The Safest, Easiest to Use Tablets for Seniors

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 …

The Best Laptops for Seniors in 2019 – The Top Laptops for the Elderly

Whether you are a senior with serious computer skills, or just going digital in your golden years, a laptop computer can help you stay connected, organized, and entertained.  Laptops are appealing for their portability, convenience, and functionality. Take it with you anywhere in your home or on the go, without worrying about connecting wires from …

Best Tablets For Seniors 2019 – The Top Tablets for the Elderly

The 10 Best Tablets for Seniors 2019 For seniors who want to stay connected, surf the web, and share photos, a tablet is often the ideal device. Lighter and more streamlined than a laptop, yet with a larger screen than a smartphone, tablets are user-friendly for most older adults. Tech-savvy seniors will enjoy keeping up …

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 …

Spotlight on Caregivers of the Past Series

Comfort Keepers offers a great new resource for caregivers of the past. Comfort Keepers shines light on three caregivers that deserve particular attention for stand out experience.  These three women have shaped and molded the term “caregiving” into what it is today and Assisted Living Today wanted to shine light on their top notch work …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Largely an agricultural state, Kansas lies an equal distance from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Hot summers and cold winters assure a year of changing seasons, and a variety of national parks, historic sites and both rural and urban living environments make Kansas a lovely place to retire. Senior care communities, from independent living to …

Interview with Julia Soto Lebentritt

Julia Soto Lebentritt is a ‘lullabologist’ and the owner of Spontaneous Care Communications. She has spent her career recording, presenting and producing lullabies from the many cultures that make up our American society is commended for clarification of the lullaby as a genre and exploration of multicultural settings.  As an elder care case manager, bereavement …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Oregon

Oregon boasts one of the most diverse geographies of all the states of the U.S. The Cascade Mountains provide rugged, beautiful scenery. The Willamette Valley, home to Portland and bordering the coastline, includes rich, fertile farmland. Wherever you choose to retire in Oregon, you’re sure to look out on a beautiful view. An array of …

What’s the Best Age to Start Thinking about Retirement?

Retirement is an important topic, especially as people get older. It may seem like worrying about retirement is only for older people; however, this is a common misconception. While most people can’t retire until they are in their sixties or seventies, thinking about retiring should start as soon as you start working. The government benefits …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Virginia

From mountains to beaches to quiet countryside and bustling cities, Virginia offers a wide range of living environments. Within those choices are a host of assisted living and senior care facilities, offering independent, assisted living and specialized nursing care for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other advanced health issues. Some of the facilities on this …

Assisted Living Today Weekly Roundup

We’re two weeks into the New Year–have you been sticking with your resolutions? According to StatisticBrain, nearly half of all Americans (45%) make resolutions and only about 8% successfully live those resolutions. But just two weeks in, about 71% are still working at them! You can do it! Here at Assisted Living Today, we resolve …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Alabama

Alabama is a great state for seniors, thanks to its warm climate, laid-back residents and welcoming communities. With mild winters, plenty of access to recreational activities (including miles of beachfront) and a host of inviting assisted living facilities to choose from, seniors who choose Alabama for their golden years can maintain active, healthy lifestyles for …

Seniors: Don’t Settle for Less Sleep!

It’s common for older people to have trouble sleeping, and it is widely accepted that poor sleep is an inevitable symptom of old age. However, according to top researchers, seniors need as much sleep as adolescents- about 7 to 9 hours. If you are struggling to fall asleep at night or feel your sleep quality …

Getting Organized: Important Documents for Caregivers and Families

If you’ve ever had your wallet stolen, you know how convenient it is to have a photocopy of the important contents: your credit cards, driver’s license, insurance cards. You might know how inconvenient it is to NOT have those items copied. You’re suddenly sifting through old bills, files and paperwork to make the calls and …

Indus-Tool TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Footrest Review

Cold feet often equals a cold body. And as we age, circulation problems, wounds, complications from diabetes and other issues bring on eternally cold feet. The Indus-Tool TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Footrest can bring warmth back to your feet, your ankles, slowly warming up your body. The footrest delivers radiant heat through a 90-watt …

Keys U See Large Print U.S. English USB Wired Keyboard

Like keys to an automobile, keyboard keys are crucial to find freedom online or to type a letter or other document. But as a person’s eyesight diminishes through macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or other eye ailments, using a keyboard turns frustrating. The Keys U See Large Print Wired Keyboard has helped many with deteriorating eyesight …

Spotlight on The Gardens at Westlake

This spotlight will focus on The Gardens at Westlake, an assisted living community located in Westlake, Ohio, an affluent suburb of Cleveland. The facility is near major roadways including Interstate Highways 80, 90 and 480, which makes it ideal for those with family throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties. This also makes for easy …

Clarity Amplified Photo Phone Review

The telephone is often a lifeline to the outside for an elderly person living alone at home. But often its small buttons become hard to push; remembering important numbers becomes a chore. The Clarity Amplified Photo Phone is designed to help aging users continue to rely on their telephone for connection and emergencies by making …

The Benefits of Reminiscence Therapy for Seniors

For both the elderly and their caregivers, the ailments and struggles that come with aging shadow a more carefree, happy past. We’re busy focusing on medication management, installing new handles in the shower or researching assisted living facilities. As dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive issues strengthen their grip on a loved one, many feel as …

Top Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

Taking into consideration all of the factors that will determine what assisted living setting you choose is a large undertaking. Perhaps you’re just getting started, or your family finds itself in a more immediate need. Consider location, cost, services available, healthcare reputation, amenities, atmosphere–it all matters. Illinois offers a wide range of progressive, innovative, quality …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

For many, the holidays bring back memories of waiting for Santa as a child; sitting by the window or fireplace, wondering what treasures he might bring. Do you cherish memories of family gatherings? Did you re-hash celebrations of years past? Eat turkey or cookies or both to excess with friends or family around the table? …

Assisted Living Today Weekly Roundup

It’s been a long and difficult week to be reading news headlines, which makes it impossible to go on without acknowledging our friends in Newtown, CT. All the love, strength and peace in our hearts goes to you. May you find it in the days to come. Wishing all of our readers a humble and …

The Benefits (Gifts) of Caregiving

As Baby Boomers age, they might be setting their sights on retirement, travel, taking up that old hobby or starting a new one. Instead, many of them find themselves as the primary family caregiver for elderly parents, taking on management finances and routine of medication dispensing when they expected to be stepping away from routine …

Home For the Holidays: Can a Resident of Assisted Living Visit Home?

“There’s no place like home for the holidays,” say the lyrics to a popular Christmas song. And as friends and families gather to celebrate their beliefs or enjoy traditional meal around a table, the absence of a family member can be very difficult. Is grandma, grandpa, mom or dad allowed to leave his or her …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

It’s a season for random acts of kindness, reflecting on the year gone by and sharing time with our loved ones. Remember to take time from your busy routine to visit your elderly friends and relatives in assisted living and nursing facilities. The best gift you can give is your time and attention. And while …

When To Hang Up the Car Keys: Driver Safety and the Elderly

No one wants to watch his or her independence slip away or be the one to take that independence away from a loved one, and losing the ability to drive oneself at will is a significant loss of independence. It’s not easy, but there comes a time to consider both your loved one’s safety and …