Dealing with the Emotional Side of Aging

Last week, I took my grandmother out so she could shop for a few essentials. Afterwards, we went out to lunch, then headed to the cemetery to visit her husband’s (my grandfather’s) grave. She never learned to drive, ...

 
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Seniors Are Losing Sleep — and Memory

A good night’s sleep may be hard to come by, but if you don’t get enough Zzzzs, you’re risking more than your physical health. Cognitive function suffers as a result of sleep deprivation, says this new Huff/...

 
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Confronting the Holiday Blues in Assisted Living

When you strip away all the hype and commercialism, the holiday season is really about sharing gifts and time with the people you love. It’s no wonder then why some seniors in assisted living dread this time of year.

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Baseball Widows, and Major Pettigrew, Connect Through Shared Losses

As baseball season comes to a close, here's a delightful story from a few weeks ago, about Mary Frances Veeck, 91, and her dear friend Wyonella Smith, also 91. The two women, whose five-decade friendship was built on the careers and subsequent ...

 
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Tips on Grieving During the Holidays

The first holiday after losing a loved one can be a painful reminder of someone who isn't with you anymore. People may be conflicted between the need to grieve and the pressure to get into the holiday spirit.

Hospice Care ...

 
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Why Boomer Marshall Ulrich Just Keeps Running

This summer, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing ultra marathoner/extreme athlete Marshall Ulrich. Many thanks to Mr. Ulrich for taking time out of what readers will soon learn to be a very, very busy (but thrilling) schedule.  I’...

 
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Yes, Seniors Do Have (and Enjoy) Sex

If you’re embarrassed just after reading the title of this post, you may want to stop here – to navigate away and read something about caregiving or baby boomers or intergenerational households.

But you’d be missing out.

Because then ...

 
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Mature Advertising with Heart, Substance & Humor

Finally – an advertisement featuring older adults that is funny, inspiring, smart, sad, and honest:

Three cheers to TC Bank of Taiwan for this beautiful portrayal of the complex realities that comprise the aging experience. Packed into just 3 minutes and 11 seconds, viewers enter a world where the pain of loss, the challenge of a difficult diagnosis, the pangs of loneliness, and a wrestling with questions about the meaning of life face ...

 
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Disaster Planning & Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

The recent natural disasters in Japan – from the earthquake to the tsunami to the current nuclear crisis: we have seen the distressing images on the news; heard the desperate cries for help as YouTube videos roll; read the headlines, blogs, status updates and tweets; donated funds or supplies; hopped a plane with our local search and rescue team or other volunteer/relief organization; contacted family and friends in the region, ...

 
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Adult Orphans: Losing Parents Later in Life

My Dad is one. My mother-in-law is one, as is my Grandma. A good friend of mine, who is several years younger than me, is also part of this group.

Adult orphans are everywhere.  You might be one, but if you’re not, you probably know someone who has lost both parents. I never thought about it much before, this concept of having no parents in later life. Of course, ...

 
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