Author: Jennifer E. Landis

Fun Tips for Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Decking the halls: love it or hate it? Chances are, if you’re reading this, it’s not your favorite pastime. Even if you absolutely love the holidays, decorating can be pretty stressful. Not only does it cost money and take time, but it also doesn’t help that your next-door neighbors’ decorations make the tree in Rockefeller Center look equal parts sloppy and subtle. But the good news is that it’s generally pretty easy to make your house look just as festive. We’ve found the following five tips are fail-proof ways to decorate this year and beyond. Start Early One of...

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Clever Ways to Stay Fit This Winter

Ah, winter. That magical time when the snow is falling, the clothing is layered and warm, and there is no need to for anyone to catch a glimpse of your figure till spring. It’s not surprising that the average American gains five pounds each winter! However, cold weather and short days are no excuses to abandon your fitness goals. After all, there’s much more to fitness than staying trim. You’ll be one step ahead of the spring bikini body rush if you stay in shape during winter using these simple chilly weather exercise tips. Play in the Snow We...

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How to Not Blow Your Christmas Budget

The holidays are nearly upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.  Have you thought about how much money you’re planning on spending? You don’t want to blow through your holiday budget before you’ve picked up a gift for everyone on your list, after all!  How can you find gifts for everyone without spending all your savings? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out this busy holiday season. Actually MAKE a Christmas Budget If you’re like us, you probably go into your holiday shopping with a basic idea of what you’re planning...

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What To Do When You Think Your Parent Is Developing Dementia

Family is one of the most important parts of many people’s lives. The people you grew up with are the ones who shape you the most, so naturally, you’re still a part of their lives as you get older. The family dynamic changes between parent and child with age. Parents go from teachers to friends, and children go from being parented to learning how to take care of their parent’s needs. Something that children also have to learn is how to spot the difference between natural aging and diseases brought on by time. Not every moment when your parents...

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What Your Family Should Know About CCRCs

Are you or your aging parents making plans for how they will spend their retirement years? If so, it’s a good idea to know about continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) as an option. CCRCs usually offer a combination of living plans, depending on the health of the residents. There is independent living, where residents live by themselves in apartments or homes on the grounds of the CCRC. There is assisted living, if the residents require assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL) or frequent care. There are also skilled nursing facilities, for residents who require a higher level...

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7 Smart Ways to Make Your Home Safer for Seniors

Getting older can change the environment for home safety. Areas that once were completely fine, such as bathrooms or hallways with area rugs, may now look to a senior citizen like an obstacle course threatening their movement and their safety. As people get older, it can become difficult or impossible to navigate home areas that once were totally comfortable. Not only that, but it can become dangerous. More than 800,000 people 65 or older are hospitalized every year because of an injury caused by a fall, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Frequently,...

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How You Can Keep Your Home Safe From Carbon Monoxide

With the cold weather coming, we’re going to be turning on our heat and using our fireplaces to keep us warm. At this time, it’s extra-important to make sure our smoke detectors are working. Typically, we’ll see public service announcements encouraging us to change our smoke detector batteries whenever we change our clocks. Testing the batteries is a good habit to get into to ensure the detectors will work if you need them. Another danger, not as often discussed, is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas which is deadly to humans. It’s a byproduct of...

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These Tips Will Keep Your Family Safe in Your New Home

Safety should always be your No. 1 family priority. Moving can be incredibly stressful, but it can also be exciting. Moving into a new home and new area means new experiences and new friends. It might also mean more room or a bigger yard. Moving also means there are a lot of unknowns, especially when it comes to the neighborhood and neighbors. Hopefully, the area you’re moving into doesn’t have a high crime rate, but with more than 2 million burglaries occurring in 2010, it might not matter what neighborhood you live in. Your home might get burgled just...

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Why You Aren’t Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Many adults suffer from sleep deprivation, with insomnia as a common issue. Sleep problems aren’t random, and some factors influence your sleep quality, but can be remedied. First, you have to address issues affecting your sleep quality. Many factors that contribute to a bad night’s sleep will be better under control once you bring awareness to the matter. For example, if you’re taking a new asthma drug that lists insomnia as a side effect, it’s important to see your primary care doctor in case you’re exposed to triggers in the night. Look closely at potential reasons why you aren’t...

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5 Common Dental Issues and How to Deal With Them

Most people hate taking a trip to the dentist, but in spite of this inherent dislike of the dental profession, dental issues sometimes crop up and need to be addressed. What are the most common dental issues, and what do you need to do to deal with them? Tooth Decay and Cavities Tooth decay and cavities are probably the most common type of dental issue, or at least the one most people are familiar with. We’ve had it driven into our heads since grade school that you need to brush and floss your teeth to prevent cavities and tooth...

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