Holiday shopping for loved ones can be difficult, especially when it comes to older adults in your life. But the holidays are about thoughtfulness and a meaningful gift no matter how small, can make a big difference to them now more than ever.
Pictured is Maureen and her children with her mother, Alice. (And by the way, it was Maureen's 43rd birthday!)
In 1992, we placed my dad in a long-term care facility. He was partially paralyzed from a stroke, and we couldn’t care for him at home. After a year of living apart from my dad, my mother asked to move in with me. Despite living in a senior living community, she was lonely. She was only 71-years old. She had some health issues and limited mobility, but she was completely independent. At the time, my husband and I had a 2-year old daughter and another baby on the way. I had a busy and demanding career. The thought of having another person in our home to help out was very appealing.
My Back StoryIn recognition of National Caregiver Month, we are reposting this blog from 2016.
Feeling thankful? The holidays have a way of making us reflect on all we have to celebrate when it comes to the ones that mean the most. Whether you’re getting together with your family this holiday or doing a simple gathering with newfound friends, using this time to make new memories with those near and dear can be just as fulfilling for you as it is for them.
This is the last in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.When it comes to maintaining our health, we tend to think of more straightforward solutions like diet and exercise. But surprisingly, as we age, our well-being is heavily dependent on our level of socialization .
Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices made by all U.S. veterans – living or deceased – for serving our country during war or peacetime. It falls on November 11 each year, which is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities between Germany and the Allied Nations, marking an end to World War I.
This is the third in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.
Making up more than 60% of our body, water isn’t just an important part of staying healthy; it’s vital in keeping us alive. From properly balancing bodily fluids to kidney function, hydration keeps our body working the way it should be—which becomes increasingly more important as we age.
This is the second in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.
Aging may not be preventable, but we have plenty of control over how we age—especially in the physical sense. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from illnesses that can be prevented, or improved, through regular exercise. From weight management and better sleep to maintaining muscle, joint, and bone mass, regular exercise has clear benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit is the role exercise plays in preventing falls - or injury - when a fall occurs.
This is the first in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.
Maintaining our health as we age ensures wellness, happiness, and longevity. Through routine checks of our blood pressure, heart, eyes, and even bones, doctor visits are a must, but we tend to forget about checking in on one critical part: Our brain. The good news, however, is that there are many ways to ensure it stays healthy and sharp, and with the new discoveries surrounding brain aging, there are many important reasons.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are above normal. With diabetes, the body may not make enough insulin, use the insulin in the right way, or both, causing blood sugar levels to be too high.
September is National Senior Center Month, and this year's theme is "Senior Centers: The Key To Aging Well." Senior Centers offer ways to keep older adults active, social, and provide programs to help them to continue to learn and grow. Sharing meals is a popular activity at Senior Centers and provides a vital social interaction that is so important to older adults.