The first article in this series addressed the many myths and negative beliefs around aging. How is it then that these aging misconceptions have become so ingrained in society, without being back by fact? The answer is ageism.
From the moment we are born, our cells are constantly dividing and repairing and breaking down and consuming energy. Like a car or computer, when our bodies are younger they usually run pretty smoothly.
Do you or a loved one have a difficult time managing your medications? Do you sometimes forget to take them, accidentally take the wrong amount, or get confused on what your doctor prescribed for you? Do not worry if any of those apply to you because there is some good news!
We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”, but research also suggests that we are what we think. As it was mentioned in the previous article, negative attitudes about our older populations and the process of aging can actually impact how we age.
We often talk to teenagers and young adults about sex, going through the ins and outs of protection, consent, and when and with whom they should have it. However, the conversation about sex shouldn’t just end after one conversation or when someone turns eighteen, as it’s not just young people who are sexually active.
On September 7, 2017, news broke that a data breach occurred at Equifax. Equifax is one of the three credit reporting agencies that house consumers’ personal information.
Ever since the Equifax hack was announced on September 7, 2017, the phrase “be vigilant” has been used with little or no explanation about how to actually do this. According to online dictionaries, vigilant means “being on the lookout for danger” or “being keenly watchful and ever alert.”
Growing older is one of the few universal experiences. If we’re lucky, we will all experience what it is like to earn a couple wrinkles on our faces or watch gray hairs pop up on our head (or in some cases watch it fall out).
In 2009, in honor of the terrorist attacks, the national government declared September 11th a national day of service and remembrance. It is a day to remember not only those who lost their lives but how we came together as a nation to grieve for the victims and support survivors and first responders.
September 23, 2017 is a big day for those of us looking for information about Alzheimer’s disease and options available to us as we age. Please consider joining us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Aging Gracefully Expo in Rapid City, SD!
Native people have a rich culture that is important when addressing aging and caregiving. For this reason, SDSU Extension has compiled some resources developed by Native People for Native people.
The number of adults with dementia is projected to increase by 25% over the next decade. Providing care to a person with dementia can be very challenging. SDSU Extension created this page to help caregivers.
Providing care to a friend or family member with a disability is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. SDSU Extension has compiled these resources about caring for oneself as you provide care to a friend or loved one with a disability.
When we provide care to our loved ones, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. The following article contains a number of links to resources for caregivers.
Many of us provide help to friends and loved ones for the majority of our lives. When a friend or loved develops a disability, we want to continue to provide care to them. Providing care to an adult with a disability requires special consideration and skills.
The following article contains information on housing options for disabled adults including links, resources, and other information.
Caregiving is one of the most challenges and rewarding roles a person will ever have. There are steps a person can take to reduce some of the challenges of being a caregiver. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
A crisis is looming: the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. Fears of their mass exodus from the workforce is featured in the headlines of many media outlets across the country.
Do you want to remain in your home and community, even when facing chronic disease, disability or short term injury? If you said yes, you are like many people across our great state. Our homes, communities, and technology are significant barriers to remaining independent.
We have a wide range of housing options as we age. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help us understand what is available to us.
We want to remain in our home indefinitely. This is commonly called “aging in place”. As we envision making this dream a reality, we may think of remodeling our home by updating the bathroom for accessibility or moving a bedroom to the main floor. While all of these changes can help us remain in the home, additional factors outside the home may influence our ability to age in place.
Indicators suggest that population aging is the new normal. Boomers (born 1946-1964) and other older generations have meaningful buying power. Ensuring businesses are conscious of the needs and wants of this large segment of the population is critical to remaining viable.
Population aging refers to an increase in the average age of a population and an increase in the proportion of adults over the age of 65. The Babyboom generation began joining the ranks of adults over the age of 65 in 2011.
There are a lot of misconceptions about older adults and aging. Take this quiz to test your aging IQ.
The difference between estate planning and retirement planning is subtle, but important. Retirement planning involves planning our financial future once we are no longer employed full time. Estate planning involves determining what will happen to our property and financial resources in the event of death or incapacitation.
Difficult conversations are a part of life that we will all have to face at some point. For example, it may be necessary to take the keys away when it is no longer safe for a loved one to drive.
When a family emergency or disaster occurs, having quick access to important financial documents is essential. These documents include banking information, insurance cards and policies, wills and power of attorney documents, household inventory, and birth and marriage records. This article will address what are the important financial records, where to keep financial records secure, how long to keep records, and how to create a Grab and Go box.
How many of you sit around during the holidays and listen to stories shared by your loved ones, such as grandparents or parents? Have you witnessed the emotions expressed by your loved ones? Listened to the details of the story? Even if you have heard the story before, it is important for you to be an attentive listener, because reminiscing serves a purpose in older adulthood.
Since people are living longer than ever, retirement savings need to last longer and work harder. It is more important than ever to make smart financial decisions. There are four standard sources of retirement income, Social Security, retirement plans and/or employer sponsored pensions, investment income, and earned income from part time employment.
No matter what your age or when you plan to retire, now is the time to begin saving for retirement. Saving becomes secondary when we prioritize other demands, such as marriage, buying a house, and/or raising children. Each month you delay impacts the total savings you will have when you begin retirement.
Communication skills are crucial all across the life course. Effective communication skills may help avoid confusion and misunderstanding. Effective communication is especially important when discussing sensitive topics such as a move to an assisted living facility. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help sharpen your communication skills.
People often have a smaller income when they retire than they did during their working years. These resources may help make your dollar go a little further.
As the population gets older, it will be beneficial to develop affinity between the generations. SDSU Extension compiled these resources to help.
We begin aging from the moment we draw our first breath as the miniscule changes that occur each year accumulate gradually over time. Aging is a complicated process that is a product of both biological and social factors.
Do you suffer from constant indigestion or experience symptoms such as heartburn? When this occurs frequently it may be more known as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). You are not alone. It is a growing problem and affects nearly 20% of Americans.
Remaining in our home is important to us, but we don’t like to talk about the possibility of developing a disability or needing a home that offers more support such as a nursing home or assisted living. However, avoiding the discussion actually increases our risk of needing to move.
We are interested in protecting ourselves and our loved ones from fraud, scams, and identity theft. It seems to become more difficult with each technological advancement. While technology is a common way criminals search for victims, there are other methods they may try to get our hard earned cash or access to our personal information.
We can benefit from physical activity at any age. Physical fitness decreases our risk of hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Yet, only 30% of people between 45 and 64 years of age, 25% of people between 65 and 74, and only 11% of people over 85 report being physically active.
Dementia is an umbrella term to refer to cognitive impairment of various types that interfere with a person’s day-to-day function. Researchers project that half of the adults over the age of 85 will be impacted by some form of dementia.
As loved ones age, we may have concerns about their safety of our older loved ones behind the wheel. SDSU Extension has pulled together a wide array of resources on the subject to help you determine the safety of your loved one to drive.
Have you ever had a hard time making a decision? Most of us can agree that decision-making can be difficult –even simple, everyday decisions like deciding what to eat for lunch! But what about making medical decisions? What feelings come up when thinking about making decisions about medical care? We often feel uncertain, overwhelmed, or even avoidant. These feelings are valid. Understanding and “owning” our feelings can help us move forward in feeling more comfortable starting a conversation about medical decision making.
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced a visit to the doctor. We may go to the doctor to get treated for a health condition, to manage a chronic health condition, or to get a yearly physical. Some of us have experienced a surgery or hospitalization. Interaction with the Healthcare system is a common human experience—we need it and use it to stay healthy. Yet, sometimes navigating the system can be a challenge.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans. Approximately one in four older adults over the age of 65 falls each year and in 2014 the total cost of fall injuries was a little over 30 billion dollars. The following article features resources that SDSU Extension has compiled to help.