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Expert Insights

Analysis of trends in senior care, advice for people coping with an aging patent, and health advice for seniors.

Make the most of your charitable contributions

Donation tipsDuring the holiday season, the spirit of giving is everywhere and many people want to do what they can to help others. Yet, if we don’t make our donations carefully, we risk not really making much of an impact or worse, falling victim to scams. Below are some tips to help ensure your contributions actually serve those you wish to help.

First, be wary of solicitations for charitable donations. Charity scams are common around the holidays, with many scammers posing as legitimate charities. And unfortunately, they frequently target seniors. You’re better off playing it safe and ignoring solicitations altogether. Instead, look for a charity you’re passionate about. This way you can better avoid scams while also supporting a cause that shares your values.

Tips for traveling with an aging parent

Traveling with an aging parentIf your aging parent’s health or mobility has been on the decline, long-distance travel can pose some challenges. Travel becomes even more difficult during the holiday season when airports are busier and more chaotic than usual. While you’ve likely already made your travel plans and purchased your plane tickets, there are still some things you can do to make your travel experience less stressful and your holiday more enjoyable.

Life improves with age

life improves with ageContrary to stereotypes about aging, studies continue to indicate that life improves with age. According to Paul Costa, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, only 10 percent of the older population reflects our negative stereotypes about aging. Rather than a time of depression, loneliness and cognitive decline, most people tend to thrive in old age with happiness, relationships and even creativity continuing to strengthen. 

Studying adults aged 18-94, Stanford researchers found that compared to the younger participants, older adults experienced positive emotions such as amusement and joy more often than negative ones, such as anger, sadness and boredom. Their conclusion was that mood improves steadily with age.

Diabetes Awareness Month

Before November comes to a close, we want to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Month, observed every November. Diabetes largely impacts older adults – roughly 26 percent of Americans 65 and older have diabetes while roughly 50 percent have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is among the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can also increase the risk for additional health problems, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and even Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Learning how to prevent or effectively manage diabetes is an important step to promoting your health.

Determining if independent or assisted living is right for you

Assisted LivingKnowing when the time is right to consider independent or assisted living is a personal moment in a senior’s life, but for many, transitioning from a private home to an independent or assisted living community is a smart decision that has a positive impact on the senior’s emotional wellbeing and physical wellbeing.

Knowing when it’s the right time for independent living
Independent living is for seniors who want the benefits of living in a senior living community but who are still mobile, can live their day-to-day lives without supervision and are able to monitor their own medication.

It can be ideal for younger seniors who enjoy being active but tire of the responsibilities that come with owning a home and who long for more active social lives. There are many benefits to moving into an independent living community, including:

 
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