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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.

Older adults are early birds

Older adults have morning brainsI’m sure we’ve all been asked the question, “Are you an early bird, or a night owl?” Well no matter which we are when we’re young, we might all evolve into early birds as we age.

At least, that’s what a recent Canadian study published in Psychology and Aging suggests.

For the study, researchers compared the results of memory tests given at different times of day for younger adults aged 19 to 30 and older adults aged 60 to 82. During the tests, researchers scanned each participant’s brain with an fMRI to see which areas were activated.

Kids promote seniors’ health

Kids promote seniors' healthIntergenerational relationships are invaluable. A strong relationship with grandparents can boost kids’ self-esteem, give them a stronger sense of family roots, help them understand history from the perspective of people who lived it, learn unique skills and life lessons, and so much more. 

Why seniors should be online

cyber seniorsIt goes without saying that the Internet has given its users increased access to knowledge and the ability to self-publish cheaply. The web has even spurred creativity and given notoriety to ordinary folks who might not have been noticed otherwise. For the people that know how and can afford to use online tools, the digital revolution has democratized media. As our culture is wont to do, however, we have overlooked an important voice missing from the digital discourse: The voice of seniors.

Back to school: The benefits of lifelong learning

Lifelong learningMany kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom, but there’s no reason they should be the only ones. The desire to learn does not fade with age, and in fact, pursuing lifelong learning opportunities helps promote healthy aging. 

Many studies have shown that keeping the brain active helps us maintain our reasoning skills and the ability to quickly process information. Other researchers have found that stimulating the brain even has the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, helping many individuals maintain their memories and independence longer.

Transitioning to senior living

Transitioning to senior livingAs summer turns to fall, many older adults consider moving to a senior living community. Maybe it’s the crisp air, the leaves to rake or the desire to socialize as people turn inward; regardless of the reason, this major life decision should be made deliberately. Choosing the right community is a difficult decision, so we have picked out some tips to help you pick out your next home: