Senior friends on a walk to keep up their New Year's resolutions

After the excess of the holidays, and with the promise of a brand new year ahead, most of us are ready to turn over a new leaf. New year, new you. A fresh start. The beginning of a new year lets us move forward and look to the future. About half of Americans make a…

Stoned senior couple using ridesharing for the first time

While you could sometimes use a ride after dark or to unfamiliar parts of town, you may never have even thought of the possibility of ride-sharing. Services like Uber and Lyft are for the younger generations, right? Not necessarily. A plethora of services have sprung up to make ride-sharing a more viable option for seniors.…

Senior woman is traveling with her family

Even if you’re an experienced traveler, you’ll most likely find yourself changing your travel habits when your traveling companion is your aging parent. It will take a little more planning and your pace might need to be a little slower; but traveling can still be a rewarding experience for you and your parent. Here are…

What did Mark Twain sound like? We will never know – his voice died with him in 1910. He was the first American celebrity. Mr. Twain gave speeches all over the world. Nobody spoke to more audiences than Mark Twain. The technology needed to record his voice was available and he used it more than…

Senior Woman read by the Christmas tree, a book she received from her family

Do the seniors on your Christmas list have everything they need or want (not to mention, an attic full of stuff that they don’t!)? Have you plain run out of creative gift ideas? I know I have, so I went in search of some inspiration. Here’s what I came up with: Reading Material If your…

Senior independent living communities are changing constantly

We live in a world of constant change and evolution, and the world of independent living communities is no different. Independent living communities, residential areas for seniors with both a communal atmosphere and private accommodations, come in all forms. There are establishments with more hands-on staffing to ones with much greater autonomy. But, regardless of…

Sentimental gifts are much more meaningful around the holidays

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the opportunity to exchange gifts with the people we love. American author Barry Lopez wrote, “For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles.” So if gifts are a form of…

Seasonal Affective Disorder can cause depression in the winter months

Do colder weather, cloudy days, and longer nights get you down? Do you find yourself feeling sad, anxious, or irritable as the days get shorter? Historically, the winter months have brought on mood changes – you’ve probably heard of the “winter blues,” or “cabin fever” from being cooped up indoors all winter. However, in the…

Turkey Soup is one way to make an entirely new dish out of leftover turkey

About 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and most us are now facing a fridge full of leftovers. All together, we spend about $976.9 million each year on our Thanksgiving turkeys, but we throw away an estimated 200 million pounds of turkey after the big meal. If you’re tempted to toss that leftover turkey…

Research shows that optimistic people will generally live longer

Do your friends and family call you Pollyanna or Little Miss (or Mister) Sunshine? Do you believe the glass is half full, instead of half empty? Do you always look on the bright side? If that sounds like you, a Boston study published in August proves that your eternal optimism may not only have an…