Category: Life Skills

For many of us, the holidays are a time of celebration and sharing with the ones we love. Yet it’s also true that not everyone welcomes this season. Some may not have anyone to celebrate with, or even any place to go. What’s more, many of the normal processes and transitions that happen as we […]

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The Heart of the Matter

Love may be in the air on Valentine’s Day, but just how you feel about the holiday can depend on your age and whether you’re in a relationship.

I began to think about aging alone after caring for my parents. My mother struggled with heart problems, while my father lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Watching their decline was heartbreaking. It was close to one year after dad’s passing when the question hit me: “Who will care for me?”

There’s no shortage of opinions these days about social networks and the decline of in-person social connections. Headlines like “Is Technology Making People Less Sociable?” and “Is the Internet Bad for Society and Relationships?” point to the internet, and technology in general, as a contributing cause of this downturn.

Can something as simple as singing in a community choir really affect the well-being of older adults? A growing body of research shows it can.

The new year is a time to reflect and set goals. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I have decided to choose one word to live by in 2017 — a word that will inform my thinking both personally and professionally and serve as my mantra for the year. “Connect.”