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Senior Care Management Insights - December 2011

December, 2011
How to Help Seniors Live Longer
Helping Seniors Live Longer The age that meant “end of the road” for the average person a century ago has shifted landmarks to what we now call “over the hill,” meaning many more years lie ahead. But it’s not all downhill from there. The average life span today stands at about 80 years, and people are looking for ways to enjoy good health and happiness until the very end. Today, many seniors even live into their 90s or past 100—a feat of healthy, purposeful living that other older adults can model with guidance from senior health care professionals....

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Keep a positive outlook on aging and encourage seniors to do the same.
Growing old often has a negative connotation and as a senior care professional, you probably know the ailments and struggles older adults face all too well. But that’s not all there is to aging. Take time each day to consciously recognize something positive about aging and point it out to the seniors you work with.

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