Brookdale Senior Living likes to send out trivia questions with prizes for seniors! This morning the questions asked was:
Be the first to respond to Cyndi with the correct answer and receive a $10 gas card!
In respect to “recovering from the holidays”, we are making this an easy one….
How many Brookdale communities are in the Raleigh/Durham Triangle area??
*Hint: See below
Contact Cynthia at: CFreed@brookdaleliving.com
One of the biggest investments you will ever make is your home. To protect this investment you have a long list of “To Do’s”. One of those being seasonal maintenance to make sure that your home is ready for whatever the weather may bring! Here are some tips on maintenance for the fall season:
1. Use a qualified service company to check your heating system or furnace. Service should be done every two years for a gas furnace and every year for an oil furnace. (Unless other recommendation from manufacturer.)
2. Check chimneys for nests or other obstructions.
3. Remove dust from electric baseboard heaters.
4. Make sure the draining pan under the cooling coil mounted in furnace is draining properly and is clean.
5. Remove grilles on forced air systems and vacuum inside for any dust.
Have you seen the C-Tran buses driving around the Cary area? Did you know that for Cary citizens 60 years of age and older, there is a Door-to-Door service? Instead of having to wait at a stop the tran can pick you up from your door step. To do so, you have to fill out a request for and make sure you call 24 hours ahead of the time you would like to be picked up. The information is on the Town of Cary website, see the link below, or just call the number to ask for more information on services offered to Senior Citizens.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Phone: (919) 469-4086
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As your parents age, it is possible that despite any health issues, they will be able to remain in their home, so long as there is some kind of additional care in place for them. And it usually falls upon family members to provide that additional care. As the child or other relative of a family member who needs in-home health care, the prospect of providing what amounts to long-term care can seem overwhelming. Where do you even start? The following seven tips will help you and your family members formulate a plan for in-home care of a loved one. Note that if in-home health care is ordered by a doctor, Medicare and long-term care insurance can cover some of the costs. Visit Medicare’s website for more information.
This isn’t always the obvious first step when it comes to coordinating home care for a parent or other family member, but put yourself in their shoes, and you’ll probably agree that you would prefer to be talked to than talked about. A loved one may be concerned that they’ll become a burden to their family or that they’ll lose control of their day-to-day life. With this in mind, always encourage the person in need of care to voice their concerns; let them know they will be included in any decisions that need to be made regarding their home and health. Tips for this important family meeting are available on the caregiver.org website.
At this stage of your parent or loved one’s life, you may not be fully aware of his or her medical history and needs. Take time to speak to your loved one’s doctors so that you are fully aware of any existing medical conditions, recurring health issues, and prescribed medications. Know the side effects of any medications, and plan to address any sudden changes in your loved one’s condition that may result. And again, keep your loved one involved in these discussions, keeping an open mind, even if you both disagree with how to address a medical issue.
Obtaining a loved one’s financial information may be awkward, but it’s crucial to have, especially as the loved one ages and their health needs continue to change. Have an up-to-date record of any income, including Social Security, pensions, and disbursements from investments. Create a “one sheet” that lists bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, credit cards, and any health and life insurance policies. You and your loved one may want to open up a joint checking account so that you can assist with bill payments.
One common mistake family members make when it comes to caring for a loved one is attempting to do everything by themselves. There’s only so much time in a day, and your schedule may not allow for the time needed to provide comprehensive, high-quality home care. To help with this, consider hiring a home health aide. Home health aides work for agencies that are regulated by state and federal laws, are generally supervised by a medical professional, and are paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Other options, depending upon the needs of your loved one, include in-home therapists, or a neighbor who can assist with simple domestic tasks.
Here’s a task that’s a bit easier than gathering medical and financial information. Install handrails along stairs and in bathrooms and safety rails in showers and tubs. As a person ages, day-to-day tasks can become physically challenging, and rails prevent accidents that may result. Consider other simple additions to your loved ones home that can help ensure their safety, such as bright lighting in hallways and basements and smoke and CO2 detectors installed throughout the home.
Large number pads on phones, the television remote control, and thermostat are helpful to a loved one whose vision may be impaired or simply not as strong as it once was. Digital clocks, especially those with larger LED displays, are also helpful, since traditional three-hand clocks might become confusing to read over time.
As your loved one ages, they may express less interest in eating. Medication and poor oral hygiene may be to blame, along with fatigue. Consider collaborating on the creation of a weekly menu that is well-balanced and includes food from all five food groups. If your loved one is recovering from a medical procedure or operation, consult with a doctor or nutritionist to determine which foods in what quantities are most helpful for a speedy recovery. In addition to maintaining a good diet, make sure your loved one is getting some kind of physical exercise.
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August 13, 2012 by Staff Writer
Our country is getting grayer. The number of senior citizens in the U.S. has increased in the past decade to the point where baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — now account for a quarter of the population. And life expectancy, along with what doctors describe as our “active lifespan,” is predicted to increase by another two years in the next decade. There are also more seniors in the workforce as boomers elect to continue working past retirement age, although this is due in part to the recent economic downturn, as well as the financial shortcomings of Social Security. The welcome presence and valuable contributions of elderly Americans is helping to debunk some common myths regarding seniors and the aging process. Here are seven such myths that have been disproved.
The grumpy old man is a caricature we can’t help but laugh at, even as we ourselves continue to grow older and turn into that man. But interestingly, the age group that is most prone to stress and depression is the 20-something demographic, whereas many studies confirm that people actually become happier as they age. Older adults understand how much less stressful life is when you “don’t sweat the small stuff” and are adept at letting go of disappointment and regret. As people age, they also often make a conscious effort to participate in life-affirming activities and to be among people who lift their spirits.
The human body does slow down as it ages. However, sickness, especially serious sickness, is not part of the aging process. In fact, a recent study of a group of seniors by the New England Centenarian Study at Boston Medical Center showed that more than 40% of those who lived to be 100 did not suffer from age-related sicknesses until they reached the age of 80. And 15% of those studied had no age-related illnesses at all by the time they hit 100.
Senility is a broad, ultimately unhelpful term used to stereotype the behavior of senior citizens. At best, it may describe the symptoms of dementia, a non-specific syndrome that actually affects people of all ages. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that predominantly, but not exclusively, develops in old age. After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years. However, dementia is often misdiagnosed as part of the aging process, when in fact symptoms of dementia can be caused by medications, malnutrition, alcohol abuse, and thyroid, kidney, and liver disorders. While it is true that one in eight older Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia is not an inevitable result of getting old.
Well, OK. After the age of 75, you’re going to slow down just a bit, no matter what Hugh Hefner would have you believe. But getting older doesn’t mean you stop having sex entirely. Seniors can have healthy sexual relations as long as they wish. Given the fact that regular exercise and a healthy diet benefits the libido, and in turn, sexual relations make for a healthier, less stressful life, shouldn’t folks interested in (ahem) longevity make every effort to keep getting it on in their golden years?
When it comes to experience, seniors are a great learning resource for younger people. And thankfully, there’s nothing about the aging process that impairs a senior-aged person’s ability to learn something new as well. The brain is not wired to retire, but to instead welcome new challenges and explore new ideas. The number of senior-aged entrepreneurs in the workforce attests to this, as well as the number of innovative leaders over the age of 55 in the worlds of business, technology, and especially the creative arts.
There is a stereotype that exists in the business world that pegs older workers as being slower, less productive, and unable to keep up with their younger co-workers. But older workers are often more efficient with their time, and have higher standards and a stronger work ethic in place than some of their younger counterparts. Add to that a willingness to embrace and become comfortable with developing technologies, as well as listen and learn, and a senior can be a formidable member of any business’s team.
How many times have you listened to a grandparent recount, in great detail and entirely from memory, an incident from their childhood, something that occurred 50 or 60 years ago? Growing older does not cause memory loss. However, physiological changes can affect the speed with which memories are retrieved. And just like any other muscle, the aging brain does need regular exercise in order to stay healthy. Brain exercises, like crosswords and Sudoku, as well as physical exercise, a good diet, and a lively social life, including visits from and interactions with the grandchildren, will help keep the aging mind fit.
Did you know that you could be using your Wellness and AARP cards to get discounts at Pharmacies? We did not have them posted on the other page, but we think this is something you should be taking advantage of now! Walgreens has Weekly AARP Specials that you can look at on their site HERE. Rite Aid has a Wellness card that offers special sales as well. If you go to the pharmacy at Harris Teeter, every Thursday you get 5% Off, but you MUST ASK FOR THE DISCOUNT TO GET IT!!!!
The next time you go out to pick up or fill a prescription, keep these in mind and help yourself to some savings!
Are you planning on moving? Or have you started discussing the idea? With the kids all out of the house and on their own, downsizing might be a good idea if you have not done so already. Here are some questions to consider :
1. Why are you thinking of moving ? Do you want a smaller home or a large home; but with someone taking care of outside maintenance like snow removal and lawn mowing ?
2. Do you want to move to an active adult community or to a community where there are people of all ages ?
3. Do you want to be close to your children and grandkids ? Is there any possibility that your children may be transferred to another state for their job after you move to be close to them ?
4. Do you want to relocate to warmer climate ? Will you miss your children and grand children if you move too far away ? Will your children be able to visit you quickly for emergencies ? Do you have family or friends at the new location if you are moving out of state ?
5. After this move are you planning on moving again in a few years or is this going to be your retirement home for a long time?
6. Have you thought of just make changes to your current home and aging in place ?
7. Do you know how much you will net when you sell your home ?
8. Do you know what your housing costs will be when you buy another home ? Taxes and association fees may be higher.
It is a good idea to sit down with your children and family and discuss your needs. The three important things to consider are Location, Size of new home and price based on your finances .
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Studio Express at the Cary Town Center is having a special on Senior Portraits from June until September 1st. If you have not already made an appointment for your pictures, I suggest you do so soon! At Studio Express you can get six different poses for $98.99. You will get a cd of all the shots taken, 20 sheets of photos and two 10 x 13′s. Bring props, make sure you have enough outfits to change into that are a mix of casual and formal, and avoid bring printed patterns. Call the number below to make a appointment.
Location: 1105 Walnut Street, Suite 200
Phone: (919) 462-9921
Great Truths About Life
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
- No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
- When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
- If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back (They always catch the second person).
- Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
- You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
- Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
- Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
- You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
- Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
- The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
- Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
- Wrinkles don’t hurt.
- Families are like fudge . . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
- Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
- Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
- Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT OLD PEOPLE HAVE LEARNED:
- Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
- Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
- When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.
- You’re getting old when you get the same thrill from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
- It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
- Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
- Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.