Giving gifts is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of the holiday season, but coming up with gift ideas – particularly for people who already have everything – can be difficult. You may already be racking your brain for what to get grandparents and other senior adults. Since they don’t need anything and they don’t want anything, what can you get that’s not another photo album, pair of fuzzy slippers or bag of favorite coffee?
“Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the...more
The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with it, the opportunity for adult children to “take stock” of how their aging parents are doing. Many family members live at least an hour away from their aging parents, making the holiday season a particularly important time.
“During the months of October through December, many family members are returning home for the holidays and can experience firsthand how their senior loved ones are functioning,” says Sue Sunderland,...more
Celebrating with our loved ones during the holidays makes the season extra meaningful. This can be difficult for older adults who are in senior living, especially those who need a little more care. It can be hard for them to get out of the house or they may not even drive, which means that making it to gatherings and events can be problematic. This can lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness, which can make for a very blue holiday season.
“Many people report feeling unhappy,...more
It’s almost that time again – time to “fall back” and gain another hour of daylight for the winter months. Though the extra hour is a nice benefit for those in school or the workforce, daylight savings can be surprisingly rough if you’re a senior or dealing with chronic health issues.
“It doesn’t take much of a change to completely throw off your health,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of ...more
The idea that seniors are technologically incompetent is so 2010. These days, the age 65+ demographic is the fastest-growing adopters of technology, with four in 10 seniors owning a smartphone and 83% of seniors between 64 – 74 years of age using the Internet on a regular basis. There’s no denying that technology has many benefits for the older generations, and that extends to cell phones – and cell phone plans.
“As anyone who has teenagers can attest, cell phones are so...more
We’ve all heard of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is something that affects approximately 5 percent of the population. It’s most often associated with wintertime (hence the “winter” blues tag). But did you know that SAD doesn’t only happen in winter – there are those who experience “summer blues,” too?
“We often think seasonal affective disorder is synonymous with winter blues because winter is cold, has less light and keeps us cooped up,” says Sue...more
If you’re a senior or a loved one of a senior in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering what “personal care” means when it comes to senior living. What are the benefits? How do they help senior adults live an independent, celebrated lifestyle every day?
“Personal care, also known as supportive care, is focused on providing seniors with the assistance they need to live as fully and independently as possible,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of ...more
There are families where, when a mother or father’s health starts to fail, the sibling band together as a united front to plan for and provide the best possible care for their parents. That’s the ideal. For many other families, though, that rosy sense of camaraderie disappears very quickly when caregiving decisions are thrown into the equation.
“Making caregiving decisions for a senior loved one has a way of sneaking up on adult children,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive...more
There has never been a better time to be a senior or a loved one of a senior who needs assistance. According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges at Warwick, we are entering a golden age of senior living and senior care where there are more options than ever to age your way.
“There have been so many advances and innovations in the senior living space over the past 20 years,”...more
Are you a homebody or do you like going out and doing things? Generally, most of us are a mix of the two extremes, but we tend to spend more and more time at home as we age. In fact, many older adults simply don’t go out much at all due to limited mobility, anxiousness or simple comfort.
“Home is where the heart is, but absence does make the heart grow fonder,” says Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges...more