Conversation Tips for Seniors in Social Settings

Einstein, it is rumored, was once seated beside Marilyn Monroe at a dinner party. "Oh, Mr. Einstein," she cooed, "with your brains and my looks, we could have perfect children." The physicist paused for a moment and then asked, "But what if they had your brains and my looks?" Party and playful questions aside, there is no doubt that social settings sometimes require us to have good answers. And sometimes, they require us to ask good questions. Albert Einstein had more to say about questions. He encouraged us to “learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important

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When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

In every parent-child relationship, there eventually comes a time when roles reverse. It's a natural and inevitable extension of the aging process. The mom or dad who once changed your diapers, drove you to soccer practice, and applied Band-aids to skinned knees will gradually lose their mobility and independence, requiring greater help and supervision with their own health and safety needs. For the child who in turn is tasked with caring for an aging parent, navigating this new juncture can be difficult because it means taking a more directive role in relation to a grown-up who, in addition to having

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Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips and Falls

Understand Your Caregiving Options

It’s no secret that slips and falls are especially dangerous for seniors. According to the CDC, nearly three million American seniors suffer falls every year. Perhaps more importantly, the rate of seniors who lose their lives to unintentional falls is climbing year after year. Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips & Falls For those of us who live in ice and snow country, there’s no more dangerous time of the year for slips and falls than during winter. So, whether you’re an older American worried about falling during the winter or a younger person concerned for the health of an older relative,

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Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

With increasing age, it’s important to stay aware and engage in safe driving tips for seniors. This is true if you are approaching in your senior years or if you are caring for an older adult. Many people are reluctant to give up driving, which makes sense since driving can be a signifier of independence. If that is true for you or someone you love, know that you can identify strategies to help you or your loved. Then, it is possible to stay on the road, safely, for longer. Plan Ahead Just as with other changes in life, a little

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Busy Fingers, Busy Brain: Why Crafting Is Crucial For Seniors

The US Census Bureau has found that Americans currently spend around five to six hours per day on leisure and sports activities, including hobbies such as crafting.  It’s certainly time well spent, particularly for older adults. Learning and practicing a new craft as a senior brings many rewards; not only can the creative process boost mental health and self-esteem, it can also improve fine motor skills and provide an opportunity for socializing and making friends, which has been scientifically proven to benefit those with Alzheimer's.  So what are you waiting for?  With a broad range of activities to choose from, there’s bound to

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8 Amazing Part-Jobs for Seniors and Retirees

8 Amazing Part-Jobs for Seniors and Retirees

Life in retirement isn’t what it used to be. The economic landscape has changed, and people are living longer than ever. If you find yourself needing some extra money, or just bored, then you are in luck. There are plenty of part-time jobs available for retirees and seniors, and a lot of them can be done from the comfort of your own home. Virtual assistant Are you comfortable with technology? Perhaps you were an administrative assistant when you were working full-time. In that case, you should experience a smooth transition to becoming a virtual assistant. This is a great part-time

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11 Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

Many believe that dogs are too active and high maintenance to be good pets for seniors. Now, this may be true for certain breeds, but there are literally hundreds of breeds out there and some of them are actually very well-suited to seniors. Below, we highlight 11 of the best dog breeds for seniors from corgis to Westies and explain what makes them such great companions for elderly adults Poodle Poodles frequently rank on lists of the best dog breeds for seniors, and that’s for good reason: They’re easy to train if you get them young, and they’re very devoted to

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Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention

Falls can cause serious injuries that take a long time to heal. They can lead to permanent mobility problems that prevent your enjoyment of hobbies and/or limit your ability to drive, shop, cook or bathe. Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention Falls are usually the result of spatial orientation miscalculations, dizziness, vision issues, imbalance, poor mobility and/or foot traffic obstacles. Check Your Health If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, blood pressure fluctuation or another condition that can affect your ability to walk, ask your doctor about symptom management methods. If you’re otherwise experiencing symptoms that make you feel like you’re

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Why Mental Health is Important

Why Mental Health is Important

The aging population rapidly increases and between 2015 and 2050, the number of older adults will double from about 12% to 22%. This is an expected increase from 900 million to 2 billion people over the age of 60. Older people face special physical and mental health challenges which need attention. The World Health Organization says over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, excluding headache disorders, and 6.6% of all disability attributes to mental and neurological disorders. The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression,

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