Declare Your Own Independence this Fourth of July

July 2, 2018 —   One of the biggest fears people say they have about growing older is losing their independence, either due to illness, physical limitations, or simply an aging body that doesn’t perform as well as it used to. Freedom to live our lives the way we choose is part of the American dream. To ensure that... Read More

Six Health-Inducing Activities We Think You’ll Enjoy

June 20, 2018 —   When you hear about ways to improve your health, you may internally wince. Living healthfully often means abstaining from things that bring us pleasure – such as having that extra slice of chocolate cake or binge-watching the latest series on Netflix – or engaging in things we don’t particularly enjoy – such as exercising... Read More

Separating Fact from Fiction on the Subject of Aging

June 5, 2018 —   One of the reasons ageism is so rampant in America is that there are numerous erroneous and deeply held beliefs about what it means to grow older. You’ve undoubtedly run across many of these yourself. The media is rife with aging’s negative stereotypes – from a grumpy old man to a frail older woman,... Read More

Caring for Someone Living With Dementia

May 22, 2018 —   Caregiving is a demanding role. For those caring for someone living with memory loss, the challenges are often multiplied. Frequently, the person living with dementia is unable to communicate their needs, making the caregiver feel guilty that they are unable to fully take care of their loved one. This makes an already demanding role... Read More

Those Living with Limited Mobility Can Still Remain Physically Active

May 7, 2018 —   We’re all aware of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy mind and body. We’ve discussed its importance in helping prevent Alzheimer’s before. But what if you’re living with arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease or another condition that makes exercise difficult or even painful? Physical activity is critical for everyone, including those living with... Read More

How to Protect Your Aging Parents from Getting Scammed

April 20, 2018 —   It’s one of the most frustrating things a child can face – seeing their parents being taken advantage of financially. Yet, it’s a growing problem and one that costs seniors billions of dollars each year. So what can you do to protect your loved one? First, it helps to know why seniors are targeted.... Read More

When Elder Abuse Is Self-Inflicted

April 5, 2018 —   Rebecca went to visit her mother, who lived nearly 2000 miles away. She visited about once a year, but kept in regular phone contact. That’s why Rebecca was shocked to discover a house in disarray when she arrived. There were dirty dishes in the sink, empty juice cartons and cereal boxes scattered throughout the... Read More

Seniors at Greater Risk of Becoming Isolated

March 20, 2018 —   The older we get, the greater our risk of losing contact with others. We may no longer go to a job. Health issues may isolate us. Our spouse and friends may have passed away. According the 2010 U.S. Census, 28 percent of people age 65 and older live alone, accounting for approximately 11 million... Read More

How to Create Easier End-of-Life Transitions

March 5, 2018 —   There are few things in life more traumatic than losing someone we love or facing the reality of our own mortality. So, it’s only natural that we do everything possible to postpone that anguish for as long as possible. With today’s advances in healthcare, we have more options than ever before to delay the... Read More

How to Stay Balanced in the Midst of Winter’s Icy Conditions

February 20, 2018 —   Winter’s snow and ice can increase the risk of falls in older adults, especially among those who already live with a balance disorder. Balance disorders are common in older Americans. One study estimated that 24 percent of people older than 72 experience dizziness on a regular basis. Dizziness can be caused by a variety... Read More