Senior Living

Wrapped in Holiday Spirit: 5 Senior-Friendly Gift Ideas

Seniors exchanging gifts

Giving gifts is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of the holiday season, but coming up with gift ideas – particularly for people who already have everything – can be difficult. You may already be racking your brain for what to get grandparents and other senior adults. Since they don’t need anything and they don’t want anything, what can you get that’s not another photo album, pair of fuzzy slippers or bag of favorite coffee? 

Home for the Holidays: What to Look for When Visiting an Aging Parent

Senior couple sitting near a Christmas tree

The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with it, the opportunity for adult children to “take stock” of how their aging parents are doing. Many family members live at least an hour away from their aging parents, making the holiday season a particularly important time.

How to Make the Holidays Special for a Loved One in Senior Living

Senior playing with two grandchildren

Celebrating with our loved ones during the holidays makes the season extra meaningful. This can be difficult for older adults who are in senior living, especially those who need a little more care. It can be hard for them to get out of the house or they may not even drive, which means that making it to gatherings and events can be problematic. This can lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness, which can make for a very blue holiday season. 

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.

Options for Aging Your Way

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.  

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