Understanding Your Stroke Risk

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is important to recognize your risk, the warning signs, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is having a stroke.   What is a Stroke? The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports that

Stress Coping Mechanisms for Older Adults

No one is exempt from stress (except maybe young children). Stress doesn’t end in older adulthood just because most individuals are retired and have fewer responsibilities. Many older individuals are especially stressed and anxious during this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a great time to review some effective coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.   Stress doesn’t just

Staying Social While Social Distancing

It’s a difficult time for many as we all face social distancing and self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are no longer able to gather in groups over 10, and we’re encouraged to maintain a six-foot distance between us and other individuals. For those living in senior living facilities, nursing homes, and other senior housing options, this can be

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

As individuals age, they may encounter health issues that require the management of medications. With the uptick in prescription medications and supplements, the risk for harmful drug interactions also rises. As our bodies age, the way our bodies break down and absorb drugs may also change. All of these things can lead to harmful complications. Not to mention, it can

New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to put your time and energy into accomplishing a goal, whether it’s prioritizing health, saving more money, or developing a new skill. Resolutions aren’t just for moms hoping to find the time to exercise and get their pre-mom body back, or millennials hoping to get better at saving. New Year’s resolutions are a

Flu Season Tips

The cold weather may be a single that the holidays are approaching, but it’s also a signal that cold and flu season is upon us too. Cold and flu season can be tough on everyone, but it’s especially hard on infants and seniors. The start and end of the flu season fluctuates a bit each year, but we’re currently right

Holiday Stress

What should be a joyous season for many can sometimes be a stressful season for many older adults. The holidays may be cheerful, but they can also be very emotional. Individuals in the senior population can experience feelings of loss and loneliness. Memories of past holidays—complete with family members who’ve passed away or ones in which they had more independence—can

Senior Travel Tips

Just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean traveling has to stop! If anything, older adults should travel more because they have more time (provided they have the financial means). However, being older means you may have to travel differently.   Insurance The most important thing when older adults travel is safety. There may be physical limitations, and older adults may

Balancing Holiday Obligations When your Loved One is in a Senior Living Facility

Many of us have aging parents—or grandparents—in long-term care facilities. This can be especially difficult during the holiday season. How do you balance seeing your loved one, visiting your in-laws, and taking care of your own family? Whether your loved one is in a senior living facility temporarily or long-term, chances are, your loved one feels a bit discouraged that

Handling Caregiver Guilt after Transitioning to Senior Care

Helplessness.  Vulnerability.  Confusion.  Anger.  These are just some of the feelings seniors experience as they face the reality that their years of independent living have come to an end.  The adult children who make elder care decisions also experience a torrid of emotion and guilt.   To facilitate acceptance of the need to move a parent into a care facility,