A Letter from the editor
As the Editor in Chief of Aging I.Q. News, we focus on education and choices. This idea guides everything we do. We offer financial choices for a range of unexpected circumstances, from illness to estate planning. Something that we hear time and time again from our clients is that they had no idea that the options we are offering even existed. In looking for ways to change that, we found that this lack of awareness was prevalent throughout so many important areas of aging and the circumstances that aging people might encounter. We are hoping to help change that with Aging I.Q. News.
Inside Orchard Park, music beams on Tuesdays as the community’s residents gather to sing along to the piano; on those days, the senior residents have a sense of purpose. It has not been long since they were able to finally revive that purpose, as a broken piano and COVID-19 deprived them of these joys.
It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started, and the US economy is showing signs of recovery. Covid-19 vaccinations are rising, states have lifted some pandemic restrictions and many travelers are back on the road.
Most caregivers I know have a complicated relationship with self-care. We keep a polite smile on when someone (usually not actively caregiving) tells us, “Make sure you take care of yourself, too!” Sure. Of course. Easier said than done.
Is age really just a number? Sometimes it feels like it and sometimes it seems uncompromisingly set in stone. Everyone would like to look and feel younger, but how do we do this?
Credit card fraud is becoming more sophisticated, with scammers using devices called “skimmers” that steal and store your information after you swipe or insert your card.
This summer, many of us are looking forward to enjoying the warm weather, traveling, and reconnecting with friends and family. But it’s important to keep ourselves and loved ones safe in rising temperatures while on vacation, visiting the pool, or enjoying cookouts.
Perhaps the only respite pandemic closures brought to my family — which includes two kids under age 6 — was freedom from the constant misery of dripping noses, sneezes, and coughs.
Elder abuse isn't a topic anyone enjoys discussing, but it's important to talk about it. Experts estimate that 10% of older adults are victims of elder abuse, yet only a small percentage of cases are ever reported. Elder abuse includes:
No one likes that starchy, clumpy mess that even the wasps avoid at summer parties and barbecues. But our favourite chefs have some fresh tips on how to put pasta salad back on your menu
Recovering from an accident or injury can be a lengthy and difficult process. Friends and family members can struggle to provide the injured loved one with the level of care they need for optimal health.
Why are some people able to learn things quicker and seemingly much easier than the rest of us? While it can be a combination of luck and genetics, for most people it’s because they have worked hard to boost their brainpower. Because just like every other muscle in our bodies, our brains also become stronger the harder we exercise our cognitive skills and the more we use our memory.