10 tips for travel in Norway and Sweden

     For the Week of: July 16th, 2018
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Hello from Stockholm, Sweden –

I am writing to you today as I am flying home from a 12 Day trip to Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is a delightful time to be in Scandinavia as there is almost 24-hour sunlight and usually mild summer temperatures. This year saw record-setting heat in Sweden and Norway as the temps rose into the high 80’s many days.

Here are my 10 tips when traveling to Norway and Sweden (I provided my Iceland comments last week)

#1 – You can travel without cash in Scandinavia –Credit cards are the preferred payment for everything from taxi cabs to coffee houses. Some places will only accept credit cards for payment. Be sure to bring two credit cards as sometimes you might have trouble with one credit card being accepted but the other one works. Many stores do not accept American Express cards for payment. I used to always recommend to bring some local currency but the mass movement to credit card payment makes using local currency more pain than it is worth.

#2 – Hotels in Norway and Sweden are not up to American standards –Many national and regional hotels in Norway and Sweden do not meet Americans standards. A four-star hotel in Norway would be 3 stars in the U.S. Rooms are small, bathrooms even smaller, and showers even smaller. They are hotel chains like Hilton and Sheraton that offer options American are used to.

#3 – Hotels have no air conditioning –Many hotels do not have air conditioning and you will bake when the weather gets in the 80’s. Many of the hotels in Scandinavia were built when the summers never reached 80 degrees so they don’t have air conditioning. Your only way to cool your room is to open your window which also brings you street music throughout the night and makes it very difficult to rest. Be sure to ask the front desk for a fan for your room.

#4 – Shampoo is in a wall dispenser –Many of us have gotten used to having small bottles of shampoo and hair conditioner at the hotel. Many hotels in Scandinavia have wall dispensers that are filled with bulk shampoo. My mamma always told me to never bathe with anything poured from a 55-gallon drum.

#5 – Don’t forget to put out a door sign to clean your room –If the housekeeper does not see the sign on your door they will often just not make up your room that day.

#6 – No washcloths in the bathrooms –Americans often bring their own washcloths when traveling to Europe and Scandinavia as not many hotels offer washcloths in their bathrooms.

#7 – Your dinner could last for 4 hours unless you ask for the check –Unless you ask for the check they will not bring it. Unlike the U.S. it is considered rude to bring a check until you ask for it.

#8 – You need your room key to turn on the room lights –Scandinavians take their energy efficiency very seriously and almost all hotels require you to put your room key in a slot inside the door to turn on the lights. When you leave the room and take your key all the room lights shut off. Many hotels around the world use this method to control energy cost today.

#9 – Great cell service even when driving through tunnels –I could not believe it when I was riding a bus through a 5-mile long tunnel and never lost my cell phone connection for a conference call I was on.

#10 – The U.S. dollar is still the gold standard for tipping –Almost everyone has a big smile when you tip them with USD. The dollar is still the best currency to have in your wallet around the world.

Bonus tip #11 -New European security rules limit access to websites using wi-fi- I was surprised to find that I could not access several websites using wi-fi but was able to access using my cell service. Apparently, this is related to the new personal data security rules of the EU. I usually like to read my local newspapers from back home and my Wallstreet Journal when I am traveling along with Facebook.

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Everyone Should Reset Their Routers

Raise your hands if you’re aware of the FBI’s directive to the public to reboot their routers. This is 2 months old but is verified on www.FBI.gov .  -keith—

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/ftw-podcast-malware-targets-routers-053118.mp3/view

Raise your hands if you’re aware of the FBI’s directive to the public to reboot their routers. Raise your hands if you have actually rebooted yours. If you have no clue as to what we’re talking about or why you should even care – even a little – we’re going to break it down.

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The Importance of Elder Empowerment

Posted On 19 Jun 2018  By : 

In a traditional senior care setting, schedules are a way of life. There are specific times for when to get up, when to go to bed, when to have activities, exercise and have meals. For seniors who spent their entire adulthood living independently and making their own choices, the cultural shock can be considerable. (…) Read more by using the link below.

An Elder-Directed Environment

Green House communities, which follow the model established by The Green House Project, buck the traditional senior care model by putting elder decision-making at the heart of all they do. “We push the envelope by looking at the elder voice and learning how to access it, and also by determining what mechanics need to put in place to ensure the model is elder-directed,” says Wiegand.

The Green House model facilitates elder-directed lifestyles by creating a more intimate, residential environment. Each Green House home accommodates between 10 and 12 elders, as opposed to the environment of a traditional senior living model that typically has 100 residents or more.

https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/the-importance-of-elder-empowerment/

 

What if I refused to pick Mom up from the hospital?

My mom is a serious alcoholic. 76 years old but more like 90. She lives in my neighborhood, not my home. I am an only child and there is NO other family around, period. I was out of town for 2 days in March and she had a panic attack and called 911, admitted to the hospital for a couple of days. In April she spent 10 days in a senior mental health/detox facility. Took a bad fall in May, hit her head, I called 911. She was admitted to the hospital for a couple of days. I begged for the hospital not to release her but they did. She took another fall last week and twisted up her foot. She refuses to discuss any other living arrangement (I will not have her live with me – she is verbally abusive and nasty) and mentions suicide on a regular basis (this has been going on for years and yes I’ve informed ALL of the doctors). If she is hospitalized again, can I refuse to pick her up?

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https://preview.agingcare.com/questions/what-if-i-refused-to-pick-her-up-from-the-hospital-440244.htm?utm_source=APFMnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July+7%2C+2018&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWlRNME9EQTRabVJoTmpsaiIsInQiOiJjeFNGVTdCXC9oNERmOUNJTmwrbWpMWVJJRGlBc2t2dTlcL0luM1BwZUx6WDBcL05IaUVZclFsb0pNSGJEYWd0T2dVYWRTZUZRWXFBU3ZBMmpHTitXTmJ2enkxNStuTU56cmk0QnNqY0lFQmlXNmZiUVwvRUpUZVJZOTdNQ3Jidk1NYkMifQ%3D%3D

Anti-Aging Pills?

Can Aging Be Cured in Your Lifetime? It May Be So…

If there’s one thing we wish we could all have, it’s a way to stop aging and remain looking young forever. But, what if we could actually stop aging forever? Will it be possible to cure aging during your lifetime? Find out what this video has to say.

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Cellular senescence From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cellular senescence is one phenomenon by which normal cells cease to divide. In their seminal experiments from the early 1960’s, Leonard Hayflick and Paul Moorhead discovered that normal human fetal fibroblasts in culture reach a maximum of approximately 50 cell population doublings before becoming senescent.[1][2][3] This phenomenon is known as “replicative senescence”, or the Hayflick limit. Hayflick’s discovery that normal cells are mortal overturned a 60-year-old dogma in cell biology that maintained that all cultured cells are immortal. Hayflick found that the only immortal cultured cells are cancer cells.[4]

Lincoln July 21 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PAINT BRIDGES AT UNION PLAZA

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to help paint bridges at Union Plaza, 21st and “Q” streets, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday July 21.  Volunteers will meet at the parking lot near the Assurity overlook, north of N. 21st and “Q” streets.

Registration is not required, but volunteers may register in advance by emailing parksvolunteers@lincoln.ne.gov or visiting parks.lincoln.ne.gov/volunteer.  New volunteers are asked to complete the volunteer application form at this site.

Supplies will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirty.  If weather causes a postponement, registered participants will be notified of the rain date. The volunteer event is part of the 2018 VIP (Volunteer in Parks) Saturday series. Upcoming events include:

  • August 18, 8 to 11 a.m., location and activity to be determined
  • September 22, 8 to 11 a.m., Bea Richmond Park, pulling weeds and garden maintenance
  • October 27, 9 a.m. to noon, location and activity to be determined

For more information about Lincoln Parks and Recreation, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov

Project explores why aging brains stay on the sunny side

Excerpt:

As people age, they become more motivated to enjoy life and savor the relationships they have, she added. Young people, on the other hand, are motivated to experience novelty, which doesn’t always go well, so they may be wired to err on the side of caution and view situations more negatively.    Read the story here —> 

https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/project-explores-why-aging-brains-stay-on-the-sunny-side/

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