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What to Do When – Etiquette Suggestions For Senior Citizens by Jerry Elrod

May 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Many senior citizens know that one of the contributors to Emily Post’s  success came when more and more people wanted to know how to behave in social  situations. Letters of inquiry launched a career, still a part of Americana. Her  answers became legend and law and revisions have been made as necessary  throughout the decades.

There are new questions today, necessitated by a changed and an ever changing  social environment. These questions arise as legitimately as they did when  persons wanted to know which fork to use.

But today’s questions have more to do with sensitivity to social crises than  to table manners. They are questions that come from every generation. No age  group is immune. Seniors, whose experience may be sharpened through years of  experience, are nonetheless often caught in situations new to them and are  frequently in need of advice.

Here are some of the surprises and dynamics that may confront us all:

Q: A friend sends an invitation to a wedding of one of their children. The  bride is pregnant and marrying someone of another ethnic background; how do you  handle it?

A: You handle it as you would any invitation. If you are available and wish  to attend, you reply accordingly. You purchase a gift which you have sent or  take to the occasion. You exercise 100% genuine courtesy, thoughtfulness and  participate as a friend who cares and is delighted to have been invited.

Q: Someone special in your circle, friend or family, is going through an  experience of terminal illness with someone in their family; how can you be  present to them during their uncertainty and pain?

A: Exercising compassion and presence is an absolute top of the list must.  Authentic presence, in body or not, is the best extension of caring there is.  Caring Bridge is a web site where many persons going through this experience are  available to receive messages of caring. Direct contact, without overdoing it,  is always welcomed. Telephone calls, timed appropriately, are very intimate and  personal. Greeting cards, offers for assistance, dropping by with a platter of  cookies are expressions of affection. Listening is the most precious gift of  all. Offering a shoulder follows that.

Q. Someone in your acquaintance has lost a significant portion of their  retirement nest egg. They aren’t sure what lies ahead, how can you be  helpful?

A. While you may not be in a position to rescue them from their financial  catastrophe, you can be in a position to assist strategizing with them a means  for coping and moving forward. It will be painful. It may offer some dead ends,  but their having someone to assist them to hold up the ceiling, when it feels as  if it is crashing in upon them, will be a gift beyond measure. It is the age old  story for senior citizens. Etiquette is another way of showing respect, offering  generosity and grace, especially when it takes into account the deepest respect  for and needs of others.

Article provided by Dr. Jerry D. Elrod. Dr Elrod, and his wife, Dr Sharon  Shaw Elrod, manage Senior Citizen Journal online. For information on retirement,  Baby Boomers and everything related to Seniors, please visit my blog at http://www.seniorcitizenjournal.com/. Links to  other Senior Citizen Journal pages can be found on the blog.

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Cheap Discount Dental Plans For Senior Citizens – Maintaining Dental Health Without Paying Too Much by Marcia Templer

May 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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As you age dental care becomes more important and essential. You can no  longer afford to put off treatments that you need today, until tomorrow or next  month. The neglect of minor treatments can lead to bigger and riskier health  problems down the line.

What is a senior citizen discount dental plan?

Discount dental plans allow senior citizens over the age of 65 to get access  to treatments and procedures, while paying as little as possible. Senior  citizens can save up to 60% on routine checkups and procedures. Unlike dental  insurance, dental plans require very little paperwork and there are no health  restrictions.

My income is limited, how do I ensure that I get access to treatments when  I need them?

The fact is a lot of senior citizens live on limited income. This income must  be distributed on a monthly basis to cover housing, healthcare, automobile,  food, entertainment and other daily living expenses. This fact unfortunately  leads some seniors to treat dental care as a luxury rather than an essential  part of their lives.

Since plans do not have health restrictions, it is relatively easy to enroll  in one and gain access to routine dental checks – which are important to ensure  that minor issues do not become big dental problems in the future.

Will I qualify, if I have existing dental problems?

Yes, plans do not have pre-existing conditions or health restrictions so  almost anyone can qualify – even if you have less-than-perfect dental  health.

How are plans priced?

Most plans are priced based on your zip code. A reputable plan network allows  you to search for plan rates with no commitments and compare various networks  before making any purchases.

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Why Should You Care About Senior Citizen Cell Phones, Cell Phones For Kids And Dexterity Challenged? by Sheri Davis Collins

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Cell phones for senior citizens are getting better and better. Cell phones  for seniors and kids usually have a number of mutual needs. This is one  phone that can meet the demands of both.

Its main features are a large keypad, screen and fonts. It does not text,  take photos, do music or have ring tones. Arrives ready to use with your choice  of preprogrammed telephone numbers.

Another great features is by pushing one button, it quickly dials a Live  Operator for help in emergencies, who will dial anyone on a call list, or look  up new numbers. The Operator is available 24 hours 7 days a week.This will allow  you to rest assure that your parents, kids, and loved ones, can always reach you  with Operator Assistance. In my opinion, it’s the best selection for kids and  senior citizens.

It will also give the senior more of a sense of independence by having a  simple cell phone that is larger, preprogrammed with the essential phone  numbers, and without all the features they will not use or get in their way.

Its features are:

Ease of use

One Push Button to Live Operator for emergencies or calling assistance

Amplified Speakerphone with large cushioned earpiece that coordinates with a  hearing aid

Volume can be adjusted quite loud

Large viewing screen and text

Comes preprogrammed with telephone numbers of your choice

Voice mail options are questions that can be answered either yes or no, for  simplicity in operation

Dial tone

Large keypad for dexterity challenges

Not available at traditional mobile phone providers

Children can only call where you designate.

This would make a unique gift for anyone you want or need to communicate  with.

Rest assured that your parents, kids and loved ones can always reach you with  Operator Assistance 24/7.

Why should you care about cell phones for senior citizens, kids and the  dexterity challenged? Because, it’s an important thing to do, for their safety,  ability to communicate, and your peace of mind.

Sheri Davis Collins recomends that you visit http://www.haven-designs-decorative-pillows.com/unique_gift_catalog.html for specifics about this cell phone designed for senior citizens and kids.  (Scroll down on page)

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Things Senior Citizens Do to Enjoy Life by Julia McCartney

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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What do you think most senior citizens do for fun? Well, that can be a long  list with so many, but I’m sure it would be a fun one. Considering most seniors  citizens grew up in an era that didn’t need technology or a lot of people to  have fun. I want to look at some of the ways of those who came before us and  even reflect with those who are senior citizens. I like to call them the young  at heart.

One thing that remains the same is the health of most baby boomers. I have  always wondered what their secret was to a healthy and enjoyable life and  talking to a few seniors I’ve uncovered some of those things.

One of the things most seniors say keeps them going is Music. Music in the  years was filled with several dance steps that most still enjoy to date. I can  remember watching aunts and uncles at weddings, birthday celebrations and when  the music comes on they are up and on the dance floor “cutting a rug” as they  call it. The music and dancing was a mere means to get the exercise that they  needed while having fun.

Some seniors even enjoy the everyday nature aspect of life. Fishing, hiking  and gardening are a few of the top things that most enjoy. You see them even  every movie or television show that comes on. Someone in the park taking a  stroll and some young person bumps into them. I’m sure you have seen the water  scenes and you notice two older men in the background on a small boat with  fishing rods hoping for a catch. To date more and more older women enjoy just  going outside and getting down and dirty gardening. There’s nothing like peace  of mind when it comes to living a stress free life.

I can’t recall seeing people in my generation being able to just enjoy the  simple things as fishing, hiking or even gardening. Those things are to old  school for my generation.

More and more seniors are starting to get into journaling. I remember clips  showing people writing letters in older films showing how everyone use to  communicate with each other and wait for the letter to come in the mail. I  didn’t realize that it helped penmanship and helped stimulate the thoughts in  our heads to express what we felt. In this age we email and text. There’s no  communication outside of that.

There are also some senior citizens who enjoy technology and learning how to  use different forms of it. The sentiments during the technology boom for most  seniors were they didn’t understand any of it, however, over time that all  change with a new appreciation for it.

One of the last things I’ve seen in most of the elderly is there love of  outdoor games and sports. I’ve seen more seniors with playing “Hopscotch and  Kick Ball,” in the past few months than I have since I were a kid in the 1980’s.  I guess it’s another great way for them to enjoy the fresh outdoors and keep  their heart rate pumping.

Maybe, everyone can take an example from there book when it comes to enjoying  life and making every moment count.

Julia McCartney Senior  Care Alzheimer’s Care

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Enjoyable Activities for a Senior Citizen Party by Misha Anatolia

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior citizens are not too old to enjoy themselves, especially if the right  activities are chosen for a party. Great senior party activities keep seniors  engaged, ignite their imaginations, and let them rest. Here’s what to consider  when planning a party for seniors.

Give it a purpose Senior citizens are in their golden years, and they’ve  earned their rest. They’ve also earned the right to strong opinions, and  sometimes have very strong ideas about what they will and will not do. When  planning a party for senior citizens, don’t assume you know what is best for  your guests. Plan the party with a purpose, give them a reason to be interested,  but leave the joining in activities to the participants. Some good activities  that bring a sense of purpose to a party involve charity. You can plan a party  around knitting, sewing, quilting, or crocheting for charity. Lilybug is a  charity that makes blankets and caps for babies in the neonatal intensive care  units of hospitals. Operation Caregiver is a knitting charity that creates warm  handknits for hardworking men and women in service. Having a clear purpose when  at a party allows guests to relax into the experience.

Ignite their imaginations One of the best things about growing older is  being able to lay down the mantel of hard work and eventually return to a sense  of childlike play. Believe it or not, seniors often like to engage in art,  crafts, and imaginative play. Engage this sense of imagination with activities  like calligraphy lessons, watercolor painting, or crochet. Hire a magician,  musician, or storyteller, and then let the guests have the floor while they tell  their own stories. Decorate the party with lots of color or with sweeping themes  to create a wonderland for your guests to lose themselves in.

Let them rest Great party activities, like dancing, get guests moving.  Choose music from every era of their lifetime, and get their memories moving  along with their bodies. At a party for senior citizens, it is important to have  adequate rest, as well. Plan a high tea with finger sandwiches, ladyfingers,  tea, and petit-fours. Arrange furniture in conversation circles near tables  laden with refreshments. Host a film noir movie night where guests can attend as  their favorite old film stars, but can also feel free to put their feet up or  doze when the movie runs too long.

Cater to seniors’ imagination, sense of play, and desire to be a part of the  world. Make the party mean something. Give the party a theme and a purpose. Then  let your guests be your guides. If they want to spend the entire party standing  by the refreshments and reminiscing over the last time they encountered  croissants as fluffy as these, but they don’t have any interest in the ceramics  lesson you’ve got planned, float with it. Let the party go where it will. Being  a good host is about letting the party become a success in spite of you, not  because of you.

Misha Anatolia is a relationship and bridal shower writer. For more bridal shower planning tips and other bridal shower information, go to bridal-showers.org. If you  want more articles, visit our site and click on the Contact Us link.

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Nevada Senior Guide Announces Arbors Memory Care Community Top Rating

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Nevada Senior Guide Announces Arbors Memory Care Community Top Rating

Nevada Senior Guide Announces Arbors Memory Care Community Receives State’s Top Rating in Annual Survey. Family owned memory care community in Nevada receives another “A” grade.
Sparks, NV, August 09, 2012 –(PR.com)– Family owned memory care community in Nevada receives another “A” grade

Arbors Memory Care Community has received another “A” grade from the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

This is the 9th year in a row the community in Sparks, which specializes in the care of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, has received the highest rating from the Health Division’s Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance.

Owned and operated by the Stutchman family, the Arbors has never been resurveyed to achieve the A grade. They have consistently received the highest rating on the first survey or inspection.

Some assisted living and memory care communities receive a lower grade on the first inspection and then must be resurveyed once any deficiencies have been corrected.

During the annual survey state inspectors show up unannounced and check on resident care, medication management, employee fingerprints and background checks, resident medical records, cleanliness of the building and fire safety.

Survey results may be viewed at http://www.health.nv.gov/Deficiencies_Qry.asp#agc_ and click on the AGC/AGZ link.

Each licensed community in the state is surveyed on an annual basis. Facilities then receive a grade between A and D. An A grade means the community is well run with minor administrative issues and no harm is likely to occur. A grade of D means serious harm has occurred or a condition or incident has resulted in death or serious harm and/or multiple administrative issues were cited.

“We are so incredibly proud of our continuous A grade,” said owner Gina Stutchman. “One of the many benefits to being family-owned is that all of the decisions regarding the quality of care are made right here in our building, not at corporate headquarters in another state.”

Stutchman also said the Arbors provides ongoing staff training that far surpasses the state requirements.

“Our training focuses on the fact that each person with memory loss is unique and is affected in a different way. Understanding the disease process and learning a variety of ways to communicate allows our caregivers to reduce anxiety and create a comfort zone for our residents and their families.”

Arbors Memory Care Community is a family-owned and operated residential community providing care for persons living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The Arbors, located at 2121 E. Prater Way in Sparks, offers long term stays, as well as respite stays for caregivers needing a short-term care solution.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Hanna, Arbors Memory Care Community (775) 331-2229 or visit www.arborsmemorycare.com.

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