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EDITOR Dear Friends, I have an older relative (in their late 70s) who, whenever I call to check on them, groans and says, “I’m here. I’m hanging.” Then they launch into a litany of all their aches and pains and woes and worries. For an optimistic, hopeful person like myself, it’s hard to listen to the endless complaints (and I never get a chance to share what’s going on with me). I suspect this person

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is merely mirroring the way they observed older people acted when they were young. They listened as they listed all the things going wrong in their lives, as if to outdo others or at least solicit sympathy. I think this relative of mine thinks this is how older people are supposed to act. No offense (and I do listen), but I am more eager to listen to older people who, when you ask how and what they’re doing, start sharing how they’re getting out and about, planning trips and

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participating in the world. Sometimes they make me feel I’m not doing enough to keep up with them! I know a lot of older people have ongoing aches and pains, but I also believe the main purpose in life is to enjoy yourself and get out there, despite those aches and pains, and – Live life like you mean it!


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Zoom Keep connected to family, friends and work

by Living Well 60+ Staff

In this era of pandemic and quarantine, technology has really made a difference in helping people stay connected with family, friends and work. One of the more popular choices for video conferencing or meeting digitally is Zoom. Simple and affordable, Zoom allows you to host meetings, attend worship services or even take a virtual tour of a senior living facility right from your own home. Eric Yuan, Zoom’s founder, was named Time magazine’s Business Person of the Year in 2020. From January to April 2020, the company’s metric of annualized meeting minutes jumped twentyfold to more than 2 trillion. Daily active users increased from 10 million to over 200 million in just three months.

Free Zoom calls last for 40 minutes. That’s more than enough time to share stories and photos and recipes. To get started, log on to and click on the “Sign Up, It’s Free” button. Once you’ve done that, follow the prompts to download the Zoom Client. Next, open the Zoom client, click the “Sign In” button and enter your Zoom credentials. If you don’t have a Zoom account, you can create one using a valid email address and a password of your choosing. Let the Zoom application gain access to the camera and microphone on your device. To start a Zoom Meeting, click the orange “New Meeting” button found on the Home tab. To schedule a meeting, click the blue “Schedule” icon in the Home tab on the Zoom client. This will open the scheduler window, and you can

select your meeting settings, including the topic of the meeting, its start time and your preferred time zone. You can even make it a recurring meeting (daily, weekly, monthly, or annually). When you schedule a Zoom meeting, you will receive a link that you can then email to the people with whom you want to connect. Click Free Zoom on the meeting invite and launch calls last for the Zoom client as prompted. You can 40 minutes. create breakout rooms, send messages in the chat feature (to everyone in the meeting or privately to chosen individuals), record the meeting and share your screen if you are the host. Unfortunately, some Zoom ZOOM Continued on Page 6



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Zoom allows you to host meetings, attend worship services or even take a virtual tour of a senior living facility.

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meetings have been hacked by disruptive trolls, so you may want to enable passcodes for every meeting, and don’t make private meetings public. Here are some simple tips for having a good Zoom call:

• Mute yourself when you’re not speaking. • Be aware of what (and who) is in the background.

• Position your camera properly. Be sure your web camera is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. This helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants. • Make sure the lighting behind your camera is brighter than the lighting behind you. Position yourself facing a window rather than having a window behind you with light pouring in. Consider placing an extra lamp somewhere behind your camera to

highlight your face. • Unless it’s designated as a lunch or dinner meeting, don’t eat. At the very least, stop the video and be sure to mute while munching or swallowing. • Don’t Zoom and drive. • Go to the bathroom after the meeting has ended (don’t take your phone or laptop with you). Source:





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Although many do not want to plan for the certainty of death, in doing so, we show how much we truly love.

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Estate Planning: Unexpectedly Romantic by Bluegrass ElderLaw, PLLC

Estate planning has a reputation for being depressing. But planning ahead is the ultimate act of love. In traditional wedding vows, a bride and groom promise themselves to one another “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” Although many do not want to plan for the certainty of death, in doing so, we show how much we truly love. 1. For Better, For Worse, For Richer, For Poorer

Love isn’t always wildly adventurous – it is often the smaller conventional things that show true acts of love, whether it is going to the grocery at midnight for milk or starting your loved one’s car on a cold day. Creating a Financial and Legal Durable Power of Attorney allows us to make sure a trusted person can help or make decisions when needed. This makes it possible to make sure bills are paid and our loved one has a safe home. This allows us to provide comfort and safety.

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Life can be easy when we are healthy, but when our loved one is ill, that is when the real tenderness of love is shown. Picking up prescriptions or making soup is not something that is likely to be featured in a romantic movie, but these are acts we do for only those we love. Creating a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will allows us or our loved one to ensure that the right medical decisions will be made by a trusted person when the time comes. This provides assurance and support when one of us is at our weakest.

Death is an unfortunate certainty and our loved one may have to handle the pain, grief and frustration that comes at our death. It may seem obvious, but an actual estate plan helps your loved ones avoid the pain and nuisance of handling a mess after your death. A well-done plan shows we loved enough to try to make things as easy as possible. Jack Lemmon once said, “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” What better way to carry on that relationship than by showing our deep affection through estate planning.

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A plan gives you the opportunity to leave a gift to your loved ones. Simple gifts such as a wedding band or Grandma’s antique pie chest are more than physical objects you are passing on. These gifts come with memories and sentimental attachment.

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Supporting a Loved One in Care

during COVID by Lisa M. Petsche, Staff Writer

COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have had a major impact on seniors in care, both in terms of maintaining their connections to others and, more generally, their quality of life. Community programs they once attended have been suspended. Some residents are not allowed to leave their buildings or can only go out for medical appointments.

Family and friends have been challenged to find new ways to support our loved ones in care, often from a distance.

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Some have furthermore been confined to their room. To make matters worse, visiting has been greatly restricted in care facilities, depending on the pandemic situation in the community and the residence. Novisitor policies have been common, with |

exceptions made if death is imminent. Currently, many facilities are allowing one or two “essential caregivers” who can’t be swapped out and are subject to a host of rules and guidelines. In my father’s care home, currently one essential caregiver can visit under certain

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little heartache, as we worry and wonder about a loved one we can’t be with. The concern is even greater if that person has dementia, as Dad does. When we do connect, it can be difficult to find things to talk about, especially other than the pandemic. Since both residents and their families have had their activities and contacts with others curtailed to a significant degree, they may not have as much to share as they normally might. These are some examples of how I’ve been staying connected with my father in care and trying to maximize his quality of life during the pandemic. Here I focus on in-person visits – which in many facilities are confined to the resident’s room – and will address in next month’s column how to remotely support a loved one.

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For visits, I bring a newspaper and read aloud headlines and stories that might interest Dad. I also share news about family members, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even if it’s just little things. Such news is gleaned largely from social media these days. I regularly bring recent photos from online postings or emailed by family. Often we’ll peruse a photo album together. Whenever possible, I tie in reminiscing to the current season and any special occasions in the offing, such as Valentine’s Day, which helps orient Dad to the time of year. I also decorate his room for every possible occasion. This helps make it cheerful, keeps it visually stimulating and doesn’t involve much money since the items are from dollar stores. Dad loves music but can no longer operate his CD player, so playing music

during our visits is a must. Sometimes it will play softly in the background while we’re chatting; at other times it’s louder and we sing along, tap our feet and so on. It triggers many good memories. It goes without saying that technology is a real blessing at this time. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can ask family members to send you short video clips, such as babies babbling, toddlers newly walking or older kids telling anecdotes, and play these for your relative. You can also facilitate video chats between your relative and other family members and friends. Phone calls can be arranged as well. In Dad’s case, he no longer initiates or answers phone calls, so the only opportunities for phone conversations are when someone at his end facilitates this. About the Author:

Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in elder care.

“When we do connect, it can be difficult to find things to talk about, especially other than the pandemic.”

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Telehealth Keeps Patients, Doctors in Touch


by Living Well 60+ Staff

While telehealth has been making an impact on medical care for nearly 30 years, the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely spurred its increased usage. Because of quarantine mandates, more patients are logging on to their computers to visit their Telehealth physicians from the comfort is safe and of their own convenient for homes. Virtual care is here to both patients stay. and the The American Telemed clinicians who Association care for them. (ATA) is working to ensure everyone has access to safe, effective and appropriate care when and where they need and want it. The ATA also provides education and resources for patients and physicians alike. According to the ATA, telehealth

has advanced from a “curious form of clinical communication” to a mainstay in the way providers and consumers interact. It has gone from being a side feature of the health care system to an expectation. It has increased consumer access to health care and enhanced the reach of health care services, especially to rural and underserved communities. Health care providers and hospital systems can do more good for more people through telehealth. It is available 24/7 and has high customer satisfaction. Using telehealth services, patients can receive care, consult with a provider, get information about a condition or treatment, arrange for prescriptions and receive a diagnosis. The quality of care offered and received via telehealth does not diminish because there is no personal contact. Telehealth is safe and convenient for both patients and the clinicians who care for them. Personal health information is securely collected and transferred. Video visits work best for patients who want to discuss labs or imaging results, do not need detailed examinations, have

limited mobility or transportation issues and simple acute problems. Of course, patients who are acutely ill should be seen immediately, and patients who have limited options for privacy can always be seen in person in the doctor’s office. The most commonly used approaches in telehealth include: Virtual Visits: Live, synchronous, interactive encounters between a patient and a health care provider via video, telephone, or live chat. Chat-Based Interactions: Asynchronous online or mobile app communications to transmit a patient’s personal health data, vital signs and other physiologic data or diagnostic images to a health care provider so they can review the information and deliver a consultation, diagnosis or treatment plan later. Remote Patient Monitoring: The collection, transmission, evaluation and communication of individual health data from a patient to their health care provider or extended care team from outside a hospital or clinical office, such as the patient’s home. This is done

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Telehealth offers improved access to health care for consumers in distant locations. using personal health technologies including wireless devices, wearable sensors, implanted health monitors, smartphones and mobile apps. Remote patient monitoring supports ongoing condition monitoring and chronic disease management and can be synchronous or asynchronous, depending upon the patient’s needs. Emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), will enable better disease surveillance and early detection, allowing for improved diagnosis. Technology-Enabled Modalities: Telehealth and virtual care solutions

also provide for physician-to-physician consultation, patient education, data transmission, data interpretation, digital diagnostics and digital therapeutics. Personal health devices and sensors, either alone or in combination with conventional drug therapies, can be used for disease prevention and management. Telehealth offers improved access to health care for consumers in distant locations. It is helping to reduce or contain the cost of healthcare. It will increase efficiency through better management of chronic diseases, shared health professional staffing, reduced travel

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any older Americans live with pets and consider them part of the family. Pets can offer companionship and have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being. In October 2018, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sample of adults ages 50-80 years about their pets, reasons for having – or not having – pets and the benefits and challenges of owning a pet. Here is what they found. More than half of older adults (55 percent) reported having a pet. Among pet owners, the majority (68 percent) had dogs, 48 percent had cats and 16 percent had a small pet such as a bird, fish or hamster. More than half of pet owners (55 percent) reported having multiple pets. They also found adults ages 50-64 years were more likely than adults ages 65-80 years to have a pet.

Pets Help Improve Life

The survey respondents said their pets help them enjoy life (88 percent), make them feel loved (86 percent), reduce stress (79 percent), provide a sense of purpose (73 percent) and help them stick to a routine (62 percent). Respondents also reported their pets help them be physically active (64 percent overall and 78 percent among dog owners) and help them cope with physical and emotional symptoms (60 percent), including taking their mind off pain (34 percent). It is amazing how these wonderful furry or feathered friends help us improve life each day. Challenges of Pet Ownership

While most pet owners reported positive experiences with their pets, some also noted some challenges. Take some of these into account if you are considering getting a pet.

More than half (54 percent) reported pets make it difficult to travel or enjoy activities away from home, and about one in five (18 percent) indicated pet care puts a strain on their budget. Vet bills are expensive, not including the food, toys and daily care items needed. Implications

These surveys suggest pets can provide a myriad of benefits for older adults, including boosts to emotional and physical health. The majority of pet owners believe their animals connect them to other people, provide companionship, reduce stress, help them be physically active and help them cope with physical and emotional symptoms, including pain. They also help them enjoy life, feel loved and provide a sense of purpose. While many respondents reported their pets positively contribute to their health and

The survey respondents said their pets help them enjoy life and make them feel loved.

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well-being, more than one in four pet owners in fair or poor physical health report their pet’s needs take priority over their own health needs. You, your family and your health care professionals should be aware of the important role pets play in the lives of many older adults, as pets have the potential to help – or at times hinder – self-care and adherence to treatment plans. Of course, pets are not for everyone. Not everyone wants a pet, and others face barriers to having pets, such as the costs of pet care or living in a location where pets are not allowed. For older adults who enjoy the company of pets but cannot have one, volunteering at a local animal shelter, having pet therapy visits or pet sitting are good ways to engage with animals without the responsibilities of pet ownership. There are many factors to consider when deciding to get a pet. A good understanding of the pros and cons can help older adults decide if getting a pet is right for them or if they need to pursue other options for enjoying the company of animals.


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What Is

Hyposmia? Loss of Smell Occurs With COVID, Advancing Age

by Living Well 60+ Staff

One symptom of COVID-19 is losing the ability to smell. This is called hyposmia. (Osme in Greek means odor.) Like many other bodily functions, the sense of smell gradually begins to decline after about age 40 years in most people. Total loss of smell is called anosmia. Misperception of smells is dysosmia, and the perception of phantom smells is called phantosmia. According to the

National Institutes of Health, 12 percent of adults in the United States have lost some of their sense of smell. Hyposmia can be a temporary condition that goes away without treatment, but in many cases, it is a symptom of some important medical conditions and may either be permanent or temporary. Loss of smell may occur as a result of problems in the brain, nose or nervous system. Other conditions that can lead to an impaired sense of smell

include neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, dementia, allergies, a head injury or a nasal tumor. Polyps in the nose or sinuses or a deviated nasal septum can also trigger hyposmia. Some medications can also affect the sense of smell; smoking does, too. Obesity, type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure can also cause hyposmia. HYPOSMIA Continued on Page 26


A smell screening test is one way to diagnose hyposmia.

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The human olfactory system can detect between 10,000 and 100 billion different odors. While hyposmia can be distracting, it can also have more serious implications. You may not notice warning signs such as the smell of gas or smoke that indicate a possibly dangerous

situation. Indeed, a smell screening test is one way to diagnose hyposmia. An otolaryngologist may perform a nasal endoscopy to inspect the nasal passages and sinus cavities, looking for swelling, bleeding or polyps. The physician may also do a trigeminal nerve assessment. Trigeminal nerve endings detect

tactile pressure, pain and temperature sensations in the areas of the mouth, eyes and nasal cavity. They can alter the processing of information in olfactory receptors. Neuroimaging such as a CT scan or an MRI may be necessary to rule out intra-cranial or peripheral nerve abnormalities.

Treatment options for hyposmia include medication such as steroids, antibiotics (for sinus infections) and antihistamines and/or surgery to remove polyps. Smell and taste loss can lead to depression, which may necessitate the use of antidepressants. To counter the inability to detect

smoke or gas, people with hyposmia should take special precautions, such as installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in their homes. Use household cleaners a well-ventilated area. Check the expiration dates on food to make sure it is safe to eat.


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