Tips for Seniors Getting Their First Tattoos

Portrait of an older man showing his tattoo.
The social stigma surrounding tattooing is fading away, and with it fades the notion that older adults can’t enjoy ink themselves. Because the last two generations of young adults have so widely embraced tattoos as a form of self-expression, getting a tattoo has rapidly become about as normal as having pierced ears. In fact, more than one in three young adults has a tattoo. Perhaps that’s why more and more seniors are starting to ask, why should kids have all the fun? The Rising Popularity of... Click to Read More

Trapped In Your Own Mind: What It’s Like to Live With Aphasia

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Few people can truly imagine how difficult it would be to live a life unable to communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are some people who do not have to imagine. For the countless individuals living with aphasia, struggling to communicate even the simplest message may be all but impossible. But for those with the right support, there is hope to be found. What is Aphasia?                                       Aphasia is commonly confused with the numerous types of speech impairments and memory problems that can result from dementia or stroke. But unlike... Click to Read More

How to Help Your Kids When They Become Caregivers

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When my husband Alex and I got married, we combined two families. Together we have eight children. Two weeks ago half of our kids were in the midst of caregiving crises. We are grateful that none of them are taking care of us right now, but we are aware that there may be a time in the future when they will have to get involved in managing our healthcare and/or finances. As we listened, consoled, and occasionally provided input and advice as they were trying to negotiate their way... Click to Read More

Honoring Memorial Day with Seniors

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In the excitement of summer’s unofficial arrival, it is easy to overlook what Memorial Day really is. Beyond the barbecues and neighborhood gatherings lies the real meaning of this day: remembrance. The Memorial Day holiday is a time to reflect on those who served during wartime and on family members who lost their lives during wartime. It is important that we take time to honor those who have served our country selflessly. While we’ve all heard stories of veterans who don’t want to talk about their wartime experiences, we... Click to Read More

How Seniors Can Prepare for Gardening Season

Gardening can be an excellent activity for seniors. Not only is it productive, but it also keeps one active and occupied for a few hours every day. Moreover, according to many psychologists, gardening can be quite an effective form of therapy for depression or anxiety. Preparing for the gardening season is a must, and there are a number of ways in which seniors can do this. Gather Your Gardening Supplies The first thing to do, is to stock up on the equipment needed for the upcoming gardening season. This would... Click to Read More

Athletes of All Ages Aren’t Letting Parkinson’s Stop Them

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If your hobbies include sports and athleticism, it may feel as though there are few fates worse than Parkinson’s. But even though there’s currently no cure, that doesn’t mean there is no hope. With the right attitude and the right treatment, it’s possible to enjoy a fulfilling life for decades after being diagnosed -- even for athletes. Outlook for Parkinson’s Disease As the onset of symptoms begins, those with Parkinson’s gradually develop stiffness, tremors, and decreased coordination. In time, even simple tasks like brushing your teeth can become a serious... Click to Read More

How You Can Help Seniors with Pets

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According to The Humane Society of the United States, it’s estimated that 65% of American households own a pet.  There are approximately 163.6 million dogs and cats in American homes.  It’s safe to say that Americans love their pets! How Seniors Benefit from Animal Companions Companion pets, specifically such as cats or dogs, have been shown to provide a positive impact on one’s mind and psyche.  Seniors citizens are amongst the population that can truly benefit from the companionship and love of a pet. Pet ownership can improve the quality... Click to Read More

How Does an Aging Population Impact Caregivers?

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Americans are living longer than ever. Medical advances have resulted in unprecedented population growth over the last century. Although increased longevity is touted as a clear measure of success in modern health care, it can be accompanied by a range of challenging issues, such as disability and more demand for long-term care. For aging individuals, these issues can create difficulties, but how do they impact caregivers? Aging Trends and Long-Term Care There’s been a lot of attention given to the fact that the massive baby boomer generation... Click to Read More

Strokes and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

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Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year, making strokes the leading cause of serious long-term disability. While most people understand that surviving a stroke means living with neurological deficits, few expect to be left with physical pain. In truth, even many doctors are unaware that pain can be a common side effect of stroke, even though about 10% of stroke survivors will suffer from intense chronic pain. Risk Factors for Chronic Pain Just like there are risk factors which increase your chances of suffering a stroke, there... Click to Read More

The Reality of ALS: Documentaries, Ice Bucket Challenges, & Hope for a Cure

If you spend much time on the Internet, you’ll probably remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, one of the biggest viral video trends of 2014. Before the summer was over, nearly every personality, blogger, and prominent celebrity with an Internet presence had participated. The premise was simple: dump a bucket of ice water on your head in the name of promoting awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and encourage donations to help fund the research necessary to beat the degenerative disease for good. What really made the challenge catch on... Click to Read More