Tips and Information

Cold and the Elderly
Do any of your elderly relatives live where it’s cold? If so, you may want to make sure precautions are taken to avoid hypothermia, a potentially serious condition in which body temperature drops and stays low...

Accident Prevention
Accidental injuries occur more often later in life and tend to result in more serious injuries; therefore, attention to safety is especially important for older people...

Assessing the Situation
As people age, their needs and capabilities will change. They may have trouble getting around the house, or difficulty driving....

Checking Legal Issues for Older Adults
Having control over health care and financial decisions is something most older persons probably took for granted when they were younger. As they grow older, however, the possibility that they may become unable to exercise this control increases...

When the Heat Is On, Encourage Your Relative to Keep Cool
As people become older, their bodies become less able to respond to long exposure to heat...

Elder Services to Assist in Daily Living
Today many seniors want to be more independent. There are many services that can be provided at home to help the elderly stay independent as long as possible...

Exercising as a Senior
Regardless of your age, you can exercise and improve your health. Physical activity is good for your heart, mood, and confidence. Many older people think they are too old or too frail to exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth...

Encourage Your Older Relatives to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Few things in life are as eagerly anticipated as a good night’s sleep. However, many older people find that bedtime is the hardest part of their day...

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right for You?
The story is all too familiar. A couple has been careful with their money all their lives and has saved a reasonable amount for retirement. But then a long-term illness strikes...

Knowing Public Benefit Programs to Help Aging Adults
Often, older adults need help in paying for health care, food, and other services, and are unaware that there are programs available to help them...

Nursing Homes Aren’t the Only Option
For many older people, there comes a time when the lawn is too hard to maintain or the old neighborhood is too lonely. Perhaps health or financial problems start to make living alone impossible. Leaving behind a long-time home and independent life can be frightening...

Parents Caring for Parents
The crunch of the middle years may be very real to people balancing home, family, and a job. During the period when families are launching children into adulthood, many are also caring for aging parents...

Preventing Falls and Fractures
An injury from falling can limit a person’s ability to lead an active, independent life. This is especially true for older people...

The Bone Thinner
One in four women over age 60 and nearly half of all people over 75 suffer from osteoporosis, the bone thinner...

The Holiday Season and Your Older Relative
The holiday season is usually one of the happiest times of year, but for older relatives it can sometimes be less than joyful...