Independence & Fulfillment Articles

Too cool for driving school?
July 2, 2008
Some motorists have never looked back since they first got their license at age 16, but participation in refresher courses like the AARP Driver Safety Program shows that even the most experienced drivers can benefit.
Civic involvement enriches the lives of older adults
Whether it's fighting to protect Social Security or lobbying city hall for a light at that dangerous intersection, older adults can have a powerful voice in the government decisions that affect them.
Interaction between older adults and children benefit both
We've all looked at busy, bouncing children and wondered, ‘Where do they get all that energy?’ Grandparents or older adults in particular may feel daunted by the prospect of spending time with little ones.
Now that you’ve time on your hands, lend one
You have 65 years of accumulated life and job skills, and, now that you're retired, you also have the time. Why not put that wealth of experience to good use and volunteer?
Return to social life can be fulfilling for suddenly single seniors
After spending decades as one-half of a couple, older adults who find themselves suddenly single can face overwhelming isolation and loneliness. But senior singles can make the most out of the rest of their lives by taking positive steps to develop fulfilling new relationships.
Back to school - for seniors, too
September is back to school time, but not just for kids. Older adults can take advantage of a myriad of lifelong learning opportunities as far ranging as taking a cooking class, being tutored in computer skills or visiting a public library.
Holiday gift-giving tips for grandparents
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for a grandchild can certainly make your spirits bright. But if you're in the dark about what to give, the hunt can be more of a job than a joy. To lend some method to the holiday madness, here’s some gift-giving advice from the Healthy Aging Partnership.
Making sense out of living options for seniors
Life after retirement can be fun, active and fulfilling - but it can also be challenging when it comes to making choices about where to live.
Build stronger communities by giving of yourself
Older adults can reap rewards - physically, mentally, emotionally and for their communities - by taking advantage of the many volunteer opportunities that exist in the Puget Sound area.
Respite program lends a helping hand
Older adults who need a break from the daily routine of caring for a loved one can get a helping hand from respite programs.
Long-distance grandparents can stay connected
When grandchildren live far away, grandparents sometimes worry about how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. But with a little forethought and creativity, you can play an important role in your grandchildren’s lives.
In-home care lends a helping hand
As people grow older, they face an often dizzying array of options for managing their health and well-being. Fortunately, taking care of everything by oneself at home or moving to a nursing facility are not the only choices. In-home services are a very good option for many older adults who need a little extra help but are still able to live comfortably and safely in their own homes.