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Quality of Life

Quality of Life
The ultimate goal as we age is to maintain our quality of life with special emphasis on improving life in small increments on a daily basis. Find out how this can mean anything from a trip to a beauty parlor to something profound like communicating and preserving personal stories to create a special family legacy.

Reduce Stress, Fight Boredom and Improve Day to Day Life

  • Top 10 Reasons For Long Term Care Insurance

    Long term care insurance helps protect your retirement assets and savings in a time of crisis. Learn 9 more reasons it may make sense for you and your future needs.

  • Is it Time for a Nursing Home?

    The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reports, "of the almost 6 million adults age 65 and over with long-term care needs, only 20% receive care services in a nursing home or other institutional setting, with the remaining 80% receiving assistance at home and in the community." So how do you know when it’s time to make that move from home care to an nursing facility?

  • Making Smart Housing Decisions: ADLs and IADLs

    One of the most important factors when considering what type of long-term housing is appropriate for a senior is to carefully examine what are known as the ADLs and the IADLs.

  • New Concepts in Elder Housing: The Eden Alternative and Green Homes

    Green Houses and the Eden Alternative are elder housing approaches developed by Dr. William Thomas in the early 1990s. They are an innovative and bold step toward the radical overhaul of the system of housing and nursing care for the elderly. The Eden Alternative nursing homes and Green House project offer elders a warm, homey environment that minimizes the sterile, institutional atmosphere of most traditional nursing homes.

  • The Right Move: Working with a Senior Move Manager

    A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place. Senior move managers provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support and advocacy.

  • Telecare And Social Networking In One Tablet For Seniors

    Telecare provider Independa introduces social networking reworked for seniors. 

  • Keep Obesity And Knee Osteoarthritis From Shortening Healthy Years Of Life

    By: Julie Davis

    Obesity and knee osteoarthritis are chronic conditions in older Americans. Take steps to keep them from shortening years of healthy living. 

  • Holiday Sanity: A Healthy Recipe For Senior Fitness

    Good lifestyle habits, like regular exercise and enough sleep, will mean a better holiday season for seniors.

  • What You Can’t Hear Can Hurt You

    Of all the reasons millions of Americans living with untreated hearing loss should consider hearing aids for their impairment, safety is at the top of the list.

  • Moving Forward: An Assessment Of Advances In Mobility And What’s Still Needed

    By: Julie Davis

    A symposium just held in Washington, DC, titled “ADA 20/20: Looking Back, Looking Forward on Mobility,” covered topics such as the long-term life benefits of mobility, current technology/support systems, gaps in education, current attitudes toward disability and future needs of Americans with disabilities.

  • Brain Fitness: How Brain Games May Preserve Memory

    By: Chris Iliades

    If you were in medical school just 20 years ago you might have been taught that the human brain was incapable of producing new brain cells.

  • 5 Steps To Save Your Brain

    An unfortunate reality is that unhealthy lifestyles lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, and brain-related health problems, all of which increase the risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s as well. The good news is that these conditions can be managed and even prevented by a healthy lifestyle.

  • The Effects of Parkinson’s and Steps to Ensure the Best Quality of Care

    By: Emma Dickison

    While celebrities, including Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali, have helped to increase name recognition of Parkinson’s disease, there remains a general lack of understanding about this neurological disorder. In honor of April being National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the focus of this article is to shed light on this chronic and progressive disease.

  • Restoring Movement With Physical Therapy

    By: Julie Davis

    Certain health conditions or diseases such as a stroke may result in the loss of muscle strength, mobility and range of motion in the joints. The goal of physical therapy is to restore—and help people regain—these important physical functions.

  • Occupation Therapy: Relearning Activities Of Daily Living

    By: Julie Davis

    Injury, disability, or diseases are among the factors that can affect the ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). Stroke, for example, is the number one cause of disability among American adults.

  • 10 Top Items For Senior Travel

    By: Julie Davis

    Whether you’re planning a two-week cruise or visiting out-of-town relatives for a few days over the holidays, senior travel can be great for the whole family. Traveling with an elderly loved one can be more than just manageable—you can all enjoy the time away from your usual routine. The secret to successfully traveling with a senior is taking along the equipment and daily living aids, usually in portable formats, that you depend on at home. Some versions are designed to fit flat in a suitcase to make bringing them even easier. Of course, these aids for seniors can also be ordered and shipped to your destination ahead of time.

    Lightweight Transfer Chair with Hand Brake

    "The wide array of daily living aids now available to seniors enables even those with limited mobility to travel more safely and comfortably than ever before,” explains Nathalie Kim of Carex, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and retailing of in-home, self-care medical products. “Our focus is every bit as much on quality of life as it is on quality of products, and so we've gone to great lengths to make certain seniors can rely on our products to help them enjoy the activities they've always enjoyed, including traveling. By planning ahead and bringing along such easy-to-transport items as support pillows, medication organizers, portable bath benches and lightweight walkers and totes, seniors can travel secure in their knowledge that they can stay independent and comfortable, even away from home.” 

  • Board Games: Fun At Any Age!

    By: Kathy Johnson

    Who doesn’t enjoy playing a great game with their family or friends, or even by themselves? My favorite thing about board games is that they are ageless. Everyone from a 5 year old to a 95 year old can enjoy them.

    Every time seniors play a card, board game or even computer game, they’re staying sharp—stimulating their brains and staving off the onset of dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease. This conclusion comes from long-time and recent studies that found that seniors who engage in mentally demanding leisure activities lowered their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia by as much as 75 percent.

  • Beauty & Barber Shops for Elders Aren't Just for Looks

    Quality of life issues are vital in elderly care circles. Whether you're a caregiver for an elderly parent in the home or overseeing care for someone in an assisted living facility or nursing home, it's up to caregivers, family members, and friends to ensure that our elders maintain dignity, self-respect and confidence in themselves. The best way to do that is to make sure that the elderly person or senior feels good about him or herself.

  • For the Elderly, Fighting Boredom is Essential for Quality of Life

    Boredom is an important quality of life issue for many senior citizens. When it comes to elderly home care or assisted living facilities, family caregivers must ensure that the physical, mental and emotional needs of seniors are being met. Those taking care of parents at home must also strive to provide stimulating activities in order to prevent loved ones from sinking into a pit of depression that's hard to climb out of.

  • Bridging the Generation Gap

    Communication between younger and older generations is the key to successfully encouraging children to connect with their elders.

  • Senior Online Dating: An Alternative For Finding A New Relationship

    By: Julie Davis

    Recent studies have shown that adults live happier and longer lives when in a relationship, and getting older doesn’t lessen our interest in having a nurturing, loving partner, and that could mean senior dating.

  • A New Scooter Concept From The Industry Founder Offers More Mobility Options

    When Al Thieme created the first power scooter over 40 years ago, he created a new industry. The company’s latest innovation, a foldable model that fits in a car trunk, offers occasional users a convenient mobility option. 

  • Enhancing Intimacy

    By: Barry McCarthy PhD

    In our excerpt of Dr. Barry McCarthy's landmark book, Rekindling Desire, every couple can find ways to bring sexual and emotional intimacy back into their relationship.

  • 7 Tech Friendly Recommendations for Baby Boomers & Seniors

    Get Granny and iPhone, and get one for yourself, too. These tech advances make life easier…and more fun.

  • Back Safety: Avoiding Pain in Your Own Backyard

    Caring for a loved one’s landscape doesn’t have to mean aches and pains for you.

  • Why Seniors Sleep Less

    By: Chris Iliades

    "Americans need more sleep. We may be the most sleep deprived culture in history," says Alan Kominsky, MD, an otolaryngologist and sleep specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center. "People sleep less as they get older and many seniors complain bitterly about lack of sleep."

  • Why Brain Fitness

    By: Dr. Michael Merzenich

    In this Q&A, neuroscience professor Michael Merzenich, PhD and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science explains why brain health is receiving increased attention, the signi?cance of new breakthroughs in neuroscience and actual and potential rami?cations of these advances.

  • The Facts On Baby Boomers & Hearing Loss

    Baby boomers are losing their hearing at a more rapid pace than past generations, but fail to seek the help they need to alleviate the affects of hearing loss. 

  • Home Modifications That Can Save Your Life

    By: Mark Lachs, M.D.

    These simple changes can improve your home environment and bathroom safety in particular to prevent falls.

  • Emphasizing The Human Element In Senior Facilities

    By: Julie Davis

    Assisted living, long-term care, nursing homes—regardless of the category name, many people have a dated concept of what these facilities look and feel like, regardless of the vital care they might provide. Leading senior care companies have been making serious efforts to make senior living facilities stylish and warm communities.

  • Cupid’s Arrow: For Our Health

    By: Aadil Palkhivala

  • Phone Captioning Lets You See Your Conversations

    By: Julie Davis

    A new phone captioning service lets you see what the person you’ve called is saying. 

  • Health, Happiness and Higher Quality Of Life

    By: Jeff Mariola

    Comedian Phyllis Diller once said, "Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home." People aged 65+ represent about one-eighth (12.6 percent) of the total US population of 308 million, and while many older Americans live active and independent lives, some turn to nursing homes for nurturing support. Nursing home residents hope and expect to be in a place where they will feel safe, comfortable and cared for by committed and caring individuals. Nursing home residents will likely live in accommodations that have more in common with a hotel than a hospital with a room of their own, access to gardens and lounges and three meals a day served in the dining room.

  • Helping Seniors Cast Their Ballots

    By: Steve Barlam

    Voting is a right and a duty that can be difficult to exercise if you’re a senior. Here are ways loved ones can help on election day.

  • What Disabled Seniors Want: Dignity And Control

    By: Julie Davis

    Helping disabled seniors live well as their own helps them have the quality of life they want.

  • Nurturing The Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship

    One of the most important relationships for seniors is the one they have with grandchildren. GrandCamp Adventures helps families nurture the grandparent and grandchild relationship.

  • Alcohol Drinking Among People Over 65

    By: Julie Davis

    “Moderate drinking” over 65 is not the same as it is younger in life. Here’s how to find your tipping point. 

  • Picking Summer Travel Destinations Suited to Seniors’ Needs

    By: Steve Barlam

    These tips will help seniors plan travel and pick places that offer rich, exciting experiences in an appropriate environment. 

  • Taking To The Road For Cancer Prevention & Awareness

    Follow naturopathic doctor Christina Tondora as she spreads her message of cancer awareness along a 20,000-mile motorcycle journey. 

  • Caregiving Help For The Sight-Impaired

    By: Deborah Quilter

    The caregiving needs of people with poor vision are greater than for other seniors. One woman’s new service points out the areas that may not be obvious to family members. 

  • Special Caregiving "Partners" Make Travel With Seniors Possible

    By: Julie Davis

    A great option for helping seniors on vacation is working with a local caregiver from a visiting nurse service, like New York’s Partners in Care. 

  • Brain Fitness Technology For Seniors

    By: Chris Iliades

    Retirement communities now emphasize brain health to improve quality of life. At Front Porch, life isn’t spent in a rocking chair. 

  • Depression Update: A New Side Effect And A New Treatment To Counter It

    By: Julie Davis

    Separate studies show that depression can make arthritis pain more severe while a new treatment approach using tai chi can battle depression and facilitate healthful, gentle movement.

  • A New Study Finds Brain Training Improves Real World Skills In Older Drivers

    A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) proves that the right kind of brain training can produce cognitive improvements that transfer to real-world skills

  • Healthy Aging: How Lifelong Learning Helps

    The first things that come to mind when we think of being healthy are medical care, diet and exercise. It’s also pretty well accepted that lifestyle has a significant bearing on our health and that there are many other factors that can affect senior wellbeing–both directly and indirectly.

  • Healthy Aging: How Volunteering Helps

    The prospect of healthy aging is what we strive for as we get older. But we often think of it as a lottery—having to play the cards that we’ve been dealt.

  • Living to Be 100: Is It in Your Genes?

    By: Chris Iliades

    At the end of the 20th century there were more than 50,000 Americans 100 years old or older. According to the Census Bureau, Americans over age 85 are the fastest growing segment of the older population.

  • Seniors Embrace Video Chats With Family Members

    By: Julie Davis

    Though some seniors feel uncomfortable with computer technology, one of the greatest advances of the modern era, computer chats that enable people to see each other virtually anywhere in the world through cameras in their computers, is improving the lives of nursing home residents living far from family members.

  • Voice Therapy: More Focused Approach To Regaining Your Voice

    By: Julie Davis

    Voice therapy is a program of exercises intended to bring the voice back to a level of adequacy that can satisfy your occupational, emotional and social needs. Physical and vocal exercises are involved along with adjustments in vocal hygiene and related behavior.

  • Depression in Seniors: Myth vs. Truth

    By: Chris Iliades

    Did you know that people over age 65 have higher rates of depression and suicide than the rest of the population? White men age 85 or older are almost five times more likely to take their own lives than the general population. Studies show that up to 75 percent of older adults visited their doctor within one month of taking their own lives.

  • Speech Therapy: Regaining The Ability To Communicate

    By: Julie Davis

    Speech therapy is the technique used to help you regain the ability to speak and communicate effectively. These functions may have been lost or impaired following a disease or trauma, such as a stroke, brain tumor or head injury.

  • Stroke Recovery: When You Need Vocational Rehabilitation

    By: Julie Davis

    For most of us, a large part of our sense of self-worth is invested in our vocation—the work we do. A stroke or any other disorder, injury or disease can do so much damage psychologically, on top of the physical devastation. For this reason, vocational rehabilitation, or vocational therapy, is a vital component in any stroke recovery program for stroke survivors or those who suffer any serious injury to the spine and head and a similar condition.

  • Can Aging Be “Cured”?

    By: Chris Iliades

    "Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come," wrote William Shakespeare. But what if death were not a necessary end? What if old age and death could be delayed or even defeated?

    According to a recent review published in the journal Gerontology, the theory that all cells have a limited lifespan, that body cells are programmed to die after a finite number of divisions, may not be absolute. In fact, genetic research has already discovered ways to regulate cell death and double the lifespans of several living organisms.

  • The Loss Of A Spouse…The Loss Of A Parent: Grieving Together

    By: Roberta Temes

    Roberta Temes, PhD, is a noted psychotherapist who has taught classes in death, dying and bereavement at schools such as Downstate Medical School and CUNY. She is the author of several books, including the award-winning Living with an Empty Chair: A Guide Through Grief and The Tapping Cure.

  • Brain Training

    The Brain Emporium, Northeast Ohio's first computerized brain fitness center, is a mind gymnasium where local elders can pump up their mental strength and increase their flexibility.

  • Creating Special Moments with Your Parents

    Many of us experienced it from our parents on an everyday basis without even realizing it–those special moments that soothed, comforted and pleased us through their actions, gestures and smiles. Now it's our turn to offer aging parents some special moments of their own.

  • Enriching Activities for the Elderly

    Recent studies have proven that boredom and depression can have a very real effect on physical, emotional and mental health. This doesn't just apply to teens or thirty-somethings. Actually, for seniors, boredom and depression can be lethal. Caregivers are often advised on methods to alleviate their own depression after long periods of caregiving, but what about the elderly being taken care of? Are their needs being met?

  • Creating a Family Legacy: The Gift That Lasts

    Enhancing quality of life for seniors involves more than physical care. It also means offering them a chance to be productive and important assets in today's society. Whether senior citizens live at home, assisted living facilities, or long-term nursing care facilities, they are important parts of the family dynamic; emphasizing their role can be key to increasing and improving quality of life for seniors.

  • Pet Ownership Reduces Stress, Benefits Health

    Call it what you will – pet therapy, pet-assisted therapy, or pets caring for elderly owners – the benefits of animal ownership for seniors have been documented and understood for decades. Pets help relieve stress, alleviate boredom and provide devotion and companionship for elders across the country.

  • Combating Ageism in Care Circles: Altering Perceptions

    Most of us limit the concept of prejudice to topics of race. Unfortunately, another type of prejudice is rampant in America, and pervades all aspects of society. It's called ageism. Ageism is generally defined as applying false stereotypes to individuals over a certain age, or a change in the way older people are treated in regard to their competence and value in society.

  • Keeping Elderly Parents Engaged and Happy: Quality of Life Issues

    Quality of life means living a well-rounded lifestyle. It means social interaction and physical activity that help maintain independence. Whether the parent lives in an assisted living facility or at home with the help of home health care workers, he or she needs enough mental, physical, and emotional stimulation to remain engaged in the process of living.