The Wisdom of the Aged

After nearly a year of answering questions, John Sorensen posed one of his own: “Do you know what you want to do when you get old?” It was a day of frustration for Mr. Sorensen, whose 92nd birthday was the day after Christmas. He was in the kitchen of his Upper West Side apartment, holding pieces of a mop that he could not put back together. Gout had made his fingers almost useless, and his right arm hung limp from a torn rotator cuff. Just combing his hair that morning was a struggle. “It makes me mad,” he said, speaking about what his life had come to. “I want to go.” But flip the perspective, and it was another day in a long and rich life. Mr. Sorensen, who had made a career as a decorator, was living independently in his own home, amid the...

9 Inspiring New Year’s Resolution Quotes That Will Be Your 2018 Motivation

      “Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?” Perhaps you’ve been asked this question one too many times in the past few weeks, and you’ve just laughed nervously and changed the subject. Or perhaps you’re one of the more optimistic types who has a full list, including a game plan on how you’re going to stick to them. Either way, when reality sets in, we all know that New Year’s resolutions are often made just to be broken within the first few weeks or months of the new year. In fact, a 2015 report by U.S. News & World Report says some 80 percent of resolution makers go back on their commitments by the second week of February. It’s no surprise then, that...

New Year’s Resolutions: How do you make one you will keep?

  Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, learn a language – we can all reel off a list of typical resolutions made and broken. But BBC Reality Check wanted to know if there are certain resolutions you’re more likely to keep? Well, we can’t tell you what resolutions you should make, but we can draw on research to find some clues as to how you should carry them out. There is evidence that humans are driven by “loss aversion” – that is, we are more motivated to recover loss than we are to win gains. Framing a resolution as recovering something lost – whether that’s an old hobby or a former level of fitness – may be more effective than looking to gain an ability or...

Top New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy 2018

Towards the end of every December, those of all ages reflect on the year they’re leaving behind and start focusing on the future. January really is a great time to set some New Year’s goals in an attempt to better yourself in one way or another. The hectic holiday season has come to a close, and you can now get settled back into your daily routine. Or, better yet, create a new routine to ensure you’re getting the most out of all life has to offer. The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors For seniors, breaking old habits can be somewhat difficult. It’s so easy to get set in your ways, doing the same things day in and day out, with little thought to the impact they’re having on your overall wellness. This is why it’s important to think about how...

12 Ideas and Tips for Fun Holiday Activities with Seniors

Holidays can be fun for everyone Holiday time can be enjoyable for older adults even if they can’t participate fully in every activity. Feeling included is the most important part of enjoying the holidays. Even if your senior has physical or mental issues, they can still have a good time and feel like part of the group. Adjust activities for special needs Some older adults don’t enjoy big groups while some love being the center of attention. Some love to get out of the house and some are homebodies. You know your senior best, so you can customize activities to suit their personality and special needs. For example, someone with Alzheimer’s may want to stay in a separate room and only greet a few family members at a time to keep things calm and avoid...