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How to Safely Choose Home Care Help

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Is it time for you to hire a home health care worker? Do you feel confused on knowing where to begin the employment process? The first step is to do your research and due diligence before choosing and hiring help for care at home.

Well, there’s a website site for that. [Read more →]

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Don’t Get Lost In The Medicaid Maze

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

For those unfamiliar with the process, getting onto Medicaid is frustrating and exhaustive. Medicaid requires extensive paperwork, including, bank and/or financial statements for every account held within a financial institution for a period of five years and the like.  This is an overwhelming burden wrought on a caregiver coming to grips with the new emotional and financial reality of a loved one transitioning into long-term care. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 3

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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Four generations walking for their health.

So, did the first two articles get you up and walking yet? I hope so. I know I’m walking more or at least aware of when I’m slowing down again. Unfortunately for some older adults in their fifties, sixties, and older are not able to walk daily because of physical problems. Those who are even older have a greater challenge as they age.

But, the best thing we can do for our health is to MOVE. It doesn’t even matter in the long run just how that movement is accomplished. The point is to get out there or at least inside your home, and walk. If you can only stand in place, then do so. If you can get outside and walk around the block a time or two, do that also. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 2

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Three things happened within a short time that got me thinking about how seniors exercise. There was a short blurb in the September 2014 AARP Bulletin that mentioned, “Walking is the best and easiest way to avoid or reduce arthritic knee pain.” They referenced a new study from Boston University that gave specific information regarding how many steps seniors needed and about how long that might take them to walk that many steps. [Read more →]

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Don’t Choose a Care Provider Without Asking These Five Questions

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Today we are offering information about how important it is that seniors receive the proper care they need. You will find several links in this article that will give you the opportunity to check out further information. We value your opinions and appreciate your comments, so feel free to share your thoughts about this timely topic.

You want to find a senior care provider that not only meets your care needs, but also goes above and beyond to provide a compassionate, personal touch. But sorting through applicants to find that special connection can be a daunting task. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 1

September 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Most of us have read how important it is to stay active as we age. By the time we are in our sixties and seventies, some of us have gained more weight than we should carry, we need to build up our strength, and we understand that walking will help us reduce arthritic knee pain.

Unfortunately, just knowing all that doesn’t mean we actually get out there and do what we need to do. [Read more →]

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The Tie Between Depression and Suicide

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Shock waves were felt around the world as the news of the unexpected death of actor and entertainer Robin Williams. He struggled with depression for many years and couldn’t get past the hold it had on him. His suicide reminds all of us that the condition can affect anyone, male and female, young and old, rich and famous or poor and unknown. Depression can hit anyone at any time.

I was looking at depression statistics and found some interesting information. According to several websites, middle age or older white men are more likely to commit suicide than any other group, and the number of suicides is increasing. Also, men are less likely to talk to someone about their problems than women. [Read more →]

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Grandma-to-be Showers Growing in Popularity

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

A recent trend in baby showers has more than a few people up in arms. Why such an uproar connected with a long-established welcome and fun gathering? A unique and trendy new concept is the Grandma-to-be baby shower where first-time grandmothers celebrate a wonderful addition to the family. More grandparents are taking care of grandchildren while parents work, so having such a shower allows grandmothers to stock their house with everything they need to care for the young child. This is especially useful if the grandparents live a distance away or don’t have the income to make numerous purchases. [Read more →]

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5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Safe in the Sun

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

As we age our skin loses much of its elasticity and becomes more fragile and transparent. We all know the only way to protect ourselves from the sun is to stay indoors and avoid sitting near windows during daylight hours. Unfortunately, that is not a practical or enjoyable way to live no matter how old we are. [Read more →]

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Fun Ways to Increase Agility in your Aging Senior

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

As I write this article, I understand there is a large range between the newly senior and those who are now in their 90’s or older. Longevity has increased the number of aging seniors who can still get around fairly easily. We can no longer use the old numbers to judge whether someone is considered an old man or woman, nor can we judge how physically active they will be at a much later age than our forbearers. Our seniors are surprising us with how active they are at a more advanced age than ever before. [Read more →]

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Isolated Seniors – What You Can Do to Alleviate their Loneliness

August 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Back in the day when my grandparents and great-grandparents were reaching their sixties and seventies, they struggled to a greater extent with isolation than we do now. Especially my mother’s parents who lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

We lovingly called that area “the boonies” because there was hardly anything in that area of the state. It was a dry, baron place that held little to allow seniors to interact with others. [Read more →]

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The Upside of Aging Review

July 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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The Upside of Aging by Paul H. Irving, President of the Milken Institute is a compilation of sixteen chapters written by authors who are “all prominent thought leaders” according to Irving.

The complete subtitle is “How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work Innovation, Policy, and Purpose.”

After a lengthy Foreword by Michael Milkin and Preface by Irving, both together were well worth the price of the book, each author had a topic they covered in as much depth as possible for this type of book.

I took massive notes while reading the introductory areas and learned much about how we as a society are learning about aging in a new way. We are certainly not living the live my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. [Read more →]

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A Painful Life Transition for Some Seniors

July 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Transitions are a part of our life whether we like it or not. Some transitions are beneficial while others are not. In fact, they can be downright painful. Transitions are inevitable and we all have to deal with them in some manner. Here are some of our important transitions:

  • We start our lives as little babies and progress through childhood
  • We transition from early childhood to our teen years
  • We are students who then transition to our careers or lives post school
  • Seemingly all too soon, we are adults with all the accompanying responsibilities.

Other transitions we may face can include job changes, loss of spouse or other loved ones, health issues that leave us less mobile than we expected. Then, more transitions as we move through the decades and into our senior years. [Read more →]

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Silver Surfers: Internet Usage Among Older Generations Infographic

June 5th, 2014 · 10 Comments

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Source: Accredited-Online-College.org

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Top Ten People I Miss The Most – Personal

June 3rd, 2014 · 14 Comments

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My mother Emily Monroe. In hindsight, she was probably the best mother anyone could have. She was a teacher in a country school when she and Dad got married, but chose to stay home until her youngest of three entered kindergarten. Once she went back to teaching school, she picked up her bachelors and master’s degrees while raising us.

She again taught in a country school until she started teaching second grade in a small town school. Although she could have moved on to bigger school systems, she liked the atmosphere and camaraderie of the small town. There is so much more I could share about her life, but suffice it to say – she was one of the best! Here she is riding a three-wheel Honda. [Read more →]

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