For most of us, the aging process is rather slow and almost imperceptible as time moves along. One day doesn’t seem all that different from the next. However, as gerontologists and other aging experts explain, with each new year comes a greater risk for sudden, unforeseen changes in our health status.
None of us like to think about the possibility of a future illness or injury disrupting our lives and depleting our finances, but experts in...more
One in four seniors ages 65 and older fall each year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five falls causes either broken bones or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients per year are hospitalized as a result of a head injury or hip fracture from a fall. Even worse, falls are a...more
As seniors age, it becomes more and more common that they are unable to live on their own. When this time comes, you and your parent may become riddled with stress and confusion because of all of the options available – options such as senior living, supportive care, home care, respite care and a wide array of other services. An option now rising in popularity is moving aging parents in with their adult children. However, before moving Mom or Dad in with you, it’s important...more
Alzheimer’s disease currently impacts over five million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®. This number, by 2050, could rise as high as 16 million. The Alzheimer’s Association states that 5.3 million of those impacted are 65 and older, however, 200,000 under 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. With so many people being impacted by this...more
As we get older, many of us find ourselves wondering what our purpose is and how the world will remember us. We want to make an impact. We want our lives to mean something. We want to leave a legacy. We may believe that we need to do something grand to leave a legacy for those who come after us; however, leaving a legacy can be as simple as sharing your talents, passing on traditions and gifting in smart ways.
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Pets and other animals have the tendency to make people happy, brighten their day and distract from everyday troubles. No matter what type of animal, i.e., dog, cat, horse, bird or even fish, animals are known to have therapeutic properties. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, in particular, can benefit in an increasing number of ways from a pet or other animal’s therapeutic traits. Physical health, emotional well-being and social involvement are...more