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
Traveling during the summer months is a time-honored tradition that many of us look forward to every year. If you’re a caregiver to a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering if summer travel is even in the cards anymore. The answer is a resounding yes, according to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges at Warwick.
“Just because an older adult has dementia doesn’t mean that they...more
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