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The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true—It’s never too late to learn.  “Learning across the entire lifespan is incredibly beneficial,” said Dr. Suzann M. Ogland-Hand, a clinical geropsychologist in Grand Rapids.   

When Grandchildren Visit

One of the greatest joys of getting older is the arrival of grandchildren.  And nothing is more fun than spending time with them when they visit.  Following are a few tips to make your visit as mutually enjoyable as possible.

Supporting a Friend Who is Grieving

“Many people find that being with someone who has experienced a loss makes them uncomfortable,” said Janet Jaymin, director of bereavement services for Faith Hospice and a certified grief counselor.  “It’s a reminder of our own mortality, and we don’t want to think about it.” 

Making the Transition to Assisted Living

Change is never easy, and the older a person gets and the more set in their ways, the harder it becomes.  One of life’s biggest transitions is going from being independent and living in your own home to moving an assisted living facility. Many seniors view this as the last move of their life, the final chapter, and that knowledge can bring sadness and depression.  There are ways, however, that you can help ease this transition for your parent or loved on.

When To Call Hospice

One of the statements hospice workers hear most often is “I wish I’d called hospice sooner.”  Why hesitate?   Why not call on the support and comfort hospice brings to both the patient and family as soon as possible?