Summer is finally here! For people of all ages, that means fun in the sun as festivals, parades, fairs and other outdoor events take advantage of the sultry weather and long days. While this means enjoyable summer days and nights, it also can mean sunburn and other sun-related problems if proper precautions aren’t taken. This is especially important for seniors, who are more susceptible than most to skin cancer, heatstroke and dehydration.
“There’s no reason that seniors and...more
The first time you notice that something’s a little off with your parent can come as a shock. Maybe Mom suddenly becomes rude when you ask her if she needs help doing something. Or Dad refuses to discuss finances with you when you ask a polite, passing question. You may even brush it off, chalking it up to old age. But then, if that off-ness progresses to big red flags, like not remembering that they spoke to you yesterday, or they forget the directions to the store they...more
We all know that exercise is good for us: you have better health, a better body... even a better mood due to that “feel good” boost you get after a good workout. According to a recent report in Nature magazine, that boost may be more than just a feeling ... it could be a radical new discovery in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
This January, scientists released a report wherein they cited evidence that a hormone released by exercise may improve memory and potentially...more
Springtime is full of celebrations, both official and unofficial. If you have a mother or father in senior living, you may be wondering how to spend “their” day with them this year. If your parents are healthy and independent, it may be as simple as coordinating a dinner at his or her favorite restaurant. However, if your loved one is in senior living due to the need for assistance, skilled nursing or because of a cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s disease, it’s possible that Mom or Dad may...more
Being an adult is hard work. You’re juggling a ton of responsibilities: a full-time job, managing your home, raising your kids, spending quality time with your spouse ... that’s hectic enough, but if you’re a middle-aged adult who is also taking care of your senior parents, that hecticness gets cranked up to 11. If this is your reality, rest assured that you’re not alone: you’re simply part of the Sandwich Generation. Nearly half of all Americans between the ages of 40 and 50 are in a...more
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and we’re seeing the arrival of budding trees and chirping birds. That’s right ... it’s almost tax time, everyone’s favorite time of year! As you start gathering your paperwork and setting up meetings with your advisor (or doing your taxes yourself), don’t forget about some tax tips that can be a big help if you’re age 65 or older.
“Once you enter your senior years, you’re eligible for different tax breaks that can help you...more
Eat your vegetables. No dessert until you’ve cleaned your plate. If you want a snack, you can have a piece of fruit. Any of these phrases sound familiar? When we’re kids, we hear a lot of these phrases as we’re learning good eating habits. As we age, these habits become second nature (and often even enjoyable, as we discover how good we feel when we eat a healthy diet). What we might not expect, though, is that this healthy-eating focus can slip away as we age – and can have serious...more
We are entering an unprecedented time in American history. The Baby Boomers are aging and, thanks to the advances made in science and medicine, are expected to live longer than the generations before them. While education and preventative care mean that the aging population has a better chance of living healthier, fuller and more productive lives, it also means that we can expect to see an increase in the number of individuals developing dementia.
As an adult child of a senior parent, you may have noticed that Mom or Dad is having more and more difficulty as the years go by. You’re noticing that the house is looking less than pristine when you come to visit. Maybe they’re growing a little forgetful, or they’ve had a few health scares recently. If you live far away from your parents, you may be constantly in a state of worry as you try to take care of emergencies or even normal tasks from afar.
“Families are much more spread...more
When we get married, we often think fondly about growing old together: spending our retirements traveling the world, visiting children and grandchildren, sitting in front of the fire holding hands … the ease and comfort of aging along with your best friend in the world. However, the reality of aging doesn’t always line up with our rose-colored hopes.
“Medical advancements mean that Americans are living longer and longer, which is a wonderful thing, but it also means that more couples...more