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Protect Seniors from Lonely Hearts Scams

— February is the month when romance is in the air—so it’s also a good time to raise awareness of a common scam that takes advantage of the natural human need for love and connection. Also called “romance scams” or “dating scams,” so-called “lonely hearts scams” are centuries old. In this scam, con artists begin a... Read More

“Should I Give Up Driving … Or Get a New Car?”

— December 2–6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week The inability to drive is one of the greatest challenges to senior independence. In some cases, this is simply the best choice. If advanced vision loss, severe mobility challenges or dementia make an elder unsafe behind the wheel, it’s time to learn about alternative transportation methods... Read More

Experts Offer New Insights into Senior Driving Safety

— The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries through research and education. The foundation has conducted many studies on older drivers, with the two-fold mission of extending the driving years of older adults, while ensuring they are safe drivers during those years. The emphasis... Read More

Reducing the Fall Risk of a Loved One Who Has Dementia

— September 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a time to call attention to the serious problem of falls among older adults. Each year one-third of all older adults will fall, and many of them are seriously, even fatally, injured. Anyone can fall and certain conditions that are common among older adults raise the risk. Those... Read More

At Every Age, We Want to Make a Difference

— Seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to share—and yet, say experts, today’s older adults may have few opportunities to do so! Said University of Toronto professor Markus Schafer, “While the average 65-year-old may well have more wisdom than the average 30-year-old, the latter typically has more opportunity for actually dispensing advice.” This lack of opportunity... Read More

Safer Walking for Senior Pedestrians

— Most of us know that exercise is a—if not the—top way to promote healthy aging. A good exercise program for seniors includes aerobic, muscle strengthening and balance activities. And it’s good to know that walking is a great way to get benefits in all those categories. But experts warn that walking around the sidewalks of our... Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

— Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people... Read More

Expanding the Life Space of Older Adults

— Some of the changes that age brings can tempt us to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for us to drive. We might feel less confident when we’re out and about, fearing that we will fall or get lost. Gradually we develop a... Read More

Make a Holiday Food Safety List and Check It Twice

— Days before Thanksgiving this year, government agencies warned of an outbreak of Salmonella bacteria in turkey products. And were you one of the many cooks who ended up throwing away the romaine lettuce that was earmarked for the salad after the E. coli scare? These two warnings right in a row might make us alert... Read More

Free Screening of The Age of Love in Houston

— Free Screening of The Age of Love Documentary – The Age of Love follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-a-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it’s an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors... Read More
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