They Never Visit, and It’s Killing Me!

Q. I live an hour away from both my daughters and their families, but they never visit me. I am aware that they are busy with soccer games and other activities, but I wish they could make the time to come see me once in a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Pets to Help Solve Loneliness

Dear Ribbit, My father lives alone, more than 1,000 miles away. He can be stubborn sometimes and although we offered to move him into our home, he wants to stay put. We are thinking of getting him a pet to keep him company. Do … [Read more...]

Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2017 (Be Very Afraid!)

  Halloween is today, so it’s the ideal day to present you with this year’s scariest articles. From parents being kidnapped by a professional guardian to people getting Alzheimer’s at 40, we uncovered some scary ground. To … [Read more...]

This Can Be as Damaging to Your Health as 15 Cigarettes Per Day

Erica and her husband, Russ, go to the local diner sometimes for breakfast. The past couple of times they were there, they noticed a senior man sitting alone. The man proudly wore a WWII veteran hat. One morning, Russ, who is a … [Read more...]

When A Senior Neighbor Needs Your Help

Q. My neighbor, Sam, has lived alone in his home ever since his wife died three years ago. He used to come outside and greet us and attend neighborhood events. Now, he goes days on end without speaking to anyone. His son, who … [Read more...]

U.S. Life Expectancy Has Declined for the First Time Since 1993

Last Wednesday, The Economist's “Business of Longevity” conference took place, attracting world-renowned experts in aging. One of the main themes of the conference was the need to change the way we think about longevity, as we are … [Read more...]

Is Mom Okay? Things to Look Out for When You Visit for the Holidays

Q. My siblings and our families are going to spend Christmas this year with our mother at our family home in Virginia Beach. She lives alone with her dog, Rascal. Since Thanksgiving, the last couple of times I called her, she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Helpful Advice for Seniors Living Alone

Dear Angel, My father lives in our family home in Southwest Virginia, all by himself. My mother is deceased and I am an only child. He doesn’t have any family around and not too many friends. I visit him whenever I can, but … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Cats for Seniors Who are Allergic

Dear Angel,  My mother loves pets, especially cuddly cats like you. She enjoys coming to Mr. Farr's office to see you, but she needs to take an allergy pill every time.  She is lonely and would really like a cat of her own, … [Read more...]

Overcoming Loneliness and Depression

Rest in Peace Robin Williams Q. I was absolutely devastated to hear about Comedian Robin Williams' suicide. My family is still in shock.  I have an uncle who has suffered bouts of depression over the years, and I worry about … [Read more...]