6 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

By Friends Life Care Contributors
March 17th, 2018 For Members No Comments
Here are some surprising facts about Saint Patrick's Day

As the saying goes, everyone’s Irish on March 17.
Saint Patrick’s Day is the most widely celebrated holiday around the globe. Millions of people gather annually for parades, green beer and festive Irish fare, all in the name of Ireland’s foremost patron saint. But how much do you really know about the holiday?

Here are six facts about Saint Patrick, Ireland, and their infamous holiday.
1. Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish.
That’s right – Saint Patrick was actually born in Britain. He arrived in Ireland at age 16, after being kidnapped by pirates and sold into s…

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It’s clear that healthy eating, clean living, and increased exercise make a huge difference in the fight against heart disease. But while people may be winning the small battles, heart disease is still winning the war.

Deaths due to heart disease have dipped in the last few years, but it’s still the number one killer of Americans. The good news is that preventative measures start right in the cabinets, cupboards, and refrigerator in your home.

Here are a few fundamental lifestyle changes that can help to prevent heart disease, maintain cardiovascular health, and…

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Age in no longer the number to focus on when planning for retirement

There’s a new way to determine when you’ve got enough money in your nest egg to last the rest of your life. It involves flipping the script.
Traditionally, individuals picked the age at which they planned to retire and tried to get as much money in the bank as possible before they hit that age. Typically, people picked somewhere between the age of 65 and 70 as the time they planned to leave their work life behind.

The problem is that thinking was forged during an age when people were holding off until they could qualify for a pension. Today, unless you work in the publi…

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Living independently in your own home for as long as you can is important to many aging Americans.
But not all homes are suitable for individuals with physical limitations or disabilities. A key to aging in place and living independently is making sure your home can accommodate   your needs, as well as those of anyone in the house with you.

This guide is meant to help you think about what the entrance to your home may need as you and your loved ones age to keep it safe and accessible.

Areas to focus on:
Stairs — or even a single step — can be t…

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Today, many seniors wish to age in place — in the home they’ve known and loved for decades.

But one of the biggest requirements for aging in place is continuing to eat healthy. As seniors age, grocery shopping and cooking may become much harder. As a result it becomes very tempting to dine out frequently or purchase pre-packaged, frozen meals.

The problem is, if you’re not careful, restaurant dining and microwavable frozen meals can be high in sodium and fats. They can also make it harder to stick to dietary restrictions.

So where can seniors living at home –…

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