In 1988 President Reagan declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day to honor our older citizens with “…our thanks and a heartfelt salute.” He recognized that vibrant accessible communities are crucial for happy healthy lives of independence and dignity and encouraged us to reserve a special day for our seniors. How can we “celebrate” the holiday? The same way we do every day! Take a moment to check in on your older neighbor. Offer him a ride or a meal. Take some
What should you send to college with your child?
Congratulations on raising a great kid! At some point your child is probably going to be old enough to establish himself as an adult and leave the nest behind. While he may stay on your health insurance, you will not be in charge of his health anymore. At age 18 your child is a legal adult. He is legally responsible for himself. This means you will not have access to his health records or medical conditions. Hopefully your child never encounters an accident or illness bu
Can you stay at home? Can you afford not to?
Recent statistics show that we are living longer, better lives but the stark reality is that none of us will live forever and we cannot predict what ailments we may encounter. Most people I know prefer to stay in their homes as they age but few have considered what that looks like when health failure is factored into the equation. Illness, cognitive decline, disease and accidents can greatly impair an older person’s ability to manage her household or her daily activities. O