Senior Lifestyle and Healthy Aging

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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