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    REMINISCING IS GOOD FOR YOU


    Memory loss is something many seniors face, affecting not only their physical and mental well-being, but also their relationships with loved ones.  Fortunately, the common exercise of reminiscing boasts a variety of benefits for memory loss sufferers and caregivers alike.  


    There is a strong connection between our past experience and our present selves.  Encouraging discussion about early, personal events can reassure seniors of their purpose as well as boost their confidence and self-esteem.  Reminiscing with friends and family increases social skills and contributes to positive conflict resolution and problem-solving.  


    Some studies have shown that reminiscing has positive physical effects as well, reducing blood pressure, stress, and depression.  Perhaps one of it's strongest benefits is how actively sharing stories and memories strengthens current brain and memory function, giving seniors a powerful tool in the fight against memory loss.  


    SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL LONG LIFE

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    1. Spending time in God's word/ Worship
    2. Flexibility
    3. Having a sense of humor
    4. Living simply
    5. Taking one day at a time
    6. Never turning down an invitation
    7. Doing things in moderation
    8. Getting regular exercise
    9. Having an optimistic attitude
    10. Being open to meeting new people
    11. Relating to younger people
    12. Being connected to friends and family
    13. Involvement in enjoyable activities
    14. Loving to read
    15. Having a "nothing can stop me" outlook
    16. Sharing and caring
    17. Not thinking about age
    18. Being interested in what's going on around you
    19. Never quit learning
    20. Loving others