As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, and until we have a vaccine, some families struggle with the decision of whether to bring an older loved one, who may currently live in a supportive living or long-term care setting, back home. With the uncertainty still surrounding COVID-19, this is an understandable and important question, especially with the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infections coming this late Fall or Winter. Yet any consideration of a move should not be taken lightly, especially with so many unknowns about the future. Read MoreRead More
Physical, or social distancing is a phrase new to many of us, but it’s essential to ensuring that the most vulnerable to COVID-19 – older adults and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease – stay healthy. Social distancing contributes to “slowing the transmission of COVID-19 and reducing illness and death,” according to the CDC.Read More
At 72, Betsy is doing all the right things to ensure she maintains good health and continues to enjoy physical, emotional, mental, and financial health well into her 80s and beyond. She eats a Mediterranean diet, doesn’t smoke, drinks in moderation, exercises regularly, has adjusted her spending and investments for retirement, goes to regular check-ups with her doctor and gets the recommended health screenings. Additionally, she gardens, spends quality time with family and friends, takes classes, travels, and volunteers. Her life is busy, full, and fun.Read More
As an Aging Life Care Professional®, I speak to people regularly about their fears of contracting COVID-19. Those who are aging alone ask me questions like: Who will take care of me if I get sick? Will anyone know I need help? What services are there to support me and how can I access them?Read More
As if COVID-19 isn’t scary enough, family caregivers are now, more than ever, worrying about who would take care of their spouse or partner if something were to happen to them. If this is you, below are some questions for you to think about and specific professionals who can be part of your “What if” planning:Read More
by Jullie Gray, MSW, LICSW, CMC.
Ask anyone for their top advice about living a long, healthy life and you’ll probably hear tips about the importance of eating well, stopping smoking, exercising and getting regular medical checkups. Don’t throw those good habits out the window; but, it may come as a shock to learn that connecting with others may be the single most important ingredient for aging well.Read More