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What COVID-19 has taught us about the importance of Elders

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn a great deal of attention to the Senior population in Kansas City and around the world. Words like defenseless, susceptible, frail, helpless have shown up in various commentaries about the virus. Some have even suggested that this population is expendable. It was said, just the…

Dealing with the Guilt of Separation

Senior communities in Kansas City are in a full lockdown from visitors. Not being able to see your loved one in a senior living community magnifies feelings of shame and guilt. The new normal of senior housing has been completely redesigned with the advent of COVID-19. Because of a great…

Dealing with Coronavirus Stress

At this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we are all suffering from some level of stress. Some seem to manage it better than others, but we all have it. Stress is difficult to define and understand the impact it has on your body. But this example may help to bring…

Caregiving and Caresharing

Caregiving is a natural part of our lives. At every stage of life, we are taking care of others in some capacity. It’s hard to imagine going through life without the responsibility of caring for another individual. Having positive human relationships requires the need to think about another person’s needs.…

Fall Prevention Measures that Everyone Should Know

Since falls are the number one killer of older adults in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control, it behooves us to practice as much prevention as possible. So often we take about preventative health measures such as diet and exercise, but do we normally include…

When Christmas Isn’t Merry – Holiday Depression In Seniors

Tis’ the season to be merry…right? According to media advertising, everyone is happy, excited and shopping nonstop. Traditionally we think of the holidays as a time of love, happiness, and gatherings with friends and families, but for some this is simply not true. Holiday depression is a real phenomenon and…

Thanksgiving should be a way of life, but is it?

Thanksgiving Day is an excellent reminder that we have so many blessings in our lives. But the truth is that we ought to be practicing thankfulness every day of the year! Gratefulness is a cure for many things, including depression, neurosis, anger, irritation, etc. The world would be a different…

Loneliness is a Serious, Life-Threatening, Condition

The headline reads, Loneliness is a Killer! The Kansas City Star ran a story that says exactly that. Do you think that’s an exaggeration? Here is what the latest research is telling us; social isolation is more lethal than obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes day. Brigham Young University researcher Julianne…