Senior housing options

There are more housing options than ever for seniors – from aging in place to life plan communities to moving in with the kids. Where your parents will spend their senior years is a decision that affects the whole family, so how can you help them decide which is the best option? Ideally, this is a…

Senior Companions

Maybe your spouse has passed away or few of your friends drive anymore. If you’re feeling isolated, there’s a federally funded program called Senior Companions that you might want to check out. Operating for decades in almost every state, Senior Companions connects seniors with volunteers, 55 and over, to help perform tasks like paying bills…

Transportation no driving

We love to drive. The average American over 65 drives over 7,600 miles per year (which is less than the average American at 13,000 miles per year, but still an impressive amount). Our personal vehicles can feel like our lifeline—they give us access to medical care, daily errands, recreation, and social events. But as we…

Home security

In 1604, English judge Edward Coke wrote, “The house of everyone is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defense against injury and violence, as for his repose.” These days, you’re likely to hear his remark shortened to “A man’s home is his castle,” but Sir Edward makes a great point with…

Senior handsome man in warm clothes and hat lying on snow and dreaming having fun

When the temperature drops, do you find yourself constantly turning up the thermostat to stay warm? This can get expensive, so here are a few creative ways to stay warm this winter. Cook Cooking, baking, and bustling around the kitchen keep you warm both because you’re active and the oven or stove heats up the…

Woman on night street

  Criminals are opportunists. A lone figure, walking alone at night, especially an elderly person, can seem like an easy robbery target. You probably try to stay out of this situation, but sometimes it’s unavoidable – you had a late-afternoon doctor’s appointment and the parking garage is dark and deserted when you get out, or…

Religion

Religion certainly adds depth to people’s lives, but can it also add years? A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in 2016 found that in fact it can. The research, which studied women only,* found that those who attend religious services (most of the participants in the study were Protestant or Catholic) more…

Senior Woman with Loved Pet

Seniors are the least likely people to have a pet. Pet ownership seems to be the domain of the young: 78% of parents with children own a pet, but only 41% of retired older couples are pet owners. And even fewer single people over 65 have a pet – only 29%. You may hesitate to…

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