The Admiral at the Lake Blog

Chicago Seniors Enjoy an Active Lifestyle

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Apr 19, 2017 4:04:27 PM

Having fun and staying fit go hand in hand at The Admiral at the Lake. Fitness Coordinator Donna Lakinger leads numerous programs that improve Admiral residents’ balance, agility, and strength, supporting optimal wellness and preventing injuries.

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Topics: Independent Lifestyle

Remember The Little Engine That Could?

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Apr 13, 2017 12:55:02 PM

The lesson conveyed by this adorable children’s book is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1930. It teaches us that hardship, rejection, and disappointment can be overcome through perseverance, stewardship, and kindness. While The Little Engine That Could delivers a powerful message, the happy ending we see in this story doesn’t always ring true in real life. Let’s explore why that is.

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Topics: Blog

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Apr 11, 2017 2:45:00 PM

While scientists continue to search for a cure for brain-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, numerous studies have revealed lifestyle changes that have been shown to preserve cognitive abilities. Let’s explore the brain-healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: health

108 Years of History: What Has Happened Since the Cubs’ 1908 World Series Win

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Apr 6, 2017 10:47:33 AM

108 years. Yes, 108 years!

Until 2016, it had been 108 years since the Cubbies had won the World Series...although we brought home the National League pennant in 1945. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs once again became world champions when they won the 112th World Series.

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10 Natural Spring Cleaning Products

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Apr 4, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Spring breezes remind us it’s time to air out our fusty residences and let the fresh air in.

All too often, though, our penchant for spring cleaning exposes us to toxins from cleaning products. Here are some homemade cleaning products sure to do the job!

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Identity after 65: Reinvent Yourself

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Mar 31, 2017 5:40:48 PM

Growing older can provide a huge hit to your ego. Many older people feel invisible, especially women who are accustomed to being treated well because of their looks. You may no longer be working, which is where many people, especially men, derive their identity.

An Oregon State University study found that healthy individuals who retired early were 11% more likely to die than people who retired one year past 65. The theory is that they lost their identity and their sense of purpose.

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Later Is Now: Time to Simplify Your Life

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Mar 28, 2017 11:52:52 AM

We always thought when the children had left to pursue their own lives, our own lives would become simpler. We’d have time to learn to play the guitar. We’d make time to read—or write—the Great American Novel. We’d take long walks along the lake, enjoying the cries of the seagulls and the wash of the waves. We’d meditate every morning.

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4 Ways to Add the Benefits of Music to Your Life

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Mar 21, 2017 3:59:48 PM

Everyone loves music. Instinctively, we recognize its influence on us.

When you listen to music, a part of your brain called the nucleus accumbens triggers the release of dopamine, sometimes called the happiness chemical.

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Why Posture Is Important

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Mar 16, 2017 2:47:52 PM

We take good posture for granted. We also notice poor posture. In Western culture, poor posture is a sign of sloth and low self-esteem.

Posture is important in other ways, because bad posture can lead to injury and chronic back pain.

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Aah...Advantages of Massage for Mature Adults

Posted by The Admiral at the Lake on Mar 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Therapeutic massage is becoming more and more popular. As Baby Boomers grow older, we are adopting it in greater numbers.

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