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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One of the best things about summer: the food! And it’s easier than other times of the year to eat healthy.

That’s partly because there’s an abundance of fresh, in-season foods available. Older adults who want to age in place can also cook more often in one of the healthiest ways – that’s on the grill.

“Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life,” says Kathy McManus, Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in her research on Harvard Health Publishing. “M…

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