Senior Living

How to Choose the Best Cell Phone for a Senior Loved One

Senior couple on their cell phones

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. 

Preparing for the Summer Blues: What to Do Now That Summer Is Over

Senior outside in summer with loved one

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?

The True Definition of Personal Care

Senior hugging caregiver

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? 

When Siblings Disagree: Caregiving for an Aging Parent

Siblings surrounding aging parent

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.

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How to Keep Seniors Safe in the Sun

Senior spending time in the garden

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. 

How the Exercise Hormone May Prevent Alzheimer’s

Senior working out and lifting weights

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 magazinethat 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 protect against Alzheimer’s disease.  

Celebrating Mother’s and Father’s Day in Senior Living

Adult child spending time with senior mother and father

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 not be able to get out for a special celebration. 

Balancing Caregiving Responsibilities When You're in the Sandwich Generation

Generations of family as caregivers

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.

8 Tax Tips Every Senior Should Know

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. 

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