The Best Ways for Older Adults to Stay Active

Exercising is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle. There are so many benefits associated with exercise, and taking advantage of those benefits becomes even more essential as we get older. No matter your age, the best exercise for you is the one that you enjoy. There will always be reasons that make you hesitate to stay active, whether

Jack’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Encounter with the Circus

As a kid, you had the whole summer to look forward to.  It seemed as a never-ending time.  What kind of experience could I envision in the weeks to come? I had a recent reminder of one of those experiences, when I observed a poster advertising a coming indoor circus.  To relive the real circus of years past came to

The Difference Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

It can be difficult to choose between nursing homes or assisted living facilities for a loved one, especially if they require residential care. All senior living homes are different; there is no universal approach for aging loved ones. Many people think of “nursing homes” and “assisted living” as synonyms. However, these two terms aren’t as similar as they used to

Volunteering Experience at The Good Shepherd Community

I started volunteering at The Good Shepherd Community at the beginning of this year for a communication studies course I am taking at St. Cloud State University. I was hesitant at first because I did not know what to expect and what the outcome from this experience would be like. Throughout this year, my experience has made a great impact.

Caregiver Stress Relief: 10 Minute Mood Boosting Exercise

Caregiving is an extremely stressful job, which is why it’s so important to have a variety of stress relief techniques. By having multiple stress release techniques, it won’t matter whether you’re at home, in line waiting to pick up medication, or taking a break at work because you’ll have practices for a variety of situations. Below you will find a

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