When a Loved One Dies: The Five Stages of Grief

To live also means to die. As is often quipped, no one is getting out of this alive. Sadly, this means that we all are faced with our own mortality as well as the end of the lives of those we love dearly. As a family caregiver, the day most likely will come that you will survive the person for whom you are providing care. . . . READ THE REST

Things You Tell a Stranger

“Mom was never easy to get along with.” In the rush of emotions surrounding major life changes — like bringing someone new into your family’s home — surprising confessions, laments, and truths come out. . . . READ THE REST

September 2021 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

For those who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — has come out saying that older adults can start doing many things that they had put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to check out what the CDC considers to be "safer activities" that can experienced two weeks after a person is fully vaccinated and to read more recommendations regarding COVID-19 for older adults from the CDC. . . . READ THE REST

What Older Adults Need To Know About The HECM Government-Insured Reverse Mortgage

If you watch TV at all during the day, you’ve probably seen commercials for a loan known as a “reverse mortgage.” These loans are often directed and advertised specifically to older adults. . . . READ THE REST

How Older Adults Can Maintain A Healthy Sex Life

Many people want and need to be physically close to others as they grow older. For some, this manifests as a desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life. But as people get older, doing so might mean adapting sexual activity to accommodate physical, health, and other changes that come with age. . . . READ THE REST

Information and Knowledge Cure Fear For Those Considering In-Home Care For A Senior

Often, people who desperately need in-home care for a senior loved one still resist doing so. Why? For the same reason that people don't do things in general: fear. . . . READ THE REST

The Words We Are All Afraid to Say

“I don’t know.” I have now said this too many times to count. My message: be wary of those with definitive answers and complete certitude. . . . READ THE REST

August 2021 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

For those who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — has come out saying that older adults can start doing many things that they had put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to check out what the CDC considers to be "safer activities" that can experienced two weeks after a person is fully vaccinated. CLICK HERE to read more recommendations regarding COVID-19 for older adults from the CDC. With this in mind, we've gathered ideas regarding events, activities, and venues that can be once again enjoyed by fully vaccinated seniors in the Chicagoland area during the month of August 2021. . . . READ THE REST

How Much Physical Activity Is Enough for Older Adults?

Physical exercise is important for everyone, and even more so as we age. Ensuring we stay physically fit can help to prevent many of the illnesses and ailments that occur as we get older. For example, being active can help reduce the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Plus, maintaining or even increasing our muscle strength and flexibility can help us to continue our daily activities and make us less reliant on others. . . . READ THE REST

Atrial Fibrillation and Older Adults

As we age, several medical issues can become more common. Atrial fibrillation is one of these health concerns and is a type of heart arrhythmia. It is the most common arrhythmia in seniors, as age is a key contributing factor to its development. . . . READ THE REST