Articles related to expats

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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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, 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, 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, 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 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 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, 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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