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Elder Orphans: Planning for Retirement?

Elder Orphans: Planning for Retirement?

As baby boomers head into retirement, many are realizing they will have no family to depend on as they age. Planning is key if you’re an ‘elder orphan’ Almost one-quarter of Americans over 65 are single and childless, or known as “elder orphans,” with no one to care for them if their health declines, according […]

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there’s all that time standing on your feet. It’s one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities. But a […]

Speed Dating Isn’t Just for Young People

Speed Dating  Isn’t Just for Young People

The idea of speed dating for people over 70 can evoke laughs from anyone who’s younger, along with reactions from “how cute” to “how silly” to “how gross.” And while the documentary The Age of Love does have plenty of ha-ha moments, most of the time its subjects are reflecting on a need for intimacy […]

Are You Emotionally Prepared for Retirement?

Are You Emotionally Prepared for Retirement?

Take a moment to reflect back on a few of the major transitions in your life. These are events like graduating from college, getting married or having your first child. Now, think about the different ingredients that were in place to help you get through those times. Here’s the question: What was the single most […]

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread ‘Elder Fraud’

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread ‘Elder Fraud’

This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors’ nest eggs. Retired […]

Hospital Companions Can Ease Your Isolation

Hospital Companions Can Ease Your Isolation

Loneliness can be a problem for older people, especially when they’re in the hospital. Their children may have moved away. Spouses and friends may themselves be too frail to visit. So a California hospital is providing volunteer companions in the geriatric unit. One of the volunteers at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica is […]

Helping Each Other Age in Place

Are we all destined to move into retirement homes when household chores become unmanageable? Thanks to the proactive efforts of Americans all over the country, not any more. Using their friends and neighbors as a supportive network, mature adults have found that aging in place is extremely achievable. If you would like to remain in […]

Boommates: The Frugal, Friendly Way to Live

Boommates: The Frugal, Friendly Way to Live

(Check out this great Boommate interview from the Today show) A new trend has caught the attention of baby boomers, and it’s drastically improving their quality of life: Shared housing. You might find yourself scoffing at the idea, worried about your precious privacy and personal space, but the benefits seem to heavily outweighing the sacrifices. There […]

Friendship is Ageless: Part III

Friendship is Ageless: Part III

As seen in parts I & II of this series, Int-Gen facilities provide countless benefits to their community members, and should be much more frequently integrated into our society. But how can those outside the walls of these inspiring nursing homes find new Int-Gen friendships? Here are some examples of how Int-Gen relationships are being […]

Friendship is Ageless: Part II

Friendship is Ageless: Part II

  On an overcast day at the Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home in Seattle, you might think gloom emanates throughout. But inside, another form of Int-Gen companionship has been established, this time in a bit of a smaller package. Turning down the hallway to the Intergenerational Learning Center, an aura immediately overwhelms visitors – […]

Friendship is Ageless: Part I

Friendship is Ageless: Part I

43% of older adults experience social isolation, which is closely correlated to loneliness and depression, as well as mental and physical decline.  If you’d like to witness inspiring change affecting those of all generations, look no further than a handful of progressive care facilities around the world. It may come as a shock to some, […]

Managing Financially Dependent Adult Children

Managing Financially Dependent Adult Children

The retirement savings you expect to have at the conclusion of your career can be greatly depleted by needy adult children. Yet 59% of parents today have provided financial support for adult children who are no longer in school. Take a look at the following ways these parents are helping: 50 percent are providing a place […]

Preventing Suicide in Aging Loved Ones

Preventing Suicide in Aging Loved Ones

How would you handle an elder friend or relative voicing suicidal thoughts? Would you alert doctors? Would you try to talk them through it? Would you take any action at all? Unfortunately, the majority of suicidal warning signs are largely ignored or belittled, leaving elders prey to their own minds. In her New York Times […]

How to Coordinate Retirement with Your Spouse

How to Coordinate Retirement with Your Spouse

What do you do if your spouse retires but you want to continue working? How do you manage these differences in lifestyle? Between 2004 and 2014, the number of Americans over age 54 who were active in the civilian labor force ballooned by 47.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that number […]

How to Prevent, Recognize & Report Elder Abuse

How to Prevent, Recognize & Report Elder Abuse

Reaching old age deserves nothing but reverence and respect from our fellow community members. But too often, people see this as a vulnerability and an opportunity to exploit and abuse. Recent studies show that about 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ will experience some form of elderly abuse. So how do you prevent, recognize and report this […]

You Can Find Love At Any Age

You Can Find Love At Any Age

For many of us, the thought of going on a blind date after the age of 50 probably never crossed our minds. But in 2016, it’s happening more than ever. So how do you freshen up on the dating scene to give yourself the best chance for a love connection? Jane E. from Sacramento was […]

Resources to Protect Your Finances From Scammers

Resources to Protect Your Finances From Scammers

How confident are you in avoiding fraudulent schemes during retirement? When was the last time you checked your parents’ financial statements? It’s a tricky issue, and one that requires much attention. It’s estimated that American seniors lose nearly $10 billion to scam artists and another $3 billion to identity theft each year. Another $17 billion is […]

How to Address Alcohol Abuse with Loved Ones

How to Address Alcohol Abuse with Loved Ones

In our culture today, a few glasses of wine with dinner or a nightcap before bed is nothing to frown upon. But when is the line crossed into more serious territory? Especially in old age, with more idle time and less obligations, drinking can become a highly enticing way to pass the time, cope with loneliness […]

Tips for Handling Empty Nest Syndrome

Tips for Handling Empty Nest Syndrome

We spend infinite time and energy raising our children, but who knew watching them move out would be the hardest part? Many parents overlook this inevitable emotional shock, leaving them vulnerable to trauma and grief when that day comes. This condition has been deemed empty next syndrome, and it is vital that parents take necessary […]

92-Year-Old Honors Late Wife with Thriving Business

Years after retirement, and soon after the death of his wife, Earl Fultz has turned her spice recipe into a thriving business. Before succumbing to emphysema, Gloria worried that her husband would struggle to find meaning after she was gone. The two had an everlasting bond, and Earl still chokes up at the thought of […]

Find Travel Companions For Your Next Adventure

Find Travel Companions For Your Next Adventure

One of the most exciting benefits of retirement is finally having ample time to travel. But what if none of your loved ones are able to join you on your adventure? Luckily in today’s interconnected world, there’s a wonderful new option: finding travel companions online. My coworker’s father has recently retired, presenting his long-awaited opportunity to […]

Can Technology Help Cure Loneliness?

Can Technology Help Cure Loneliness?

“My biggest fear is being alone and having no one to care about me.” My grandmother is 87. She lives with my cousins on the second floor of their house in Brooklyn. My youngest cousin frequently spends time with her between dinner and bedtime, but there are still too many hours each day she spends alone. […]

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