On the road ahead

On the road ahead

  Each of us finds challenges as we age – physical, mental and spiritual. My resolve to be an example for others through writing was recently challenged when my wife passed after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Some folks asked if my writing days were...

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Food and memory: Recipe for success

Food and memory: Recipe for success

When you talk to chef Aylmer Given III, you can see he’s excited about food; his eyes sparkle, his words become a rapid, passionate river of culinary ideas. His hands reach and gesture enthusiastically as though the topic is uncontainable in language alone. Aylmer’s...

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Fears are common when moving in

The transition for a senior into a new community isn’t always easy and there are many fears that make them reluctant to make this important change. Here are some common concerns voiced prior to move-in which are often alleviated once they adjust to their new home. “I...

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Come join us

The topics addressed at Active Aging have new meaning to me this year. A year ago, we moved my 101-year-old grandmother into our home and cared for her until her death at the end of November. Millie was fiercely independent and insisted she wouldn’t leave her house in...

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Why rehabilitation is so important

You never expected to get sick or injured – it was the furthest thing from your mind. Just the day before you were jogging around the block and playing catch with your son, but now you find yourself in the hospital after experiencing a stroke. Your right side is weak...

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Planning to age right where you are

Studies tell us that the majority of people wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. This is a great option for many. Having the desire to remain at home is the first step, but it is important to realize that having a plan is a necessary next step to...

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First came the wake-up call, then came sleep thanks to CBD

In January of 2017, my father asked me if I had heard that a good family friend of ours decided to open a CBD store. I had heard and I mentioned that he should try it for pain. My dad quipped back that I should try it for sleep. Both of us were on highly addictive,...

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Companions can make a difference

More and more people are finding themselves struggling to make it from day to day. Add in the fact that you are an older individual whose support system is limited or non-existent and you have the recipe for extremely long days, possible deep depression and conditions...

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The delicate issue of taking away a senior’s smartphone

The delicate issue of taking away a senior’s smartphone

Kaiser Health NewsAt first, Dr. Robert Zorowitz thought his 83-year-old mother was confused. She couldn’t remember passwords to accounts on her computer. She would call and say programs had stopped working.But over time, Zorowitz realized his mother – a highly...

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Recommended immunizations for seniors

Comfort KeepersOne of the most important ways that seniors can stay healthy is to make sure they are vaccinated against common, preventable diseases.Research shows that a number of older adults aren’t getting the vaccines they need to help reduce their risk of serious...

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OLLI for your health

OLLI for your health

For the MonitorLeaves turning, days shorter, cool days and cold nights – a joyful migration into fall for some is a depressing dive into that brief period leading to woeful winter. Those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and seniors are particularly sensitive to...

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When to get organized? Now.

To many Gen X and Millennial folks, it may seem like all estate planners ever talk about are senior and elder law issues. But they should keep in mind that most of them still have parents, maybe even grandparents, and they need to know what to do when their seniors...

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Aging life care professional: Who they are and what they do

Once children are grown, they commonly move away from home. Some families stay close together, while others live relatively separate lives for many years, seeing each other during sporadic vacation times and special occasions. But generally, parents and adult children...

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