Senior Topics

Depression, isolation, dementia, a fear of falling, or medication side effects can all cause seniors to lose interest or the ability to keep up with their personal hygiene and grooming. Often, an adult child is the first person to notice changes in mom or dad's appearance. And,...

Whenever possible it's always a good idea for adult children to take their elderly parents to doctor's appointment. Helping to fill-out paperwork, taking notes, and communicating a parent's questions and concerns to the doctor are all a big help to an aging parent. Furthermore, simply driving...

While a healthy diet is important in any decade of life, good nutrition in seniors comes with special challenges. Decreased physical activity, a slower metabolism, and less muscle mass means seniors must consume fewer calories to avoid weight gain. Therefore, it is important to eat more nutrient-dense food...

In the elderly population, proper medication management can bring years of good health. On the other hand, mismanaging medications can lead to serious consequences. Unfortunately, misuse of medications is a common problem for seniors. The elderly often take multiple medications at the same time. This is confusing and can result in missed doses, overdoses, or medications taken...

Elderly Americans need to be especially aware of senior scams. This population is a big target for scammers. Fraudsters know people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s don't often report a fraud. Seniors are usually too ashamed to report a scam or they may not even know they have been the victim...

Healthy Aging should be the goal for all of us. Getting older doesn't always mean you have to worry about managing chronic medical conditions or a poor quality of life. In fact, you can enjoy the process of aging if you take proactive steps to...

  The National Council on Aging reports 1 in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. As our parents and loved ones grow older they become physically frail making them increasingly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Furthermore, loss of hearing, eyesight,...

Talking to an elderly parent espcially with one who has hearing loss or dementia can be difficult. You may notice the conversation does not flow as easily as before. Or maybe you say the same information over and over before a parent seems to hear...

Baby boomers (those born between 1946-1964) may be able to help prevent cognitive decline as they age. Cognition includes many important functions of the brain. These include memory, judgement, language, intuition and the ability to learn. Fortunately, unlike age and genetics, which can’t be controlled,...

Maintaining social connections throughout every stage of life is important—especially for seniors. In fact, experts say having healthy, fun, and positive friendships and social outlets as we age is vital to our emotional and physical health. And having social connections may also extend your lifespan. In...