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
Retirement. What do you think of when you hear this word? Many people dream about it, believing it will be the best time of their lives. Finally, they will have all the time to relax, enjoy their free time and do absolutely nothing. But once you’ve reached that magical age and are entering the “golden years,” you may find that something's missing.
“Feeling bored and unfulfilled is, surprisingly, common feeling for many seniors no matter where they are in their post-...more
There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” In other words, it’s never too late to make a change for the better, and the new year is the perfect opportunity to kick-off a new approach. For senior adults, one of the best changes you can make this year is by committing to regular health screenings.
“Health screenings are an incredibly important part of staying healthy, especially for...more
Brr! All that snow and ice may look nice from the coziness of your home, but for aging seniors, the sight can also be disheartening because it means that winter – and all the issues that come with it – is here. Everything about winter, from the weather to the shorter days to the treacherous roads, makes living independently just a little bit harder. Even walking outside to get your mail can be difficult due to biting wind or icy sidewalks. And let’s not even start with the...more
The holiday season is in full swing, which means that it’s time for the not-so-holly-jolly holiday shopping season. While we all have these images in our heads of brightly wrapped packages, beautiful storefront windows and a magical feeling in the air, the truth is that buying gifts at this time of year can be stressful, annoying and – especially for seniors who have difficulty getting around for a variety of reasons – time consuming and even unsafe.