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Apartment Therapy’s Step-by-Step for a Spring Deep Clean

Apartment Therapy’s Step-by-Step for a Spring Deep Clean

Whether you want a sparkly house to celebrate the arrival of spring or you’re getting your home ready for sale, look to Apartment Therapy. Its free Spring Cleaning Cure (https://bit.ly/3qCkCQa) is designed to help you tackle your deep cleaning to-do list one project at a time over 20 days. Starting on March 15, you’ll get a daily cleaning assignment emailed to you after signing up. Apartment Therapy is expert at breaking down big, intimidating projects into small daily tasks that add up to a big payoff in the end. You may have done its January 30-day challenge—the purging and organizing

3 Ways to (Almost) Instantly Improve Your Mood

3 Ways to (Almost) Instantly Improve Your Mood

Right now, when social distancing makes a good hug hard to come by, try these other natural ways to boost your spirits! 1. Take a walk outside A simple walk can provide a pleasant change of scenery while also stretching your muscles and improving your circulation. Brisk walking can make you feel better by releasing endorphins (the feel-good hormone) and boosting energy. Walking in nature or other “green” spaces and basking in natural light has been proven to promote a calming, meditative mental state, improving mood. Plus, studies show that exercise can alleviate long-term depression. Active

The Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

The Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

Most people know that gardening is an excellent way to obtain tasty, organic fruits and vegetables for your table to boost your health. However, the benefits of gardening go far beyond the nutritional value of home-grown produce. Researchers have determined that older adults who garden enjoy fitness, flexibility, physical strength, and cognitive ability, regardless of what they grow. So, you don’t have to raise edibles to enjoy many of the remarkable benefits of gardening. If you prefer flowers, grow flowers! Good for the Body Gardening helps reduce sedentary lifestyles, enhances overall

New Research Pinpoints a Blood Factor That Can Reverse Brain Aging

New Research Pinpoints a Blood Factor That Can Reverse Brain Aging

Scientists know that physical activity can boost brain health, even if the source of exercise’s health benefits have been difficult to trace. Researchers have now identified an exercise-induced blood protein that can play a significant role in rejuvenating brains and combatting cognitive decline. The substance, glycosylphosphatidylinositol (phospholipase D1)—or GPLD1 for short—is a protein produced primarily in the liver and distributed via plasma in the blood. While it already exists in humans, exercise makes more of it. Scientists have confirmed the results, but aren’t sure how GPLD1 works

4 Ways to Build a Positive Attitude (and why you should)

4 Ways to Build a Positive Attitude (and why you should)

Life can be challenging, but looking for the good rather than focusing on the negative can make each day feel more rewarding. Plus, keeping a little altitude on your attitude provides physical benefits as well as psychological ones. If your mood needs a boost, try these strategies. 1. Exercise Researchers have found mounting evidence that physical activity provides extensive mental health benefits, including enhanced self-esteem and anxiety and depression reductions. The mood-elevating chemicals released in the brain while exercising continue to improve attitude and outlook long after

Simplify Video Chats with Senior-Friendly Tablets

Simplify Video Chats with Senior-Friendly Tablets

The coronavirus age has forced many families to rely on video chatting as a substitute for in-person visits. But if Mom or Dad aren’t savvy to today’s technology, how can you include them in video calls? Sadly, the pandemic has pushed many seniors into profound isolation, making it more essential than ever to support loved ones and find new ways to stay in touch. For older seniors lacking technical support, feature-rich Apple and Android tablets are often too confusing. If your loved one needs a simplified solution, here are three tablets to consider with senior-friendly video conferencing

Can Healthy Lifestyles Combat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can Healthy Lifestyles Combat Alzheimer’s Disease?

While medical experts have not been successful in discovering a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, recently released research supports the long-held belief that lifestyle choices play a pivotal role in reducing risks. The latest data is drawn from two longitudinal studies—the Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) and the Memory and Aging Project (MAP)—funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The combined data pool included nearly 3,000 participants. Researchers scored each participant on five healthy lifestyle factors, including: 1. Physical activity. At least 150 minutes of

Find Wheelchair-accessible Places With Google Maps Feature

Find Wheelchair-accessible Places With Google Maps Feature

Google has rolled out a new maps feature (https://bit.ly/37RAtS5) to help people more easily locate wheelchair-accessible buildings. By turning on “Accessible Places,” people can find accessibility information prominently displayed on a Google Map. The feature is touted as “know before you go,” eliminating the frustrating experience of arriving at a place and being stranded outside because the facility lacks accessible features. In addition to indicating whether a facility’s entrance is accessible, Google map users also can determine whether there’s accessible parking, restrooms, and seating

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Cities Help Seniors Age in Place

Few cities are prepared to accommodate the needs of an aging population, says Age-Forward Cities for 2030, a report by the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, a Santa Monica, Calif., think tank. Many cities lack the housing, design, service, economic opportunity, transit and amenities to address seniors’ needs. That’s despite the fact that by 2030 those over the age of 60 will outnumber those under the age of 10, Creative senior programs So when you’re looking at a prospective retirement city, look closely at its long-term plan for an aging population and how well it addresses