When Parents Downsize (or Not)

  • Couple downsizing and holding boxes

Downsizing is a logical step for many seniors, but rarely a welcome one. For younger people, moving is often associated with bigger and better things: a new job, a better location, room for a new baby, etc. For aging seniors, moving tends to be associated with less welcome changes: deteriorating […]

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

  • older couple exercising in gym

Many of us associate strength training with weightlifting bodybuilders working on their six-packs. Strength training, however, can be beneficial for almost everyone. When people stick to it, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease in bone mass and an increase in […]

Menopause and Osteoporosis

  • older woman taking a break from walking to tie her shoe

Entering menopause can have its pluses and minuses. One of the minuses is an increase in the risk of osteoporosis.  Over the course of our lives, bone tissue is continually breaking down and being replaced. As long as it is replaced as fast as it breaks down, our bones remain […]

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

  • Older couple doing yoga outside

Healthy aging, like having enough money to retire, is largely dependent on choices you make long before old age actually arrives. Here are 10 tips that will help you look forward to a healthy old age.  Know your family history and share it with your primary care provider. If your genetics put you at higher risk for particular health […]

Menopause and Weight Gain-An Unhealthy Pair

  • Woman Adjusting Weight ,Scale

Menopause and weight gain are an unfortunate and common pair. There are a number of reasons for this. First women in menopause often have trouble sleeping, which is associated with weight gain. Secondly, both menopause and aging are linked to a lower level of physical activity. This makes weight gain […]

The Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving 

  • Elderly woman with female caregiver

Sometimes a caregiving situation is short-lived, for instance when an injury or illness heals quickly. At other times, caregiving can last for years, or even decades.  No two caregiving journeys are exactly the same. Caregiving challenges can include:  Sleep deprivation.   Having a living space that is cluttered with medical equipment.  Being obliged to take someone else’s special diet into consideration at every meal.   Being responsible […]

Tips for Organizing Medications

  • Medication organizer

Organizing medications for yourself or 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 […]

How to be a Long-Distance Caregiver

  • Caregiver helps push wheelchair

Over one in ten caregivers are taking care of a loved one long-distance, according to a 2020 AARP study. Long distance caregiving isn’t easy, but with the right amount of planning and “on the ground” help, it can be done.  Healthcare   Watching over a loved one’s (or recipient’s) health is […]

Beating Insomnia After Menopause

  • Woman laying in bed starting at alarm clock

The transition into menopause involves many changes, including changes in how well we sleep. As menopause approaches, women often begin to have 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 […]