The Older Americans Act: How It Serves Seniors Today

For most of human history, “aging” wasn’t a hot topic. In the Iron and Bronze Ages, people didn’t live past their twenties. By 1900, the average lifespan was still under 50 years in the United States. We worked, raised a family, and died. Over the past century, a combination of sanitation, improved living conditions and …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Hawaii

Most people agree that Hawaii is paradise. That’s why, for some seniors, Hawaii is the ultimate retirement destination. They imagine spending their golden years on white sandy beaches, biking along gorgeous paths, and taking in the beauty that surrounds them every day. For those lucky enough to call Hawaii home during their younger years, they …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Delaware

Delaware is one of the best states for retirees to spend their golden years. It is one of the most tax-free places in the US with no state, local, inheritance, property, or social security taxes. Delaware also offers a beautiful shoreline with beaches far more pristine than California or Florida can boast. If you are …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has become a popular retirement destination not only for its beautiful fall foliage and diverse historical and cultural sites, but also for its recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Many seniors also choose to retire to Pennsylvania for financial reasons: Pennsylvania does not tax social security income or federal, state, …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Indiana

When deciding where to retire, most people look to warm climates. But, there are other things to consider like population density, cost of living, and the types of communities that call a place home. One state that is worth a second look in retirement is Indiana. Retirees are choosing Indiana because it is one of …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

There are some fantastic reasons to retire to Illinois, including its low cost of living, strong communities, and abundant educational and cultural opportunities, especially near the university and college campuses. With small towns, natural beauty, access to the Illinois River, and quaint shopping venues, Illinois is a great place to call home during your golden …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Maine

While retirees historically have flocked to warm climates for their golden years, they now are fanning out across the United States in various directions. Some seniors choose the mountains of Montana and Colorado while others choose the exotic beauty of Hawaii. For those who love coastal charm and plenty of opportunities to spend time in …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New Mexico

For seniors looking for a superb year-round climate for their retirement destination, New Mexico is at the top of the list. In fact, seniors who once considered Arizona to be the place to put down roots during their golden years now choose New Mexico because it is less expensive than many of Arizona’s most popular retirement …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Georgia

Thanks to its mild climate and quaint towns and cities, Georgia is an incredibly popular state for retirees. Seniors also prefer the Peach State because of its low cost of living, southern charm, and historical significance. The various aspects of Georgia’s landscape appeal to seniors as well, as they can choose to leave near the open, …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland

When you consider the varied landscape and geography that makes Maryland a stunning state, it isn’t hard to figure out why so many retirees choose to settle there. With mountains to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and rolling hills in-between, Maryland appeals to nature lovers of all kinds. Retirees also appreciate the …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New York

While retiring to the Empire State may not have occurred to you, thousands of seniors are choosing New York as their retirement destination thanks to its varied communities and landscape. For seniors looking for an active, car-free lifestyle, New York City is an appealing location to settle down for their golden years. Other retirees choose …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Texas

An increasingly popular state for retirement, Texas has a lot of perks for seniors including low costs, warm weather, charming towns, exciting college towns and cities, and seemingly endless opportunities for an active, healthy lifestyle. The fact that Texas does not have state income tax helps retirees keep their wallets full as well. Seniors also …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Florida

When someone mentions a retirement community, there is a good chance that you immediately picture Florida. Seniors have been flocking to Florida for years because of its gorgeous, warm weather, beautiful beaches, and recreation opportunities. What you may not know is that Florida has no state income tax, inheritance tax, or estate tax, and it …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia

Retirees choose Virginia for many reasons. Its climate is milder than that of states such as Georgia and Florida that are farther south, and its geography varies from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coastline. Seniors who want to enjoy a touch of winter but still be able to enjoy the outdoors for the …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Idaho

Whether you currently live in Idaho or are considering relocating to the state once you retire, you most likely know that it boasts a sunny, dry climate that is easier on the body than the scorching summers in some of the more popular retirement destinations. Idaho’s green spaces, 30 state parks, and low cost of …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Connecticut

Connecticut is one of the hidden jewels of the U.S. Its four vibrant seasons, classic eastern scenery, idyllic coast  and historic status make Connecticut a wonderful place to both live and retire. If you want to spend time strolling through picturesque autumn foliage or a coastline free from tourists, you may want to consider retiring …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in California

California is the state best known for its perfect climate, gorgeous beaches, and diversity. For retirees, it can’t get much better than California. What better place to spend your golden years than between the beach and the bustling cities? Of course, finding the right assisted or independent living facility is an important part of deciding …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Arkansas

Finally arriving at that golden age of retirement is a time for celebration. Free from the mundane tasks of working life, you are now able to pick up and move to the city that will make your retirement wonderful. For many people, Florida and its many beautiful cities is a popular option. However, if you’re …

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Alabama

Finding a suitable assisted living facility for yourself or an aging loved one can be a daunting task. You want a place that will offer the assistance you need but will also feel like home with social opportunities, healthcare, attentive caregivers, and access to both on- and off-site activities and entertainment. Alabama is a wonderful …

The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to …

5 Must-Have Home Modifications for Seniors Aging in Place

As reported by AARP, 80% of seniors have a firm plan to age in place. There are some home modifications that should be completed to make aging in place more possible for older adults, though. These modifications are a proactive approach to increasing the level of safety in the home, and they often add convenience and …

The Safest, Easiest to Use Tablets for Seniors in 2018

With their convenience, portability, and easy-to-use features, many people are skipping purchasing a computer altogether and going straight for a tablet. That’s just as true for senior citizens as it is for all age groups. Tablets offer plenty of computing power in a sleek, impressive package. But which tablet should you buy? Apple’s iPad was …

The Best Senior Laptops 2017 Compared & Reviewed

Gone are the days when computers were for “the kids” and grandma and grandpa had to make do with a telephone call. Today’s senior citizens are just as likely to be emailing, shopping, banking and tweeting online as they are to mail a letter, drive to the mall, make a bank deposit in person or …

Train your brain to combat stress

by Gina Roberts-Grey You know that feeling when you’re too mentally exhausted to think straight? Not only can it be problematic because it leaves you feeling frazzled and unable to remember what you need at the grocery store or where you left the car keys, mental exhaustion is toxic, too. A tired, overwrought brain can …

Misconceptions About Aging: 4 Important Issues

Don’t let incorrect assumptions hinder the help you offer to aging relatives in their emotional and financial affairs. As family members age – whether they are spouses, partners, parents or other relatives — those who help manage their affairs want to act with their best interests in mind. But even with the greatest of intentions, …

Senior Finance Tips: 16 Experts Share Tips On The Biggest Financial Mistakes Families Make When Planning For Elder Care

When it comes to making financial plans for elder care, the unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of families are extremely unprepared. Whether it’s because many families are too preoccupied with the emotional changes that come with preparing for elder care to then make sufficient financial plans, or because many families’ need for senior …

Medicaid: It’s Not Blanket Coverage!

  People tend to think of Medicare and Medicaid in a single breath, like peanut butter and jelly. But the two programs, while complementary, address distinct aspects of senior health care and finances. And neither of them offers blanket coverage for assisted living, despite this common misconception. Medicare, examined in detail in a previous post, …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in New York

New York, the Empire State, is the 27th largest state in the country, and the third most populated, largely because of New York City–the most populous city in the U.S. Assisted living facilities are numerous to support the growing need for care, and to offer choices for both city dwellers who want to remain in …

Medicare: The Low-Down on a “Catchall” Solution

  People who have not yet attained “senior status” may mistakenly believe that once they turn 62, concerns about future long-term care expenses will vanish: “Medicare will cover it”! While Medicare is certainly a blessing for older adults, it’s not a cure-all or a catchall, and seniors must become aware of how eligibility will impact …

Silver Linings: Low Income Senior Housing

  While “low income senior housing” may sound unappealing to some people, the reality is that affordable housing can be a boon for seniors who find themselves spending the lion’s share of their retirement income on rent. And unless you are disabled or require long-term medical care in a nursing facility, neither Medicare nor Medicaid …

Seniors and Supplemental Security Income

  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income program administered through the U.S. Social Security Administration. SSI is a needs-based program created to assist people aged 65 and over, as well as those who are blind or disabled, who are living on an extremely limited income. SSI is distinct from Social Security, which is …

What Seniors Need to Know About Life Settlements

  Life settlements offer seniors a way to turn their life insurance policy into income for their remaining years. In a life settlement, a senior who has exhausted his assets, is 65+ and not chronically or terminally ill, sells his life insurance policy to a third party for more than its cash surrender value (the …

Best Windows Tablets For Seniors

Tablets are being used by anyone and everyone regardless of age, technology experience or lifestyle. That said, if you are a senior or are looking to purchase a tablet for a senior, there are some features that you want to focus on – including a good, clear, and responsive screen that makes it easy to …

Best Samsung Tablets for Seniors

One of the things about getting older is that we become more and more reluctant to try out new technologies — particularly when those of former days hold special fond memories for us. But the elderly are increasingly taking to these things — and certainly tablet computers for many of them are preferable to desktop …

Best Notebook Tablet For Seniors

Tablet computers might appeal to the elderly more than desktop PCs for a number of reasons. They are much smaller and lighter, and can be used while reclining on a sofa or in bed, rather than sitting up in a chair at a desk. The smaller size of the screen may be a handicap, but …

Best ASUS Tablets for Seniors

The fifteen tablet computers discussed in the sections below were all selected specifically for their appeal to seniors. Their light weight makes it easier for aging, weakening hands to hold them, and their screen size and other factors makes them more viewable for eyes that are beginning to fail. They are all of the ASUS …

Best Android Tablets For Seniors

Seniors appreciate having technology at their fingertips, too – which is why it’s important to know about all of the best Android tablets on the market. Android has been consistently one of the top-rated operating systems because it is easy to use. While there are various versions on the market, each offer the ability to …

“How Will I Manage?”

Most people anticipate retirement as a time of leisure, when they can take a trip, play golf, embrace a lifelong passion such as music or art, or spend more time in the garden and with the grandkids. But if they’re hurting for money, none of these dreams will be easily realized. A recent study by …

Android Tablets vs. iOS Tablets for Seniors

Seniors looking for a good tablet computer have plenty of choices when it comes to both versatility and affordability. When it comes to operating systems, the basic choices are Android-supported tablets and tablets supported with Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Tablets in each category have different advantages and disadvantages based on personal needs and factors …

Choosing a Kindle Fire for the Senior in your Life

Reading is a favorite pastime for many people, especially adults and seniors who might happen to have extra time to travel and relax after retirement. But regardless of age, most people appreciate technology that makes doing something you enjoy doing a little more convenient to do. One such innovation is the e-reader. These devices allow …

Best Tablets For Seniors 2015 – 2016 – The Top Tablets for the Elderly

Today’s seniors are more tech savvy than their predecessors. With many people being introduced to computers, laptops and smartphones before they retired, seniors want to keep up with technology in their golden years. This is why tablets are such a popular personal computing device for many seniors. Last year we put together a list of …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina

Living in North Carolina offers a little of everything, from the coastal towns to the countryside, small hamlets to big cities. Delicious cuisine and southern hospitality, wrapped in a warm, comfortable climate, make North Carolina an optimal place to seek assisted living facilities for yourself or your loved one. Finding quality assisted living in North Carolina …

Understanding and Combating Age-Related Eyesight Problems

As we age, it’s not uncommon for our eyesight to become impaired. A significant portion of seniors rely on glasses in order to see, but glasses alone shouldn’t be relied on to care for and maintain the health of your eyes. No one appreciates eyesight problems, of course, but for seniors looking to keep their …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland

Maryland may be small, but the state boasts excitement, beauty and many quality assisted living options. Whether you choose to live in an urban setting near Baltimore or Washington, D.C., in the countryside or near the beach, many options are available, from luxury to affordable, modern to cozy Victorian, large managed homes to individually-owned facilities. …

Specialized Alzheimer’s Care Assisted Livings

There are many assisted living facilities in the world today. Each varying in size and style, all provide care for the average senior who is aging and needs assistance with the activities of daily living. Many assisted livings (AL) are licensed, designed and staffed for care associated with general needs that go along with aging.  …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Michigan

Michigan is rich with natural resources, opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and arts, entertainment, history and affordable, enjoyable retirement living. Senior care communities offer independent living, assisted living, specialized memory care, short-term respite care and more, from luxury to economy, rural to urban. The communities in this list are some of the best assisted living …

What Sort of Exercises are Suitable for the Elderly?

Maintaining a regular exercise regimen is essential to staying healthy and living a long life. In fact, a study performed by Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute found that the more people exercise, the longer they tend to live. A mere 150 minutes per week of brisk walking can add roughly …

In-Home Care for Loved Ones: 3 essential skills

Across the nation there are approximately 12 million people that require some form of in-home care. Naturally, almost 70 percent of those people are over the age of 65. The key takeaway from this stat is that many of us may find ourselves in a situation where we will need to care for a loved …