Activities for seniors

Activities of daily living: What are they and how are they used?

Assessing when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one or client can be tough. Independence is a hard thing to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. The six activities of daily living (ADLs) and the eight instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can be... more

32 senior discounts for clothing, food and travel

If you're over 50, you can start cashing in on senior discounts. Many stores offer their senior shoppers some form of a deal, but it's often available only on a specific day or at certain times.  Discounts can change and might vary for national chains, so make... more

What is respite care?

When you’re caring for your aging parent or another elderly loved one, you may think you can do it all on your own. But for most people, juggling caregiving responsibilities with one’s own needs can eventually lead to major stress and burnout. This is where respite care comes in. Respite... more

What to include on a daily schedule for adult and senior caregivers

When an adult or senior caregiver comes to your loved one’s home, there are lots of new routines and instructions to learn and follow. You can help familiarize your caregiver with your loved one's schedule right from the start by providing them with a detailed list. A good daily schedule... more

10 things grandchildren can learn from their grandparents

The relationship between a grandchild and grandparent is a very special one. While grandparents provide unconditional love and often act as an authority figure, they also get to spoil their grandkids in a way parents simply can't. But beyond that, grandparents also wield incredible influence. Here are 10 things grandchildren... more

Intentional communities 101: Your guide to a social option for seniors

One third of seniors are lonely, according to the latest National Poll on Healthy Aging. Loneliness can have a very real impact on one's physical and mental health, putting people at higher risk for everything from high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, anxiety and depression to heart disease... more

How to support aging family members during the holidays

Forty-three percent of seniors report feeling lonely on a regular basis, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During the holidays, those numbers may be amplified, thanks to the “holiday blues,” which can cause irritability, fatigue and sadness, according to the American Psychological Association. Knowing... more

Screen time could be the drug-free mood-booster every person with dementia needs

Anyone who has cared for a senior with dementia and its accompanying negative moods — from confusion to anger, sadness to apathy — has probably wished they could flick a magic wand and turn that mood around, STAT. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Generation Connect... more