Occupational therapy provides clients with the tools to optimize their home environments relative to individual abilities and promote full participation in daily life activities. As the population of older adults continues to grow, home modifications are a key factor in enabling individuals to "age in place," or live in the place or home of choice. An AARP (2010) study found that more than 80% of people older than age 50 want to age in their own homes for as long as possible.
We have said it before, and you will likely hear us say it many more times: downsizing is taxing on the body, mind and spirit. More than just the physical aspects of sorting, donating, discarding and packing, downsizing takes an emotional toll on everyone involved in the process. The emotional stress of downsizing can be triggered by memories of the items you are sorting, attachment to a home where you may have raised a family and made many memories, and the echoes in the bac
If you're going to achieve all your goals, such as sending your kids to college, retiring in comfort and leaving a legacy, you will need to save and invest throughout your lifetime. But to really complete your financial picture, you'll also need to add one more element: protection. And that means you'll require adequate life insurance for your situation. However, your need for insurance will vary at different times of your life - so you'll want to recognize these changing nee
New research from the UK reports that the risks of daily aspirin use are much more severe than originally expected, particularly affecting those 75 and above. Aspirin is typically prescribed as a blood thinner and helps to prevent blood clots. They are often recommended after a heart attack. Once a person begins taking the drug, they are typically encouraged to continue taking it. The preventative properties of it can help to reduce the risk of a subsequent heart attack by 20
10 Summer Health Tips for Seniors Drink plenty of liquids. Drink eight or more 8-ounce glasses per day of water and/or fruit juices every day to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Alcohol, soda, coffee and even tea can leave you dehydrated quickly. If at all possible, try to reduce the amount of these beverages, especially during hot weather. Plain or flavored water is a good substitute. Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics
When it comes to a comfortable retirement, college towns beat coastal towns - at least according to Forbes, which this week released its annual list of the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. Nine of the cities on the 2017 list - more than a third of the selections - are college towns, from Athens, Ga. (University of Georgia), to San Marcos, Texas (Texas State University). Clearly, cultural events and attractions figured into the publication's criteria, as did factors like c
When it comes to seniors' health, we all want easy answers: A is good, B is bad, take C every morning to help condition D. But sometimes, senior health can be complicated for seniors and senior care providers alike. Take sunshine, for instance. One day, you might read that sunlight's beneficial for seniors, providing a range of benefits to their physical and mental health. On another day, you might read that sunlight is harmful to the elderly, putting seniors at risk for a r
When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral - all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress. What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body, or donate it to science? What are you legally required to buy? What about the availability of environmentally friendly or “green” burials? What other arrangements should