Just because one is not 18 anymore, does not mean they should not get to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Thanks to the Central Illinois Agency on Aging, even those in their 80s and 90s can bring in the New Year with all the youngsters. Volunteer Cynthia Smith has been working to help the elderly enjoy…

Young people born into the “wired age” ​take-in computer and tech​ knowledge with the mother’s milk. Older people, ​however, feel left behind as technology, and especially computer​ tech,​ ​develop​s​ at a pace perceived ​by seniors ​as impossible to keep up with. What measures are being taken by the government and the private sector to keep…

Christmas is a particularly hard time for anyone who does not have a family or significant other with whom to celebrate. It feels like the whole world is with someone and, when you are not, that sense of isolation can be excruciatingly painful. Not having any plans for the holiday season and knowing you will…

The Senior Caregiver Forum of 2016 is screened on this video via Colorado’s MESA TV channel. It was produced as an educational aide for agency staff, caregivers and families who want more information on the changing nutritional needs of seniors. A panel of experts shared their thoughts. They were: Melanie Dennison – FB Organics, Kevin…

According to research presented by scientists at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, not all brain-training products get results. “The mistake some people make is thinking that all brain-training is the same,” said presenter Jerri Edwards, PhD, of the University of South Florida. “Lumping all brain training together is like trying to determine…

Carotenoids could be good for the elderly. A variety of studies (like this one) have indicated that diets which are rich in L and Z carotenoids, are extremely beneficial for the maintenance of good vision (enhancing acuity) and the deceleration of some age-related eye diseases. These carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) can be found in leafy…

It’s easy to make fun of the difficulties older people sometimes experience adjusting to all the new technologies popping up at an almost impossible to keep up with pace today. However, designers of these new technologies aren’t laughing as they realize that come 2030 people over the age of 65 will represent about 19% of…

Music is a great medium of therapy. It can take us back in time to a place that is filled with beautiful memories and feelings. For the elderly, this is especially good as they are often using therapy to go back to good times, rather than the younger people who visit therapy to revisit bad…

There are many reasons to stay active as we age. It is well documented that daily activity keeps your body strong, keeps your mind working at a good clip, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of diabetes. Another extremely important benefit of staying active is the effect it has on muscle mass. After age…

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