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September 2022
Best Practices for a Thriving Senior Social Life
Living Your Best Life
Dating apps, text and messaging apps, social media pages, Zoom and FaceTime, active intimate lifestyles…seniors are not staying home watching The Price is Right! Their social calendars are busier and more active than millennials. But just like younger generations, seniors need to make smart choices. Live your best life well into your golden years, get your groove on, laugh loudly and often, get remarried in your 70’s, and heed our advice to thrive at life as long as you possibly can.
Older adults are the fastest growing demographic among social media users, 69% of adults between 50-64 and 40% of those above 65 use social media. Whether you are a seasoned user or new to Facebook, IG and LinkedIn, always remember less is more, click on fewer posts, “like” less, do not click on unusual marketing pages. Only accept friend requests from people you know in real life. Scammers and identity thieves thrive on using your personal information to hack your accounts. Overwhelmed by setting up security settings or strong passwords? Ask a tech-savvy friend or family member for help. Social media safety is just as important as home and auto safety. Now grab your bestie, practice taking selfies and enjoy staying connected with loved ones far and wide.
Online dating is an absolute must for any single man or woman over 50Whether you are looking for companionship, or a spouse, the rules of dating have changed. Similar to social media, the rule of less is more still applies. Don’t overshare, especially your financial or living situation. Look for Green Flags but be leery of Red Flags; do not send money, travel tickets or expensive gifts. Scammers will appeal to your compassion. Best practices include being honest with yourself about what you are looking for and choose a dating site that is age appropriate. Gather single friends to proofread each other’s dating app profiles; trust their judgment regarding people who try to contact you. Life is too short to not share your best years with other people. Put yourself out there and meet someone new!
Tip #3: BUMP & GRIND!
Adults are doing the hanky panky well into their 70s and 80s – and they are loving it! However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of senior citizens with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continues to go up every year. Whether you are 25, 45 or 75, if you are doing the deed, have candid conversations about STDs with your partner or partners and use protection. If you are interested in using Viagra or other natural stimulants, please consult with your primary care physician first. Useful tips: do it even if you are not in the mood, laugh a lot, experiment with toys, use a quality lubricant and kiss each other often and in as many ways as possible. Like the song says, enjoy some afternoon delight, please make smart choices, and have lots of fun!
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Let's Talk about ED!

Half of the 65-to-80-year-old men who were surveyed said they were extremely or very interested in sex. Additionally, 51 percent of men in this age group reported actually having sex. Although most older adults say that they would gladly talk with their doctor about sexual concerns, health care providers should take initiative to routinely be asking all their older patients about their sexual health and sexual activity and not assume that bringing up the issue will offend or embarrass them.
However, 40% of men aged 60 and older experience some form of erectile dysfunction (ED) in their life time. If you are experiencing ED, there's nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, it's important to talk to your doctor about ED because it can be the first indication of an underlying health condition like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. You may actually begin experiencing ED as early as three to four years before you start having more common symptoms of heart disease.
Urologists at Rush Oak Park Hospital are leaders in treating erectile dysfunction. And, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center high performing for urology.
Rush urologists offer leading-edge diagnostic technology through intraoperative doppler studies, which assess the blood flow in and out of the penis. This provides a more in-depth explanation for what is happening to make a man's erections weaker than normal. This level of detail allows your urologist to develop the most effective treatment plan based on the results of your specific test.
Please call your primary care physician or your urologist at Rush Oak Park to talk about your health. You are too young and life is too short to not enjoy it to the fullest.
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Taking Care of You, at Any Age
Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park offers a wide array of program for adults in every age group. Most mental illnesses are not properly diagnosed until adulthood. Riveredge has inpatient and outpatient programs and therapy to fit your needs, budget and lifestyle. All programs focus on positive reinforcement and building on an individual’s strengths. Medication management, dance and art therapy, family education, harm reduction and a solid discharge plan with check-ins are a few highlights.
No matter your age, everyone deserves to live his or her life as the favorite version of themselves. Riveredge Hospital and its team of licensed professionals are here to help you do that. Give them a call today! 708-771-7000

Optimizing Health Wellness and Performance

Don’t Just Survive. Thrive – with B-Health!
Thriving in your senior years is easier than ever. Following simple standards like eating real food (or packaged foods with ingredients your mother would recognize), drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily, and maintaining a light (but regular) exercise regimen can keep you mentally and physically sharp for years to come. 
Seniors are doing it. And they enjoy it! Seniors today are more physically active and living independently for longer than previous generations. B-Health can preserve that feeling of spryness. From Pickleball to powerlifting, ballroom dancing to climbing Mount Hood, Pilates to walking your 60lb dog, the team at B-Heath can keep you living your best life. The 5-Manual Based Doctors of Physical Therapy (Physiotherapists), the Board-certified Chiropractor, and the Certified Health and Nutritional Counselor make B-Health a convenient one-stop for all thriving senior wellness needs.
The team at B-Health works together to treat the whole mind and body. B-Health will root out chronic pain or address the neglected scoliosis that can prevent you from enjoying truly gratifying senior years. Dizziness and balance problems are also major barriers to enjoying the life you want to live, and a vestibular assessment or balance program may be the ticket to that life. 
The cliché what goes in must come out – B-Health’s Nutritional Counselor will work with you to eliminate inflammation from your diet that may be leading to constipation in addition to decreasing new neuron growth that speeds up cognitive decline.
Get back to firing on all cylinders and make these your best years yet with the team at B-Health. Please Note: Our five Physiotherapists and the Health and Nutritional Counselor are in-network with Medicare! 
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Safety in Being Prepared
Living your best life is always something to strive for but it can also distract from reality. Sometimes life throws a curve ball. Being prepared can turn that curveball into an RBI. American House-Oak Park wants you to stay safe in the unpredictable Midwest weather. Planning ahead and exercising common sense, can maintain a peace of mind when a severe weather event happens. Tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, ad more, American House has an emergency preparedness plan to keep your loved ones safe and dry in the most inclement conditions.
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Fall Risk and Bladder Control are Connected?
Each year, falls send millions of older adults to the hospital; many unable to return to independent living. Maintaining balance and walking takes cognitive ability. Walking gets complicated for older adults who are challenged with bladder control; your gait changes (you’re under pressure!) and you are a greater fall risk.
Dr. William Gibson, assistant professor of Geriatric Medicine, talks about preventative measures and easy ways to talk with your doctor about urinary incontinence. Staying safe and healthy are key for Right at Home. Read their blog on a healthy urinary tract equals decreasing your fall risk.
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Live Long and Prosper with a Healthy Lifestyle!
Age is just a number if you live a healthy lifestyle. Clean eating habits contribute to healthy gut health. Healthy gut health is visible in glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails. Everything in our body is connected. Who doesn’t want to look great and feel even better for many years to come? Heidi Smith and Integrative Wellness Studio can help you achieve sustainable health for the rest of your life!
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Remember them the right way.
By compiling mixed media and religious elements, Ripple creates an experience that celebrates your loved one’s life in a personal, respectful, and orderly manner, connecting friends, family, and community in their life’s celebration. Ripple streamlines the memorial process from start to finish, providing easy access from anywhere in the world.
We are striving to celebrate the lives of many in our community, and the lives each person has touched.
The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is committed to the health and well-being of our community.
Wellness Wednesdays are a supplement to the annual Community Health & Wellness Fair which connects our Chamber Members in the Health & Wellness sector to clients and consumers throughout Chicagoland's western suburbs.
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This eBlast was sent out by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce in support of the recovery of our local Health & Wellness businesses. Staying local for all of your lifestyle needs keeps your spending dollars in the community. For more information about the OPRF Chamber, click our website below.