Memories are forever but only if you share them with others! Why not make a permanent record of your personal history through photos, journals or recordings that you can give to your children and grandchildren? There are some easy ways that you can create a gift for yourself (and for others) that will not only be personal but long lasting as well. Here are some tips for getting started:
We are finally eliminating some of the prejudices associated with race, gender and sexual orientation. Yet, ageism is alive and well and there doesn’t seem to be any moral outrage against it. Our cultural and structural disregard for older populations “is almost the last prejudice that we are allowed to have.” says Kathryn Lawler, the director of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. This is ironic considering that aging is a universal human experience for those of us lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow older.
While Americans 65 and older are the most active demographic group politically with 60% of eligible voters going to the polls, that still means that 40% are not voting. As we age, it is important to be aware of how public policy affects us and the ways that we can get involved.
In 2017, 68 percent of all households in the United States owned pets, up from 56 percent in 1988. For fellow animal lovers, the reason why is obvious – unconditional love. But many people don’t realize that there are also other benefits that are validated by numerous research studies. Animals can have a positive effect on our social lives, our health and our overall emotional well- being. For seniors, there is no better way to decrease loneliness and stress than to have a pet in their home. Whether you live independently or in an assisted living facility, the best medicine can be named Fido or Miss Kitty.
How Volunteering Can Improve Your Quality of Life
For many seniors, there comes a time when they need a little extra help and have to decide whether to stay in their own home vs. moving into an independent or assisted living community. There are benefits to both so it’s really important to determine what you need and then weigh the cost benefits as well as your personal lifestyle preferences. Here are three main things to consider:
Whether you are downsizing because of a move or simply to unclutter your life, there are definitely some tangible benefits that can come from the process. Sometimes we end up spending more time taking care of “our things” than ourselves or our friends and family. When you remove some of those obstacles, you have time to focus on what is really important. Here are three positives that can come from downsizing:
Moving, as anyone can attest to, is not fun. Whether you are downsizing into a smaller home or condo or moving into a retirement community, it can be hard work both emotionally and physically. However, there are things that you can do prior to your move that will make it a lot easier.
Downsizing can be emotionally overwhelming. It can be especially hard for seniors moving to a retirement or assisted living community who may be leaving a home where they raised their family and accumulated a lifetime of memories. However, there are upsides to downsizing and it can be both liberating and rewarding if you follow these tips:
Age-related changes mean unique hair care needs
As with just about everything, hair changes with age. Over time, the fibers in your hair thin and fall out, especially if it’s been dyed or color treated over the years. Pigment cells stop producing and hormones that once stimulated hair fibers weaken. Fortunately, there are methods that can help maintain you or an elderly loved one’s hair to keep it looking and feeling healthy.
How healthy eating may help alleviate depression
As people get older, most of the common health issues they experience are fairly noticeable. If, for example, someone is in pain or discomfort, this will be evident, and hopefully a test or examination will reveal the problem. But one ailment that affects many older people is something that isn’t always obvious and won’t show up on any test: depression.