Category Archives: Daily Local News Article

The Magic of a Good Night’s Sleep

by Pamela Leland, Executive Director True or False:  People need less sleep as they get older. False! Older adults need the same amount of sleep recommended for any adult – 7.5 to 9 hours per night. Given this, how did the “fact” that older people need less sleep become so…

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Fraud Prevention for Seniors

Contributed by Colleen O’Neill, CPA, Chief Financial Officer at The Hickman While seniors make up 11 percent of the population, they represent 30 percent of consumer fraud cases and 50 percent of telephone fraud. The reason for their susceptibility to fraud is due to several factors: A lack of comfort…

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Using Apps to Make Life Easier

By Charles “Ebbie” Alfree III, Director of Advancement  Most associate usage of technology with the younger generations, but older adults are becoming more digitally connected every day. According to the Pew Research Center, 42% of adults 65 and older own smartphones – compared to 18% in 2013. In addition, 32%…

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A Potpourri of Aging Well

By Pamela Leland, PhD, Executive Director  I’ve had too many reminders in recent weeks that we all need to get more comfortable talking about death and dying. But that is such a heavy subject! My friend Judy suggested the topic of humor and aging for this week’s column. Yet that…

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“Functional Foods” of Fall

The fall season is here!  Crisp cool air, beautiful colors in the foliage and the start of football season!  But, did you know that now is the best time to really think about what you eat?  The fall season provides many health and wellness benefits that you may not know…

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Lessons and Revelations from Hurricane Irma

By Pamela Leland, PhD, Executive Director  Like many of us, I have older friends who live in south Florida. One particular couple, both in the 80s, are dealing with a number of health issues and have very limited financial resources. They are also fiercely independent, often refusing help when offered…

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Benefits of Pet Therapy

by Michael Wesner, West Chester University Student and Volunteer at The Hickman  When it comes to senior living communities, the implementation of pet therapy has shown to be useful in caring for the residents. According to M. Garrett, Pet Therapy for Older Adults from Psychology Today, pet therapy, also known…

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Clearing Out the Clutter

by Jen Patterson, Facilities Manager  We all do it.  We put things in a pile, to look at later.  We put items in the closet in case we need them.  We put stuff in the basement or attic for next year, for a yard sale, for when family visits, etc. …

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Creating a Life of Purpose

by Pamela Leland, PhD, Executive Director  Several years ago I was talking with an older woman who was struggling with disappointment and sadness that she could no longer do the kind of volunteering that she had done when she was younger. She had spent much of her adult life doing…

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated

by Loretta Homer, L.P.N.  Did you know water is the most essential and important nutrient in the body? It is involved in every bodily function and constitutes for 70 to 75% of human total body weight. So understandably, drinking plenty of fluids to maintain and replenish water levels is vital…

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The Importance of Remaining Active with Dementia

by Jen Harris, Community Life & Outreach Manager Being mentally active is important for people living with dementia. Performing fun activities can help them stay alert and interested in daily living.  Cognitive-specific activities, such as assembling puzzles, not only provides mental stimulation but can also generate integral social interactions. Reminiscence…

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The Impact Food has on Seniors

by Rodney Sykes, Dining Services Manager  Luciano Pavarotti once said, “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” We all know the nutritional benefits of food, but having worked in the…

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Practicing Safety: Reducing Your Risks

by Pamela Leland, PhD, Executive Director  If it is cold outside, we wear a coat, maybe even a hat and mittens. If there is ice or snow, we wear boots or shoes with non-skid soles. If we are driving in the rain, we use windshield wipers. If climbing on a…

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A Difficult Conversation Made Easier

by Diane Kauffman, Marketing & Sales Manager  The Hickman provides permanent and respite personal care to seniors. You are invited to The Hickman on Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about The Conversation Project. One of the most difficult and most important conversations I have ever had…

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Benefiting from Volunteer Opportunities

by Charles “Ebbie” Alfree III, Director of Advancement Some consider volunteers to be the very backbone of non-profit organizations. When you think about it, the individuals who serve on non-profits’ Board of Directors are volunteers! However, not everyone who offers their time to an organization serves at that capacity; there…

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