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Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care

Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does Posted On 12 Apr 2018 By : 
 We all know we’re supposed to have a living will so our doctors and families will know what type of care we want (and don’t want) if we can’t decide for ourselves. For about a third of us, though, dementia will present a problem a traditional living will can’t solve. That’s because most living wills — also known as advance directives — only take effect after a catastrophic sudden change in your cognitive abilities, like a serious accident or stroke.

Most Living Wills Don't Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does

Dementia, however, affects decision-making in slower, more subtle ways, leaving patients competent to make simple choices but often overwhelmed by major decisions about treatment options.
A New Living Will for Dementia Care

(…) Each stage has four options for dementia care:

  1. To exclude the use of breathing machines and resuscitation.
  2. To prolong life as long as possible.
  3. To receive care only at home
  4. To receive palliative care only.
Developing a Health Directive for Dementia

(…) Gaster said age 65-70 is the ideal time to make your care choices, fill out the form and sign it.
(…) Gaster recommends the Alzheimer’s planning tools created by the Conversation Project,

Ways to Talk About Dementia Care Planning With Your Loved Ones

(…) talking about the possibility of dementia and planning for it can make the difference between a good end of life and one that’s unnecessarily painful and stressful for the whole family.
(…) thousands of people who’ve downloaded the dementia directive online.

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Tip 7. Find your phone quickly.

Phone Tricks
If you ever lose your phone when it’s on silent mode, it can be a real pain to locate. Thankfully, there’s a very simple solution. Android users can go to the Google Device Manager from another device which will force your phone to make a sound, even if it is on silent mode. iPhone users can make use of a similar function called Find iPhone.

9 Questions That Will Help Strengthen Your Relationship

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Dr. Susan Edelman is a psychiatrist and associate professor of sociology at Stanford University who, like many others, believes that communication is the key to a long and stable relationship. What distinguishes her from other experts in this field is her focus on questions and not just any…

Dr. Edelman argues that not every type of conversation and any kind of question contributes to strengthening the relationship because it is not always easy to explore sensitive topics in depth or to find out what our partners think without being perceived as snooping or critical. She, therefore, suggests using the 9 questions below, which will help you get to know your partner in depth and make it easy for them to open up to you. If you use them regularly and adjust the way you relate to the spirit of these questions, you will have a strong relationship in which you can talk about everything and raise important issues without fear.

1. What do you find hard to share with me?
2. What are the five things that you’re happiest for right now?
3. How do you see our relationship?
4. How’s your relationship with your family?
5. What achievement made you feel proud?
6. What is your worst memory?
7. What would you change about yourself?
8. What was the last thing you cried about?
9. What does your perfect day look like?

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Mosquito Bites

An estimated 20 percent of people, it turns out, are especially delicious for mosquitoes, and get bit more often on a consistent basis. And while scientists don’t yet have a cure for the ailment, other than preventing bites with insect repellent (which, we’ve recently discovered, some mosquitoes can become immune to over time), they do have a number of ideas regarding why some of us are more prone to bites than others. Here are some of the factors that could play a role:

Find out more here —> https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others-10255934/

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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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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