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Jason Kitchel

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How to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Feb 15, 2021 10:00:00 AM
Aging can be a difficult topic to address, not least because it is rife with personal fears and uncertainties about losing independence and loved ones while growing more isolated or lonely. As with most challenging topics, however, the best solution is to confront it head-on with openness and optimism.
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Tags: Senior Health

Downsizing in Your 60s: What to Do With Sentimental Items

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Nov 6, 2020 9:04:00 AM
Often the most daunting thing about moving into a retirement community is fitting a whole life's worth of things into a smaller home. You have chosen your floor plan, you are ready to start a new life in retirement living, but you still have to figure out how to downsize and fit the things you need into your new home.
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Tags: Making the Move

7 Gifts Ideas for Your Aging Parent

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Oct 22, 2020 8:11:00 AM
It can be difficult to figure out what to purchase for your older parents for their birthdays and the holidays, especially when they are financially able to buy whatever comes to mind, or if they continually insist they don’t want anything. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect holiday, birthday, or just-because present, here are a few gift ideas for older parents to make the process easier:  
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Tags: Caregiver Tips

5 Gratitude Tips to Brighten the Holidays

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Sep 29, 2020 1:33:00 PM
As the days shorten and temperatures drop, what better way to spread warmth and cheer than to acknowledge those who make your life a little brighter, a little less lonely, and a lot more pleasant?
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How to Prevent Loss of Appetite in Seniors in Washington

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Sep 14, 2020 11:30:00 AM
It can be hard to muster much enthusiasm for cooking when you’re making meals for one. Why go to the trouble and expense of a three-course meal when a can of soup will do? It’s 6 p.m. and nothing sounds good, so you might as well settle for a cheese sandwich and a cookie – the same thing you had the night before.
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Practical Ways to Combat Loneliness in Seniors

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Jun 23, 2020 3:48:00 PM
Occasional loneliness is a natural part of the human condition and a common challenge of aging. You can expect it to hit you every now and then before fading away without leaving any sort of mark. Pervasive and chronic loneliness, however, can take a significant toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health and diminish your quality of life over time.
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Comparing Independent Living Floor Plans in Des Moines, WA

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Apr 9, 2020 2:53:00 PM
Picking the right independent living community is just the first step in planning your retirement. Once you’ve selected the facility that will support the lifestyle you desire, you get to choose your specific accommodations.
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Tags: Senior Living 101

8 Reasons to Move to an Active Adult Community in Washington

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Feb 18, 2020 3:10:29 PM
Although retirement communities have existed for nearly a century, the concept has continually changed and expanded in recent years. Retirement communities are no longer associated primarily with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or spaces to move when you require dedicated support and assistance.
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Memory Notebooks: How to 'Remember to Remember'

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Jan 16, 2020 7:11:00 AM
Memory loss can be frustrating and disheartening, not only for the person experiencing it firsthand, but also for their loved ones and caregivers. While the cure for dementia and other memory problems remains elusive, research has demonstrated how education, support, and simple tools, like memory notebooks, can help those on the memory-loss continuum maintain a sense of control and prolong their independence.
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10 Things to Do in Federal Way this Winter

Posted by Jason Kitchel on Nov 6, 2019 2:06:00 PM
Winter is notorious for its dreary, wet weather in Federal Way, but you don’t have to let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the season to the fullest.
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