Happy senior woman eating chocolate cookie at home

Sometimes we just feel a little … down. Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe you’ve just had a bad day. You may not feel like it’s enough to talk to a doctor about, or you don’t want to risk taking supplements that might affect your prescriptions or your body chemistry. But there are many natural…

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…

Despair

It’s typically easy to see signs that our loved ones may be aging quickly and perhaps struggling with their health or not able to do things they did with ease in the past. Do we always use the same objective reasoning when we evaluate our own health when it declines quicker than we would like?…

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…

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…

Restless senior woman glaring at alarm clock during nighttime while in bed

  If you’re tossing and turning at night, you’re not the only one. Over half of people 65 and older say they have trouble sleeping. Sleep issues vary; you may have trouble falling asleep, feel like your sleep is disrupted, or wake up too early in the morning. The relationship between quality of health and…

Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter Blues

  The darker, colder months of winter can get you down. The holidays are over, the days are short and dark, and the weather can be miserable. Whether it’s winter-induced SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or simply a case of the “winter blues,” winter can trigger a change in your mental state. Some people – especially…

After 22 years of helping seniors downsize, pack and move, I have noticed a disturbing trend. My senior clients are intimidated about asking their children for help when faced with a major move. The problem seems to originate in the hearts and minds of those aging parents. Even when faced with the burdensome cost of…

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