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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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Can Senior Living Help Your Marriage?

These Couples Say Yes

Posted On 08 Feb 2018 . By : 
    Harold and Lois Greene still get around pretty well, considering he’s 92 years old and she’s 86. Harold sometimes needs a cane to walk and Lois’s hands shake a bit from Parkinson’s disease. The couple stays active, though, thanks to moving into a senior living community in Arizona about eight months ago.

The 9 Signs of Hidden Depression

How to help a person that has developed hidden depression – If you notice that one of your loved ones or someone close to you has developed one or more of the symptoms that we mentioned here, the best solution is to talk to them first and offer help, try to talk about the things that are bothering them and remove the masks. In such a conversation it is important not to try to minimize the value of the person’s problems or joke about them in order to ease the situation, but take them seriously – try to genuinely help them, by really touching on the problems they’re dealing with and not with empty words like “cheer up,” “just relax,” or “stop acting like that.” In any case, if the person in front of you refuses to talk, don’t try to force them, but keep an eye on their behavior. Be attentive, and let the person dealing with the problem feel that you are here for them.     From BabaMail

Full story here – http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=28805

Stay Calm You When You’re Anxious

8 Questions That’ll Help Calm You When You’re Anxious

1. “What evidence do I have that my fear will materialize?”
2. “What are the best, worst, and most realistic scenarios that can play out?”

3. “Based on past experience, how will I cope with this frightening situation in the end?”

10 Quotes from Carl Jung That’ll Change Your Life

4. “Am I worrying just to worry?

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5. “Is my health actually in danger?”

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7. “Why do I feel so anxious?”
8. “What is the story I create for myself?”
It is much easier to talk about these tips than to do them because anxiety can be a hugely destructive force, but if you are willing to challenge your thoughts and ask the right questions, you may be able to see things differently and calm yourself. This is what experts recommend, and it will help you deal with worrying situations in a more positive and beneficial way than giving in to your fears and anxiety.

The Safest Cars for Seniors

This is a great article. Please read it all here. https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/the-safest-cars-for-seniors/
 – keith —–> . Posted On 05 Jan 2018 By : 

(…) I wasn’t able to back it up and look to see things behind me. My neck doesn’t turn as well as it used to, and my peripheral vision is not as good as it used to be, either.”

(…) There have never been so many senior drivers on the roads as there are today and their numbers are growing: in 2015, there were 50% more drivers over age 65 than there were in 1999, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

With these large numbers comes an increased need for vehicles that make driving easier while keeping seniors– and other people on America’s roads – safe. The good news is cars have never been safer than they are today. The bad news is with so many cars on the market, the process of finding the right one can be daunting.

https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/the-safest-cars-for-seniors/

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Jensen handyman services – Especially for Seniors

Jensen handyman services offers a wide variety of home repairs like plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, flooring and custom fixes and workarounds. 30 years of experience reasonably priced references 402-560-4985
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Retirement and Wealth Solution of Nebraska.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s RAISES OVER $163,000

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®

Residents of Lincoln and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease on September 17, 2017 at Holmes Lake in Lincoln. Over 1,400 participants raised more than $163,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

“Lincoln residents rallied together to show their dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Erinn Drouin, Walk Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “Dedicated volunteers and businesses worked together to make this event special for all participants. The event was filled with poignant personal stories and energy to continue the fight to end this disease. This year, we welcomed a record number of participants and teams – we are so appreciative.”

Stanley Healthcare was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising over $11,000 to fund research and care and support services.

The event was generously sponsored by several local organizations and businesses, including Runza, Alpha Media, Channel 8 KLKN-TV, Carpetland, CountryHouse Residences, Legacy Retirement Communities – The Arbors, and Stanley Healthcare, among others. Free musical entertainment was provided by The Toons, and the event was emceed by Megan Conway of Channel 8 KLKN-TV. Lynne Fullerton, a local family caregiver, shared her personal story of how Alzheimer’s has impacted her and her family.

In Nebraska alone, there are more than 33,000 people living with the disease and 82,000 caregivers.  In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Donations are being collected through December 15, 2017 at alz.org/walk.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association® – The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support.  Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.

Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. Donate here —>  Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer’s Association

6 Moving Tips For Seniors | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

6 Moving Tips For Seniors

Whether you’re moving from one home to a similar-sized one or downsizing to a smaller one, there’s no doubt about it, it can be an extremely stressful time. However, there are some steps that you can take along the way that will help decrease this stress. In this video, you’ll find 6 great moving tips for seniors.

 

Source: 6 Moving Tips For Seniors | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

Older Americans Struggling With Drug Costs Don’t Ask for Help: MedlinePlus Health News

Older Americans Struggling With Drug Costs Don’t Ask for Help

Poll found roughly half didn’t, but 67 percent who did received assistance from their doctor

By Robert Preidt

Friday, June 30, 2017

HealthDay news imageFRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many older Americans who have difficulty paying for their medications don’t seek help in finding cheaper options, a new poll indicates.

“We already know that cost can keep patients from taking the drugs they need to maintain health or prevent complications, but these new data suggest that many older adults aren’t talking to their doctors or pharmacists about cost and less-expensive alternatives as often as they could,” said poll director Dr. Preeti Malani. She is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

“This represents an opportunity for patients, clinicians — as well as health systems, insurers and policymakers,” Malani added in a university news release.

The national poll of more than 2,100 adults aged 50 to 80 found that 27 percent said their prescription drug costs were a financial burden.

About 16 percent had six or more prescriptions and saw more than one doctor. These patients were the most likely to say they struggled with drug costs, the poll found.

Among the respondents who said their medication costs were a burden, 49 percent had not talked to their doctors about the issue. But doing so was effective, because 67 percent of those who talked to their doctor received a recommendation for a less expensive drug, as did 37 percent of those who talked to their pharmacists.

“Based on these findings, and other evidence, we encourage patients to speak up during their clinic visits, and when they’re at the pharmacy, and ask about ways to reduce the cost of their prescriptions,” Malani said.

“But equally, we see a need for health professionals to find ways to more routinely engage with patients about cost — especially through formal medication reviews such as the one that Medicare will cover,” she added.

SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, June 30, 2017

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News stories are written and provided by HealthDay and do not reflect federal policy, the views of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: Older Americans Struggling With Drug Costs Don’t Ask for Help: MedlinePlus Health News

Health Care Proposals

Health Care Proposals Are Deeply Unpopular
Among Nevada’s Largest Voting Block

Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Medicare and Medicaid Cuts.

AARP Nevada has released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans.

“Health care is a deeply personal issue that has a real and immediate impact on American families across the political spectrum. These survey findings are very clear – people don’t support legislation that would mean higher costs and less coverage for older Americans,” said Maria Dent, State Director of AARP Nevada. “AARP urges Senator Heller to oppose any bill that would raise premiums, price people with pre-existing conditions out of coverage, weaken Medicare and make cuts to Medicaid that would reduce services for those most in need.”

More details from the survey are below:

  • The Age Tax: 90% of Nevada voters age 50+ oppose charging older Americans five times more than others for their healthcare plan while just seven-percent support the drastic cost increase. The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose the age tax includes 80% of Republicans, 90% of Independents, and 97% of Democrats.
  • Medicare Cuts: 85% of Silver State voters age 50+ oppose cutting funding for Medicare and increasing premiums for current and future seniors, while just 11% support the harmful cuts. The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose Medicare cuts includes 70% of Republicans, 87% of Independents, and 97% of Democrats.
  • Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections: 81% of Nevada voters age 50+ oppose charging people with preexisting conditions more for their coverage, while just 16% support doing so. The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose removal of this protection includes 68% of Republicans, 79% of Independents, and 94% of Democrats.
  • Tax Breaks for Big Drug and Insurance Companies: 79% of Nevada voters age 50+ oppose providing tax breaks for insurance and drug companies, while just 14% support such breaks. The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose tax breaks for big drug and insurance companies includes 72% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 86% of Democrats.
  • Medicaid Funding Cuts: 75% of Nevada voters age 50+ oppose cutting funding for Medicaid, while just 21% support the harmful cuts. The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose Medicaid cuts includes 60% of Republicans, 77% of Independents, and 87% of Democrats.

Source: Health Care Proposals

Benefits of Moving into Assisted Living Early


Learn more about continuing and senior care options for seniors, and about the benefits of moving into assisted living early.

Source: Benefits of Moving into Assisted Living Early

4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

Source: 4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

1. Socialization is Key

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2. Let’s Stay Physical! Physical!

3. Keeping That Society Life.

4. Keeping It Real

Daily household chores and responsibilities can be a lot for anyone.

 

FREE VIDEO PHONE SERVICE FOR DEAF

 

LINCOLN CITY LIBRARIES OFFERS FREE VIDEO PHONE SERVICE
FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Lincoln City Libraries now offers free video phone communication equipment for use by the deaf and hard of hearing at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.  It is the first public library in the state to offer the service.  The public may use the equipment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.   Library staff will also be available to demonstrate the equipment during those hours.
“Lincoln City Libraries appreciates the support of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and hard of Hearing (NCDHH) and Sorenson Communications in making this important service available,” said Library Director Pat Leach.  “We are proud to offer this added service to the community.”

“In Nebraska, about one percent of the population is deaf, nine percent is hard of hearing and more than 20 percent have some form of hearing loss,” said John Wyvill, NCDHH Executive Director.  “This equipment allows deaf or hard of hearing individuals to communicate with hearing people in real-time through a sign language interpreter.”  He said deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also call those with video phones and communicate directly.
The video phone enables Video Relay Service (VRS), a telecommunication service funded by the federal government’s Telecommunications Relay Service.
For information on the NCDHH, visit ncdhh.nebraska.gov.  For information on Lincoln City Libraries, visit lincolnlibraries.org.

 

Here are some reasons why Lincoln NEEDS a new Central Library. I think it is more than symbolic of the health of Lincoln NE. – Central Library Project | Lincoln City Libraries – Source: Central Library Project | Lincoln City Libraries

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