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July 19, 2021

Staying Independent as You Age

Every July we celebrate independence on a national scale. Why not celebrate it on a more personal level, too? At the same time that the U.S. population over age 65 is growing rapidly, so too is their desire to live independently and age in place. When it comes to envisioning where we’ll live in our... Read More
June 29, 2021

A Welcoming Community of Care

June is Pride month, a time for both celebration and consciousness raising. At LifeCare Advocates, one of our ongoing concerns is the challenges that face our LGBTQ loved ones, friends, colleagues, and clients as they age. Aging presents challenges for everyone, but LGBTQ elders must also deal with the potential for prejudice and even mistreatment.... Read More
May 25, 2021

How Storytelling Helps Older People

Anyone who’s ever listened to an older person reminisce knows the range of emotions their storytelling can evoke – joy, sadness, awe, pride, and so much else. Storytelling is a fundamental human experience across cultures. And it can be inspiring – many of us who have dedicated our careers to helping seniors trace our paths... Read More
March 15, 2021

Malnutrition in Older Adults is a ‘Hidden Epidemic’

Malnutrition in older adults has been called a “hidden epidemic.” That’s because, according to the Alliance for Aging Research, “the symptoms of malnutrition can be hard to identify, even by a health care professional. Often, symptoms are dismissed as a ‘normal’ part of aging.” Malnutrition affects seniors living at home, but also those living in... Read More
February 19, 2021

How Technology Can Help Older Adults Living at Home

Many of our clients are people whose older parents are living in their own homes. Some of these clients and their parents live far away from each other, which increases stress and uncertainty for people already worried about their parent’s wellness and safety. Fortunately, there’s a lot of technology available that older people can use... Read More
February 10, 2021

Safe at Home: How a Physical Therapist Can Help You Age in Place

Millions of aging Americans want to live in their own home for as long as possible but need help making it safer and more accessible. Others, returning home after a hospitalization or surgery, may have challenges getting around or need special accommodations. These are just a few of the reasons that LifeCare Advocates now offers... Read More
December 21, 2020

Planning Ahead for End-of-Life Care Decisions

In our last blog post, we shared some couples-oriented guidance for creating aging plans. As we noted, creating an aging plan takes some bravery and a lot of thought, and being part of a couple can add a layer of complexity. Now let’s zoom in on the elements of an aging plan that each of... Read More
November 23, 2020

In Challenging Times, Try a Dose of Gratitude

A helping hand. An illness cured. A sunny day. A rainy day! We experience gratitude for many reasons, big and small. And when we do, says Glenn Fox, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California, we are immersed in a uniquely human sensation. “Gratitude is such a key function of our social lives and... Read More
October 28, 2020

Managing Stress and Depression in Trying Times

We at LifeCare Advocates have been hearing about general underlying stress from so many people these days. The presidential election is very divisive, a second wave of COVID-19 infections is looming, and social problems are driving unrest. Millions of people are newly unemployed or under-insured, or both. Older people, especially, are stressed. They may be... Read More
September 21, 2020

How to Strengthen Your Resilience

September is Healthy Aging Month, a 20-year-old celebration of the ways we can all ensure our well-being as we get older. Whether it’s taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise, we can all take steps at any age to improve how we feel tomorrow. That is certainly true of resilience. Psychological or emotional... Read More