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Valentine's Day

Every February 14th, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.  Here are some interesting facts about this fun day.
*Red roses are considered the flower of love, because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
*189 million stems of roses are sold in the US on Valentine's Day.
*California produces 60% of the American roses sold.
* Approximately 145 Million Valentines are sent in the US each year.

Happy New Year

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia.  Today, most New Year's festivities begin on December 31, the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1.  Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year's foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks.  Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year.

The Meaning of Halloween

Halloween to most of us means candy, costumes, and trick -or-treating.  For New Yorkers it means one of the biggest parades of the year-hundreds of thousands of people congregate in Greenwich Village in elaborate costumes.  Hallows or Hallomas started out as a festival to honor the Crone-the wise grandmother.  Over the years it has been transformed into wicked old witches flying on broomsticks with black cats.  Even the cauldron has changed the meaning as it represented the womb of the goddess-a symbol of rebirth.

Three Things to Fight Off Like The Plague

Fall is upon us, and soon the leaves will be crumbling beneath our feet.  The warm, summer days  have morphed into cool, breezy nights.  It seems to happen overnight but really, it's taken an emir season to bring upon change.  With the change of the seasons comes yet another chance to work on ourselves and our habits.  These are three big, bad ones.

Self-doubt.  Far and away, it is the number 1 reason we give up, we quit or we don't even try.  We all have these voices that come into our heads and whisper to us all sorts of unkind things beginning with "you" and ending with "can't".

Eight Memory Improvement Tips for Seniors

Memory impairment with aging is a fact of life for many of us.  Oftentimes we see it happening in our seniors, even though it happens to us too!  Researchers report that the brain function decline if aging can begin when we are only age 45 and that by age 80 normal people have lost 40% of their memory.  

BOOSTING SENIORS' MEMORY
Help them get enough sleep.- Seven to eight hours of sleep each night is ideal for many.
Encourage them to eat well.- Not only eating a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low fat foods but also including some foods that stimulate brain health such as omega3 from fish and antioxidants from fresh fruit.

Fun Fourth of July Facts

We know the basics of the Fourth of July, the federal holiday marking the Colonies' adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from Great Britain and its king.  It also is known as Independence Day.  This holiday goes hand in hand with fireworks, parades and meat sizzling on the grill.

Americans attend all manner of flag-waving festivities, including picnics, fairs, concerts and lawn sports.

But there are some things many people do not know about the Fourth.

Pet Therapy

An increasing number of Senior Care Centers are opening their doors to companion animals such as therapy dogs.  For some, seeing an animal around reminds them of their youth.  Because some research has shown some seniors benfit from regular contact with animals, such privileges are expanding.  Therapy dogs are a great asset to some.  In order to become certified therapy dogs, volunteers must bring their dogs a few times to be evaluated.  They must be mannered, friendly and neither aggressive or shy.

Barmetric Pressure and the Human Body

For years, the effect of barometric pressure on the body has been studied and disputed.  There has always been anecdotal evidence suggesting the link between barometric pressure and aches and pains.  Sufferers of arthritis and the elderly often suggest that they know when it is about to rain, as their joints begin to ache.  In addition, many that suffer from migraines and headaches claim their condition worsens when barometric pressure falls.  while there are studies that offer concrete evidence on the connection between barometric pressure and an increase in pain, many orthopedic doctors also believe that a connection exists.

Summer Activities for Seniors

Whether living in a retirement cneter or at home, it is important for senior citizens to keep busy.  During the hot summer months they might not be able to enjoy too many outdoor activities due to the heat.  Here are just a few of the best indoor summer activities for senior citizens. 
1-Bingo-this is definitely the most popular summer activity for seniors.  Many retirement centers have weekly bingo.  Also, check with local churches.  This also keeps the mind stimulated.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world.  The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anne Jarvis in 1908 and became an official holiday on 1914.  While dates and
celebrations vary, Mother's Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.  Breakfast in bed is always a great way to start off your mothers special day.