Dangerous Effect Mold Can Have on Seniors

Cleaning up dangerous fungus from a wet wall after water leak

More than half of American homes have mold problems, and 38% of the population are genetically susceptible to the health issues mold can cause. Seniors tend to be more susceptible to the effects of mold as they often have weaker immune systems, poorer lung function, and take medications for other health problems that can make them vulnerable. Removing mold from their homes and preventing future problems can help to maintain and improve their health. The general health impacts of mold The symptoms and severity someone will have when exposed to mold will depend on the type of mold, concentration level, and their overall health, but symptoms

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How Dangerous is Social Media to Seniors’ Well-Being?

How Dangerous is Social Media to Seniors’ Well-Being?

Ten years ago, few people would have predicted that seniors would become some of social media’s most passionate users. But a study last year by Pew Research Center found that 62% of online seniors are on Facebook. Other studies show that social media use among seniors is rising at a rapid rate.  How Dangerous is Social Media to Seniors’ Well-Being? As more and more seniors use social media, there are growing concerns. Most research indicates that social media improves quality of life for elderly adults. But some senior care professionals are increasingly worried about the dangers that social media could pose

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How to Thrive When Aging Alone

How to Thrive When Aging Alone

Have you heard of the term Elder Orphan?  It's a new way of framing categorizing who are aging alone.  I began to think about aging alone after caring for my parents. My mother struggled with heart problems, while my father lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Watching their decline was heartbreaking. It was close to one year after dad’s passing when the question hit me: “Who will care for me?” That was 10 years ago. Today, I’m 65. The U.S. Census Bureau tells us more than 27 percent of people age 65 and over live alone. One reason is because baby boomers

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Tips Help Individuals Adjust Emotionally To A Senior Living Community

Experts Recommend Family Approach. Sometimes it takes a crowd to help a loved one adjust emotionally to a senior living community. The whole family should be involved, stressing familiarity and continuation of hobbies as keys to a smooth transition. Remember that senior community doesn’t mean nursing home; seniors can live full and happy lives in new surroundings. To foster success, the transition should begin before a move, according to experts. “Preplanning for the future is so important.  Talking with your loved one before he or she needs to move is key,” says Christine Hall-Werner, Senior Director of Marketing and Public

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How Friends Keeps Us Young at Heart

Staying socially active enriches our lives, and creating intergenerational friends keeps us young at heart and mind. But, how does an older person create a mutually beneficial relationship with someone a decade or so younger without making them feel like they're being groomed to be the absent child? I've always had older and younger friends. I've been lucky that way and now that I'm older, and have no children, I don't worry that a younger friend will ever feel like I treat her or expect her to take the role of my (absent) child, nor would I want to be

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Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

We don’t choose who are parents are, and for some of us, we end up with parents who didn’t exactly show us the love, support, and compassion we deserved growing up. As they grow older, those parents can come back and want to be helped. As much as you may not want to help them, you know you should. So what do you do? Do you just stay quiet and do what you feel you need to do? Or do you turn around and walk the other way? Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent Well, the decision is yours to make, and

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Making the Move to Senior Living Easy for Mom

Making the Move to Senior Living Easy for Mom

Don't wait until the weekend before the move!   Follow these 6 tips for a smooth transition: Set aside a weekend: Moving takes time. Set aside a weekend to do it right. Get the family involved: Get as many family members as possible to help with the move. Aside from helping the move go more quickly, it'll help remind your Mom that she has a support system. Identify the true junk: Walk with your Mom through her house or apartment identifying items that all agree can be donated, recycled, or trashed. Remember: just because Mom owns it, doesn't mean she has to

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