Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors

Many people have already heard this one – the voice on the phone warns that you “owe the IRS hundreds or thousands of dollars, and they will shortly be coming to arrest you. To avoid that, call this number . . .” Scammers posing as governmental officials, such as IRS agents or Social Security representatives,Continue reading “Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors”

Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?

People who have lived with Parkinson’s disease usually find at some point that PD is a moving target. What works for someone with their PD newly diagnosed may not work in several years, and using medications to control symptoms is often a delicate balance, changing just when you think you’ve figured it all out.  WeContinue reading “Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?”

Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?

If you’d like to communicate with seniors from a distance, or a small screen on a phone just isn’t that great for FaceTime or Skype, it might be time to consider a tablet. They’re small but not too small, convenient, and much less expensive than a laptop or desktop computer.  There are certainly many seniorsContinue reading “Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?”

Prepare for Power Outages

All it takes is one wild, unexpected storm to turn life upside-down in a hurry. Some of us lost power shortly before Christmas, and after one cold night, many of us were looking for ways to warm up fast.  Winter storms can be especially dangerous, as we saw when temperatures plunged in Texas, threatening theContinue reading “Prepare for Power Outages”

Vision concerns for people with Parkinson’s

When was the last time you were in to see your optometrist? For most seniors, medical providers recommend annual exams, and that’s a good chance to see if your glasses prescription needs tweaking. They will probably also check for any changes in your eye health, screening for glaucoma, cataracts, or even macular degeneration. If youContinue reading “Vision concerns for people with Parkinson’s”

Loneliness and Caregivers

I’m a Minnesotan, and I’m tough. I can handle sub-zero temperatures, icy roads, and another year the Vikings weren’t in the Super Bowl. And if I’m a caregiver, I may even be tougher – I can juggle a job, kids in whatever version of school they’re having now, and still check in on Dad, who’sContinue reading “Loneliness and Caregivers”

Zooming for Seniors

If you’ve been working or going to school online, meeting with groups, or just celebrating a grandchild’s birthday 1,000 miles away, all from the safety of your home, you’ve probably been using Zoom. Since the pandemic began almost a year ago, this free online program has exploded in popularity across the country. Its use isContinue reading “Zooming for Seniors”