By Anna Hazard
While they may not come to mind as readily as their indoor equivalents, exterior structures such as decks, patios, porches, and balconies should also be tweaked so that they better fit the needs of seniors with aging-in-place in mind. Exterior spaces can be made into accommodating environments where a senior can safely enjoy a bit of fresh air or outdoor viewing without having to venture into the landscaping itself.
When it comes to decks, patios, porches and balconies the ultimate goal is to have an area that can be reached and navigated safely & easily while remaining relatively low maintenance. These types of structures are generally connected directly to the interior of the house through an entrance way and often include another exit out unto the yard, driveway, or exterior landscaping of the area.
By Brenda Kimble
Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. While they might still be their delightful, exhausting, rambunctious selves when you’re feeling your worst, they can always tell when something’s not quite right. And just like the rest of us, that can make them stress out and worry that the worst could possibly happen to someone they absolutely adore.
Stress isn’t healthy for anyone, whether you’re 5 or 85—and it’s not just your children who are piling it on. We’re also betting that wondering what to tell your kids about your symptoms and your bad days isn’t great for your mental health, either.
In fact, telling your children what’s up can help you teach them healthy communication skills along with empathy and compassion. There are many reasons to fill your littlest loved ones in on the basics of your chronic illness and what it means for you and your family. Here’s how to get it right.
By Anna Hazard
Gardening is a major recreational activity undertaken by more than 78 million people in the USA (nearly 3/4ths of USA households) and is a particular favorite amongst seniors. It's an excellent form of moderate exercise and can help the elderly stay more limber and flexible. There are a variety of ways that outside landscaping and gardening can be made more aging-in-place appropriate by keeping in mind the average abilities and health concerns of an aging body
By Susan Ashby
When we’re young, we wind up with lists of books at our feet to read for school. As we age, though, reading often becomes less of a hobby and more of a chore. Combine that with hectic lifestyles and reading is pushed beyond the back burner. Sometimes it can be hard to pick reading back up as we age. For example, did you know only 69 percent of seniors read at least one book in 2015?
Unfortunately, with that drop in readership comes missed opportunities to reap all the benefits reading can offer. From its ability to improve sleep to its potential to help with depression, reading is vital to how we live our lives.
Here is just a short list of all the things reading can do.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of easy-to-prepare recipes for Valentine's Day, particularly those suitable for stand-alone snacks or desserts. A Valentine's theme is followed through the use of holiday colors (such as reds, pinks, and purples) and appropriate shapes (such as hearts & arrows). The focus is on healthy and all natural ingredients (eschewing food dyes & refined sugars) that will be easy to chew or swallow in their prepared form. Some recipes will require the use of blenders, food processors, or heart shaped ice cube trays or molds.