easter ideas

Are your grandchildren visiting for Easter this year? All kids—no matter what their age—expect an Easter basket chockful of the traditional stuff, like chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, but here are a few ideas to make those baskets better than ever this year and their time with Grandma and Grandpa even more entertaining! Rebirth for…

dog

Our 14-year-old dog had passed away at the beginning of October, and I had a hole in my heart the size of Kansas. I had made it my mission to have a new dog in the house by Christmas. But I did not want a puppy. I told people this fact repeatedly. I had never…

downsizing the family home

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can “age in place.” So what does that mean? It means with minor adjustments like chair lifts or ramps or major ones like remodeling a bathroom or moving a laundry room, you can stay longer in the home you love and are used to. But for most…

seniors using social media

In 2008, social media was primarily the domain of the young. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds used social media back then, but only a miniscule 27 percent of their parents (50- to 64-year-olds) and a teeny-tiny 9 percent of their grandparents (over 65) had…

St. Patrick's Day Facts

On St. Patrick’s Day, some of us will be wearing green and trying to avoid being pinched, while others may cook corned beef and cabbage or go to our local pub and drink beer while singing “The Unicorn Song.” Whatever we decide to do on St. Paddy’s Day, most of us will have lots of…

womens day

Before writing this post, I had never even heard of International Women’s Day. Was I the only one? I decided to take an informal poll on Facebook and found that, sadly, I wasn’t. More than 70 percent of those who responded didn’t know anything about the day either, and the few who did were either…

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…

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