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…

Old woman hugging man closeup, family support and love, trusting relationship

When you reach a certain age, you sometimes have years that are full of bad news, bad health, and bad luck. But by this point in life, you also know to take the bad with the good – it makes you appreciate the bright spots all the more! Below we’ve asked seven seniors, all of…

Talk to your parents about assisted living

You never know what will prompt the conversation. Maybe it’s a fall, but not serious enough to require hospitalization. Maybe you discover they’re not taking their medication. Maybe they’re not eating well, or they’re not able to clean or keep the house like the used to. It can be almost anything – just something that…

Senior Loneliness

As we age, our social networks are disrupted, which can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Children and grandchildren move away. Spouses die, leaving about 12 million older Americans living alone. Retirement may mean that we don’t see work colleagues anymore. Illness or disability can make participating in activities much more difficult. Family and friends…

A senior couple walking on the streets of an ancient city Motovun on Istria in Croatia, Europe.

About six months ago, my father mentioned to my stepmom, Linda, that he’d go to Europe with her sometime. While the comment was probably just idle chitchat or a way to get on her good side, Linda didn’t let the offer just slide by. She’d been to Europe several times on her own and had…