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Emergency Preparation Plans Need Adjusting During 2020

— Each year during National Preparedness Month, we are reminded of steps for keeping safe during natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and extreme heat—along with power outages, fires, explosions, and other manmade emergencies. In previous years, few of us paid much attention to another item that also appears on the list of... Read More

Social Distancing Lures More Seniors Across the Digital Divide

— To find a paradox in senior well-being, we need look no further than today! We know that staying socially connected is vital for the mental health of seniors. And yet, social distancing is the key ingredient to help them avoid the coronavirus. Not long after social distancing began, we quickly saw news articles about older... Read More

Scam Alert: Con Artists Prey on COVID-19 Fears

— From natural disasters to world disturbances, any time there is big news that worries people, con artists are quick to capitalize on our fears and concerns. We haven’t seen a more concerning current event than the COVID-19 pandemic in many years—and no sooner did the word “coronavirus” appear in the headlines than fraudsters unleashed their... Read More

“Should I Give Up Driving … Or Get a New Car?”

— December 2–6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week The inability to drive is one of the greatest challenges to senior independence. In some cases, this is simply the best choice. If advanced vision loss, severe mobility challenges or dementia make an elder unsafe behind the wheel, it’s time to learn about alternative transportation methods... Read More

Avoiding “Elderspeak”: Respectful Communication with Older Adults

— A nurse comes into a senior patient’s room and says, “Are we ready for a shower?” “How are you today, young lady?” says a senior care aide says to a 90-year-old resident. A volunteer at an adult day center watches participants at a Senior Prom event and exclaims, “Aren’t they just adorable?” If you’re a... Read More

Warn Seniors About Social Security Scams

— Social Security is the major source of post-retirement income for most older adults, so if a senior receives a call from the Social Security Administration (SSA), they are likely to pick up the phone and listen! But the SSA is warning seniors that these days, con artists have been impersonating SSA officials to steal the... Read More

I’m a Long-Distance Caregiver! Now What?

— “I would be glad to drive Mom to church on Sundays if only I lived nearby.” “If Dad hadn’t retired to Florida, I could still help him fix things around his house.” “The folks are all the way across the country, and they seem lonely. I wish I could drop by a few times a... Read More

Seven Great Reasons Seniors Should Add More Music to Their Lives

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

— This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But... Read More

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

— May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow... Read More