Don’t let growing older keep you from dreaming about tomorrow. Seventy or 80 candles on the birthday cake mean it’s time to step up, eagerly embrace one’s hopes and dreams and wish big before blowing them out.
History shows that it’s never too late to make your mark on the world. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her first book at age 64 and Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa at age 76. (more…)
Thanks to the Internet, a continuous and endless supply of news is at our fingertips around the clock. Attention-grabbing headlines on Facebook make claims about natural disasters, epidemics, cancer cures, politics and movie stars. But reader beware: many online news stories, while captivating, are totally fake!
While spending quality time with family over the holidays, you may notice little things about mom and dad that just don’t seem right. Red flags may be flying, such as: the condition of their home, mom’s physical appearance, dad’s absent mindedness and subtle changes in their personalities and behaviors. (more…)
Being a caregiver means that you play an important role in a loved one’s life. While that role may be rewarding, it can also be stressful, worrisome and time consuming.
Caregivers often juggle their own work and family responsibilities with the demands of caring for their loved one. From scheduling appointments, driving to doctor visits, preparing meals, paying bills and more, it’s easy for caregivers to become so fully consumed in the caregiver role that they neglect their own personal needs. (more…)
A survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that while about half of Americans are worried about the 2016 race for the White House, mature voters—those 71 and older—report the highest levels of anxiety with 59 percent saying the campaign is causing them stress.
They are bombarded with television and radio coverage, engaged in political conversations and some are exposed to politics on social media. Rest assured, today’s seniors are experienced voters who can handle the pressure. Many have voted in over a dozen elections. Rodger, a resident of Victory Centre of Bartlett’s assisted living community, has voted for 18 presidents! “It is important to have a president who will protect our military from wars,” said Rodger, who will cast his ballot November 8.
Children are taught to trust a person in uniform, which happens to be good advice for older adults as well. While those over age 65 are less likely to be victims of violent crimes, they are 13 times more likely to be victims of financial fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (more…)
As your parents grow older, it’s smart to plan for their future. The plan may call for an eventual move to an assisted living community, where they can live carefree with support, services and the camaraderie of others. But be aware that it may take lots of talking and handholding for your parent or parents to warm up to the idea of assisted living and actually make the move. After all, it’s a big change. (more…)
Camp VIVA! is Pathway Senior Living’s award-winning, “extreme” wellness program, which allows assisted living residents a life-enriching opportunity to experience the great outdoors. The success has been overwhelming! Summer after summer, older adult residents return to Camp VIVA! to either relive their camping experiences or to try something new.
So, why is Camp VIVA! so popular? The literature tells us that camping is good for the mind, body and soul. We asked our campers if this is indeed true. They shared their favorite things about camping and why they keep coming back each year. The following responses may inspire you to take an outdoor adventure. (more…)
Many people, even the best planners, don’t map out life beyond retirement. Advanced age, however, is a crucial time to live well and with purpose. As long as there’s life to live, why not plan for living the best life possible? (more…)
Do you want to be happier? Do you like helping others? Do you have some spare time? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then you will make a perfect volunteer.
The pay is nothing, but the work is rewarding. So say a couple of volunteers who give a lot, but also get much in return. Jim Frederick and Sister Ruth Baggech both volunteer at a senior living community, where they help older adult residents stay socially connected and mentally stimulated. (more…)