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8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 27, 2021 9:54:45 AM
8 Reasons You're Not Getting Your Best Sleep

We all know that good sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Yet, many of us suffer from poor sleep quality, which results in feeling tired throughout the day and adversely affects our health. If you feel like you aren't getting your best possible sleep, you have come to the right place! In this article, we will go through eight reasons you might not be getting optimal sleep and how to correct the issues. Hopefully, you can make the appropriate changes and receive the quality sleep that you deserve.

     1. Check the Room's Temperature

Your bedroom temperature has a significant effect on your sleep quality. If your bedroom temperature is too cold or way too hot, it will undoubtedly harm your sleep. We often want to cut our energy costs, which means we turn down our thermostat during the winter and minimize the air conditioning during the summer. While this might positively affect our wallets, it can significantly hurt our sleep. Experts recommend keeping your bedroom temperature somewhere between 65 and 72 degrees at night.

A bedroom that is too hot results in sleep that isn't refreshing at all, and a bedroom that is too cold will wake you up. For this reason, you should think carefully about the temperature of your bedroom.

Tip: Keep your bedroom temperature between 65 to 72 degrees at night.

     2. Stress and Worry

Stress and worry is the most common reason for inadequate sleep. If your mind is filled with anxiety, it can overwhelm you when you have settled into your bed. This can make it impossible for you to truly rest and fall asleep, significantly influencing how well-rested you feel in the morning.

Tip: Think about how you can combat your stress and worries. For example, this could be by doing daily meditation, practicing yoga, or writing down your concerns before going to bed.

6 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Memory

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 26, 2021 9:54:06 AM
6 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Memory

Aging of the brain is inevitable to a certain extent. It affects everyone, but with proper care and diet, you can delay your brain's aging.

For the effective functioning of the brain, not only intellectual training, physical activity, good sleep, and fresh air are required. A balanced diet is also essential. With a lack of vitamins and minerals, memory problems, distraction and fatigue may occur. To avoid this, you need to revise your diet accordingly.

The brain's favorite substances that improve its functions are glucose, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins B and E. In the rest of this article, discover the best foods rich in these vitamins and minerals:

After the Hospital: Recovering in a Skilled Nursing Facility

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Pete Keers Jan 25, 2021 2:10:48 PM
After the Hospital: Recovering in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Whether from illness or injury, the chances of ending up in the hospital increases with age. A Center for Disease Control report showed that in 2017, 15% of those aged 65 years and older were admitted to the hospital in the past 12 months, compared to less than 6% of those aged 18 to 44 years.

Of course, the goal of hospitalization is for the patient to regain health and be discharged. However, not everyone leaving the hospital is ready to go home. Many patients still need continuing, though temporary, medical care at a less intense level than in the hospital. In many cases, this care is provided at a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Formerly known as "nursing homes," these facilities commonly accept two types of patients. The patients most often associated with skilled nursing facilitiess suffer from long-term, acute conditions that require permanent, around-the-clock care. The other population served by skilled nursing facilities consists of patients recovering from illness or injury who need care until they are well enough to return home. In this role, SNFs are classified as post-acute rehabilitation facilities.

3 Reasons to Stand and Stretch Right Now

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 21, 2021 9:52:27 AM
3 Reasons to Stand and Stretch Right Now

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 33% of the global population, including seniors, suffer from musculoskeletal conditions. One in two older adults in the US lives with painful disorders related to muscles. The prevalence of musculoskeletal problems in the country is the same as chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

The loss of physical independence and mobility is a devastating experience for older adults. Some of the common disorders include fractures, osteoporosis, infections, osteoarthritis microcrystal disorders, and tumors.

Although older adults undergo conservative treatments, such as pain medications, antidepressants, and analgesics to treat these problems, research highlights that stretching exercises offer adverse-free and long-term benefits to older adults. In today's article, we will talk about the importance and benefits of stretching for the elderly.

An Elephant's Envy: 7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 20, 2021 12:21:23 PM
An Elephant's Envy: 7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

If there is one thing that all humans have in common, it is that we are all getting older. Since we are not alone in aging, we all tend to face the same aging challenges. One of those challenges that we may one day face is memory loss. In fact, about 1 in 9 adults over 45 report some issues with memory and recall. It is common, and it happens to the best of us. Though we all know what they say about misery loving company, wouldn't it be great if there were some steps we could take that could help us save our memory? Below are seven tips for seniors to aid in boosting memory.

10 Tips and Tricks to Solve Crossword Puzzles

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Cantissimo Senior Living Jan 19, 2021 12:28:04 PM
10 Tips and Tricks to Solve Crossword Puzzles

If you enjoy doing crossword puzzles but find yourself becoming frustrated because you can't solve them, this article is for you. Crossword puzzles have been simple entertainment for many years. With more time at home, pulling out the old crossword puzzle book, newspaper, or even playing online is a great idea. So, if you are ready to improve your crossword puzzle success, keep reading!

     1. Focus on Short Words Early 

Often, getting the short two and three-letter words out of the way allows you to concentrate on what is left. Once you fill in these words, you may find that the theme is easier to identify. This will help you ultimately solve the puzzle, especially if there are several two and three-letter words. If you have a puzzle that doesn't have many of these small words, you will need to focus on the clues you can solve to help get some spaces covered on the puzzle.

Modern Technologies to Help Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

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Olivia Trout Jan 15, 2021 11:59:39 AM
Modern Technologies to Help Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

As people age and health declines, safety is a substantial concern for family members and loved ones. Increasing the use of technology can be a great solution to ensure the safety and independence of older adults. Today, there are many safety and security products available. Check out our list below to learn about ten options that may improve the lives of your family! 

The Big Move: A Checklist for Moving Into Assisted Living

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Pete Keers Jan 13, 2021 9:51:43 AM
The Big Move: A Checklist for Moving Into Assisted Living

Moving out of a family home after many decades seems akin to moving a mountain. If the move is to Assisted Living, the mountain can feel even bigger.

First, consider the situation. Often, such a move does not have a long planning runway. A sudden trigger event can start the process. Incidents like an accident (e.g., a fall in the home) or illness can put an abrupt stop to independent living and kickstart a frantic effort to move a loved one into an Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing setting.