any unfinished business.

The meeting is open to the public, and citizen participation is encouraged.

For additional information contact the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging at 719-383-3166 or 1-800-438-3752.

Senior Health - Staying Motivated to Stay Active

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Physical activity is a great way for older adults to gain substantial health benefits and maintain independence. To make physical activity a routine habit , choose activities and exercises that are fun, motivate you, and keep you interested.

Keep it going. If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, it's a good sign that you're on your way to making physical activity a regular habit. Choose activities:

Depression and Older Adults – Help is Available

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Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It is a common but serious mood disorder that needs treatment. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working.

When you have depression, you have trouble with daily life for weeks at a time. Doctors call this condition "depressive disorder" or "clinical depression."

Alzheimer’s and the Holidays – Travel Tips

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Holiday travel tips for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias

Traveling over the holiday season is stressful enough under ideal circumstances, but for 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's (including 69,000 in Colorado) and their families, this can be a particularly challenging time.

While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn't mean families can't travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.

Confused by Medicare? Follow these 5 Steps

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(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be the right fit for you.

Here's a quick guide to five important Medicare terms to help prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. What is open enrollment, you ask? Well, read on.

1. Open Enrollment Period