Winter Safety for Seniors

  Preparing to tackle winter chores is important, particularly for older persons who live alone. Shoveling the snow equates to walking 4 to 5 mph or playing singles tennis. Be careful. (Getty Images) For people who experience four seasons, winter can be a great time for sledding, skiing and tobogganing. But despite the outdoor pleasures related to this time of year, there are daily practical hazards associated with ice and snow. Shoveling snow and clearing walkways and driveways are a routine part of the winter experience. Preparing to tackle these chores is important, particularly for many older persons who live alone. When you’re going to step outside into the cold, make sure you’re covered well enough to keep warm. Older...

Valentine’s Day Activities for Seniors

  Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love for your spouse, partner, significant other and your family. Over the years it has been hailed as a holiday for lovers, but for some seniors this holiday is less than happy. Unfortunately, many seniors are without their loved one on Valentine’s Day. This can cause sadness to ensue and simply remind them of their loss. But, Valentine’s Day does not have to be a sad day for those who have lost their loved ones. Instead, family caregivers and family members can easily help make their loved ones’ Valentine’s Day a celebration of love and happiness. Here are a few wonderful activities to do with your elderly loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Make Valentine’s Day Cards Cards are a simple way to tell someone...

10 Most Powerful Love Spells from Around the World

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be tempted to do everything—anything!—to find love. So why not take a page out of the spell books around the world to attract love?  China: Age matters The age of the person you end up falling in love with might not seem like a big deal (as long as he or she is past the age of consent, of course). Unless, of course, you’re in China. In this country, it’s believed that three and six-year age gaps between spouses will result in an unhealthy and unlucky relationship or marriage. Instead, you should aim for four or five years to ward away the curse. Haiti: Stay away from brooms Of all those household tasks you have to do, is sweeping up the floor your least favorite one? You’re in luck. In...

Brain “pacemaker” for Alzheimer’s

  LaVonne Moore has Alzheimer’s disease, but her doctors hope her dementia symptoms could possibly be kept in check by a new type of treatment. Electric wires implanted deep in her brain stimulate areas involved with decision-making and problem-solving. Unlike many long-term dementia patients, LaVonne, 85, can cook meals, dress herself and organise outings. But it remains unclear whether her deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy is responsible for her independence. DBS is already helping hundreds of thousands of patients with Parkinson’s disease to overcome symptoms of tremor, but its use in Alzheimer’s is still very experimental. Only a small number of DBS studies have been done for Alzheimer’s and they have focused on...

In Updated Charts, What 8 Seniors’ Tax Bills Will Be With Tax Reform

  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is mostly good news for retirees. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act when signed into law will mean tax cuts for most Americans. Nevertheless, change—even good change—can bring about uncertainty. Retirees may be the most concerned about what the new tax legislation will mean for them, as most rely on relatively fixed incomes. But in fact, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is mostly good news for retirees. For the most part, they will be less affected than other Americans, as the changes do not affect the way Social Security and investment income are taxed. Many retirees will in fact benefit from the tax bill’s doubling the size of the standard deduction. Americans need an alternative to the mainstream media. But this can’t...