Shock waves were felt around the world as the news of the unexpected death of actor and entertainer Robin Williams. He struggled with depression for many years and couldn’t get past the hold it had on him. His suicide reminds all of us that the condition can affect anyone, male and female, young and old, rich and famous or poor and unknown. Depression can hit anyone at any time.
I was looking at depression statistics and found some interesting information. According to several websites, middle age or older white men are more likely to commit suicide than any other group, and the number of suicides is increasing. Also, men are less likely to talk to someone about their problems than women. [Read more →]
Tags: Conditions and Diseases · Death and Dying · Depression
A recent trend in baby showers has more than a few people up in arms. Why such an uproar connected with a long-established welcome and fun gathering? A unique and trendy new concept is the Grandma-to-be baby shower where first-time grandmothers celebrate a wonderful addition to the family. More grandparents are taking care of grandchildren while parents work, so having such a shower allows grandmothers to stock their house with everything they need to care for the young child. This is especially useful if the grandparents live a distance away or don’t have the income to make numerous purchases. [Read more →]
Tags: Activities for Seniors · Seniors
As we age our skin loses much of its elasticity and becomes more fragile and transparent. We all know the only way to protect ourselves from the sun is to stay indoors and avoid sitting near windows during daylight hours. Unfortunately, that is not a practical or enjoyable way to live no matter how old we are. [Read more →]
Tags: Conditions and Diseases · Healthy Lifestyle · Personal Health · Senior Safety
As I write this article, I understand there is a large range between the newly senior and those who are now in their 90’s or older. Longevity has increased the number of aging seniors who can still get around fairly easily. We can no longer use the old numbers to judge whether someone is considered an old man or woman, nor can we judge how physically active they will be at a much later age than our forbearers. Our seniors are surprising us with how active they are at a more advanced age than ever before. [Read more →]
Tags: Activities for Seniors · Fitness and Exercise · Healthy Lifestyle · Personal Health
Back in the day when my grandparents and great-grandparents were reaching their sixties and seventies, they struggled to a greater extent with isolation than we do now. Especially my mother’s parents who lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We lovingly called that area “the boonies” because there was hardly anything in that area of the state. It was a dry, baron place that held little to allow seniors to interact with others. [Read more →]
Tags: Aging · Depression
The Upside of Aging by Paul H. Irving, President of the Milken Institute is a compilation of sixteen chapters written by authors who are “all prominent thought leaders” according to Irving.
The complete subtitle is “How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work Innovation, Policy, and Purpose.”
After a lengthy Foreword by Michael Milkin and Preface by Irving, both together were well worth the price of the book, each author had a topic they covered in as much depth as possible for this type of book.
I took massive notes while reading the introductory areas and learned much about how we as a society are learning about aging in a new way. We are certainly not living the live my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. [Read more →]
Tags: Aging · Book Review
Transitions are a part of our life whether we like it or not. Some transitions are beneficial while others are not. In fact, they can be downright painful. Transitions are inevitable and we all have to deal with them in some manner. Here are some of our important transitions:
- We start our lives as little babies and progress through childhood
- We transition from early childhood to our teen years
- We are students who then transition to our careers or lives post school
- Seemingly all too soon, we are adults with all the accompanying responsibilities.
Other transitions we may face can include job changes, loss of spouse or other loved ones, health issues that leave us less mobile than we expected. Then, more transitions as we move through the decades and into our senior years. [Read more →]
Tags: Aging · Seniors
Tags: Activities for Seniors · Seniors
My mother Emily Monroe. In hindsight, she was probably the best mother anyone could have. She was a teacher in a country school when she and Dad got married, but chose to stay home until her youngest of three entered kindergarten. Once she went back to teaching school, she picked up her bachelors and master’s degrees while raising us.
She again taught in a country school until she started teaching second grade in a small town school. Although she could have moved on to bigger school systems, she liked the atmosphere and camaraderie of the small town. There is so much more I could share about her life, but suffice it to say – she was one of the best! Here she is riding a three-wheel Honda. [Read more →]
I was reading an article about law of attraction recently and it got me thinking about the concept of attracting what I want in certain areas of my life. Because of my age, I sometimes feel like that ship has passed me by, but other times I believe that such concepts can still make a difference in my life now and in the future.
In the realms of law of attraction, also known as LOA, we’re told to focus on and think about things we want with the belief that we will attract them to our life. [Read more →]
Tags: Activities for Seniors · Healthy Lifestyle · Seniors · Soul
Both of my grandmothers set a good example regarding keeping their home clean and clutter free. Not sure why because they lived two different lifestyles. One lived in the back woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the other in a small town near the capitol of Michigan. But, they both were role-models for me, especially in keeping a home they wouldn’t be ashamed of if unexpected company showed up.
Not everyone was that way. My grandma who lived near us would take me to the homes of friends or relatives on occasion and I was shocked at the magazines and newspapers stacked around, dusty furniture that looked like no one had cleaned them off in years, and so many knick knacks there was very little space for anything else. [Read more →]
Tags: Caregivers · Elder Care · Senior Safety
Busyness and stress can sometimes cause us to have memory problems no matter how old we are. Stress can cause much younger people to forget at times. It can be difficult to know whether we, or one of our loved ones, are in the early stages of dementia or if we just have too much on our mind. We can even wonder if we are doomed to follow the path of our parent(s) or other family members. [Read more →]
Tags: Conditions and Diseases · Dementia and Alzheimer's · Elder Care
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that those seeking your personal information so they can commit fraud are going to go away anytime soon. Also unfortunate is that they are growing more cunning and devious as to how they gather your information.
They especially target seniors who may not realize they are giving away important information. If your loved one is still in control of their finances, make sure they understand the importance of protecting their identity and financial information. [Read more →]
Tags: Elder Care · Legal · Senior Safety
We all deal with stress in one way or another on an almost daily basis. Our jobs (or lack of a job), family relationships, finances, co-workers, daily commute, health issues, noise or air pollution, unfavorable weather conditions, and many other reasons can plague us on a day to day basis until we feel like we just want to scream or hide away until life settles back down again.
Rare is the person who has no stress at all in their day to day life. In fact, if someone were to say they never get stressed, I would be inclined not to believe them. Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress no matter how much we try to avoid it. Unfortunately, if we do not handle the stress in our life as it happens, we may have to deal with much more serious consequences later on. [Read more →]
Tags: Conditions and Diseases · Depression · Stress
When we mention the elderly, we usually are referring to anyone over seventy-years-old, with the baby boomers now rapidly coming up behind them. As we grow older we often have trouble maintaining a fitness regimen.
Our body is aging and we are having trouble making the effort to work out. We just don’t have the energy or the desire anymore, even if we did in the first place. Unfortunately, when that happens we begin to lose our ability to develop muscles or gain strength. [Read more →]
Tags: Healthy Lifestyle · Personal Health