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Self-Esteem Boosting Tips for Older Adults

Self-esteem is a person’s evaluation of their own worth. Simply put, it is what someone thinks of themself, whether positive or negative. Our concept of self-esteem begins in early childhood and is formed by the image we build for ourselves through experiences with people and different situations. The things we experience as a child initially form a foundation in shaping our self-esteem. Successes; failures; and how we are treated by members of our families, teachers, religious authorities, friends, etc., contribute to a basic sense of self.

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By Tamar Cooper | 02/15/2021

Chen, L., Ye, M., & Wu, Y. (2020). Shaping identity: Older adults’ perceived community volunteering experiences in Shanghai. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020911205

Curl, A., Bibbo, J., & Johnson, R. A. (2020). Neighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthood. Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820953725

Social Isolation and the Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Isolation has been a common theme of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the early days, we were encouraged to “socially isolate,” and while doing so is challenging for many of us, it is still considered to be a positive action for the good of our communities. But social isolation has a negative side, one that has existed long before the pandemic.

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By Tamar Cooper and Kerstin Yoder | 12/15/2020

4 Tips to Help Older Adults Stay Active in the Winter

This winter will be an atypical one in many ways due to the COVID-19 surge limiting our ability to get outside, along with the usual concerns of cold and flu season and severe weather. However, even during more traditional winters than this one, the temptation to stay in bed and hibernate like bears until the warm weather comes back is hard to overcome. After all, when “the weather outside is frightful,” what’s better than relaxing in front of a delightful fire?

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2020