Lake County Council on Aging Blog

Depression

Monday, March 11, 2013

Depression is a medical illness in which a person has persistent feelings of sadness, often with discouragement and a lack of self-worth. Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but it is not a normal part of aging. In the elderly, it is often not recognized or treated.  A number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse, including a move from home; chronic illness or pain; spouse or close friends passing away; or loss of independence.   Read more...

Growing Older

Thursday, February 07, 2013

We are all aware that the baby-boom generation is fast approaching age 65 and that approximately 10,000 people will reach 65 in the United States every day for the next 15 years. That means that the US is going to be a very “old” country, correct? But, in fact, the US will be “younger” than many other countries.   Read more...

Mental Health Services

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Sandy Hook tragedy has opened a dialogue in the US about the need for mental health services, treatment vs. punishment, and the prison system. As our population continues to age, increasingly the prison cells of the United States are filled with old, often sick men and women. The care these aging prisoners receive, while often grossly inadequate, is nonetheless cripplingly expensive. While 50 or 55 may not be old by conventional standards, people age faster behind bars than they do on the outside.   Read more...

How to Live to be Over a 100 Years Old

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be over 100 years old and how people who have reached that milestone have done it? Here are some recent “tips” from a variety of people born before 1912! On keeping a positive attitude: Don’t dwell on the tough times; Forgive, you have to forgive; Serve other people; and Try not to think about it; just let life come. On eating and drinking: I’m not going to give up my coffee!; Hershey’s Kisses and peanut butter top my list; I adore cakes and pies—especially banana cream; and Bacon? You bet!   Read more...

Caregivers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

If you are acting as a caregiver for a loved one, you are certainly not alone. Caregivers can be either gender, any age, and come from cities, suburbs, or rural areas. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, 29% of American adults served as family caregivers in 2011—that is about 66 million people. Most caregivers are female, although the number of male caregivers seems to be on the rise.   Read more...

What's in a Name?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What’s in a name? For the last 50 years, people of advanced age have generally been referred to as old, elderly, or senior citizens. But the advent of the baby-boom generation’s turning 60 has led to a call for different words to describe this group. Among the suggestions are terms like “aging adult” (but isn’t that everyone?), “people of a certain age” (quite cumbersome), “retired person” (what if you are still working or never worked?), or “vintagers,” (what does that mean?).   Read more...

Case Management Week

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 14-21 is national Case Management week. The purpose is to recognize those individuals who help clients, families, caregivers, other professionals, and the general public in a variety of ways.   Read more...

Where Would You Choose to Retire?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It’s everyone’s dream to retire to Florida or Arizona or somewhere else where the sun shines daily and the temperatures never go much below 70, right? You might want to think again.   Read more...

Age is No Predictor of Influence or Fame

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI, arguably the person with influence on the most people around the world, is 85. Queen Elizabeth is still fulfilling her royal duties at age 86. Three US Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Anthony Kennedy, are over 75. On Wednesday, July 18th , South Africa and supporters around the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, when he celebrates his 94th birthday. With all the problems faced by our world, it is gratifying to know that the wisdom and experience of these great leaders and others is available to us all.

Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Lake County Council on Aging’s Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP) provides donated durable medical equipment and incontinence supplies to Lake County seniors and younger disabled people who need them.   Read more...