Falls: Everything Seniors Need to Know to Prevent Them

One of the greatest threats to a senior’s health and wellbeing is actually something completely avoidable – falls. While the accidents themselves rarely lead to death, they can cause painful injuries that can take a considerable amount of time to heal. On top of this, the injuries can actually result in fatalities, often up to a year after the fall has taken place. Continue reading “Falls: Everything Seniors Need to Know to Prevent Them”

Seniors’ and Special Needs resources from seniorcarehelper

Susan Williams of Senior Care Helper is keenly interested in helping empower people with knowledge.  She prepared this list of seniors’ and special needs resources for an upcoming library newsletter and graciously passed them along to us. Continue reading “Seniors’ and Special Needs resources from seniorcarehelper”

How to Sleep Better

Good sleep, we are told, is essential to allow our brains to function effectively and clear out the chaotic jumble of thoughts most of us run through in our typical day. If that good sleep is eluding you then you may find some of the articles summarized below may be of help. Google in its attempt to be helpful sets out the following tips for a better sleep.

  • Power Down. The soft blue glow from a cell phone, tablet, or digital clock on your bedside table may hurt your sleep. …
  • Nix Naps. You’ll rest better at night. …
  • Block Your Clock. …
  • Try a Leg Pillow for Back Pain. …
  • Put Your Neck in ‘Neutral’ …
  • Seal Your Mattress. …
  • Save Your Bed for Sleep and Sex. …
  • Set Your Body Clock.

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Sing and Grow Younger

Many work hard to counter the effects of aging. However that may be too modest a goal. For example, Deepak Chopra sets out in his book, “Grow Younger, Live Longer” Ten Steps to Reverse Aging.

He and his associate, David Simon, M.D., show how it is essential to renew all dimensions of the self—the body, mind, and spirit — in order to feel and look younger. Continue reading “Sing and Grow Younger”

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

While 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

Here 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.

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Seven habits to help you age happily

7 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 “Seven habits to help you age happily”

The challenges that caregivers face

The 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 “The challenges that caregivers face”

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 “This blog now shows Contributor advertisements”