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Links to Articles, Websites, and Blogs

This page alerts readers to Articles, blogs, and other websites that offer additional material on issues related to aging and independent living.

We will update this page regularly.

Advocacy

Center for Medicare Advocacy. Established in 1986, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care. Site includes news Articles, factual information, and updates on litigation.

The American Geriatrics Society, Public Policy and Advocacy. Information on the organization’s current priorities and general resource material.

Massachusetts Senior Action Council. “As a democratic grassroots senior-run organization, The Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) is committed to empowering seniors and others statewide in Massachusetts to act collectively to promote the rights and well being of all people, particularly vulnerable seniors.”

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE). National program, based in New York City. Site includes programs, advocacy, issues, publications, news.

OWL, Older Women’s League. OWL is a national grassroots membership organization that focuses on issues unique to women as they age. OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life for midlife and older women.

Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts.The Community AGEnda initiative, a special project of Grantmakers In Aging, has accelerated the implementation of age-friendly and intergenerational initiatives in five US regions and fostered partnerships with other domestic and international organizations focused on expanding age-friendly activities.

Age-Friendly Design

Bathroom Modifications for Seniors and People with Disabilities. The bathroom is one of the places that require careful attention especially if there are seniors who chose to age in place.

A Complete Guide to Ergonomics and Senior Safety. Ergonomics is the science of identifying the correlation between humans and the systems, and optimizing the system for humans to make it easier to use. The primary goal of ergonomics is to make workplaces safer and more comfortable. However, ergonomics plays a critical role in senior care too.

Aging in place: Renovating with independence in mind. Most Americans settle in a home, envisioning a permanent life refuge. Achieving this vision of aging in place, though, means preparing the home now to anticipate future needs. Doing so successfully can allow older adults to remain independent, autonomous and in charge of their home security as they age.

Stair Chair Lift. This guide will walk you through all of the different options, give you an idea of costs, and help to consider what type of stairlift is right for you. After all, a stair chair lift is a safety device that can allow an individual to remain living at home for longer.

Knowing which option is best and how to find the best price for that option is crucial in improving the quality of life for those with reduced mobility.

A Guide to Smart Home Tech For the Disabled and Elderly. People who are disabled or advanced in age will benefit from smart home technology more than others. Smart home devices do more for people who might otherwise not be able to control things in their homes on their own. The options that people can find for their smart home needs cover a diverse array of functions.

Home Renovation For Aged Parents Well-Being

Stair lifts reviewed. The ConsumerAffairs team developed a guide all about purchasing stair lifts. The guide was created to help consumers find verified reviews, compare brands and determine which stair lifts best fit their needs.

AARP Livable Communities. Great Places for All Ages. AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities--an institutional affiliate of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Resources include: What’s a livable community? Develop a Strategy. How to Implement. Examples of successful implementation.

Elder Gadget. ElderGadget.com provides reviews and news about highly rated consumer electronics, highlighting senior-friendly features. Includes cameras, televisions, tablets, and health products.

GenPhilly, an organization that has spawned a movement in Philadelphia to encourage young professionals in their 20s and 30s to be sensitive to the needs of older people and thereby improve the city.

MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to live productively throughout the lifespan. Equal to the need for ideas and new technologies is the belief that innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are of critical importance to our quality of life tomorrow.

Make it Safe Home Safety. We help New England Seniors & those with physical limitations remain independent at home. Our grab bars and home modifications make bathrooms and living spaces safer, more accessible and bring peace of mind to independent living.

A Senior's Guide to Computer Basics. Computers are an invaluable part of modern society that’s become as standard as cars. Although they are now commonplace, when compared to telephones and televisions, computers can still be considered a somewhat new addition to the ranks of household consumer electronics. While it may be difficult to find a home or a business that does not have some type of computer, some individuals still do not use or feel comfortable using them. Often, it is senior citizens who have yet to embrace this technology. While some elderly individuals are computer-savvy, these devices may seem foreign, complicated, and frightening to others.

“Top 25 new cars for senior drivers.” Consumer Reports, June 1, 2017. Our picks combine reliability, safety, and senior-friendly features.

Senior-Friendly Home Remodeling

Apps Especially Useful for Retirees. By Jonah Bromwich. New York Times, March 11, 2015. Topics include travel, film sight aids, finance, and brain training.

The Car of the Future? Less Distracting By Nidhi Subbaraman, Boston Globe, November 16, 2014. By 2025, 25 percent of US population will be older than 60. As the driving demographic is changing, so are the cars that will be on the roads. The article describes related research at MIT’s Age Lab and elsewhere.

"Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors. By Jim T. Miller, HuffPost50, September 10, 2013.

For Modern Retirees, There’s No Place Like Home. By Keith Schneider. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Active elders want to be independent and where the action is.

Under One Roof, Building for Extended Families. By Penelope Green, New York Times, November 29, 2012.

Age-friendly living
Including Village Movement

Gardening Resources for Seniors. Regardless of your age, there is nothing like going outside, getting your hands dirty, and tending to the garden.

Age in Place. National Aging in Place Council. Includes lists of service providers, directory of local chapters, a blog, and other information related to helping aging persons have a healthy and comfortable life at home.

National Shared Housing Resource Center. Clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization in their community or to help get a program started.

Women for Living in Community. “Women For Living in Community brings together women, as natural leaders and nurtures, to create communities for growing older with grace and dignity. We also connect with existing community models and professionals to provide the necessary resources and alternatives.” For women themselves, their families, or their older relatives.

Village to Village Network helps communities to establish and manage their own Villages.

The dawn of age-friendly communities. Some forward-thinking initiatives to improve quality of life for people of all ages. This June 13, 2019 article by long-time BrooklineCAN member Sally Abrahms describes the attibutes of age-friendly communities and gives examples of initiatives by states, cities, and other organizations. BrooklineCAN is one of her examples.

For some seniors, a cultural shift and a vital volunteerism. July 8, 2018 Boston Globe article describing the village movement and its origins.

Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support By Constance Gustke, New York Times, November 29, 2014

“Looking for a Housemate, Not a Mate, in Later Life”. By Harriet Edelson, New York Times, July 11, 2014. Describes organizations offering advice to people interested in shared living arrangements. Two of these are Women for Living in Community and National Shared Housing Resource Center.

A National Overview of Villages: Results from a 2012 Organizational Survey. Rutgers School of Social Work. December 1, 2012. 8 pages. Includes bibliography.

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices. (pdf) Two-page summary of a Research Report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute. December 2011. “The vast majority of adults want to …continue to live in their own homes or communities…. This report examines state policies that can help older adults age in place.”

“Coming Together to Make Aging a Little Easier” by Elizabeth Pope.

Aging, General

Brookline Council on Aging

Brookline Senior Center

Internet Safety Guide For Seniors. The internet is full of potential dangers. The internet doesn’t have to be dangerous, though. With the right tools and information, you can actively use the internet without fear of being targeted.

How Pets Can Benefit Older People’s Mental and Physical Health . Are you thinking about getting a pet? Do you share your home with a furry friend already? Aside from being cute and furry (or feathery), pets can bring a lot more than we think to our lives, especially as we get older.

Guide to Decluttering and Downsizing for Seniors. Understand why seniors downsize, the challenges they face when doing so, and how you can best approach the situation so they can stay safe, healthy and comfortable.

Benefits & Discounts for Seniors Senior benefits and discounts can help you make the most of your retirement dollars. Knowing what’s available to you can help you plan your retirement finances more effectively and efficiently.

Donation Pick Up or Drop Off Options Near You. Don’t waste time moving or storing excess furniture or clothing; donate it instead. This comprehensive guide lists several charities that offer donation pick up services.

45 Free Apps for Seniors to Promote Independence. Technology doesn’t age discriminate. Its usefulness and practicality is undeterred by your life experience or the color of your hair — whether it’s full of color or beginning to gray. In recent years, record numbers of seniors have opted to live more digitally connected lives.

Best Medical Alerts Based on In-Depth Reviews. The best medical alerts and how to find one that fits the specific needs of the user.

Caring for the Elderly in the Community. Caring for the elderly requires meeting the individual patient’s unique needs in a holistic way. This necessitates a balanced and multidisciplinary approach to produce optimum health and wellness outcomes.

Elder's Place. EldersPlace was started by Brian and his Grandpa Jerry as a way for Jerry to learn some internet surfing basics. Instead of just letting the site sit and be nothing, Brian and Jerry decided to give it a mission, so now it’s dedicated to helping senior citizens get the most out of their lives as possible.

Internet Basics For Seniors. With scams targeting seniors on the rise, the need for updated and accurate resources is more important than ever. With that in mind, we've created an all-inclusive guide with ways to help seniors stay safe while using the internet, including:

  • A breakdown of common online scams targeting the elderly
  • Additional tools for seniors to get the most use from their internet
  • Tips and resources to avoid and report online scams

Internet Service Discounts for Seniors. Here a few providers with senior discounts that you can check out.

Resources for the Aging LGBTQ+ Community: Healthcare, Financial Planning, & Long Term-Care.

Moving Tips for Seniors and People With Disabilities. Hiring movers, downsizing and processing emotions are just some of the things you’ll have to consider when helping a senior or individual with disabilities move into a new home. This site discusses some resources to help make the move easier.

A Senior’s Guide To Medical Alert Systems In 2019. A personal emergency response system (PERS), often called a medical alert system, can help seniors maintain a degree of independence without sacrificing the peace of mind of family and friends concerned for their health and well being. There are many medical alert system options available and before choosing the one best suited to your situation or that of a loved one, it is important to understand the factors that may contribute to your system choice.

Best Medical Alert Systems. Information on medical alert systems with reviews of products and services.

Elder Impact Web Site. The author has gathered some terrific resources on ways for seniors to lead happier, more active lives.

How to Stay on The Road Longer and Still Drive Safely. This guide is not written to tell a ‘caring someone’ what to look for before taking our keys away. It is written for us, to look at all the steps we can take to push that day off as far as possible, while still remaining a safe driver.

Senior Transportation Resource and Information Guide”. 2016. Contains detailed information for Brookline and Newton MA residents on wide variety of ride services.

Aging and Baby Boomers. Web site and blog by Sally Abrahms, Brookline resident and national journalist on senior issues. Topics : Housing, Caregiving, Work and Lifestyle

ConfrontingAging was created to enhance your understanding of the aging process, and provide answers to questions you or someone you know will face as they grow older.

World Health Organization: Ageing and Life Course Topics include: Active aging, Elder abuse, Age-friendly cities. Also includes list of publications

The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans. This Cornell University research project collects practical advice for living from America's elders. It now has nearly 1500 responses to the question: "What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?" Material is organized by topics such as: work and career, money, how to be happy, living with loss, and aging well.

National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. Includes events, news, contacts, examples of programs.

Life in the End Zone. A discussion meant for anyone interested in issues of life's final phase, by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, Palliative Care and Geriatrics/Clinical Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

NCOA, National Council on Aging. Nonprofit service and advocacy organization. A voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them, bringing together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

The New Old Age Blog, New York Times. Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge

Getting Over Grief: Understanding its Stages and How to Heal. Grief is a human and personal response to loss. Most of the literature dealing with grief refers it as a result of the loss in human life. However, a grief response can also occur in the face of other types of losses such as health, career, status, role, divorce, financial loss, and more. The reaction includes different expressions of sadness, anger and other emotional, cognitive and behavioral components, which may vary from person to person and from case to case.

Ageism: A ‘Prevalent and Insidious’ Health Threat. The World Health Organization has begun four studies intended to define ageism and identify ways to combat it.

How Communities Can Prepare for the Growing Aging Population. From the MPH online program from Baylor University's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. This article discusses the World Health Organization's (WHO) age-friendly cities program. Brookline has been part of that program since 2012 and was the first community in New England to participate.

Returning to College as an Older Adult. Tips for a Successful Mid-Life Stint in School.

Cats and Seniors

Canine Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Senior Centers Evolve to Attract Boomers. AARP Bulletin, February 13, 2013. This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo hall.

“Now That You’re Over 50, What Should We Call You?” Julia Mouldon, Huffington Post, What is a good appellation for today’s seniors?

Caregiving

A Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding, Recognizing, and Preventing Elder Abuse. Maryville University has created this guide to provide you with all the information you need about elder abuse. This resource will define the various types of elder abuse, outline the signs of elder abuse, offer ways you can help, and explain how to properly report it as well. Whether you are looking to provide senior care as a medical professional or simply want to make sure a family member is well cared for, this guide will help prepare you to recognize, report, and ultimately prevent elder abuse.

Checklist for Hiring an In-Home Caregiver. When hiring a caregiver, it's important to make sure you're hiring right. Nothing is more important than the health, well being and happiness of your loved one. Following this checklist will help ensure you're getting a caregiver who's responsible, compassionate, honest and has the appropriate expertise and credentials for your needs.

Caregiving Tips Helpful Tips to Assist a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Resource Guide. We simplify the process of finding affordable, quality non-medical caregiver agencies anywhere and provide reliable information about in-home care services and helpful resources for elderly seniors wanting to live at home but needing assistance to do so safely.

Genius of Caring Community “Welcome to the beta-version of The Genius of Caring, a story-sharing community made up of family caregivers, friends and those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and other caregiving intensive diseases. We invite you to view our caregiver video portraits. While engaging with the content, you will be prompted to share how Alzheimer’s has touched your life.”

Advancing Family Caregiving, through Research, Innovation and Advocacy. National Alliance for Caregiving.

Caregiving Resource Center. AARP.

Family Caregiver Alliance. National Center on Caregiving. Public voice for caregivers at the national, state, and local levels. Founded in the late 1970’s, community-based non-profit. Advocacy, educational resources, online support groups.

Nursing Home Abuse Guide. Nursing home abuse is a very difficult issue to face. Existing in many forms, many of which are not evident by clear physical signs, it is a problem our society is far too familiar with.

Nursing Home Abuse Center. Upwards of 10 million seniors experience nursing home abuse and neglect in "safe" places like nursing homes and by people they trust.

Home Safety for the Disabled. A family and caregivers guide. Caring for aging parents is challenging enough, but imagine how much more difficult this becomes if your parent is disabled.

Caregiver’s Guide to Sleep. Read on to see how caregiving can affect sleep, why better sleep can improve the caregiving experience, and what specific tips will help caregivers get better shut-eye — starting tonight.

Caregiving is hard enough. Isolation can make it unbearable.” By Paula Span. New York Times, August 4, 2017. Many caregivers feel trapped at home and neglected by friends and family.

“Caregivers Who Are No Spring Chickens Themselves”. By Paula Span. More people over than 75 are caring for partners, siblings, friends, and even parents. New York Times, July 3, 2015.

“Caregivers Sometimes Must Sacrifice Their Careers”. By Paula Span. A person caring for another while holding down a job is performing a balancing act; this can be costly, yet paid family leave is mandated in only three states. The New York Times, December 8, 2015.

“Places That Lend a Hand”. By Paula Spencer Scott. When caregiving becomes too much to bear, ask for help. Here are some resources. AARP Bulletin, November, 2015.

“App Aims to Make Caring for an Ill Loved One Less Onerous”. By Callum Borders, Boston Globe, May 27, 2014.

"Caregiving Goes Digital—and Lets Boomers Age in Place". By Marco della Cava, USA Today, December 5, 2013. New technology creates "smart homes" for seniors.

Employment

Retirement Business Ideas. Take the next steps to generate additional income after retirement.

Volunteer Abroad Programs for Senior Travelers

The Senior’s Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Their Golden Years

Where To Start Looking. Aging expert Sally Abrahms lists more than a dozen web sites to assist those over 50 in their job searches.

Second Career Ideas. A “How Stuff Works” site. “Whether you're a retiree or just looking for a fresh start, these second career ideas for tips on how to revitalize your worklife.”

Encore Careers Provides information on jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. The site is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. “While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.”

Consulting as a Bridge Between Full-Time Work and Retirement. By Amy Zipkin. New York Times, February 6, 2015. As baby boomers anticipate working longer and prefer a phased retirement, they are turning to the growing number of firms that specialize in placing older workers in part-time or temporary positions in specific industries. Some of the jobs are done on site, while others can be done from home or another remote location.

Career Transitions After 55 Don’t Have to Be Difficult. By Sally Abrahms. Boston Globe, November 16, 2014.

Retiree Start-Ups with Age and Youth as Partners. By Kerry Hannon. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Section). Two generations, joining forces to pursue a common passion.

Ready for Your Second Career? By Sally Abrahms. AARP Bulletin, October 2013. Examples of seniors who successfully transitioned into second careers, suggestions on non-profits likely to hire, great part-time jobs, jobs to ride the age wave, and a list of books and online resources on second careers.

“Working Late By Choice or Not”. “A record 7.2 million Americans 65 or older are working, partly because many older Americans love to work and partly because many feel too financially squeezed to retire.” By Steven Greenhouse. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

“Laid Off, With Retirement Almost in Sight”, by Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, January 6, 2012.

“Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs”. By Sharon O’Brien. About.com Senior Living.

Finances

Elder Fraud Prevention

Financial Assistance, Costs and Payment Options for Eldercare in Massachusetts

Financial Assistance & Funding Options for Assisted Living / Senior Living

Everything You Need to Know About the FIRE Movement: The Complete Guide to Retiring Early. The FIRE movement is a lifestyle trend that promotes Financial Independence and Retiring Early. FIRE supporters live a life of conservative spending and conscious saving with the hopes of retiring in their 30s and 40s. That’s definitely not your average retiree!

Tax Tips for Caring for a Disabled Spouse. Caring for a disabled spouse can be a financial strain, but you do have opportunities to reduce the burden. There are many tax credits and other tax breaks available for disabled individuals and their caretakers. Among the most common are the Tax Credit for the Elderly or Disabled, the Child or Dependent Care Credit, and the Medical Expenses tax deduction.

The Growing Cost of Aging in America.

Do I need both health insurance and life insurance? Why do you need health insurance and why do you need life insurance, and will either of them really make a difference in your personal financial situation?

How to Identify and Avoid Scams Targeting Senior Citizens and the Elderly. Scammers will use any means to extort money from those they deem to be the most vulnerable. Often, they target senior citizens. Many seniors are targeted on a daily basis by predatory scammers and con-artists looking to take advantage of them, and keeping your elderly loved ones informed has never been so crucial.

If you’re worried that you or a loved one is being targeted, this guide will help you learn about common scamming methods, how to avoid becoming the target of a scam, how to recognize signs that someone is being affected by a scam, and what to do when you’ve discovered that a scam has taken place.

“Report Fraud.” Lists phone numbers and web sites for numerous organizations such as “AARP Elderwatch Specialist” who can direct you to most appropriate resource. Sources listed include Better Business Bureau, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FTC Do Not Call Registry, National Association of State Attorney Generals, US Postal Service Inspector General

Home Mortgage and Financial Planning Guide for Seniors. Topics: Overview, the best options for senior housing, financial options for senior housing, long term care for seniors, money saving tips for seniors, senior scams and how to avoid them, additional financial resources for seniors.

Navy Federal Credit Union Retirement Center. A web site about saving for and managing money in retirement.

Wall Street Journal. The Experts: Retirement. One of WSJ’s topical blogs. Articles by experts on all aspects of retirement including new technologies, Social Security, housing, investments, medical services.

Encore A blog about living in and planning for retirement. Encore examines the changing nature of retirement, from new rules and guidelines for financial security to the shifting identities and priorities of today’s retirees. It also explores news that affects retirement, from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and around the web.

Guide to Understanding and Preventing Financial Abuse

6 last-minute retirement planning strategies. Many people find themselves rapidly approaching retirement age without nearly enough savings. Luckily, there are still several options that will allow them to retire with the same lifestyle they enjoyed during their working careers.

“Phony ‘IRS’ Threatens Fines”. By Ron Burley. Watch out for phone calls from scam artists. AARP Magazine, December 2015.

Money Saving Tips for Seniors.

Hey, Senior Discount, You Look Pretty Youthful. By J. Peder Zane. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Issue). Why some price breaks are available to those as young as 50.

Grandparents! Don't Fall for This Scam; Thieves Are Making Money by Posing as Family Members in Need. By Sid Kirchheimer. AARP Bulletin, July 3, 2012.

Money-saving tips: health, travel, auto, shopping, home, banking, investing,entertainment, technology, and more. AARP Bulletin, July/August 2019.

Health, Fitness, Medical

Find Dementia & Alzheimer's Facilities Near You. Memory care facilities are care homes that provide the much-needed care to adults with memory care issues. Memory care facilities can be in various forms, such as: dedicated dementia care facilities or communities, dedicated Alzheimer’s care facilities, Alzheimer’s day care, Alzheimer’s nursing homes, dementia nursing homes, as well as assisted living facilities that provide memory care services. If you're wondering "how do I find memory care near me?" - browse our full list of all memory care homes in the U.S. below.

Oral Health Effects. How Your General Health & Lifestyle Impacts Your Oral Health.

Senior Sleep Guide: Everything To Know About How Sleep Changes As You Age. It’s super common to discover that your sleep habits change with age. So what exactly changes in our bodies throughout adulthood that causes these shifts in our sleep habits? And what’s the relationship between sleep deprivation and aging?

How to Identify and Manage Mental Health Conditions in Seniors. With a global population that is rapidly aging, understanding the symptoms and risk factors of mental health for older adults is increasingly important.

Assistive Technologies for the Hearing Impaired . Hearing assistive technologies (HATs) are used to assist people with hearing disabilities in their day-to-day tasks and needs. HATs vary greatly and can fulfill many functions, depending on the situation and the needs of the individual person. For example, some HATs may help a person with a hearing aid focus on a specific sound to the exclusion of other auditory stimuli, whereas others might provide captions, or visual alerts for events signaled by sound (such as doorbells).

Does Medicare Cover Dental. The short answer is no! What dental options are available?

Seniors and Addiction.. This article explores the topic of substance abuse and addiction among the elderly.

A Senior’s Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Home from Coronavirus.

Fall Prevention and Management. The outcome of a slip-and-fall can be devastating. However, it may help to know that family members, caregivers, doctors, and nurses can work with an older adult to deploy effective fall prevention strategies, and respond appropriately if a fall should occur.

Staying Connected During a Period of "Social Distancing". Social distancing is critical to limiting the spread of the coronavirus, but it also leaves us disconnected from our community. When we can’t physically spend time with others, we can feel isolated and lonely and that is not good for our health.

It’s important at this time to make an extra effort to stay connected to our friends, family and community members. Make sure to keep in mind those who may live alone or in communities that are restricting visitors.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) newsletter.

The Healing Power of Pets for Elderly People

A guide to living with dementia. A guide to living with dementia is for anyone who has been diagnosed with dementia, as well as their friends, family or other people who care for loved ones who have dementia.

Better Sleep for Seniors – A comprehensive Guide.

Mental Health Challenges for Aging Americans. Although recent research published in the Journal of Clinical PsychologyExternal link found that people tend to be happier as they age, it is estimated that 20 percent of the 65 and older population External link meets the criteria for some type of mental health disorder.

Senior Sleep Guide – A Safe Sleeping Guide for Seniors

Fall Prevention Facts & Tips for Preventing Falls. Includes information about fall injury statistics, prevention tips, environmental dangers, and additional fall prevention resources. It also has an infographic and a fall prevention exercises video.

Benefits of Sleep. A complete guide to the health and wellbeing benefits of sleep. Chapters:

  1. The Impact of Sleep on the Body
  2. Developing a Bad Sleep Pattern
  3. The Impact of Sleep on Daily Life
  4. Children & Sleep
  5. Insomnia
  6. Useful Links

Sleep Help for Seniors. Sleep research, guides, mattress reviews, mattress guides, sleep accessories.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources for the Elderly. Seniors are not the first demographic that comes to mind when envisioning drug and alcohol abuse. But individuals in this age group are more severely impacted by this issue than most people realize.

A Guide to Congestive Heart Failure

Exercise Essentials for Healthy Aging

Exercising with Osteoporosis: Stay Active the Safe Way

Facing Cancer Together was started in 2009 by a group of clinicians dedicated to providing support services to people with cancer. We serve people with cancer and their families in the Greater Boston community. Our goal is to help people live the best quality of life possible while navigating through the cancer experience. FCT Support Groups

Smart Exercise for Senior Citizens. A list of resources put together by Exercisebike.net.

Health in Aging Foundation . Created by the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation, to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging. Overseen by a team of experts on caring for older adults, content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society has developed for its professional members.

Healthy Aging. Mayo Clinic

Exercise for Seniors. Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Getting started, basics, news, videos, reference material, journal Articles.

NIHSSeniorHealth features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Topics include diseases and conditions, healthy aging, and talking with your doctor. The buttons at the top of each page can be used to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.

How Can I Lose Weight After 40?

How to Avoid Having a Heart Attack: Who is at Risk? Heart disease and heart attack can be prevented or delayed. In order to do this, we must know the risk factors so that we can recognize them and take preventive steps to correct them.

21 Chair Exercises for Seniors: A Comprehensive Visual Guide. No matter what age we are, exercising is super important, especially for those of us who may be over the age of 65. Whether we enjoy it or not, exercising on a regular basis continues to keep our body moving and functioning properly as we age. Without getting up and entertaining our muscles with movement, we reduce our chances to age healthfully.

Guide To Better Sleep For Seniors. Just like any fellow human being, you want and need a good night’s rest. If you are getting enough sleep it will help you stay healthy and more alert. Many older people don’t sleep well and it is affecting their life.

What is Senior Isolation, and What Can You do to Help? Do you feel isolated in your own home? Do you feel removed from family and friends? Do you feel alone with your own thoughts, with no one to talk to and no opportunity to engage with your community? Unfortunately, for a large and growing number of seniors, the answer is yes.

Mobility Loss Puts Older Adults at Risk: Research Shows Exercise Can Help. As a result of population growth among adults 65 and older, discussions of mobility and fall risks in older adults have been thrust to the forefront of public health. The MPH@Baylor program created a guide with tips and exercises to help reduce fall-risk, and prevent mobility loss among this community.

Sports and Games for Seniors: Fun and Exercise in One. Safe and fun exercises are important with senior activity in mind. For obvious reasons, and maybe the not so obvious seniors need to take special care in how they exercise. The body is older and more fragile than a younger person’s is. The good news is there are many fun activities seniors can participate in to reap the many health benefits they deliver.

Can I Safely Exercise with Hypertension? Not only can you safely exercise with hypertension, you need to exercise with hypertension.

Aging and Sleep. In this article, you will find everything there is to know about aging and sleep, body changes and health problems that have a significant influence on the older people sleeping habits, and how prescription medication can influence aging and sleep, and, of course, tips to help you sleep better.

A 2019 Guide to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia gives a great overview of the types of dementia as well as risk factors for developing dementia.

Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease A room-by-room checklist to alert you to potential hazards and to record any changes you need to make to help keep a person with Alzheimer’s disease safe.

Falls Can Kill You. Here’s How to Minimize the Risk. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall.

A Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating. "My goal with this guide is to help seniors live a fulfilling life, starting with a foundation of good nutrition. From the limitations that can cause seniors to have poor nutrition, to easy tips to incorporate healthy foods into your lifestyle or the lifestyle of your loved one, this guide has a lot of information that I hope will be valuable to you."

Exercising For Life. When people think about their later years, they usually imagine a life freed from work or career commitments. They hope, too, that this new freedom will allow them to give their full attention to family, friends, and the activities they feel most passionate about. Making this dream a reality, however, requires health and independence, which in turn require a renewed commitment to staying healthy in general and to maintaining that health through exercise.

NIH Senior Health

How To Get the Most Out of Your Visit to the Doctor By Dennis Rosen, Boston Globe, November 16, 2014.

Coping With Alzheimer's By Neil Porter Brown. Harvard Magazine, September-October 2013. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association offer early-onset and later-stage support groups that provide resources aimed at keeping people with Alzheimer’s engaged in social, physical, and cognitive activities throughout the course of the disease—and providing outlets and respite for their caregivers.

A Little of This, a Little of That for Older Exercisers. By John Hanc. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Strength training complements aerobic exercise.

“Men: Stay Healthy at 50+”, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

“Women: Stay Healthy at 50+”, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

Exercises for Seniors. A commercial site (they sell electric bicycles). This is a non-commercial page with 29 different exercises designed to be safe and challenging for seniors and the elderly.

Housing

The Ultimate ‘Granny Pod’ Guide to Senior Living.
Table of Contents:

  • What are granny pods?
  • The benefits of granny pods
  • Potential downsides to granny pods
  • Are granny pods legal?
  • How much do granny pods cost?
  • How to install your own granny pod
  • Insurance for granny pods

Note:Currently, Brookline does not allow accessory dwelling units, but Warrant Article 19 seeking to change the Town's zoning laws will be considered by the November 19, 2019 Town Meeting.

Senior Living Guide. Every senior living community has its own set of amenities, procedures, and cost structure. This site will help you understand what distinguishes each type of housing so you can get started on your home search.

Senior Living: Housing Information, Resources, and Programs

Retiring in Your Own Home: How Baby Boomers Can Age in Place

Mass Access: The Accessible Housing Registry Helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing. This web site has many accessibility features, including resizable text.

Affordable Housing Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development. Provides information from the Commonwealth on affordable housing and how to get assistance.

The Cohousing Association of the United States. “Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods.”

The Rub: Remodel or Move? By Ann Carrns. New York Times, March 11, 2015. The allure of sunny climes fades a bit as retirees reshape housing in unexpected ways.

“Elder Co-Housing, A New Option for Retirement—Or Sooner”, by Sally Abrahms | AARP Bulletin | January 31, 2011

In Retiree Housing, Talking about Multigenerations. By Phyllis Korkki. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Intergenerational co-housing.

Interpersonal and Family

National Center on Elder Abuse

AARP: Home & Family

Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions. American Psychological Association.

“Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent”. By Abby Ellin, May 29, 2015, New York Times. Siblings who may or may not have previously been on good terms can find it difficult to work out eldercare arrangements with one another, and with the parent. One solution is to make use of Elder Mediation, an emerging area within family mediation. In 2009 the Association for Conflict Resolution, a professional organization, started an elder decision section.

“Coping When Not Entering Retirement Together”. By Tara Siegel Bernard, March 21, 2014, New York Times. “With more and more baby boomers retiring each year many couples must coexist, if only temporarily, in different phases of life. Living two different realities can lead to a variety of challenges, both financial and emotional ”

Balancing Retirement with Supporting Adult Children. By Beth Braverman and Penelope Wang, Money Magazine, February, 2013.

“Talk to Me, Not to My Daughter”. In conversations with service people, the elderly seem to become invisible. By Fran Hawthorne. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

“Dealing With Boomerang Kids”. If your adult child is back under your roof, here are smart tips to make it easier for everyone. By Holly Robinson. AARP Magazine, October 2010.

Legal, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

What Is Medicare? Medicare is the federal government’s health insurance program that primarily covers people 65 and older. Original Medicare plans do not cover all medical costs, but you can buy other plans that help offset those expenses, including Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap).

Medicare for Dummies. While you are no “dummy,” the Medicare system does take some understanding and careful explanation. How does it work, how can it help you meet your healthcare needs, what Medicare plan is best for your situation, and what you need to do to get enrolled?

In this article, we will carefully explain and explore all of these questions and explain everything you need to know about Medicare and how to make it work for you.

AARP Medicare Resource Center. Includes Medicare basics, managing your Medicare, Medicare options.

CMS.gov Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Kaiser Health News. Kaiser Family Foundation. “KHN’s mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace.”

How Does Medicare Work? And How To Make It Work For You. In this article, we will give an in-depth explanation of Medicare, how it works, the options available to you, and the best ways to supplement your Medicare coverage.

“5 Signs of Age Discrimination”. By Bruce Horovitz. These signs may mean you are a target at work. Includes links to “Don’t Get Tripped Up on These Interview Questions” and to other related articles. AARP Bulletin, November 2015.

When to Claim Social Security Benefits. By Jane Bryant Quinn. Includes the case for delaying, strategies for married couples, a note to same sex couples. AARP Bulletin, October 2013.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Massachusetts Seniors? An article written for BrooklineCAN by Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All

“Policy basics: Ten facts about Social Securty”. Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, uupdated August 7, 2017.

“The Affordable Care Act: U.S. Supreme Court Finds the Law Constitutional.” What the Supreme Court ruling means for you; health law included benefits for older people. AARP, June 28, 2012.

Recreation, Travel, Study

Rough Guides. Make the most of your time on Earth. For over 35 years, Rough Guides has provided expert travel advice and can now plan and book tailor-made trips for its independent-minded travellers.

Savvy Senior Travelers by Rick Steves.

TransitionsAbroad.com. Travel with a challenge: countries and cultures, cruises and nature vacations for mature travelers. Links to senior travel Articles, websites, print resources, and senior-friendly volunteer vacations.

Road Scholar; Adventures in Lifelong Learning (formerly Elderhostel) Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers more than 7,000 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.”

“Offbeat Ways to Make Travel Affordable”. By Harriet Edleson (New York Times). Tips for retirees on frugal adventures. The Charlotte Observer, September 21, 2015.

“5 Things to Bring on Every Flight”. By Alexis Lipsitz Flippin, AARP.org, December 5, 2011.

“Cruises: Big Boat, Little Boat”, by Bill Newcott. How to choose the right cruise ship for you. AARP The Magazine, December 2011/January 2012, pp. 28-29.

In Auditing Classes, Older Students Find Welcome on Campus.. By David Wallis. New York Times, March 13, 2013.

Retirement

The Complete Guide to Independent Work for Seniors and Retirees

  • Benefits of Working During Retirement
  • Phased Retirement
  • Types of Employment
  • Recommended Jobs for Seniors 
  • Resources for Seniors 

USA.gov Retirement. Includes saving for retirement, Social Security retirement benefits, protecting your private pension benefits, public service and volunteer opportunities.

CNN Money, Ultimate Guide to Retirement Money’s Guide to Living Well for Less.

Encore: A Guide to Retirement. Wall Street Journal

Living Longer, Living Better. Boston Globe. A guide to health, wealth, and happiness in later years.

Center for Retirement Research, Boston College. Promotes research on retirement issues, transmits new findings to the policy community and the public, helps train new scholars, and broadens access to valuable data sources.

"Preparing Yourself Mentally for Retirement". By Nanci Hellmich, USA Today, October 22, 2013. When you retire, you have to establish a new identity, purpose and relationships.

“10 Must-Have Retirement Needs.” Advice on avoiding pitfalls. Topics include planning, finance, health issues, family and social concerns. U.S. News, July 3, 2012.

“Contractor’s Work Faulted at U.S. Pension Guarantor”, by Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times, December 1, 2011. A small company with a big contract to determine how much the government pays people whose pension plans have failed got the numbers wrong, a new audit has found. And not just once. A long-awaited report by the inspector general of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reveals that even after problems at the company were identified, the pension insurer failed to replace it with another vendor. Instead, it expanded the company’s duties.

“Peace, Love, and Social Security: Baby Boomers Retire to the Commune”, by Anna Spinner, the Atlantic, November 21, 2011. . As they simplify their lives in middle age, former hippies find themselves returning to the land.