seniors

Kids in Assisted Living: Everyone Wins

Posted on 04/3/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThere’s a children’s book series that has come out in the last year about a young girl named Carlyn and her visits to her grandmother in assisted living. It debunks the stereotypes about old people and long-term care. Here’s one line from Carlyn Meets Granny Girl’s New Friends: “Wow, this does not look like a place creepy people live, and I do not smell anything weird, either!” Carlyn said. There’s an even more interesting story behind the book. It’s written by …

Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

Posted on 03/22/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Warning: This article should not be read by anyone with a brain that is under the age of 50. You don’t need to be around adolescents very long before you realize that their brains work differently from those of adults, especially senior adults. What the youthful brain lacks in judgment and stability, however, is compensated for by its speed of learning and memory recall. But what if, through a simple flip of a molecular switch, we seniors could have it …

A Winter’s Tale: Helping Seniors Weather the Cold

Posted on 01/23/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThere’s a woman who sits in the square outside my office. Her name is Anna, and she’s 92. Her caregiver Magda wheels her there, just a couple blocks from her apartment, so she can feed the birds. Or, as Anna, a lifelong New Yorker, says, “the boyds.” Seeing Anna in the square is like seeing my friend Arthur at the theater. It’s her happy place. She could spend hours there, watching the boyds fly up to the rooftops and down …

Connecting Through Conversations

Posted on 01/17/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringBad drivers. Never listen. Take forever in the bathroom. Always look for a handout. Constantly complain. Based upon the list above, which age bracket do they best describe? This list of stereotypes was used to break the ice with a group of eight seniors (age seventy or older) and eight high school students (age eighteen or younger), where they were asked to raise their hands if they thought the statement referred to the other generation. After every item was read, …

Don’t Be Fooled: Social Security Not to Blame for Budget Woes

Posted on 01/3/2013 by | Social Security | Comments

PoliticsThe immediate frenzy over the fiscal cliff may have subsided, but the drama is far from over: Next on the agenda is a debate over spending cuts — a debate that promises to be as rancorous as the one we’ve just seen. Already, budget-cutters are taking aim at Social Security. Yes, the way to calculate cost-of-living adjustments — the chained CPI, unfriendly in name and in its impact on retirees — is already back in the picture (see related video). But …

The Gift I Didn’t Know I Needed

Posted on 12/26/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeBefore my Pop Pop died, we had a conversation about our conversations. “I miss our talks,” I said one night, sitting by his bed. It was August and, though the doctors said he was in good health, he was miserable. During the day, the pain consumed him and I wondered where my grandfather went, but for an hour or so at bedtime, the Pop Pop I knew came back. “I know you’re hurting, and it’s hard to think about anything …