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Best Family Card Games for All Ages

People of different ages playing family card games at table.

Did you know that card games are one of the easiest ways to introduce intergenerational activities into your home or community?  The reason? Playing cards offer cognitive benefits to children, adults, and seniors, alike. After all, most games require players to use math, categorize and sort cards, memorize sets, and problem-solve—all while having fun together. … Read more

Bringing Intergenerational Activities into Your Community

An elderly woman baking cookies with young teenager.

Intergenerational activities and programming are nothing new. Yet, finding creative ways to boost engagement among different age groups can be challenging. Age-related stereotypes or biases are often the culprits for the social division and misunderstandings among young and older generations. But, in reality, we all have something to learn and teach those around us—regardless of… Read more

Tips for Pumpkin Carving with the Grandkids

Two young kids holding jack o lanterns

We’re already nose-deep into pumpkin season, but if you haven’t grabbed your bright-orange, soon-to-be Jack O’ Lanterns yet, there is still plenty of time!  We want to share a few fun, fall-themed activities you can enjoy with the grandkids. These activities are perfect for every age and skill level.  But before we dig in (pun… Read more

Making the Transition to Assisted Living

Older married couple hugging

Life is filled with exciting milestones. From buying your first home and raising kids to watching your children get married and start their own families. Each major life event often marks a new beginning and is cause for celebration. Yet, one important life event that doesn’t inspire the same sentiment is that moment when seniors,… Read more

Understanding How Age Impacts Eye Health

Senior man wearing glasses to improve eye health.

Just as with any part of the body, our eyes require a bit more TLC as we age. Over time, you may notice that your vision becomes weaker or that it takes longer for your eyes to adjust to changes in light levels.  These are just a few common age-related eye issues that seniors may… Read more

How to Outsmart the Summer Heat

Adult son wiping the sweat off his elderly mother's forehead from heat.

As states throughout the country continue to experience mid-to-high 90° degree days, finding ways to beat the heat is on everyone’s mind. But no one wants to spend the remainder of summer cooped up in a home with the windows closed and the AC cranked up high.  Instead, many of us would rather explore the… Read more

Retirement Home vs. Nursing Home

An elderly couple playing chess in their retirement home.

Choosing where you’ll spend your retirement years is a personal decision that depends on several factors. Maybe you find that your current home is too big to upkeep on your own. Or perhaps you’d rather live in an area that’s closer to your grandchildren, so you can watch them grow up. Whatever the reason for… Read more

Summer Reading List for 55 & Older

Senior woman sitting in chair while reading a book.

Is there anything better than sitting outside on a warm summer day, basking under the sun with a good book in hand? We certainly don’t think so. And if the weather does get too hot outside, you can always come back in to cool down on the couch and once again immerse yourself in a… Read more

What You Need to Know About Hip Replacements

Senior woman outside at a picnic

It may surprise you to learn that surgical hip replacement is a very common operation performed in the United States. In fact, it’s reported that 370, 000 hip replacement procedures happen each year. As with other joints in the body, your hip (which is also a joint) is prone to natural wear and tear (as… Read more

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