senior health

CCRC Residents Share Their Thanksgiving Gratitude

It has been a trying year for nearly everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought anxiety, loneliness, and sorrow, yet we’ve also seen countless examples of people lifting each other up and embracing (figuratively) what truly matters most in life. With this in mind, and as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I asked residents of several continuing care [...]

By |2021-04-12T08:51:45-04:00November 23rd, 2020|

Another Study Finds Potential Health Benefits to Living in a CCRC

In a recent blog post, I shared the results of an interesting study out of Washington State University that found that where you live can influence your lifespan. It looked at people’s gender, race, and education level, as well as locales’ walkability, socioeconomics, and working-age population and tied it to the number of centenarians in [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:04:34-04:00October 26th, 2020|

Does Your Location Determine Your Lifespan?

Is it possible that where you live could determine how healthy you are and how long you live? There’s mounting evidence that the answer to this question may be yes. I’ve written before about so-called “Blue Zones” — areas around the world that have a higher-than-average number of centenarians (people reaching age 100+). A recent [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:06:21-04:00October 12th, 2020|

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Thoughts About Senior Living

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life with many people becoming sick, losing loved ones, losing jobs, and/or struggling with childcare. Throughout all of this, I have been mindful of how the pandemic is affecting people mentally, especially seniors who are in the highest-risk category for the virus. And I’ve also wondered [...]

By |2021-04-12T10:43:09-04:00October 5th, 2020|

Kindness Matters: How Volunteering Can Benefit Seniors’ Health

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” -- Fred Rogers (a.k.a., Mr. Rogers) There is plenty of bad news to go around lately. From news updates on COVID-19 to stories [...]

By |2021-04-18T05:48:40-04:00September 21st, 2020|

Is It Safe for Seniors to Travel?

Many older Americans worked hard for decades, rarely taking time off. This is why one of the activities that people often look forward to with their retirement is having the freedom to travel. So that raises the question: Is it safe for seniors to be travelling right now? Or should seniors hit the breaks on [...]

By |2021-04-12T05:54:54-04:00September 14th, 2020|

Eliminating Taboos to Help Address Anxiety Among Seniors

If you’ve been feeling a little stressed lately, you’re far from alone. The COVID-19 crisis has created elevated anxiety levels for many people. People can experience feelings of anxiety in a number of ways, but it is often described as feeling worried, nervous, irritable, or “on edge.” Some people with anxiety feel a sense of [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:00:55-04:00August 31st, 2020|

The Evolution of Senior Living in the U.S.

I hope you have been enjoying our new audio podcast, entitled “Aging is a Trip,” which takes a candid, but lighthearted look at numerous aspects of aging and retirement. Dr. Karen Wilson In a recent two-part interview, I was honored to speak with Dr. Keren Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in gerontology and [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:02:49-04:00August 17th, 2020|

CCRC Life Enrichment Programs Add Extra Value During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had countless negative consequences. Over 150,000 Americans have lost their lives, and millions of others have become sick. Many people have lost their jobs and thousands are on the brink of losing their homes. It’s a stressful time for almost everyone. Caring for CCRC residents, physically and emotionally This has been [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:44:11-04:00August 3rd, 2020|

What Does It Mean to Be an “Elder”?

Our new audio podcast, Aging is a Trip, has already gotten great feedback from listeners. Each episode is intended to take a candid, but lighthearted look at various aspects of aging and retirement. In the first installment, I interviewed Dr. Keren Wilson, who is considered the originator of the “assisted living” concept as we know [...]

By |2021-04-12T10:53:31-04:00July 27th, 2020|
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