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Volunteer to Give Your Brain a Boost

April 15–21, 2018 Is National Volunteer Week We honor our volunteers in April and all year long. Older adults in particular are stepping up to help out where they’re needed—in schools, museums, social services agencies, in scouting, in hospitals, for cultural organizations and faith communities. At The Alden Network, we value our volunteers and appreciate… Read More

Planning for a Sense of Purpose After Retirement

Demographers who are studying the effect of the pandemic on retirement in the U.S. have found that while some older workers decided to stay on the job longer because they liked working from home, or because the worker shortage led to a job they really wanted, many others decided to retire at this time—earlier than… Read More

Get Moving to Protect Your Brain

Many of us take part in “brain exercise” activities. Puzzles, games, online classes and special computer programs provide some of the mental stimulation we need to stay sharp. But did you know that exercising our whole body is just as important for brain health? Exercise increases blood flow to the brain. It not only reduces… Read More

Census Figures Show More Older Adults Will Be “Aging Solo”

Figures from the 2020 Census have been released, and they confirm what many experts suspected: More and more older adults have no children, and more are living alone, without a spouse or partner who could assist them if they need care. Census Bureau demographers predict that in the years to come, more and more elders… Read More

Give the Earth the Gift of Greener Holidays

We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, we’re in the midst of Hanukkah, and Christmas, Kwanzaa and other winter holidays are soon to follow. For many people these days, the holiday cheer can be somewhat overshadowed by the commercialization and excess that are part of our modern holiday celebrations. Did you know that people in the U.S. throw… Read More

When It’s Time to Downsize

The kids are grown, and you no longer need all those bedrooms. Every year, the yard seems to need more attention. You’re retired, and you’d like to travel more without worrying about your home. It’s time for a move to a senior living community! Or maybe your care needs have changed, and you’re considering assisted… Read More

Preserving Our Sense of Purpose During the Pandemic

Older adults are at highest risk of serious COVID-19 illness. But while social distancing is the best way to protect against exposure to the coronavirus, experts warn that it has led to an epidemic of loneliness among older adults—and many report feeling a loss of purpose in life. Everyone wants to feel as if they… Read More

The Holidays Are Prime Time for Charity Scams

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when many of us shop for holiday gifts, comes Giving Tuesday. This is a day when we’re encouraged to get into the true spirit of the holidays by donating to our favorite charitable causes. But just as we should be sure we’re dealing with reputable businesses when we’re buying… Read More

Back to School—At Any Age!

Brain science experts tell us that along with exercise and good nutrition, education is one of the things that keeps our brains healthier. University of Barcelona brain scientists recently used MRI scans to show that certain important areas of the brain are larger in people who had stayed in school longer. Said Prof. David Bartres-Faz,… Read More

Staying Connected When You’re On Your Own

The oldest seniors today are the generation that parented the baby boomers. They have a lot of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of seven family members to help keep them active, healthy and engaged. But the baby boom generation is facing a different situation as they enter… Read More