The Ups and Downs of Managing Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels put individuals at an increased risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in U.S. adults. It’s important for older adults to manage their cholesterol levels to reduce their chance of heart disease. The trick to managing blood cholesterol levels is not necessarily to reduce the cholesterol you eat […]Read More

9 Tips When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

When a loved one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, family caregivers may feel at a loss, but there are concrete steps they can take to ease this phase of life. The statistics about Alzheimer’s disease can be staggering. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with the disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association. […]Read More

The Power of Intergenerational Connections

Among the many lessons that 2020 has taught us is that human happiness goes hand-in-hand with human connectedness. That counts doubly so for intergenerational relationships between older adults and younger individuals, according to a 2019 AARP study. Researchers found that 93% of people on both sides of a close intergenerational friendship felt it came with […]Read More

Planning To-Do List

Take these steps now to shore up your future as you age Chicagoan Joy Loverde was in her 20s when she began planning for retirement. That decision, says the eldercare expert, was key. “I was newly divorced and the solo parent of a 4-year-old daughter. My first course of action was to seek the advice of […]Read More

Tuskegee Airman Melvin Copeland Combats Discrimination

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black pilots in the United States military and flew about 1,500 missions during World War II. They were courageous, inspirational, and instrumental in the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces.  To Melvin Copeland, they were also family.  Copeland, now 96, arrived in Tuskegee, Alabama, for aviation training in late 1943. […]Read More

Cooking Connections

Printing family recipes can preserve memories, independence When I first met my husband, his mother was already having some health struggles. She had recovered, but not completely, from a stroke several years earlier. And she was stoically suffering from the double whammy of macular degeneration and the early stages of dementia. Despite her challenges, she […]Read More

When Stress Leads to Broken Heart Syndrome

A surge of emotional trauma can trigger a serious cardiac condition Roni Buckley was 9 years old in 1957 when her mother suddenly passed away from polio. Her mother, 35, was six months pregnant at the time. While the devastation of losing her mother hit her family hard, it took an unbearable toll on Buckley’s […]Read More

Adjusting Spaces

Explore the ins and outs of aging in place Some changes are inevitable. We all outgrow things we used to enjoy: music, food, hairstyles, even relationships — but what about our homes? When is it time to switch up and adjust the way we live?  As we grow older, the homes we’ve lived in for […]Read More