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Picture the person you might think of as stubborn, obstinate, uncompromising, adamant, hard-headed, insistent or unrelenting. Do you have someone in mind? Now think about a person who you would call determined, unwavering, strong-minded, gritty, persistent, firm, steadfast, resolute or persevering. What about now? Do you have someone in mind?

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Can We Talk? Making Couple Communication Effective

You cannot not communicate. It’s a rule. It’s a law of the universe. It’s a reality.

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How Much is Too Much?

All I want for (insert occasion here) is one of these, and one of these, and, oh! ALL of these! Please? (Picture adorable face of child, grandchild, nephew or niece, eyes wide, smiling hopefully.)

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Differing Family Traditions at the Holiday Season

Traditions offer family members an opportunity to feel included, share values and connect with each other in meaningful ways. While many link the holiday season with family traditions involving a celebration, celebration is only one type of tradition. The other major types are traditions of connection and traditions of community.

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Winter Weather: Kids Won’t Want to Waste a Flake

A warm sweater and slippers, a toasty cup of cocoa, a good book or movie all sound like the perfect weekend plan to many adults who have to battle the elements all week getting people to school, work and childcare. Kids on the other hand are excited for the snow and all the fun that comes with the fluffy white stuff.

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ND Family Caregiver Supports and Services Study

What is North Dakota doing to address the needs of family caregivers of older adults? Take a look at the final report of a five-month long study on family caregiver supports and services conducted by NDSU Department of Human Development & Family Science and NDSU Extension Service.

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Advance Care Planning: Making preparations in the event life changes unexpectedly.

YouTube video of the Health Care Directive session held on April 26, 2016. The featured speaker is Barb Hanson, RN, BSN, Faith Community Nurse at Sanford Health, Fargo. She shares valuable information on Health Care Directives, such as: 1) What is a Health Care Directive?; 2) Who needs one?, and 3) How can I write one?

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Protect Yourself from Senior Financial Exploitation

What exactly is financial exploitation? Financial exploitation occurs when someone illegally or improperly uses an older adult’s money or belongings for his or her personal use. Financial exploitation is the fastest growing type of elder abuse.

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How to Avoid Health Fraud

My elderly mother lives alone and her health is failing. I’m concerned about her being scammed by con artists. What are the most frequent types of health scams experienced by seniors?

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Are You Interested in a Longer, Healthier Life?

Have you ever wondered how long you might live? There are tools available, called life-expectancy calculators, that can provide an estimate based on health, habits, socioeconomic status and family history.

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Holiday Visits: How to Begin Conversations With Aging Family Members

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families are traveling to spend time with parents and relatives. In addition to enjoying holiday gatherings, festive meals and favorite family traditions, the holidays may be one of the few opportunities for adult children to talk with their parents about important age-related topics (just don’t talk at the dinner table; wait for a quiet, relaxed time).

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Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner and with it comes the joy of celebrating and re-connecting with family and friends. For some family members coming home for the holidays, it might bring new concerns and questions about how to help an aging parent or relative. Here is some helpful information:

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Help Seniors Stay on Their Feet

Falls are a serious public health problem, one that is largely preventable. Falls increase with age. One out of every three people ages 65 years and older fall each year. In fact, it is estimated that 50 percent of older adults 80 years and older will fall each year.

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Tips for Good Digestive Health as You Age

A person can develop digestive problems at any age but it is more likely to occur as you get older. Approximately 40% of all older adults have one or more digestive system disorders every year, mainly caused by changes that happen in the digestive tract with age. Common digestive problems that occur as a person ages include things such as constipation, diverticular disease, ulcers and stomach bleeding, swallowing problems, colon polyps, and heartburn.

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Anti-aging skin care

Anti-Aging Skin Care Products: Do They Really Work?

Many factors cause our skin to age including the environment (cumulative effects of exposure to sunlight) and physical changes in the structure of the skin. Regardless of the nature of these changes, it is common for us to want to look as good as we can. This desire to maintain a youthful look has created a tremendous demand for anti-aging skin care products. Anti-aging skin care products are predominantly focused on women, but products specifically targeting men are increasingly common. Men are adopting habits and adding products to their grooming arsenal to cheat the aging process and keep their skin in prime condition.

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Social Media and Older Adults

The use of social media is significantly increasing among older adults with the 50 years and older group being the fastest growing demographic segment on the Internet. In fact, Internet users over the age of 55 are leading the growth in social network usage, according to a recent report from Nielsen, State of the Media: The Social Media Report. The infographic below indicates that seniors are joining Facebook, Twitter, and more, proving older adults are not too old for social media!

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Nourishing Boomers

Better Health in the New Year

Tired of hearing about New Year’s resolutions lists by now? This can be especially true when the resolutions involve major changes or difficult adjustments in one’s life. While the New Year is a time to hope for better health, it does not have to be something dreaded or unattainable. It should be viewed as an opportunity to stay healthy as we age and to reduce the risks associated with chronic diseases common among older adults, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

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Sharing Holiday Memories

The holidays are a special time for us to come together as families to re-connect, enjoy each other’s company and reflect on many good memories of the past. For older family members, it is especially important for them to have the opportunity to reminisce about earlier memories of holidays or family times that brought them joy and contentment.

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