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Aging Happens: Bones need our support

Do you ever think about your bones? Most of us don’t, unless at some point the doctor orders a bone-density test and the results are less than stellar. Or mayb...

Solo agers have some planning to do

What is the new language used to describe someone who has never married or had children and is now aging on their own? Here are three terms used interchangeabl...

Personality disorders are more than quirks

I recently attended a webinar presented by the Aging Life Care Association (aginglifecare.org) that discussed personality disorders. These are not just “quirks”...

Healthy Aging: Con-Con for Care

If you’re feeling the need for some quality connection, engagement, and information, you’d do well to check out the OLLI at SOU catalog of spring courses and of...

Tips for finding the right medical provider

One of the first things people look for when they relocate is a medical provider. Also, when doctors retire, people are sometimes left trying to find someone el...

Here's an option for eating well

Food can really make us feel a lot better, even in difficult times. For older adults, staying well nourished is especially important. These days, finding new wa...

Caring for someone with dementia is hard

It might be true that the hardest task people have to address is caring for someone with dementia. We're not taught how to do this, and not knowing what to do c...

Websites can provide necessary connections

Be savvy. Be connected. Be healthy. Sounds like good advice, but this is also the heading from a website for a local organization, Be Savvy Southern Oregon (bes...

Healthful tidbits for the new year

As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to offer a few items instead of just one topic. Think of them as small gifts for the holidays, starting with your sl...

Tips for efficient estate planning

Just when you thought you had everything in place with your estate planning, along comes another layer of preparation. Even after you've appointed the successor...

What to do after a dementia diagnosis

Last year, I attended the Oregon Geriatric Society conference with four of my colleagues who practice here in the Rogue Valley. This year's OGS annual meeting w...

Tips for dealing with caregiver shortage

This is a column about shortages. In particular, a gap in the numbers of locally available caregivers to meet the needs of people requiring their services. I do...

De-cluttering files after 20 years

I was supposed to have a small celebration in 2020 for 20 years of providing services as Senior Options. It had a nice ring to it, and I had planned to host an ...

Living better, not just longer

Last month, I attended an informative webinar called "Achieving Age-Friendly Health and Community Service in Oregon. " It was put together by AARP Oregon and in...

Tips for visiting during the pandemic

Summer's here, and in the past that meant having lots of visitors come share the fun in Ashland and the Rogue Valley. This summer there's no Oregon Shakespeare ...

Check this homework off your list

If you've run out of distracting or fun things to do around the house, you might consider some homework. Here's a task that almost everyone puts off doing, and ...

Q&A with a caregiving expert

In the early days of this column, I occasionally included interviews that I called "Expert in the Field. " Because we are all relying on the sound advice of exp...