What’s Normal During Stroke Recovery?

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A stroke is a serious medical condition which can occur with little warning. Since it impacts in a vital organ, the brain, it’s no surprise that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent loss of life. After the initial medical event has been stabilized, a new process begins: stroke recovery. The effects of stroke are different for every person, making almost every individual’s stroke timeline for recovery unique. Yet there are still some commonalities that stroke patients and their loved ones should be aware of. Where and How Strokes... Click to Read More

Tips for Celebrating Mother’s Day with Seniors: The Gift of Time

Mothers Day
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, which means it is time to start your planning. We often fondly remember the Mother’s Day gifts of our youth; full assortments of macaroni jewelry, handmade cards made illegible by glitter, a breakfast of cold cereal you made for her all on your own! Now, however, as you and your mother are more mature (and the crafts are better left to the grandchildren), it can be hard to come up with a unique gift. Here are a few ideas to help you honor... Click to Read More

Caring for a Spouse: Living Well Under Difficult Circumstances

Portrait Of Worried Senior Couple
I recently had the opportunity to spend the weekend with a long-lost friend. Over 25 years ago, Peggy* and I lived in the same neighborhood. Our kids were all about the same age, and to them, our homes, refrigerators, and pantries were interchangeable. When our children were in high school, Peggy and I both went through very difficult divorces and we ended up moving away from the old neighborhood. In the process of redefining our lives and starting over, we lost touch. Last fall, as she was looking online for... Click to Read More

New & Alternative Transportation Options for Seniors

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Most people can remember the excitement felt when finally becoming the legal age to drive.  Despite the rules enforced by parents, the freedom was priceless.  While no longer driving to school dances or after school activities, senior citizens similarly appreciate this same level of independence.  The ability to be mobile, provides older adults with an incredible sense of independence.  However, often due to physical limitations, older adults can lose their ability to drive and with that goes their highly prized independence. According to the National Household Travel Survey, more... Click to Read More

Tips for Apartment-Hunting Seniors

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The family home is something many people cherish; chances are it contains for them a lifetime of memories. But when the kids have grown up and moved out, the extra space doesn’t seem as necessary. As a person ages, maintaining a yard or shoveling out after a snowstorm doesn’t have the charm it once did. For these reasons and more, many seniors consider downsizing from their houses and moving into apartments for seniors. While the transition may initially be difficult, it can be a lot of fun to move... Click to Read More

Summer Jobs for Seniors

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The summer months, bookended by Memorial and Labor Day, are the perfect time for retirees to enjoy relaxing trips to the beach, lazy afternoons and, in a surprising twist, seasonal work for seniors! Retirement may invoke ideas of endless hours of leisure, but many retirees are considering taking on work during these summer months. The website CareerBuilder reports that 54% of retirees revealed they would continue to work post retirement. The reasons for taking on a summer job vary. Supplemental income is an obvious factor but summer jobs... Click to Read More

How Long-Term Care Facilities are Enhancing Quality of Life

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Living in a long term care environment can be challenging. Being away from familiar sights while coping with a serious illness is hard on anyone. In fact, it's been estimated that nearly one in five residents of a nursing home suffer from depression, and one in three have depressive symptoms.  Understanding the struggle of living in a long term care environment, several long term care facilities have taken steps to enhance the quality of life of their patients to great effect. Music Therapy Many of the best examples of these... Click to Read More

3 Ways Seniors Can Be Valued Resources for Their Families & Communities

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When many older adults make the transition from working adult to retired senior citizen, the world changes for them. In some cases, this might mean being an independent person for the last 40 or 50 years, then suddenly finding themselves dependent on their families for their livelihood. When a person reaches the age where he or she is eligible to be a “senior,” not only do they experience physical changes that come with age, but also psychological changes. To go from a regimented lifestyle that includes getting up... Click to Read More

How Living Longer Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy Aging

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Within the last 100 years, medical advancements have allowed professionals to provide a higher standard of medical care than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this has lead to a 30-year increase in the average life expectancy for the U.S. population. By the year 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that one in five people in the U.S. will be older than 65, and by 2050, the senior population will be twice that of 2012. This growth is contributing to the pressure to... Click to Read More

Self-Defense for Senior Citizens

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Criminals prefer an easy target, which means anyone who might seem vulnerable at the time can become a victim. That’s why it’s no surprise that seniors are frequently the targets of people with ill-intent. In fact, seniors are one of the groups most at risk for petty theft like burglaries and purse-snatching. And while it’s true senior citizens are less likely to be the victim of a violent assault, being more vulnerable to an attack means it’s only prudent to prepare for one. Learning Self Defense for Seniors: Tips... Click to Read More