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It's important for older adults to remain connected to others as they age

Ways to Manage Social Isolation

The negative impact and detrimental effects of social isolation remain an important topic. The AARP Public Policy Institute’s 2018 study “highlighted social isolation as the new silent killer – a major risk factor for a host of conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and early onset dementia.” AARP defines social isolation as “occur[ing] when people withdraw and become disconnected from family, friends and community” and reports, “… nearly 1 in 5 Americans 65 and older are socially isolated”. Given these startling statistics, what are ways we can reduce our risk and manage social isolation?

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By Ashlee Williman | 06/11/2019

A Rose Center for Aging Well participant enjoying an intergenerational activity together with a young adult

The Impact of Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational programs provide opportunities to bridge generations through interactive activities and shared experiences. The impact and benefits of intergenerational programming can be measured on many levels. Whether you’re an older adult interested in participating in these activities or an organizer interested in planning them, here are just a few real world examples from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Rose Centers for Aging Well of how intergenerational activities have benefited various generations of participants.

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By Ashlee Williman | 06/11/2019

Grandparents watching their granddaughter blow bubbles

Babysitting as Grandparents

If asked to take on a childcare role with grandchildren, grandparents may begin to feel worried and stressed about these new responsibilities. But while many areas of childcare may have changed from the past, many areas have remained the same over time. With some conversation and ground rules set, the babysitting experience can be rewarding for grandparents, and a godsend for working parents.

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06/06/2019

An older adult reviewing their estate planning documents

Understanding Estate Planning and Advance Directives

As we age, we may grow concerned about the possibility of no longer being able to make decisions for ourselves, and how we will provide for our family financially after we pass away. If we are caring for an aging loved one, encouraging them to begin preparing for the future through estate planning can provide us all with the peace of mind of knowing that their health care and financial wishes will be respected, and their loved ones will be taken care of.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 06/06/2019

Cordell, A. (2022, March 14). Mealtime Changes That Can Benefit a Loved One with Dementia. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/mealtime-changes-that-can-benefit-a-loved-one-with-dementia