Tag Archive for senior

Elderly Care Resources: Senior Shopping Safety

Elderly Care Resources: Senior Shopping Safety

 

This blog was spurred by recent events in our local grocery store that effected many senior citizens while shopping. We felt that sharing was important, bringing light to the new ways people are continually taking advantage of the elderly. Senior shopping safety is an important topic as thieves are getting bolder and more daring by the day. Purse snatching and in-street (parking lots included) robberies are one of the most common crimes against the elderly population. Crime prevention for the elderly needs to be made the public’s job. We all need to do better watching out for each other.

~

As I entered the grocery store to do my weekly shopping this past Friday, it seemed a bit busier than normal but just a normal almost-Spring day. Living close to numerous senior communities, the store is often filled with the smiles of the elderly, many of whom we chat with regularly. As I headed down the first aisles, I noted a man that seemed out-of-place entirely too close to an elderly woman who was perusing the juices. I thought I saw him touch her purse. Watching harder, he left the aisle, and she seemed okay. I shrugged it off. A few aisles later, there he was again, and his hand again touched an unsuspecting woman’s purse. As I was fifty feet from him, and he walked towards me, his hand dipped into another purse; however, this time our eyes met. He retracted his hand quickly and headed towards me down the aisle.

“Do you have a quarter?” He asked attempting to change the reality of the situation. He had no cart. He never did. No items. No basket with groceries. He wore gang colors, and had his cell phone out, idling all too close to anyone who he tried to communicate or interact with. He was getting too close to me. He had all of the signs and gave off all of those feels; the ones that tell you to run. I should have known, and I should have immediately done what was coming next. I loudly verbalized he needed to get away from me and abandoned my cart to hurriedly find management. Security swung in to full force very quickly, and this purse-pocketer was ushered into whatever dungeon they use to confine until law enforcement arrives. I stayed long enough to give my statement and continued on with my day. (I am sure it wasn’t a dungeon, but I told myself that anyway to ease some stress.)

~

As I thought back on the day, I realized that many of the seniors I passed in the store aisles had their open purses in their cart, while they shopped with their backs turned. I noted some were counting their paper money with their wallets open, exposing the shiny credit cards in the high-bean grocery store lights. Their conversations usually sounded of their social security troubles and medical woes. I remembered back when my Grandmas were alive and nodded to myself a little. One would be talking openly about how much money she withdrew and had on her from the bank when the teenage neighbors came over. She never locked her door, either. The other was no better, participating in dozens of “fake” “charities” for years before anyone noticed. Myself included.

In this day and age, it’s best to be safer than sorry, and take all of the proper precautions necessary to keep yourself safe. There are so many things in this world and things can get confusing. Here are a list of helpful tips and suggestions to keep yourself safe when you are out shopping.

  • Just because a person smiles does not mean they are safe.
  • When shopping in public, make sure your feet and shoes are dry. Grocery store floors are very slippery when wet.
  • Do not open your wallet and expose money in public places.
  • Do not discuss money or banking loudly in public.
  • Do not shop at night, or be out late in the dark, by yourself. Go with a friend or family member.
  • When in public, keep your purse or fanny pack in front of you at your belly. This allows you to wrap your arms around it where ever you are. If your purse is not comfortable or equipped for this, consider a cross-chest style bag for easier carrying comfort.
  • Do not leave your purse in the shopping cart when you are shopping.
  • If you must leave your purse in your cart, consider buckling it in to the child locking seat belt, zipping your purse completely. This places another level of work for any thief to accomplish before getting anything from your purse.
  • stock photo

  • When leaving the store and heading to your vehicle, if you feel suspicious or afraid of someone in the parking lot that might be watching you, following you, or moving towards you; make sure to get a store employee to walk you to your car, and see you on your way.
  • Do not answer the phone if you do not recognize the caller ID or phone number.
  • Do not participate in mail “charities” and “donation” requests. If there is one you are interested in, consider having a family member verify they are leading a valid cause. Never agree to something like this while out shopping. Wait until you can research it for yourself.
  • Do not loan money to strangers or neighbors or people on the street.
  • Do not carry extra cash. Just take what you need.

Remember, being aware and paying attention in every situation is key. Know your surroundings and pay attention to your personal bubble. No one should be entering your personal bubble except your doctors, family members, and people you trust. If you are out shopping and something like this happens, find someone in management or law enforcement and report the issue immediately.

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

thCAEU60FW

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!

thCAQC1N8A

~

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!

Mental Wellness Summit Notes: Kimberly Snyder

th (151)

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, #8

ECR AIS

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #8

Brianne Williams, RD LD, nutritionist

~

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

 

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #3

ECR AIS

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #3

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.

This entry is about the tips given by nutritionist Michael Ash. 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 Nutritionist Michael Ash

Thanks for visiting! Remember to check on your elderly neighbors, and make sure everyone is warm enough this cold winter season!!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy HOLIDAYS!

untitled (5)

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy HOLIDAYS!

At Elderly Care Resources, we’re here for you. Provide you information and links to things that may be of some help for you, especially if you’re a care giver, or an elderly person. It’s amazing how difficult things can be to navigate, especially when it comes to insurance and medical issues. We hope your holidays have been wonderful, and you’ve given as much love as you’ve received!

As some of you know, we write a lot about issues we have dealt with, or are currently dealing with. With the recent beating of the Matriarch of our family, you will notice an increase of posts about elderly abuse and violence, how to spot it happening, and how to stop it before something bad happens. We’ll cover nursing homes and medication policies, and how without notice, your family member may be put on heavy medications without your knowledge, or their own personal consent. If you are a blogger, and blog about anything just mentioned, please contact our page and consider becoming a guest blogger! We’d love to have your post!

Be safe this holiday season. Pay attention to phone scams, and anyone paying too much attention to your home. If you’ve ordered packages, try to be home when they are to be delivered to avoid package theft from your very own porch. Don’t answer knocks on your door at night. Get a life alert, or similar police dispatching button. Please lock your doors ALL the time. Don’t leave your keys in your unlocked car, in your unlocked garage. Don’t talk about the money that’s in your purse with anyone.

Have a SAFE & WONDERFUL holiday season!! Merry Christmas!

World Scleroderma Day!! What do You Know About this Disease?

thCADCOV3K

World Scleroderma Day!! What do you know about this disease?

~

Many of our readers deal with Systemic Scleroderma on their skin, in patches around their legs, hips, and joints. Many of your hands are inflamed, sore, and taught. Many of you just wish for some relief, minus the piles of pills, heating pads, and ice packs. Minus the breathing machines, chemo meds, and insomnia.

On World Scleroderma Day, it’s everyone’s chance to help spread the word on this autoimmune disease. One of the worst in the list of diseases, this hardens your body often from the inside out, or vice versa- from the outside in. Normally there is no rhyme or reason. Something triggers inside your body, and your body begins attacking its own organs. Over and over. Relentlessly. The only way to stop the attacks are to take massive amounts of steroids, chemo, or other immune suppressants to control the flares. Sometimes those meds cause a whole other list of issues that sometimes, don’t feel necessary to go through.

This blog post is from our friend, Author Skye Falcon. She deals with Scleroderma, and often writes about the tribulations and trials that life throws in her way. She asks for people to help spread the word about this, “excuse the humor…..very HARD disease.” Check out her post.

Please take a moment to like this blog, or share it, if you know someone who has, or is going through, a fight with an autoimmune disease. Comment with the disease that’s stealing days away from your friends or loved ones. Let’s spread the word on all the diseases, and get more accessible endocrine and genetic testing! Consider using this icon on your social media pages to show your support!!

thCAVUKZGI

Seniors & STDs: April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month

untitled

Seniors & STDs: April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month

~

In this day and age, you’d think that nursing homes main focus would be preventing pneumonia and the flu from spreading rampantly throughout the facility. You’d think that retirement community’s main issues would be which band to have play at the summer festival. Maybe you’d consider that ID theft may be the focus of the weekly meeting put on by the local chamber of commerce for your elderly relatives in nursing facilities. But what if I told you that you were wrong, and now the latest meeting for Grandma and Grandpa are on how to prevent STIs and STDs from spreading down their hall in the facility? It’s true, and it’s happening at an alarming rate.

The troubling facts about chlamydia and gonorrhea is that for those over 50, and into their 60s and 70s, the numbers are even higher than the national averages. WebMD states that the numbers, while steadily growing, are also very misleading, as they are ONLY representing the people who have sought treatment and help for their STIs. This is such a cause for concern that Medicare has also said that they will begin covering all sexually transmitted disease testing for the elderly.

In a recent Reuter’s survey, adults over the age of 50 were tested to determine percentage of time a condom was used, or introduced, in a situation that deemed one necessary. The survey showed emphatically, that your children know more than the elderly when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, and safety. Reuters said their survey showed that 50-year-olds are six times less likely to use a condom than men in their 20s.

This information may be shocking to you, but this is something I deal with working at the School of Loving Arts all the time. Facts are facts, and older people are not comfortable discussing anything intimate openly. This includes safety. Often times, those entering retirement homes or nursing homes do not even think of any sexual aspects to being there. Humans are humans, however, and their need to find pleasure always seems to win out. It may be rough for you to make sure that your elderly and senior relatives are safe in the sexual department, but it really is not as hard as it seems.

thCAKT923Q

Here are a few things that you can do to ensure that your loved ones and senior friends are safe in their sexual ventures.

*Discuss the importance and simplicity of condoms, and give them freely.

*Discuss sexually transmitted diseases: chlamydia, gonorrhea, AIDS/HIV, herpes, and others

*Encourage the complex or facility to offer human sexuality classes or groups on sexual education

*Encourage your loved one or senior friends to be open and communicate in their personal relationships.

The important thing to remember about STIs is that they are treatable when caught early. If you, or someone you know, are having symptoms of any sexually transmitted infection, please seek out your doctor immediately.

thCAAPM3LD

Resources Used:

WebMD

CDC STD Statistics

2014: Safety, Health, and Living!

2014: Safety, Health, and Living!

~

2014 will bring much more to Elderly Care Resources! We’ll have more reviews of products geared towards giving seniors and the elderly more freedom to continue living fully. We’ll cover more medicine related news and controversy, and of course, cover more on the new developments on Obamacare. We’ll soon be linking to our new Facebook page, too! We’ll also cover more on living…having fun…getting our there, and experiencing life as long as you can. Happiness. Light. Love.

This year, instead of taking care of my Grandma, who left us in 2013, we’re expanding our circle of helping the elderly in our community! I know there’s no way I’ll ever be able NOT to help, after going through so many struggles with my own Grandma over the years, and I was pleasantly surprised by my children’s instant love for my ideas. To start, we’ll be volunteering monthly at our local food bank, and making lunches for the elderly in their lunch program. We’ll be making regular visits to our own elderly family members, and making sure they have what they need, and getting them out of the house more. We’ll be relocating sometime this year, and will be closer to a new nursing home, and plan to invade it with our kid-made goodies, and love.

We can’t wait for 2014, and to see just what this year will hold! Almost anything is an improvement from last year!!

Thanks & Peace!

*All for you, always. My Angel. BJC 07-21-1930/10-31-013*

2013 Helpful Product Reviews #1

thCA6VVXLX

2013 Helpful Product Reviews #1

~

While there are many products on the market geared towards seniors and the elderly, man of those are just plain silly, or ineffective. Some have even found to be completely unsafe. Below you’ll find some products reviewed by our local “panels” on their effectiveness and worth. Hopefully these will be helpful to you, too!

41cyVF0CEPL._SL75_

West Bend Egg and Muffin Toaster

Conveniently toasts 4 pieces of toast, and poaches two eggs simultaneously, on the counter top. There are a multitude of settings for toast, muffins, or bagels, and you always have the option of only cooking toast, or eggs. Retails from $50-60 dollars, and is available from many places. Click on the link above to find out the specs from Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LTIYN2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008LTIYN2&linkCode=as2&tag=skyfal-20

412+uCPXBNL._SL75_

Jitterbug Cell Phone

With the features on the cell phone, and the ease of dialing and hearing capabilities, this has rested many worried minds of the family and friends of seniors and the elderly! Customer service also has high ratings, and the monthly plans are very affordable! Phones are available in different colors. Retails from $40-100, depending on style, and service plan. To get all the details, click on the link above to visit Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EGWUJQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008EGWUJQ&linkCode=as2&tag=skyfal-20

41pzYlVyh2L._SL75_

Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener

The Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener is simple to use, and makes getting those tough lids off a snap!! Works especially well for those with arthritis, and unable to fully squeeze the top like normal to untwist the seal. Retails for $10-20, depending on where you get it from. Click the link above to visit Amazon.com for the latest info on this fabulous product!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P2LAAU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B007P2LAAU&linkCode=as2&tag=skyfal-20

41OhuaZ6V4L._SL75_

Drive Medical Four Wheel Rollator with Basket

There’s going to come a time where you just don’t trust your knees. Or maybe for you, it’s your hips. Or possibly both! Rather than being unsure of your next steps, this walker will be there for support, and the time out to sit down for awhile, whenever you need it! It’s more than convenient being that it is foldable, too. The basket is removable, if at times you may not need it. While you can use these to push someone in, it is not always recommended. Cracks in the pavement and sudden inclines, or inclement weather, can cause the Rollator to tip over when being used as a chair or seat. This is NOT something that should deter you from this quality walker/seat, however. This is just something to remember so you don’t make the same mistakes that we did!! These retail from $40-300, depending on the style and brand you purchase. Click the link above to read the rave comments on Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005S1CHKC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005S1CHKC&linkCode=as2&tag=skyfal-20

To check out more great products, visit Amazon.com!!