adopting a senior pet

Maybe you lost your dog or cat a while back but have been reluctant to bring a new animal home because of your age. There are lots of pets languishing in shelters and eventually being euthanized for that very same reason—because their hair has turned gray, they have less pep in their step, and they…

We all want to keep our brain sharp as we get older. What works best? Tasks that use the senses – sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste – are more stimulating to the brain and get remembered better.  The more senses you engage, the stronger the memory. The brain needs novelty, too, so shake up…

aging stereotypes

Stereotypes about aging are all around us. If we’re over a certain age, we can’t move as fast, walk as far, understand technology, appreciate current music, come up with innovative ideas, eat spicy foods, keep up with fashion, or heaven forbid, be considered “sexy.” And that’s just the short list! Sure, some of these stereotypes…

cold weather

Baby It’s Cold Outside! Winter isn’t just uncomfortable, inconvenient and dismal. With the cold temps also come a variety of hazards as we get older. While you may feel completely able to handle whatever winter throws your way, don’t take chances that could affect your health … and your likelihood of experiencing many winters to…

golden years

Getting older is a part of life, and something everyone must come to grips with. However, getting old doesn’t mean we still can’t set goals, or have hopes and aspirations. The decisions we make and how we choose to spend our time ultimately determines the kind of lives we lead. Engaging ourselves mentally and physically…

christmas

If your nerves are frazzled, you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in a while, and the “all is calm” line in “Silent Night” makes you roll your eyes, you’ve probably let the holidays get to you … again! It’s not too late to make some changes that could ease your anxiety and put the…

holidays

Holidays are not all glitter and egg nog—the holidays can hit seniors hard. Here’s how you can help older folks have an uplifting holiday season. We’re all vulnerable to holiday overload: planning, decorating, shopping, cooking, cleaning and shoveling take their toll. For older adults, this can be a particularly depressing season. Family events can bring painful…

boost

Have you ever noticed how just getting outside makes you feel better? As it turns out, most people not only feel a sense of serenity, but also tend to become healthier, both physically and mentally, while engaged in outdoor activities. In fact, research shows being outside boosts your immune system by increasing white blood cell…

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