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The Benefits of Multigenerational Activities

By Flora Umukoro, 1:26 pm on December 5, 2018

Multigenerational Activities and Their Benefits An article published by Next Avenue highlights the exceptional relationship one woman has had with Girl Scouts of the U.S. and the many benefits she has experienced from the multigenerational activities they offer over the course of nearly 50 years. During her time with the program, Kathleen Pearce has worn many hats – first as a scout, then a leader and currently, a program volunteer teaching babysitting, CPR and first aid skills to leaders and girls in other troops. Pearce credits the organization with instilling a sense of commitment in her and allowing her to play a fundamental role in the lives of so many other girls and women, all while experiencing adventure …

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10 Things to Know About Medicare

By Flora Umukoro, 7:59 pm on November 28, 2018

“Annoying,” “difficult” and “frustrating.” For anyone who has applied to Medicare, these are the typical words that come to mind when describing the application process. Part of the problem is that there are no easy, one-size-fits-all coverage options. The other part of the problem is that in an underfunded system, everyone’s on their own to navigate through Medicare as best they can. 10 Things to Know About Medicare So, what can you do to maximize your Medicare coverage while minimizing your expenses and stress? Give yourself plenty of time and read these top 10 things to know about Medicare before you turn 65: 1. After you turn 65, Medicare is your primary insurer. Do you …

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Aging in Place: Is It Time To Get 24 Hour Care?

By Flora Umukoro, 11:21 am on November 13, 2018

By Alexa Graziani 24 hour care includes both day and overnight care, around-the-clock. Although every state has its own regulations, some of the common 24 hour care options include the following: A full day is worked by one caregiver, with breaks, and that is then followed 8 hours of rest in the client’s house. Two caregivers work 12 hour shifts, with the evening caregiver staying awake throughout the night. 24 Hour In-Home Care Benefits When care is provided in the home, it enables a spouse or aging parents to be able to continue living where they are the most comfortable. Proper preparation can mean the difference between chaos and a calm transition. It can be …

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Honoring a Loved One Who Served This Veterans Day

By Flora Umukoro, 5:05 pm on November 7, 2018

Veterans are among our nation’s heroes. They proved their loyalty by selflessly serving in the military and fighting to preserve our freedoms. On November 11 each year, our nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Whether they are part of what has been dubbed the Greatest Generation or fought in Vietnam, it’s important to show them we remember and appreciate their service. This Veterans Day, you can use these ideas to honor your veterans. Celebrating Veterans Day: 5 Ways to Honor Those Who Served 1. Wear red, white, and blue. One way to raise awareness on Veterans Day is by donning the colors of the American flag: red, white, and blue. …

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Students Provide Seniors With a “Vision” for the Future

By Flora Umukoro, 3:00 pm on November 1, 2018

Life can feel lonely for seniors who are blind or visually impaired. But VISIONS, a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency in New York, is working to reverse that isolation. Through the agency’s Intergenerational Program, students and teens travel to the homes of seniors to read, run errands and take walks around the neighborhood. Teens also serve meals, teach classes and assist with activities and programs at the VISIONS Senior Center in New York City. A “Vision” for the Future Of course, students must first undergo extensive training to learn how to work with those who are visually impaired. Mobility training is one key aspect, in which students are blindfolded so they know what it …

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Emergency Preparedness and the Elderly: We Can Do Better

By Flora Umukoro, 12:58 pm on October 22, 2018

During 2017, at least 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events. Because the media in 2017 was filled with sobering news stories and accounts of officials urging the public to prepare for such events, one might expect that people would be motivated to develop a disaster plan, learn the location of their nearest public shelter and prepare a simple “go bag” with essential items. However, …

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Aging & Eyesight: A New Vision

By Flora Umukoro, 10:02 am on October 12, 2018

Aging brings about changes in our vision. We find that our arms are too short and that we need more light to complete tasks. These experiences are typical and the adaptations, reading glasses and additional light, are easily accommodated. However, for 6.4% of those 65 and older, vision impairments are such that additional lighting and new glasses do not completely solve the problem (Erickson, Lee, and Van Schrader, 2015). Individuals facing age related vision loss usually have a slow deterioration, beginning with fatigue and moving toward the inability to visually complete tasks. Many are lonely. A recent study in New Zealand indicates that increased loneliness among people who are visually impaired is associated with decreased …

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Technology for Active Seniors and People Living with Dementia in 2018

By Flora Umukoro, 12:43 pm on October 8, 2018

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the advances and changes in technology. But there are numerous ways that these advances can bring new joys and make life and caregiving easier. Today’s senior is embracing technology and expects to use it in their daily lives. The secret behind a good design is that it must be simple and easy to use. If you can’t figure out how it works, it won’t help you! Check out how technology can help seniors in all aspects of life. If you’re a long-distance caregiver, use technology to help someone from far away. This can help you feel more confident in their safety and social engagement. Here’s the best …

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Epigenetics: Change Your DNA to Avoid Alzheimer’s?

By Flora Umukoro, 11:42 am on October 1, 2018

Do you believe disease is bound up in genetics? Do you think your genes determine whether you will develop certain health problems? Are you resigned to a future in which you have no sway over emerging health problems? If so, it’s time to check your assumptions. We have more power over our DNA — and the potential for a healthier future — than ever imagined. What does DNA do, anyway? DNA is our genetic code. Think of it as a rulebook the cells in our body use to turn genetic information into proteins.  This process is gene expression. In simple terms, if your DNA were different you would be someone — or something — else. …

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Worried About Elderly Parent’s Driving? 20 Ideas to Keep Driving Safely

By Flora Umukoro, 8:47 am on September 24, 2018

ot every older driver needs to turn in their keys. There are ways to keep driving safely for many people. From high tech tools to plain old common sense, these strategies could help keep your parents safe when driving. According to research on improving elder driver safety, there are nearly 42 million Americans age 65+ licensed to drive. That represents almost 20% of all drivers. It’s not only a large group — it’s one that’s growing. The Sometimes Bumpy Road to Safety According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, senior drivers are involved in more fatal crashes than other groups. But this trend has less to do with declining driving skills than it does with …

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