Spice of Life

Embracing cultural traditions engages seniors, honoring their heritage Above: Dipti Shah, Adult Daycare Services Coordinator, Universal Metro Asian Services. Photo by Jim Vondruska Saroj and Shantilal Topiwala had nothing to do. They lived with their family, but their son and daughter-in-law worked for most of the day. Their grandkids spent their days at school. So […]Read More

Finding Relief

Treatments target chronic pain and inflammation On most days for the past 25 years, 79-year-old Arthur Cooper of Park Ridge has experienced side effects stemming from genetic neuropathy, which causes numbness, tingling, and pain throughout the peripheral nervous system. On good days, like today, Cooper, whose name has been changed for privacy, enjoys doing projects around […]Read More

Magnifying Low Vision

Strategies help older adults adjust to life with vision loss  As we age, it can be hard to see well enough to read, drive, or even tell people’s faces apart. Glasses might help, but when contacts, glasses, or surgery fail to improve sight, a person may be diagnosed with low vision — a condition that […]Read More

Fending off Disease

Fiber helps digestive health, but most people aren’t consuming enough You’ve heard that you need to eat fiber — but why? While fiber helps with bowel regularity, it also has many other benefits throughout the body. Fiber, which is resistant to digestion in the gastrointestinal tract, sweeps through the digestive system like an internal scrub […]Read More

Core Issues

Strengthen muscles to improve balance and stability Some adults become less stable on their feet as they get older, but losing a sense of balance isn’t an inevitable part of aging. Exercising to improve stability while strengthening core muscles may help older adults remain independent, living on their own terms.  “The core isn’t just defined […]Read More

Tech Talk

5 tools to help older adults connect Along with the pandemic came social distancing, lockdowns, and a reshaping of how older adults view technology. Whatever their past misgivings about tech, many have now jumped on board. Some 44% of people 50 and older view tech more positively than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic, according […]Read More

A Needed Respite

Short-term care offers assistance and a taste of senior living Above photo: A class in the pool at Westminster Place in Evanston When 84-year-old Shirley Ratcliff recently moved from Missouri to Chicago, her health was precarious. She lives with pulmonary fibrosis, relies on oxygen, and was recovering from pneumonia.  After staying for a few weeks with […]Read More

Easier Downsizing

Start early for less stress when sorting through a lifetime of stuff When Nan and Evan Freund decided to move closer to their children in California, they chose a 1,500-square-foot home in a continuing care retirement community. It was a big change from their 3,000-square-foot Victorian rowhouse in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. “After almost 50 […]Read More

Climbing High

Oldest American to summit Mount Everest reflects on life lessons Art Muir was in high school when James Whittaker became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1963. Since then, Muir has dreamed of climbing the world’s highest mountain. Now, at age 75, Muir has become the oldest American to make […]Read More

Senior Saviors

Dispensing love and life lessons, grandparents step in to raise their grandchildren Above photo by Jim Vondruska: Diana Martin-Logan with her Great-grandson, Jaylin McCray.  What do President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Willie Nelson, and Carol Burnett have in common? They’re all enormously successful … and they were all brought up, at least for a few years, […]Read More