music

You’ve probably heard about the astounding impact music has on those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While they may not often speak or even remember their loved ones’ names, many people with dementia become very animated while listening to their favorite song, swaying, singing and even recalling all the words. Watch one…

technology

Everywhere we go, it seems that there’s some gadget telling us where to go, what the weather is like, and what our family members are doing several states away. While it can sometimes feel like these beeping, buzzing and blinking gadgets are just an annoying intrusion, the fact of the matter is that they can…

With medical advancements gaining more strides than ever before, folks today are living longer than in years past. In fact, the CDC indicates that once people reach age 65, they can live nearly 20 more years. The key, say the experts, is identifying and managing illness properly and continuing to live as healthy of a…

marriage

Study Finds Increase in Older Americans Not Putting a Ring on it The Pew Research Center recently reported that the number of people over the age of 50 living with a romantic partner outside of marriage increased by a significant 75 percent from 2007 to 2016. That’s the biggest jump for any age group! While…

smartphones for seniors

Five years ago, I had a flip phone, and I was perfectly happy with it. Having finally added texting to my plan (to the unbridled joy of my friends and family), I was just as “connected” as I wanted to be. I honestly couldn’t figure out why anyone needed to check email in the grocery…

Grieving Has a Purpose – It Helps You Heal After the Loss of a Loved One By Cary Bliley, president of Bliley’s Funeral Homes, with three locations in the Richmond Metro area. As a society we avoid sad or uncomfortable topics because we think it’s a way to elude pain and not deal with a…

outdoors

The cold weather is finally gone and spring sunshine is pouring in. It’s the perfect time to stop to smell the roses and get active outdoors. Don’t think you have to be cooped up inside just because you’re getting older. The outdoors is a great place to be for people of all ages. Here are…

live longer

You’re eating right, exercising and have given up unhealthy vices such as smoking and excessive drinking. Your parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived long, full lives. So good habits and genes are all you need to live longer, right? Wrong. According to the Danish twin studies, your DNA may be only 15 to 30 percent…

active aging

Just because you’re getting a little older doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself away. Now that you’re retired (or soon to be), you need to find new ways to occupy your time to stay healthy and active. Consider the following ideas to live an independent, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle: Find a Hobby It’s time…

wearable technology

You may already be sporting an activity tracker, like a Fitbit or an Apple Watch, to keep a close eye on your daily number of steps, sleep quality, etc. But tracking your activity is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable technology. Below we’ve found some of the latest, greatest—and smartest—wearable…

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