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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!

Living Alone at 95
Living along as we age can be daunting, but when we have examples like Kathleen at age 95 delighted to have her own place, we realize it is "doable" to remain independent. This interview with Kathleen tells us about her support systems, memories and very positive attitude.

Helping Others with Grief
Sometimes it is very difficult to know what to say to others when they have had an acute loss. Since losses become more common as we age, it is to our advantage to learn what we should and shouldn't say or do at these times. Learn the basics of helping others grieve.

Late Life Remarriage
Remarrying in later years is not always easy since two people have to mesh their lifestyles, families, friends and interests. How to do it well? Read all about it!

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.

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!

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.

Changes in Sleep Patterns
Changes in sleep patterns as we age sometimes go unnoticed, or if we notice them, we think something is wrong with us. Information gleaned from studies shows us that changes are normal and we should make efforts to work on healthy sleep patterns.

Creativity in Later Life
Creativity can be a means of making a significant social contribution or can become a very personal addition to our life satisfaction. Learn how to enhance our later years by tapping into our creative side.

Aging in Place
Aging in place is perceived by many to be a good concept overall, but many new types of support systems are needed in the community for older persons to age in place successfully. This article provides an overview, challenges recommendations based on the latest studies.

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