The legacy we leave is not always money or real estate. Artifacts and collections have a value that goes beyond dollars and cents. The importance of hobbies and collections need to be given special consideration in planning an estate that includes baseball cards, comic books, video games, Beanie Babies, model trains, and Barbie dolls.
Despite the broad availability of professional home care, a vast majority of home care is provided by family members. It can be exhausting work with rarely the opportunity for time off. Splitting shifts with other family members can help, but when the care is provided by a main caregiver, sometimes time away is vital to the health of the caregiver him or herself. Care for the patient in these situations is called “respite care”.
Chances are your next visit with your doctor will be from your own living room. With Covid cautions and scheduling challenges, the practice of visiting with your doctor using a video monitor is becoming more and more common. With a little practice, it will become quite easy, but if you have not had a virtual medical appointment yet, there are a few things that you need to do to prepare.
Becoming a “senior citizen” can be as much of a choice as it is being any specific age. It may be a life event such as retirement or age-related disabilities that trigger your self-definition. And, there are benefits to deciding to become a senior citizen, from lower-priced menu items, to spending that which you have saved for this special time of life, to medical care that is more reasonably priced. Being designated a “Senior Citizen” can be a pretty good deal.
It might have been fun to title this article “Seniors Need to Drink More”, but that might have been slightly misleading. The fact is that common thinking is that adults need to consume at least two quarts of liquids per day. And, while that is a nice, simple formula, not every person’s body is the same. Some people need more liquids on a daily basis.
Recently retirees in Colorado Springs, CO received a mailing allegedly from the State of Colorado talking about their recent application for Unemployment Benefits. Few of the recipients were even working at their age and none of them had applied for unemployment compensation. The letter went on to explain that if they had not applied to go online and fill out a form to alert the department of a possible fraud.
Tracking a senior’s blood pressure between medical appointments is a simple way to get an early read on issues that should not wait until your loved one can see a doctor again. Getting an accurate read is key to knowing if you have a problem or an insignificant blip. Having commonly available home blood pressure equipment allows for easy and frequent tracking.
All too often, older patients get released from the hospital and are fully eligible for help at home but refuse it. The reasons for this vary, but often it gets down to privacy or pride. Seniors see their homes as sanctums. They don’t want strangers invading their privacy. They think they’ve been getting along just fine and have unrealistic expectations of what recovering from a hospitalization will entail.
Given that 118,000,000 people in the US have a “smart speaker” the next part of this paragraph is probably be rendered unnecessary, but it is important to set up the conversation. Amazon Echo is a voice-activated and controlled smart speaker that uses a virtual assistant called Alexa, to perform a variety of tasks. These tasks can be simple, such as playing music or making lists, or more advanced, such as controlling your smart home’s thermostat or turning off your lights.
Caregiving can be an all-consuming, and occasionally a thankless task. Those for whom you care are inherently net takers, though not usually intentionally selfish. In the end, however, the caregiver gives more and gets less. In many cases that makes the caregiver attempt to provide more than the capacity he or she may have physically or emotionally.