Occasional bouts of loneliness and feelings of isolation are a natural part of life and a common challenge that arises with aging. In fact, experiencing lonesomeness as you get older is completely understandable. Perhaps members of your immediate family leave town and move away, or close lifelong friends pass on. Feelings of forlornness are a normal reaction to circumstances such as these, but you don’t have to let loneliness become so pervasive that it begins to consume your daily life. There are many things you can do to keep feelings of social rejection and isolation at bay and keep your life fulfilling as you age. Take a look at some ways to reduce loneliness in yourself and help others experiencing it as well.
It's getting close to tax season again, and if you're an older adult who still has to report an income to the Internal Revenue Service or owns property in Colorado, you might wonder if there are ways to save on your tax bill this year. Taxes can be complicated, and that doesn't change with retirement. If you're not sure if you need to file taxes or what credits and deductions you can claim, it may be a good idea to consult with a tax professional. You might also use tax preparation software that walks you through the process and asks questions to help determine whether you should claim certain expenses. Make sure you're prepared for tax season this year by starting with some basic information about common deductions, credits and exemptions for seniors in Colorado below.
According to the CDC, falls are a serious concern for people of all ages, and especially for older adults. Each year, over 3 million seniors fall in some capacity, and more than 800,000 require hospitalization as a result. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and each year, more than one in four seniors experiences a fall of some kind. Worse still, falling once doubles your chances of falling again. It’s a serious issue that flies mostly under the radar for many people; in fact, many seniors don’t even tell their doctors about their fall.
Some readers may have high ambitions for this reading season, mostly if they need to catch up on a Goodreads reading goal! Here are ways to read more this fall
Whether it be a gift for the holidays or a birthday, what better way to encourage play than with toys? Here are some toys your grandkids are sure to love!
Summer is a great time for gardening because it gives you the chance to enjoy lots of sunshine and warm weather. Here are summer gardening tips for seniors
Cognitive decline is a natural part of aging, but you can likely stave off and reduce some of the effects. Staying as sharp as a tack may be as simple as enjoying some games. Whether you play with fellow Collinwood assisted living community residents, family or online, brain games hold many benefits.
Did you know that 8 hours of sleep a night is not the optimal amount for every person? How much sleep you need for optimal functionality and health actually depends on a variety of factors, including your age, overall health and what you do during the day. Find out more about how much sleep you should be getting as an older adult, what some barriers to sleep are for seniors and how to improve your sleep.
For those who don't know, Emotional Support Animals, or ESAs, are pets that offer mental and emotional comfort to owners who require their company on a daily basis. Although a service dog is the most common type of pet among ESAs, it's possible to request that cats or less common animals become ESAs if they appear to significantly improve your overall mood and mental health.