The Benefits of Gardening and Houseplants for Seniors

Senior woman breeds cacti and transplants them into new pots
Growing gardens and tending to plants can provide many benefits. The primary benefits of gardening for seniors are the feelings of accomplishment and independence. Gardening can even improve mental health. Sometimes, however, whole gardens are not always the best idea for seniors due to space or abilities. In these situations, a smaller solution is required.   Improve the Air Quality

Jack’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Migrating

We are a country originally settled by migrants, who came from many countries. It appears that with the recent international problems, other countries around the globe will join the U.S as a country of migrants. The indigenous people of North America are the only original inhabitants. The current invasion of Ukraine by Russia has caused another upset in the lives

Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

The companionship of a pet can be an extremely helpful tool in bringing purpose and engagement to people of all ages, and particularly for seniors. Spending time with pets is a wonderful way to combat loneliness and isolation, bringing comfort and companionship, all while lowering stress and supporting overall health and wellness. What is pet therapy? It’s no secret to

Prevent Elder Fraud by Getting Rid of Junk Mail

It’s estimated that over 234,000 seniors are victims of elder fraud annually, losing over $4 billion total, allowing fraudsters to make a business from taking advantage of older adults. The increase in fraudulent behavior hasn’t just been directed towards the very old and those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – younger, more educated older adults are actually losing more money. Did

9 Free Apps to Better Manage Caregiver Duties

There are many tasks involved when caring for a senior loved one like managing medications, staying up-to-date on health news, and sharing information, just to name a few. Thankfully, software developers have come to the rescue by creating apps to help caregivers stay organized and informed. However, with the rise of smartphone usage, it can be difficult to choose which

Why Do People Give?

There are many reasons and benefits here are a some… One of the biggest reasons is it makes you feel good and that alone can boost your gratitude, which enhances your health, happiness, and optimism. It may even help reduce stress, depression and create social connections with others working towards a common goal or similar interest. For most Donors giving

The Importance of Memory Gardens

Older person sitting on the porch reading, surrounded by garden with pink and purple flowers

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia requires long-term commitment and compassion, but fortunately, there has been quite a bit of progress in treating and caring for patients. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory loss, memory gardens offer a wide variety of benefits.   The Benefits of Memory Gardens   Carefully designed to stimulate the brain and senses

Top Low-Maintenance Pets for Seniors

Senior man staring out the window with a gray cat.

Pets can be a wonderful addition to your aging loved one’s home, helping to encourage exercise and social interaction, as well as reducing stress. However, choosing the right pet with your loved one’s needs and health conditions in mind is important, as the wrong pet could become a safety concern.   Dogs or Cats   Dogs and cats are the

Jack’s Column: Communication

Communications is an ongoing activity in today's world. A constant barrage of talking heads on TV. Constant weather reports on radio and TV. If we need more information, us your phone, I-pad, or computer. We do it faster and quicker. Events occurring across the world have instant coverage. Can you even imagine living in a world that took years to

What’s the Best Fit? Assisted Living vs. Home Care

When an older adult needs assistance or has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, it’s common for loved ones to start debating which care option is the best fit. While one family may choose to work with a home care agency, a different families loved one may be best suited to move into an assisted living facility. Either way, it’s