Are you still driving? Here are a few things to consider

Are you still driving? Here are a few things to consider

Most of today’s seniors have had a life-long relationship with automobiles. As teenagers, our “wheels” were a status symbol and the key to a freedom we had never had as children. Suddenly, we could go somewhere without Mom or Dad!  For many of us, getting a driver’s license was more memorable than any birthday or graduation celebration. Today, that relationship with cars and driving endures. The ability to drive still means individual freedom and independence. Driving is a very practical skill, giving seniors the ability to keep medical appointments, shop on their own, visit, help friends, volunteer or just to have fun. Most people are reluctant to give this up, even if their driving skills are declining. This situation has been called a “silver tsunami,” as more and more seniors reach an age where driving ability is impaired. To be clear, many seniors remain among the safest and least accident-prone of all drivers. Still, we cannot ignore the fact that increased age...
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What Is The Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

What Is The Difference Between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?

| Written by Regina Asihene, M.D. from Majestic Gardens | Families often have to make a difficult decision on the type of residential care that is needed for a senior member of the family who may be declining.  Does mom or dad need a nursing home or an assisted living facility?  This article will simplify the major differences between a nursing home and an assisted living facility. 1. Nursing homes are for those who need more medical care in a clinical setting. Assisted living facilities are for those who need personal care in a home-like, social setting. Individuals who have frequent hospital admissions or multiple medical problems likely need a nursing home to continue to get more skilled nursing and limited medical treatments.  People who need assistance with most of the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, transfer, mobility, feeding) probably need a nursing home.  A nursing home is for someone who needs medical professionals for 24 hours. An assisted living facility is...
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Spring Cleaning Ideas to Detox your Home

Spring Cleaning Ideas to Detox your Home

The idea of “spring cleaning” is nothing new. There is something about renewal that has stayed with the spring season for decades, but have you ever thought of it as a way to “detox” your home? A detox can be a physical and mental concept where we remove any build up around us that no longer serves a purpose in our life. Whether its dust and dirt or actual items we have bought, removing things can make us feel immediately better. There are also a few things we can do to ensure our homes are not harming our health by promoting allergies or other illnesses. Invest in an Air Purifier We may think that the air in our home is safe, but when we open our windows or have people visiting us, that can quickly change. An air purifier ensures that daily pollutants such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet dander are removed. People with allergies or compromised immune systems can benefit from...
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A son needed to help his mother, so OurSeniors Team stepped in

A son needed to help his mother, so OurSeniors Team stepped in

| Testimony by Richard L. | Dad is dead! Mom has Parkinson's, stage 5. She cannot talk, walk, or anything beyond crying and screaming. She is trapped in her body, some of you may understand this. I received word through the assisted living facility that my Mom and Dad had been living in for several years, Dad had died. The only reason they told me about it was because no one was paying the bills. They wanted money, did not care that Dad had died, just that they were not getting their money. This opening statement of the bills not being paid is very pertinent to this letter of praise. I hope you will continue to read even though it appears to be long, it may reference what you are going through now or need to know about the future of your parents lives and yours. So, the bills are not being paid, the last will of Dad turned everything over to...
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Tips for Managing Your Home When Moving into Assisted Living

Tips for Managing Your Home When Moving into Assisted Living

Moving into an assisted living community is a beneficial decision for many seniors. If you notice common signs that you may need some support with your day-to-day routine, assisted living can help you maintain your independence and enjoy a higher quality of life. Before making the big move, take some time to research and tour different assisted living facilities. Learn about the atmosphere, staff, and amenities offered at different places. It's also important to consider the cost before making your selection. Regardless of where you live, give yourself time to review facilities, both in-person and online, so you can find the perfect fit. If it's time to move into assisted living, you must also decide what to do with the family home. Do you sell it? Rent it out? Give it to a family member? There are pros and cons to every option. Here are some things to consider before moving out of your home. Cashing in by Selling Your Home Before selling your...
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What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

If you asked a room full of 40 adults between the ages of 30 and 60, “Hands up if you want to be forced to move out of your home and go live with strangers,” it would be amazing if anyone raised their hand. Almost no one wants this, yet this is exactly the solution adult children might suggest to a parent who needs a bit of help. It’s never put that way, of course—it’s more likely to be part of a conversation about how good the assisted living facility is, how much safer it would be to live here, and how much “help” is needed. It’s a difficult conversation and an even more difficult situation, especially since recent statistics state that 90% of seniors wish to age in their home. Unfortunately, staying independent at home isn’t always possible. Moving to an assisted living facility can be a good choice for those who wish it, but what about those who don’t?...
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Are you prepared for hurricane season? Here are a few ways you can start

Are you prepared for hurricane season? Here are a few ways you can start

In the northern Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. The most dangerous month of the season is September when historically the average of mature hurricanes peaks. If you have lived in Florida long enough, then you know the power that lies within a hurricane. According to NASA, “hurricanes are the most violent storms on earth.” Their winds can range from 74 mph to 157 mph or more. Winds that strong are catastrophic and we never know exactly when such a storm can develop, so we must always be prepared. How to prepare for Hurricane Season: Plan an evacuation route (ahead of time) Search for local shelters and your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find evacuation routes. Sign up for local alerts Having alerts about the closeness of the hurricane to your area can benefit for evacuation purposes and preparing for the next steps. Stock up on non-perishables Since hurricanes cause power...
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Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

It is impossible to put a price on the personal care, attention and emotional support given by millions of family caregivers. These people willingly offer their help, contributing time, energy and often their own self-interest to caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one. These services are a huge emotional and social value to the person receiving them, but also to society. In 2013, the American Association of Retired People sponsored a study of the economic impact of family caregivers. AARP calculated that in that year, family caregivers had provided 37 billion hours of care worth an estimated $470 billion to their parents, spouses and other loved ones. That figure of $470 billion has certainly grown in the past five years, probably faster than the American economy in general. Using a compound growth rate of 5% per year, it would total about $600 billion in 2018. These figures do not include the very substantial amount of money that family caregivers often...
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How to prevent a senior from wandering

How to prevent a senior from wandering

“Wandering” is a major concern for caregivers involved in senior home care and for the professional staff in senior assisted living facilities. Wandering is an event associated with conditions that produce impairment of memory or mental capacity. This can include people who suffer from autism or Down’s syndrome, as well as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The seniors in senior home care, senior assisted living and memory care living are one of our special concerns at OurSeniors.net. One particular story that we deeply regret hearing is one where a resident of a memory care living facility in the Daytona area wandered away from the facility and died before he could be located. Most wandering episodes do not result in a fatality, but the possibility is a concern to the family and to professionals providing in-home senior care. Among loved ones providing in-home senior care, the fear of wandering can become a major problem, so it is wise to take some...
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Want to move to Florida? Here are 10 reasons why you should

Want to move to Florida? Here are 10 reasons why you should

Florida has recently passed New York to become the 3rd largest population state in the United States. The state’s influx of retirees has had a great deal to do with this growth. By 2020, the Census Bureau estimates that 20% of Florida’s population will be 65 or older! This is not surprising. The internet and print media are full of articles describing the advantages of moving a retiree (and their assets) to Florida. It is a retiree-friendly state in every way. Some of the reasons for retirees to relocate to Florida may be frivolous, or at least not essential, but many are very solid economic decisions. Retiring to Florida can be a wise part of a senior lifestyle transition. Here are 10 of the best reasons for retirees to make the move to Florida. There is no state income tax in Florida. Only nine states do not collect income taxes from their residents, Florida being one. If you are receiving retirement income...
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