Senior Topics

As we all age, it is important our homes are free from hazards which can trigger a fall or accident. However, for an elderly spouse or parent with dementia it is essential to go even further in providing a well-protected environment since these afflicted loved...

If you are 65 or older you may find yourself living alone. According to the Population Reference Bureau report, "Aging in the United States," (January 2016) more than one-fourth of women ages 65 to 74 lived alone in 2014. For women ages 75 to 84...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 37% of adults age 60 and over are obese. Weight that is higher than what is considered a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese. Body Mass Index, or BMI, is...

Many seniors find great value in writing their autobiography. Over time, older adults have acquired a lifetime of memories. Writing about  personal memories and historical events of your life helps to organize your personal story. In fact, a written autobiography will provide more structure to...

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a medical condition characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Unfortunately, osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk of fracture of the hip, spine, and wrist. In general, for seniors, these fractures are not only physically debilitating but...

Having a conversation with your parents about their financial situation can be an awkward and even a taboo topic. After all, like religion and politics, our culture teaches us from a young age not to discuss someone else's money. However, when it comes to finances,...

Billions of medications are prescribed each year in the United States. And even more over-the-counter drugs are purchased yearly.  Therefore, it is important to properly dispose of all medications which are no longer used or have expired. This will reduce the potential of harm not only to yourself but also...

In the beloved and highly rated 1980s NBC sitcom, The Golden Girls, four older women (3 widowed and one divorced) become roommates in a house to share expenses. Through 7 seasons, the series won critical acclaim and many awards as viewers flocked to see the roommates share much more than...

The benefits of volunteering at any age are well known. Volunteering helps give people a sense of community and that feel good effect. And for seniors, volunteering may even improve cognitive skills. Moreover, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical...

Medical marijuana uses the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or extractions from the plant to treat symptoms of illness or other medical conditions. To date, medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. Laws and restrictions...