May 21, 2024

Mental Health for Older Adults: Where to Start

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being, yet many older adults struggle with loneliness, isolation, and other related challenges. The most recent “State of Mental Health in America” report (2023) reveals the depth of these issues, showing a significant rise in loneliness, substance misuse, and suicidal thoughts among seniors. May is Mental Health... Read More
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 28, 2023

Understanding Fatigue in Older Adults

Fatigue is a common yet often overlooked issue in older adults, significantly impacting their quality of life. Unlike the usual tiredness that we all experience from time to time, fatigue in the elderly is a more debilitating form of exhaustion. It can interfere with their daily activities and overall well-being. “Fatigue is an alarm signal... 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
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
December 23, 2022

Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Did you experience the loss of an older loved one this year? Grieving a loss is always difficult, but it is almost always harder during the winter holidays. It’s hard for those left behind—especially spouses—not to dwell on memories of the loved one from holidays past. And that is absolutely natural. The loss of a... Read More
August 29, 2022

How to Spot Signs of Depression in Older Adults

How do you know if you or your older loved one may have depression? Does depression look different as we age? The National Institute on Aging offers the following insights about depression in older adults. Depression in older adults may be difficult to recognize because older people may have different symptoms than younger people. For... 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