margaritaville

If you had to conjure up a picture of the ideal retirement, you just might imagine Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.” I mean who wouldn’t want to nibble on sponge cake and strum their six-string (if they had one) for the rest of their days? Well, a whole lot of retirement dreams recently came true when Canadian…

Maybe you’re in the hospital for a knee replacement or a heart attack. Before you head home, your case manager may recommend a stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) so you can get more stable, stronger and transition safely. If you or a family member has never needed the services of an SNF before,…

Dementia has been defined as a significant decline in a person’s cognitive abilities due to damaged brain cells that disable cognitive functions. Dementia symptoms may range from memory loss to a decline in thinking, communication and behavior skills. In the case of Alzheimer’s, damaged cells in the hippocampus area of the brain affect memory and learning,…

brain aneurysm

When I lived in Northern Virginia years ago, a bad snowstorm stopped traffic on the Beltway for hours after work. While stuck in that wintry gridlock, one of my coworkers suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and never made it home that night. Tragic stories like these are what we immediately think of when we hear…

How to Keep Retirement from Aging You

My 81-year-old Aunt Ginny has a theory. As soon as you admit you’re old (for her, that means getting a knee replacement and moving out of her two-level townhouse), that’s when you actually become old. While her implementation of that theory may be a bit extreme, I think she really does have a point, particularly…

Everyone knows, when it comes to our health, there is no “magic bullet” that will keep us healthy and fit throughout our lives. Though if anything comes close to that, it’s exercise. Exercises help us maintain a healthy weight, staves off depression, keeps joints flexible, and can lower cholesterol levels. For seniors, regular exercise is…

It’s Never too Late to Find Love for the First Time Around Several months ago I wrote about finding love for the second time around. But I neglected to mention the folks, who despite having searched for many, many years, still haven’t really found it for the first time around. Like me. Below is a…

Assisted Living: Is it Time?

“So, let’s talk about your long-term care…” This is the beginning of a tricky conversation that no one likes to have with their elderly loved one. But the truth is that nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. reside in assisted living facilities, according to the National Caregivers Library. In fact, today’s 65-year-olds have almost…

Understanding Seasonal Depression

Seniors are not immune to spells of depression, especially around the holidays when thoughts of the dearly departed, the past or physical limitations may cause them to be down. This seasonal depression isn’t something that should be ignored or dismissed — seniors should not have to suffer in silence. Below are some of the signs…

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