Technology: A Brave New World for Seniors

While many seniors today are often chided (gently, we hope) by their families for their aversion to new things, it’s instructive to remember that seniors have in their lifetimes adapted to a wealth of potentially unsettling changes and inventions: seeing people walk on the moon, cable television, food processors, cell phones, and beyond.

And while most would perhaps contend that the technological phenomenon known as the internet is primarily the playground of the young, there are now close to 16 million ...

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Home Alone: Senior Tips for Living Safely on Your Own

My kids, and I’m guessing scores of other fans of the seriously silly, slapstick hit movie from 1990, will appreciate this stat: More than 30 million people in America today are “home alone.” Many of these are seniors. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that just three years ago, 25 percent of men age 75 and older lived alone and 49 percent of women 75 and older lived alone.

For many seniors, living on their own represents independence, something they guard fiercely. ...

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Long-Term Care Insurance: Planning Now to Live Longer

Good News/Bad News: All of us are living longer. The average life span of an American male is now about 75 years, while the life expectancy of an American female is approximately 84 years of age. That’s great news for seniors who have dreams of enjoying travel, family, and beloved hobbies during what many have come to call the “golden years.” Yet figures also show that our golden years are likely to involve an illness – or several – that ...

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Case of “The Blues” or Clinical Depression?

It’s not easy getting older. Even folks who remain relatively free from major health issues find that their bodies start to slow down and it can be a fairly slippery slope in regards to functionality as compared to just a few years prior.

Changing feelings and emotions are also often in play for the elderly, and depression can have a hand in those changes. But if recognized, depression is treatable and doesn’t necessarily have to negatively affect any other medical conditions.

The ...

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Losing A Loved One: Take Control of the Grieving Process

The undeniable certainties in our lives are, of course, death and taxes. And the undeniable certainty of death is that in most cases, surviving loved ones are left behind to struggle with profound feelings that aren’t of the everyday variety.

Grief is the natural feeling that results from losing someone close – and it’s a healthy way to cope with the periods of sadness that follow the death of a dear loved one such as a spouse. But grief is also ...

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How Many Medications Are You Currently Taking?

One of the stereotypical archetypes of the advanced-age set is an older man or woman sitting at a table littered with orange pill containers, confused and worried half to death about utilizing the correct timing and dosage for myriad medications. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this far too many times during my career in geriatric care.

This situation is a prime example of what is often-times referred to as “Polypharmacy.” This is essentially a fancy name for the use of many different drugs, ...

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Is A Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Although the term “reverse mortgage” may conjure up some pretty acute anxiety, it’s actually a pretty basic financial concept and, in a good number of cases, can be of great benefit to our country’s seniors. Like anything of significance  (especially in the financial arena), one must consult with a trusted, professional advisor who can assist you in your decision-making process.

When you clear away all of the varnish (i.e., looking beyond the celebrity status of nostalgic T.V. ‘pitchmen’ that appear during ...

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Diabetes Management: No Need for Martyrdom

This story has always stuck with me: A while back, a diabetic client of mine share with me her “secret” to maintaining a health sugar/insulin level without compromising on the food that she so dearly enjoyed or, as she emphatically put it, “My quality of life.” Her story, or more accurately, her adage, went something like this: “A small sliver tastes the same as eating the whole pie.”

While this should bring a smile to most of our faces, her point ...

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Listening: The Key to Preventing Caregiver Breakdown

Caring for a loved one who is sick, day-in and day-out, can be challenging to say the least. This is particularly true when you are caring for someone who is in the advanced stages of a disease and who may also be suffering from severe depression as a result of their illness. How does one balance performing not-so-desirable caregiver tasks and listening to a daily commentary of negative criticism with the goals of being happy and helpful? In short, how ...

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