February 20, 2024

How Hearing Health Shapes Your Brain

In the journey of aging optimally, few things are as crucial as maintaining clear thinking and sharp cognition. But did you know that your hearing health plays a significant role in keeping your mind in top shape as you grow older? Hearing and brain function are intertwined, and taking care of your hearing isn’t just... Read More
December 15, 2023

The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Volunteering

If you’ve ever volunteered, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of satisfaction and happiness that comes with giving your time, experience, or talent to help others.  If you’ve never volunteered, you’re missing out on some amazing psychological benefits. And there is plenty of research that supports the mental health benefits of volunteering. Those include increased functioning,... Read More
October 23, 2023

The Journey of Optimal Aging

Our culture puts a lot of focus on success. Successful careers, relationships, investments, what have you—if you want to make the most out of life, the belief goes, you should strive for success in everything you do. But there’s one thing the concept of success isn’t usually applied to, and that’s aging. Yes, there’s a... Read More
July 25, 2023

5 Safety Tips for Using Recreational Marijuana

The use of recreational marijuana continues to evolve in the United States. Adult use of recreational marijuana is currently legal in Washington D.C. and 23 states, including Massachusetts. More people are accepting and have more positive attitudes regarding using marijuana, not only for medicinal purposes but also for recreational use.  This change has prompted more... Read More
January 26, 2023

How Families Can Help Ease a Grandparent’s Loneliness

Most of us take social connectedness for granted. We regularly interact with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and many others, whether online or in person. Social connectedness is important, and it’s considered crucial for older adults. It can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, improve mental and physical health, and increase overall well-being. Studies have shown... Read More
November 18, 2022

This Holiday Season, Deepen the Conversation

“Share some important lessons you’ve learned in life.” “Did you like going to school? Why or why not?” “Are there any family jokes, stories or songs you can share with me?” With Thanksgiving here and other big holidays on the horizon, many families will be spending more time together than they have in a while.... Read More
October 24, 2022

The Importance of Life Space for Older Adults

Some of the changes that age brings can tempt older adults to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for them to drive. They might feel less confident when they’re out and about, fearing they might fall or get lost. Gradually some may develop... Read More
October 19, 2022

Self-Care Contributes to Mental Health

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your... Read More
May 19, 2022

Celebrating National Aging Life Care™ Month

As the aging population continues to grow, so does the demand for caregivers. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the number of family caregivers in the United States grew by 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020. During National Aging Life Care™ Month in May, the Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA) is raising awareness... Read More
January 20, 2022

How Mental Stimulation Helps the Aging Brain

Cognitive health — the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember — is an important part of everyday life. It’s one aspect of overall brain health (the others are motor function, emotional function, and tactile function). As we age, our cognitive abilities naturally decline – even in the absence of conditions such as Alzheimer’s or... Read More