It’s no secret that the Mediterranean Diet is believed to boost health in many ways.
Lauded for its emphasis on plant-based foods, healthy oils, and whole grains, this popular eating plan provides science-backed health benefits.
These benefits range from better brain health to lowered risk of breast cancer in women. But for many older Americans, there’s one benefit that trumps them all.
Meals prepared in the Mediterranean style may reduce the risk of death for heart patients.
That’s significant because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. This is true for both men and women. …read more
Everyone deserves to feel healthy and in control of their own lives.
According to the American Cancer Society, an important step in that direction is following the guidelines for important cancer screenings.
This is especially vital for older adults because they are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than any other segment of the population.
Caregivers and seniors should know what screenings to schedule and when.
Cancer Screenings for Older Adults
In recognition of national Stand Up to Cancer Day on September 9, here’s a guide to the tests you should know about and discuss with your physician or your senior …read more
Our society has benefitted from the dedication and determination of older Americans who helped shape our nation.
In our busy lives, however, we may not always take time to show our appreciation for their sacrifices.
That’s one of the reasons we encourage families to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day every September.
Honoring Loved Ones on National Grandparents Day
A day dedicated to formally honoring grandparents, this year Grandparents’ Day occurs on Sunday, September 10.
What sorts of activities can you plan for honoring grandparents on this day?
Here are a few ideas.
Plant a Tree Together
Trees are often thought of as symbols …read more
Scientists haven’t figured out how to roll back the hands of time, but they do have plenty of advice on how to look and feel younger as you age.
Decades of research boils down to this: adopting a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life.
It’s Healthy Aging Month, which makes it’s a great time to commit to living a healthier life.
Ways to Look and Feel Younger as You Age
Here are the top tips for looking and feeling younger as you age. They’re research-backed and time-proven so you can feel confident about adopting at least one of them, if not …read more
When aging parents begin to experience health problems that require caregiving, sibling rivalry can emerge.
This can sabotage efforts to provide good care, despite everyone’s best intentions.
The key to avoiding extra stress and even an all-out family feud is to learn to manage those sibling conflicts that get in the way.
Deep-seated conflicts among siblings often originate in childhood, which can make them tricky to smooth out. Even adults who think they’ve managed to leave those old feelings behind often find them resurfacing when family pressures heat up.
Old Rivalries Can be Replaced by a New Set of Family …read more
Do you and your family enjoy dining out? Most of us do! For busy families, there’s nothing like sitting down to a delicious meal served by friendly staff whose job is to make you feel welcome.
The joy of eating out doesn’t go away when you get older either. Indeed, for many older adults, dining out at restaurants provides a welcome opportunity for socialization and getting out into the community.
For those who have Alzheimer’s, it can be one of the few remaining outings they can still enjoy.
With just a little planning, you can help your family member with …read more
Every marriage has its own set of circumstances, and none is challenge-free.
When one of you takes on the role of primary caregiver for a senior loved one, your marriage can feel the strain.
Many caregivers have jam-packed schedules. It often means they don’t have much free time for themselves. That alone is enough to put a strain on a marriage. Then there’s the added stress, the financial uncertainty, and the emotional fallout of coping with an aging parent—especially if there are health concerns in the mix.
Nevertheless, many couples find ways to survive the caregiving years.
There are ways to …read more
Vaccines are a marvel of modern medicine, created to prevent a range of diseases that can be deadly.
Therefore, it’s surprising to know just how many older adults have fallen behind on their vaccinations.
If you’re over the age of 65, you may need boosters for many of your vaccines.
August is National Immunizations Month. It’s a good time to talk to your doctor about getting current on your vaccinations. From shingles to diphtheria, there are a number of vaccine-preventable diseases of which you should be aware.
A Guide to Essential Vaccines for Seniors
Many older Americans would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can.
Making that decision means weighing a lot of factors, including home safety. One way to find out whether your senior loved one’s home is safe, comfortable, and functional is to conduct a Home Safety Audit.
Since it is National Safe at Home Week, now is a great time to think about conducting one on your senior loved one’s home.
What is a Home Safety Audit?
Everyone needs a home that’s safe and secure, but seniors may need a few modifications made to their …read more
Shopping around for a senior living community can make you feel like you’re lost in a foreign country.
The language is different, you’re not sure whom to ask for help, and you just want everything to be easy and normal again.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Many have gone before you, successfully finding a proper setting and a new home for their senior loved ones.
The key is avoiding the common mistakes that people make in their search for senior living.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Searching for a Senior Living Community
There are many pitfalls to avoid. …read more