Debunking the Grumpy Old People Stereotype

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Many people stereotype older adults as “grumpy,” particularly older men. We hear about an older person being irritable and think “Ah, well, she’s older.” As if that’s somehow an explanation based around the idea that all seniors are irritable. And if you’re irritable in your 30s, will you be even more irritable as you age? Does personality change with age? The fact is, there’s quite a bit of research out there studying exactly how personality changes with age. And guess what we’re finding consistently? There is no general... Click to Read More

How Do You Find Joy in the Midst of Tragedy

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There is a tremendous sense of loss and grief associated with caring for someone you love who is aging, disabled, or chronically ill -- especially when you are witnessing their steady decline. Couple that with being isolated and confined to your own home, and it can be very difficult to maintain your emotional balance.   If you’re like a lot of people, your television may be your primary source of information, entertainment, and companionship. And if you’ve been following the news lately, you might be struggling to find anything... Click to Read More

Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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Joint pain can make it hard to do anything. If your current treatment plan isn’t doing enough to manage that pain, it’s important to consider all the available alternatives. Below you can learn about three of the most common alternative arthritis treatments, how effective they are, and what researchers have to say about their use as medicine. As always, be sure to consult your doctor before trying any alternative treatments for arthritis. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy that has been prescribed to... Click to Read More

Grandma Moses Would Approve: How Art Benefits Seniors

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Creating and appreciating art can be of the most fulfilling parts of the human experience. Practicing the arts has been proven to be particularly valuable for the elderly, who may find art to be a therapeutic and meaningful part of their lives. Art offers the opportunity to earn a sense of pride in sharing your talents with others, to engage with your community, and to help keep the brain working well. These advantages are particularly noteworthy for patients of serious degenerative diseases, but there isn’t a person who... Click to Read More

How to Combat Loneliness for Seniors During the Holidays

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During the holiday season it can be hard for anyone, including seniors, to acknowledge their feelings of loneliness and isolation. For some individuals it may seem as though they are alone in being at odds with what our culture deems the most joyous time of the year. In actuality they are part of a very large group. Holiday statistics show that 45% of North American adults report that they dread the holiday season while specific senior citizen loneliness statistics reflect that 43% of the senior population feel lonely... Click to Read More

How Families Can Help Loved Ones with Arthritis

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In a popular poem an elderly woman speaks of her five boyfriends -- one of which, ‘Arthur Ritis’ takes her from “joint to joint.” It’s a tongue and cheek anecdote about getting older and yet, it hits on a reality for arthritis sufferers: the disease is a daily if not hourly struggle. As loved ones of those who suffer from the disease, we may feel powerless watching as a family member affected by arthritis experiences a decrease in their quality of life. Fortunately, there are methods and strategies... Click to Read More

Seniors vs Teens: Who Are the Safer Drivers?

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It seems that teen drivers and senior drivers share an unfortunate bond. Both age groups are at increased risk for an accident when they climb behind the wheel of a car. Consumer Reports notes that teen drivers are nine times more likely to wind up in a crash than a middle-aged driver. For seniors, the crash rate is lower than for teens but more deadly. According to the same Consumer Reports study, older driver safety statistics show senior drivers are five times more likely to experience a fatal car... Click to Read More

COPD: Not Just a Smoker’s Disease

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You may have never smoked a day in your life, but that doesn’t mean you’re not at  risk for COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a debilitating lung deficiency that encompasses both chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and it's the third leading cause of death worldwide. There are more than 11 million Americans diagnosed with COPD, with millions more likely suffering while undiagnosed. No one is immune to COPD -- not even well-known celebrities, such as actor/director Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of Spock in the Star Trek... Click to Read More

Tips for Including Older Loved Ones in Holiday Conversations

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It’s such a special time of year! Friends and family are gathering together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holidays. During this season, it can be especially important for the well-being of seniors to reminisce and spend time with their loved ones. However, sometimes younger family members aren’t quite sure how to talk to older people while the senior members of the family struggle with feeling left out. However, communicating with older adults can be less of a challenge once there is an understanding of what... Click to Read More

3 Reasons Why Weight Training for Seniors is Recommended

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When it comes to exercise there are plenty of misconceptions, such as if women lift weights they will look masculine and bulky, or if you don’t feel pain during your workout, you aren’t working hard enough.  Exercise as it pertains to seniors sometimes has some of the biggest misconceptions; and as a personal trainer to seniors I often hear many of them. For seniors getting into shape, I often hear how they should walk, dance, or pretty much do anything they feel like as long as it gets their... Click to Read More