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Finding Happiness During the Holidays: A Guide For Older Adults

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“Happiness is not ready made. It comes from our actions.” This quote from the Dalai Lama holds particular meaning for me during the holidays. While the holiday season is a time of celebration, family reunions, and childlike wonder, many of us are not immune to sadness – particularly as we age. We may have lost […]

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Avoid Family Burnout During the Holiday Season

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The holidays often mean family time, but can you have too much of a good thing? Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Karen Lawson discusses what you can do to prevent experiencing family burnout. “I would describe family burnout as the feeling of not having satisfactory interactions with family members. If someone is truly experiencing family burnout then […]

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How Seniors Get Taken for All They’ve Got

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Think you’re too smart to fall for a scam? A new study says 1 in 18 “cognitively intact” older adults is taken in by financial fraud or abuse in any given year. Declining cognition is responsible for a 33 percent increase in susceptibility to a scam, but healthy adults are often victims, says Patricia Boyle, […]

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Suicide is Rising for Older Adults

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The recent deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were shocking to many. How could two adults who had achieved fame and financial success possibly want to take their own life? But delve into the numbers and you’ll find that depression, from which both suffered, is an equal opportunity problem, and suicide among seniors […]

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Handling Caregiver Guilt After a Move to Senior Living

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Even though you knew it was time for your mom or dad to transition to senior living, that doesn’t make the new arrangement easier to bear. In fact, many family caregivers experience feelings of guilt after helping their parents move into an assisted living facility. Here are some helpful insights to assist families in letting go […]

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Best Gadgets for Older Adults

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We found low and high technology products that users swear by, whether for convenience or because they’ve completely altered the way an older adult lives. Tech products for seniors abound, but how do you find the best for your needs? Figuring out how they work and what they really cost can be a tedious process, […]

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Recommended Reading for July 2018

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 Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to […]

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When Does “Old Age” Start? Depends On Your Age

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A new study of more than half a million Americans shows just how skewed views of aging can be—particularly among young people—and how these views change over time. The findings come as people are living longer than ever; life expectancy in the US was about 79 years in 2015—up nearly nine years from 1965. But […]

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Recommended Reading for May 2018

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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents–and Ourselves by Jane Gross When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five-year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal […]

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Recommended Reading for April 2018

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The Parent Care Solution: A legacy of love By:   Dan Taylor How do you care for aging parents without destroying the family emotionally or financially? Author Dan Taylor has answered that question in The Parent Care Solution. Dan helps you to initiate the Six Conversations you must have with your parents to plan for their […]

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