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The full version of the Living 50+ August 2017 special section in FlipBook format. Read and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF!

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Living 50+ June 2017

The full version of the Living 50+ June 2017 special section in FlipBook format. Read and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF!

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Lakeshore Living & Recreation 2017

The full version of the Living 50+ June 2017 special section in FlipBook format. Read and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF!

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Cleaning floors

3 ways to improve indoor air quality all year long

As winter wears on, it’s not uncommon for people living in cold weather climates to experience some cabin fever. Winter weather confines many people to their homes, making many antsy to get out once the first signs of spring begin to appear. In addition to contributing to cabin fever, winter weather can have a negative impact on indoor air quality. While air pollution is something most often associated with densely populated cities, the air inside homes is not immune to pollution, especially during long winters when windows are often closed for months at a time. Though open windows in spring and summer can vastly improve indoor air quality, there are ways to ensure that air stays fresh and healthy regardless of which season it happens to be. 1. Clean the floors.  Dirty floors are one of the chief contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can accumulate on floors, leading to poor air quality and potentially aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is a uniquely designed mechanical air filter that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. When you finish vacuuming, ...

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The best (and worst) foods for heart health

No one wants to hear from their doctors that they have joined the millions of people across the globe to be diagnosed with heart disease. The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease, which includes diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system and stroke, is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, affecting both men and women and most racial/ethnic groups. Heart disease also is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,000 lives per year.

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The Little Red House ‘Keeps Me Young’

At 88, Colonel Winnick walks a bit gingerly with the help of a cane — but he hasn’t lost a step in sharing his quick wit and positive personality with his fellow participants at The Little Red House in the heart of Spring Lake Village. “Everyone needs a little companionship and camaraderie,” says Winnick, a retired dentist from Norton Shores who drives himself to The Little Red House three days a week. “This is a wonderful place to come to and enjoy the day. The staff here is exceptional. The meals are delicious. And it’s all reasonable, affordable and a great value.” The Little Red House, which nearly tripled its size in a recent expansion, is a nonprofit adult day care center serving residents of Ottawa and Muskegon counties in a home-like environment. It welcomes participants for an hour or two, a morning, an afternoon, or an entire day, from one to five days a week. The Little Red House costs about half the rate of many home health care options — and offers skilled, professional staff and thoughtfully organized activities that promote healthy socialization for participants. “As old as I am, I’m still learning something different every time I ...

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