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Be patient with yourself when trying new things

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Be patient with yourself when trying new things

Retirement is the perfect time to try unfamiliar hobbies, have new experiences and continue learning. While these prospects might sound exhilarating, they can also be scary. The fear of the unknown and the worry that can arise from possible failure might stop you before you even begin.

We're often happy living in our comfort zone because we know what to expect and things are easy here. But as historian Thomas Fuller noted, "All things are difficult before they are easy."

Just because something new is hard at first, doesn't mean you should avoid it or give up. Think back on your life: Before you became an expert in your chosen profession or successful in a hobby, you had to go through a learning process. Chances are you experienced challenges during this time, especially in the beginning when it was brand new to you. You persevered and it got easier.

The same energy and dedication can be applied to fresh adventures in your independent living community. Whether it's making new friends, learning an instrument or taking up knitting, remind yourself that it's OK if it's difficult at first. If you stick with it, it will become easier, and you'll have the satisfaction of developing a skill or making a friend.

Some seniors may feel like old age is not the time for new experiences, but if you've always enjoyed active living, then getting older shouldn't change that for you. In fact, now that you have more free time, it's the perfect opportunity to devote time to yourself, especially if there's something you've always wanted to try but didn't have the chance to before.

Give yourself permission to keep exploring life, but remember to be patient and take your time to overcome any challenges that may arise on this journey.

Sincerely,

Kelley D. Hamilton

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Don't be afraid to keep dreaming

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Daydreaming may seem like a fun way to pass an hour or two, but some older adults may feel that the time for dreams to come true is when you're young and in the prime of life.

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Having the courage to deal with setbacks

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Without experiencing setbacks and failures in life, we wouldn't know the feeling of success.

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Staying connected with friends

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friends are as important as exercise and a healthy diet - and research can attest to it!

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Don't be scared to make a mistake

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When trying out a new hobby, interviewing for a different job position or putting yourself out there to meet a new friend, there's something that tends to hold people back: the fear of messing up.

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Senior activists to inspire us all

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
There are people all over the globe that are changing the world for the better. And guess what? Some of those people are into their 70s and above.

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Looking at exercise in a new light

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
With all of the senior health benefits that exercise brings (a healthier heart, stronger bones, more limber joints, etc.) it's important that being active becomes a part of our daily lives.

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Focusing less on the calendar and more on opportunities

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
We rely on clocks and calendars as a way to keep time and figure out exactly how old we are. But what if we stopped looking at them?

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Finding a sense of purpose

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
It's easy for anyone to view retirement as a chance slow down, relax and escape, whether it's from their job or their hectic lifestyle. But how about looking at retirement as an opportunity to stay active by spending time doing what you've always wanted to do?

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The impact of caregiver support groups

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Caregiver support groups offer you a place to share all of your frustrations, thoughts and feelings that come along with looking after a loved one.

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Changing your life path

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Never be afraid to change directions in life and become someone who you've always wanted to be.

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The positive effects of pet ownership

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Friday, May 23, 2014
Animals can have an extraordinary effect on human health, both mentally and physically.

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What are you thankful for today?

Written by Pam Gray on Thursday, May 08, 2014
It's easy to focus on what we don't have, but how about thinking about all of the wonderful things that you do have?

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The impact of donating your time

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Because life is so fleeting, sometimes the best gift you can give someone is your time.

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Thoughts on happiness from a 92-year-old

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Perspective plays a big part in your happiness - just take it from 92-year-old Maurine Jones.

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What makes you feel ageless?

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There's a big difference between growing older and growing up - just because your age increases doesn't mean you lose that youthfulness inside of you.

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Share your smile with others

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We don't often realize how big of an impact such a little action can have on another person.

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Gaining independence in senior living

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Active retirement living can help you find your independence and gives you more time to enjoy your hobbies and accomplish your goals.

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Asking for help as a caregiver: a sign of strength

Written by Pam Gray on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Even the best caregivers require some help every once in awhile.

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Don't let your worries take over your life

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Walt Disney can help teach you the importance of letting your worries go and enjoying every little part of life.

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Staying motivated to accomplish your goals

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Accomplishing your dreams can be as easy as adjusting your self-image.

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Friendships are the key to a happy and fulfilling life

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A good friend is invaluable and may be even more important to our health than we realize.

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Retirement is a journey, not a destination

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Seeing retirement as a whole new journey rather than as a stopping point can make all the difference in fulfilling your dreams. 

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Staying positive as a caregiver

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
While life isn't always filled with happiness, you can bring your own positivity to improve the lives of you and your loved one. 

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Recognizing unrealistic limitations and stepping out of your comfort zone

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Stepping out of your comfort zone can help you reach your goals and accomplish things of which you never knew you were capable. 

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Learning to think differently about aging

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Thinking differently about aging can change the way you live for the better.

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Caregiving: Who does it benefit?

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Caregivers may spend their lives giving back to the ones they love, but they might just be getting some hidden benefits in return.

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Finding the courage to accomplish your dreams

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Live life with passion and follow your dreams, no matter how small or big they might be.

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A new year means new beginnings

Written by Pam Gray on Thursday, January 02, 2014
A new year brings the opportunity to start over.

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Christmastime Nostalgia

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Recalling happy memories can help shape a more positive future. 

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Breaking the idea of stereotypical retirement

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
By ignoring society's expectations and focusing on your own life goals, you can live the life you've always wanted.

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How changing your perspective can change your life

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Changing the way you see yourself could change the way you live your life.

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World's oldest professional crossword-puzzle constructor still going at it

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Bernice Gordon, 99, has been constructing crosswords since 1952, and is continuing to do so today.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Bonaventure

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thanksgiving is a great time to gather amongst friends and family. And did you know simply eating together as a family can greatly improve the health and nutrition of seniors?

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Being thankful may lead to better health

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Being grateful this Thanksgiving may not only give you a more positive outlook on life, but a healthier body as well.

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Is it possible to construct a happier brain?

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Positive thinking can have a great influence on your well-being. By letting positive experiences really soak in, even if it's something as little as smelling fresh coffee in the morning, you can start to build a happier brain.

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Study finds photography may boost memory in seniors

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Picking up a camera and learning the ins and outs of photography won't only help you take better pictures, it may stave off mental decline as well. 

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A 'no regrets' outlook on life may make for a happier retirement

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We all have regrets, but fostering a positive attitude and not holding on to those regrets can end up making a positive difference in your life.

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Could dancing prevent Alzheimer's?

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dance isn't just a form of artistic expression, it may offer several brain benefits, like preventing Alzheimer's.

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Bob Harper of 'Biggest Loser' shares his advice on weight loss

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Bob Harper of 'Biggest Loser' shares his weight loss advice for living a happy and healthy lifestyle at any age.

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Filed Under: retirement lifestyle  

Senior trend: heading to prom

Written by Pam Gray on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Senior prom is becoming a popular trend among older adults, where they can spend a night socializing with their peers and reminiscing about the past.

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Managing free time could make for a happier retirement

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Thursday, October 03, 2013
According to a study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, effective management of free time has a far greater impact on a retiree's quality of life than the amount of time the person actually has available to fill with leisure activities.

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Can humor help people cope with dementia?

Written by Pam Gray on Thursday, September 26, 2013
Humor is a special part of everyday life, and can even be beneficial to those with dementia. 

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Highly superior autobiographical memory

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
If you've been watching "Unforgettable" on CBS like I have, you may be in disbelief that anyone could have a memory like the New York police detective Carrie Wells, played by Poppy Montgomery.

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Diana Nyad completes historic swim at age 64

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
After four previous attempts over the course of 35 years, Diana Nyad has finally completed her historic journey.

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Researchers seek to unlock the secrets of "super agers"

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Scientists believe that super agers, seniors who defy the natural aging process, may hold the key to understanding diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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Healthy habits can lead to a long life

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tips for a healthy life can be found in the favorite hobbies of supercentenarian, Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112.

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Researchers find a stronger memory may lie on your plate

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Improving your memory can be a lot tastier than you think!

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Gardening tips for seniors with arthritis

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Gardening is a great way to stay active during your retirement and is possible even if you have arthritis.  Here are a few helpful ideas for making gardening easier and more enjoyable.

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Exercise may help ward off Alzheimer's

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Two new studies have found that seniors who regularly engaged in exercise were less likely to develop Alzheimer's. According to the Ontario Brain Institute, seniors who were physically active were nearly 40 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

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Filed Under: memory care   senior health   Kelley D. Hamilton  

"Grandma Drummer" Mary Hvizda's got the beat

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Newest "YouTube Celebrity", The Grandma Drummer, also known as 63-year-old Mary Hvizda, has gained instant internet fame after a video of her playing drums outstandingly went viral.

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Dorothy Dale Kloss, 89: Dancer, Author, and Guinness World Record Holder

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Dorothy Dale Kloss proves that age doesn't matter as she was named the Guinness Book of World Records' oldest living, working showgirl a few years ago and she's still kicking today!

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87-year-old doctor speaks out about continuing a career past age 65

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Dr. Rafael Garza, 87, is still treating the wounds of patients at Mission Regional Medical Center in Texas.

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Parkinson's and breast cancer aren't stopping this inspirational climber

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Even with Parkinson's disease and breast cancer, Evvie Heilbrunn, 57, is climbing Everest - and she's not stopping there.

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87-year old leaps out of a plane in an attempt to save ill great-grandson

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
87-year old Clarence Turner took his love for his sick great-grandson to extreme and inspiring levels by jumping out of a plane to raise awareness. 

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Man owes his life to his exercise regimen

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Exercise may one day save your life - just ask Jim Toedtman, 71, who owes his life to years of swimming. 

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102-year-old takes a brave leap off Idaho's Perrine Bridge

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
102-year-old Dorothy Custer took her birthday to new heights - literally - by jumping off of a 486-foot bridge.

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Older celebrity dads taking on fatherhood

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Celebrity dads everywhere are showing us that there isn't a number on becoming a great father. 

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65-year-old cooks up kindness for the homeless

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Mildred Mathews, 65, loves to cook and she's turned her passion into helping the less fortunate. 

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Helping the tornado victims in Oklahoma

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Despite the disaster that occured in Oklahoma, there are ways that you can help those affected and make a huge difference right in your own home.

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Lapping up the benefits of swimming

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Swimming can be good for more than your health, as these four seniors show.

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Seniors learning the ropes of new technology with tech training

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Seniors are taking advantage of technology training sessions to help them reap all of the benefits that surfing the net can offer.

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Need inspiration to hit the gym? Check out these gym-goers who aren't backing down

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, is 56 and still going strong. And then there's Ray Clark, who at 102 years of age is living proof that you're never too old to get into the gym.

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Early-onset Alzheimer's hasn't held back this popular sci-fi author

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Meet Terry Pratchett, a 65-year-old writer with early-onset Alzheimer's, who isn't letting this disease stop him from following his dreams.

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"Baby Boomers" Determined to Live Active Lifestyles

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Those in the "baby boomer" generation typically don't think of themselves as senior citizens, and are determined to live active lifestyles more-so now than ever before!

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79-year-old nurse proves that age can't stop her passion for helping others

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Reaching a certain age certainly doesn't mean that you have to stop doing what you love. 79-year-old nurse, Sylvia Bernassoli is an inspiration to everyone around her.

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The powerful impact of positivity in senior living

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
It's the little things in life, like a warm smile from a loved one or a loving touch on the arm that can pack a more powerful punch than many realize.

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The world's oldest man shares his secrets to longevity

Written by Pam Gray on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Take some advice from the world's oldest man, who at the age of 115 is still loving life.

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The value of forming friendships for life

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friendships may come and go, but as we get older, we tend to place more value in those genuine connections. Our residents will tell you the friendships developed in their communities are a great source of joy in their lives.

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A legendary basketball coach and her journey with dementia

Written by Pam Gray on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Pat Summitt's inspiring journey of living with dementia is a true source of hope and drive for many individuals who live with memory issues.

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Filed Under: retirement living   memory care  

Meet our Chief Executive Officer: Kelley D. Hamilton

Written by Kelley Hamilton on Friday, March 15, 2013
It is my sincere pleasure to provide a new resource for those looking for information on senior living, retirement lifestyles, and other relevant topics of interest.  Whether you’re looking to make an exciting new change in your life and experience Retirement Perfected, or just researching options, we hope you’ll enjoy this new feature of our web site.

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