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ty ASSISTE n u o C s â€™ y D LIVING located in St. Mar Alzheimer's and Dementia Care for Less Money We're all talking about it! The high cost of health care. Everything seems to be skyrocketing to create an impossible financial burden. Health insurance and medications are hard enough to pay for, but what if you also have to provide for a loved-one who can no longer care for themselves? Some families bring their disabled family member to live with them. This arrangement works for awhile but as the illness progresses it eventually becomes clear that they cannot remain in the home without constant assistance. The question of what to do next initiates anxiety. Is leaving your job an option? Or should you hire someone while you're at work? Who would that person be? Who can you trust to be in your house, having access to all of your belongings, show up to work everyday and care for your loved one? Often families will hire an agency to provide the caregiver. At the agency's going rate of $22.00/ hour you still have the expense of all the necessary personal items. Can you afford to pay another caregiver for overnights if you find that your loved one now wanders while you try to sleep? Most families find this too expensive. And it may not workout as you hoped. Dementia care in a nursing home is very expensive. That's because you are paying for medical personnel around the clock to watch over your loved one. Usually this is a 'memory care' unit with a large number of patients. Some assisted living homes may accept dementia residents but will surprise you by the higher price they charge for this type of care. In order to appear affordable the facility may start off with one price but add on for many services. As the resident's needs increase so will the price. And they may not continue care as the resident's health or behavior becomes more difficult. What if you could have it all for $8.19/ hour? Taylor Farm Assisted Living may be the best option for non medical dementia care. The Farm provides around the clock care for their residents. The price includes daily showers, generous home cooked meals and snacks, activities, laundry and medication administration. All supplies such as incontinent wear and personal hygiene items are in the price. Visits and assessments from the RN are included. Taylor Farm has a visiting Nurse Practitioner and podiatrist that come right to the home. Prescriptions are delivered by St. Mary's Pharmacy. Medicare and most insurance plans may cover the cost of these services. There are no surprises, no hidden costs, no unexpected charges, no financial investigation and no confusing language in the contract. Just an easy to accomplish admission process to get the care your loved one deserves. And the price is right. Contact Kathy Taylor Owner/Administrator
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EAT HEALTHY AT 50 & BEYOND A balanced diet is an integral element of a healthy lifestyle for men, women and children alike. But while kids and young adults might be able to get away with an extra cheeseburger here or there, men and women approaching 50 have less leeway. According to the National Institute on Aging, simply counting calories without regard for the foods being consumed is not enough for men and women 50 and older to maintain their long-term health. Rather, the NIA emphasizes the importance of choosing low-calorie foods that have a lot of the nutrients the body needs.
But counting calories can be an effective and simple way to maintain a healthy weight, provided those calories are coming from nutrient-rich foods. The NIA advises men and women over 50 adhere to the following daily calorie intake recommendations as they attempt to stay healthy into their golden years. WOMEN • Not physically active: 1,600 calories • Somewhat active: 1,800 calories • Active lifestyle: between 2,000 and 2,200 calories
MEN • Not physically active: 2,000 calories • Somewhat active: between 2,200 and 2,400 calories • Active lifestyle: between 2,400 and 2,800 calories
When choosing foods to eat, the NIA recommends eating many different colors and types of vegetables and fruits. Phytochemicals are substances that occur naturally in plants, and there are thousands of these substances offering various benefits. The Produce for Better Health Foundation notes that a varied, colorful diet incorporates lots of different types of phytochemicals, which the PBH says have disease-preventing properties. The NIA also advises that men and women over 50 make sure at least half the grains in their diets are whole grains. Numerous studies have discovered the various benefits of whole grains, which are loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Another potential hurdle men and women over 50 may encounter is a change in their sense of smell and taste. A person’s sense of smell may fade with age, and because smell and taste are so closely related, foods enjoyed for years may no longer tantalize the taste buds. That can be problematic, as many people instinctually add more salt to foods they find bland. According to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, older adults should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. That equates to roughly 3⁄4 teaspoon of salt. Older men and women should resist the temptation to use salt to add flavor to foods, instead opting
for healthy foods that they can still smell and taste. In addition, men and women should mention any loss of their sense of smell to their physicians, as such a loss may indicate the presence of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining a healthy diet after 50 may require some hard work and discipline. But the long-term benefits of a healthy diet make the extra effort well worth it.
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The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program® is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. Recently, the Center for Disease Control has endorsed this program as part of an evidence-based program for fall prevention. Class is offered free of charge.
Arthritis Exercise Program
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program offers gentle, repetitive movements that encourage range of motion, stretching, and ﬂexibility. Although the class is designed for those with arthritis, it is beneﬁcial to anyone who may not be accustomed to exercising or who is looking for a gentle exercise program. Class is offered free of charge.
A six-week workshop for people with diabetes or caregivers of someone with diabetes. Learn about the illness, its symptoms and how to better manage the effects diabetes has on your life. All materials are provided. Workshop is offered free of charge.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized, award-winning time-tested program for people over 60 designed to help manage falls and increase activity levels Classes are two hours in length and are held once a week for eight weeks. Class format is mostly lecture/discussion with approximately 30 minutes of exercise each session. All materials are provided. Class is offered free of charge.
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RETIRED SENIORS CAN STILL SERVE some serve hundreds of hours a year while others help on a more limited basis with special projects.
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
Senior citizens aged 55 years old and older who want to stay active or give back to their community can find all kinds of opportunities to do so with the county’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). According to the county, volunteers can serve as much as they like and, they do;
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The county estimates that the RSVP members render tens of thousands of volunteer hours a year.
The RSVP program matches applicants to the activities they would be best suited in which to serve, based on skills, interests and availability. The county’s Department of Aging and Human Services sponsors the RSVP program, which mates up volunteers with more than 30 local agencies and community groups.
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“Many local non-profit organizations do not have the staff or funds to provide all of the service and programming they would like to offer,” said Norine Rowe, project manager for RSVP. “Our senior volunteers make that possible.”
The county estimates that the services rendered by all the volunteers, 35,545 hours in 2017, at $952,250 in value, whether it is to a county agency or nonprofit group.
The program has been in effect for more than 30 years in one form or another, according to the county. The volunteer opportunities are many and varied.
Prospective volunteers can deliver meals to homebound seniors through the Meals on Wheels program as a driver or they can volunteer with the Senior Rides program and provide transportation to seniors for important errands who cannot drive themselves.
part of the 7th District Optimists Club, which provides medical equipment and assistance devices such as canes and wheelchairs. Volunteers with this program mostly take phone calls and arrange for equipment pick-up, according to the county. Applicants can volunteer at the county’s three senior centers in any number of ways, including lunch service, leading group activities or maintaining the grounds at the facility.
Volunteering at the county’s hospice house, visiting veterans at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, tutoring adults in reading, acting as museum guides or even educating on how to use computers are all service avenues open for RSVP volunteers, according to the county. For more information on the RSVP Program contact the project manager Norine Rowe at 301-475-4200 ext. 1653. firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants can also work with the A Community That Shares (ACTS) program,
SIDE EFFECTS OF SNORING INCLUDE HIGHER RISK FOR ALZHEIMER’S Snoring may seem like a pesky yet minor problem, but it can be much more serious than some people know. Although snoring is a common problem among all ages and genders, the National Sleep Foundation says that men are twice as likely to snore as women, and snoring can worsen with age.
The aging process can lead to a relaxation of the throat muscles, resulting in snoring. Furthermore, the NSF says anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, illness and other factors may also contribute to snoring. Drinking alcohol, which can have an effect similar to muscle relaxants, in the evening can make snoring worse. While many people may think snoring is a mere nuisance, it actually may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Over time, apnea can be associated with high blood pressure and increased risks of heart attack, stroke or death, advises WebMD. Now there is new evidence that those with obstructive sleep apnea may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as well. A new study published in the journal
Neurology found that people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of cognitive impairment earlier than people without such sleep disorders. Richard Osorio, MD, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Center for Brain Health, found that, among 2,000 people studied, those who reported having sleep apnea or snoring tended to develop signs of mild cognitive impairment, including memory lapses and slower speed on cognitive skills, about 12 years earlier on average than those who didn’t report any sleep-related breathing issues. Mild cognitive impairment often precedes dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. Some researchers believe snoring and sleep apnea may contribute to a buildup of the toxic protein in the brain called betaamyloid, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. If snoring has become problematic, men are urged to visit a doctor or sleep specialist to see which therapies can be instituted to help improve sleep and overall health.
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HOW TO FINANCE LONG-TERM CARE NEEDS
HELP SENIOR DRIVERS MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE
As men and women age, various factors may affect their ability to drive. In addition to issues with memory, seniors may have failing eyesight and physical limitations, and their reaction time may slow down. In such instances, seniors’ ability to safely operate a motor vehicle may be questioned.
Age alone is not a reliable measure of driving ability, but many of the issues that affect one’s ability to safely drive a vehicle tend to appear as men and women near their golden years.
Losing the ability to safely operate an automobile can greatly reduce a person’s independence. That is why periodic driver evaluations may be met with some reluctance. Aging men and women who don’t want to avoid potential conflicts with concerned family members can take their own steps to ensure they maintain their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Failing to plan for long-term care expenses may leave aging men and women with little or no assets late in life. AARP says that the cost of long-term care continues to rise and the array of options can make it difficult for families to find the best, most affordable care.
The median monthly costs for a semi-private room in a U.S. nursing facility hovered around $6,800 in 2016, according to The Genworth Cost of Care Survey. That adds up to roughly $82,000 per year. Individuals who only anticipate hiring a home health aide should know that such options cost an average $3,800 per month. Retirement savings can quickly dry up when long-term care is required. Individuals need to keep in mind that, in 2014, the Social Security Administration said the average month retirement income from Social Security was just $1,294. The National Care Planning Council says that at least 60 percent of all individuals will need extended help during their lifetimes.
Ongoing care can last for many months or years. Long-term care needs, including assisted living and nursing home stays beyond a few months, may not be covered by federal health insurance programs, such as Medicare. As a result, it is up to individuals to find ways to finance their care. LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE Long-term care insurance is one of the ways to offset costs of care for later in life. But many people are unaware that this type of insurance exists. A survey conducted by Leger Marketing for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association found that 74 percent of respondents said they haven’t included provisions for long-term care in their retirement plans.
Long-term care insurance is a safety precaution that can be purchased early in life to plan to help pay for expenses aging men and women may incur in their golden years. New York Life Insurance says that policy holders will be reimbursed for qualified long-term care costs up to a maximum daily benefit amount. Coverage varies, but policy premiums generally increase with the age of applicant.
GOVERNMENT AID Government aid is available for U.S. and Canadian residents but qualifications vary and it is usually limited to those with financial hardships. Medicaid pays for the largest share of longterm care services in the United States, according to the Administration on Aging. But to qualify, one’s income must be below a certain level and the person must meet minimum state eligibility requirements. Canadian provinces will assess one’s ability to pay and may subsidize care costs. Also, there may only be a handful facilities supported by the government, so applicants cannot be picky about accommodations. Financing long-term care is something individuals must consider as they make their plans for the future. It is a large expense that cannot go unaddressed even though the need for care might be in the distant future.
SCHEDULE A DRIVING SAFETY EVALUATION When drivers’ abilities to operate a motor vehicle become suspect, a thorough evaluation should be scheduled. The evaluation should not be handled by a family physician or family member, but by an unbiased third party like a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist. This is a therapist who has special certification to assist people with disabilities, including older adults, with driving. They can help individuals with adaptive equipment or techniques if driving issues stem from something that can be addressed. FIGURE OUT IF THE CAR “FITS” THE INDIVIDUAL A program called CarFit can help drivers assess if their car is suited to their abilities. A team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with participants to ensure their vehicles are equipped for maximum safety and comfort. A properly adjusted vehicle is as important as one’s cognitive and physical abilities. Adjustments can include mirror placement, good foot positioning and sitting at the proper distance from the steering wheel. People can learn about an upcoming event at www.car-fit.org. TAKE A DRIVER IMPROVEMENT COURSE Driver improvement courses are provided by various organizations, including some insurance companies. AARP also has a Driver Safety Course to lower the risk of traffic violations, collisions and injuries. Completion of these courses can help drivers enhance their abilities behind the wheel and may result in lower premiums for mature drivers. KEEP THE MIND AND BODY FIT Regular exercise and a healthy diet can be assets for mature drivers. Mental fitness techniques and brain exercises can improve reaction time, while aerobic and strength-training workouts can keep the body in shape.
Driving is one of the key avenues to personal independence. Strengthening seniors’ driving abilities is a goal of many organizations.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
SENIOR CENTERS BUSTLE WITH ACTIVITY
Senior centers are the venue for many activities for senior citizens in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. The centers are operated by the Offices of Aging in each county. The following is a listing of information about programs. locations, hours of operation and contact information for the three centers in each county: through Friday. Doors close at 4:30 p.m. and all activities end at 5:00 p.m. These are the Garvey Senior Activity Center in the main County Government complex in Leonardtown, the Loffler Senior Activity Center at Chancellor’s Run Park in Great Mills, and the Northern Senior Activity Center on Charlotte Hall Road just north of the Veteran’s Home.
Do you want to find something to do, but don’t know where to look? The Department of Aging & Human Services offers many events that encourage seniors to enjoy themselves on a regular basis. You may wish to view the New Beginning Newsletter, a Department of Aging & Human Services publication which features upcoming activities and events at all the Senior Activity Centers.
Adults 50 years of age and older are welcome to attend activities at the senior activity centers.
THE LOFFLER SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Located in Chancellors Run Park off of Chancellors Run Road in Great Mills, MD. Call or visit the Center today to arrange a tour of the center and meet the friendly staff. Amenities Include: Fitness Equipment, Craft & Activity Rooms, Kitchen, Large Room for Fitness and Social Activities, Reflexologist and Massage Services, Arts & Crafts Room, Library and Senior Lounge area.
Senior activity centers are the focal point for many daily and special programs offered by the Department of Aging & Human Services, including the mid-day meal program, opportunities for socialization and recreation, fitness opportunities, and access to special staff services. The Division of Senior Center Operations strives to provide a variety of high quality, dynamic, affordable programs and activities for the independent senior community that promote good health, fitness, education, socialization, and the development of skills and interests. The Department operates three senior activity centers, that open at 8:00 a.m. Monday
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THE NORTHERN SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Located just north of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call or visit the Center today to arrange a tour of the center and meet the friendly staff. Amenities include: fitness equipment, ceramics and pottery studio with kiln, Recumbent Terra Trike Bike for free use on the Three Notch Trail, library, large room for fitness and social activities, game room with pool table and card tables, arts and craft room, theater stage, conference room with space for private computer tutoring, and an outdoor patio and horseshoe pits. The Northern Senior Council supports activities at the Northern Senior Activity Center. 29655 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 301-475-4200, ext. *3101
THE GARVEY SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Located in the Governmental Center Complex in Leonardtown, MD. Call or visit the Center today to arrange a tour of the center and meet the friendly staff. Amenities include: Fitness Equipment, Large room for Fitness Activities, Massage Services, Computer Lab, Club Room and an Arts & Crafts Room. 41780 Baldridge Street Leonardtown, MD 20650 301-475-4200, ext. *1050
To find out about the most-up-to date activities check out the monthly calendar on their website: www.co.saint-marys.md.us/aging/newsletter.asp
Physical copies of New Beginnings newsletter with an activity calendar can be obtained at any of the Senior Activity Centers.
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CALVERT COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING The mission of the Calvert County Office on Aging is to enable senior citizens to avail themselves of a full range of services and programs in order to maintain the best quality of life possible. The Office on Aging is a single point of contact for seniors to obtain information and services related to nutrition, socialization, health insurance, long term care, physical fitness, mental health, continued education, insurance, taxes, transportation, cultural enrichment, hobbies, and crafts. When necessary or appropriate, the Office on Aging will work with friends, relatives, and other agencies who may be in need of advice and assistance on behalf of a particular senior. Older persons are encouraged to maintain their independence as long as possible in the community setting. When alternative living arrangements are needed, the Office on Aging staff is able to assist in identifying possible appropriate placement. Efforts are directed towards providing a full range of opportunities and assistance, which will assist in perpetuating the seniorsâ€™ dignity as human beings and enhancing their feelings of well being. www.co.cal.md.us/index. aspx?nid=113 450 West Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170
CALVERT PINES SENIOR CENTER The center is operated by the Calvert County Office on Aging. The center provides hot meals and nutrition education as well as a variety of social services for seniors. The center also provides recreational activities such as Crafts, Fine Arts, Game Rooms, Card Games, Variety Players, Physical Fitness, Educational Classes, Inter-generational Activities, Trips/Cultural Events, Bowling Leagues, Special Event Celebrations/Activities, Golf League, Pool & Card Tournaments, Ceramics and Bingo. Check the website for the current schedule of classes and monthly newsletters. www. co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?NID=390 450 West Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170
SOUTHERN PINES SENIOR CENTER The center is operated by the Calvert County Office on Aging. The center provides hot meals and nutrition education as well as a variety of social services for seniors. The center also provides recreational activities such as Crafts, Fine Arts, Game Rooms, Card Games, Variety Players, Physical Fitness, Educational Classes, Inter-generational Activities, Trips/Cultural Events, Bowling Leagues, Special Event Celebrations/Activities, Golf League, Pool & Card Tournaments, Ceramics and Bingo. Check the website for the current schedule of classes and monthly newsletters. Hours of Operation are 8:30 to 4:30. 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, MD 20657 410-586-2748
NORTH BEACH SENIOR CENTER The center is operated by the Calvert County Office on Aging. The center provide hot meals and nutrition education as well as a variety of social services for seniors. The center also provides recreational activities such as Crafts, Fine Arts, Game Rooms, Card Games, Variety Players, Physical Fitness, Educational Classes, Inter-generational Activities, Trips/Cultural Events, Bowling Leagues, Special Event Celebrations/Activities, Golf League, Pool & Card Tournaments, Ceramics and Bingo. Check the website for the current schedule of classes and monthly newsletters. Hours of Operation are 8:30 to 4:30. www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?NID=390 9010 Chesapeake Ave. North Beach, MD 20714 410-257-2549
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ASSISTIVE DEVICES HELP PEOPLE REMAIN MOBILE
Disabilities affect people from all walks of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 55 million Americans have a disability of some kind. Of these people, 33 million have a disability that makes it difficult for them to carry out some daily activities. Statistics Canada states that, as of 2012, 13.7 percent of the population age 15 years or older reported having a disability that could impact daily life. People with disabilities may need assistive devices to reclaim some measure
of their independence. For example, millions of people rely on wheelchairs or walking aids to get around. These are called assistive technology and rehabilitative devices, which include tools, equipment or products that can help people with disabilities get around more easily. These devices may be as small as magnifying glasses for reading to as large as wheelchairs. The National Institutes of Health state that 2.2 million people in the U.S depend on wheelchairs for day-to-day tasks and mobility. More than six million use canes, walkers or crutches to assist with mobility. The following are some of the common types of mobility devices available for purchase.
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• Canes: Canes are handheld devices that provide a little extra stability or support to weakened limbs. Canes are easily transported and can assist those who need only a little help. • Standard walkers: Also known as medical walkers, standard walkers offer substantial support and must be lifted to move. That requires upper body strength, which can be difficult for some to maintain on long trips.
• Rolling walkers: Rolling walkers are similar to standard walkers. But rolling walkers have wheels, either on the front only or on both sets of legs. They are somewhat less stable than standard walkers. Rolling walkers with wheel-locking devices may offer stability when needed. Some rolling walkers are called “rollators.” • Wheelchairs: Standard wheelchairs must be powered by the person in the chair or by someone pushing it from behind. This can be difficult for people with minimal upper body strength. Mechanical wheelchairs are powered with a lever or button. Some
people may opt for motorized scooters over bulkier wheelchairs when possible.
Assistive devices can be highly effective, but only when they are used properly and safely. Assistive devices should be measured for each user. Many walkers are height-adjustable. The width of a device also is important. A walker or another device that is too wide can affect mobility or require modifications to be made around the home. Weight is another consideration. The device should be lightweight so it can be maneuvered, but also weigh enough to provide enough stability to keep users upright.
Users should proceed slowly and favor their stronger sides when relying on canes or walkers. Devices should not be used to climb atop other items like step stools. Children should not be allowed to play with or ride on assistive devices. If there are safety belts or locks on any assistive technology, they should be put in place before use to prevent further injury.
ADOPTING A DOG OR CAT LATER IN LIFE Companion animals bring great joy to their owners. The unconditional love cats and dogs provide appeals to people of all ages. While many people associate pets with kids who can’t wait to welcome the first cat or dog into their homes, pets can benefit aging men and women as well.
It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel lonely or depressed when they retire, their children move away or they lose a spouse or close friend or friends. The American Humane Society states that studies show pets help seniors overcome loneliness and depression by providing affection, company and entertainment. Pets also provide much-needed mental stimulation, and many pet owners find their pets help them become more physically active as well. Seniors who adopt pets may also feel a sense of purpose when helping animals who may not have anywhere to live. This is particularly true of older companion animals, which many young families are understandably hesitant to adopt. Mature pets might be an ideal fit for seniors. When seniors are looking to adopt a pet, there are various reasons why older pets or particular animals might be the perfect fit for them.
• Adult pets may already be house trained, saving seniors the trouble and effort of training them. • Seniors may find cats fit their lifestyles more than dogs, as cats are less active and do not need to be walked or played with as much as dogs. Cats also are small and easily maneuverable, meaning even seniors who have arthritis or other physical limitations can easily care for cats. Many cats are also content to spend long periods of time sleeping on their owners’ laps. • Small dogs that can be active within the house might be a good idea as well, especially for seniors with mobility issues. They’re also easily transported to and from vet appointments.
It’s important that seniors carefully weigh the benefits of adopting a pet against any limitations they may have. Having a backup plan for care is advantageous as well. Seniors should not adopt a pet if they anticipate frequent travel or medical care that requires they be away from home for long periods of time.
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OLDER ADULTS CAN OVERCOME GYM INTIMIDATION
Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are two of the best things seniors can do to maintain their health. Exercise can delay or prevent many of the health problems associated with aging, including weak bones and feelings of fatigue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a person age 65 or older who is generally fit with no limiting health conditions should try to get two hours and 30 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity per week, while also including weight training and muscle-strengthening activities in their routines on two or more days a week.
Individuals often find that gyms have the array of fitness equipment they need to stay healthy. But many people, including older men and women who have not exercised in some time, may be hesitant to join a gym for fear of intimidation. Some seniors may avoid machines and classes believing they will not use the apparatus properly, or that they will be judged by other gym members. Some seniors may feel like gyms do not cater to their older clientele, creating an atmosphere that is dominated by younger members and loud music. Such misconceptions are often unfounded, as many gyms welcome older members with open arms. But even if seniors find gyms intimidating, they should still sign up for memberships. In such situations, the following tips can help seniors shed their fears and adapt to their new gyms.
• Start the process slowly. Shop around for a gym that makes you feel comfortable. Get fully informed about which classes are offered, and the benefits, if any, afforded to older members. • Get a doctor’s go-ahead. Make sure to clear exercise and gym membership with your doctor prior to purchasing a membership. He or she also may have a list of gyms where fellow senior patients have memberships.
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• Build up gradually. Begin with exercises you feel comfortable performing. Spend time walking on the treadmill while observing other gym members. Tour the circuit of machines and other equipment. Find out if you can sample a class to see if it might be a good fit. • Find a gym buddy. Working out with a partner in your age group may encourage you to keep going to the gym and increase your comfort level. You each can offer support and enjoy a good laugh through the learning process.
• Don’t get discouraged. Anyone working out for the first time, regardless of age, will feel somewhat out of place until exercise becomes part of a routine. Give it some time before throwing in the towel. Once you catch on, you may discover you enjoy working out. • Choose a senior-friendly gym. Some gyms cater to senior members. They may offer “SilverSneakers” classes at their facility. Other niche gyms may only accept members of a certain age group. Investigate these gyms if working out with a younger crowd is proving too great a deterrent.
Fitness is important for healthy seniors. It can prolong life, help seniors maintain healthy weights and reduce their risk of injury.
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SAFETY RENOVATIONS FOR SENIORS’ HOMES are almost four times as likely to die in a home accident as people a decade younger. As people age, their balance, eyesight and general physical abilities can begin to diminish. Furthermore, a fall or incident that may only bruise a younger individual can cause more serious breaks or damage for seniors, resulting in potentially lengthy recovery times. The Home Care Assistance organization says that one million elderly people are admitted to the emergency room for injuries every year. People concerned about the safety of their homes or the homes of their aging loved ones can retrofit such properties to make them safer.
Feeling safe and secure at home is a priority for any homeowner. But safety is of particular concern for aging men and women who are at greater risk of being involved in accidents at home than younger men and women.
Harvard Health Publishing says that accidents at home are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. The chances for fatalities increases as one ages, and by age 75 and older, men and women
FALLS According to The Senior Social Club, which offers care and community services to seniors, falls are the most common accidents affecting seniors. One out of every three seniors aged 65 and older falls at least once a year. In addition to working with doctors to improve mobility and modify medications that may cause unsteadiness, changes around the home can help. Grab bars placed in bathrooms and high-traffic areas can help seniors get stay more stable when changing
from sitting to standing positions.
Potential tripping hazards should be assessed. Area rugs without nonskid backings, clutter on floors, extension cords that extend into walking areas, and uneven flooring pose tripping hazards. Anti-slip coatings can be added to floors to reduce the risk of tripping.
Poorly lit staircases and entryways also can contribute to falls. Consider the installation of motion-activated lighting so that dim areas can be automatically brightened when necessary. A nightlight or LED lights placed near molding can help guide seniors to the bathroom during midnight visits.
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Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population — persons 65 years or older — numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available).
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PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS Arthritis can impede seniors’ ability to Certain home modifications can reduce turn on and off appliances, water faucets seniors’ injury risk. or handle certain kitchen tools. Kitchen and bathroom modifications can include the installation of ergonomic and userfriendly handles and Many people are quick to willing to disclose their ages. spigots. think of growing older in a Discounts are available through Task lighting can negative light. Although there an array of venues if one speaks make it easier to certainly are some side effects up. Seniors also can enjoy travel prepare meals, and of aging that one may wish to perks, with slashed prices on avoid, people may find that resorts, plane tickets and more. the benefits of growing older • Reasoning and problemoutweigh the negatives. solving skills: Brain scans reveal
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• Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher selfesteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher self-esteem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can contribute to happiness.
• Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to discounts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and other entertainment if they’re
that older adults are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brans simultaneously — something called bilateralization. This can sharpen reasoning skills. For example, in a University of Illinois study, older air traffic controllers excelled at their cognitively taxing jobs, despite some losses in short-term memory and visual spatial processing. Older controllers proved to be experts at navigating, juggling multiple aircrafts simultaneously and avoiding collisions.
• Less stress: As people grow older, they are able to differentiate their needs from wants and focus on more important goals. This can alleviate worry over things that are beyond one’s control. Seniors may realize how little the opinions of others truly mean in the larger picture, thereby feeling less stress about what others think of them. Growing older may involve gray hair or wrinkling skin, but there are many positive things associated with aging.
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SENIORS CAN GIVE SAFELY & SUCCESSFULLY People often gain a greater sense of purpose and happiness after giving to charity, and seniors are no exception. According to a study from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, today’s retirees are almost six times more likely to define success by generosity than their wealth when compared to seniors of yesteryear. Seniors’ eagerness to give makes them prime targets for charity fraud. Giving in retirement while avoiding fraudsters is challenging, but seniors who recognize their vulnerability can reduce their risk of falling victim to criminals.
RESEARCH BEFORE GIVING To ensure a donation will be spent in the way it was intended, seniors should thoroughly research organizations before becoming donors. One of the first places to start is Charity Navigator. A 501(c)(3) public charity, Charity Navigator has been steering the public in the right direction regarding charities since 2001. Their analysts research thousands of financial documents, rating charities on accountability, transparency and performance, among other criteria. Individuals also can research charities by getting recommendations from friends and family, as well as learning about organiza-
tions through the Better Business Bureau. Online rankings and scam alerts can help with decision-making as well. DON’T FEEL PRESSURED High-quality charities do not need to resort to pressure tactics to solicit funds. Similarly, individuals should not feel put upon to donate because of gifts received in the mail. Such gifts commonly include note pads and return address labels. Seniors should make donations based on how they feel about a particular charity and the difference they want to make. BE AWARE OF SOUND-ALIKE CHARITIES Some fraudulent charities like to piggyback on the success of reputable organizations. They may operate under names that sound similar to legitimate charities or create business logos that are nearly identical. People should not be fooled by these tactics.
EXPLORE ALL THE WAYS TO GIVE Seniors can give back in various ways. Charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts are great ways to give, and seniors can even donate senior discounts through a giving site called Boomerang Giving. Seniors also can volunteer their time.
DONATE DIRECTLY Contact a charity directly to donate instead of using a middle person or unconfirmed entity on the phone. Use a credit card or check so there is a receipt of the donation. OPT OUT OF INFORMATION SHARING Donating to one charity should not result in a deluge of solicitations from others. Individuals should tell a charity they do not want
their personal information shared. This also helps to reduce the risk of being contacted by bogus charities. Seniors who give to charity reap many rewards. But safeguarding one’s finances is of paramount importance when donating to charity.
IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE HEREDITARY? but to date there is no definitive way to prevent the onset of the disease.
HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MENTAL ACUITY AS I AGE? Researchers have not yet determined a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but adults can take certain steps to maintain their mental acuity into retirement.
The National Institute on Aging notes that only a very rare form of Alzheimer’s disease is inherited. Early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease, or FAD, is caused by mutations in certain genes. If these genes are passed down from parent to child, then the child is likely, but not certain, to get FAD. So while many
adults may be concerned about Alzheimer’s because one of their parents had the disease, the NIA notes that the majority of Alzheimer’s cases are late-onset, which has no obvious family pattern.
CAN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE BE PREVENTED? Studies of Alzheimer’s disease are ongoing,
• Exercise regularly. Routine exercise may be most associated with physical benefits, but the NIA notes that such activity has been linked to benefits for the brain as well. For example, a 2011 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America found that aerobic exercise training increases the size of the hippocampus, leading to improvements in spatial memory. The NIA also notes that one study indicated exercise stimulated the brain’s ability to maintain old network connections and make new ones vital to cognitive health. • Read more. Avid readers may be happy to learn that one of their favorite pastimes
can improve the efficiency of their cognitive systems while delaying such systems’ decline. A 2013 study published in the journal Neurology by researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center found that mentally active lifestyles may not prevent the formations of plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but such lifestyles decreases the likelihood that the presence of plaques or tangles will impair cognitive function. • Stay socially connected. Maintaining social connections with family, friends and community members also can help women prevent cognitive decline. Epidemiologist Bryan James of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center studied how social activity affected cognitive decline, ultimately noting that the rate of cognitive decline was considerably lower among men and women who maintained social contact than it was among those with low levels of social activity. The idea of age-related cognitive decline strikes fear in the hearts of many men and women, but there are ways for adults to maintain their mental acuity well into their golden years.
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services, comfortable living environments, sage advice and excellent care, Sagepoint can help. No one else in the region can offer all these solutions: Home Care Assistance with daily living provided in the comfort of your own home. Adult Day Services Daytime professional care and medical services in a positive environment. Rehabilitation Superior short-term care and therapies to help you recover and get back to life. Assisted Living Helping hands and a warm community to help you live each day to the fullest. Long-Term Care Skilled nursing and clinical excellence, in a comfortable, caring environment. Memory Care State-of-the-art living and caring supervision for those with dementia.
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