One of the many challenges facing adult children of seniors is the conversation regarding finances. In Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, research provided by Ameriprise Financial shows that no one, no matter their age, does well talking about money. Vice president of wealth strategies, Suzanna de Baca says that the conversation should begin sooner than later, so that needs are addressed as well as anything that might have been overlooked.
According to a Fidelity Investment study, 24% of children feel that they will need to provide financial assistance to their parents compared to 97% of parents who state that they will not need help. Yet, when conversations do actually take place, they, “can dramatically increase peace of mind, reduce anxiety and foster additional discussions.”
Many think that as we get older, the need for sleep decreases but results from research are saying otherwise. While it is true that seniors’ sleep patterns change over the years, a full night’s sleep (7.5-9 hours), undisturbed, is as important as the emotional and physical state of their life.
Sleep helps the memory process, allows for cell regeneration and strengthens the immune system.According to the article “Sleeping Well as You Age”, many physicians usea senior’s ability to sleep as an indicator of his or her health status. With reduced sleep, there is a greater concern about the onset of depression, memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, weight problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even breast cancer in women.
In June we posted an article about a couple who found themselves in the difficult situation of being unprepared for a medical emergency. Our friend, a senior in his sixties, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his right side. Initially unable to speak, walk or use his right hand, he was still legally bound to pay his bills. A widower, he had met another and they now lived together. He paid all of the household expenses and the checking account was in his name only. Moreover, had the stroke been more severe, questions of his preferences for life-sustaining treatments would have gone unanswered. He had neither advance medical directive nor financial power of attorney documents.
If you could live to be 150 years old, would you want to? What if those years were ‘good’ years – extending not only your age, but quality of life as well? In her book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, Sonia Arrison presents a discussion of both dramatic advances in research and medicine, and the philosophical debate that surrounds the subject of helping to increase peoples’ lives.
Tetrabenazine Molecule for Managing HD
A few years ago we got our first client suffering from Huntington’s Disease (HD), and our second HD client soon followed. Huntington’s Disease, is a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away or degenerate. The very different circumstances these two clients were in – and the nature of their environments – quickly helped us realize that there are Best Care approaches that can dramatically increase their quality of life.
We were recently given a copy of the booklet, “Mental Health in Later Life: A Guidebook for Older Marylanders and the People Who Care for Them.”1 Although the booklet focuses on Marylanders, the material applies to anyone.
This 78 page booklet is packed with information. Starting with common sense ways to maintain physical and mental health as one ages, it goes on to define and describe types of mental illnesses and differences between them, e.g., various kinds of dementia. Using vignettes of real people’s stories along with discussion, the booklet both educates and dispels myths associated with mental illness.
5 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter
1. Stay hydrated.
Dry air and cold winds can really take it out of you, especially the elderly. Just because it’s not hot doesn’t mean it’s not dry. The onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression, and forgetfulness can be minimized by maintaining the right equilibrium. Lots of fluids (not just water) and lots of colors. If you eat a colorful diet you are sure to get a lot of complimentary nutrients.
New Elder Communities Take Root Where We Already Live.
Christopher Van De Moortel, President
Aging in Place and Senior Villages are beginning to sweep the country. Each “village” may vary slightly in their approach to helping seniors remain in their homes, but most have a combination of volunteer services and third party providers. From roofing contractors to picking up a prescription, their mission is to redefine how we live out our days: at home, in our homes, and not in nursing homes.
Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Vision Loss May Drive Public Policy
Accessible Design for people with vision loss may get a little boost from the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, which expanded opportunities for persons with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination and requiring reasonable accommodations in employment and job opportunities, public accommodations and services, government services, and telecommunications services.
Early on in our venture to help seniors stay in their homes, we came across a few interesting clients who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. We quickly learned that strategies to actively work with each client needed to be employed. Moreover, we realized that we needed to be caring for the caregiver.
Mr. B. had moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s Disease during the eight years we worked with him and often had hallucinations of things that most of us can’t see. He would frequently mistake his wife for his mother or daughter, or argue with his reflection in a car window, sometimes thinking his wife was inside and locking him out. When I was driving him around he would look in the back seat and ask if that was my baby, or if I knew whose it was. I would simply respond, “No I don’t know.” His wife had Macular Degeneration and was exhausted from taking care of him, doing more of the chores, managing all the finances, trying to live in her spouses bi-polar fairyland so as not to upset and agitate him. She needed a break.