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 |2023-08-05T14:01:04-04:00August 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 |2023-08-03T09:32:18-04:00August 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 |2023-08-03T09:32:19-04:00August 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 |2023-08-03T09:32:20-04:00July 27th, 2020|

“The Bachelor” Shows Views on Seniors’ Relationships Have Evolved

You may be familiar with ABC’s TV reality show “The Bachelor.” It’s basically a 21st-century spin on “The Dating Game,” where a single man meets and dates 30 “contestants” over the course of the TV season. Each week a number of women are given a rose by the bachelor, indicating they get to continue on [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:32:20-04:00July 13th, 2020|

Who Gets the Ventilator? Age Shouldn’t Be the Deciding Factor

In recent days, states across the U.S. have shattered their previous COVID-19 infection and hospitalization numbers. Startling data reveals that more than half of the country is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 patients, with numerous cities approaching full capacity in their hospitals’ ICUs. In some areas, the positivity rate for tests is in the [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:40:57-04:00July 6th, 2020|

How Senior Living is Evolving to Meet Future Demand

Within the next decade, children in the U.S. will be outnumbered by elderly Americans, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the number of seniors (people age 65 and older) will roughly double between now and 2030. With this dramatic demographic shift, we will have to face a new challenge: caring for [...]

By |2024-01-19T00:38:29-05:00June 1st, 2020|

A New Case for the Continuing Care at Home Model?

I often mention the AARP statistic that roughly 85 percent of people age 65 and older say they want to remain in their current home as they grow older. There are several reasons commonly cited for wanting to “age in place”: a belief that staying in the home will be the most economical option; a [...]

By |2023-10-13T07:28:19-04:00May 18th, 2020|

Higher Ed: Marijuana Use Increasing Among Seniors

Image credit: Business Insider While at the federal level, marijuana is still an illegal drug, recreational and medical marijuana/cannabis use has been legalized in 11 states and Washington, D.C., for people over age 21. (Another 22 states have legalized use of marijuana only for medical purposes.) While legalization has naturally led to increased [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:02-04:00April 27th, 2020|

Willow Valley Communities: A COVID-19 Prevention Case Study

Pictured: Townhomes at Providence Park on The Manor campus of Willow Valley Communities (photo credit: Willow Valley Communities) The COVID-19 virus has been especially lethal to older people, as exemplified by a tragic statistic revealed last week by Pennsylvania’s Department of Health. Of the state’s 700+ COVID-19 deaths, approximately 52 percent have been residents of [...]

By |2024-01-19T21:46:23-05:00April 20th, 2020|
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