Caregivers: Sharing Sunshine

While I’m still a pretty independent gal, it’s nice to have others check on me. That’s why I’m thankful for aids like Sunshine who regularly drop by to see how I’m doing. As everyone here at my assisted living facility knows, Sunshine lives up to her name with her bright smile and warm nature. She…

The high demand and growing opportunity of the caregiving market

The market sector providing support to family caregivers is forecast to grow at an average rate of 13% from 2016 to 2020 and reach $72 billion by 2020, according to a recent AARP report. This caregiving support market includes everything from transportation to personal care to repair services. This translates into many jobs related to…

Put away the cellphone

I was visiting a friend at an assisted living facility recently. Nearby in the lounge was a family visiting another resident. A family of three, Mom, Dad, and a young teen, were sitting with a grandparent. I sadly noticed that the teen was totally absorbed by her cellphone the entire time they were there. Mom…

Gone, but not forgotten

Have you watched your circle of friends grow smaller as the years go by? Does your world seem to be shrinking? The older we get, the more of our friends and loved ones leave us. It gets even tougher during the holidays when we gather in familiar groups which have met for years, and some…

Original Gerber Baby Turns 90

Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. “Cook’s face became a national symbol on the tiny baby food jars after a neighbor, artist Dorothy Hope Smith, submitted the sketch in 1928 as part of a contest held by Gerber.”   Read more here: http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/11/22/look-original-gerber-baby-just-turned-90

Is mom okay? The holiday season is a good time to check in with aging relatives

Holiday get-togethers can raise questions about the health and well-being of aging loved ones. This season may be a time that some family members who haven’t visited in a long time have a chance to see grandma or dad. If a gathering takes place at your aging loved one’s home, it may give visiting family…

’Tis the Season to Count My Blessings

This has been whirlwind year—and life—for me. Here are the things I’m thankful for right now. ● I’m thankful for my sons and their families, for all the people who care for me. I’m grateful for the joy and happiness they share with me. ● I’m thankful for all my friends at Woodbury. ● I’m…

Golden Friendships: How to Make Friends as a Senior

Making friends when you were a kid was so simple. They wanted to play kick the can, so did you. Voilà! Friends for life. But when your hair starts to gray, how to make friends becomes a little grayer, too. At least it was for me. Luckily, you have me and 30 years of attempting…

At age 90, a clown looks back on life

90-year-old Minnesota local doesn’t let age stop her from “clowning around”. Read the full story here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/08/at_age_90_a_clown_looks_back_o.html

New research finds working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

Researchers from Georgia State University and Florida State University have found that working or volunteering can decrease the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in seniors. Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, the study found that people age 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to…

​Senior athletes: Going the distance

How old do you hope to still be active? Meet Lee and Dottie. Athletes over the age of 90 who continue to race and break records. Read the full story here:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senior-athletes-going-the-distance/