Helping Seniors Handle Grief and Loss

Losing people in one s life is never easy, but we tend to think that when people of a certain age pass away, it s okay because that person experienced a rich, full life. But what about the people who are left behind – the spouses, the best friends and the morning coffee-club conversation partners? When seniors lose friends, acquaintances and loved ones, they experience just as much grief and loss as anyone else. Understanding this fact is important for family members and caregivers, but what s critical is learning how to help seniors handle their grief and loss in a healthy manner. You Don t Have to Do it Alone When a senior loved one in your life has experienced a loss and you re the primary caregiver, you may feel a sense of duty that compels you to be the sole provider of emotional support. It doesn t have to be this way. Don t hesitate to enlist family members or friends so that they can offer their love and support, as well. Pay Attention Although grief affects different people


Seniors and Modern Technology – Bridging the Gap

With each passing year, more and more people can say that they ve lived most of their lives in a world where the presence of amazing digital technology is the norm. Most millennials have never had to dial a rotary phone – in fact, the term “dialing” is something of a throwback that many people will never truly understand – and many members of our society seem to be so connected to their smartphones that they ve become extensions of their bodies. Today s seniors, though they may be more technologically adept than any senior generation in the history of the world, often struggle with things like laptops, tablets, smartphones and the like. For many of them, this type of technology simply didn t exist for most of their lives, making the learning curve incredibly steep. However, as technology becomes increasingly important, it s critical to make sure that seniors can experience the same benefits as everyone else when it comes to connecting with friends and family, enjoying digital

Have You Heard These Five Common Aging Myths?

Much has been said about the senior generation and the lives that they live. Unfortunately, not all of it is based in fact. Join us as we debunk five of the most common myths about aging! #1 – Dementia Is Inevitable This one has been scaring people for some time now, and with seniors living longer and longer lives, it s become increasingly persistent. Thankfully, it s just not true! Dementia is common enough to warrant concern from the medical community and from family members of seniors; however, it is far from inevitable. Recently, doctors examined the brain of a 115-year-old woman who, when she died, was the world s oldest person. No evidence of dementia or other disorders was found, and testing throughout her senior years revealed no loss in brain function. If you re concerned about dementia, you can be proactive by taking some simple steps that will help you avoid the disease and its symptoms. Staying mentally and physically well during middle age can help people avoid dementia