Senior Lifestyle and Healthy Aging

Help Grandpa Fill His Grocery Cart with Better Choices

Help Grandpa Fill His Grocery Cart with Better Choices

He wants deli meat for sandwiches; we buy rotisserie chicken instead: less preservatives, less sodium. Hypertension is a concern, no need for added sodium. I also trade out his potato chips for the low salt version. He wants fish sticks; we buy wild, fresh caught local fish: whole foods are better than processed varieties. Wild fish

How Does Country of Origin Predict My Life Expectancy?

How Does Country of Origin Predict My Life Expectancy?

Aging is the accumulation of damage to our physiology over time: molecular damage, cell damage, organ damage, etc. Accumulation of damage that slows us down mentally and physically. We become more susceptible to disease, our most essential components break down and deconstruct until one day the sum of the whole is not enough to sustain

Seniors Volunteering to Help Fellow Seniors

Seniors Volunteering to Help Fellow Seniors

Senior volunteers express a multitude of well-founded reasons for their involvement in community outreach and support programs for the aging population. Many of the usual reasons for volunteering that we are accustomed to hearing apply such as: it can be very rewarding, a desire to give back to the community, or making positive use of

Gray and Gay, Love and Marriage

Gray and Gay, Love and Marriage

Have you ever noticed that young children, when uninfluenced by outside sources, will accept others indiscriminately? Children will interact with others unaffected by their new friend’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and/or special abilities (disabilities). Almost as if they are the authors of

What Is Ageism and How Do We Combat It?

What Is Ageism and How Do We Combat It?

Ageism is discrimination against people on the basis of their age. Ageism, as it's applied to older people, involves the stereotyping of and prejudice towards our aging loved ones. Ageism is widespread and, unfortunately, so well incorporated into our society that it has become a passively accepted norm. Ageism is an everyday challenge as

Death with Dignity in the U.S.

Death with Dignity in the U.S.

Death with dignity, also called aid-in-dying or the right to die, is a multifaceted and emotionally charged issue that advocates for hastening death with physician-assisted suicide (where the doctor prescribes fatal medication for a patient to take), or euthanasia (when the doctor causes death directly). It is a topic that has been

Do You Really Need to Pay Big Bucks to Make a Will?

Do You Really Need to Pay Big Bucks to Make a Will?

Back in the old days you could hand write a will, have some witnesses attest to your testamentary capacity, sign off, and be done with the legal aspects of passing on. These days, especially with the evolution of a litigious society and the emergence of potentially severe tax ramifications, it is not that simple. Yes, holographic wills

Tips to Help Mom or Dad Manage Stress and Anxiety

Tips to Help Mom or Dad Manage Stress and Anxiety

I recently and un-expectedly discovered that my elderly mother suffers with anxiety. I was sorry to learn about her anxiety as this was not something she had experienced in the past. My siblings and I lightheartedly remark from time to time that we thought our late father was the "worry wart" parent in the family. We also joke with my mom

A Disappearing Demographic: Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans

A Disappearing Demographic: Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans

As we approach the full swing of the 2017 holiday season it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. We are keenly aware that there are those less fortunate and we readily drop coins in a kettle and write a tax-deductible donation check to our favorite charitable organizations. We participate in any number of food

How to Avoid Food Borne Illness in Older Adults

How to Avoid Food Borne Illness in Older Adults

Pepto Bismol is a necessity in our family. We love spicy food; lactose intolerance doesn't hinder us from trying that new flavor of ice cream. We travel a lot and always experiment with local cuisine. Inevitably, somebody will get an upset stomach and Pepto makes the world right again (usually). And while our adventures in gastronomy make

Evacuating Elderly Loved Ones Under Mandatory Orders

Evacuating Elderly Loved Ones Under Mandatory Orders

What do you do when under an evacuation order? Managing a household with multiple adults, kids, and pets can be difficult even under the best conditions. Add in an elderly person (or 2) and the situation can become extremely excruciating.

Evacuation orders range from very precautionary to mandatory, necessary to avoid life

Travelling Abroad with Elderly Parents

Travelling Abroad with Elderly Parents

If you are a family caregiver and just can't seem to get away for that solo vacation, don't hesitate to take your parent with you! Waiting for your siblings to pitch in with Dad's care so you can finally get some stamps in your passport? Ready for Dad to give the nod of approval to a stranger as a respite caregiver so you can sink your

Aging In Your Rent-Controlled Home

Aging In Your Rent-Controlled Home

Grandma was a life-long resident of the Bronx before, during, and after gentrification. She paid a few hundred dollars a month for her beautiful and spacious home, complete with building elevator. Considered an unbelievable bargain by most, this was a king’s ransom for an elderly widow on a fixed income. For those outside of an

Aging in America and Multigenerational Living

Aging in America and Multigenerational Living

Multigenerational living is commonplace throughout most of the world. Filial piety is at the core of Confucian based East Asian cultures and multigenerational living is the norm throughout most of Asia. Joint family living is the status quo in rural Africa, India, and tribal communities throughout the world. Multigenerational living is

Mental Illness and the Elderly: A Primer on Hoarding

Mental Illness and the Elderly: A Primer on Hoarding

It is generally agreed upon that somebody's lifestyle choices are not ours to critique. But let's face it-we do judge. Try as we might not to be in a glass house throwing stones, we can't help but to compare. This is especially true when it comes to entering the homes of others. We should be gracious as somebody opens up their personal

Cultivate Mom

Cultivate Mom's Summer Reading to Improve Her Brain Health

Your brain is an organ and it ages in relation to how healthy it is. Just as a wide variety of physical activity helps strengthen the heart, muscles, and bones your brain relies on physical activity of the intellectual type. Intellectual activity strengthens the brain, a lifetime of which will help keep your brain in shape when you reach

8 Reasons Why Grandpa Should Travel Via Train

8 Reasons Why Grandpa Should Travel Via Train

Let's face it-air travel isn't what it used to be. Long gone are the days of Pan-Am when Grandpa was a valued customer embarking on an exciting and comfortable journey. Possibly he would start off his exclusive (expensive) flight swilling a bottomless cocktail, smoking a cigarette. Oh yes, how times have changed! Eternally lit no smoking

Nonagenarians, Octogenarians, and Septuagenarians

Nonagenarians, Octogenarians, and Septuagenarians

Ever wonder what you’ll be doing in your golden years? Sitting by the beach reading a book, climbing a summit, shuffleboard champion of the greater Southeast Florida division? There are some very stellar examples of those who would otherwise be considered elderly yet for whom their linear age is but a number. This is both comforting and

5 Things You May Wonder About Grandpa but Are Hesitant to Ask

5 Things You May Wonder About Grandpa but Are Hesitant to Ask

Why are Grandpa's ears so big? Some believe that cartilage continues to grow until the day we "shuffle off this mortal coil." While bones undoubtedly stop growing after puberty, cartilage continues to grow sometime in adulthood. By the time cartilage stops growing the skin has started its aging process, which includes the breakdown of

Retiring to a Warm Beach Locale like Florida or Hawaii

Retiring to a Warm Beach Locale like Florida or Hawaii

It should come as no surprise that many retirees, after having spent a better portion of their life dealing with harsh winters, toy with the idea of retiring to a place of perpetual summer. The changing of the seasons traded in for endless sunshine. The short winter days of white snow traded in for languorous walks down warm sandy

Too Many Pills: Polypharmacy and the Elderly

Too Many Pills: Polypharmacy and the Elderly

Specifically, at risk of polypharmacy are elderly patients in nursing homes, ambulatory care, and hospitals. Polypharmacy increases the risk of negative health consequences in the elderly. The negative health consequences are numerous and vast. Among a very lengthy list of concerns are dangerous drug interactions, impact on organs,

Easy Vegetarian Meal Substitutions to Encourage Healthy Aging

Easy Vegetarian Meal Substitutions to Encourage Healthy Aging

Hats off to my family and extended family. At least half of us have had a dedicated stint with vegetarianism with a quarter of them (yes, notice the pronoun change) being a dedicated vegetarian for their entire life. My father-in-law is 80 and has been a vegetarian since he was a kid. No religious reasons or medical reasons involved,

5 Curiosity Driven Questions and Answers about Seniors

5 Curiosity Driven Questions and Answers about Seniors

Why do Seniors Wake up Early? Many seniors wake up with the sun but admit they have nothing to do and nowhere to go, so why such nonsense you may wonder? Well maybe it's as simple as force of habit due to years of early work schedules. Contrary to popular belief however, seniors actually need less sleep then younger folks as natural

Grandparents Q and A for the Nosey Nellie

Grandparents Q and A for the Nosey Nellie

Is Grandpa starting to resemble a troll with his hairy ears? Do Grandma's moles seem to sprout a garden of their own? It is no secret that as we age our hormones fluctuate. Testosterone is a particularly fickle fellow that will have men lose hair on their head as they start to cultivate an abundance on their shoulders. The life cycle of

An Expert

An Expert's Tips for Senior Travelers

Plan wisely, but remember there is no time like the present! Plan your trip carefully: don’t take your trip of a lifetime to India during monsoon season, if you have crippling allergies steer clear of the Anza Borrego Desert during spring blooms, and be aware of state department (foreign) travel advisories. If you’re waiting for that

Great Family Gift Ideas for Your Hard-To-Please Senior Parents

Great Family Gift Ideas for Your Hard-To-Please Senior Parents

Season passes to local arts or sporting events make perfect gifts for folks who seemingly have everything. Whether they enjoy going to the theatre, concert, or a ballgame your senior parent will enjoy fun-filled evenings out on the town. Imagine your Mom’s delight while tapping her foot at the local musical playhouse or

Clutter, Collecting, or Hoarding?

Clutter, Collecting, or Hoarding?

Clutter is a temporary state that can be easily amended. Books can be put away, clothes put in their respective spots, papers filed, and miscellaneous "things" put away. "A place for everything and everything in its place" is achievable, but is on a minor (or perhaps extended) hiatus. Clutter is recognized as a provisional status that can

Fall Foliage is a Must-Add to Your Bucket List

Fall Foliage is a Must-Add to Your Bucket List

Nothing ushers in the upcoming holiday season quite like brightly adorned deciduous trees. Golden yellows, scarlet reds, and oranges of unbelievable hues let us know the heat and humidity of summer are exiting and fall has arrived!

If your family is from a place where palm trees prevail then it is likely they have not seen

4 Surefire Strategies to Help Mom Eat Healthier

4 Surefire Strategies to Help Mom Eat Healthier

Sometimes it's difficult to eat healthy! There are a variety of reasons for this shortcoming of balanced nutrition. Sometimes it's out of sheer wanton desire to eat a cookie instead of a salad. More often it is because of restricted access to healthier food. Other times lack of ability due to time, energy, and/or desire to prep a balanced

Aging Across the Globe and at Home

Aging Across the Globe and at Home

Ever look around and, in amazement, realize that kids are getting younger? It's not just a trick of perception: they are getting younger and you're getting older! In fact, the world is getting older and it's not just due to shifting perspectives. Between 2015 and 2050 the world's population of seniors 60 years old and over will nearly

Is Ride Share a Good Option for Grandma?

Is Ride Share a Good Option for Grandma?

If your elderly loved one no longer drives, the most ideal option is to have regular home care that includes transport to both scheduled appointments and non-scheduled outings. Transportation to scheduled medical appointments is essential! For non-scheduled, non-emergency transport many seniors still call for a cab. This is a viable

What Will Happen to Me When I Get Old?

What Will Happen to Me When I Get Old?

Yes, we know that aging is the process of growing old. But what is it? At the biological level, aging is the byproduct of damage to our bodies over time. Physiologically, aging results from damage to the fiber of our being: molecular damage and cell damage, organ damage, etc. It is a snowball effect happening inside our body. Accumulation

Teach Seniors to Recognize and Avoid New Age Technology Scams

Teach Seniors to Recognize and Avoid New Age Technology Scams

Long gone are the days when you had to be wary of the door-to-door sales man. Sorry Willy Loman, nothing personal. Not so long ago the home phone (land line) would ring seemingly every single dinner time, usually mispronouncing your name. Although we always felt obliged to answer, gradually we grew to ditch the polite refusals. With the

How to Help Your Aging Loved One Avoid the Pitfalls of Social Media

How to Help Your Aging Loved One Avoid the Pitfalls of Social Media

Don't discount Baby Boomers and their capacity for tech savvy; remember that Gates, Wozniak, and Jobs are all part of the Baby Boomer generation. Social gaffes are universal and parental embarrassment a rite of passage indelibly passed down through generations. Whereas past generations would be mortified when the ubiquitous family holiday

4 Types of Multigenerational Living Arrangements

4 Types of Multigenerational Living Arrangements

The easiest option to test out a potential shift in family living is to move Grandma right in! A private room is a must and it is helpful if the oldest member of your household has their own bathroom. Although moving into an existing family home is the "easiest" option for most families while testing the waters of cohabitation, it

The Clothing Optional Retirement Plan

The Clothing Optional Retirement Plan

Commonly referred to as nudist colonies, naturist communities (the preferred locution) are growing in popularity as a retirement option. For obvious reasons they are more commonly found in warmer weather states although they can be found across the lower 48. Naturist resorts, recreation spots, and communities are more popular than one

Convince Your Aging Parents to Volunteer

Convince Your Aging Parents to Volunteer

Joining the volunteer force may, surprisingly, give something back to your aging parents that they had not even realized was missing in their lives. My 85-year old mother has volunteered for the past twenty-five years at Head Start, Salvation Army, and Hospice. Now she volunteers her time at a local thrift store that funds crisis

Cosmetic Surgery in Elder Years Can Improve Overall Health

Cosmetic Surgery in Elder Years Can Improve Overall Health

Let’s be honest, most of us wish we could be living well into our 80s and beyond with our 30-year-old bodies. The aches, pains, and maladies of our elder years replaced by joints full of healthy cartilage and comparatively new organs. We all can appreciate how our bodies age over time. If we are luckier than many we ease into our

Retiring? Consider States with Extra Financial Incentives

Retiring? Consider States with Extra Financial Incentives

There are seven states that do not impose a state income tax. Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming have no state income tax. That means at the end of the fiscal year you will only have to file your federal tax return. No taxes are withheld or owed at the state level for these seven states! New Hampshire

Senior Meal Options That Don

Senior Meal Options That Don't Require the Use of the Stove or Oven

If the probability of your elderly loved one safely navigating cooking is panic inducing yet the thought of your senior dining out daily makes your wallet cry and your purse strings seize up, don't distress! There are a variety of viable alternatives to source that can keep your elderly loved one safe and well fed.

5 Affordable Gift Ideas for Your Hard-To-Please Senior

5 Affordable Gift Ideas for Your Hard-To-Please Senior

Safety Security Pole with Grab Bar is an extremely versatile gift. Use this item strategically throughout the home where needed most by Mom or Dad. In the bathroom, the tension mounted pole and grab bar aides your loved one getting up and down from the commode and also safely transferring in and out of the shower/tub. When easily

Learn the Secrets to Longevity by Studying Blue Zone Populations

Learn the Secrets to Longevity by Studying Blue Zone Populations

There are locations across the globe where people live longer on average than most others. Commonly referred to as “blue zones” these places are statistical anomalies for life expectancies. Besides being home to some of the oldest populations, these special areas also have some of the healthiest people in the world. In

If I Could Age as Gracefully as My Dog

If I Could Age as Gracefully as My Dog

I find solace in the thought that I could possibly, hopefully, age as gracefully as my dog. He has put on a few pounds in his elder years, and he wears it well. My furry old man looks great in his newfound wrinkles and skin folds and I appreciate his candor as he passes gas any place, any time. He unabashedly wears his thoughts and

Exercise Your Brain to Keep Mental Decline at Bay

Exercise Your Brain to Keep Mental Decline at Bay

Your brain is an organ and it ages in relation to how healthy it is. Just as a wide variety of physical activity helps strengthen the heart, muscles, and bones-your brain relies on physical activity of the intellectual type. Intellectual activity strengthens the brain, a lifetime of which will help keep it in shape when you reach old



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