4 ways that older people can bolster or improve their mental health


Charles Petrow will discuss his latest book: Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old

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Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old, sponsored by Charles E. Smith Life Communities Thursday, November 11 | 6 p.m. | FREE Steven Petrow, an award-winning journalist and author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and civility. Petrow will discuss his newest book, “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old”, part memoir and part manifesto. Armed with a list of “things I won’t do when I get old,” he humorously, honestly contrasts his parent’s generational attitudes towards aging with his own.  To register go to: https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/event/stupid-things-i-wont-do-when-i-get-old-with-author-steven-petrow/#register

Word search puzzles for people with dementia

Word Search Grab & Go for dementia

Word Search is a familiar and popular pastime for many people. It is engaging and offers cognitive challenges as well as providing positive feedback finding the hidden words. Depending on the person, it can often be done with little supervision. Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s or dementia often stop doing puzzles such as word search because they find the puzzles too challenging and have difficulty completing them. This does not have to be the case.

Using puzzles specially designed for people with dementia that have larger print and fewer words may allow the person to regain their enjoyment in doing the puzzles. The key is to start with easy puzzles to allow the person to be successful, moving to more difficult puzzles only if the person completes the easier puzzles with minimal assistance.


Compassion and Choices End-of-Life Resources information

Compassion & Choices Website

Looking Forward by Jacqueline McMakin

Our Members — Vermont Global Exchange

In this collection of stories, Jacqueline McMakin describes insights and resources she acquired during and after her mother’s death.  Her short pieces highlight the benefits of preparation and the help that is available for those who are contemplating their own death or wish to do so.

Click on the following link to read Looking Forward


Easy Reader Picture Books for Adults™

Research shows that reading can slow the progress of dementia.  Many adults with cognitive impairment and dementia can read and enjoy it but they need specially formatted material.  Books in the Easy Reader Picture Books for Adults™ series are tailored to the needs of older adults who can no longer follow a written narrative.  Expressive photographs, each accompanied by three evocative, large-print words call up memories and stimulate positive feelings.  These books are a wonderful gift for cognitively impaired adults and those who care for them.  Go to this site to learn about this book series along with many other resources and information about recent research on the capabilities of adults with dementia.




Dying and Living: An Immersive Online Experience






The many speakers at this conference explore:

  • How living and dying are inseparable
  • How to live in times of darkness and uncertainty
  • What the different spiritual traditions teach about death
  • How to share the sacred work of grief and loss
  • Why we are living in a death-phobic culture
  • The greater cosmological, planetary, and evolutionary cycles we are part of
  • What we can learn from the recent pandemic and social justice crises

The conference is over but it has been recorded and, for $99 it can be viewed at: