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Aging Parents

After the Romance—Settling Down Together
For older adults who want to enter a romantic partnership, both marriage and living together provide challenges, especially financial, that didn’t exist when we were younger. Contentious issues include Social Security, taxes and children’s inheritances.

Aging ParentsWanted: Older Adult Looking for Love
For seniors who have lost a spouse, either through divorce or death, dating again can be daunting. While some things haven’t changed, like being nervous on the first date, online dating can be a whole new ballgame.

How Seniors Can Handle Widowhood, Divorce and Remarriage Issues
Widowhood, divorce or remarriage in the seniors years is a huge transition for the senior and the family members. Not everyone adjusts at the same rate and often help is needed to make the transition smooth.

 

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Conversations and Communication

Communication with SeniorsMaking the Difficult Conversation Easier
Most of us avoid confronting our loved ones with painful issues, sometimes until it’s too late. Experts advise how to work with denial, manage fear of losing control and best listen and communicate when we sit down to have those uncomfortable talks.

Communicating with Older Adults
An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works, developed by the Gerontological Society of America that provides information on how to improve communication with older adults.


Driving Tips for Seniors

Senior DrivingHow Seniors Can Become Safer Drivers
Driving offers independence and flexibility for a senior. Car manufacturers are adding more safety features to assist drivers. AAA, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and driving schools offer senior driving classes to help senior drivers stay behind the wheel longer. Even with additional driving education, it may be time for a senior to give up the keys, a difficult position for the senior and his or her family members. Find tips on having a conversation with your senior loved one about when it’s time to learn to drive again and when it’s time to hang up the keys.

Flexibility Fitness Training for Improving Older Driver Performance
A brochure provided by AAA, designed to improve flexibility as it relates to older driving performance.

Good Options for Giving Up the Car
For seniors who can’t drive anymore, there are plenty of alternatives: from public transportation to living in a “walkable” community.

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Recent Trends

GrandfamiliesGrandfamilies Find New Challenges, Satisfaction
An increase in the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren is due to many reasons, including more single parents. Those who agree to handle the challenge of being a parent for the second time find stressful moments but also a lot of happy times.

Recharge Your Life with Creativity
Creativity can be a boon for older adults, adding to positive emotions that can extend lives, according to research. There are many ways to be creative and multiple programs that can help stimulate your creative juices.

Seniors Face Challenges in Finding Work
More older adults want to return to work but face a different work landscape than when they were younger. Networking is as important as ever, but connecting on social media sites such as LinkedIn is more essential than interacting face-to-face, some experts say.

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Senior Community Centers

Senior CommunitiesPrograms Bring Generations Together
Both young people and older adults benefit when they share skills and wisdom. Several schools, universities, cities and individuals have set goals to bridge the generational divide through classes, discussions and other programs.

Sometimes it Takes a Senior Village
Using volunteers within and outside the community, a new movement offers simple services that help older adults stay in their homes. The village movement also fosters a sense of community.

Senior Centers Evolve in Changing World
As baby boomers enter old age, senior centers are trying to meet their needs by adding new programs, such as more health and fitness. But centers also want to include other constituents, such as the homebound and even teenagers.


Technology for Seniors

Seniors and TechnologyUsing the Internet to Fight Depression and Misery
Living and aging with happiness certainly sounds like the right way to approach life, but naturally, life can include difficulties that create sadness or even depression.

Connecting With Loved Ones via Online Media
Live video chats are replacing phone calls between loved ones. Find out how to make it work for you!

Cell Phones That Seniors Flip For
Louder volumes, bigger buttons, and larger displays – cell phones tailored just for seniors are making life easier for seniors to communicate.

 

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Seniors and Travel

Senior TravelSeniors are Top Consumers for Tours that Trace Family Roots
Seniors are top consumers in the genealogical tourism industry. Discovering family history while simultaneously exploring distant lands gives seniors something to write home about. Tourism companies are developing programs and travel itineraries with this in mind as they offer the growing senior population an easy road to genealogical travel.

The World Beckons Senior Travelers
Older adults with flexible travel dates can find good deals. In addition, you can take advantage of senior discounts for museums, tours and other attractions.

Seniors are Top Consumers for Tours that Trace Family Roots
Seniors are top consumers in the genealogical tourism industry. Discovering family history while simultaneously exploring distant lands gives seniors something to write home about. Tourism companies are developing programs and travel itineraries with this in mind as they offer the growing senior population an easy road to genealogical travel.