Daystar Senior Living Blog

What is Forest Therapy and How Does it Help Seattle Seniors?

Posted by Vanessa Malo on Oct 24, 2012 6:30:00 AM

We are certainly very lucky to live in an area of the United States with beautiful forests, but did you know there is actually a thing called “forest therapy”? It is a concept that comes from Japan and researchers are actually studying the impact that spending time in the woods has on people. So far they have learned that spending time in a forest can significantly lower levels of salivary cortisol, the hormone released during times of stress. It can also lower blood pressure and pulse rate. In addition, Japanese researchers have reported that spending three days in the forest increases natural killer (NK) cells, which are produced by the immune system to ward off infection and fight cancer, by 50%, a beneficial effect that can last up to one month.

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Topics: exercise, Forest Therapy, Seattle Senior Living, Retirement Community Living, Active Senior Living

How Therapy Dogs Benefit Seniors in the Seattle Area

Posted by Heather McCallum on Oct 17, 2012 6:30:00 AM

A friend of mine recently shared a story with me that I would like to share with you.

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Topics: Assisted Living, Therapy Dogs, Seattle Senior Living

Beware of Funeral and Cemetery Fraud in Seattle

Posted by Michele Mintzer on Oct 10, 2012 6:30:00 AM

Every once in a while a subject comes up in conversation that we would rather not think about, but is important nonetheless. While the topic of funeral and cemetery fraud is a little scary, it is important to be aware of scams that seniors are subjected to more and more with the increased use of the internet. Becoming an informed consumer is important if we want to protect our assets and avoid making the wrong purchases. Here are a few tips to consider that may protect you from funeral and cemetery fraud:

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Topics: Retirement Living Safety, Funeral and Cemetery Fraud, Senior Living Advice

How Seniors in the Seattle Area Can Improve Their Bone Health

Posted by Ed Carr RN on Oct 4, 2012 7:31:00 AM

I was talking to a resident the other day and she rushed me off the phone because she was running late.  I asked her where she was going and she told me about her new exercise program to improve her bone health. I was very impressed that she was taking the health of her bones seriously.

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Topics: Seattle Retirement Living, Healthy Seniors, exercise, Active Senior Living