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    10 Tips to Get Ready for Cold Weather

    Cold weather will be here before we know it. Because we had such a long, sweltering summer here in Central Virginia, a little brisk weather is a nice relief. There’s nothing like donning a light jacket for a walk, or sipping a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa to take off the chill early in the morning or after the sun goes down.While we are enjoying the beginning of sweater weather and autumn leaves, now is the time to take care of a few things to get ready for the teeth-chattering cold of winter...  Read More...

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    National Diabetes Month: Put on Your Cape to Take a Stand

    Diabetes is one of the most widely prevalent but consistently under-estimated diseases in America. You might associate it with eating too much sugar or the old Wilford Brimley commercials. But as the American Diabetes Association notes, more than 30 million Americans (9 percent of the population) had diabetes in 2015.   Read More...

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    ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions’: International Day of Older Persons

    Today marks a special occasion around the world. More than 25 years ago, the United Nations designated Oct. 1 as the International Day of Older Persons—a day to celebrate the contributions of the elderly to our society and to promote the “full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.”This declaration has its roots in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, around the time that many of today’s senio...  Read More...

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    The Power of Positive Thinking

    In the recent film The Founder, Michael Keaton plays businessman Ray Kroc, who took the McDonald’s “speedy system” for producing fast food, franchised the operation and turned a local one-store operation into an international empire. The film opens with Kroc, middle aged in the mid-1950s, driving around to America’s diners and trying to sell a milkshake maker out of the back of his car.At that time, he’d built a comfortable life for himself, but a life on the road f...  Read More...

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    How to Be ‘SMART’ Like Ben Franklin

    September is National Self-Improvement month, giving us the opportunity to participate in a Twitter trend (#SelfImprovementMonth) and, more importantly, take some time to reevaluate our goals, create a plan for bettering ourselves, and take concrete steps toward achievement.Self-improvement is a concept as American as apple pie, going back to Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, where the famous scientist, entrepreneur and Founding Father laid out his 13 virtues and his methodical blueprint for be...  Read More...

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    4 Ways to Prepare for Independent or Assisted Living

    Retirement may seem a long way off, but at the rate time moves, it’s going to get here before you know it. At Brandermill Woods, we try to promote a new kind of retirement—one in which you are able to enjoy the benefits after a lifetime of labor, do the things you’ve always dreamed of, and connect with new friends. This lifestyle doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t just apply to seniors in our independent living community.   Read More...

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