The Film “D-Day: Normandy 1944” Recalls a Battle for the Ages

When the largest Allied operation of World War II began on June 6, 1944, history changed its course forever. Many people remember the surprise, the tragedy and the success of the battle, which did not come without tremendous losses (over 4,000 dead). D-Day: Normandy 1944 is a new film that provides insight into the why and how of this landing. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film captures the strategy, action and heartbreak of the event in which so many gave their lives for freedom. The film is being shown at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History through January 4, 2016. Seniors who remember growing up in the dark days of World War II—including veterans of the war—and succeeding…

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease

At first it may look like a small tremor of the hand, or speech that becomes slurred. This could be an early symptom of Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological disorder which affects more than 500,000 people nationwide, with the average onset at age 60. It is mainly thought to be inherited. Parkinson’s has no cure but is not fatal. However, overall health can decline as symptoms worsen, such as increased risk of falling and difficulty swallowing. The disease results from the breakdown of neurons in the brain, in an area that regulates movement. Dopamine, a chemical that signals the brain to automatically move the limbs and other body parts, degenerates. While some patients may not need treatment for several years…

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A Cornucopia of Fall Festivals in and around Fort Worth

There is no shortage of fun local Fall activities for seniors and their families. With a bountiful harvest of pumpkin and gourd displays , Halloween decorations and crisp weather, it’s the perfect time to be outdoors (or indoors) and enjoy each autumn day to the fullest. Painted Pumpkin Sale – October 17 The Venue Shopping Centre storefront, 6021 Walker Blvd, Suite 121, North Richland Hills. The North Tarrant Circle of Friends has put on this event for more than 20 years. Beautifully decorated pumpkins are on sale to the public for as little as $5 and as high as $100. All profits go to Cook Children’s Hospital (the group has raised more than $1 million over the years), to help…

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There’s Still Plenty of Work Out There for Seniors

Retirement isn’t for everyone. Whether by choice or out of necessity, millions of seniors remain employed well into their golden years. The assets they bring to the table—such as solid experience, wisdom and a serious work ethic—are valued by employers. And yes, there are numerous full and part-time jobs out there that pay a decent wage. Currently, a third of all seniors 65-69 are still in the workforce. According to AARP, 80% of baby boomers will work beyond the retirement age of 65. Many people who still work love their current jobs or own a business, so they stay on. Some may ask their employer for a little less work or decreased hours; others are just happy to be employed….

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Coloring Helps Seniors become the Picture of Happiness

Coloring fun is not just for children. It can actually help seniors socialize, relax and stimulate their brain. Seniors can benefit in many ways from coloring in pictures of familiar themes: Using crayons or colored pencils enhances hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Picking up and moving a crayon purposefully promotes connectivity between the brain and fine motor skills. It is a chance for self-expression. It provides a great way to reminisce. It is a great way to practice staying on task. The activity eases the stresses of the day. Coloring pictures provides a sense of accomplishment. Especially in the case of seniors with Alzheimer’s or who have recently suffered a stroke, coloring in pictures can help memory retention and word-picture association….

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Pets Can Help Seniors Live Happier and Longer Lives

Some seniors experience loneliness and depression especially after losing a loved one, dealing with a partner who is very ill or even making the move to a group facility. In study after study, owning a pet—or even being given the opportunity to interact with animals such as dogs and cats—has proven to be one of the most beneficial things a senior adult can do. A pet’s unconditional love, with no sense of the future but of the here and now, can instantly lower stress and anxiety levels… and even blood pressure. In a 1980 landmark research project that studied heart disease patients after their hospital discharge, “the presence of a pet was the strongest predictor of survival.” Senior pet owners…

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Seniors are Lifelong Learners at Tarrant County College

An active lifestyle helps seniors live longer and healthier lives. This means keeping your brain active in addition to your body. Taking advantage of the educational opportunities at Tarrant County College not only engages the brain but also encourages seniors to get out of the house and meet like-minded people. The Senior Education Program at Tarrant County College offers non-credit courses taught by community volunteers. This fall over 150 courses are being offered on a wide range of subjects. Interested in improving your technical skills? Classes are available in computer basics, as well as, Word, Excel and Photoshop.   Finally ready to learn a foreign language? You have French, Italian, and Spanish to choose from. If you are more interested in…

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Don’t Let Emotions Make Retirement Stressful

It may seem like an end of the rainbow: finally slowing down and enjoying day after day of leisure. Freedom from having to go into work. No more having to answer to the boss, or play office politics. But retirement involves being not only financially ready, but emotionally prepared. It can be a major factor in relationships with spouses, family and friends. Some people are more ready than others. While the prospect of retirement can seem exciting, too much leisure can be monotonous for those who miss the routine and purposefulness of working. This could even result in a loss of identity, or even bring on stress…now that there is no one to report to, no office friends to have…

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Fort Worth’s Blue Zones Project Can Add Years to Seniors’ Lives

Texas is ranked 27th in the nation for healthiness….as in quality of life, physical health, emotional health and access to health services. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is intent to change that number significantly with the city’s participation in The Blue Zones Project, a 5-year initiative that promotes making better wellness and fitness choices available to residents of all ages. The project was founded nationally by Dan Buettner, a best-selling author who researched the world’s healthiest communities to see what set them apart. These include communities in places like Costa Rica, Greece, Italy and Japan. The state of Iowa, which was first in the nation to adopt the Blue Zones project in 2011, climbed from number 19 to 9 in…

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Exercise Can Make Life Much Easier for Seniors with Arthritis

Surprisingly, many seniors who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia think they should no longer exercise. Some feel that the pain is just too much and to exercise would just hurt their joints. Actually, exercise is one of the best things they can do to improve their health. Arthritis sufferers quickly lose flexibility if they do not exercise. The right exercises can build muscle, decrease stiffness of joints, minimize fatigue and elevate your mood, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Exercise is also good for your heart, making it stronger while lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels. The best prescription is to work on losing weight at the same time; a 10-lb. weight loss will…

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