Kathy VanSchaick

As a 60-something, I enjoy researching the topics and have found many of the topics particularly relevant in my life and the lives of my friends and family.  I’m pleased to be able to share them with you.

Social isolation is a growing threat for older adults, contributing to both physical and mental health problems fro factors including living alone, major life transitions and transportation access.

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Seniors are particularly challenged by winter hazards including falls, hypothermia and frostbite, social isolation, seasonal affective disorder, house fires and heart attacks.

Three elder celebrities, Warren Beatty, Diane Love, John Ratzenberger share their passions in AARP’s November/December magazine

Authors Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. share their 7 rules to stop aging and make our “third act” a time to live longer, stronger, healthier and sharper in AARP’s November, December magazine.

Wikipedia offers information on holiday toys, music, food, national traditions and event of the post-war era.  Religious aspects of Christmas and Hanukkah are noted

There is always hope in research, but you just have to be patient. In this program you will hear exciting news about the research that is being done right now, at the University of Pittsburgh in regard to whole eye transplants.  
 

The article the Caregiver’s Dilemma in the  journal Scientific American Mind includes the many aspects of caregiving including gender, culture and community, managing stress and social support as well as respite and the power of a plan.

For seniors, meditation and mindfulness practice can relieve stress,  contribute to longevity, decrease loneliness, improve insomnia  and inhibit inflammation.

Recent studies cast light on why seniors are more susceptible to scams and the annual financial toll scams are taking on older Americans.

Boomers between 55 and 64 are starting more small businesses than any other age group, including a wearable baby walker, a website to help people understand their medical bills, and Moose Tracks ice cream.

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