Historically people dressed their age or even older.  Back in the day – especially when people weren’t living as long – a grandmother/nana/grandma really looked the part.  These days grannies can be as young as their mid-40s and certainly don’t want to dress like an old lady.  Plus, fashions have come such a long way…

Many senior drivers grapple with the issue of driving. At what age should seniors stop driving? Is it safe to drive locally? What about highway driving? For seniors who decide to give up driving, this can often be a difficult experience due to the loss of independence it represents. The choice is often a painful…

Reminiscence therapy is a form of therapy that can be used to support elderly patients. This form of treatment engages the use of senses—sight, smell, taste, touch, sound—to help people with dementia recall memories and past events. Photographs and music can act as catalysts that help access pockets of intact long-term memories. Reminiscence therapy centers…

New fields that combine differing specialties have emerged over the past few years. Examples of these “hybrid fields” include medical authors—doctors who are also authors; and behavioral economists, psychologists who study how people spend money. A new focus on supporting the elderly has begun to overlap with several fields. For instance, Leon Watts, a contractor…

As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, it can be leveraged to help seniors who are experiencing a health crisis. Specific programs can record the movements of the elderly, providing details such as eating and sleeping patterns. This information can be used to alert caregivers to physical or cognitive changes. These programs, which can be…

The title of world’s oldest person is a very prestigious one and reports this week there may be some conflict over this. This shouldn’t be a surprise – record keeping a hundred-plus years ago wasn’t what it is today. We’re talking about around the year 1900 – a year when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz…

According to new research, seniors may benefit from joining a choir. Singing together is an inexpensive, uplifting activity that has proven social benefits. Researchers at the University of California collaborated with the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and the San Francisco Community Music Center to study the effects joining a choir had…

Police departments in several cities have set up phone systems to help care for the elderly. These systems ensure that seniors receive a phone call once or twice a day. These calls, which are automated, require that seniors confirm they are okay. Seniors can also request help if needed. Specific police departments, such as the…

Aging seniors may feel frustrated by an inability to travel and view the world. Excitedly, technology now offers a solution: virtual reality experiences. Virtual reality technology can provide seniors with an immersive, three-dimensional computer experience that lets them revisit their favorite places. Using footage from Google Maps, seniors can tour the world and enjoy nature…

Although retirement is a goal for many seniors, some people find retirement stressful. While some seniors enjoy the luxury of free time, others miss the discipline of the workday. Encore careers, or careers that begin in the second half of life, can provide a wonderful solution for some seniors. Encore careers are usually meaningful, flexible…

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