As you get older, you may find yourself struggling to find answers to questions about your health, finances, or social opportunities. Fortunately, there are organizations that help senior citizens in nearly every town, county, and state. These organizations are designed to provide support and resources that keep older adults active, healthy, and happy.
Connecting with others is important at all ages. However, research has shown us that socialization with peers is even more important as we age. Feelings of perceived loneliness have been linked to rapid cognitive decline, numerous health problems, and even premature death. Fortunately, older adults don’t have to host huge parties in order to reap the benefits of socialization. Instead, cultivating relationships with small groups of family members or peers can boost overall emotional and physical health.
When your loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, your entire family has much to process. In addition to weathering the emotions that naturally follow this diagnosis, families must convene with the diagnosed older adult in order to make plans for their current and future needs.
Many adult children talk about putting a parent in assisted living with a sense of dread and guilt. They worry about Mom or Dad feeling lonely, scared, or betrayed. They wonder if they have abandoned their obligation to love and care for their parents unconditionally. The very notion of “putting” someone somewhere is at the core of this problem. Here’s why this mindset is so harmful, and why you need to change your thinking.
Retirement is a gift, giving most older adults the extra time they have always wanted to enjoy favorite hobbies or to pursue a new passion. If your retirement plans include a canine companion, you are about to enjoy the additional benefits of having a dog. However, not all parts of dog ownership are easy, and you can give yourself and your new best friend the best relationship by making wise decisions. We’ve got a rundown of breeds that could be perfect to accompany you during retirement.
Today, many people turn to the internet when they have a question. For aging seniors and their loved ones, the internet can be a helpful place to find the answers to questions about retirement planning, dementia care, and anything in between. However, how do you know which online sources are reliable? We’ve done the research for you and have pulled a few online resources for seniors that can be a trusted place to turn to if you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed.
John Dove, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, gives us a preview of the upcoming free webinar, Senior Living LIVE - Outsmart the Scammers. In the webinar, Mr. Dove sits down with host, Melissa Lee, to discuss the warning signs to avoid a fraudulent encounter.
Cooler temperatures, crisp breezes, and colorful scenery are the hallmarks of autumn throughout much of the country. Even better, seniors can safely enjoy much of what fall has to offer thanks to the plethora of outdoor activities readily available in most cities and towns.
If you are searching for a good excuse to get out of the house, consider adding any of these ideas to your must-do list for this autumn.