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Man Honors Dead He’s Never Met

Some people visit cemeteries on Halloween. One man visits them all year long to honor the dead he has never met and uploads photos of the gravestones for families across the world to find.

Halloween Costumes for Seniors

Halloween gives everyone, children and seniors alike, a free pass to dress up! These great costume ideas are sure to provide the creative spark needed to get in the spooky spirit, even if you are just dressing up to hand out candy.

Get the Most Out of Retirement

From creating a travel checklist to keeping a budget to make your finances stretch further, there are a lot of things you can do to get the most out of your retirement years

Marriage in Old Age

In may be hard for many to believe, but studies show marriage actually grows easier in older age. As negativity fades the longer a couple is together, older married couples have been found to show more tenderness than younger couples.

Best Cellphones for Seniors

Choosing the right phone can make using a new device seem less daunting. From bigger displays to pocket sized flip phones, these are the best phones for seniors ranked by Consumer Affairs.

The Evolution of the Senior Living Community

From communities that primarily focused on healthcare to communities packed full of recreational areas and clubs, senior living has changed a lot of the past few decades.

Emotional Support Animals for the Elderly

Having a pet greet you when you walk through the door can make even the most trying days seem a little brighter. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, transitioning to a senior living facility, or another life event, an emotional support animal is one of the best companions to have through it all.

5 Tips for Easier Gardening

Leaving the house in order to purchase groceries is simply not an option for many elders. This is why a group of young adults going by the name of the “Shopping Angels” has banded together in order to shop for their elderly community.

The Best Beds for Seniors

People get used to living with their aches and pains, but with the right mattress, you can live your life in comfort. Discover the top rates beds for seniors.

“Shopping Angels” Help Seniors get Groceries

Leaving the house in order to purchase groceries is simply not an option for many elders. This is why a group of young adults going by the name of the “Shopping Angels” has banded together in order to shop for their elderly community.

Ways to Compensate for Care When Aging Alone

Solo Agers face a variety of challenges when growing older alone but the top and most worrisome is, “How do I compensate for not having adult children and other family members to look out for me, because counting on good friends is not what I want to do.”

Theater Brings Special Performances to Isolated Seniors

A theater in Texas has been turning parking lots into stages in order to bring performances to seniors who are unable to go to the theater due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. One senior states, “It makes me happy.”

Labor Day Activities and Social Distancing

2020 has been a strange year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy holidays. Even with social distancing, spending the holidays with friends and family is still possible. Here are some great activities to make your Labor Day weekend a blast!

Knitting for Beginners

Knitting can be a fun way to be creative while also reducing anxiety and stress, and it’s also very easy! With a bit of yarn and some needles, you will be knitting something neat in no time.

The Best U.S. Counties for Retirement

Choosing where you want to retire can be a big decision. Whether you have always dreamed of living by the sea or desire to be closer to nature, this article breaks down the best counties in the U.S. for retirees.

Senior in Lockdown Moves Out

Being confined in a nursing home was taking a toll on Blietz. When her daughter asked her to move out of the nursing home and into her condo, she realized quarantining with family was just the change she needed.

Safe Driving Tips

As we get older it is important to take extra precautions while driving. These helpful tips and handy accessories make driving in your golden years safer than ever.

10 Resources for Independent Living

During your golden years, living independently can be a rewarding experience. Making sure that you are safe and healthy make this possible. These 10 resources are available to all seniors who live on their own.

A Business and Family Man

My grandfather was not only a successful businessman, but a loving human and a family man. He started his own business as a grocery store owner in…

What Happens When you Become a Senior

The term ‘senior citizen’ may make you think of nursing homes and walkers, but in reality the later stages of life are often exciting. For many people, it is finally time to explore passions, relationships, and interests.

15-Year Old Teaches Seniors Karate

This 15-year-old is changing lives through Karate. By creating his own outreach program, Jeffrey Wall is keeping seniors in his community active, even in the midst of social distancing.

Cooking with Grandma

Grandma’s cooking is often referred to as the best, holding a special place in our hearts. But as the children have grown up, these grandmothers have turned to cooking for their other family, their communities.

Birdwatching: Senior Activities

Did you know that birdwatching is one of the most popular activities for retirees? It can be combined with nature walks or picnics, and it works great as a relaxing hobby. Getting started is very easy.

Choosing a Community: Senior Living

When choosing a senior living community, there are a lot of factors to consider from daily activities to ease of mobility. Whether you are looking for a full-service resort style feel or more independent community living, make sure you take every factor into consideration.

Working as a Senior

Working as a senior can be a great way to stay active, earn extra income, and meet new people. Check out these 31 great jobs for older adults if you are looking to get back in the work-force.

Becoming a Great Grandparent

Thanks to healthier, longer lifespans, the likelihood of knowing our great-grandchildren is higher. But what makes being a Great different than a regular Grand?

Board Games for All Abilities

Whether you are searching for a new, fun board game to play with your grandkids or you are a caregiver with a senior adult who has declined mental or physical abilities, this extensive list of board games is great fun for everyone! 

Senior Travel: National Parks Edition

Retirement can be one of the best times in life to travel, and no matter where you fall on the outdoorsy scale, National Parks offer unforgettable views that you do not want to miss! From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, the United States offers 419 different parks, spanning more than 84 million acres of land just waiting for you to explore.

Preserving Old Memories

Many of life’s most precious memories are encapsulated in our old photos, videos, and letters. You may have wondered what is the best way to preserve and share these memories for future generations. Luckily, there are a lot of options to choose from!

Senior Travels: Disney World Edition

From seniors, for seniors, here are the places to stay, eat, and relax coupled with helpful tips to make your trip to the happiest place on earth the most enjoyable.

Ride-Share for Seniors

Seniors can benefit greatly from ride-sharing services. When driving ability decreases or ceases altogether, ride-share options offer increased mobility, allowing seniors to continue traveling where they want, on their schedule.

Disrupting Aging

Jo Ann Jenkins, the author of Disrupt Aging and Embrace Growing Older, discusses age-based stereotypes and discrimination in our society. Written with humor and inspiration, and powerfully argued, Jo Ann’s book creates a definitive map for making the most of your golden years while focusing on Health, Wealth, and Self.

4th of July Activities for Seniors

It’s time to get in the celebratory mood! 4th of July is a fun holiday for everyone across America, but doing the same activities each year can get old fast. Check out this great list of senior-friendly activities you can take part in this July!

Adoption: An Aging Population

As the average lifespan increases, so do the challenges that older Americans face. Fortunately, communities like yours are making a difference through adoption programs in an effort to enhance the daily lives of older adults.

Discounts that Help Seniors Save

Discounts are more than just a free coffee or a reduced-price movie ticket, they also help seniors reduce retirement costs and allow their dollars to stretch further. Check out these 10 great discounts for seniors and start saving today.

 

Creating a Village for the Elderly

One community in Chicago strives to provide underprivileged seniors with opportunities to grow and develop socially in an effort to improve their overall happiness through the use of free programs for seniors citizens.

 

The 9 Best Cruises for Seniors

Today’s seniors are living longer and are more active than ever. So, what does this mean for how they travel? Cruise Critic has created a detailed guide to the best cruises for seniors. Whether you like exotic locations, culinary experiences, or reading by the pool, there is a great vacation waiting for you.

 

Fashion for Women Over 60

Figuring out how to dress can be difficult at any age, but when all of the styles you see are designed for younger women, it can be even more challenging. We’re here to tell you, you don’t have to sacrifice style because of age!

 

Summer Programs for Seniors

Learn something new this summer with one of these great programs made specifically for seniors! From singing camps to sports programs, there are endless options.

 

Senior Community Creates Hug Station to Bring Smiles Back to Residents Safely

Something as simple as a hug, lost due to social distancing, is being returned to a senior community by the creation of a safe and sanitary ‘Hug Station’.

 

Covid-19 Causes Isolation: Texas City Is Now Calling Seniors Just to Chat

Social distancing is causing some American seniors to feel isolated, but a town in Texas is changing that! To increase daily interaction, they are calling seniors just to chat with many similar programs popping up around the United States.

 

82- Year-Old UK Resident Undergoes Life-Changing Surgery

This 82-year-old English man was barely able to walk because of crippling osteoarthritis in his right ankle. 

Now, he is one of the first patients in the UK to receive an artificial ankle made from the materials of bulletproof vests – and he says that he did it so he could walk arm-in-arm with his wife once more.

 

How a Wrong Number Led to a Best Friend

Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation and a chance to learn something new.

 

Raising Spirits Through a Non-Profit

Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation and a chance to learn something new.

 

Activities for Seniors That Aren’t Boring

Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation and a chance to learn something new.

How Napping with Cats Led to Sanctuary Funds

There are plenty of cute cat pictures on the internet, but this particular set of photos has provided a mountain of funding for a Wisconsin animal sanctuary.

 

Go to a Starbucks Run by Seniors

Starbucks has just opened up the first ever cafe that is staffed entirely by people between the ages of 55 and 66. The branch, which opened in Mexico City, is now run by 7 older employees, all of whom are guaranteed major medical insurance and at least 2 days off per week. 

 

The “Bling Fairy” Shares a Little Sparkle

This 71-year-old man has made an unusual nickname for himself out of his favorite weekend past time: giving away brooches to strangers. Myron Boyer, also known as “The Bling Fairy”, has spent the last 6 years habitually giving away sparkly pins and antique brooches to unsuspecting passerbys around Portland, Oregon.

 

Senior Home Additions

Your house is more than a brick, wood or metal structure – it’s your HOME. Through all of the changes that come with age, these simple additions allow your to make your house a home for a lifetime.

 

Beat the Heat with These Summer Activities

How can you stay active while staying out of the heat? What are fun senior-friendly activities to keep your loved ones engaged? Read this guide for fun indoor and outdoor activities for the summer.

 

Meet Anthony, The World’s Oldest Barber

Anthony Mancinelli may be a staggering 107-years-old, but he is still working full-time as a barber – the same way that he has been doing it for the last 96 years.

 

Puppy Strikes Joy for Senior

This story reminds us that no matter how old you are, just about every human alive would love to have a fluffy new puppy in the house.

 

Meet Wales’ Oldest Sisters

Lil, of Newport, has just become a centenarian, following in the footsteps of her 108-year-old sister, Amy Winifred Hawkin. With a combined age of 208, they are thought to be among the oldest living sisters in Wales.

 

Man Holding a Baby for Stranger Melts Hearts

This older man is being praised across the internet for his heartwarming display of kindness towards a mother who had her hands full last week.

 

Retirees are Fleeing These States

New Jersey, it seems, is the last place where people want to spend their golden years. Almost 67% of all New Jersey moves were outbound last year, according to a survey from United Van Lines.

 

Watch: Meet One of London’s Longest Serving Chefs

The 81-year-old, who was born in Italy’s Puglia region, has been serving dishes from all around the world since his arrival in the capital at age 20. He says he plans to keep on cooking until he cannot get up the stairs to his kitchen.

 

Hero Garbageman Checks on Seniors During Wildfires

In Butter County, California, a garbageman refused to evacuate the path of a wildfire until he checked up on all his elderly customers – and a 93-year-old woman was so glad he did. Dane Ray Cummings has driven the same trash route for eight years – and he knew where all the elderly people lived.

 

Performing for an Audience of One

For the last 44 years, Deke Duncan has been spinning records from a studio in his garden shed for “the smallest audience in the country” – also known as his wife.

 

Retiree Had Driven over 64,000 Miles to Get Students to Class

Regardless of the weather, the driving conditions, or the distance, you can bet that New York native Paul Goetchius will make sure low-income students arrive to their college classes on time.

 

An Unexpected Dancer

This video of a dancing grandma has been viewed over 25 millions times – and it’s easy to see why.

 

Famous TV Host Creates an Acting Class for Seniors

Matthew Hoffman is an energetic TV host who’s found a way to turn his passion for movie’s like “Braveheart” into scene-stealing moments for his unique students. Hoffman, the narrator for the CBS series “Love Island,” leads a weekly class of senior citizens called “Tuesdays with Matthew.”

 

Seeking a Degree After Alzheimer’s

Three years ago, Ron Robert was “shocked” and distressed over his Alzheimer’s diagnosis – but instead of letting the disease get the better of him, it has inspired a brand new chapter of his life. As a means of keeping his mind sharp, the 81-year-old started taking classes at King’s University College in London, Ontario.

 

The Best States for Senior Citizens

The Best States for aging ranking determines which states are most effectively serving their senior citizens by keeping them healthy, financially secure and involved in their communitites. States are scored relative to each other in 12 factors that average into one overall score.

Girl Grants Wishes of Seniors

This 11-Year-Old girl may not be a magical genie, but she is winning hearts for her magical mission of granting wishes to nursing home patients. 

Using Art to Save a Hometown

When the Taiwanese government was threatening to demolish his beloved hometown, a retired war veteran managed to save it with a paintbrush.

Uber Driver Changes Senior’s Life

A compassionate Uber driver has proven herself to be a guardian angel in disguise after she helped to transform the home of an elderly veteran who was living in “deplorable” conditions.

Easter Ideas for Seniors

Easter traditions aren’t just for kids. Creative and fun ideas can be enjoyed by seniors at home, assisted living facilities, at churches or senior centers. Think beyond chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs to find Easter activities and Easter crafts for seniors.

A Friendship Between a Waiter and a Senior

Compassion is an admirable quality. Hearts are melting over young server, Dylan Tetil for showing unprecedented care towards a 91-year-old customer dining alone.

In Florida, Bridging Generational Divides

In an Age of “OK, boomer” and other generational rifts, high school students in Collier County, Florida, are working to bridge divides with their elders.

Wheelchair Accessible Gardening

After Terry witnessed his brother lose the ability to pursue gardening, he took it upon himself to ensure that anybody could keep their green thumbs in the dirt.

Plumber Covers Costs for Struggling Seniors

This 52-year-old plumber quit his paid job so he could do free plumbing and home repair services for seniors and families in need—particularly during the cold winter months.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Seniors

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples – everyone can celebrate! We’ve rounded up plenty of fantastic Valentine’s Day ideas they’ll love – 6 categories of activity suggestions and 4 thoughtful gift ideas.

Senior with Dementia Stuns with Sinatra Cover

An 83-year-old Scottish woman with dementia is quickly climbing the UK music charts after her nursing home caregiver fell in love with her singing voice.

96-Year-Old Radio Enthusiast Fulfills Childhood Dream

A 96 year-old Canadian woman was crying tears of joy after she accidentally fulfilled a lifelong out-of-this-world bucket list dream.

Making Later Life Happy, Healthy and Meaningful

Humanity has long been obsessed with how long they would live. By 2050, this is projected to more than double, and the global population of people aged 80 and older is expected to more than triple.

50 Shades of Aging: Dating as a Senior

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY month – maybe.Living longer has caused many of these boomers to re-evaluate their lives. They’ve raised their kids, and now it’s their turn to have some fun.

Traveling in Your Golden Years

When we get older and older, staying happy, sane, and healthy becomes harder and harder. Therefore, traveling, with its benefits, can do wonders for elders’ overall well-being.

Joining the Young and Old in Rural Life

Connecting kids with an older adult is a way to give them the support of a mentor and a chance to feel like a valued member of the community, says Haglin.

Converting Malls to Senior Communities

More failing and abandoned malls are being redeveloped for a mix of uses, including senior housing.

Aging Joyfully & Defying Senior Stereotypes

From ballet dancing to mountain climbing and from art to athletics, we meet seven older people who prove that later life can be anything but dull.

Aging In NYC: Senior Life In The City

Photographer Herb Bardavid focuses on seniors getting out on the town for a long-term project. Here are some stories he’s shared with Patch.

Aging with Science and Art

The National Center for Creative Aging recently celebrated its 10th anniversary by bringing together the latest, greatest in science research and expressive arts designed for baby-boomers and earlier generations.