Aging Well

The Best Gift Ever

My mother passed away a year ago. We five siblings were lucky that she and my father, who died 8 years before, had the foresight to have their “affairs in order”. A family trust. Wills. Life insurance. All organized in notebooks in my father’s closet. It sounds business-like, I know. But the real gift was that we could direct our energies toward planning their joint memorial service instead of the thrash of looking for documents needed to settle their estates.

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Don’t Let Vision Loss Impact Your Independence

As we age, we endure a number of losses, both physical and psychological. I personally cannot imagine the loss of sight and count myself blessed to have good vision according to my latest exam. Of course my good fortune could change at any time, and if so, I will count myself blessed again to have the support of the programs of Vision Loss Resources.

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Resilience: The Key to Contentment at Any Age

Perhaps we can apply the adage “to live well is to change often” to “to age well is to become more resilient”. Resilience, defined as the ability to adapt to changing situations and demands, is a skill that a person is never too young to learn or too old to practice. Resilience can serve us well as we dodge and weave our way through life with its various challenges and setbacks. And according to experts on aging, the resiliency with which we navigate life’s curveballs determines how well we age and how satisfied we can be later in life. 

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Creating Community from Addiction

This statistic from AARP got my attention: 17% of adults aged 60 and older have a drug or alcohol problem, compared to 10% of the overall population. But beyond the statistic, here is a real person’s story from our community. She is a 76 year old grandmother with a loving and supportive family. As she struggled with being the sole caregiver for her husband who had suffered a series of debilitating strokes and dementia, she turned to drinking. She often drank more than she planned and started not remembering phone conversations with her family.

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When Being Attractive is a Disadvantage

Older adults have many opportunities as they age. If they have the means (both financially and health wise), they can travel, volunteer, explore interests or pursue hobbies. But the sad reality is that con artists can take away those opportunities in a heartbeat.

According to a study conducted by AARP, consumers lose billions of dollars every year to various kinds of fraud. People over 50 years of age are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Let’s face it: older adults tend to have more savings at their disposal and higher credit ratings, making them more attractive targets than many other demographics. 

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