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The Snowball Effect on Independence

The new year is an exciting time: One of new beginnings and the opportunity for change that no other time of year seems to represent. Now is a good time to take stock of all areas of your life or your elderly loved ones’ lives to make sure they’re prepared for life’s unknowns, especially if they want to continue living independently in their home. After last year and the pandemic [...]

By |2021-01-21T19:22:58+00:00January 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Our Sense of Purpose Affects Our Health and Independence

No matter our age, having a sense of purpose or meaning to life propels us to be healthier and happier overall, according to recent research. A sense of purpose can be defined as having a sense of direction and that there is true meaning to our present and past life. One’s purpose can vary from person to person and can change with the specific life stage we are in. For [...]

By |2020-12-16T16:49:01+00:00December 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Social Health

Humans are social beings and we need connection with and to each other to thrive. Study after study demonstrates that when we feel lonely or isolated, we have a higher risk for physical and mental conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and even death, according to information from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). It’s the feeling of loneliness that seems to be most [...]

By |2020-10-16T22:46:22+00:00October 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Is Interdependence? Why We Need to Plan for It

When it comes to retirement and aging, many of us don’t think twice about planning for our golden years. It can be exciting to look ahead and prepare financially for that time and place to do what we’ve always wanted to do like traveling, taking up a new hobby, visiting grandchildren or even starting a second career. Aside of the enjoyable aspects of life in retirement, we also have to [...]

By |2020-09-22T18:02:31+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emotional Health

How we react emotionally to chronic stress can have a cascading effect on our physical health.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. If left unchecked, the stress we feel may contribute to serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other physical illnesses. It also can lead to mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to information from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).   And [...]

By |2020-09-09T16:56:37+00:00September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Financial Independence

Financial Independence is having enough income to pay for regular living expenses without working for the rest of their life. Assistance may be needed with the preparation of bills or taxes. As we grow older, one of the main stressors that will never leave is the burden of finances. Handling finances becomes increasingly difficult with age, not to mention the added stress of wondering how to pay for care as [...]

By |2020-07-23T21:03:43+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Independence|0 Comments

Physical Independence

Maintaining Physical Independence Our cognition dwindles with age, but so does our body. In fact, our physical health often goes first. It can be hard to notice the small and gradual physical declines from day to day, which can make it difficult to know when we need to start asking for help. The relative rates at which our bodies start to give out are what separate us, and will ultimately [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:41:05+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Aging In Place|0 Comments

Cognitive Health

Cognitive health allows us to make decisions and perform tasks through thought, experience, and the senses. Naturally, with age, our cognitive abilities will decline which impacts our ability to recall or remember, perform simple math, and the ability to reason or judge. When our cognition starts to diminish, the feeling of overwhelm may take over while we try to keep up with everything as if nothing has changed. As an [...]

By |2020-06-16T15:44:21+00:00May 21st, 2020|Aging In Place|0 Comments

Support Independence At Home

6 Ways to Support Independence At Home (While Social Distancing) During this difficult time, many elders are vulnerable, isolated, alone and likely afraid. Together we can keep them safe and encourage a sense of community, despite social distancing. We have put together a list of activities that your clients can engage with to help them maintain their independence. Each activity supports a different area of independence: cognitive, physical, financial, emotional, [...]

By |2020-03-31T05:37:37+00:00March 31st, 2020|Aging In Place|0 Comments

Planning to Age

Much has been written regarding “getting your affairs in order.” Too often planning is geared towards incapacity; a will, power of attorney, and advanced directives are created. What is overlooked is the importance of planning for what happens in the years prior to incapacity. There is a stage between independence and incapacity that require careful planning. The interdependent stage of aging is when the person can manage their life but [...]

By |2020-02-28T02:24:10+00:00October 24th, 2019|Aging In Place|Comments Off on Planning to Age
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