The Overage Drinking Phenomenon: Why We Should Focus on Senior Addiction

Underage drinking has been consistently recognized as being a major phenomenon in the United States, where an estimated 50 percent of children ages 12-20 have consumed alcohol. Little talked about, however, is the issue of “overage drinking,” which affects millions of Americans each year. The Epidemic of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Seniors For nearly […]

Senior (Citizen) Proms

When you imagine a prom, the image that comes to mind is probably one of high school students preparing for graduation. But for the past decade or so, proms for senior citizens have become a growing phenomenon across the nation. And it’s not hard to see why. The older we get, the more difficult it […]

Caregivers, Alcohol & Substance Abuse

Caregiving is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding job. Whether you are a professional caregiver or a non-paid family caregiver, the toll it takes on your own well-being can be significant. In fact, caregivers often develop health problems of their own. One of which is alcohol or substance abuse. Estimates are that as many as […]

Encouraging Reluctant Seniors to Socialize

While most seniors make an effort to maintain contact with friends and family, others become withdrawn and refuse to socialize. Without a healthy social life, all people – especially seniors – are more prone to chronic illnesses, depression, cognitive decline and even early death. If your loved one remains isolated on purpose, it’s important to […]

The Importance of Rural Health Care Access for the Elderly

Americans are living longer lives than ever before. In fact, over the past 100 years, the average life expectancy for Americans has increased by nearly 25 years. Although life expectancies have improved on average, the same is not true throughout the United States. In rural or underserved areas, for example, life expectancies have stagnated or […]