Bob Pontius

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Why do I feel “Bah-Humbug” around Christmas?

If you’re like most Americans, you tend to get a little cranky around the holidays especially as you get older! Many times, this less than cheery attitude is a result of loss, missing the “good old days,” and/or not having anything to do around the holidays. Here are some tips on making your holidays as merry as they can be. 
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How can I make this an extra special Season for my senior loved ones?

As the holiday season ramps up, it’s important to remember that your love and attention are the most valuable gifts you can give. That, and helping your elders to feel included in whatever ways they can participate. Here are some ideas.
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I’ve noticed that I eat a lot more junk food since retirement. What can I do?

As I’m sure you are aware, once we retire, we kind of let a few things go. Have you noticed that you tend to eat more for convenience rather than health? Here are a few tips for a senior to eat healthier.
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Is Veterans Day a big deal?

Veterans Day is our chance to thank and honor all veterans. Yes, it is important to thank them for their service, but I encourage you to thank them for their sacrifice.
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I worry about my mom having a stroke. What can I do?

Stroke Safety: If your loved one suffered a stroke, could you recognize it quickly? Would you know what to do?
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Women's Health: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The power of pink is everywhere this October as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year in the United States, about 250,000 women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more about how you can lower your risk.
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How do I know if I need assisted living?

I recently got a nice call from a reader who thought their mom needs assisted living. When I asked for details, I learned that, aside from a few medications, their mother was pretty independent! We then had a nice conversation about reasons why mom can benefit from a move to Danbury, even as independent as she is.
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Does Mom have Alzheimer’s?

This question is being asked more frequently these days and quite frankly- with good reason! Diagnoses of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias are skyrocketing as the Baby Boomers get older, even though it is very tricky to diagnose and still has no cure. As the disease progresses, helping and caring for an Alzheimer’s patient can become much more difficult. What are we supposed to do? Here are a few tips.
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Dad hasn’t been the same since Mom passed. How can we help?

Did you know that older people experience grief differently than others? Grief can be a devastating impact on their immune systems. For a senior who is grieving the loss of a loved one, a move to Danbury Senior Living can be a great solution. When surrounded by new friends from similar situations, we learn we are not alone and find strength and comfort in the group!
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How can assisted living help my COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. These labored breathing problems over the simplest of tasks can be frustrating and disrupt your quality of life.
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Mental Health for Seniors

During this odd time of distancing and uncertainty, many older adults and caregivers are feeling lonely, agitated, and withdrawn. Relieving stress and anxiety is also critically important now. Here are a few tips that all of us can use as we navigate these uncertain times.
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I forget where my keys are all the time, do I have Alzheimer’s?

An older friend told me he thinks he’s getting Alzheimer’s because he keeps forgetting things like where he put his keys, his grandkid's names, and to take his cell phone with him when he leaves the house.
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Is foot care different for Seniors?

Many seniors never see a podiatrist until something happens. Aging does a number on people’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones which can mean an increased need for podiatric attention.
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How do I de-clutter & downsize all my “collections”?

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to take a look around and ask, “Do I really need all this stuff?” And for my senior friends who have been in the same house for 30 years, it’s time to look around and ask “Why do I need such an extensive cakepan collection (or screwdriver collection for the guys)! 
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What are some good things I can do every day for heart health?

According to the American Heart Association, over 50% of men and 30% of women over the age of 60 have coronary heart disease. We need to remedy this situation. But how? Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you might think!
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The internet will help me find the best senior living center, right?

As shoppers, we’re more educated than ever and if you have a problem you can just “Google it” and you’ll find thousands of answers in two seconds. When seeking information for health care services in your neighborhood, can you be confident that the internet will give you correct information?
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How do I talk with Dad about moving to assisted living?

Having “the Senior talk” can be difficult, emotional, and scary. But putting off the subject for another time might leave you with no time for pre-planning. If you are considering talking to your parents about assisted living, here are a few tips.
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What is a respite stay and how can it help me?

As a caretaker it can be difficult to find time for your own physical and emotional needs; click to learn about respite stays at Danbury.
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Is sitting the new smoking?

Someone recently told me that “sitting is the new smoking” and it really made me think of my retired friends and clients. How many do you know that spend too much time sitting? Sitting and reading, sitting and watching TV, sitting and playing on the computer?
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What can a pet do for a senior?

Pets and interacting with pets are incredibly important as we age. For seniors, the benefits of a furry companion can be life-changing or even life-saving!
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Why won’t my kids send photo albums of the grandkids?

Because they’re on Facebook. And Instagram. And Pinterest. And anything else they can share pictures with that involves their phone or a computer. Here are a few reasons for a senior to have a basic account on a social media site.
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My dad seems depressed, could this actually be true?

Lately, my dad just has not been himself, he seems distracted and distant. Could he actually be “depressed?” What can I do?
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How do I choose the right senior care facility?

Have you noticed how many new “senior communities” are sprouting up every few months in the area?  So, how do you choose the right place for yourself or mom or dad? 
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My feet have never bothered me until I reached my 70’s and now they hurt. Why? And what can I do?

As our bodies age, everything just seems to wear out. It's natural. But our feet? The reason is simple - overuse. Click to learn more.
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What Can a Senior Do to Beat the Heat?

Even though our spring has been a roller coaster of temperatures, get ready because the summer heat is coming! Here are some tips for seniors keeping hydrated and cool .
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As I get older, my voice seems much weaker than it used to be. What can I do?

Speech therapy for seniors can help us speak better, using vocal exercises to help us communicate effectively once again.
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I have questions about my dads Estate Planning which he did 5 years ago. What should I do?

It is extremely important to make sure assets are managed properly and that the next generation will receive inheritances, without incident.
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I think my dad just fell for a scam and lost some money. What can he do to be safer?

Each year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of fraud like romance, lottery, and sweepstakes scams, to name a few.
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The arthritis in my hands seems to be getting worse. Is there anything I can do?

While arthritis is a degenerative disease, it is certainly manageable. Here are a few tips for helping manage arthritis in the hands.
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I have been putting off a surgery that will require an intense rehabilitation. Do you have any advice?

"Most of my senior friends delay the inevitable and “just live with it” because they are worried about what happens after surgery, specifically the rehabilitation.
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My dad has fallen a few times in his home, what can we do to make it safer?

For many of my senior friends the old saying rings true, Their Home is Their Castle. The problem is how comfortable they become in that castle. From clutter to wires, to just being too comfortable, a senior's home is actually the #1 place they could fall and get hurt.
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I try to eat healthy, but nutrition labels are hard to read. What can I do?

If you are like most of my senior friends, maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge. There are a lot more opportunities to snack on unhealthy things, consume beverages with empty calories and eat at the wrong times of the day.
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I’m over 65 and have had my vaccine, can I move around the area freely now?

Now that many people have had a vaccine and understand the rules of masks and distancing, my senior friends are getting restless and want to get back to enjoying their best lives.
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Now that I’m retired, I’ve gained more than a few pounds, what can I do?

Poor eating habits and inactivity can lead to weight gain, and if left unchecked, can be linked with a number of health complications. Seniors are at risk for clinical consequences, including type 2 diabetes, arthritis, urinary incontinence and even depression.
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I just don’t laugh like I used to, is something wrong with me?

As we age, we tend to laugh less frequently as life gets more serious. It is important to take a step back sometimes and have a good laugh every now and then to improve your overall well-being.
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Medicare makes my head spin, what can I do?

Every day in the United States, 10,000 people become eligible for Medicare by turning 65 and Medicare is not always an easy system to navigate. As with many people over 65, these new “seniors” have many questions about Medicare!
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My Mom seems to suffer from chronic pain, is there anything I can do?

Did you know that chronic pain is one of the most common, yet underreported health conditions for seniors?
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Can I Do Anything To Make My Medications More Affordable?

Every senior should be checking to see if there are ways to reduce the cost of their prescription drugs. It could mean thousands of dollars in savings.
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I exercise every day, but my brain still feels foggy. What can I do?

When you go for a check-up, does your doctor ask you if you've been exercising regularly? We all know that if you don't exercise your body's muscles with weights and cardio you run the risk of ill health. As the saying goes, "If you don't use it, you will probably lose it."
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Can I do anything to make my hearing better?

Did you know that The National Institute on Aging reports a solid relationship between aging and hearing loss? As many as half of all individuals age 75 and older encounter hearing difficulties.
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What, Exactly, Is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

If you’re of an appropriate age, or have a loved one who is, you’ve probably heard of an “Elder Law Attorney” and wondered what they do.
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How can a senior best celebrate Valentine’s Day, especially this year?

What if you're a senior on Valentine's Day? How do you celebrate?
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What Are the Benefits of Living in a Senior Living Community?

Whenever the topic of a “senior community” arises, most seniors dig in their heels and swear they’ll NEVER move, but deep down, they know it would be for the best. Learn the benefits of living in a senior living community.
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Why Don't I Laugh Anymore?

 At Danbury Senior Living, our activity groups and meals are filled with smiles and laughter.
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How Can A Senior Be Safer In The Winter Months?

While this certainly isn’t the worst winter we’ve ever had, when I slipped on a patch of ice I was reminded that we all need to focus on safety- especially for our Seniors!
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Should a Senior Set New Years Resolutions?

As we enter yet another New Year, be sure to set some attainable goals! Let us know how we can help.
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How Much Sleep Does a Senior Citizen Need?

Sleep needs change over our lifetime. Interestingly, older adults still need about the same amount of sleep as kids- seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
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This Has Been A Tough Year For Seniors. How Can I Help?

Many people have asked me over the last few weeks, “Bob, what can we do to help?” Here are a few things for you to do for the seniors in your life for this Holiday Season.
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How Can I Tell If Mom & Dad Need Extra Help?

Holidays are a time to visit with aging parents. Here are some things to look for to determine if mom or dad might need some extra help.
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What Should I Get Grandma For Christmas?

Holiday Senior Living
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