A senior couple walking on the streets of an ancient city Motovun on Istria in Croatia, Europe.

About six months ago, my father mentioned to my stepmom, Linda, that he’d go to Europe with her sometime. While the comment was probably just idle chitchat or a way to get on her good side, Linda didn’t let the offer just slide by. She’d been to Europe several times on her own and had…

Swimsuit Season

When Memorial Day rolled around each year, you may have pulled out your bikini or low-cut/high-cut one-piece and slathered yourself with baby oil to lounge in the sun. But nowadays, you’re probably not as eager to bare that much skin on the beach or at the pool! Fortunately, skimpy bikinis and curve-hugging one-pieces aren’t the…

River Cruise

While you love the idea of seeing multiple cities on a single trip without the hassle of packing and unpacking, you may think you’re not the cruising type. The cabins are too small, the vast, multi-decked ships too hard to get around, and the threat of seasickness all too real! But voyages on those mega-liners…

Grandparent and grandchildren reading story book.

A strong bond with a grandparent teaches children about their family and about the world. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is crucial to a child’s socialization. Children relate to, confide in, and play with grandparents differently than they do with their parents or other family members. And the benefits go both ways; studies show that taking care…

Benefits of indoor plants senior

Does the thought of a house full of indoor plants make you nostalgic for the 1970’s? Spider plants in macramé plant holders! Boston ferns in front of every window! While house plants have never really gone out of style, they are experiencing something of a comeback these days. They’re an easy way to get a…

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When you see a man with gray hair and crow’s feet, you probably assume that he’s a fount of wisdom and at the zenith of his career. An aging woman, on the other hand, is usually thought to be on the downhill slope, a sweet grandma rather than a tough CEO. “Our country’s ideas about…

Happy senior couple in love during retirement - Joyful elderly lifestyle with man whispering and smiling with her wife

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou With Valentine’s Day here, your head may be swimming with thoughts of flowers and chocolates, greeting cards festooned with hearts, and romantic candlelit dinners. But before you get caught up in all the…

Senior Couple on Date

A recent AARP study sums it up like this: “Freedom rocks, but loneliness is a downer.” About 45% of Americans 65 and over are widowed, separated, or divorced – so if you’re one of these single seniors, you can probably relate. Loneliness isn’t healthy; it can lead to depression and other health problems. So where do…

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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