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Comments & Discussions Pertinent to Seniors and Their Families

Seniors Helping Seniors: Making a Difference Through Meals on Wheels

 

Here is a video and a story of seniors helping seniors that will touch your heart.

Carroll Alsobrook and her husband, Duane Alsobrook, 77, get into the same 1990 GMC truck that once took the pair into the Smoky Mountains, where they would hike seven miles up to its third-highest peak, Mount LeConte, and then hike back down the next day to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors. Read the full article »

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Exercise Help for Seniors: Martina Shows Core Exercises

This is a video of Martina Navratilova from  AARP offering exercise help for seniors to develop a strong core.

The information comes from Martina’s book “Shape Yourself.”  Now that she is in her 50′s Martina is learning the hard way that even when a person is physically fit, he or she needs to continue to work on fitness or it’s gone. Here are some of the highlights that can give help for seniors from the video:

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Help for Seniors: Music-Based Self-Diagnostic Tool

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NBC recently produced a piece about music therapy for their program, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  In this program on help for seniors, NBC showed seniors responding to old favorite songs.  Science has been recognizing the part music plays in people in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but now scientists are becoming aware of a way to predict its onset.

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Help for Seniors: Teaching Your Parent about Facebook

 

Last December we published a blog on “How to Introduce Your Parent to Facebook.” The statistics have changed so we are republishing it with the latest stats so as to provide current help for seniors and their families.

Although many senior citizens are avid Facebook users, there are others who aren’t. Facebook, which was launched in 2004, is a great help for seniors to keep family in touch with each other during busy and far from each other’s lives. There are over 36.5 million seniors in the U.S. and 351,000 become senior citizens each year.

Mary Madden, senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center, says a recent Pew survey found that people younger than 50 use social-networking websites to stay in touch with friends, and people older than 50 say they use them to connect with family. Read the full article »

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Help for Seniors:10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

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At some time or another memory problems plague us all, but as we age this can morph into something more serious. This article will provide help for seniors and those who love them some guidelines in knowing if their memory loss is becoming more serious.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor who provides help for seniors.

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Home Healthcare Community Supports Targeted Reforms

home healthcareFrom The Sacramento Bee
Published: Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 – 12:45 pm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 — OIG recommendations consistent with program integrity and payment reforms proposed by home healthcare community

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – In response to a report released yesterday by The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), leaders from the home healthcare community reiterated their support for targeted Medicare reforms.  The report, which aligns closely with policy solutions supported by the home healthcare community, provides recommendations for strengthening the Medicare benefit to prevent inappropriate billing practices through reforms including improved billing processes, prevention of aberrant claims payment, and a temporary moratorium on new provider enrollments in targeted areas.

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Noise Pollution: A Health Hazard for Seniors

in-home careNoise in and of itself can be a nuisance for everyone, but studies show that noise has a direct and immediate effect on a person’s health. Seniors are especially at risk because the human body reacts to noise with a “fight or flight” response. Physiological changes occur in the nervous, hormonal and vascular systems, resulting in significant long-lasting consequences. Exposure to constant and excessive levels of noise can cause health problems such as stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, depression and lost productivity.

What is noise pollution?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines noise pollution as “unwanted or disturbing sound,” explaining that “sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping or conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life. The annoyance can have major consequences, primarily to one’s overall health.”

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Home Health Care: Quick Care Service in Petaluma

Reposted from last April:

Petaluma-based Sequoia Senior Solutions, the North Bay’s premier provider of in-home health care for seniors, began QuickCare, a very affordable service for those seniors who need just a little help in May,2011.

 

The first of its kind in this area, Sequoia Senior Solutions offers this quick assistance service to seniors living within the Petaluma city limits. QuickCare service can be provided for as little as 15 minutes and can cost as little as $7.50. Such services can include unloading the groceries from the car after shopping or even just dropping in for a quick medication reminder or a wellness check while a family member is out of town. It provides peace of mind for the family and is a great back-up for seniors beginning to find it difficult to perform one or more of their daily chores.

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In-Home Caregivers and The Internet

in home caregiverAre you an in-home caregiver? Here are some statistics that you find interesting:

  • 24% of US adults are in-home caregivers for another adult
  • 3% take care of children with significant disabilities
  • 3% are caregivers for both an adult and a child.

In total 30% of all adults in the US are caregivers. That is almost 1/3 of the adults in the country. And among that figure are a lot of people in the Sandwich Generation, taking care of both young and old. Read the full article »

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Your Comfort Zone: Five Good Ways to Escape

http://www.myoneresolution.com/three-zones-of-existence-moving-out-of-your-comfort-zone/Boredom kills. If you sit around in your comfort zone doing nothing, you will probably overeat, drink too much coffee and/or alcohol, or even sleep too much. If you don’t believe me check out the research from the University College of London in  “You really can be bored to death, study shows”.

So what can you do to escape from your comfort zone instead? Here are five suggestions from published authors:

1.       Susan Biali, M.D., author of Live a Live You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You, said, “Recently I went to New York City. A coach told me to use LinkedIn and find people who live there and tell them I was coming (and no, I don’t know most people in my LinkedIn network). I picked three. One answered. She invited me to meet an amazing group of innovators and entrepreneurs, and it came from simply contacting a stranger and say, ‘Want to meet for coffee?’”

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