The Good Life

Welcome to The Good Life!  This new blog aims to provide helpful information you can use every day as you seek to maximize health, wellness and quality of life. Whether you’re exploring options in retirement, helping a friend or family member navigate their later years or you’re a provider of services and care to older adults, we invite you to visit our blog regularly for new posts and subscribe to The Good Life monthly e-newsletter, a monthly feature of our top blog posts.

GHI Staff Member Ruth Reagan Presents During Recent Summit

Goodwin House Supports Dementia Friendly Efforts in NoVa

By Kathie Miller, GHI Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications

With 1 in 10 persons aged 65 and older living with dementia, communities have remarkable opportunities to make a difference in their lives, and the lives of their caregivers. GHI is bringing together local government officials, health care providers, geriatric experts and representatives of senior living and care organizations to discuss how we can establish more Dementia Friendly Communities throughout Northern Virginia.

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Paying the Price: A Look at Capital Gains Tax

By Amber McCracken, GHI Blog Contributor

Another tax season is in the books, and hopefully, it was a painless process for you. Often, this time of year leads us to take stock and make some near-term decisions for our finances. As you look ahead, we look at capital gains.

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In the News: Severe Gum Disease Linked to Dementia Risk

By Kathie Miller, GHI Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications

For a long time now, medical professionals have linked oral health to overall health. Another recent study linked severe gum disease to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

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Spring (Cleaning) Is in the Air

By Kathie Miller, GHI Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications

As cherry blossoms peak and daffodils pop up around the DC area, we find ourselves thinking about warmer weather, longer days and, of course, that time-honored annual tradition of spring-cleaning. Yes, that’s right! As flowers bloom and trees bud, it’s time to get out the dust cloths and elbow grease and take the time to spruce up our homes!

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Challenges of Medication Management

By Amber McCracken, GHI Blog Contributor

Health challenges can increase with age, and so it seems logical that the older we get, the more medications we might take. According to the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists (AACP), people between the ages of 80 and 84 take an average of 18 medications. We explore the costs and potential dangers of this prescribing phenomenon called “polypharmacy.”

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