3 Ways Seniors Can Take Their Balance to the Next Level

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As an Older Adult Specialist, one of the main things that I teach is balance and coordination through exercise.  While I have seen many people progress through my programs, some have wondered if you can continue to get better even as you get older.  With balance, just like in life, the only way you continue to get better at anything is to go outside of your “comfort zone.”  Below are three ways you can go outside of your comfort zone and hopefully improve your balance. ... Click to Read More

Keeping a Marriage Together While Caring for Family Elders

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Raising a family is stressful. Caregiving for an older parent or grandparent is stressful; and when you throw in a major health crisis, schedules unravel, emotions become strained, and tempers flare. My friend Matt* experienced this recently when his 79-year-old grandmother had a heart attack. June Bug, as he affectionately calls her, took him in when he was 15.  (His dad left when he was a toddler and his mother had issues with drugs and alcohol.)  With June Bug’s loving support and strict discipline, Matt finished high school as... Click to Read More

Funding In-Home Care with a Reverse Mortgage Loan

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If you are like most senior homeowners, you fully intend to enjoy the rest of your retirement years in your home.  In the summertime, you'll be relaxing and enjoying a cool breeze and fresh beverage under the shade of your front porch.  In the wintertime, you'll be in your cozy den, surrounded by your loving family and relishing in the holiday spirit.  And in the spring, you'll be enjoying fresh flowers on your windowsill, as the wafting fragrant smell mixes with the sounds of delighted squeals from your... Click to Read More

The State of Caregiving in the US: A Closer Analysis

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Within the past two months, AARP released their comprehensive 2015 report on caregiving in the United States. They looked at demographics, the number of hours family caregivers spend on average caring for a loved one, which IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or the necessary tasks you do every day) most caregivers helped with, how caregiving affected family caregivers working full-time, what percentage of caregivers employed some kind of home help, and a host of other aspects relating to family caregiving. We thought it would be helpful for our... Click to Read More

The Best Road Trips to Take with Senior Parents

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The best road trips aren’t only about the destination, it’s also the quality time you spend laughing, sharing, and creating memories. This favorite American pastime doesn’t have to end now that you have senior parents. In fact what better way to get everyone together for quality time? Read about three road trips options you and your family can take from anywhere in the country, and gain some helpful hints for senior travel. Option 1: The Day Trip Road trips where you travel and return home the same day may be... Click to Read More

National Elder Abuse Laws: Staying Informed

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Elder abuse affects the lives of countless vulnerable individuals every year. According to one study from the American Journal of Public health, approximately one in ten elderly individuals suffer from at least one type of elder abuse every year, most of which goes unreported. Ensuring that your own loved one is protected begins by staying informed about elderly abuse facts. By better understanding means of documenting evidence of abuse, and learning legal precedent, you’ll be better prepared to handle suspicions of elder abuse. Federal Elder Abuse... Click to Read More

Helping Families with SMA: Getting Involved With Charities

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Affecting as many as 1 in 10,000 people, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an unrestrained killer. Among its many victims, SMA is the leading genetic cause of death for children under the age of two. Although the bulk of people who suffer from SMA are very young, a very specific form of SMA known as Kennedy’s disease affects people between the ages of 15 through 60. While there is no cure or treatment for SMA, that doesn’t mean affected families of spinal muscular atrophy are without hope. From knowing... Click to Read More

Social Media-Savvy Seniors On the Rise

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When most of us think of social media, we think almost exclusively of young people. If you’re a businessperson, you might think of digital marketing, but you still see young people doing it. Would it surprise you to know that the fastest-growing demographic for social media use is the over-65 population? In 2013, 43% of senior citizens were using some form of social media, and that number continues to grow. That’s right, senior citizens and social media are no longer mutually exclusive ideas. Not only does social media... Click to Read More

The Real Story: Why Gardening is Great For Seniors

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Gardening is one of those activities often recommended to and associated with older adults. But is there actual science behind why it might be beneficial, or do we only associate seniors with gardening because of some collective idea of what being “elderly” entails? Older people like checkers, bingo, and gardening, right? Well, we challenged the ideas behind those stereotypes and did some research into the science of gardening and its specific benefits for older adults, especially since horticulture therapy (gardening as a rehabilitative tool) is on the rise.... Click to Read More

What Role Does Genetics Play with Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

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You may have wondered if your child would have brown or blue eyes, but you might not have thought about whether or not they’re at risk for a severe and debilitating genetic disorder. Our genetic code makes up much of who we are, from the color of our eyes to how outgoing we may be, and our genes also play an important role in determining whether or not we inherit many serious conditions. One such condition is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), affecting approximately 1 in 100,000 people during... Click to Read More
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