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Goodbye, Barbara Jean… Seeing Her through to the End.

Goodbye, Barbara Jean…Seeing Her through to the End. ~ It’s the permanence that’s getting to me. The knowing that now, the phone will never say her name on caller ID again. It’s knowing that soon, my phone won’t be ringing with things related to her,

Elderly Care Resources: Seniors in Need: Everywhere USA

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ECR: Seniors in Need: Everywhere USA

In the past few months, we have taken up volunteering and delivering food to home-bound seniors and the elderly around our area. It’s been a truly eye opening experience, and one we wish we could do every day of the week. As you can imagine, we have seen all kinds of people, in all sorts of circumstances. The thing is, they are all the kindest, nicest people you could ever come across.

So, what’s the trouble then? The trouble is that to these people we see, we give two brown paper grocery sacks full of “food.” Except that the food inside is processed, canned, non-perishables….and not really anything that’s going to keep anyone out of the hospital. That said, we fully understand that providing fresh foods and meats to everyone is just not possible, especially when some do not have a way to keep anything cold. Or in some cases, warm.

As a human, I can’t help but sit and wonder how we can make this change and get those who need REAL good just that—real, fresh food. The kinds that makes your body function and brain think to the highest of its power. The kinds that help bring blood sugars and high blood pressure down naturally, so eating 12 pills per day to combat and level sugar levels would be unnecessary. This year I’ve made our garden extra-large…more so than usual. I did this in hopes of sharing some of the most basic vegetables and fruits with some of the best people I’ve ever met.

We’ve had other blogs on volunteering and the importance of paying attention to your elderly neighbors, friends and family members. Any of them that you read will encourage your help! Please, consider helping your own local senior agencies! The need never ends!

VOLUNTEER! Because You Can!

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Volunteer! Because You Can!

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Over the past decade, we always seemed to find ourselves around the elderly and seniors. (And that’s where this web site came into play!) The fact is, we LOVE them immensely, and all of the things that they continue to teach us about life. It seems very full circle to have young children and the elderly working and interacting with each other on a regular basis brightens not only their world, but also gives children a clear view of real life, what’s expected, and what’s to come.

In our years of work and research, we always come back to a few very key points: seniors and the elderly lack the proper amounts of daily communication, interaction, and touch to properly function (Counsel of In-Home and Aging). It seems like something so simple to be able to rectify; a phone call here, a short visit there, or maybe lunch with them at their senior community. But what about those who are homebound and unable to leave, or provide for their basic necessities?

While doing a large food drive for our local food bank, Community Harvest in Fort Wayne Indiana, we learned more about the senior food programs and just how important they are to our community. In the past few weeks we have taken on a few delivery routes, taking non-perishable food items to seniors just like this. To see their faces light up when the open to door to smiling children is almost more than my heart can bear.

Consider signing up to help our local senior and elderly organizations WITH your children. Here are a few places you can do this around our area:

  1. Community Harvest Food Bank
  2. Aging & In-Home Service in NE IN
  3. Rescue Mission
  4. Charis House
  5. Franciscan Center, St. Anthony’s Food Pantry
  6. Check in with local nursing homes for NUMEROUS volunteer opportunities! Many love assistance with craft days, games, and strolling residents around the grounds on nice days for walks!

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Rates of STIs Extremely High in Senior Living Centers

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Rates of STIs Extremely High in Senior Living Centers

 

For those born between 1930 and 1960, any topics sexually related or covering intimacy are all but shunned. Folks from that time period were taught that they were to never speak about such topics, events, or actions, and that for the most part, they were only supposed to do “that” to procreate, or with their spouse. Because of this type of information, and thought process of the 50’s, many people are not aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, diseases, or the things that one can pass to another even by sexual touch. Safe sex was not something that was taught, or discussed, thusly making all forms of protection available today essentially foreign to them.

Why is this a problem in senior living communities? Due to the lack of education and the greater lack of discussion, elderly people are coming together in these facilities to find some pleasure. I bet your mouth just fell open! It’s true. While they are not always engaged in the actual act of sexual intercourse, they are fingering, touching, groping, and providing oral stimulation to their community mates. This is a perfectly normal human need: to feel pleasure and intimacy. The statistics in our area (Fort Wayne, IN) are pretty shocking, as many would not think that these things are happening.

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The good news? Great news, actually. Boudoir Noir’s School of Loving Arts is preparing to debut a new series of classes to bring a certain sexual education into these senior living communities that obviously need it more than ever. These classes will discuss the taboo subjects of sex, intimacy, and the safety measures that need to be taken, even for these minor situations the seniors may be finding themselves in.

Why would we do these classes? In our classroom inside of our store, we have seen a rush of seniors coming to attend. In some cases, the nursing home transport van did the drop off, and pick up. This spoke volumes to us, and showed the need for such a program.

If you’re a senior living in a community that is dealing with these issues, maybe you should reach out for more information for your facility. Sometimes, posting informational posters or putting information in the newsletter is all it takes. In other cases, we find that directly addressing these diseases and issues can greatly reduce the percentage of transmission within the walls of the community.

Feel free to message our page for more details, or look for the School of Loving Arts on Facebook.

Elderly Care Resources: Helping in 2016 & Saying Goodbye to Nancy

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Elderly Care Resources: Helping in 2016 & Saying Goodbye to Nancy

 

Whether you’re doing laundry for Grandma, helping your elderly neighbor shovel his snow, or even helping a senior through the grocery store- it ALL counts, and in most cases, is more than appreciated. For those elderly who are living alone, missing their spouse and family, just the intermittent contact between themselves and friends can hold off the winter blues, make their gloomy days brighter, and help them find their smile once more.

There are things that you can do that support, empathize, and help the elderly. Volunteer to help them. Call them. Stop by and bring them dinner. Offer your help with laundry and dishes. Shovel. Mow. Clean. Offer help with transportation for those who no longer drive, or help them secure their own. Help them grocery shop. Help them budget, as many live on fixed incomes. Check in on them when it’s too cold, and too hot. Invite them places, to your parties and get togethers. Help them to know their neighbors.

In any case, any circumstance, and any situation- help can always be given. This year, make it a point to help an elderly person. We promise you won’t feel bad about it at all, and you’ll get more smiles than you could ever dream of!

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This past week, we lost my Grandma who was the victim of a home invasion attack that left her completely blind and reeling in 2014. Truthfully, we lost her days after the attack, but her physical being left us last week. If there is anything I can tell you about Nancy, it was that she was a giver. It didn’t really matter what you needed, because she would come through in the end. One of the causes closest to her heart was ensuring that people had enough food to eat.

Due to her attack, Justice for Nancy was born. Now that she is gone, JFN will be around doing charitable events in Nancy’s name every year. This year we are running a food drive that will be donated to our local food bank in Fort Wayne, IN. Doing this comforts us in not only doing good for others, but keeping my amazing Grandma’s name out there, so everyone can remember her kindness, too.

If you’re interested in seeing what Justice for Nancy is all about….just click this link to head to our Facebook page!

Elderly Care Resources: Bunions

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Elderly Care Resources: Bunions

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Bunions can be some of the most painful things a human can get, and can completely throw off your balance, your stride, and even the ability to walk. Normally occurring at the joints of the toes, most commonly the big toe, there can be swelling, as well as significant amounts of pain. Certain things can be done without seeing a doctor, but if the pain is too great, contact your doctor immediately.

Buying the correct types of shoes can help with basic daily function. Shoes with a wider toe box that do not put pressure on to the area where the bunion is will help. Also, seeing your Podiatrist, or Pedorthist, can help point you in the right direction. Pedorthists may offer more ways to help fix your bunions than going a surgical route, although in certain cases surgery may be unavoidable.

Recently we have begun to do some work with those at Summit Pedorthics. They are based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and service anyone willing to travel to their location. In some cases, the owner, and Certified Pedorthist, will travel with prior arrangements. If you ever have questions about your feet, they are the people to ask!

Check out their latest post about Bunions, in their new series titled, “Bunions, Calluses & Corns. Oh My!”

Check back for more articles, soon!

 

 

 

Mental Wellness Summit Notes: Kimberly Snyder

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Mental Wellness Summit Notes: Kimberly Snyder

Our favorite author, Skye Falcon, has gone through another summit, providing her with loads of new information about healthy living, healthy eating, and how to turn your body back around. This summit took place in August of 2015, and had many of the top doctors, nutritionists, and functional medicine doctors giving their best advice for 45 minutes to over an hour!

Here you’ll get to read some of the notes Skye took from Kimberly Snyder’s summit session. She is a nutritionist, yogi, and author, having books like, “The Beauty Detox” available on many platforms. She is also on Facebook, and has quite a following!

Visit us again soon to find another installment from Skye’s notes!

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #9

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #9

One of our authors not only suffers from a myriad of autoimmune diseases, but also had the sheer luck of stumbling across the outstanding AutoImmune Summit hosted in November 2014 by Dr. Amy Myers. Skye Falcon has been blogging the notes she took from attending the summit, and has published them by speaker.

It brings us great pleasure to share another entry with you all, this time from Doctor David Perlmutter. He has written cook books, most notably the “Grain Brain.” HE has wonderful tips and tricks about how to heal your leaky gut, and refind your own internal health today!

Check out the article by following this link, here!

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #8

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #8

Brianne Williams, RD LD, nutritionist

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One of our authors not only suffers from a myriad of autoimmune diseases, but also had the sheer luck of stumbling across the outstanding AutoImmune Summit hosted in November 2014 by Dr. Amy Myers. Skye Falcon has been blogging the notes she took from attending the summit, and has published them by speaker.

It brings us great pleasure to share another entry with you all, this time from nutritionist Brianne Williams, who works closely with Dr. Amy Myers on a daily basis. She also backs the “Myers Way” dietary suggestions. You can find more about her tips on foods and inflammatory agents to avoid by clicking the link below!

Notes from the Summit from Brianne Williams, by Skye Falcon

 

Elderly Care Resources suggests Summit Pedorthics

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Elderly Care Resources suggested Summit Pedorthics

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At Elderly Care Resources, we’re always looking for those businesses specializing first in dealing with elderly issues. Second, we focus on the treatment they receive. Summit Pedorthics has proven time and time again to be the BEST place in Northern Indiana to get your foot information, shoes, orthotics, and general fixes from! The owner, Steve, is an all-around wonderful guy, who will tell you the truth on products and feet related things without lies. He’s got over 35 years of expertise in this business, and has been a Certified Pedorthist for many, many years.

He has branched off into his own home based business, wanting to serve the public and educate other professionals in the field, too! He has recently begun blogging, and started his own social media pages! Be sure to stop by and tell him hello!

Check out his sites to be linked up with them to ask your questions, or get your needs serviced! As of now, he is servicing those in Northern Indiana!

Summit Pedorthics on Facebook

Summit Pedorthics on Twitter

Check out Summit Pedorthics blog, here!

Thanks for stopping by! Check back soon for more local business updates!

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #7

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #7

As you may know by now, one of our bloggers in an author who suffers from auto immune diseases, and has family members who also suffer with AIs. Months ago she took part in the online AutoImmune Summit, and took pages upon pages of notes of the pointers that all of the wonderful specialists, doctors, and nurses spoke of. We got the okay from her to share her post with all of you, so that you can read up on the tips, tricks, and suggestions that were given during the Summit.

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This entry is about the tips from Dr. Aristo Vojdani, a neuroimmunologist. Please remember, we are only sharing this post with you for your insight. If you have questions about a specific post, as Skye states, please refer to the person/doctor’s social media or books for further assistance.

Notes from Aristo Vojdani, PhD and Neruoimmunologist. He is affiliated with Cyrex Laboratories, who also do tons of testing for these types of diseases!

Happy Spring!