Blog

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
September 28, 2022

How Older Adults Can Protect Themselves Against Falls

At your annual physical exam, your doctor may ask you, “Are you afraid of falling?” Your answer—and the doctor’s follow-up questions—can help the doctor uncover risk factors you may have for falling. Each year, 36 million falls occur among older adults aged 65 and older. Over 950,000 older adults are hospitalized because of a fall injury... Read More
January 31, 2022

Helping Your Parent Downsize

Downsizing can be an overwhelming and often emotional project at any age. There are memories everywhere, perhaps impeding keep-or-toss decisions. “When people are downsizing, they’re not only saying goodbye to valued possessions, but they’re also saying goodbye to a certain part of their life,” noted Nicole Anzia, a professional organizer and a columnist for the... Read More
September 29, 2021

Helping Elders Overcome Isolation and Loneliness

Humans are social beings, relying on each other for everything from food and shelter to companionship and community. But it’s an unfortunate fact of life that as most people get older, they experience more and more life events that can cause them to feel lonely or isolated. Children leave the home; loved ones, friends, and... Read More
June 21, 2021

Recognizing and Stopping Elder Abuse

Did you know that 1 in 10 adults over age 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited? Abuse can happen in many places, including the older person’s home, a family member’s house, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. The mistreatment of older adults can be by family members, strangers, healthcare providers, caregivers, or... Read More
December 9, 2020

Creating an Aging Plan With Your Spouse

You and your spouse or partner are accustomed to making plans together – vacations, purchases, investments, and the thousand other things that come up over the years. There may be one big plan you’ve not yet considered – an aging plan for both of you. With an aging plan, you can outline your plans for... Read More
October 13, 2020

When Your Parent is Ready for a Senior Living Community

It may come as a gradual realization, or perhaps suddenly after an accident or illness – you or your parent decide they would be safer or better cared for at a senior living community. It’s not an easy decision – most of us would prefer to age in place – but many times it is... Read More
August 20, 2020

When It’s Time to Downsize

Most people express the wish to remain in their own homes as they grow older. But as time goes by, our priorities might change. Maybe we don’t want to keep up such a big place, or health challenges make our home unsuitable. We might decide to move into a smaller retirement home, or to a... Read More
July 15, 2020

Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Aids

When we think about health problems that might threaten the well-being of older loved ones, we usually first think of heart disease, diabetes or dementia. But according to a policy statement from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), hearing loss also is one of the top health challenges for older adults. Hearing loss... Read More