New Blog Series — “Friends Talk”

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September 15th, 2021 Publication No Comments

Friends Life Care is a Quaker-values based, nonprofit organization. We help to take care of members who choose to age at home. In my position as a plan counselor, I am often asked how Quaker values are incorporated into the work we do.

This begins a blog series on Quakerism.  In it, we will explore Quaker values and how they pertain to our organization, the members we serve and the work we do in our community.

Some of you who are reading this post may be Friends and already know much more than me about the history, values and expression of Quakerism.  For others, my…

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Letting go is difficult, even when it’s with cherished belongings.

But as older adults age in place – and often need less or must declutter – they face the challenge of deciding what to do with heirlooms, hard-earned belongings and outright excess.

While handing cherished belongings on to family members was once the norm, it’s popularity dims. Why? Younger generations grew up with inexpensive access to anything they could want or need. They aren’t inclined to hang on to what older adults might regard as “good stuff.”

On the bright side, when older adults part with …

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You’re never too old to learn, right? So now’s the right time to try adult continuing education.

Older adults have a multitude of options to learn and experience more these days. In some cases, you don’t have to leave where you love aging in place. In other cases, you can get out, meet new people, learn in exciting environments and experience new adventures.

Even better, you can find adult continuing education that fits almost any schedule and budget.

Haven’t convinced you to pursue it yet? Then consider this. Researchers found older adults who participate in lifel…

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Most older adults suffer from hearing loss – and it can have negative social, physical and mental effects on you.

But it doesn’t have to. Many older adults with some hearing loss can adjust and overcome any setbacks it might cause.

Nearly 25% of people ages 65 to 74 have some hearing loss. Half of those who are 75 and older suffer from it, according to research compiled by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

So if you’re aging in place, it’s likely you have or will experience some hearing loss. Or your spouse, family members or fri…

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How well do you communicate? It’s an important question for older adults who choose to age in place.

Even more important is your answer – because the better you communicate the better your quality of life can be.

As we age, our vision, hearing and cognitive processing change. In fact, more than 40% of people over age 65 report hearing problems and 26% have writing problems, according to research published in the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

Older adults don’t see, hear and understand the same as they always did. Unfortunately, that ca…

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