Seniors

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Seven Everyday Outing Ideas for You and Your Aging Loved One

Senior sitting outside in the sunshine

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.

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. 

The Prevalence of Dementia Diagnoses in Seniors

Senior and Adult Child Laughing and Talking Together

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.

Coping with a Spouse’s Move to Senior Living

Senior couple holding house key

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.

Positive Aging: Finding Fulfillment Later in Life

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. 

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