Isolation in Seniors is an Issue here in the U.S.


No matter where seniors live, they face the possibility of isolation and loneliness. Too often, a senior finds themselves in a situation where their family lives many miles away and their network of friends has dwindled until they have no one to spend time with. This level isolation can lead to health issues, depression, and even early death.

This means using resources to combat isolation as well as using volunteers to visit seniors or give them a call to help make their day a little better. In addition, the creation of programs that provides activities for seniors to help them get involved and reduce the loneliness they feel.

Do you know of seniors who have benefited from technology to conquer isolation? Have you helped any seniors get a better understanding of programs, apps, and more that’s out there? Let us know in the comments below.  Thank you!

Listen To Your Doctor



Mark, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.  A few days later the doctor saw Mark walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Mark and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Mark replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'”
The doctor said, “I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur. Be careful.'”..ooh!


Seniors have adopted new technologies!

Traditionally, it’s been said that seniors struggle to adapt to new technologies. Yet today, six out of every ten use the Internet. Seventy percent of all senior citizens access the Internet on a daily basis, while a staggering 80 percent use social media to interact with friends, relatives and family members. The extent to which individuals older than 65 years old have adapted to new technologies is extraordinary.

Seniors have adopted new technologies to such an extent that close to 80 percent in the U.S. feel that lack of access to the Internet is a significant disadvantage. More than nine out of every ten seniors acknowledge that the Web has made it easier for them to search for information, while more than 80 percent of seniors feel the ubiquitous smartphone is a great tool that provides them freedom in their old age.

There is a direct correlation between education, income levels and the adoption of new technology. Eighty-seven percent of senior citizens who possess a college degree are comfortable using technology. This figure falls to less than 70 percent for those who have merely attended college. Senior citizens with less than a high school degree readily adopt technology at just a 40 percent rate.

Similarly, 86 percent of seniors residing in households with an annual income between $50,000 and $75,000 have adopted modern technology. Among those earning more than $30,000 but less than $50,000, the adoption rate is 63 percent. This figure falls to less than 40 percent for members of households earning less than $30,000 per year. This indicates that seniors who can afford devices like smartphones, tablets and computers are very comfortable using them.

Quotes from Famous Seniors

“The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.” – Victor Hugo

“The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach age 18.” – T.S. Eliot

“When grace is joined with wrinkes, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.” – Unknown Author

“The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.”. – Anne Bancroft

“When you become senile, you won’t know it.” -Bill Cosby

“A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, ‘At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.’ – Claude Pepper

“He’s so old that when he orders a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front.” – Milton Berle

“When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.” -George Burns

“I’m so old they’ve cancelled my blood type. ” – Bob Hope

“The really frightening thing about middle age is knowing you’ll grow out of it. ” Doris Day

“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ” – Maurice Chevalier

“You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope

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“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach age 18.” – T.S. Eliot

Technology will significantly improve people’s lives in the future.


Your smart mattress will personalize your sleep experience and notify loved ones when you get up in the morning. Smart carpet will control lights as you move around, so you don’t fall when you get up at night, and notify loved ones if someone falls. Your refrigerator will monitor your groceries and order them automatically.

 Even your coffeemaker, if it notices you not drinking your coffee or conducting some odd behavior related to the machine, may well alert family members that there may be a problem.

Driver-less car, will allow future retirees mobility like they’ve never had before.

Of course, all of this technology costs money, and given how carpets and mattresses can run a consumer thousands of dollars today, it’s easy to imagine a tomorrow in which future retirees on a fixed income feel as if they can only afford the dumb carpet and dumb mattress instead of the smart ones.

As for driver-less cars, there’s been little research on what the costs might be, but according to a 2014 study put out by the research company IHS Markit, self-driving cars will be $7,000 to $10,000 more than the average car in 2025. By 2030, a self-driving car will cost $5,000 more than a conventional vehicle, and by 2035, it’ll cost about $3,000 more.

In other words, depending on your age, you may not be living your retirement walking around on a smart carpet and being chauffeured in a self-driving car, but your kids or grand kids probably will. Then again, maybe you will, too. 

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.


Caring for an individual with Alzheimerʼs disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Frustration is a normal and valid emotional response to many of the difficulties of being a caregiver.

While some irritation may be part of everyday life as a caregiver, feeling extreme frustration can have serious consequences for you or the person you care for. Frustration and stress may negatively impact your physical health or cause you to be physically or verbally aggressive towards your loved one. If your caregiving situation is causing you extreme frustration or anger, you may want to explore some new techniques for coping.

When you are frustrated, it is important to distinguish between what is and what is not within your power to change. Frustration often arises out of trying to change an uncontrollable circumstance. As a caregiver of someone with dementia, you face many uncontrollable situations. Normal daily activities—dressing, bathing, and eating—may become sources of deep frustration for you.

Behaviors often associated with dementia, like wandering or asking questions repeatedly, can be frustrating for caregivers but are uncontrollable behaviors for people with dementia. Unfortunately, you cannot simply change the behavior of a person suffering from dementia.

When dealing with an uncontrollable circumstance, you do control one thing: how you respond to that circumstance.

In order to respond without extreme frustration, you will need to:

  • Learn to recognize the warnings signs of frustration.
  • Intervene to calm yourself down physically.
  • Modify your thoughts in a way that reduces your stress.
  • Learn to communicate assertively.
  • Learn to ask for help.

The 50+ audience is much more tech savvy than a lot of marketers give it credit for.


To that point, YouTube isn’t necessarily a platform you associate with a 50+ audience. If I’m a brand targeting this demographic and I’m not investing heavily in digital marketing, am I making a mistake?


Yes, the 50+ audience is much more tech savvy than a lot of marketers give it credit for. Most people don’t realize how multichannel and multi-device this audience is.


We take it as our responsibility to lead the way in showing marketers that this audience is online and wants to be reached that way. If marketers don’t understand that, they’re missing a big opportunity to build relevance with a demographic that accounts for 51 cents of every dollar spent by people over 25 in the U.S.


This is only going to become truer in the next few years. Take Gen Xers, who everyone knows are engaged online. What most marketers may be forgetting is that the oldest Gen Xers are 53.



Have digital platforms replaced or added to your traditional marketing strategies?

Shipley: We’re looking for ways to bring the online and offline worlds together to get more views, more shares, and more chatter. So this is not about replacing analog with digital. We’re instead attempting to blend the two so they reinforce one another.


For example, after this year’s Super Bowl, we worked with Grey New York on creative and Mediacom on media to run a 30-second spot featuring Grammy-winning spoken word poet J. Ivy. We wanted an ad that would surprise people and really challenge some of the stereotypes of aging. The spoken word approach was perfect for that.


But what we really loved was the flexibility it gave us to try out new lengths and varieties of creative. We dedicated a full day to shooting made-for-digital creative, which gave us six-second and 15-second versions we could experiment with.


We’re already seeing the approach pay off. For example, our six-second and 15-second AARP ads on YouTube have combined to deliver a 13% lift in brand favorability and a 22% lift in ad recall among people age 45–64 recognize that they’re in an exciting, dynamic time of their lives.


It’s an optimistic crowd.

Sometimes marketers make assumptions about this audience because they’re thinking of their grandma. Soon they’re going to realize, “Oh wait, I’m marketing to myself.

How to ease the pain when your mother is showing signs of memory loss


Dementia is common these days. We the age increases most of the people start to suffer from memory loss. Recently, the number of individuals suffering from memory loss is rapidly increasing. The reason is that we do not give our brain rest at the younger age. We are always working and in a hyperactive condition that it becomes hard for our brain to relax. As our age increases the productivity of the brain reduces and this leads to memory loss. If you notice that your mother is showing signs of memory loss things can get tough in your house. Here are some of the tips that will help maintain the condition and ease the pain of your mother.

Do not show her that she is losing memory

As soon as you notice that she is showing signs of memory loss it is important that you do not show her she is suffering from a disorder. Make her believe that she is perfectly fine because that is the only way she will cooperate with you. In case you notice that she is mentioning her memory quite often you should tell her that you kept her things somewhere else and she is not the one who has forgotten. The importance of this strategy is that it will help you to keep your mother is a good mood and so you can continue the treatment.

Avoid getting irritated if she is asking questions

There are chances that your mother will constantly ask her about her things or whether you know what she has forgotten. In this situation, you have to assure that you stay calm.

  • Even if she asks 100 times make sure that you answer her without getting irritated. Remember that she is the reason have reached this level of success
  • Help her find out her things and try to help her remember things because it will be an exercise for her brain
  • Look for different mental exercises that will help you mother remember things if her memory loss is not permanent.

Try to keep her things where she can reach them

The best strategy you can use is to try to specify some locations in the house where you will keep her things. Within few days it will develop in her conscious that where she has to look for her things and so it will get easier for you. Another strategy that you can use is keeping sticky notes. On the notes write about the timing of her medication and where she can find her products. If you are a busy schedule these small reminders will help her find out her things easily.

Take help from professionals

There will come a time when the memory loss of your mother will increase and it will reach to a level when she will start forgetting you. It is important that you take professional help from assisted living facilities. The best in Glendale, Ariz Glencroft Senior living Glendale, Arizona has the team of professionals that can provide you the guidance that you are looking for. They will take extra care of your mother and will assure that she gets the required treatment that will help in the retrieval of her memory to some extent.

Positive Effects of Exercise for Older Adults

The aging process can have an enormous impact on the human body. As people age, they may notice a loss of agility, balance, endurance and strength as well as a loss of bone density and muscle mass. Likewise, they may also notice an increase in body fat and possible joint injuries.

It is estimated that four out of every five adults aged 50 years and above are suffering from at least one condition that is chronic.

However, some of the most prominent effects of aging may be mitigated by exercising regularly. Exercising can have numerous positive effects for older people because of its ability to increase balance, increase flexibility, increase mobility and lower blood pressure. It can also help people maintain a healthy weight and reduce the chance of developing diseases and disabilities.

Exercise can have an especially positive effect on heart and brain health. A study reported by the Gerontological Society of America found that fitness training led to significant increases in brain volume in people between 60 and 79 years old. Regular exercise can also help treat several chronic health conditions, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

Exercising may even have the potential to increase lifespan, and three hours of exercise each week could possibly extend a person’s life by five years.

Socializing and What You Need To Know

Social isolation can develop when living at home causes a lack of communication with others. This results in the senior feeling lonely due to the loss of contact or companionship, as well as a deficit of close and genuine communication with others. It also can be the self-perception of being alone even when one is in the company of other people.

There are many causes of social isolation. Retirement, death of a spouse or significant other, health related problems and even reduced income can create situations where one becomes separated from social contacts. The key, however, is how seniors and caregivers choose to respond to these changes because the responses can make the difference in creating a positive or negative result.

Take to heart the statement, “Social integration, the opposite of social isolation, has been found to be generally beneficial to health across adulthood into old age” (Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Research Review, March 2007). Social integration is participation in a wide range of relationships and activities. While it may not seem that your grandmother is doing anything other than playing Bingo, in reality, she is making valuable social connections that, in the long run, will help keep her mentally (and physically) healthy. She talks to others about herself, her community, her family and other things that are important to her; and the people she talks to listen to her.

Older adults who volunteer their time, actively participate in family experiences, make new friends and retain old friendships are far less likely to experience depression, develop health problems and will most likely practice good mental and physical health habits because of the interaction with others. It doesn’t matter if you retire, have health issues, experience the loss of a loved one or even have to live with less income having the ability to connect with others is crucial to avoiding any type of isolation. Here are some ideas for seniors to keep connected.

  • Volunteer your time. There are opportunities to volunteer everywhere. Contact schools, hospitals, libraries, soup kitchens, churches and local charities for available opportunities.
  • Find a hobby. Whether playing cards, scrapbooking, knitting, playing Bingo or fishing, make it a point to meet with friends regularly to enjoy a hobby together.
  • Schedule a regular weekly time to meet with friends. A morning cup of coffee, lunch, tea or sitting at the park, make an excuse to have a regular meeting with friends each week.
  • Schedule family time. Call your family regularly to touch base, laugh and share stories.

There are socializing challenges when you live alone. A complication that many seniors may face is transportation. If you do not live in a residence that offers activities and transportation and you are unable to drive, socializing can become a burden. Look into public and private transportation options or ask friends or family members. Ensuring seniors have transportation is a key to keeping social connections.

Avoiding social isolation should be at the top of everyone’s list of “important things to consider” when planning ahead to age in place. A good plan, creativity and a willingness to seek out opportunities will help ensure good mental health and a social connection for seniors who are aging in place.Image may contain: one or more people, phone and text