Many years ago, my family was faced with the fact that my grandma could no longer live alone. Grandma was around 94, sharp as a tack, and did not want to live with me. Keep in mind, grandma raised me, so I was more like the younger daughter than the granddaughter. I respected her decision, and now … [Read more...] about Assisted Living Communities: How to Choose the Right One
It’s May, such a beautiful month filled with sunshine, butterflies and Mother’s Day. Picture this: You are a child, you walk through the door after school and your olfactory senses come alive with the smell of home-baked pie. You immediately relax and know that mom has baked something wonderful! Not … [Read more...] about Taking Care of Mom
Memory Cafés are a worldwide recognized support system for those persons afflicted with dementia or other cognitive impairment. The cafés are meant to be fun, educational and relaxing for both the caregiver and the person diagnosed with a memory disorder. According to the University of Washington, … [Read more...] about What is a Memory Café?
Yes, that’s a song, and it is a song that comes to mind in February. It’s that time of the year where love is in the air. Heck, love may be everywhere. Love comes in many different forms: Love for your partner, love for your kids, love for your pets, love for your friends. The main component is … [Read more...] about Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
What is resiliency and can it help us as we age? Being resilient means you bounce back after a challenge in your life. A few examples of these challenges are: hearing bad news about a loved one, a death or illness of a loved one, a change in your health, a big change in life such as retirement or … [Read more...] about Staying Resilient as We Age
I was going to title this article, “How to Give our Aging Loved Ones What They Need During the Holidays,” but then I thought, that’s way too long and what they need is our attention – and not just during the holidays! My grandma lived to be 100-and-a-half. She lived in her own home until she was … [Read more...] about Are You Paying Attention?
You may have heard the sayings, “Food is life,” or “You are what you eat.” Well, I believe these sayings to be true and they are especially important to our senior population. Because as we age, our body is more reactive to what we put in it. We also stop producing important vitamins and minerals … [Read more...] about Nutrition and Aging Gracefully
In yoga, we call the breath “prana,” which means life force energy. What better way to increase our quality of life than by generating life force energy! That is exactly what we are doing while practicing yoga with our geriatric and/or disabled populations. When we focus on the breath, we are also … [Read more...] about Yoga and Breath to Increase Quality of Life