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Reimagining the Holidays: Finding a Portal to Smarter Aging

— For all who dream about just skipping the holidays this year, as John Grisham’s family decided to do in his novel “Skipping Christmas” – there really are alternatives. If lessons learned during Covid-19 hold true, finding meaning without a lot of pressure is a worthy goal for this special time of year. This goal is... Read More

A Queen’s Guide to Smart Aging

— It’s hard not to admire Queen Elizabeth’s poise and resiliency during her 70-year reign. Not only was she one of the most famous seniors of our time, but she was also a poster child for Smart Aging™. As older adults, we can learn a thing – or two or three – from the queen’s daily... Read More

Eating Well, Aging Well

— Eating for Health and Wellness at Any Age We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” No matter your age, a nutritious diet is essential to maintaining energy and a healthy weight. It can even help prevent chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Early research... Read More

Understanding the Assisted Living Community

— Who – When – How? Moving to an assisted living facility is an important life decision for older adults and their family. How do you know when it’s the right time? What is the difference between assisted living and independent living? And how do you pick the best option? Like most important decisions, researching the... Read More

Storms, Floods & Other Disasters: Don’t Worry, Be Ready

— If you live in Houston, you’ve probably heard that hurricane season is upon us. And you know what that means, especially if you have an older family member’s welfare to consider. It’s time to prepare. Whether your loved one lives alone, in a care facility, or in your own home, there’s a lot to be done to keep your family as safe as possible. Each... Read More

A Healthy Financial Life is Key to Aging

— May is Aging Life Care/Older Americans Month. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over many years of experience as an Aging Life Care® Professional, our profession is always evolving. I recently attended the Aging Life Care Association Conference in Florida. It’s an annual gathering of like-minded professionals and a wonderful opportunity to learn about... Read More

Personalized Care: What Every Older Adult Wants and Deserves

— Over the past two years, doctor visits certainly have changed. Virtual calls and online communications are now as common as traditional office visits. The shift may be convenient, but for older adults, it’s not always easy to adapt to this new way of interacting. And when doctor visits of any kind typically last only a... Read More

Dementia’s Life Lessons: Relationships and Love Evolve

— By Janet Jackson-McCulloch As wonderful as Valentine’s Day can be, it can also serve as a painful reminder of happier times when you love someone with dementia. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that along with my decades of professional experience with this heartbreaking illness, I also understand it on a personal level. My mother-in-law had... Read More

Help! I Can’t Find a Caregiver for My Loved One

— 3 Important Ways We Can Ease Your Mind By: Janet Jackson-McCulloch  It takes a special person to choose a career as a caregiver. If you’ve ever tried to care for someone in need, even someone you love, for any length of time, you know how challenging the job can be. The hours are long, the... Read More

On the Road Again: Traveling with a Loved One who has Dementia

— By: Janet Jackson-McCulloch  With the holidays just around the corner, millions of Americans will hit the road to visit family and friends. It’s an opportunity to meet new grandchildren, see extended family, or simply be a tourist. But if you’re thinking about traveling with a loved one who has dementia, how do you begin to... Read More
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