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 older adults and the process of aging can actually impact how we age.
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 and watch our hair gray or have it fall out of our head.
The United States is experience a demographic shift. From 2016 to 2060, it is predicted that the number of Americans over the age of 65 will double from 46 million to 98 million.
We often hear about child prodigies or people who achieve great success early in their life. What I find equally inspiring though is people who find or develop a passion later in life and are able to master it.
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.
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.
Why should we care about demography? Demography is the study of ourselves: where we live, how many children we have, and when we die. One tool is the Demographic Transition Theory, or the DTT.
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.
Caregiving can take many shapes and forms. It may be an adult child caring for an older parent or a grandparent raising a grandchild. Acting as a caregiver can be emotionally and financially stressful, but it can also be a very rewarding experience.
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.