Aging

Tips for Organizing Medications

Organizing medications for a loved one can be exhausting.  To make things easier, it helps to have a medication list and a pillbox.   The MEDICATION LIST should contain the following information:   Medication Name  Name and phone number of prescribing healthcare provider  What is it for?   How much should be taken?  […]

Long-Distance Caregiving 

Long-distance caregivers represent 11% of those providing care for a loved one, according to a 2020 AARP study. Providing care from a distance is challenging, but doable, in many cases, with the right amount of planning and sufficient “on the ground” help.   Healthcare   Watching over a loved one’s health is […]

Menopause and Insomnia

The transition into menopause involves many changes, including changes in how well we sleep. As menopause approaches, women may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. When they wake up, they often don’t feel well-rested.   Sleeplessness doesn’t just leave us feeling “out of sorts”. It’s also associated with a higher risk for depression, diabetes and high blood pressure.   If you’re having trouble sleeping […]

Tips for Managing a Loss in Appetite

Many people notice a drop in appetite as they age. For people who are struggling with their weight, this may seem like a good thing. Not wanting to eat certainly helps unwanted pounds come off more easily. However, sometimes a loss of appetite can lead to excessive weight loss and malnutrition. When this happens, the immune system, which helps the […]

Free Active Brain Apps 

Looking for a way to keep your brain active? Here are a few suggestions:   Learning a New Language  Do you speak Klingon? Or High Valyrian?  Star Trek and Game of Thrones fans young and old may be interested to know that Duolingo, the popular, free language learning app, offers free lessons in both fictional […]

A 4-H Lesson for Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. For those looking for healthy aging tips, there is no better inspiration than the 4H’s of 4H that so many Rush County seniors remember from their youth. The 4-H’s are “head”, “heart”, “hands” and “health”.   “Head”   The 4-H “head” represents clear thinking, which includes making […]

Insomnia and Aging – Staring at the Ceiling at 1 a.m.

Are you over 65 and find yourself staring at the ceiling at 1 or 2 am? If so, you’re not alone. According to research, as many as 50% of seniors have the same problem. Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, can be as debilitating as going without food, water or […]