Help Grandpa Hear: Peachtree Hearing Dr. Melissa Wikoff’s Mission Is To Help Hearing Loss

Melissa WikoffWhile there are plenty of reasons for hearing individuals to learn sign language, the reality is many people lose their hearing over time, either through natural aging processes, undiagnosed medical issues, or trauma. Dr. Melissa Wikoff and husband Josh Wikoff have set out on an important mission: help people maintain and improve their hearing.

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Conversation with the incomparable Normal Lear

norman lear on tedHere is the intro to one of the very best TED interviews I have had the pleasure of watching.

In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a prime time voice to under-represented Americans. He is now 93. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “the foolishness of the human condition” shaped his life and creative vision. Continue reading

Strategies for fostering cooperation when caring for the elderly

seniors chattingThis article is contributed by Jason Phillips.

Huge improvements in medicine and surgical techniques have enabled many people to live much longer than was previously possible. However, living longer increases the chances of needing some assistance with everyday tasks; this can apply whether your aging relative is simply struggling to cope or has any number of ailments affecting their ability to look after themselves.

Providing care for a loved one and be a time consuming, emotionally draining task; but usually one that is ultimately very rewarding. Perhaps the biggest issue of providing care is deciding how to persuade someone to accept care when they are resistant to the idea. Continue reading

Seven habits to help you age happily

senior couple7 habits to help you age happily is a very worthwhile article in the Telegraph. It is written by Miriam Akhtar, who is a psychologist who specialises in Positive Ageing. In the article, she shares her tips to age healthily and happily.

She points out that little is ever written about the other side of ageing – the advantages of later life, the gains that range from wisdom and confidence to wealth. It’s true that the body is getting weaker but the sense of who you are and what’s important to you gets stronger with age. As the French say: “je suis bien dans ma peau” – I feel good in my skin. Continue reading

The challenges that caregivers face

caregivers thumbnailThe New York Times suggests that given the need that seniors have for human contact, this can nevertheless be fulfilled by other modern technology. Thankfully someone writing to the editor has pointed out the importance of human contact.

That is easy to say but can mean real challenges for whoever will provide that contact. The infographic below highlights the challenges and is a worthwhile read for anyone who is a caregiver or who needs a caregiver. Continue reading

This blog now shows Contributor advertisements

contributor adYou may have noticed in the sidebar a small advertisement that looks like the image to the right. This is for Google Contributor which has now gone live after running for a time on an invitation basis to certain publishers. We received notice of this via the AdSense newsletter on November 5. It certainly would be handy to be receiving more revenue as a result of this initiative. Continue reading

Seniors are beggared to give PM Harper his balanced budget

canadian seniors near bottom among OECD countriesIn the intense scrutiny that the Duffy trial is receiving during this pre-election campaign period, a very important report surfaced that has not received the attention it should. It concerns a Finance Canada review of Canada’s retirement system, that says Canada scores poorly among OECD countries. CBC News obtained a heavily censored copy of the internal document under the Access to Information Act. They published a summary with the title Document raises questions about Harper retirement policies. It makes for very chilling reading for Canadian seniors. Continue reading

4 Reasons Why Seniors Need Plenty of Exercise

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Via Flickr – by Dana

This article is contributed by Vee Cecil.

Of course, with each day, hour, and minute that passes us by, we’re all getting older. But what many may not know or consider is that we’re actually getting older as a nation, too. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that in 2012 there were 43.1 million people in the country who were 65 or older. By 2050, that number is expected to almost double to 83.7 million. Continue reading

How Seniors Can Maintain a Healthy Diet

balanced diets for seniorsGuest contribution by Emily Hunter

Getting older is a fact of life, and for those of us lucky enough to have parents and loved ones who are considered senior citizens, making sure they are healthy is extremely important. Being healthy as a senior includes exercise and a good diet, just like for those of us who are younger. But older age can also bring challenges. Continue reading

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