Optimal Aging

Guidance, stories and solutions for aging well

  • Feeling colder as you get older? Here are some reasons why

    Feeling colder as you get older? Here are some reasons why

    Feeling cold is a normal part of aging, but when is it a sign of a serious health problem? Learn which conditions can give you a chill.

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  • Four strategies for managing your medications

    Four strategies for managing your medications

    Keeping multiple medications straight and getting their dosage and timing just right isn’t always easy.

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  • The positive pursuit of a new purpose after midlife

    The positive pursuit of a new purpose after midlife

    Learn how seeking new a purpose in life or following long-held interests can offer a lasting boost to mental and physical health as we age.

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  • Living through loss: How to cope when a life partner dies

    Living through loss: How to cope when a life partner dies

    Your life partner has died, which is one of the hardest losses in life. It’s more vital than ever to care for yourself. Here’s help to cope with grief.

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  • Lessons in resilience: A comedian shares her story

    Lessons in resilience: A comedian shares her story

    During such uncertainty, it can be difficult to summon hope and inner strength to push through these hard times. Hear one woman's story of resilience.

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  • Providence hospice nurses share their stories of helping and hope

    Providence hospice nurses share their stories of helping and hope

    Hospice nurses at Providence provide physical, mental, spiritual and emotional care to meet their patients’ end-of-life needs. Hear their stories.

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  • Learn the facts about Alzheimer's Disease

    Learn the facts about Alzheimer's Disease

    Many people believe certain myths about how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. Learn about some of the most common misconceptions about this condition.

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  • Aging gracefully: Learn the secrets

    Aging gracefully: Learn the secrets

    Learn five secrets to aging gracefully. They may help you fight COVID-19 now and enjoy healthy years ahead.

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  • Storytelling is a way to connect during the pandemic

    Storytelling is a way to connect during the pandemic

    People are longing to connect. During a “fireside chat,” Ira Byock, M.D., and Dave Isay share storytelling can forge connections during the time of COVID-19.

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  • Is inflammation speeding up your aging process?

    Is inflammation speeding up your aging process?

    Long term inflammation can lead to many chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, as you grow older. Find out more.

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  • Avoiding the heat-related illnesses of summer

    Avoiding the heat-related illnesses of summer

    If you’re 65 or older, you’re more likely to suffer a heat-related illness during the summer. Learn how to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

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  • 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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