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The Particular Perils of Winter for Seniors

Winters are hard on everyone.  But for seniors, it can present additional challenges.    Here are some concerns that become especially prevalent in the coming colder months: Dressing for the Weather – Everyone, including seniors, must take particular care to dress appropriately for the weather.  Otherwise, there is a serious risk… read more »

Seniors and Driving in Rhode Island

For many seniors, being able to drive a car is not merely a convenient mode of transportation, it is also a hallmark of independence. That’s why it’s especially important for seniors to ensure their physical heath meets medical thresholds, their vehicles conform to safety standards, and they maintain their skills… read more »

Top Tech Tips and Gadgets for Seniors

Recently we wrote about some transportation news of interest to seniors, include a new feature of the Uber rideshare system that is aimed specifically at elderly and disabled passengers. These days, technology-based developments like this are almost routine.  While keeping abreast of them all is a challenge for anyone, there… read more »

AARP Scorecard Ranks Rhode Island’s Performance in Supporting Its Seniors

According to a new state-by-state “Scorecard” report from the AARP, Rhode Island is ranked 32nd nationwide for meeting the long-term care needs of its more vulnerable residents, including seniors. The report, titled “Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People read more »

Planning Tips for Aging in Place

“Aging in place” is a focused decision to continue to live independently, safely and comfortably in your own home, while still surrounded by the healthcare, ability-related and social support you may require. Yet a recent article in the Washington Post reports that a mere 1 percent of homes are conducive… read more »

Planning for Predictable Problems in Later Life

Throughout their lives, many people push themselves to do things that make them a little uncomfortable: they write wills, they buy burial plots, and they may even discuss their wishes for organ donation. Even though thinking about what will happen when they pass away is a step outside the emotional… read more »

A Simple Yet Powerful Practice to Prevent Falls

Winter may be (gradually) on its way out, but slips and falls are still a very real threat for anyone spending time outside. For seniors especially, the general risk of falls—indoors or out—is higher than the rest of the population. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say… read more »

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