Necessity Wrought by Virus Takes Older Adult Program to Inventive New Heights

When the global pandemic became a local concern, the physical health of our elderly was paramount in the minds of the community. However, the remedy of isolation created problems of its own. Older adults rely heavily on area programming to boost comradery and enhance their emotional well-being. So, the lockdowns that were intended to protect Read more about Necessity Wrought by Virus Takes Older Adult Program to Inventive New Heights[…]

Fewer Visitors Have Experts Concerned Elder Abuse Is Being Underreported

The circumstances around COVID-19 have coincided with fewer reported cases of elder abuse, leading many experts to worry that cases are simply going unreported. June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and a fitting time to reflect on a troubling aspect of elder abuse or neglect: those who directly suffer from it are the least likely Read more about Fewer Visitors Have Experts Concerned Elder Abuse Is Being Underreported[…]

Contrasting Concerns for Older Adults: Virus and Isolation Both Carry Risks

“Loneliness can be worse than obesity, alcoholism, or smoking. We consider it our epidemic.” — Ann Sutton Burke   What can older adults and those who love them do, when isolation from COVID-19 and the need for socialization come into conflict? Though we know that socialization plays a role in everyone’s health, no matter the Read more about Contrasting Concerns for Older Adults: Virus and Isolation Both Carry Risks[…]

Avoiding Dementia Is Not Purely a Matter of Genetics; Tips for Better Brain Health

Brain health is something most people tend to take for granted. When brains are functioning as they should, the average person does not think about ways to improve or avoid harming our brains. Yet, when a problem with cognitive skills or memory develops, many wish they had known more about brain health techniques. According to Read more about Avoiding Dementia Is Not Purely a Matter of Genetics; Tips for Better Brain Health[…]

Take Steps to Boost Heart Health this American Heart Month

In December of 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the month of February as American Heart Month. In his remarks, he exhorted Americans “to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.” Much has changed since Johnson’s stark call-to-action heightened Read more about Take Steps to Boost Heart Health this American Heart Month[…]

Home for the Holidays: What to Look for with Older Adult Family Members

During the holiday season, many of us visit or are visited by our aging parents or relatives—often for the first time in months. Having awareness about specific changes in older adults that might be cause for concern is knowledge that can benefit all involved. This year, when gathering with your family for Chanukah or other Read more about Home for the Holidays: What to Look for with Older Adult Family Members[…]

Information and Referral Day: Honoring Those Who Daily Provide Peace of Mind

Every day, across the country, thousands of professionals and volunteers successfully link people in need of assistance to the programs, services, and nonprofit organizations that can best deliver it. These critical links, which are typically free to access and use, are accomplished through a powerful network of interconnected people and agencies, collectively known as the Read more about Information and Referral Day: Honoring Those Who Daily Provide Peace of Mind[…]

Depression In Older Adults: Identify It. Treat It. Thrive!

Depression in older adults is a very real phenomenon, but it is also a highly treatable one. The important thing to understand is that depression should never be disregarded or ignored, no matter the age of the individual who is suffering. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) urges us to realize that “depression and Read more about Depression In Older Adults: Identify It. Treat It. Thrive![…]

Get Covered: Understanding and Enrolling in Medicare

For people who are soon turning 65—and for those 65 and older—Fall is a critical time to make decisions about healthcare and to enroll for Medicare Health Benefits. The decision is not as simple as it may seem. There are quite a few options, and understanding the differences can be confusing. However, it is important Read more about Get Covered: Understanding and Enrolling in Medicare[…]

Plan Ahead: How to Prepare in Case of a Medical Emergency

Because no one ever plans to get sick or injured, people often fail to prepare for what to do in the event of a medical emergency. Yet, planning ahead can make all the difference in a person’s outcome. Unexpected health crises can sometimes be life threatening, and they can be particularly alarming for older adults Read more about Plan Ahead: How to Prepare in Case of a Medical Emergency[…]