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Get out your bird book and binoculars—it turns out that birdwatching offers a flock of benefits for Aging Well. And luckily for those of us in Southern Arizona, our area’s climate, geography, and location along migratory flyways attract more than 500 species of birds. You don’t necessarily h…

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One trend in home design that seems to be universally popular is open floor plans—that is, home layouts where living rooms are partially or completely opened up into the kitchen and dining area. “People continue to request open-concept homes,” says Marisela Panzarella, the Designer/Move-In C…

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More and more people are considering the many advantages of Life Plan Communities. These are age-restricted, amenity-rich residences where people live independently, with health care services available should the need ever arise. There are many practical reasons to choose a Life Plan Communi…

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When it comes to doing something good for your cognitive health, skip the “brain games” and try meditation. Regular meditation has proven benefits for your brain, which can sharpen your memory, boost your mood, and even make you more compassionate.

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Even though life as we know it changed dramatically last year, the newest residents at Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Oro Valley for those 55 and better, say that the COVID-19 pandemic proved the ideal time to move to a Life Plan Community. While people across the country were shel…

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What makes some of us happier than others? New research looks at factors like personality traits, social factors, and more to try to answer this question. The 2020 Age Well Study findings (released January 2021) specifically focus on the happiness and life satisfaction of residents in Life P…

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Expansive glass doors that open to breathtaking mountain views, sophisticated fixtures and finishes, and plenty of space to design around your lifestyle. That might not be the home you picture when you think of moving to a senior living community, but it’s exactly what residents are experien…

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With nearly 300 feathers as unique as the people who created them, a magnificent set of wings has become an inspiring symbol for the Splendido residents and team members whose collective talents are reflected in them.

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This year’s holiday celebrations and traditions may be different than previous years, but there is still plenty to savor in the season. And pausing to savor good moments can actively boost your overall happiness and even your health.

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Spread good cheer with these holiday treats! The recipes are from Mary Teresi-White, the pastry chef at Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Oro Valley for those 55 and better.

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November—a month containing both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving—is an ideal time to focus on feeling thankful. Focusing on feelings of gratitude help you feel happier and more positive in the short and long term.

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Everyone has been spending more time at home in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic—and that shift is changing the way we view our personal space and having a major impact on trends in interior design.

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Just as you can improve your physical health with good habits, so too can you improve the health of your brain—boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Just about everyone has been spending a lot of time at home in recent months, staying safely inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you haven’t already taken a look around to see how your home might work better for you—or benefit from a refresh—now is the time.

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It’s still possible to exercise, stay engaged, and connect with friends while staying safe during the Coronavirus pandemic —and that is especially true for those in Life Plan Communities like Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Oro Valley for those 55 and better.

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Aging Well in the home is evolving, due to the growing popularity of smart speakers and other connected devices. Whether you like to relax to music, keep up with current events, or catch up with friends on a video chat, you can do so with a simple voice command. Imagine applying that conveni…

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The number of yoga studios, gyms, and health-focused restaurants are tangible evidence of people’s investment in improving or maintaining their wellness. But is it possible to work toward wellness while one is actually at work? 

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More than 40% of people over 65 are Tweeting, posting, or pinning on social media—and their presence on platforms like Facebook and Instagram bodes well for their cognitive and social health. One study found that older adults who use Facebook had a significant increase in their ability to co…

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If you want a quick and comprehensive workout that continues to burn calories long after your session ends—or you tend to get bored with your fitness routine—consider Aging Well with circuit training. Circuit training is a fast-paced, intensive workout that involves cycling through multiple …

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How does your plan for the future look? If you’re a planner, you’ve already got your investments and assets figured out and your estate plan in order. But there are other important aspects of planning that are often ignored. 

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Phil Procida, age 82, has found a unique way to Age Well: by pursuing a long-time passion and applying it into helping others. 

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The number of yoga studios, gyms, and health-focused restaurants are tangible evidence of people’s investment in improving or maintaining their wellness. But is it possible to work toward wellness while one is actually at work? 

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Research released earlier this year reveals that older adults who live in Life Plan Communities tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than demographically similar people who don’t live in senior living communities. 

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Imagine the ability to explore the bottom of the ocean, fly through the sky, or float through space without leaving the comfort of your home. Thanks to virtual reality systems, you can. Virtual reality (VR) is a digitized world that inserts the user into a new reality through an HMD (head-mo…

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If you’re looking for ways to help your home “age well”—or to make a new home suit your style—start with your favorite furniture. Believe it or not, you can refresh your décor using antiques, family heirlooms, or beloved favorites.

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A multitude of research shows that those who spend time planting or cultivating a garden can end up reaping a variety of health benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. This is good news for avid gardeners in the Tucson area, many of whom are transplants themselves from the Midwest, East Coa…

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Tis the season… when many of us will gain unwanted weight from all the holiday parties, home-baked gifts, and irresistible goodies everywhere. “Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people can gain weight that sticks with them the rest of the year,” says Mary Teresi, Pastry Chef at Splendid…

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Many of us struggle with exercise, either starting something like a Pilates class and then stopping. . . or buying a treadmill and letting it collect dust. One way around these stops and starts is to set exercise goals. With workouts, as with other aspects of life, setting realistic, specifi…

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Why work out in a fitness center when you can get a great cardio workout while exploring the beauty of the Sonoran Desert? Of all the opportunities for outdoor exercise in the Tucson area, hiking may be the most versatile—and one of the most beneficial. It’s free, can be adjusted to your fit…

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From a peek at how music benefits your brain, to recommending habits that can build long-term happiness, this column shares evidence-based information on improving physical, mental, and emotional health. Often, the information found here is based on research conducted or shared by Mather Lif…

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If you’re going to enjoy a lifelong hobby, you can’t beat the benefits of playing a musical instrument. In addition to bringing joy to yourself and any listeners you might have, you’re doing great things for your brain.  

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Many people believe that water aerobics or other types of aquatic exercise are for those with bad knees or brand-new hips—a last resort for staying fit. But in fact, working out in water is great for everyone. People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels can use aquatic exercise to impr…

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Not all healthy pastimes require you to break a sweat or change your diet. Sometimes Aging Well can be as easy as do-re-mi. That’s right—you can Age Well simply by singing, or better yet, singing with others. Research has proven that singing in a group can improve your mood, your brain healt…

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Part of Aging Well is maintaining a positive mood and staying energetic—which are not always easy to do. The good news is that no matter what’s happening in your life, you can shift your mood by listening to music. There are many studies that explore this phenomenon. Below are ideas from res…

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Continuing to learn may be the best thing you can do to improve your cognition and memory. Research has shown that this is true for people of all ages—especially when learning combined with a social aspect like taking a class with other interested students. 

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Part of Aging Well is having a plan in place for dealing with health issues, both expected and unexpected. Even those who are healthy can be struck with a medical emergency that may take them out of commission for weeks. 

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Regular walking or running is a great way to Age Well—but if you’re just starting out creating a new fitness habit, it’s wise to start slow and build up. What follows is advice from Todd Lutz, the Get Fit coordinator at Splendido, an all-inclusive community for those 55 and better in Tucson.…