Live well. Age well.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 -- Safety is important for all of us, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for individuals with dementia. Diseases like Alzheimer's can cause a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. These might include: judgement (forgetting how to use an appliance,) sense of time and place (getting lost in a familiar place,) behavior (becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful,) and physical ability (having trouble with balance or depth perception.) Below are a few tips that might be helpful. A comprehensive offering of safety information, tips and resources can be found here.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018 -- There has been a great deal of controversy over the past several years regarding decisions to “pull the plug” on terminally ill patients. It can be unsettling to think about our own inability to care for ourselves, handle our own finances, or make our own health care decisions. No one likes to think about it, but many of us will someday be in that very position. Who will make those decisions for us – perhaps a family member, an emergency room physician, or a nursing home administrator? Luckily, the law provides several ways that we can make plans and give directions for our own future well-being in case we are unable to make those decisions in the future.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Organizing your home does not have to be expensive. In fact, by reducing the amount of items that you own, you may be able to get by without any purchases at all. Often, our disorganization is a result of too many things without a proper storage area. Listed below are some of the typical "problem" areas that senior move managers come across in their line of work. Wherever you decide to start your organization project, the first step will always be to assess what you actually need and use on a regular basis. All other items will be reassigned to another area of the home, or, possibly, removed (i.e. donation to friends or family, or discarded).
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 — When seniors live alone, they are susceptible to periods of loneliness during any time of the year.
If a senior is quieter, experiences appetite loss or has trouble sleeping, he or she may be suffering from loneliness. Other indicators include unusual behavior (such as when an elderly parent calls up unexpectedly and doesn’t have much to say) or simply if he or she speaks of being lonely. The diagnosis is determined by the duration and degree of symptoms.
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- There are a number of myths regarding aging. Some people may mistakenly believe that aging inevitably involves getting sick or disabled, while others may think that all adults face memory loss in their later years. Even more people may think that once you reach a certain age there is less that you can contribute to society and that you are done learning. All of these beliefs are absolutely false. In fact, many people find that the years following retirement are filled with health, vitality, and meaning. Since we are all going to get to those golden years eventually, here are a few tips to consider that may help to make that stage of life some of the best years you’ll ever have.