Making your Own Decision About End of Life

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

Hope is Not a Plan, But Planning Will Generate Hope It’s here. Some call it the “silver tsunami” while others reference it as “the greying of America”. Nearly half of the “sandwich“ generation have a parent over age 65 and are raising young children or supporting grown children. Making your Own Decision about End of Life Alarmingly, thousands of critically important end-of-life and after death decisions are currently being made without the benefit of advanced planning. While “hope” is not a plan, planning realizes hope. Have you ever considered all the decisions that will need to be made when someone, including

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Importance of Seniors and Social Connections

Importance of Seniors and Social Connections

A social friendship builds inclusion and connection. One of the paths to healthy aging includes connecting with peers and building friendships. It’s a known fact, and the effects of isolation are depression and loneliness. And their harm puts an individual at a higher risk for falls (especially the elderly,) chronic diseases, and even early death. Importance of Seniors and Social Connections One of the paths to healthy aging includes connecting with peers and building friendships. It’s a known fact, and the effects of isolation are depression and loneliness. And their harm puts an individual at a higher risk for falls (especially

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How to comfortably live to 90 and beyond

Want to know the aging secrets of folks who’ve hit 90 years old and over? Well, in 2003 The 90+ Study set out to discover the answers. Researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) followed 1,600 people who reached this ripe old age. Every six months, researchers visited these 90-year-old participants to perform mental and physical tests. Of course, the participants also documented their diets, activity, medications, and more. And after all these years of study, we now have answers to how these folks manage to live as long as they do.  

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End of Life Planning Part 2

Planning a Memorial As your loved ones age, it’s important to know how they want to be memorialized and buried. While many people still prefer solemn, formal funerals or mourning ceremonies, others are beginning to lean more towards parties and celebrations of life. Knowing the kind of memorialization that your loved one wants will take the decision making off your shoulders when the time comes to carry out their wishes. Detailing these wishes as part of a legal document will ensure that your loved one is honored and memorialized as they want. If you’re concerned about the cost of funerals,

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How to Make End of Life Plans Part 1

According to the CDC, around 60 percent of U.S. adults have no plan in place for the end of their lives. Consequently, close friends and family are left to sort through personal belongings, funeral arrangements and asset distribution while they’re mourning. Solidifying an end of life plan can ease the minds of everyone involved. Your loved one’s final wishes can be known and recorded as an objective legal document. This gives you and your family a map to follow. This process involves discussing all the conditions surrounding someone’s death before they die, as opposed to during or after. Having these

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Attitudes to Enhance Aging

What is your mindset about growing older? Do you want to avoid thinking about it for as long as possible? Is it a negative passage to be endured? To set an ideal mid-life into motion, you need a positive outlook. A study of 660 adults aged 50 and older in Ohio, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that people who had positive attitudes about aging lived more than seven years longer than those with negative attitudes. While the results remain unproven by other researchers, the study does link positive outlook and good health. For example, depression

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What is NORMAL Aging?

The longest research project on aging, sponsored by the National Institute on Health, the Baltimore Longitudinal Study, helps scientist piece together a more accurate perspective. Before the study, scientists compared surveyors in one age group to a contrasting set of individuals in another age group. Most of the differences between them are not attributed to age but the result of life experiences, genetics, or environmental factors. What the Baltimore Longitudinal Study did instead, was to compare two individuals, one who lived through two wars and the other raised in a peaceful and prosperous society. How each aged might differ but

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Making Your Plan for Aging

From the caregiving days when helping my parents, I learned the importance of planning ahead for my advanced years. Growing older forces change -- the kind we don't want to think about. And that change often impacts our living choices, financial matters, driving, relationships, physical and mental health and end of life. We have to think about what will happen and if we can remain at home without help? How do you tell your adult children or siblings that you want to move because you no longer feel safe at home or you feel isolated in the suburbs? What will

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Social Connections Enhance Mid-life

The vast majority of women in the United States have children. However, in 2017, the fertility rate measuring the number of births was 60.2 for every 1,000 women of childbearing age. The total fertility rate - which estimates how many children women will have based on current patterns - is down to 1.8, below the replacement level in developed countries of 2.1. As women decide to have less or no children at all is not a bad thing but can have a negative effect in their older years. The Wall Street Journal recently noted that family caregivers, "long the backbone

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