Critter Corner: How to Reclaim Your Independence After a Health Crisis

Dear Oakley, In October, my mother (80) was hospitalized for a week as a result of a urinary tract infection, but she doesn’t seem to be recovering from her hospital visit.  She came home from the hospital feeling a level of … [Read more...]

Is There Really a Drug That Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline Within Days?

Q. 2020 has been a tough year. Something good has to come out of it. Please tell me that it’s true that a drug has been invented that reverses age-related mental decline. I thought I read it somewhere, but my eyes might be … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Grandparents Are Experiencing Better Emotional Well-Being Than Others During The Pandemic

Dear Magic, My grandmother lives alone in a rural part of Virginia. We are concerned about her emotional well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, but don’t want to visit in fear of bringing germs to her home. I hear that … [Read more...]

How Your Attitude Towards Aging Can Save Your Life

Dr. David Lereah (62) is a well-respected economist, a notable author, and a business entrepreneur. Formerly a Fairfax county resident, he was chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association and then later assumed the same … [Read more...]

How to Meaningfully Reconnect with Someone Who Has Dementia

Thirty years ago, Dr. Anne Basting, a gerontologist and a professor, had an experience that would change her life forever. Dr. Basting, who currently teaches theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was researching aging … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Wearables Contribute to the Well Being of Older Adults

Dear Rune, I have read in many places the benefits of exercise, including staving off dementia and living longer. I decided to dust off my sneakers and get back out there. My son and his wife both have Apple watches and my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are NORCs the Future of Successful Aging?

Dear Magic, I saw in our community newsletter that our neighborhood is considering becoming a NORC. We have a large population of seniors and various resources to help with transportation, meals, home care and more. What is … [Read more...]

Turning 98: Betty White’s Secrets to Longevity and Lifelong Happiness

Happy 98th birthday to Betty White, Emmy-award winning actress and American icon! The lone surviving member of “The Golden Girls,” White was the oldest of the four leading characters; and many don’t know this, but she was … [Read more...]

Will Getting a REAL ID be a REAL problem for Seniors Who Can’t Make it to the DMV?

Q. My mother is 73, lives in Virginia and doesn’t have any immediate travel plans, but her driver’s license has expired. She is housebound for the most part due to physical ailments and doesn’t drive. I have been hearing a lot … [Read more...]

The Older Americans Act Expired On 9/30: What that Means

Dan Adcock, Director of Government Policy and Research at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and one of the authors of the Older Americans Act reauthorization in 1992, wanted to see for himself how the … [Read more...]

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