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Arriving Safe and Sound

Knowing the risks and taking precautions for senior drivers Walter Jones had considered himself a safe driver since he was a teenager. In nearly 60 years, he had received only one parking ticket and a warning from a police officer for speeding. Since his 75th...

Legal Considerations for Seniors

Proper preparation can bring piece of mind I consider myself a planner. I like to know ahead of time what needs to be done this weekend, next week, even for next summer’s vacation. But when it comes to legal and financial issues that should be addressed, I, like many...

Lessons From the Blue Zones

Analyzing centenarians and the keys to a long and happy life Do you want to live to be 100 years old? Most people I speak with on my travels say “no,” with the caveat that if they could be guaranteed good health and happiness, they might consider it. Living a century...

From one caregiver to another…

Dealing with dementia-related care takes knowledge and patience Over 30 years ago, I started working with families and professional caregivers of people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as the executive director of an Alzheimer’s Association chapter....

Caring for Yourself

Being responsible for assisting an elderly family member is important, but so are you Did you know more than 42 million people in the U.S. are family caregivers? You may be one and not realize it. Caregiving is hands-on assistance, but may also include errands, making...

Navigating the Stages of Care

Understand the services available to help you in caring for your elderly loved one For several years Pam Johnson cared for her husband, Joe who suffered from advanced diabetes, a chronic lung condition, and who was becoming increasingly forgetful. Pam and Joe’s...

Creating a Plan

The holidays can be an opportunity to discuss emergency plans for aging family members It’s human nature to plan for the “fun” events – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. But when it comes to the not-so-fun things, many people tend to put off creating...

Safety Precautions for Senior Citizens

Educate before you medicate Phyllis Brown was one of the rare 75-year-olds who had never taken medication, other than a daily vitamin and an occasional aspirin. When Phyllis fell, broke her hip, and returned home after three months in rehab, she had a regimen of four...

Socialization, Activities, and Camaraderie

Fauquier Senior Center offers these keys to remaining engaged and avoiding isolation Brenda was a bookkeeper for 31 years. She looked forward to retirement when she could travel, garden, and sleep late. After leaving her job, however, Brenda found that she missed...

Financial Vigilance

Caution senior citizens: deception lurks around the holidays. After Mary Grigsby’s husband died, she was proud of the fact that she was able to live alone and take care of herself, even though her daughter, Meg, was concerned as Mary entered her 80s. She still drove,...

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