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Grief and Loss are Normal Parts of Life

Grief can take many forms, and people tend to deal with it in different ways.

Isolation: Our Choice

In a recent study, the National Council on Aging estimated that 17% of all Americans over the age of 65 are isolated because they live alone and face one or more barriers related to geographic location, language, or disability. According to the findings in the report, the most prominent individual-level risk factors for older adults who become isolated are living alone, having a physical impairment, losing a partner and/or close friend, and losing an important role such as employment.

Senior Home Sharing

Shared housing is a growing trend and movement that can prolong living at home and in one’s community. One reason is that the demand for affordable housing that meets the needs of elders far outweighs the supply, and the services provided are limited in their ability to keep residents in their homes as health care needs change.

Positive Thinking: A Vital Role in Achieving Health and Happiness

Positive thinking does not necessarily mean avoiding difficult situations. Instead, positive thinking means making the most of potential obstacles, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing ourselves and our abilities in a positive light.

Valentine’s Day — What is it all about?

Valentine’s Day has long been one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States. In the second half of the 1800s, particularly after the Civil War, the celebration was a major event in the United States, surpassed only by the popularity of Christmas.

The New Year: Planning for 2023

It has been a month already of the new year 2023. Now that we have done all the partying for starting a new year, it is an ideal time to explore ourselves and set goals.

Value of Volunteering

Since it is the season of giving, one of the most valuable ways to give is to volunteer. Volunteers help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise at no cost. No matter what kind of volunteer work you do, you are contributing in invaluable ways.

Ageism Impact

Ageism is a popular term which is a specific pathological fear (or phobia) of aging. In his original formulation of ageism Dr. Butler noted that, with respect to age, prejudice could move in other directions. For example, prejudice of the old toward the young. On the one hand, age as a social construct conveys power and authority, and on the other hand, it often means powerlessness and loss of authority.

Telehealth: A Positive Program from COVID

Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows for a long-distance patient and clinician to have contact, care, advice, reminders, education, […]

We Need to Deal with Death

Although intellectually we all know that one day we shall die, generally we are so reluctant to think of our death that this knowledge does not touch our hearts or […]

Sex and Aging

What comes to mind when you think about sex and aging? A sweet old couple holding hands in their rocking chairs or just not envisioned at all with elders? Well, […]

It is the Season of Giving

Studies have demonstrated the benefits of giving — not just for the recipients but for the givers’ health and happiness, and for the strength of entire communities. One of the […]

Caregiving Advocacy for Elders

Lawrence J. Weiss and Lynda Hascheff Families—not institutions—provide the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled persons. These families know the enormity of the burden in caring for someone […]

Caregiver Advocacy

Family Caregiving is a public health and economic security issue. Caregiving is a journey unlike any other. To those who have not yet traveled this road, you need to know […]

Love in Later Life

Falling in love and having an intimate relationship is critical for life satisfaction and it isn’t reserved just for the young. Everyone wants and needs to feel love and that […]

Acceptance of Others: A Path to a Happier World

Acceptance in human psychology is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, […]

Loneliness and Isolation: Huge Public Health Problems

Loneliness can affect anyone of any age and background – from an older person mourning the loss of a life partner to a young person who simply feels different and […]

Teach Me To Grow Healthy: The Intergenerational Community Garden and Indigenous Foods Program

This month’s article describes a program that was developed by three very innovative and industrious people who currently work on it and contributed significantly to writing this article: Augustin Jorquez, […]

The New Year: Making New Year’s Resolutions and Changing Behavior

Wow! What a year 2020 has been with COVID, the horrible weather, the hatred and decisiveness throughout our country, and the major electronic hacking into the U.S. government systems. A […]

Healthy Aging: Adding Life to Years

Baby Boomers are one of the largest generations in American history. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, number about 71.6 million in the US as of 2019. The age wave […]