The Internet is a powerful resource that has transformed the way we live, learn and connect with others around the world. Unfortunately, the Internet isn’t always used for good. Online scammers are constantly looking for new ways to take advantage of others, and older adults are often their targets. Seniors tend to be more trusting than younger people and often have more wealth and better credit, making them more attractive to scammers.
The good news is that it’s possible to minimize your risk of cyber crimes by being proactive and have a clear understanding of what to look for. Here are some tips that can help you avoid from being scammed in your golden years.
Topics: Social Wellness
The Christmas season is always special, and retired seniors often find they have more time on their hands during the holidays than in past years. Since older adults are usually past the point of decorating their homes for large dinner parties and celebrations, it is important that they plan other activities that help them enjoy the Christmas season. Consider including one or more of these activities in your plans this December.
The holidays are fast-approaching, which means many people are gearing up to do some serious shopping. Most Holiday sales start around Thanksgiving and last until the New Year. While it can be fun to shop for the perfect gifts for loved ones, it can also present a few challenges, especially for older adults. Consider these tips to make your holiday shopping a safe and enjoyable experience.
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday for older adults who savor memories of family gathering around the dinner table. In addition to the annual Thanksgiving feast, there are many other activities seniors can enjoy while making the day festive and fun.
It’s October! And with the new season comes the first celebration of fall—Halloween! You may think of Halloween as a holiday just for kids, but there are several ways to celebrate, regardless of your age. Looking for fun ways to get in the Halloween spirit? Here are some fun Halloween activities for seniors to enjoy this fall.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over the age of 65? In fact, each year 1 in 4 adults 65 and older suffer a fall, and over 800,000 of those people are hospitalized, according to the CDC.
A fall can result in serious injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to feel fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to lead an active lifestyle. If you have an aging parent, grandparent or neighbor in your life, helping them minimize their risk of a fall is an important way to help them stay safe and independent in their home for as long as possible.
The first step in fall prevention for older adults is understanding the main causes of falls and ways to prevent them. Falls don’t have to be an inevitable part of aging. Instead, seniors and their loved ones can start employing preventive measures now to reduce the likelihood of a serious injury.
Today, many seniors are recognizing the advantages of downsizing. After a lifetime of work, raising children and a number of other responsibilities, choosing a smaller dwelling space in retirement can reduce housing costs, eliminate many maintenance tasks and free up time to enjoy your passions and pursue new hobbies.
Topics: Senior Living Decisions
Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Living with prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are elevated but not enough to be considered within the type 2 diabetic range. Without serious lifestyle changes, prediabetes can turn into type 2 diabetes, a chronic health condition in which your body is unable to effectively absorb glucose for metabolism, resulting in high blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to an array of health complications including stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and a string of other life-threatening health issues.