What do you do if dementia makes it risky for your parent to continue using her smartphone – but at the same time, she really loves the phone? As owners of smartphones age, many are experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or full-blown dementia. Both conditions interfere with the ability to use their phones the way they once did.[Read more…] about Helping someone with dementia and an iPhone
Successful aging is a topic that fascinates people, especially as our population’s average age continues to increase. Marketers tout new products that promote successful aging. Lifestyle consultants encourage behaviors that promise you you a longer, healthier life.
But how do you tell the difference between healthy aging fact and fiction?[Read more…] about Healthy aging fact or fiction? Test your knowledge
When you think of a village, what comes to mind? I imagine a quaint old town in Europe, where ancient stone walls and intertwined families protect anyone living there. Or a child’s playset with houses and people, where everyone has their own place and special role.
The concepts of neighbors helping neighbors and a community where everyone plays a specific role are the essence of the village movement that’s catching on across the US. While people of all ages desire to experience community, older people are giving structure to that goal.[Read more…] about 4 ways a village helps you age in place
While I enjoy a new or classic fiction book as much as anyone else, I really love nonfiction. Memoirs, well-researched topics, advice from people who know what they’re talking about (a.k.a. self-help books). Actually, I love the self-help genre: it’s fun to try out their advice and see what works for you.
My list of essential nonfiction for midlife women focuses on titles that I’ve found helpful or interesting. Sometimes they’ve given me ideas to solve the problems I’m facing. Other times, however, they’ve helped me realize that my problems aren’t really as bad as I might have thought.[Read more…] about Essential nonfiction for midlife women
Aging in place is a concept that’s sweeping our country as baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s. But successful aging in place requires more than just installing grab bars in your bathroom. It involves multiple considerations, inside and outside your home. The goal of aging in place is to help you stay independent, comfortable and safe, even if your needs change as you grow older.
Starting to prepare now will benefit you later. I’ll give you 6 things you can do now that are key to aging in place. You’ll learn how to set yourself up for success in your later years.[Read more…] about 6 keys to aging in place: the last two might surprise you
Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. Stroke is the third leading cause of death among women. In fact, midlife women face a higher risk of stroke than midlife men do. In case you thought you didn’t need to worry about stroke, you’re wrong. Here’s what you should know about stroke and women in particular.[Read more…] about Stroke and women: what you need to know