January 5, 2023

(Self) Caring for Caregivers

According to the CDC, about one in four adults act as informal or unpaid caregivers for someone with a long-term illness or disability. By 2030, approximately 71 million people will be 65 years or older, so the need for caregivers will only increase. There are many different fulfilling benefits to being a caregiver. For example, ... Read More

December 5, 2022

Winter Wonderland Safety Tips

Walking through a winter wonderland is beautiful, but cold weather can be dangerous, especially for seniors. From frigid temperatures to isolation, cold weather hazards are real and common. Here are four ways to be safe during the big chill season. Stay warm. Older adults can lose body heat faster and be less aware of being ... Read More

November 3, 2022

8 Stress-Busting Tasks for Family Caregivers

During the pandemic, the role of family caregivers increased, experts report. Caring relatives and friends spent many hours keeping older loved ones safe, providing hands-on care, transportation, shopping for their loved ones, and doing what they could to support elders in senior living communities during quarantine. They were even providing more tech support as older ... Read More

October 4, 2022

Dealing with Seasonal Depression

The weather is beginning to change. Leaves are falling and pumpkin spice season is just around the corner. Fall is in the air! Many people enjoy the changing of the seasons as summer ends. But for others, the impending season change brings about emotional changes. Some seasonal changes are normal for humans living away from ... Read More

September 5, 2022

Making End-Of-Life Decisions for Others

Making your own healthcare decisions can be tough. Making healthcare decisions for someone you care about — especially at the end of life — can be overwhelming. Even if an advance directive, such as a living will, explains your loved one’s wishes, it probably won’t cover all possible medical treatments. So, how can you advocate ... Read More

August 9, 2022

Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options

If you could choose where you wanted to spend your final days, where would that be? Whatever the preference or circumstances of someone who is nearing the end of their life, understanding the care setting options is key to creating a plan that helps ensure the greatest comfort for the individual and their family. At ... Read More

July 8, 2022

8 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge

The American Academy of Family Physicians recently reported that during the past two years, many patients have put off their medical care—a “side effect of the pandemic,” they call this delay. Hospitals were often overwhelmed, as well, creating another reason some care was postponed. But now, patients are once again urged to schedule elective surgeries, ... Read More

June 1, 2022

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging and large collections of data has shown that it’s not that simple. A study of 1,100 older adults released by the U.S. Department of Veterans ... Read More

May 1, 2022

Arthritis and Rainy Weather: Is There a Connection?

April showers bring May flowers…and according to an old belief, they also bring a worsening of arthritis. Some people even claim they can predict rain when their joints ache. But is that true, or a myth? May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s take a look at some recent research on that topic. “The ... Read More

April 5, 2022

Does Aging Mean We Should Slow Down? Evolution Says No!

The old cliché is that older adults should take it easy—maybe even take to their rocking chairs. Today, we know how wrong that is! “It’s a widespread idea in Western societies that as we get older, it’s normal to slow down, do less, and retire,” said Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman. In fact, he said, ... Read More

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