Decluttering the Decades

Make a plan to ease the organization process when a parent passes away Grief has no timeline. Everyone grieves in their own way and at their own pace. Yet, shortly after a parent dies, adult children often face a daunting task: preparing the house for sale while the surviving parent still lives there. If you […]Read More

Budget Bites

Older adults prioritize healthy eating on a budget, as they adjust to inflation reality Inflation has soared in recent months, hovering around 9.1%. And grocery prices specifically have gone even higher, especially for staples such as dairy, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. While the government reports that inflation for groceries is about 12% — […]Read More

Family Trees

Genealogy has immense value for older adults, offering connections to the past, present, and future. As a lawyer, Leonard Kofkin, 89, was no stranger to yellow legal pads. And that’s what he turned to 53 years ago when his aunt brought him an overlooked shoebox of family photos and documents. Kofkin grew up in Chicago, […]Read More

Level Up

The Value of Video Gaming for Older Adults I always thought the life cycle of a video gamer mirrored that of a Dark Age denizen: You’re done at 25. I’m 42, which makes me Egyptian pharaoh ancient. But when my 10-year-old stepson, who loves baseball and video games, agreed to play the latest Major League […]Read More

Emergency Documents

Collect and store this emergency information before you need it. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to have medical, financial, and end-of-life information immediately available in case of an emergency. Be prepared for an emergency by compiling these key documents in a safe, easily accessible location. This will ensure the person you choose has […]Read More

Walking for Fitness and Friendship

8 great Chicago area walking paths for older adults Exercise contributes to healthy aging — that much everyone can agree on. But you don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to boost your physical activity. All you need is a path and a good pair of sneakers, because walking is one of the best […]Read More

Healthcare Apps and the Power of Coordinated Care

Communication-based healthcare apps stand to improve complex care coordination, which is especially important for older adults Consider all of the care providers involved in the typical person’s medical care: primary care physician, therapist, gynecologist or urologist, dentist, dermatologist….the list tends to increase with age. And the more people involved, the more easily things — appointments, […]Read More

A Life with Meaning

Enhancing quality of life for people with dementia Chicagoan Kris McCabe’s Instagram and TikTok accounts are peppered with sweet moments with her grandmother, Mary Padovani. Videos show the two singing a Patsy Cline song and sharing a hug as they swap, “I love yous.” In others, Padovani brushes McCabe’s hair, as she’s done for years. […]Read More

Positive Purpose

Finding connections through the fog of dementia It’s hard to watch a loved one deteriorate with dementia. It’s hard to watch them lose memories, lose their ability to communicate, lose functioning. But deep in their soul, they are still the same person they always were. It’s important to recognize those glimmers and make the best […]Read More

What’s the Dill with Pickleball?

The social, low-impact sport appeals to active older adults If you find yourself or someone you love in an (ahem) pickle over lack of exercise, may we suggest a game of pickleball? The mood- boosting sport surged in popularity, growing almost 40% over two years, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s 2022 Topline […]Read More