How can we create inclusive communities that enable individuals living with cognitive impairment or dementia to be more engaged and socially integrated? Elder Care Alliance is addressing this issue through development of innovative programs such as Erasing Boundaries for Business, a training program in the pilot stage to help create inclusivity for individuals living with… Read More Erasing Boundaries for Business: Dementia Inclusion Training
If you’ve always loved to travel, you can continue to enjoy your hobby as you get older. And, if you’ve dreamed of visiting faraway destinations, there’s no time like the present to get started. In this two-part series, we offer some tips for making the most of your travels, along with fantastic destinations for older… Read More Part I: Travel Tips for Older Adults (Next month, Part II: Best Places for Seniors to Travel)
Research has linked hearing impairment with a higher chance of cognitive decline as people age. Based on a new study, vision impairment may pose the same risks. Using data on two large groups of older adults, researchers found that individuals who had trouble with distance vision had as much as three times the risk of… Read More Vision and Hearing Loss, Their Role in Cognitive Decline
If you or a loved one are considering a move to senior housing, you may encounter several options for active, independent individuals. What is the difference between active adult communities and independent living, and what should you know to make the best choice for you? Active Adult Communities Active adult communities have emerged in recent… Read More What’s the Difference Between Active Adult vs. Independent Living?
As the U.S. population grows older, ageism remains a common form of discrimination. In both subtle and overt forms, unfair treatment confronts older people in the workplace, at the doctor’s office, in the media and online. Ageism springs from false stereotypes that paint older people as having physical and mental impairments. Such stereotypes also promote… Read More Celebrate Getting Older, Combat Ageism and Alter Perceptions
Most people are aware that high blood pressure can be dangerous and is a top cause of heart attacks and strokes. But do you know what constitutes healthy blood pressure? Historically, doctors have considered blood pressure above 140/90 as worrisome, but new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology have changed that standard. Readings over… Read More New Blood Pressure Guidelines and How They Might Affect You
If you are a senior adult with type 2 diabetes, you may be at increased risk for bone fractures. As part of a three-year study of 1,000 people by Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research in Boston, researchers recently found that older adults with diabetes had weakness in their bones that traditional bone density testing failed to… Read More Are You at Risk for Bone Fractures?
Do you have memories you would enjoy writing about or some that you want to better understand? The Villa at San Mateo is hosting a special class on March 20: Tell Your Story: Learn to Write About Your Life. Based on the techniques of Guided Autobiography, the class provides a structure to help you begin… Read More Special March 20 Class Shows You How to Write About Your Life
If you’re considering a move to an independent senior living community, you may feel some anxiety about meeting people and making new friends. For people who tend to be shy or introverted, building relationships can take some planning and effort. Fortunately, in an independent living community like The Villa at San Mateo, you’ll find numerous… Read More Making New Friends at an Independent Senior Living Community
When your grandchildren visit, you may want to have activities planned that don’t involve video games or the TV. To make the most of your time together, consider some do-it-yourself projects that help strengthen your bond with your grandkids. Be sure to choose age-appropriate projects and consider your grandchild’s interests. As you progress, take plenty… Read More DIY Projects for Older Adults and Grandkids