Optimal Aging

Guidance, stories and solutions for aging well

  • Older adults are getting creative to battle loneliness during pandemic

    Older adults are getting creative to battle loneliness during pandemic

    Learn from Providence how adults 65 and older can battle the loneliness and isolation caused by social distancing during COVID-19.

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  • Stay active while sheltering in place

    Stay active while sheltering in place

    It’s important to stay active even while you shelter in place. Here are things you can do to help build strength, balance, heart health and immunity.

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  • Do’s and don'ts for communicating with someone with dementia

    Do’s and don'ts for communicating with someone with dementia

    Providence shares helpful tips for communicating with and understanding someone with dementia.

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  • Our commitment to safe food preparation for people with dysphagia

    Our commitment to safe food preparation for people with dysphagia

    Providence is following new international standards to prepare food and drinks appropriately for people with swallowing disorders.

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  • Your back will thank you for trying these simple stretches

    Your back will thank you for trying these simple stretches

    Get in the habit of practicing some back-stretching exercises, and you may be surprised at how much better you feel.

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  • Being the best caregiver starts with caring for yourself

    Being the best caregiver starts with caring for yourself

    Learn about the importance of caring for your mental health as well as your loved ones’, and how to become a better caregiver by focusing on your own needs.

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  • Can laughter help you live longer?

    Can laughter help you live longer?

    Learn from Providence how laughter improves both mental and physical health to increase your longevity and quality of life.

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  • Directing the future, with care

    Directing the future, with care

    Dr. Glen Komatsu: trying to bring the “care” back into health care.

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  • Beyond brushing: Keeping a healthy mouth as you age

    Beyond brushing: Keeping a healthy mouth as you age

    Don’t let age affect your oral health. Learn how to maintain a healthy mouth as you get older, and which oral health problems seniors should know about.

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  • Schedule these 10 health tests when you turn 65

    Schedule these 10 health tests when you turn 65

    Learn the top 10 health tests seniors need to address issues before they become serious threats to enjoying an active and healthy life.

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  • Healthcare cost assistance programs

    Healthcare cost assistance programs

    Learn the different forms of assistance available to help you afford the cost of healthcare if you have limited resources or income.

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  • 2018 Community Benefit Report: Seward Area Hospice provides end-of-life compassion, care

    2018 Community Benefit Report: Seward Area Hospice provides end-of-life compassion, care

    Seward Area Hospice provides end-of-life compassion, care.

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  • Make the season social: Tips to handle holiday loneliness

    Make the season social: Tips to handle holiday loneliness

    You don’t have to face a lonely holiday season. Use these tips to bring others into your life and brighten up the season.

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  • Is it possible to tap the fountain of youth with a new supplement?

    Is it possible to tap the fountain of youth with a new supplement?

    NAD+ is a naturally-occurring substance that improves cell function and repair. Can it help increase longevity as well?

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  • Is a personal trainer right for you?

    Is a personal trainer right for you?

    Learn how personal trainers can help older adults stay healthy and reach their fitness goals with guidance and expert advice.

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  • A proactive health guide for people 40+

    A proactive health guide for people 40+

    After you reach 40, it becomes more likely that the normal aging process will introduce new and perhaps surprising health concerns.

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  • High BMI may put women at risk for early colorectal cancer

    High BMI may put women at risk for early colorectal cancer

    A recent study indicates women with higher BMI have a higher risk of getting the disease before age 50.

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  • Skin tags are an irritant but should be treated with respect

    Skin tags are an irritant but should be treated with respect

    It's wise to mention to your health care provider the growth of skin tags.

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  • Your sore feet may be warning you of heart disease

    Your sore feet may be warning you of heart disease

    The connection may not seem obvious, but pain in the legs or feet can be a sign of atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries

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  • Food for thought on diet and breast cancer

    Food for thought on diet and breast cancer

    A healthy diet can be beneficial when it comes to breast cancer treatment and prevention.

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