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Pets and Aging
Pets make wonderful companions for older adults and are considered "therapy" in many situations. It's important to know what to consider when choosing the right pet so that the experience is positive and enhances our lifestyle.
Pets Enhance Well-being
Animals can reduce loneliness and encourage healthy behaviors. It is important to appreciate how pets can add to a healthy lifestyle as we age and as our loved ones also get on in years. Learn how owning a pet can add to our quality of life.
Planning for a Healthy Trip
Many older persons love to travel but they make their plans as they did when they were younger, without "thinking it through." We forget that we may need different shoes, get our medications refilled , and more. Take a look at what we need to make our next trip safe and comfortable.
Preparing for Emergencies
Planning for "what ifs" seems to many of us to be a waste of time. But serious storms are constant reminders of how quickly our normal living can be disrupted. Research tells us that emergency planning should be one of our priorities, especially if we are older adults. Learn the basics here!
Quality of Life Newsletter Content
This first newsletter article provides an overview of the content planned for the Quality of Life newsletter linked to BellaOnline's Geriatrics site.
Seeking Companionship After 50
Seeking a new friend and potential partner can seem daunting, especially if we haven’t been “out there” in years. We need to find the courage to learn how to look for companionship and feel safe doing it! This article provides us with some guidelines. More to come on this topic!
Technology as We Age
Statistics show that many older persons are not keeping up with technology and get very frustrated when trying to learn, such as using smart phones. There are many tech tools that would be useful to us as we age and enhance our quality of life. The key is to go slowly but go!
Tips for Medication Safety
As we age it is normal to take more prescription and over the counter drugs than when we were younger. Therefore, it is also more common to have drug interactions and drug side effects. Read about the numerous tips to ensure that your medications don't become a negative to your health!
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