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Monday, March 16, 2020

Why we need social distancing, and ideas for what to do

One of the most at-risk demographics during the Corona pandemic are older adults, those with the previous diagnosis of diabetes, heart, or lung illnesses. For all of us, social distancing is the game plan for weeks to come, and so we'll need to look outside the regular channels for entertainment and activities.

Topics: wellnessage at homesenior careretirement activitiesretirementsocial isolation

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Monday, March 9, 2020

5 questions you best answer before retiring

Most of us jump into retirement without planning for it, and it is not uncommon to end up struggling, either financially or emotionally. In making your decision to retire, go through this list of questions and try seeing if you're biased in any way that prevents you from thinking clearly about what your life will look like post-retirement.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Tosretirementretirement planningretirement activitieswellnesscommunity

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Why you should volunteer for digital inclusion

Have you thought about the consequences of how the very tools that connect us to our loved ones are unavailable to those who may be needing it the most? We should all find ways to help those seniors who have fallen behind in the digital revolution. Older generations are missing out on the opportunities of connecting with loved ones on the regular because they lack the necessary tech skills.

Topics: digital isolationsocial isolationretirement hobbieslonelinessfamilylong-distance familyexpats

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to get dates when you're retired

Having a partner is the single greatest predictor for loneliness or social isolation. The newly retired are some of the most at-risk demographics for this and for depression. Perhaps it's time for you to try a dating app this Valentine's Day.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Toswellnesslonelinesssocial isolationage at homeretirement

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Monday, February 3, 2020

4 causes of loneliness, and 1 myth

Healthy wife, healthy life - having a partner is the strongest predictor for loneliness. That's one of the reasons seniors are amongst the loneliest demographic. Start taking action to take care of your own health and wellbeing by learning the most common causes of loneliness. When you know the causes of this feeling it can soon become easier to know what you need to do something about it.

Topics: lonelinesscommunitywellnessexpatslong-distance familysenior carefamily

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Why you should care we're getting lonelier

Chronic feelings of loneliness double the likelihood of premature deaths as reported by research completed with a public nursing project. Research suggests that the lonely are more likely to suffer from cognitive decline and a quicker progression of Alzheimer's.

Topics: lonelinesswellnessretirementage at homesocial isolationAlzheimers

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Feeling lonely?'re not alone

At one point or another, we've most likely all felt lonely. Some may feel embarrassed to admit it. I think it's a product of the World we've designed. Having just broken up with my partner of five years that I moved halfway around the World to be with, I can certainly say I know what loneliness feels like.

Topics: lonelinessretirementsocial isolation

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Monday, December 23, 2019

How to organize a holiday workshop: mixing friends with family

If you also have a distributed family, it can be hard to find the time to spend quality time with both friends and family when you come home for the Holidays. At the same time your retired parents might have a hard time making new connections since they recently left work. What better way then to kill two birds with one stone and invite both you friends and their parents over for a Christmas workshop for some good fun, baking and other fun activities. Here's our story of how we did it.

Topics: lonelinesscommunitywellnessfamilyexpatslong-distance familyretirementretirement hobbies

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Monday, December 16, 2019

The elephant in our decorated living rooms

For the mere reason that change takes time, mental health is still a stigmatized subject to bring up, share and work through it together. For those of us affected by it, wether personally or through loved ones, I have a message: open up, don't fight it alone! Self-care and vulnerability is the ultimate act of courage.

Topics: lonelinessmental healthcommunitywellnesssenior carefamily

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Supporting the 10,000 adults retiring every day

There is currently an unprecedented volume of adults reaching retirement in most industrialised countries. In some places, people feel as much of a duty to look after their aging parents as they do to care for their own children. In other words, just as it isn't a parents problem to educate their kids, it's the State's job to look after their aging parents.

Topics: wellnesssenior careage at home

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Monday, December 2, 2019

4 ways to prevent falling as we age

Older adults need to be extra cautious about accidental falls as they take longer to heal as age progresses. Here are a few tips on how to prevent falls.

Topics: age at homewellnesssenior care

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Monday, November 25, 2019

6 keys to a strong relationship with your adult children

Being a parent and at times a friend to your adult children requires a balance between regular interactions and personal space. Overstepping the boundaries can lead to detachment. Here are the effective ways to interact with your adult children, and lay the foundation of a strong relationship for years to come. Start trying these tips out this Thanksgiving!

Topics: retirementage at homesocial isolationfamilylonelinesswellness

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Monday, November 18, 2019

6 ideas for retirement friendly part-time jobs

Retirement doesn't have to mean isolation and disengagement from a productive environment. Check out this list of part-time jobs tailored for retired adults. We have worked out a list of ideas on how to improve both your financial situation as well as your engagement through taking on small jobs, even after retirement.

Topics: retirementretirement planningretirement hobbieswellness

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Monday, November 11, 2019

5 questions to answer for your Living Will

Many worry that having conversations about end-of-life will bring about emotional distress. In reality, it can take a lot out of it. Whether it's for yourself or helping your loved ones prepare it is an important step in preparing for the inevitable end.

Topics: senior carefamilyage at homeexpatswellness

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Monday, November 4, 2019

What ageism is and how we can end it

Ageism is prejudice and discrimination that is caused by someones preconceptions of someone's age. It is a consequence of the stereotypes we have of specific age groups. Ageism occurs the moment the process of aging stops being acknowledged as the natural process that it is. Here is what we need to understand about ageism to address this issue.

Topics: ageismretirementwellnesslifestylesocial isolation

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Monday, October 28, 2019

5 ideas for a playful Halloween in retirement

'We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.' Quite right, who ever said aging requires being serious? Staying curious and playful requires more effort as we age. But we can do it, it's up to us how long we want to stay young. A contented and carefree spirit is the key to healthier and happier aging.

Topics: retirement hobbieswellnesslifestyleage at homesocial isolation

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Monday, October 21, 2019

How to skip this year's flu season

Flu season has arrived. How are you feeling? Most of us know how miserable it is to get stuck at home with the flu. As we age there are some additional risks associated with getting the flu and extra care should be given to avoiding it. Here are some tips for our community on how to stay happy and healthy this flu season.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Tossenior carewellnesssenior carefamilyage at home

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Why retired adults should volunteer more

Do you have an elderly neighbour that could use a little help? We believe in a future where our seniors are supported by the newly retired to volunteer or work on providing care for the more senior. Helping seniors in their daily chores such as buying groceries or getting transportation to appointments helps both thee elderly receiving the help and the volunteering older adult. Sharing a few hours per week with an elderly neighbor can do wonders for both of you; volunteering improves our sense of purpose as well as our sense of feeling connected. For the person receiving the help, you might just be making it possible for them to live independently at home for longer.

Topics: senior careage at homewellness

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Monday, October 7, 2019

5 Signs your loved one needs non-medical care

If you're a long-distance caregiver, it's particularly important to know whether your loved one needs extra non-medical care at home. When they are no longer able to handle their activities for daily living it's time to get more hands on. These are the signs you should be looking for.

Topics: senior carewellnessfamilyage at home

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Monday, September 30, 2019

6 Steps you can take today to Age In Place

Choosing to age in place requires thorough planning. If aging at home is your preferred choice, here are the steps that will ensure you can age confidently in the comfort of your own home.

Topics: wellnessage at homesenior care

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Monday, September 23, 2019

5 things you should know about Alzheimer's

Did you know we still prescribe the same drugs to Alzheimer's patients as we've done since the 1970's? To round up our series of articles for Alzheimer’s awareness month we've prepared a summary of facts on where we're at in terms of understanding the disease. This is where we've come from and where current research is heading.

Topics: Alzheimerslonelinessmental healthwellnesssenior care

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Monday, September 16, 2019

What my Grandma's Alzheimer's taught me

This is my Alzheimer's story. My yiayia (grandma in Greek) was diagnosed when I was 18 and we moved her with us to Norway to take care of us. It was something the whole family was involved in.

Topics: Alzheimersage at homeexpatswellnessmental healthfamilysenior care

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Monday, September 9, 2019

7 ways to take care of your brain as you age

The earlier Alzheimer's is diagnosed, the more its progress can be slowed with customised lifestyle changes. Most risk factors for Alzheimer's are associated with the way we live. Learn more about senior wellness from the Mon Tonton community.

Topics: Alzheimerssenior careage at homeexpatswellnessfamilylong-distance family

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Monday, September 2, 2019

6 early warning signs of Alzheimer's

These are some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. The sooner you find out, the more time you have to slow the progression of the illness and prepare for what's to come. Written for the Alzheimer's awareness month.

Topics: Alzheimerssenior careage at homeexpatswellness

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Monday, August 26, 2019

7 tips to care for loved ones as an expat

Most of us have either a parent or grandparent who needs help with daily chores. Most private caregivers these days are from the baby boomer generation. Some approaching 70 and caring for parents nearing 90. Here are some tips on how to provide long-distance care for loved ones.

Topics: senior carefamilyage at homeexpatslong-distance family

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Monday, August 19, 2019

How expat families go back to school

Did you grow up near your grandparents? It's less and less common for kids to live near their grandparents. As the new school year is starting many expat kids are saying their goodbyes to the family they rarely see. These are some of the difficulties of being a long-distance family. Fewer and fewer people live around the corner from their parents and grandparents. As a parent, the loss of a child to expatriation can feel like a kind of bereavement, but only if you let it be.

Topics: familyaging parentslong-distance familyexpats

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Is your Mom on Facebook too?

Do you often find embarrassing photos of you on facebook, visible to all your friends, coworkers and your boss - perhaps your is mom on facebook too? The number of 55+ users surged and became the second-biggest demographic of Facebook users in 2018. Why aren't more businesses working on being more inclusive of this user group when designing digital experiences?

Topics: retirement hobbiesdigital isolationwellnesslonelinesslong-distance familyexpatsfamily

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Monday, August 5, 2019

How to age healthy with the Mediterranean diet

We’re all different and there is no one right way to eat. Still, there are healthy eating messages that should apply to everyone – such as eating more fiber and plant-based foods, and fewer processed foods. Read this week's blog post on how to master the Mediterranean diet. As we age, taking care of ourselves is important to maintain independence. How and what you eat determines more than know.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Tossenior carewellnessfamilyexpatsage at home

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Monday, July 29, 2019

4 steps for expats to optimise holidays at home

Tips on how get both quality family time & the relaxation you need. Yes, you can have both, just make sure to follow this advice. As an expat, it's hard to balance helping aging relatives with your own need for time off to recharge your own batteries during your time off.

Topics: long-distance familyexpatssenior careexpatsfamily

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Do these 4 things to stay independent as you age

This is the single most common reason many seniors end up requiring long-term care and living assistance from family, professionals or even full-time care at nursing homes. Here are some tips on what you can start doing today to safeguard your independence as you age.

Topics: wellnessage at homeretirement hobbiessocial isolationloneliness

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Monday, July 1, 2019

No nation generation

Insights into the trends that enable the lifestyle of the digital nomads, expats - the No Nation Generation. We live in an increasingly globalized World with a growing international population. These are some of the trends that enable more and more of us to easily pack up and move to new countries or cities. But the same difficulties that have existed since the first immigrants, still remain.

Topics: familyaging parentsexpatslong-distance family

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Monday, June 24, 2019

This is the secret to a long and healthy life ;)

No matter how old you are or what your motivation is, staying in shape as you age is perhaps the single greatest favour you can do for your future self. We all know that exercise is good for us but for some reason, the older we get, the less we excercise. Contrary to popular belief, poor balance, muscle weakness, weaker bones, and declining mental health has a lot more to do with inactivity than age.

Topics: long-distance familysenior carefamilyexpatsretirement hobbies

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Overcoming digital isolation

Even in highly developed countries, like the Scandinavian, where education and availability of high-speed internet are amongst the highest in the World. Digital isolation is a reality. 4 out of 10 people in the age group 75-79 years have never even been online.

Topics: computer classes for seniorssocial isolationsenior lonelinessloneliness

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Monday, June 10, 2019

4 signs you are a long-distance caregiver

Many of us fail to plan ahead for how aging parents will become dependent on us, their adult children, as they age. While growing old within the comfort of your own home is many seniors' top priority; there are alternatives. This articles explores some of them, including tips on arranging in-home care.

Topics: long-distance familysenior carefamilyexpatsage at home

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Monday, June 3, 2019

6 reasons why the future of senior care is at home

The value of growing old within the comfort of your own home is the key to aging well and happily. Furtermore aging at home is the most affordable options to both individuals and governments. Aging in place should be the goal of policy makers and individuals.

Topics: senior careage at homewellness

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Monday, May 27, 2019

5 reasons Norwegian seniors are the World's happiest

The hallmark of a civilised society is how we treat our most vulnerable, including our elderly parents and grandparents. This is how Norway is making their seniors the happiest in the World. The goal is for all elderly people to receive help and support to master their daily lives. Living a full life, your whole life, by covering the basic requirements of daily living.

Topics: familywellnesssenior care

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Monday, May 20, 2019

3 steps to a meaningful connection

The objective of the event is to connect individuals who have either a different political conviction or a different demographic in the hope of fostering greater mutual understanding. While we are nearly half a century apart in age, we both shared a lot of common interests. We both really enjoy reading, and we both run websites.

Topics: wellnesslifestyleretirement hobbiesloneliness

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Mother's Day Special - Growing new roots

Mawuena has a very distributed family and know's firsthand the difficulty of maintaining the family bond across time zones and continents. With herself living in on the US West Coast and her family living in Germany, Austria, France, and even Toga.

Topics: familyaging parentsexpatslong-distance family

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Monday, May 6, 2019

One way ticket

How much of ourselves should we give to those we love and how much must we betray them to grow up? I've lived in a different country than my parents for nearly 15 years. Having moved away for studies, I continued for work and have yet to return.

Topics: long-distance familyaging parentsfamilyexpats

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