Monday, 5 December 2016

Life-Saving Devices for Seniors

Life-Saving Devices for Seniors

Staying in their own houses and apartments as they grow older is a golden goal for most folks.Staff members at elder-care facilities may mean well, but the comforts of home are best. Ten devices make living at home safer and easier to manage for seniors and their caregivers.

Movement Monitors

Wireless motion sensors placed near room entrances track the daily movements that imply well-being. Bathroom and kitchen visits are the most common events. An automated Internet service will detect a lack of expected movements. If telephone calls to the resident go unanswered, the service dispatches emergency personnel. This basic safety blanket covers serious events like severe physical trauma or extended unconsciousness.

Emergency Alerts

Falling down is a serious danger for seniors. Bones tend to grow brittle with age, and decreased physical fitness is also a factor. Broken hips are a common cause of hospitalization. A wearable transmitter offers the fastest way to get help from emergency personnel. Modern wireless systems can reach beyond the home to local parks and other venues. Some medical emergency-response systems support awider roaming range. T he service that manages the alert system may also contact caregivers and family members.

Safety-Step Stepladders

Ladders account for many falls and injuries among all adults, not just seniors. A safety stepladder has wide, slip-resistant steps and a sturdy gripping bar at the top. Aside from preventing many
accidents, a safety stepladder increases personal independence. Seniors will feel more comfortable about replacing their own light bulbs. Reaching high shelves is also no longer a problem with a good safety-step stepladder.

Flow-Reduction Devices

Scalding injuries from hot water are common. Also, some folks may react to hot water by falling against a hard surface and suffering injury. Temperature-activated flow reducers for sink faucets
and shower heads can help. If the water flowing through such a device is too hot, the device reduces or halts the flow. These inexpensive screw-on attachments are available from many hardware stores.

Heart Monitors

Wearable heart monitors can watch for problematic arrhythmias that demand medical attention. They can measure subtle heartbeat patterns that may reveal blocked arteries and other problems. They can serve as mobile cardiac-telemetry devices for cardiovascular-disease patients. Primary physicians and cardiologists appreciate this kind of information about heart behavior. Emergency medical personnel can also respond without delay to life-threatening cardiac events.

Stove Sensors

Seniors may not always be up to the close attention required for safe cooking. Waning mobility and declining cognitive abilities may mean house fires from unattended cooking. Several companies offer automated cutoff systems for electric stoves. If sensors detect excessive heat or an unattended stove, the system shuts off the power to the stove. Active development continues on possible solutions for gas stoves.

Medication Monitors

Many seniors cope with complicated medication regimens. Remembering to take all the individual medications would be a chore for anyone. Older folks tend to forget sometimes. Adverse reactions to combined medications are also more common among seniors. An automatic medication dispenser or programmable voice-reminder device can help with the daily routine. Some devices send messages over the Internet to warn caregivers about noncompliance. A few manufacturers demand monthly fees for full functionality, so check the fine print.

Hearing-Impairment Aids

Impaired hearing is a common ailment of aging. Visual-alert systems for doorbells and telephones ensure that important calls or visitors aren't missed. Visual-alert versions of smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide alarms also are available. Installing these devices might save a life.
Lever-Style Doorknobs
Being able to escape without delay in case of fire might be a matter of seconds. Many elders already have an impaired ability to cope with ordinary doorknobs. Lever-style doorknobs ease the
pain of arthritis and make quick work of opening doors.

GPS Trackers

Many seniors and their caregivers find GPS-tracking systems to be helpful. These devices have a button for contacting emergency services from almost anywhere. Some GPS-tracking systems can send an alarm if they detect that the carrier has fallen down. Caregivers for dementia patients can locate their charges if they wander off. Such services come with monthly fees.

Concluding Thoughts

These ten devices will reduce the risk of an accident or an undetected medical emergency. They can forestall the need for frequent personal checks. Family members and caregivers can stop
worrying so much about loved ones. Seniors can relax and enjoy their independent living arrangements

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Elderly – America's Forgotten Citizens

The Elderly – America's Forgotten Citizens

Although the genetic makeup of a human being has a significant impact on their expected longevity, a healthy environment, proper diet, consistent exercise, and regular participation in general activities can all prolong life.
According to the Penn State Research Department, a few decades ago people could expect to live about 12 years after retirement. In 2009, people can expect to live 25 years after their last day of work. Rapid advances in medical technology have also contributed to this rising figure. The baby boomer generation, who are now reaching or are already of retirement age, also practice a much healthier lifestyle than their predecessors raising their life expectancy to age 85 compared to 58 in the early 1900s.
America is a youth-driven culture. As age sets in, and if finances allow it, it is not unusual for people to get their age-telling imperfections stretched, sucked, snipped, nipped, tucked, and injected. Citizens who are old, and look old, are too often considered unattractive, non-productive members of society. Stuck in nursing homes or other care centers, many of the elderly feel unwanted, useless, and unneeded; they live and die alone. Not all cultures take this position. Even in America, one particular culture has a deep respect and caring attitude toward their elderly, Native Americans. It is the responsibility of younger tribe members to care for aging tribal members and they generally fulfill that need with a gracious attitude.
Asian countries have been known for centuries to respect and honor their elderly. Commitment to the family unit is a strong, enduring tradition. Hospital stays are short and the governments of these countries encourage family responsibility and care. However, those of Asian descent living in America are more likely to take on the attitudes of their American counterparts.
African tribal societies continue to view their elderly as wise; their life experiences and knowledge are much revered by younger tribal members. Many of the elders carry tribal stories and traditions in their memories to pass on to younger generations. Most members of third world countries care for their elderly as part of the active family unit until death. Many Caribbean Island cultures also have an unwritten rule in place; it is understood that families will take care of their own.
Most Western European countries have implemented universal healthcare for all their citizens. This alone can take a tremendous burden off family members. The Hastings Center Reports that the Czech Republic, Hungary, and other countries once under communist rule, have reported that up to 75% of their elderly live with family members, many however live in a state of poverty.
According to the Catholic News Service, South American countries, whose bulk of the population is primarily under 30 years of age, have a tendency to treat their elderly as a burden. Since a high percentage of Latin America's elderly are poor and uneducated, with 60% receiving no monthly income or pension, they are easily forgotten.
Middle Eastern countries, with the majority of citizens practicing the Muslim faith, consider it an honor to care for their parents. They do not have nursing homes; the elderly are treated with respect.
What does a society do with all these old people? Have they all financially prepared to live up to 25 years with no income from active employment? How many people are counting on Social Security as a total means of support? Are there enough assisted living centers and nursing homes available to meet the population increase? These are all questions that Americans will soon be facing head on.
Many Americans did pre-plan for retirement, but lost part or all of their retirement investments in the economic crisis of 2009. Safe, secure financial planning is not an option any longer; a higher interest rate is not always worth the risk.
Unfortunately, many Americans have not planned financially for retirement and certainly not to live 25 years past retirement. The Social Security system is not prepared to deal with the influx of eligible applicants. Social Security and Medicare, although certainly not perfect, do provide some income and medical care, but with all countries facing a poor economy, national budgets will have to be cut somewhere. With care for the elderly already expensive, inadequate, lacking in quality, and with higher co-pays, many parents will need to live with family members in order to survive.
According to the National Senior Citizen Law Center, their committees are urging the Obama Administration to adopt an agenda that strengthens health and income programs for low-income seniors. They also advocate home and community care; many families can certainly take in an aging parent. As well, the availability of in-home care for the elderly needs expanding. Those who may only need a special treatment a few times a week can easily live at home with their family instead of being sentenced to live full-time in a rest home.
Abuse of the elderly is on the rise. According to the Gerontological Society of America, a new study concluded that nearly 13 percent of America's aged citizens suffer some form of abuse. They also report that older adults who are physically impaired are particularly susceptible to mistreatment. Mistreatment in 57% of the cases reported was perpetrated by someone other than a member of the person's immediate family, another compelling reason for parents to reside with children.
Should children feel responsible to take in an aging parent? Sometimes it is impossible to deal with a parent's medical needs and a care center is the only option, but children can still visit regularly, monitor the care, be involved, and provide love and emotional support. In too many cases, family visits become more and more infrequent, out of sight, out of mind.
Some children do care for their elderly parents in America; statistics show that 50 million family homes include at least one parent of either the husband or wife. Most parents; however, do not want to live with their children; they want to be independent for as long as possible. Assisted living centers are an ideal situation as are retirement communities; however, this type of living situation is generally quite costly. If retirement funds are not plentiful, this may not be possible.
Welcoming an aging parent into the home presents a multitude of pros and cons. On the positive side, a child does not have to worry that the parent is being abused or not eating properly. Parents can also help pay expenses, which can help families through difficult economic times. There are also cons associated with moving a parent into a family home. The woman of the home will probably be the direct caregiver, which can be overwhelming while working and taking care of a family at the same time. In this case, all family members would have to pitch in and help.
As a nation, we must demand that seniors are not left out of the President's plans to reform our government and renew our sense of responsibility as a people. As family members, we must remind ourselves daily of the sacrifices our parents have made so our lives could be better and, in return, be there for them.

Monday, 22 August 2016

The best places in Seattle to meet people over 40

Seattle Waterfront

The best places in Seattle to meet people over 40 include fun activities for all ages. Washington has an abundance of cheap and free things to do for making friends with baby boomers, seniors, or anyone.
Many of these meeting places are free. If something is free, or very inexpensive, what do you have to lose? Every venue on this list draws quality people (and a few quirky types).  So, any guy or gal who wants to make friends, either platonic or romantic, should make time for these great Seattle social scenes.
First Thursday Seattle Art Walk
The Seattle Art Walk at Pioneer Square is definitely one of the hippest places to meet people of all ages, and browsing art is very chic. The Pioneer Square area is quaint and inspiring; however, women might want to bring pals along during the winter months when the Art Walk takes place after sundown. (The Art Walk is light all summer.) Art gives everyone something to talk about, even if the viewer just says, “Wow!” or, “What the heck is that?”  The Seattle Art Walk takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.  See
Wander the Trippy Molbak’s Garden Store
Visiting Molbak’s nursery in Woodinville is a very green thing to do. Baby boomers are finding that gardening fits into the 1960s ideology of getting back to the land, and Molbak’s nursery is free fun as long as visitors keep their green in their pockets.  This magical garden center has free classes where anyone can find friends with similar interests.  Woodinville is about 12 miles northeast of Seattle.  See
Farmer’s Markets in Seattle
Everyone needs to eat, so why not go to a market where the food is organic and the people are friendly. These mini “street fairs” are modeled after European street markets and are cool places to meet local people.  Here are the most popular farmer’s markets in the city.
•The Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market sells fruits, veggies, and fresh, sustainable foods every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
•The University District Farmers Market has tasty cheese, French bread, jams, and produce, along with live music every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•The Fremont Market is more like a flea market than a farmer’s market, so go to the Freemont Market on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet new people, but look for produce at the nearby Fremont P.C.C. store.