Archive for 2021

Pets can help older adult’s enjoy life more and stave off loneliness. Research proves it. Pet lovers swear by it.

And now, a year after the onset of a pandemic, even the skeptical believe it. Pets can be a positive addition to almost any home, helping with mental and physical wellbeing.

Full disclosure: I was the skeptic about the virtue of pets – until the pandemic. Then I saw the power of a pet in an older adult’s life. My mother-in-law’s poodle was her lifeline. Woody was a constant companion, friendly buddy and fun distraction. He was a reason for her to exercise …

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You always planned to age in place. The pandemic – and stay-at-home orders that followed – probably accelerated the plan. Fortunately, you have endless options to bring your favorite activities home.

Even as more older adults get the COVID-19 vaccine, you still want to stay safe. And that may mean sticking close to home for some time. But you don’t have to – or will want to – miss activities, luxuries or traditions you enjoyed outside the home.

Instead, make home your haven for everything you love.

Here’s how to do your favorite activities at home, plus tips to hel…

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After many months of staying safe at home, you probably noticed some work could be done around the house! So now’s the time for DIY home projects.

Don’t be fooled – or scared – by the word “projects.” There are plenty of achievable and worthwhile tasks that will improve your quality of life while aging in place.

Even better, we have some you can do that will improve the safety of your home. And we have some that will improve the quality of your surroundings. And whatever you choose to do should be enjoyable and rewarding.

Here are several DIY home projects (that’s …

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5 tips for safe spring cleaning

By Michele McGovern
March 15th, 2021 Health & Wellness No Comments

Time to turn the page on winter doldrums and give a nod to spring. And no better time than now to think about spring cleaning, whether you endear or dread it.

Spring cleaning will help clear your home and mind – a sort of physical and mental decluttering.

Of course, older adults want to put personal safety at the forefront of any cleaning effort so you can continue to age in place for years to come.

With that always in mind, here are five tips to get your home clean for the spring.
Start with a list
Write it on a piece of paper or make notes in your tablet. But b…

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Ah, finally time to get back into the Spring of things! If you were cooped up this winter, you’re probably ready to get out and enjoy springtime activities again.

Those activities might hold more meaning this year, as many older adults hunkered down for nearly a year to stay safe and healthy in the pandemic. Now, many people have or hopefully will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

And springtime might feel like the right time to get active and outside again – with safety in mind, of course.

So, whether you want to try something different this year, or stick to hobbies,…

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