July 17, 2016 by Leigh St John
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Why is skincare the focus of longevity research? I guess a cell is a cell, and if you can crack the code for one human cell, it is only a matter of time to solving the puzzle with different types of cell – and skin is without doubt the most visible cells each of us have. And it’s our faces in particular we often judge ourselves and others by, and we are in turn quickly scrutinized, and often opinions reached in a fraction of a second. Our faces often show the most visible signs of aging, and for many in modern society age is by nature “bad” and young or looking young is the ideal. That is why billions and billions of dollars each year are poured by consumers into all sorts of treatments to minimize wrinkles, to push back the effects of gravity, and to turn back the hands of time. And with that much money to be spent by consumers, there are many manufacturers eager to find the next step in arresting Father Time – and at least detaining him until the next stagecoach arrives, where hopefully he can be encouraged to move on before too much damage can be done.
The Entire Issue Explained – In A Pair of Shoelaces
Some time ago a friend gave me a simple analogy that puts this entire issue in perspective. The science may not win a Nobel Prize, but it gave me the necessary ah-ha moment.
The double helix of the DNA strand – our most basic foundation for life – is held together at each end by things that act in the same way as the hard plastic bits on the end of shoelaces do – preventing the DNA from unraveling, and the individual chromosomes scattering across the floor like dropping a string of pearls down a marble staircase. These things are called telomeres.
Somewhere programmed into these tiny telomeres is the entire basis to how long the DNA stays intact – and by inference these are the keys to the length of life of the organism. Somewhere written into the telomere is a great musical score but like all musical scores it has a double bar somewhere to signify the end; but is it to be a minuet or a Wagnerian epic? But sure enough, when the time comes, and the telomeres blow the full time whistle, the DNA strand will unravel and die – and the circle of life begins again. Telomeres govern how often our skin cells are replaced; why a puppy and a child born on the same date may age exactly the same chronologically, but the puppy has become a geriatric before the child reaches puberty.
Telomeres, my friend explained, occasionally go on the fritz (that must have a very specific scientific meaning). One of the ways this occurs is they may forget their programming to release and unravel, and they just hang on, allowing the cells thus affected to multiply again and again without dying. In fact, when this occurs often they become very difficult to kill and to all intents and purposes once the telomeres act in this way, the cell – and those it propagates – are effectively immortal.
This condition has a name which we all know. Cancer.
But, what if we were able in some way to persuade the telomeres within a cancer to behave normally – would that not be the “magic bullet” cure for cancer? And the other side to that equation – if the telomeres in healthy cells could be persuaded to act as they do in a cancer – then is this the recipe for a healthy cell that does not die? Does the cure for cancer and immortality hang on just this one thread?
Whatever your views may be, the reality is that some of the world’s finest research scientists are working on that exact question and some would say it is only a matter of a decade or two before this is neither conjecture nor science fiction, but a reality to face up to. The changes that would take place in society even if life expectancy were to take a leap forward by say 10 or 20 years are enormous, but we should all be thinking that this is a distinct possibility.
From the dab of lanoline a generation ago to what I know hold in my hand as an anti aging skincare treatment is more than just a revolution – and I have no doubt in a few years I will be saying this cream will not just slow the aging process and reduce the visible signs of aging, making your face appear younger – but it will actually be younger.
But before that, let’s look back at how this whole engagement with life extension and anti-aging started. Mankind has always striven for longevity and mused about immortality – but the past 50 years has seen some dramatic steps in reality toward this goal.
The thought of extending life has been on the mind of mankind for millennia. References to the search for ways to prolong life can be found as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh was reputedly the fifth king of the kingdom of Uruk, the modern-day Iraq, around 2500 BC. According to the Sumerian list of kings, he reigned for 126 years. The Torah or Old Testament records Methuselah as living over 900 years, with life spans measured in centuries apparently commonplace before the time of Noah.
Throughout the development of scientific thought from the Reformation onwards, scholars have applied themselves to solving this riddle and these endeavors continue today at the very leading edge of scientific progress.
As the secrets of our existence are unraveled in ever more minute detail, we are beginning to understand what it is that makes us grow from tiny babies into adults. We now know, for example, that cell functions slow down as the body ages and that production of certain substances required by the body to regenerate decrease or cease completely.
Skin, for instance, needs two substances to retain strength and firmness.
The production of these substances namely collagen (strength, tightness) and elastin (flexibility) decreases with age. The decreases in production together with other factors that include the threat of free radicals make the skin age and become wrinkly. Free radicals are essentially incomplete oxygen molecules causing destructive chain reactions within cells.
The same kind of thing happens in every cell, every tissue and organ around the human body. For example, people develop frown lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles. Nutrients are no longer absorbed easily and vital cell functions, hormones and other substances are produced at decreased rates resulting in the body aging.
A Brief History of the Life Extension Movement
Science has been looking for ways to slow down this process for centuries. The forming of life extension movements, however, did not really begin until around 1970.
â¢ In this year, Denham Harman, the originator of the so-called ‘free radical theory of aging’, decided that an organization dedicated to the research and information sharing between scientists working in biogerontology (the field of science concerned with the biological aspects involved in the aging process) was needed. As a result, the American Aging Association was formed.
â¢ In 1976, two futurists, Philip Gordon and Joel Kurtzman wrote a book on the research into extending the human lifespan. This popular volume was titled ‘No More Dying. The Conquest Of Aging And The Extension Of Human Life’.
â¢ Kurtzman was then invited to speak at Florida’s House Select Committee (HSC) of Aging, which was chaired by Claude Pepper, an American politician and spokesman for the elderly. The aim of this talk was to discuss the impact on Social Security by life extension.
â¢ In 1980, Saul Kent, a prominent activist in the field of life extension, published the book ‘The Life Extension Revolution’ and founded the nutraceutical (from ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, in other words, a nutrition supplement) firm known as ‘The Life Extension Foundation’.
This foundation is a non-profit making organization promoting dietary supplements and publishing the periodical ‘Life Extension Magazine’. Kent was later involved in work relating to cryogenics. He was jailed in the course of this work over a dispute at one point, although charges were dropped at a later stage.
â¢ In 1982, American health writer and life extension advocate Sandy Shaw and her co-writer, Durk Pearson, popularized the term ‘life extension’ even further with the bestseller ‘Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach’.
â¢ Roy Walford, a gerontologist and life-extensionist, published ‘Maximum Lifespan’, another popular book on the subject. He and Richard Weindruch, his student, followed this up in 1988 with their summary on the research they had conducted into the ability to prolong the life of rodents through calorie restriction. The title of this book is ‘The Retardation of Aging and Disease by Dietary Restriction’.
Although this ability to extend life with calorie restriction had been known since the 1930’s, when gerontologist, biochemist and nutritionist Clive McCay did some research into the subject, it was the work of Walford and Weinbruch that gave solid scientific grounding to the McCay’s findings.
Walford’s scientific work was driven by a personal interest in life extension. He practiced calorie restriction as part of his own life and eventually died at the age of 80. The cause of his death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease.
â¢ A4M, the ‘American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine’ was founded in 1992 to create a medical specialty for anti aging that was distinctly separate from geriatrics. This allowed scientists and physicians interested in this particular field of science to hold conferences and discuss the latest developments.
â¢ The sci.life-extension, a Usenet group, was created by California-born author, philosopher and translator Brian M. Delaney. This represented an important development within the movement of life extension. It made it possible, for example, for the CR (Calorie Restriction) Society to be created.
â¢ A more recent development is the proposal of Dr A. de Grey, a biogerontologist at Cambridge University. This proposal suggested that damage to cells, macromolecules, organs and tissues can be repaired with the help of advanced biotechnology. This is evident in hair restoration products, for instance.
More than Books
Although it would appear that most of the work revolving around life extension has been done solely by writing books or founding societies or organizations of some kind or another, the reality is that these books were written in response to or based on very specific, detailed scientific research that have yielded positive results.
They are no longer the works of hopeful minds, but the works of dedicated scientists who have spent their lives working on discovering facts about aging and trying to find ways to slow down, or even reverse the process.
Many breakthroughs have been made, and in many ways, we are already able to extend lives to a certain extent. The average lifespan of a human being is already far greater than it used to be as a result of medical, pharmaceutical and nutritional advances brought about by research and development.
The work continues, and scientists around the world are continually conducting research, comparing results, discussing options and making advances on our behalf.
Driving Forces behind the Development of the Life Extension Movement
What factors are driving this movement into ever greater efforts to find solutions to the extension of Life? The answer to this question actually includes a whole range of factors.
Expectations Have Risen
As the ‘baby boomer’ generation (born between 1946-1964) enters retirement age, expectations of this group are dramatically different from those of the preceding generations. They have greater expectations and desires to enjoy their life as pensioners to the fullest and for as long as is possible. This expectation covers not only length of life, but quality of life as well and this is not a passive request but an active and strident demand in many cases.
Progress in pharmacology has led to a wide selection of drugs that allow people to live longer and fuller lives being developed over the last two decades or so. The work is still very much in progress and many more drugs are being developed daily.
One of the classic examples of a drug raising the quality of life for older individuals are erectile dysfunction treatments – notably Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These drugs have dramatically reduced the number of fatalities or serious injury resulting from elderly men rolling out of bed, as well as a number of more qualitative benefits.
Advances in Genetics
Some of the latest scientific research and subsequent advances made in biotechnology and genetics are providing some hope that it may be possible to hold back some of the fundamental causes of aging.
As we outlined previously, chromosomes containing DNA strings are essentially capped with a binding substance known as telomeres. In effect, the telomeres are consumed during cell division and over time, they become shorter and shorter.
This was first observed by a scientist called Leonard Hayflick, and the process of limited cell division was subsequently named the Hayflick Limit. Advocates of life extension work on the thought that lengthening the telomeres through drugs or gene therapy may ultimately extend the Hayflick Limit and thereby fool the cells, and as such the body, into ‘thinking’ it is younger than it actually is.
Developments in Precision Manufacture
Advances made in the fields of nanotechnology, miniaturization, computer chips and robotics also provide hope for potentially life extending solutions.
In the 1970’s, a popular TV series starred Lee Majors as the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’? Science fiction then. Today, it is science fact. Millions of people now walk through life with artificial ankle, knee and hip joints and healthy feet. A generation ago, mass production of this kind of technology was a distant dream.
The same applies to many individuals with artificial limbs. Artificial legs used to be crude wooden contraptions that were just able to keep a person balanced. Today’s artificial limbs are almost fully functional.
The Blessings of Medical Progress
Who would have thought even 50 years ago that it would become possible to bypass a coronary artery, or even replace a heart completely? Yet there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of individuals enjoying their lives after having this kind of surgery – few of whom would be alive just half a century ago.
Millions of people no longer have to wear glasses, because of the availability of laser surgery. This, too, was science fiction just a few years ago. Today, it is advertised next to shampoo in magazines and on TV.
In other words, science is moving rapidly towards not only extending life, but making the quality of these extra years better as well.
Is it Science, Science Fiction or Lunacy?
What should the average person believe? This question is almost as difficult to answer as finding solutions to extended life. Even among scientists, opinions are divided. Some do believe that extending the quality of life is as possible as extending life in general.
Others brush off the thought as un-scientific nonsense. This is often simply based on the fear of anything ‘new’ disturbing the status quo of established limits. Fortunately, real scientists do keep on looking, because if every single scientist had decided that some of the advancements already in medical, pharmaceutical and technological fields could not be possible, we would all still be dying at 30.
So where does that leave us?
There is no doubt what-so-ever that there are many charlatans out there trying to make a quick buck out of people’s desire to retain their youth. Even today, many products being sold in their millions are essentially non-effective – often given fantastic names and have the most bewildering ingredients to make them look scientific to consumers and justify their cost.
But the facts are while many advancements are being made and research points to the possibility of eventually finding the key to maintaining youth for longer, the scientific community is still warning the public that many of the products being sold today are unreliable to say the least.
â¢ Although food supplements may assist in keeping a body healthier – something that can often be achieved by simply adopting a healthier life style and diet – there is as yet no categorical and undeniable proof that they slow down aging as such.
â¢ The same goes for many hormone treatments. Although they may have a short term effect of some kind, it is not yet scientifically proven that they will actually work in the long run. The fear that it may not work is based on the fact that taking hormones, a good example is the hormonal acne treatment, will ultimately actually slow down the body’s own production of these hormones.
In addition, many treatments may have potential (and yet unknown) side effects in the long run that could be harmful to the user’s health. This includes the fears that such hormone treatments could increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and other major illnesses.
â¢ Other ideas, like the calorie restriction method, are working for rodents. In fact, studies conducted with rats on 30 to 50 per cent restricted diets have shown to almost double the life span of rats.
Similar studies conducted on primates have also shown tendency to extend life to a certain extent and prevent a list of age related illnesses. There are as yet no studies on humans, although some are actually living on calorie restricted diets. Whether this will prolong their lives, however, is a question of having to wait and see.
The theory is that by reducing calorie intake, the metabolism of the body is slowed down, thereby slowing the aging process as well. Nutritionists say there is a certain amount of calories a body of a certain size and weight needs to have to maintain health. Reducing this amount by up to 50 per cent is hardly a good idea in the long term.
Time will tell, as they say, but how will anyone be able to tell the difference? If a person lives to the age of 80, is this because they are on this diet or would they have lived to this age anyway?
Where Will This Lead?
Many believe there is realistic hope and expectation of making significant strides in the area of longevity within the next two decades. This group typically believes the answer will ultimately lie within genetics and biotechnology. It is too early to make definite predictions, but the research so far shows promise and, as mentioned earlier, some of the results of this research are already being used in certain treatments to improve patients’ lives.
At present, overall aging is difficult to slow down, to say the least. Some products indicate they will assist in maintaining overall health/longevity, but the area we are seeing the first commercial products being developed is in the area of skin care and given the size of this market, it is likely that this will continue to be the weather-vane of longevity treatments.
Science or Snake Oil?
It will be difficult to tell these two apart for many years. Charlatans are likely to about, because it is difficult to disprove many theories easily. Equally difficult will be positive proof from those with an ethical perspective on the trail of a real breakthrough, as products based on valid research and using technology or ingredients that will actually have an effect rarely promise overnight results. This is something that anyone looking to find improved youthful looks, etc, will have to bear in mind. None of these products can perform miracles. Even the best of them will take time and regular use in order to achieve the desired effect.
The bottom line is that where we stand now, we can be sure there are some things which are ineffective or even harmful; there are some that show some promise and there are some that are starting to cross the line of being able to demonstrate results – albeit modestly at this point.
In the meantime, it is wise to research products very carefully and to refuse to be baffled by weird and wonderful sounding ingredients or fantastic sounding promises of instant youth. Regeneration will take time – let’s face it, it has taken a lifetime to get to this point, turning back the clock can never be possible over night.
Skin Care and the Life Extension Movement
One may well ask just what all this, and in particular the life extension movement as such, could possibly have to do with skin care, health and beauty products. The fact is, much of the research into life extension is resulting in new approaches to skin care as a kind of by-product.
A greater understanding of how genetics and cellular processes affect the aging and condition of skin allows these research and development teams to investigate different compounds, their compatibility with human cells and genetic make up.
Many compounds found in nature are not just compatible to human skin but in fact the skin cells actually have natural receptors for these compounds. Because life extension research has discovered these receptors, skin care developers can now use this knowledge and create the formulae for their products to provide maximum effect.
Another skin care ‘by-product’ of life extension research is the use of nanotechnology. The use of nanotechnology, or, to be more precise, nanoparticles, has had a huge impact on the way nutrients and other components of skin care products are being delivered to the skin cells. In some ways, nanotechnology has already revolutionized skin care. It is now possible to use active ingredients previously difficult to effectively deliver to the skin, as well as making old, proven ingredients even more effective. Some ingredients used in cosmetics for hundreds, if not thousands of years by certain cultures can now be even more effectively used to improve skin condition and maintain a healthy, youthful look.
Even the moisturizing effect of skin care products can be improved with nantechnology. For this effect, so-called nanosomes are used. Nanosomes are small, pocket-like particles that melt or disintegrate on skin contact. By doing this, the moisturising effect is accelerated, assisting the skin faster and more efficiently.
Nanotechnology plays a key part not only in slowing the aging of skin, but is believed to actively assist in repairing and healing skin cells and tissue.
Another breakthrough in life extension research that is beginning to make itself felt in skin care products is the research into stem cells. Stem cells are elements of all life, plant, animal and human. Stem cells have two properties other cells do not have. These properties are the ability to develop into any kind of cell type and the ability to divide almost indefinitely. The use of plant stem cell extracts in skin care is likely to become one of the next ‘big things’ in the industry. And prepare for the debate when human stem cells are proposed as part of an anti-aging skincare regime, as will inevitably occur!
One thing we can be certain of, is that science will continue to search for answers to the question of life extension, and business will drive the commercialization of discoveries. But whether these lead us to a utopian future or potentially a minefield of strife as we debate who will use and who will benefit from these new godlike powers. In the meantime, at a practical level in the skincare, health and beauty industry we remain hopeful and expectant we will see the emergence of products that not only promise results, but produce them.
David Christensen is a veteran of Asia Pacific business, currently residing in Bangkok, Thailand and heading up the business he was a co-founder of, Royal Siam Natural Health & Beauty – who can be located at [http://www.royalsiam.asia], and the information supporting site at [http://www.royalsiam.info]. Royal Siam was established after careful planning in early 2011, spending 2011 concentrating on building the necessary business infrastructure and concentrating on the domestic Thai market. Early in 2012 Royal Siam launched its international website and online store, and in April 2012 publicly declared the ambition to be among the world’s top 20 premium health and beauty brands by the year 2020. Royal Siam is a unique business, operating in the premium skincare, anti aging, and related fields. At its core, one mission is to commercialize and bring to a global market the immense wealth of knowledge about the healing and beneficial properties of Thai and South East Asian plants – a knowledge base carefully built up over the last thousand years. At the same time, the mission is to bring to market the very latest in scientific advances in the area of anti aging… resulting in the unique position of having a Thai heritage and offering the best of nature, tradition, and science.
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June 26, 2016 by Leigh St John
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As we become old, the skin renews itself much more slowly than when you are young because the production of collagen, natural proteins that provide the firmness of the skin begin to fall, causing dehydration of the skin and wrinkles.
When you reach 30/40 years, a regular moisturizer will not be enough for your skin, you should start using anti-wrinkle cream (anti-aging) to slow the signs of aging.
Fortunately, there are now a range of anti-aging products designed for every skin type, for all ages and for different needs.
There are wrinkle creams, serums, masks, creams around the eyes, neck, hands, face, etc..
The advantages of using anti-aging creams
– Gives a brightness and youthful glow to the skin
– Eliminate and reduce wrinkles
– Strengthen and firm the skin
– Reduces the appearance of fine lines
– Check and neutralize free radicals
– Moisturize and nourish the skin
– Rejuvenate and firm the skin
– Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin
– Harmonize the pigmentation of the skin
– Stimulates cellular activity and firm the skin
– Prevent the appearance of new wrinkles
– Helps rebuild the skin texture
– Redefine the skin of the cheeks and neck
– Helps repair signs of loosening around the neck and chin
– Renouvelent the elasticity of the skin by stimulating its natural healing processes
– Satisfies wrinkles
How do anti-aging creams?
Most anti-aging products contain retinol, collagen, alpha hydroxy acid, minerals and vitamins. These elements are known for their power to stop the signs of aging and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Once the anti-aging cream is applied to the skin, the components therein inhibit muscle movement and to reduce wrinkles and prevent their further training.
Substances penetrate the outer layer of the skin and repair. They also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Other wrinkle operate by separating the upper layer of the skin, allowing healthy new cells of the skin to appear (that are generally products containing alpha-hydroxy acids).
You should know that all anti-aging products can remove wrinkles or fine lines after the first few days of use.These products gradually smooth your skin and the results are usually seen after a month or two.
How to choose the best anti-aging cream for the face to you?
Today, anti-aging creams are specially designed for specific skin problems: some creams treat crow’s feet, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the mouth, others are designed to revitalize the skin, reducing the depth of wrinkles and firm the neck.
There are even anti-aging creams for the hands, neck and neckline.
There are anti-wrinkle products for each skin type: for those who are fat, dry or sensitive.
One of the most important rules when choosing the best anti-aging product for your skin is to look at the components of the product.
It is essential to choose an anti-aging cream that suits your skin type and needs.
If your skin has a lot of wrinkles around the eyes, you should consider buying an anti-aging cream for the eyes that treats crow’s feet and dark circles around the eyes.
During the selection of anti-aging cream make sure it is not too hard or very greasy as it can clog pores and cause a problem if it is left on overnight.
It is essential to choose a product that offers good sun protection (SPF of at least 15 or more) to protect your skin from harmful sun rays that cause premature aging of the skin.
Today, most anti-aging creams available and contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals associated with excessive exposure to the sun can cause serious skin problems.
Common components of anti-aging creams
Retinol (vitamin A)
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that cause premature aging usually (Free radicals break down skin cells and collagen in the skin).
Retinol is also known as vitamin A, retinoic acid and retinoid.
Vitamin A is probably the most component used in anti-aging creams, serums and toners. It reduces wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration of the skin and stimulates collagen production. Vitamin A is also known for its ability to tighten pores and minimize sun damage.
Retinol is widely used to treat severe acne and rosacea.
The Kénitine a natural component that helps the skin retain natural moisture and stimulates collagen production.
It is a powerful antioxidant that can also fight against uneven pigmentation. It restores the function of the natural moisture of the skin, helps to preserve and soften the skin without side effects and provides protection for the skin against free radical damage.
Α-hydroxy acids (AHA or)
AHAs are widely used in the cosmetic industry because they remove the top layer of dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.
Α-hydroxy acids work come exfoliating agents, they have a cooling effect on the skin and improve its overall appearance.
Α-hydroxy acids generally used include: glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid.
Α-hydroxy acids act as deep into the dermis and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers which are essential for healthy skin.
You should know that all types of α-hydroxy acids increase susceptibility to the harmful effects of the sun and it is essential to use sunscreen daily to avoid sun damage.
Α-hydroxy acids are present in a variety of products including skin care moisturizers, cleansers, eye cream, sunscreen, and foundation.
Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance found in every human cell and that neutralizes free radicals (acts as an antioxidant) and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It prevents sun damage and skin discolorations.
Coenzyme Q10 is commonly used in anti-wrinkle creams and serums because it prevents damage to collagen and elastin production process and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Copper peptides are widely used in anti-aging creams, because they stimulate the production of collagen.Copper peptides also enhance the action of antioxidants and enhance wound healing.
Copper peptides are effective against various forms of skin irritation, mainly because of their anti-inflammatory effects. Copper peptides also stimulate the formation of elastin and reduce sagging and wrinkles.
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the appearance and depth of wrinkles. It stimulates cellular renewal of the skin.
There are different forms of vitamin A: retinol, retinyl palmitate and retinyl linoleate. Lack of vitamin A can cause dryness and hardening of the skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant with a brightening effect of the skin.
It is a common component in products skin care as well as makeup products because it gives the skin a youthful and stimulates blood circulation.
Vitamin C also keeps the skin elastic and prevents premature aging of the latter.
When combined with vitamin E reduces the signs of aging: wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots and age spots.
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.
Vitamin E provides natural protection against harmful UV rays.
Vitamin E creates a moisture barrier and prevents the discoloration of the skin. It helps the skin to repair itself.
The most common are vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent premature aging of the skin.
Many beauty products: the facial cleansers, moisturizing lotions, tonics, claim to contain antioxidants.
Antioxidants are added to cosmetic products containing fat such as lipstick and moisturizers to prevent rancidity.
Tea extracts (green tea, black tea, white) are usually found in anti-aging creams, serums, masks and lotions.
The tea extracts act as antioxidants in the fight against free radicals. They have anti-inflammatory properties and help in repairing skin damage.
Retinoids are chemical compounds that are chemically related to vitamin A. They make the skin thinner and smoother and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinoids are widely used in the treatment of many diseases and are effective in treating a number of skin conditions such as inflammatory disorders of the skin, cancer, skin disorders in cell renewal and aging.
Retinoids reduce wrinkles, freckles, blackheads (whiteheads and blackheads), and stains caused by sunlight.
Topical retinoids are also effective treatments for mild acne and severe.
It takes about 3 months for the skin acclimates to a retinoid.
Hyaluronic acid is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate the skin.
It is found naturally in the skin, its function is to hold water.
Useful tips related to the use of anti-aging creams
– Apply your anti-aging cream with upward strokes from the throat to the front.
– Do not forget: you may need to use an anti-wrinkle for several weeks before you notice improvement.
– Ask for samples before buying a face cream to see if it works for you.
– Try to use a facial cleanser with glycolic acid.
– Exfoliate your skin regularly (at least twice per week) with a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and accelerate cell renewal.
– Always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays that cause premature aging of the skin and causes discoloration.
– Consult a dermatologist or esthetician to give you the product that best suits you.
– It is essential to get a good amount of sleep each night.
– Try to use a wrinkle cream that contains more natural ingredients, vitamins, essential oils, aloe vera and natural emollients.
– You can put on your sunscreen cream.
– Choose makeup: foundation, concealers, lipsticks, lip glosses that offer sun protection.
– It is essential to follow a strict regimen of skin care every day to keep your skin clear and healthy.
– Always remove your makeup at night with a mild cleanser that suits your skin type.
– Use masks or face firming moisturizer twice to keep your skin radiant mature.
– Drink plenty of mineral water at least 1.5 liters a day to keep your body and skin hydrated.
– Perhaps now is the perfect time to quit smoking: Smoking seriously harms health and damages the skin by destroying collagen and elastin.
– Compare different wrinkle creams and find out what works best for you.
For more information about wrinkles and anti-aging creams visit my blog Best Cream for Wrinkles.
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June 12, 2016 by Leigh St John
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Australian business is starting to see the light when it comes to their hiring policies for mature aged employees, and the positive impact they can have on the workplace. A brief visit to main street shopping centre and you will begin to see a few more weathered faces at work than you would have seen a few years ago.
However, if you scratch below the surface, you begin to see this trend still has a long way to play out. A few older workers get hired into the senior ranks where experience and maturity are greatly valued, more older workers are now being hired at the lower end of the corporate scale into unskilled roles, however the numbers being hired into the mid tier ranks remains low.
This barbell approach to hiring mature workers at the top and bottom of an organisation reflects an ongoing bias that remains difficult to overcome. A company is a microcosm of society, and in a perfect world employers should (within reason) seek diversity in the workplace and value skill, experience and aptitude, regardless of age, race or gender.
Unfortunately, we live in a far from perfect world. When it comes to mature aged workers they tend to be penalised on two fronts. Often the first to be made redundant in uncertain economic times, this setback is then compounded when they are regularly overlooked for someone younger as they begin searching for a new job.
As a result of these two biases towards mature aged job seekers, once out of work, the journey back can often be long and arduous. This is reflected in RBA statistics which indicate long-term unemployment at approximately 40% for those aged 45-64, compared to about 25% for those aged between 25 and 44.
So what are the reasons employers provide for not hiring mature aged workers? Typically, reasons include being overqualified or over-experienced. Taken at face value being overqualified or experienced might not seem so bad, but when you hear the same reason trotted out time and again, it becomes less palatable.
Openly negative feedback from employers tend to include perceptions that mature aged workers are not as IT savvy, do not possess the latest skills, or are not as flexible as their younger counterparts. While these reasons may hold true in many instances, many of the older job seekers I speak to, believe these are often used as convenient excuses to exclude them.
Employer feedback that you are not likely to hear include concerns about health (and subsequent cost) or worse insecurity. There are many poor managers in the workplace that may be intimidated by the experience a mature applicant brings to the role. Rather than leveraging the knowledge and experience an older worker can bring to the workplace, the insecure hirer is concerned about the potential competition, and the presence of someone who may know more than they do.
Dealing with many of these preconceived concerns and fears remains an ongoing challenge for the mature aged job seeker. Perhaps the following facts should be mandatory reading for hiring managers. These facts debunk many of the concerns and myths that persist in the workplace relating to mature aged workers;
- Mature aged workers can deliver cost savings to employers through increased retention rates. For example, workers over 55 are five times less likely to change jobs compared to workers aged 20-24, reducing both recruitment and training costs. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006)Labour Mobility Survey,
- Mature workers can deliver an average net benefit of $1956 per year to their employer compared to other workers due to high retention rates, lower rates of absenteeism, decreased recruitment costs and greater return on investment.Business, Work and Ageing (2000) Profiting from Maturity: The Social and Economic Costs of Mature Age Unemployment
- Australians are living longer and are healthier.2005 ABS survey found the proportion of Australians aged 55-64 reporting their health as ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ was 75.5% – an increase of four per cent since 1995. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006) National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2004-05
- Mature workers were the least likely group to take days off due to their own illness or as a carer. In the two week period prior to the survey nearly half the number of mature workers had days off compared to workers aged 25-34. ibid
- ABS data shows that Australians aged 55-64 are the fastest growing users of information technology. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2005) Year Book Australia,
- Australian Health Management which examined the daily work habits of 4000 employees found that workers aged 55 years and over performed at their best for approximately seven hours out of an eight-hour day-an achievement that other workers in the study were unable to match. Australian Health Management (2006), Baby boomers give employers a bang for their buck
While government has been doing its part to address mature aged unemployment through initiatives like DEEWR Experience+, the introduction of the Age Discrimination Act (2004) and appointment of an Age Discrimination Commissioner, it remains imperative that older job seekers directly address some of these age bias issues themselves if they are to enhance their prospects for employment.
Following are some helpful hints that mature aged workers can utilise to make themselves more appealing to employers and thus improve their chances of a speedy return to the workforce;
Government or Community Assistance– Take advantage of government or community based initiatives and assistance. There is a considerable amount of free information and assistance available, and I would strongly recommend looking into these resources. For example, the DEEWR “Experience+” initiative provides free career planning and advice for over 45’s until June 2016, along with an Assistance Program delivering refresher and basic training in IT and social media applications.
Value Proposition– Whether writing your resume or cover letter, or sitting in an interview, ensure the focus of discussion clearly remains on the value that you can bring to an organisation. Discuss how you can help, what you have done in the past and what you can deliver going forward. Outline how your experience might bring special insights and perspectives that other candidates may not possess.
Training– Undertake relevant training or up-skilling. Keeping ‘up to date’ is critical if you expect serious consideration for any position, especially if there is a technical element. The benefit will be that an employer will see that you have not fallen behind and therefore will not require retraining, along with any associated cost.
Resume– You will need a properly structured and well written resume to be considered for most roles. Use an appropriate resume style that is tailored to your strengths, skills and experience. Also ensure primary focus of your resume is on the last 5-10 years (include older information where pertinent). Think about getting assistance from a professional resume writer, whocan add significant value if you are looking to ‘get it right the first time’.
Age Bias – To counter potential impact of age bias, you will need to carefully address the following with any potential employer;
Health– Don’t hesitate to communicate your good health and fitness to potential employers at opportune moments. Inform them if you play sport, run, walk or go to the gym regularly. This should allay any potential concerns about health.
IT Savvy –Take every opportunity to indicate your IT capability. Whether it’s your ability to use specialised systems, the MS Office suite or even your use of Facebook or Twitter, this will highlight your ability to embrace new technology.
Adaptability – Highlight your adaptability in the workplace, providing actual examples where appropriate. If you don’t know something, indicate you are keen to learn (and not that you wouldn’t know where to start). Highlighting your adaptability will help to dispel concerns of rigidness and inflexibility.
Team Player –Communicating that you work well as part of a team is critical. It shows a willingness to take direction and work for the common good, and can present you as less threatening, especially if the hirer feels concerned by a mature more experienced candidate.
Be Positive –Though you need to be fully prepared to discuss negative issues, make every attempt to keep the discussion on a positive footing. Unless specifically requested, there is no need to volunteer information of a negative nature.
While industry is beginning to see the light when it comes to acceptance of mature aged workers, the pace of change remains slow. While providence is on the right side due to the ageing Australian population and the inevitable necessity to hire older workers, the fact remains that age discrimination is still entrenched in much current thinking.
As a result, dealing with age bias will continue to be a challenge for the foreseeable future. However with the combination of positive government policy, changing attitudes and a proactive attitude to making oneself more appealing to employers (as outlined above), the situation is not without promise.
Honing your individual approach and message will take time and effort. To strike the right balance the mature job seeker will need to walk a fine line between sounding experienced, but not old, adaptable, but not inflexible and appear keen, not desperate. There is no magic formula for success except practice, perseverance and occasionally seeking help where necessary.
A.J. Bond, is the proprietor of Absolute Resume Writing Services ( http://absoluteresume.com.au ), an Australian based consultancy specializing in the provision of Resume and Cover Letter writing services.
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June 6, 2016 by Leigh St John
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With regard to fitness, for many years, I have been outspoken about my support of sports and strength training as good alternatives to redundant exercises like treadmill workouts. Steve Holman, editor-in-chief of Iron Man Magazine, has taken that idea to the extreme with a new body shaping program designed to slow down and even reverse the aging process. But he’s not the only one interested in the concept of aging.
You may also be familiar with the Real Age Program, or with one of its founders, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Real Age asserts that your actual age is often not in synch with the biological condition of your body. Based on your level of conditioning and diet and other factors, your body may be aging at an accelerated rate. Real Age calculates your age based on your body’s condition and compares it your chronological age. The goal is to improve the body so its actual “real age” is at or below one’s biological age. To me, that is the basis for Holman’s approach: return the body to the youthful condition that it was in before declining fitness and other factors accelerated the aging process.
According to Steve Holman, after we reach the age of 40, our bodies start aging at a faster rate than they had to that point. Studies have shown that without the proper nutrients and exercise, our bodies are aging about 6 months extra for every year that passes! So, let’s say you’re 40. By the time you reach 50, you will look and feel 55. By the time you reach 60, you will look and feel 70 years old! I don’t know about you but that kind of aging does not appeal to me a whole lot.
Did you ever notice that the folks who stay the most physically active seem to be aging more slowly than others who don’t? In my mind, I picture a 63-year old woman gardening while her 65-year-old husband is chopping wood nearby and they both look like they’re in their 50s. Hmm… maybe that was a scene from a 1940s movie but I think it makes the point. They kept active with muscle taxing activities and no doubt felt and looked younger because of it. Steve Holman says that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat. The aging process really starts to catch up with us at that point. Muscle gives shape and strength to our bodies. As we know, when you lose muscle mass, you gain fat, even if the calories you take in stay the same. We don’t feel or look as good. Then we get depressed because we don’t feel and look as good. Then we give up on retaining our youth and it’s all downhill from there. Wow. That was depressing, huh?
Fear not! That doesn’t have to happen.
Both the folks at Real Age and Steve Holman insist that all of this accelerated aging is reversible. According to them, there are specific ways to move and eat that will slow down the rapid aging process to the point where you’re aging less than a year for every year. That means we can look younger in a few years than we do now? Now that is an aging plan we could get behind, right?
Not so fast. Are there drugs, supplements or expensive supplies to buy? No. Just food choices and targeted short-duration exercises are involved. Steve Holman says his years as a fitness magazine editor have allowed him to pick up tips, tricks and strategies from anti-aging experts over the years. And they don’t involve cycling classes or elliptical machines.
According to Steve, to get started, there are 5 rules one must absolutely follow if he or she wants to “slow the aging process, reclaim your health and achieve your ideal body”:
Forget low-fat diets. They lead to sugar addiction and we all know what that causes – fat storage!
Work out less. Resistance training done the right way burns fat and is a great cardiovascular workout, as well. Sports that tax muscles over the entire body can be effective, as well.
Drink water. Water renews your skin, helps burn fat, suppresses hunger and allows your kidneys to operate under less strain which allows your liver to burn fat like it’s supposed to.
Stop endless cardio workouts. Cardiovascular conditioning can be gained with far less time and effort. New studies are showing that long-duration exercise accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.
Don’t blame your age for all your fitness issues. Studies have shown that men and women of every age, even those in their 90s, were able to gain muscle tone in just a matter of weeks of simple weight training.
Well, those are good guidelines to use to begin combating the aging process. There’s an old saying that goes something like, “I want to die as young as possible at as old an age as possible” (or something like that). I do follow the 5 steps already, though I would admit to not doing enough of #2. How about you? I have been told I look younger than I really am and that’s nice. Now if only I could reverse the aging process so I would feel younger…
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May 29, 2016 by Leigh St John
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People have always been interested in being “forever young” and today’s society is no different. We want to resist the ageing process.
The speed at which we are ageing can be measured – its called biological age, or how old your body really is.
The area of study which is now called longevity, and was once called anti aging, is hugely popular in the states.
It’s something I’m very interested in, and see it as a big part of the future for myself and my clients.
Your chronological age is how old you actually are.
Biological age is the age of your body at the cellular level.
Today we will look into how you can establish, what your biological age is and how you can improve it.
There are a few longevity factors in the list which surprised me!
(Deep question alert!)
What is the purpose of life? I don’t mean any deep seated stuff, like procreation.
I just mean, what is most people’s AIM in life. What do they want to get out of their time on earth?
Firstly and most importantly, people want to be happy. Easier said than done.
Happiness is a state of mind. It’s a feeling.
Ask someone with a big goal (like building a successful business or losing more than three stone).
“What will reaching your goal do for you?”
Often they will say something like “When I get there I will feel happy”, or “satisfied with myself”, or they say “I will feel proud”.
“I will have more energy”.
“I won’t be afraid of trying new clothes on or going out with friends”.
“I don’t want to feel like a slave to food”
“I don’t want to be scared to look in the mirror or get on the scales”.
Life is all about feelings.
People spend their entire lives in search of feelings! (mostly happiness, contentment, satisfaction and love)
How people actually reach this state of “happiness” is different for us all.
Most people I know AIM for a decent job (or business) with decent money.
All with the ultimate goal of having a good retirement.
I hear people say “When I finish work, I’m going to do this or I’m going to… (insert goal)”.
The point here being, if being happy and having a nice retirement is people’s main goal in life, then keeping your body fit and healthy surely must be part of your plan.
I know of a very wealthy man who got cancer and passed away just before his retirement, I’m sure that was not part of the master plan, he had built his business up so he could sell it and have a nice retirement (as most business people do).
He didn’t make it and didn’t get to “cash out”.
Many people don’t make it to retirement because their “plan” is messed up from the start.
Without sounding depressing we only get one shot remember.
This is NOT a rehearsal.
A lot of people get to retirement age and their body is wrecked!
This stops them from being able to enjoy their time off as much. Living life with lots of restrictions. “I can’t go there because of the steep hill”, or “I can’t do that because of my back or my knees”.
After working hard for 40-50 years – to give yourself a good pension and retirement, this is the last thing that anyone wants.
Peoples bodies are like cars.
On one hand you have new cars with high mileage that are not well serviced.
On the other hand you have old cars with low mileage that have been well looked after.
I want YOU to be like a well looked after old car, with low mileage when you get to your retirement.
I know some people, that slog away and get to the age of 40, and feel and look like they’re 50 or 60!
I also know many people who hit retirement age and feel like a 40 year old, and can keep on working and exercising for another 20 years!
This is all dependent on how we live our lives, obviously there are things such as injuries, diseases and other bad things which can impact our lives negatively through no fault of our own but on the whole we are in control of our own health.
What affects our longevity?
Scientists agree that these factors all affect your longevity in some way, big or small. (this is not a definitive list)
Muscle size and strength
Level of education
How pro active you are with going to see the doctor if needed
The amount of friends you can rely on, and love in your life
Your upper body strength
If you enjoy your work or not
Weather you smoke/drink alcohol or not, and the amount
If you exercise or not
Most of us shorten our lives and ultimately kill ourselves, through our bad habits and lifestyle choices, whatever they may be.
As you would of guessed, it is possible to slow down the onset of ageing and even reverse it to some extent.
I must say, that there is nothing wrong with ageing, it is inevitable. It is something we should be proud of, a chance to show our wisdom to the younger generation.
This article is just to show you how you can SLOW the ageing process with ease and actually enjoy it.
The Ageing Process
As we get older our bodies start to slow down and stop being able to function as well, sadly there is no getting away from this.
BUT through healthy living and making the right choices day in day out we can delay our body slowing down by years!
Just think how much more you will be able to enjoy your retirement if you feel like a 40 year old? and can spend it with the people you love.
Compare this to how much you will enjoy it if you can barely walk up a flight of stairs without having tired legs and being short of breath.
Your chronological age doesn’t have to be the same, or worse, than your physiological age.
How to slow the effects of ageing
The list above obviously helps you but here are a few more ideas for you to beat the clock.
When some people think anti aging, I’m sure some of you may think of things like anti wrinkle creams and lotions, hair dying products, botox and maybe even plastic surgery.
That does kind of sum up some of the western world that these are the steps that the majority of people (plastic surgery being an extreme example) will take to make them look younger, rather than eating healthily and exercising.
Aging leads to loss of muscle mass, loss of mental function, low mobility and a lack of energy, and as you know the cosmetic type anti aging steps I mentioned won’t help any of these.
Top tips to delay ageing naturally:
Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t spend all of your time cooped up indoors behind the computer or watching TV. There are plenty of things to do and see outside, especially on a nice day I can’t think of anything better than going for a walk with the family down the park or beach. Sunlight also is a natural source of Vitamin D.
Yoga & Meditation – I would say that this is one of the most important strategies in staying young. I started to do this myself and it honestly makes me feel great. Yoga and meditation can help you relax and lower your stress levels (linked with aging) dramatically. It can also help you to see things a lot clearer.
Yoga is also great for your flexibility, the more flexible and supple you are the less chance you have in the future of suffering falls and lack of mobility.
Socialise – Loneliness can be a real killer. Socialise as much as possible with your friends and family. Get out there and do things, go to the cinema, concerts, attend an evening class (the more mentally stimulating the better).
Stay Strong & Active – You have to keep moving or your body will come to a standstill. Taking part in regular exercise is absolutely vital. Regular strength training is extremely important.
Losing muscle mass is something you want to avoid or at least delay for as long as possible so strength training will help this as well as keeping your bones strong, this will lower your chances of osteoporosis.
I believe food is medicine, many of the effects you get from modern day medicine you can get from eating the right foods.
Nutrition influences biochemistry. Biochemistry influences everything at a cellular level.
If you eat well there should be no need for some medications.
If you spend your whole life eating fresh, natural whole foods and stay active then it will also show. You will most likely be lean, mobile, disease free and full of energy, a rarity these days.
You should aim to eat a diet containing lots of quality fats and protein’s (the bodies building materials) which will help you to maintain your muscle stores. Also protein boosts the production of HGH in your body, HGH (Human growth Hormone) is your body’s natural ‘fountain of youth’.
As you age the production of this hormone slows down greatly, regular strength exercise (lifting, pushing and pulling heavy stuff) and quality protein keeps the production of this hormone going!
Eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods – Antioxidants which are found in colourful fruit and vegetables help to reduce the damage caused by free radicals in your system.
Free radicals can speed up the onset of ageing; they are unstable electrons (O1 molecules)which are produced during metabolism. They damage the cell nucleus and the mitochondria.
Free radicals bounce around inside your cells like a pin ball, causing damage every time they hit something. They cause absolute havoc.
Antioxidants provide the free radical with the extra O1 molecule they need to become stable O2 molecules.
Good quality natural foods are the best way to combat these harmful free radicals. Natural organic foods are packed with antioxidants which neutralise the free radicals before they cause too much damage.
Eat Omega 3s – They fight inflammation, improve the appearance of your skin and aid brain function. Three vital things that we need as we age. So make sure you get as many omega 3s into your system as you can, the best source is fresh fish, if not a fish oil supplement will do.
Lower Sugar Intake – Aim to cut out any excess sugar that you eat, excess sugars can modify essential proteins in our body which can lead to wrinkles and energy loss.
Look after your skin through good food and lots of water – Eating foods containing vitamin A (sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, asparagus and carrots), Vitamin C (red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, oranges, kiwi and pineapple) and Vitamin E (nuts, seeds and spinach) are a great way of helping your skin look healthy.
Stop smoking and limit alcohol intake – There are few things that age you faster than smoking and drinking alcohol every day so cut out smoking and do as much as you can to drink less.
Lower Stress Levels – This is another big one, I just mentioned that there are few things that age you faster than smoking and alcohol; well I think stress is one of them.
Being constantly stressed will ruin your mood, energy levels, social interaction as well as causing so many health problems.
As I mentioned above, I have found deep breathing techniques, yoga and meditation really important and a great way of combating stress.
Let’s be realistic the big medical and health companies aren’t going to promote anti aging through the things I just said, they are going to promote it through new miracle pills, lotions and creams, there is a lot of money to be made from it so they will keep on doing it.
The people who buy these products don’t have to alter their lifestyle one little bit so it suits them which is why it is so popular.
We ultimately reap our rewards in our retirement, if you have invested some time and effort into your “health & fitness account”, you will reap the rewards.
If you haven’t then you won’t!
You can actually measure your biological age online with a biological age calculator.
If all of the things I have mentioned above didn’t require effort or commitment then everyone would be running around into their 90s and later!!
But unfortunately we don’t, we die much younger than that.
Depending on what stats you use, in 2010, UK men were reported to live on average until about 77 or 78, and women on average live until 82 or 83 years old.
Do it naturally and do it right.
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May 8, 2016 by Leigh St John
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Modern anti-aging treatment is built on a common base of knowledge that I will quickly review. Biochemistry and molecular biology tell us there are many types of chemical reactions going on in the human body. We know that it is the genetic information programmed inside our cellular DNA that defines what reactions occur. Genetic information, expressed in regulated ways, builds the body’s proteins and enzymes, and controls how enzymes carry out the cell’s biochemical reactions.
This information, contained in the DNA of our genome, consists of many thousands of long, often repetitive, sequences of base pairs that are built up from four basic nucleotides. Human genome mapping has shown there are over 3 billion base pairs in our DNA. It is estimated they contain some 20,000 protein-coding genes. All body functions are controlled by the expression of the genes in our genome. The mechanisms controlling the aging process are believed to be programmed into our DNA but only a fraction of the biochemical reactions related to the aging process have been looked at in any detail. Cellular aging is a very complex process and many of its low level operating details have yet to be discovered.
Anti-aging theory has consolidated itself along two lines of thought: the programmed cellular death theory and the cellular damages theory. The programmed death theory focuses on the root causes of aging. The cellular damages theory looks at the visible aspects of aging; i.e. the symptoms of aging. Both theories are correct and often overlap. Both theories are developing rapidly as anti-aging research uncovers more details. As works in progress these theories may take years to complete. This broad characterization also applies to the currently available types of anti-aging treatments.
The programmed death theory of aging suggests that biological aging is a programmed process controlled by many life span regulatory mechanisms. They manifest themselves through gene expression. Gene expression also controls body processes such as our body maintenance (hormones, homeostatic signaling etc.) and repair mechanisms. With increasing age the efficiency of all such regulation declines. Programmed cellular death researchers want to understand which regulatory mechanisms are directly related to aging, and how to affect or improve them. Many ideas are being pursued but one key area of focus is on slowing or stopping telomere shortening. This is considered to be a major cause of aging.
With the exception of the germ cells that produce ova and spermatozoa, most dividing human cell types can only divide about 50 to 80 times (also called the Hayflick limit or biological death clock). This is a direct consequence of all cell types having fixed length telomere chains at the ends of their chromosomes. This is true for all animal (Eukaryotic) cells. Telomeres play a vital role in cell division. In very young adults telomere chains are about 8,000 base pairs long. Each time a cell divides its telomere chain loses about 50 to 100 base pairs. Eventually this shortening process distorts the telomere chain’s shape and it becomes dysfunctional. Cell division is then no longer possible.
Telomerase, the enzyme that builds the fixed length telomere chains, is normally only active in young undifferentiated embryonic cells. Through the process of differentiation these cells eventually form the specialized cells from which of all our organs and tissues are made of. After a cell is specialized telomerase activity stops. Normal adult human tissues have little or no detectable telomerase activity. Why? A limited length telomere chain maintains chromosomal integrity. This preserves the species more than the individual.
During the first months of development embryonic cells organize into about 100 distinct specialized cell lines. Each cell line (and the organs they make up) has a different Hayflick limit. Some cell lines are more vulnerable to the effects of aging than others. In the heart and parts of the brain cell loss is not replenished. With advancing age such tissues start to fail. In other tissues damaged cells die off and are replaced by new cells that have shorter telomere chains. Cell division itself only causes about 20 telomere base pairs to be lost. The rest of the telomere shortening is believed to be due to free radical damage.
This limit on cell division is the reason why efficient cell repair can’t go on indefinitely. When we are 20 to 35 years of age our cells can renew themselves almost perfectly. One study found that at the age 20 the average length of telomere chains in white blood cells is about 7,500 base pairs. In humans, skeletal muscle telomere chain lengths remain more or less constant from the early twenties to mid seventies. By the age of 80 the average telomere length decreases to about 6,000 base pairs. Different studies have different estimates of how telomere length varies with age but the consensus is that between the age of 20 and 80 the length of the telomere chain decreases by 1000 to 1500 base pairs. Afterwards, as telomere lengths shorten even more, signs of severe aging begin to appear.
There are genetic variations in human telomerase. Long lived Ashkenazi Jews are said to have a more active form of telomerase and longer than normal telomere chains. Many other genetic differences (ex.: efficiency of DNA repair, antioxidant enzymes, and rates of free radical production) affect how quickly one ages. Statistics suggest that having shorter telomeres increases your chance of dying. People whose telomeres are 10% shorter than average, and people whose telomeres are 10% longer than average die at different rates. Those with the shorter telomeres die at a rate that is 1.4 greater than those with the longer telomeres.
Many advances in telomerase based anti-aging treatments have been documented. I only have room to mention a few of them.
– Telomerase has been used successfully to lengthen the life of certain mice by up to 24%.
– In humans, gene therapy using telomerase has been used to treat myocardial infarction and several other conditions.
– Telomerase related, mTERT, treatment has successfully rejuvenated many different cell lines.
In one particularly important example researchers using synthetic telomerase that encoded to a telomere-extending protein, have extended the telomere chain lengths of cultured human skin and muscle cells by up to 1000 base pairs. This is a 10%+ extension of telomere chain length. The treated cells then showed signs of being much younger than the untreated cells. After the treatments these cells behaved normally, losing a part of their telomere chain after each division.
The implications of successfully applying such techniques in humans are staggering. If telomere length is a primary cause of normal aging, then, using the telomere length numbers previously mentioned, it might be possible to double the healthy time period during which telomere chain lengths are constant; i.e. from the range of 23 to 74 years to an extended range of 23 to 120 or more years. Of course this is too optimistic because it is known that in vitro cultured cells are able to divide a larger number of times than cells in the human body but it is reasonable to expect some improvement (not 50 years but say 25 years).
We know that telomerase based treatments are not the final answer to anti-aging but there is no doubt that they can, by increasing the Hayflick limit, extend or even immortalize the lifespan of many cell types. It remains to be seen if this can be done safely done in humans.
Telomerase based treatments are only a partial answer to anti-aging. Please carefully research any anti-aging supplements based on this line of treatment. Through my articles and website I want to help you maintain your good health for the next 10 to 25 years. My hope is that within time period the fruits of anti-aging research will become available to everyone.
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May 1, 2016 by Leigh St John
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As previously noted, many anti-oxidants are essential nutrients. Natural anti-oxidants, like vitamin C and E, work synergistically. Anti-oxidants may be more effective if obtained from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists recommend eating 6 or more daily servings of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables. Everyone agrees the use of antioxidant supplements for anti-aging may be helpful, but there is no agreement on what the most effective supplement dosages should be.
Anti-aging medicine acknowledges that stress of all kinds causes aging but has not yet developed individualized treatment for this. There are countless sources of internal and external stress and individual stress levels vary greatly. One overlooked cause of internal stress is improper hydration. Water is essential in for the correct operation of many internal functions. Too little or too much water causes age producing stress. When one is old (80+) thirst perception declines and dehydration can easily set in. Other overlooked sources of stress are antioxidants themselves. High doses (or doses above certain yet unspecified amounts) of supplemental anti-oxidants are a known cause of stress.
To be helpful, antioxidant supplements must prevent other types of stress more than the stress they themselves create. Knowing the correct supplement dosages that can do this is an essential part of anti-aging treatment. A healthy young person in his twenties, who is properly nourished, will have less internal stress that an older individual in his sixties. For a young individual, lower amounts of antioxidants may be safer than higher amounts. A older person, whose many internal homeostatic mechanisms are less able to deal with internal stress, may benefit more from higher amounts of antioxidants. Theoretically an anti-oxidant based course of anti-ageing treatment will slow the rate at which cellular damage occurs. Cells will become “sick” more slowly. Over time, as fewer sick cells are replaced at a slower rate, the number of cells retaining longer telomere chains will be higher. You can then reasonably expect this to result in an increase in life expectancy. For now the recommended but imprecise approach to decrease the rate at which cellular damage occurs is to increase your per day intake of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables, to slightly increase your intake of antioxidants, and to take various vitamins and small amounts of anti-aging supplements on a daily basis. One study has shown taking a good multivitamin supplement is associated with longer telomere length.
Ideally anti-aging treatment should to be fine tuned for each individual. The key here would be to measure and minimize the cumulative effects of different kinds of stress on an individual basis. Easily measurable practical bio-markers for various types of stress do not yet exist or are not being used. When they are used it will be easy to customize individual antioxidant dosages so that everyone have “optimum” levels throughout their life. “Optimum” levels would maintain a safe reserve of protective antioxidants in the body.
Next I will briefly discuss the most popular nutrients associated with anti-aging. The most popular of the anti-oxidants, vitamins, and nutrients often associated with good health and anti-aging include: beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E, various Flavonoids,Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, Co-enzyme Q10, Lycopene, Selenium.
There are dozens of supplements that are known to effectively treat specific symptoms of old age. A few of the better known supplements include: DMAE, Acetyl-l-carnitine, L-carnosine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, DHEA, L-arginine, and melatonin
Good food contains some of the anti-oxidants previously mentioned. A few other popular foods associated with anti-aging include: Green Tea, turmeric, and red wine.
All of the above have unique biological properties and, in my opinion, are “good” for you if taken in small or moderate amounts. Some (ex. vitamin C) may also be “good” for you in larger amounts. Various studies on each of these may conflict with each other. You need to carefully research each substance on your own but researchers have already found several nutrients to be associated with longer than average telomere lengths. These include: Green Tea, Omega-3, Vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Vitamin E has been associated with telomere lengthening anti-aging properties.
Green tea contains many antioxidants, including vitamin C, E and flavenoids.Flavenoids form a large antioxidant class (including catechins and quercetin) that has many anticarcinogenic, antihypercholesterolemic, antibacterial, (helps prevent dental caries), and anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves of the tea plant are rich in polyphenols. The consumption of 3 cups or more of green tea daily has been associated with longer than average telomere length.
The Omega-3s are essential long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory and help prevent heart disease, stroke, memory loss, depression, arthritis, cataract, cancer. Omega-3s slow down the shortening of telomeres; i.e. they may protect against aging on a cellular level.
Vitamin C is an abundant internal water soluble antioxidant that protects cellular components against free-radical formation caused by pollution and cigarette smoke. Many studies have associated high vitamin C intakes with lower rates of cancer of the mouth, larynx and esophagus. Vitamin C has shown promise in treating premature aging and possibly aging itself.
Due to limitations on the number of links I can incorporate into this article I could not provide more reference links supporting the preceding paragraphs. If interested please email me at the email address shown at the end of this article and I will forward them to you.
The sooner you start some sort of anti-aging treatment the better but it is never too late to start. All real treatments will help you maintain a longer than average average telomere chain length.
The goal of the programmed death theory of aging is to address the root causes of aging. This goal includes attempts to slow or reverse the telomere shortening process. Two such treatments are: TA 65 and human genetic engineering.
TA 65 is a telomerase activating product produced and marketed by Sierra Sciences. The key ingredient in TA 65 is Astragalus, a plant extract known to have telomerase activation properties. The product may work but I do not recommend it for several reasons. TA 65 is too expensive for the average person. A number of expensive health spas incorporate TA 65 in their programs. Again these are financially beyond the reach of the average person. The marketing tactics of Sierra Sciences have been questioned by many and there are law suits pending against TA 65.
The big issue I have with TA 65 is one of scientific honesty. The company genetically engineered mice that allowed telomerase to be switched off and on at an early age. TA 65 was able to switch telomerase back on in these mice and allowed them to live normal lives. http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101128/full/news.2010.635.html
Using this to show how effective TA65 treatment is, is dishonest. This is not how telomerase normally works and there was no real extension of the lifespan beyond what it would have been without the genetic modification. In normal mice the effects of TA65 were temporary and little or no life extension was seen. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/04/11/anti-aging-pill-new-study-on-ta-65-sparks-controversy.html
Human genetic engineering is the real answer to fighting and defeating aging. It can directly address the root causes of aging. Advances in this area (ex. CRISPR) allow DNA base pairs to be inserted or deleted at specific place in our DNA. This means the human genome can now be precisely edited as needed. The lifespan of old mice has been modestly increased using telomerase gene therapy. In humans gene modification therapy has frequently been used for various medical problems. On September 15, 2015, Elizabeth Parrish was the first human to undergo anti-aging gene therapy. Anti-aging treatments will rapidly advance as our knowledge of the specifics of the human genome grows.
Current general social-political attitudes seem to be favoring the further development of anti-aging research. There are no international recognized political programs to stop aging or extend life but since 2012 a few pro-immortality political parties have sprung up. Their aim is to support anti-aging and life extension research, and to help provide access to advances in these areas to everyone. Among the numerous organizations supporting anti-aging research, the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) organization has come up with an anti-aging research plan. They want to develop anti-aging therapies to repair most forms of cellular damage. SENS, is a charitable organization. Any anti-aging advances resulting from funding it provides will become readily available public knowledge. In addition to the normal scientific research there is the $1,000,00 Palo Alto Longevity Prize that is being offered to anyone who can come up with an effective anti-aging treatment.
As of 2015, all known anti-aging treatments are only partially effective. Depending on when one starts a comprehensive anti-aging program, one can probably extend one’s life by 10 to 25 years. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health estimated that an anti-aging lifestyle can add 24.6 more productive years to one’s lifespan. Anti-aging knowledge increases at a rate of about 10 times every 10 years. This probably means that for many of us there is more than enough time to reap the anticipated benefits in anti-aging research. One day soon, aging, like many other diseases, will be cured. While we wait for those anti-aging technological singularities to occur the name of the game is to ensure we stay healthy long enough repeat their benefits.
As a former engineer I have a strong affinity to all sciences including biology.
My interests include following advances in the fields of anti-aging, health and nutrition. Rapid advances in these areas will vanquish the disease we call aging.
Through my articles and website I want to help you maintain your good health for the next 10 to 25 years. I believe this can be done by a daily program that includes moderate exercise, a healthy diet that includes vitamins and related supplements, and taking advantage of any advances in related research. My hope is that within the next 25 years or less, the fruits of anti-aging research will become available to everyone.
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April 18, 2016 by Leigh St John
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In traditional Chinese and other Asian cultures the aged were highly respected and cared for. The Igabo tribesmen of Eastern Nigeria value dependency in their aged and involve them in care of children and the administration of tribal affairs (Shelton, A. in Kalish R. Uni Michigan 1969).
In Eskimo culture the grandmother was pushed out into the ice-flow to die as soon as she became useless.
Western societies today usually resemble to some degree the Eskimo culture, only the “ice-flows” have names such a “Sunset Vista” and the like. Younger generations no longer assign status to the aged and their abandonment is always in danger of becoming the social norm.
There has been a tendency to remove the aged from their homes and put them in custodial care. To some degree the government provides domiciliary care services to prevent or delay this, but the motivation probably has more to do with expense than humanity.
In Canada and some parts of the USA old people are being utilised as foster-grandparents in child care agencies.
SOME BASIC DEFINITIONS
What is Aging?
Aging: Aging is a natural phenomenon that refers to changes occurring throughout the life span and result in differences in structure and function between the youthful and elder generation.
Gerontology: Gerontology is the study of aging and includes science, psychology and sociology.
Geriatrics: A relatively new field of medicine specialising in the health problems of advanced age.
Social aging: Refers to the social habits and roles of individuals with respect to their culture and society. As social aging increases individual usually experience a decrease in meaningful social interactions.
Biological aging: Refers to the physical changes in the body systems during the later decades of life. It may begin long before the individual reaches chronological age 65.
Cognitive aging: Refers to decreasing ability to assimilate new information and learn new behaviours and skills.
GENERAL PROBLEMS OF AGING
Eric Erikson (Youth and the life cycle. Children. 7:43-49 Mch/April 1960) developed an “ages and stages” theory of human development that involved 8 stages after birth each of which involved a basic dichotomy representing best case and worst case outcomes. Below are the dichotomies and their developmental relevance:
Prenatal stage – conception to birth.
- Infancy. Birth to 2 years – basic trust vs. basic distrust. Hope.
- Early childhood, 3 to 4 years – autonomy vs. self doubt/shame. Will.
- Play age, 5 to 8 years – initiative vs. guilt. Purpose.
- School age, 9to 12 – industry vs. inferiority. Competence.
- Adolescence, 13 to 19 – identity vs. identity confusion. Fidelity.
- Young adulthood – intimacy vs. isolation. Love.
- Adulthood, generativity vs. self absorption. Care.
- Mature age- Ego Integrity vs. Despair. Wisdom.
This stage of older adulthood, i.e. stage 8, begins about the time of retirement and continues throughout one’s life. Achieving ego integrity is a sign of maturity while failing to reach this stage is an indication of poor development in prior stages through the life course.
Ego integrity: This means coming to accept one’s whole life and reflecting on it in a positive manner. According to Erikson, achieving integrity means fully accepting one’ self and coming to terms with death. Accepting responsibility for one’s life and being able to review the past with satisfaction is essential. The inability to do this leads to despair and the individual will begin to fear death. If a favourable balance is achieved during this stage, then wisdom is developed.
Psychological and personality aspects:
Aging has psychological implications. Next to dying our recognition that we are aging may be one of the most profound shocks we ever receive. Once we pass the invisible line of 65 our years are bench marked for the remainder of the game of life. We are no longer “mature age” we are instead classified as “old”, or “senior citizens”. How we cope with the changes we face and stresses of altered status depends on our basic personality. Here are 3 basic personality types that have been identified. It may be a oversimplification but it makes the point about personality effectively:
a. The autonomous – people who seem to have the resources for self-renewal. They may be dedicated to a goal or idea and committed to continuing productivity. This appears to protect them somewhat even against physiological aging.
b.The adjusted – people who are rigid and lacking in adaptability but are supported by their power, prestige or well structured routine. But if their situation changes drastically they become psychiatric casualties.
c.The anomic. These are people who do not have clear inner values or a protective life vision. Such people have been described as prematurely resigned and they may deteriorate rapidly.
Summary of stresses of old age.
a. Retirement and reduced income. Most people rely on work for self worth, identity and social interaction. Forced retirement can be demoralising.
b. Fear of invalidism and death. The increased probability of falling prey to illness from which there is no recovery is a continual source of anxiety. When one has a heart attack or stroke the stress becomes much worse.
Some persons face death with equanimity, often psychologically supported by a religion or philosophy. Others may welcome death as an end to suffering or insoluble problems and with little concern for life or human existence. Still others face impending death with suffering of great stress against which they have no ego defenses.
c. Isolation and loneliness. Older people face inevitable loss of loved ones, friends and contemporaries. The loss of a spouse whom one has depended on for companionship and moral support is particularly distressing. Children grow up, marry and become preoccupied or move away. Failing memory, visual and aural impairment may all work to make social interaction difficult. And if this then leads to a souring of outlook and rigidity of attitude then social interaction becomes further lessened and the individual may not even utilise the avenues for social activity that are still available.
d. Reduction in sexual function and physical attractiveness. Kinsey et al, in their Sexual behaviour in the human male, (Phil., Saunders, 1948) found that there is a gradual decrease in sexual activity with advancing age and that reasonably gratifying patterns of sexual activity can continue into extreme old age. The aging person also has to adapt to loss of sexual attractiveness in a society which puts extreme emphasis on sexual attractiveness. The adjustment in self image and self concept that are required can be very hard to make.
e. Forces tending to self devaluation. Often the experience of the older generation has little perceived relevance to the problems of the young and the older person becomes deprived of participation in decision making both in occupational and family settings. Many parents are seen as unwanted burdens and their children may secretly wish they would die so they can be free of the burden and experience some financial relief or benefit. Senior citizens may be pushed into the role of being an old person with all this implies in terms of self devaluation.
4 Major Categories of Problems or Needs:
Physiological Changes: Catabolism (the breakdown of protoplasm) overtakes anabolism (the build-up of protoplasm). All body systems are affected and repair systems become slowed. The aging process occurs at different rates in different individuals.
Physical appearance and other changes:
Loss of subcutaneous fat and less elastic skin gives rise to wrinkled appearance, sagging and loss of smoothness of body contours. Joints stiffen and become painful and range of joint movement becomes restricted, general mobility lessened.
Increase of fibrous tissue in chest walls and lungs leads restricts respiratory movement and less oxygen is consumed. Older people more likelyto have lower respiratory infections whereas young people have upper respiratory infections.
Tooth decay and loss of teeth can detract from ease and enjoyment in eating. Atrophy of the taste buds means food is inclined to be tasteless and this should be taken into account by carers. Digestive changes occur from lack of exercise (stimulating intestines) and decrease in digestive juice production. Constipation and indigestion are likely to follow as a result. Financial problems can lead to the elderly eating an excess of cheap carbohydrates rather than the more expensive protein and vegetable foods and this exacerbates the problem, leading to reduced vitamin intake and such problems as anemia and increased susceptibility to infection.
Adaptation to stress:
All of us face stress at all ages. Adaptation to stress requires the consumption of energy. The 3 main phases of stress are:
1. Initial alarm reaction. 2. Resistance. 3. Exhaustion
and if stress continues tissue damage or aging occurs. Older persons have had a lifetime of dealing with stresses. Energy reserves are depleted and the older person succumbs to stress earlier than the younger person. Stress is cumulative over a lifetime. Research results, including experiments with animals suggests that each stress leaves us more vulnerable to the next and that although we might think we’ve “bounced back” 100% in fact each stress leaves it scar. Further, stress is psycho-biological meaning the kind of stress is irrelevant. A physical stress may leave one more vulnerable to psychological stress and vice versa. Rest does not completely restore one after a stressor. Care workers need to be mindful of this and cognizant of the kinds of things that can produce stress for aged persons.
COGNITIVE CHANGE Habitual Behaviour:
Sigmund Freud noted that after the age of 50, treatment of neuroses via psychoanalysis was difficult because the opinions and reactions of older people were relatively fixed and hard to shift.
Over-learned behaviour: This is behaviour that has been learned so well and repeated so often that it has become automatic, like for example typing or running down stairs. Over-learned behaviour is hard to change. If one has lived a long time one is likely to have fixed opinions and ritualised behaviour patterns or habits.
Compulsive behaviour: Habits and attitudes that have been learned in the course of finding ways to overcome frustration and difficulty are very hard to break. Tension reducing habits such as nail biting, incessant humming, smoking or drinking alcohol are especially hard to change at any age and particularly hard for persons who have been practising them over a life time.
The psychology of over-learned and compulsive behaviours has severe implications for older persons who find they have to live in what for them is a new and alien environment with new rules and power relations.
Older people have a continual background of neural noise making it more difficult for them to sort out and interpret complex sensory input. In talking to an older person one should turn off the TV, eliminate as many noises and distractions as possible, talk slowly and relate to one message or idea at a time.
Memories from the distant past are stronger than more recent memories. New memories are the first to fade and last to return.
Time patterns also can get mixed – old and new may get mixed.
Intelligence reaches a peak and can stay high with little deterioration if there is no neurological damage. People who have unusually high intelligence to begin with seem to suffer the least decline. Education and stimulation also seem to play a role in maintaining intelligence.
Intellectual impairment. Two diseases of old age causing cognitive decline are Alzheimer’s syndrome and Pick’s syndrome. In Pick’s syndrome there is inability to concentrate and learn and also affective responses are impaired.
Degenerative Diseases: Slow progressive physical degeneration of cells in the nervous system. Genetics appear to be an important factor. Usually start after age 40 (but can occur as early as 20s).
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Degeneration of all areas of cortex but particularly frontal and temporal lobes. The affected cells actually die. Early symptoms resemble neurotic disorders: Anxiety, depression, restlessness sleep difficulties.
Progressive deterioration of all intellectual faculties (memory deficiency being the most well known and obvious). Total mass of the brain decreases, ventricles become larger. No established treatment.
PICK’S DISEASE Rare degenerative disease. Similar to Alzheimer’s in terms of onset, symptomatology and possible genetic aetiology. However it affects circumscribed areas of the brain, particularly the frontal areas which leads to a loss of normal affect.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE Neuropathology: Loss of neurons in the basal ganglia.
Symptoms: Movement abnormalities: rhythmical alternating tremor of extremities, eyelids and tongue along with rigidity of the muscles and slowness of movement (akinesia).
It was once thought that Parkinson’s disease was not associated with intellectual deterioration, but it is now known that there is an association between global intellectual impairment and Parkinson’s where it occurs late in life.
The cells lost in Parkinson’s are associated with the neuro-chemical Dopamine and the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s are associated the dopamine deficiency. Treatment involves administration of dopamine precursor L-dopa which can alleviate symptoms including intellectual impairment. Research suggests it may possibly bring to the fore emotional effects in patients who have had psychiatric illness at some prior stage in their lives.
AFFECTIVE DOMAIN In old age our self concept gets its final revision. We make a final assessment of the value of our lives and our balance of success and failures.
How well a person adapts to old age may be predicated by how well the person adapted to earlier significant changes. If the person suffered an emotional crisis each time a significant change was needed then adaptation to the exigencies of old age may also be difficult. Factors such as economic security, geographic location and physical health are important to the adaptive process.
Need Fulfilment: For all of us, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, we are not free to pursue the higher needs of self actualisation unless the basic needs are secured. When one considers that many, perhaps most, old people are living in poverty and continually concerned with basic survival needs, they are not likely to be happily satisfying needs related to prestige, achievement and beauty.
Belonging, love, identification
Esteem: Achievement, prestige, success, self respect
Self actualisation: Expressing one’s interests and talents to the full.
Note: Old people who have secured their basic needs may be motivated to work on tasks of the highest levels in the hierarchy – activities concerned with aesthetics, creativity and altruistic matters, as compensation for loss of sexual attractiveness and athleticism. Aged care workers fixated on getting old people to focus on social activities may only succeed in frustrating and irritating them if their basic survival concerns are not secured to their satisfaction.
Social aging according to Cumming, E. and Henry, W. (Growing old: the aging process of disengagement, NY, Basic 1961) follows a well defined pattern:
- Change in role. Change in occupation and productivity. Possibly change in attitude to work.
- Loss of role, e.g. retirement or death of a husband.
- Reduced social interaction. With loss of role social interactions are diminished, eccentric adjustment can further reduce social interaction, damage to self concept, depression.
- Awareness of scarcity of remaining time. This produces further curtailment of activity in interest of saving time.
Havighurst, R. et al (in B. Neugarten (ed.) Middle age and aging, U. of Chicago, 1968) and others have suggested that disengagement is not an inevitable process. They believe the needs of the old are essentially the same as in middle age and the activities of middle age should be extended as long as possible. Havighurst points out the decrease in social interaction of the aged is often largely the result of society withdrawing from the individual as much as the reverse. To combat this he believes the individual must vigorously resist the limitations of his social world.
DEATH The fear of the dead amongst tribal societies is well established. Persons who had ministered to the dead were taboo and required observe various rituals including seclusion for varying periods of time. In some societies from South America to Australia it is taboo for certain persons to utter the name of the dead. Widows and widowers are expected to observe rituals in respect for the dead.
Widows in the Highlands of New Guinea around Goroka chop of one of their own fingers. The dead continue their existence as spirits and upsetting them can bring dire consequences.
Wahl, C in “The fear of death”, 1959 noted that the fear of death occurs as early as the 3rd year of life. When a child loses a pet or grandparent fears reside in the unspoken questions: Did I cause it? Will happen to you (parent) soon? Will this happen to me? The child in such situations needs to re-assure that the departure is not a censure, and that the parent is not likely to depart soon. Love, grief, guilt, anger are a mix of conflicting emotions that are experienced.
CONTEMPORARY ATTITUDES TO DEATH
Our culture places high value on youth, beauty, high status occupations, social class and anticipated future activities and achievement. Aging and dying are denied and avoided in this system. The death of each person reminds us of our own mortality.
The death of the elderly is less disturbing to members of Western society because the aged are not especially valued. Surveys have established that nurses for example attach more importance to saving a young life than an old life. In Western society there is a pattern of avoiding dealing with the aged and dying aged patient.
Stages of dying. Elisabeth Kubler Ross has specialised in working with dying patients and in her “On death and dying”, NY, Macmillan, 1969, summarised 5 stages in dying.
- Denial and isolation. “No, not me”.
- Anger. “I’ve lived a good life so why me?”
- Bargaining. Secret deals are struck with God. “If I can live until…I promise to…”
- Depression. (In general the greatest psychological problem of the aged is depression). Depression results from real and threatened loss.
- Acceptance of the inevitable.
Kubler Ross’s typology as set out above should, I believe be taken with a grain of salt and not slavishly accepted. Celebrated US Journalist David Rieff who was in June ’08 a guest of the Sydney writer’s festival in relation to his book, “Swimming in a sea of death: a son’s memoir” (Melbourne University Press) expressly denied the validity of the Kubler Ross typology in his Late Night Live interview (Australian ABC radio) with Philip Adams June 9th ’08. He said something to the effect that his mother had regarded her impending death as murder. My own experience with dying persons suggests that the human ego is extraordinarily resilient. I recall visiting a dying colleague in hospital just days before his death. He said, “I’m dying, I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do about it”, and then went on to chortle about how senior academics at an Adelaide university had told him they were submitting his name for a the Order of Australia (the new “Knighthood” replacement in Australia). Falling in and out of lucid thought with an oxygen tube in his nostrils he was nevertheless still highly interested in the “vain glories of the world”. This observation to me seemed consistent with Rieff’s negative assessment of Kubler Ross’s theories.
THE AGED IN RELATION TO YOUNGER PEOPLE
The aged share with the young the same needs: However, the aged often have fewer or weaker resources to meet those needs. Their need for social interaction may be ignored by family and care workers.
Family should make time to visit their aged members and invite them to their homes. The aged like to visit children and relate to them through games and stories.
Meaningful relationships can be developed via foster-grandparent programs. Some aged are not aware of their income and health entitlements. Family and friends should take the time to explain these. Some aged are too proud to access their entitlements and this problem should be addressed in a kindly way where it occurs.
It is best that the aged be allowed as much choice as possible in matters related to living arrangements, social life and lifestyle.
Communities serving the aged need to provide for the aged via such things as lower curbing, and ramps.
Carers need to examine their own attitude to aging and dying. Denial in the carer is detected by the aged person and it can inhibit the aged person from expressing negative feelings – fear, anger. If the person can express these feelings to someone then that person is less likely to die with a sense of isolation and bitterness.
A METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVE
The following notes are my interpretation of a Dr. Depak Chopra lecture entitled, “The New Physics of Healing” which he presented to the 13th Scientific Conference of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Depak Chopra is an endocrinologist and a former Chief of Staff of New England Hospital, Massachusetts. I am deliberately omitting the detail of his explanations of the more abstract, ephemeral and controversial ideas.
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In the lecture Dr. Chopra presents a model of the universe and of all organisms as structures of interacting centres of electromagnetic energy linked to each other in such a way that anything affecting one part of a system or structure has ramifications throughout the entire structure. This model becomes an analogue not only for what happens within the structure or organism itself, but between the organism and both its physical and social environments. In other words there is a correlation between psychological conditions, health and the aging process. Dr. Chopra in his lecture reconciles ancient Vedic (Hindu) philosophy with modern psychology and quantum physics.
Premature Precognitive Commitment: Dr. Chopra invokes experiments that have shown that flies kept for a long time in a jar do not quickly leave the jar when the top is taken off. Instead they accept the jar as the limit of their universe. He also points out that in India baby elephants are often kept tethered to a small twig or sapling. In adulthood when the elephant is capable of pulling over a medium sized tree it can still be successfully tethered to a twig! As another example he points to experiments in which fish are bred on
2 sides of a fish tank containing a divider between the 2 sides. When the divider is removed the fish are slow to learn that they can now swim throughout the whole tank but rather stay in the section that they accept as their universe. Other experiments have demonstrated that kittens brought up in an environment of vertical stripes and structures, when released in adulthood keep bumping into anything aligned horizontally as if they were unable to see anything that is horizontal. Conversely kittens brought up in an environment of horizontal stripes when released bump into vertical structures, apparently unable to see them.
The whole point of the above experiments is that they demonstrate Premature Precognitive Commitment. The lesson to be learned is that our sensory apparatus develops as a result of initial experience and how we’ve been taught to interpret it.
What is the real look of the world? It doesn’t exist. The way the world looks to us is determined by the sensory receptors we have and our interpretation of that look is determined by our premature precognitive commitments. Dr Chopra makes the point that less than a billionth of the available stimuli make it into our nervous systems. Most of it is screened, and what gets through to us is whatever we are expecting to find on the basis of our precognitive commitments.
Dr. Chopra also discusses the diseases that are actually caused by mainstream medical interventions, but this material gets too far away from my central intention. Dr. Chopra discusses in lay terms the physics of matter, energy and time by way of establishing the wider context of our existence. He makes the point that our bodies including the bodies of plants are mirrors of cosmic rhythms and exhibit changes correlating even with the tides.
Dr. Chopra cites the experiments of Dr. Herbert Spencer of the US National Institute of Health. He injected mice with Poly-IC, an immuno-stimulant while making the mice repeatedly smell camphor. After the effect of the Poly-IC had worn off he again exposed the mice to the camphor smell. The smell of camphor had the effect of causing the mice’s immune system to automatically strengthen as if they had been injected with the stimulant. He then took another batch of mice and injected them with cyclophosphamide which tends to destroy the immune system while exposing them to the smell of camphor. Later after being returned to normal just the smell of camphor was enough to cause destruction of their immune system. Dr. Chopra points out that whether or not camphor enhanced or destroyed the mice’s immune system was entirely determined by an interpretation of the meaning of the smell of camphor. The interpretation is not just in the brain but in each cell of the organism. We are bound to our imagination and our early experiences.
Chopra cites a study by the Massachusetts Dept of Health Education and Welfare into risk factors for heart disease – family history, cholesterol etc. The 2 most important risk factors were found to be psychological measures – Self Happiness Rating and Job Satisfaction. They found most people died of heart disease on a Monday!
Chopra says that for every feeling there is a molecule. If you are experiencing tranquillity your body will be producing natural valium. Chemical changes in the brain are reflected by changes in other cells including blood cells. The brain produces neuropeptides and brain structures are chemically tuned to these neuropeptide receptors. Neuropeptides (neurotransmitters) are the chemical concommitants of thought. Chopra points out the white blood cells (a part of the immune system) have neuropeptide receptors and are “eavesdropping” on our thinking. Conversely the immune system produces its own neuropeptides which can influence the nervous system. He goes on to say that cells in all parts of the body including heart and kidneys for example also produce neuropeptides and neuropeptide sensitivity. Chopra assures us that most neurologists would agree that the nervous system and the immune system are parallel systems.
Other studies in physiology: The blood interlukin-2 levels of medical students decreased as exam time neared and their interlukin receptor capacities also lowered. Chopra says if we are having fun to the point of exhilaration our natural interlukin-2 levels become higher. Interlukin-2 is a powerful and very expensive anti-cancer drug. The body is a printout of consciousness. If we could change the way we look at our bodies at a genuine, profound level then our bodies would actually change.
On the subject of “time” Chopra cites Sir Thomas Gall and Steven Hawkins, stating that our description of the universe as having a past, present, and future are constructed entirely out of our interpretation of change. But in reality linear time doesn’t exist.
Chopra explains the work of Alexander Leaf a former Harvard Professor of Preventative Medicine who toured the world investigating societies where people lived beyond 100 years (these included parts of Afghanistan, Soviet Georgia, Southern Andes). He looked at possible factors including climate, genetics, and diet. Leaf concluded the most important factor was the collective perception of aging in these societies.
Amongst the Tama Humara of the Southern Andes there was a collective belief that the older you got the more physically able you got. They had a tradition of running and the older one became then generally the better at running one got. The best runner was aged 60. Lung capacity and other measures actually improved with age. People were healthy until well into their 100s and died in their sleep. Chopra remarks that things have changed since the introduction of Budweiser (beer) and TV.
[DISCUSSION: How might TV be a factor in changing the former ideal state of things?]
Chopra refers to Dr. Ellen Langor a former Harvard Psychology professor’s work. Langor advertised for 100 volunteers aged over 70 years. She took them to a Monastery outside Boston to play “Let’s Pretend”. They were divided into 2 groups each of which resided in a different part of the building. One group, the control group spent several days talking about the 1950s. The other group, the experimental group had to live as if in the year 1959 and talk about it in the present tense. What appeared on their TV screens were the old newscasts and movies. They read old newspapers and magazines of the period. After 3 days everyone was photographed and the photographs judged by independent judges who knew nothing of the nature of the experiment. The experimental group seemed to have gotten younger in appearance. Langor then arranged for them to be tested for 100 physiological parameters of aging which included of course blood pressure, near point vision and DHEA levels. After 10 days of living as if in 1959 all parameters had reversed by the equivalent of at least 20 years.
Chopra concludes from Langor’s experiment: “We are the metabolic end product of our sensory experiences. How we interpret them depends on the collective mindset which influences individual biological entropy and aging.”
Can one escape the current collective mindset and reap the benefits in longevity and health? Langor says, society won’t let you escape. There are too many reminders of how most people think linear time is and how it expresses itself in entropy and aging – men are naughty at 40 and on social welfare at 55, women reach menopause at 40 etc. We get to see so many other people aging and dying that it sets the pattern that we follow.
Chopra concludes we are the metabolic product of our sensory experience and our interpretation gets structured in our biology itself. Real change comes from change in the collective consciousness – otherwise it cannot occur within the individual.
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Dr. Victor Barnes is an Adelaide psychologist and hypnotherapist. He has also had three decades of experience in adult education including serving as Dean of a Sri Lankan college (ICBT) teaching several Australian degrees. His overseas experience includes studies and consulting experience in USA, PNG, Poland and Sri Lanka.
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As people grow older, they become less active, especially after retirement from an active job. Food is required to maintain the health and state of the body, as in younger age groups, but less energy is needed. Senior citizens can maintain their health by following tips:
– Many elderly women and some men suffer from a condition called osteoporosis, which is result of gradual loss calcium and other minerals from the skeleton. Bones become brittle, may break easily, and are painful.
– To help prevent this problem everyone, but especially women, should have plenty of calcium and vitamin D in their diet when younger, and take regular exercise. There is evidence that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at, and for few years after, menopause can help prevent osteoporosis in women.
– The size of meals should decrease as people become less active, but the quality should not. There is no need for elderly to eat soft or smooth foods only, unless they have a digestive disorder which makes this necessary; they can still enjoy crisps, crunchy; and hard foods, even if they wear dentures, providing that the dentures fit into the gums properly.
– It may be necessary to increase the intake of fiber to avoid constipation, which is common disorder in this age group. Many elderly people resort to using laxatives to prevent or ease constipation. This is undesirable and usually unnecessary if the diet contains sufficient fiber.
– A reduced income may mean that it is not possible to eat much meat or other protein foods, and this poses problems to many senior citizens. Pulses and cereals can be eaten as cheaper alternatives to meat and other and other animal protein foods, or to supplement them.
– Mobility problems may also influence where foods is purchased and how often, and the elderly may require help from the social services department or from willing neighbors.
– The loss of a partner may also affect the motivation to cook and eat well, and this often leads to poor health among the elderly.
– Senior citizen’s luncheon clubs are run by many religious organizations and charities to enable the elderly to meet in social atmosphere, and enjoy a meal together. This is good for their quality of life and happiness. And provide the chance to enjoy a cooked meal which they may not have at home. The meals are usually subsidized.
– Meals on wheels are provided in many areas, and offer daily social contact for elderly people, as well as a regular hot meal. In some areas, people now receive a weekly delivery of frozen meals which they reheat in microwave oven. This saves costs, but limits the important social contact.
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We are in a consumer driven world. There are so many things all around us that make our lives easier and, in a way, influence us to think that we must have them. There are always things that we want which we simply cannot afford. As banks and credit card companies mushroom out of control, we are barraged with opportunities to accept so-called help from these financial institutions just so we can buy more merchandise we want but do not need.
The best part is that you do not even have go to them asking for the credit that you want. They will be at your beck and call offering credit cards, store credit cards (from those stores you wanted to purchase from anyway), merchandise cards (you’re given hundreds of dollars in credit to purchase from the company’s specific catalog), and leasing arrangements that allow you to pay over time.
The only problem with buying on credit is paying it off. Using an analogy, it is easier to step into quicksand than it is to get out. There isn’t always a branch lying around attached to a willing helper. Credit may be no problem if your current job earns enough money to repay your debts completely each month. It simply becomes part of your overall expenses. What happens, though, when your debt overextends your pay check?
Unfortunately, retired senior citizens are more susceptible to this pitfall. In prior years, they worked and earned a certain amount of money, but upon retirement are saddled with little more than Social Security – definitely a blow to the pocket book. Their income is not as flexible as it once was. There are solutions, however, from which seniors can benefit. Some are even geared specifically toward them.
As a senior citizen, you can request the help of a professional. Financial advisors are available to help tackle your problems. Asking for the aid of one such professional can save you a great deal of anxiety, credit ruin and, more importantly, stress. Your financial advisor can act as a mediator between you and creditors to develop “payoff amounts” that won’t leave you destitute – and usually at a fraction of your current payments. If you feel that you’re drowning financially, you shouldn’t wait until the water is over your head. Contact a financial advisor now for assistance.
Before meeting with an advisor, there are steps you should take to be best prepared for the discussion. Grab a notebook and pen to list all your creditors. List them in order of importance, starting with your mortgage (or rent or community fees, etc.) and ending with small payments like store credit cards. List their amounts as well. If you owe $50,000 on your home then list $50,000 and your current monthly payment. For example:
ABC Mortgage Company $50,000 (debt), $775 (monthly payment)
Listing the information this way will show your credit advisor that you are serious about getting your debt in order. It also is incredibly useful for the advisor in contacting your creditors since your financial advisor can then, at a glance, see what you owe and to whom. A sample short list follows below.
It is important that you have a clear comprehension of your financial situation. The best solution to debt is to not get into any that you cannot handle. However if you have already reached that “destination,” especially as a retired senior, then utilizing a financial advisor is certainly a great option to help rid yourself of the burden.
And now, the sample I promised:
Total Monthly Income: $1200
DEBTS / MONTHLY PAYMENTS
ABC Mortgage $50,000 (debt), $750 (monthly payment)
Car Payment $20,000 (debt), $450 (monthly payment)
Credit Bank #1 $3,000 (debt), $25 (monthly payment)
Credit Bank #2 $1,200 (debt), $15 (monthly payment)
Store Credit Card #1 $5,000 (debt), $75 (monthly payment)
House Phone $50 (monthly payment)
Cell Phone $55 (monthly payment)
Total Debt $79,200
Total Monthly Payments $1,400
As you can see from this example, this person is losing $200 every month ($1400 monthly payments minus $1200 income). A financial advisor can usually negotiate with the credit card companies. They may even suggest that this person discontinue either their home phone or cell phone, for example, as most can probably get along with just one or the other.
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ALZHEIMER’S SET TO MOVE FROM THE MOST DAUNTING GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS TO THE 21ST CENTURY’S FISCAL NIGHTMARE
OECD and the Global Coalition on Aging Convene at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University to Shape New Approaches for Solutions
Oxford, UK (26 June 2013) – The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Harris Manchester College, Oxford University and Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) concluded on Friday 21 June, an “Expert Consultation on Unlocking Global Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.” Aimed at providing input to the OECD action agenda for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the Consultation brought together the highest level of global experts across health, economics, public policy, business, biotechnology and beyond.
Its timing is aligned with UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent recognition that dementia is fast becoming the biggest pressure on care systems around the world. “That’s why we’re using our G8 to bring together health ministers, clinical researchers and healthcare companies,” he said. “If the brightest minds are working together on this then we’ve got a greater chance of improving treatments and finding scientific breakthroughs. I’ve said before that we need an all-out fight-back against dementia that cuts across society. Now we need to cut across borders and spearhead an international approach that could really make a difference.”
The objectives of the Consultation included:
- Providing a space for country experts, policy makers, and scientific, medical and academic experts to share views on the main scientific, technological and policy challenges Alzheimer’s and dementia raise in the context of creating a pathway for aging populations to be sources of economic growth in the 21st century; and
- Creating an opportunity for multidisciplinary exchange on a collective action plan that maps the way forward.
“The impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, families, health systems and national economies as populations age will become truly crippling, and no one nation or research organization can solve this global epidemic alone.” said Michael Hodin, Executive Director of GCOA. “It requires global understanding, sharing and collaboration, and this Consultation was a critical step in our ongoing fight against Alzheimer’s – a fight we must win if we are truly to unlock our aging populations as new sources of economic growth.”
Alzheimer’s afflicts one in eight over 65 and one-half of all those over 85, and the economic, social and personal costs will only increase with age-related demographic change. In 2010, the global cost of Alzheimer’s and dementias equalled 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP), or $604 billion. The prevalence and cost, combined with the stigma, which prevents recognition of symptoms and subsequent treatments, signal an urgent call to action.
“Traditional strategies around healthcare services and investments in research are not enough to address the growing worldwide onslaught of Alzheimer’s and dementias,” said Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
“The global scale of the pending healthcare-economic crisis mandates a bold forward looking action plan to harmonize a multi-nation attack on the problem,” noted Zaven Khachaturian, recognized at the meeting as the ‘Chief Architect’ of Alzheimer & Brain Aging research in the United States, now the President of the Campaign to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by 2020. He indicated the urgent need for a “multinational strategic goal for reducing the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other chronic brain disorders by 50 percent within a decade” – thus urging the OECD to “identify the framework conditions to accelerate multi-national collaborative R & D.”
George Vradenburg, Chairman of USAgainstAlzheimer’s and convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s, called for new attention, resources, commitment and collaboration to defeat Alzheimer’s disease. In his keynote speech, coined “The Oxford Accord,” he called for G8 leadership equivalent to the G8 Summit that created the HIV/AIDS Global Fund.
Consultation experts presented their views for proactive public policy and an OECD role in supporting actions to : promote broad-based partnerships; identify incentives, frameworks and infrastructures for enhanced international data sharing; leverage big data as strategies to advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, improve care, promote global exchange of good practice and move toward cure and even prevention.
The Consultation was borne out of the September 2012 OECD workshop, “Anticipating the Special Needs of the 21st Century Silver Economy: From Smart Technologies to Services Innovation,” co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, OECD and Waseda University, with the support of the Japanese government. The workshop concluded that innovation was needed to meet the challenges and opportunities of global demographic change and mitigate the health, social and economic impacts of aging.
The Consultation was held on 20-21 June, 2013 at The Harris Manchester College (HMC), Oxford University in collaboration with the OECD.
For more information see OECD’s website: oe.cd/innovating-against-alzheimers.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL COALITION ON AGING
The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) aims to reshape how global leaders approach and prepare for the 21st century’s profound shift in population aging. GCOA uniquely brings together global corporations across industry sectors with common strategic interests in aging populations, a comprehensive and systemic understanding of aging, and an optimistic view of its impact. Through research, public policy analysis, advocacy and communication, GCOA is advancing innovative solutions and working to ensure global aging is a path for fiscally sustainable economic growth, social value creation and wealth enhancement. For more information, visitwww.globalcoalitiononaging.com.
Ophthalmologists Warn that Fireworks-Related Injuries Can Cause Permanent Vision Loss
American Academy of Ophthalmology and Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology urge parents to closely supervise children when around fireworks
LAS VEGAS – June 26, 2013 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches and Americans make plans to celebrate the stars and stripes with a little red glare from celebratory rockets, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology urge the public to take important steps to prevent fireworks-related eye injuries. The academies ask parents and other adults to be especially cautious when children are in the presence of fireworks.
Of the more than 9,000 fireworks injuries that occur in the United States each year, [I]approximately 45 percent are sustained by children age 15 and under.[II] Eyes are among the most injured body parts,[III] and one in six fireworks-related eye injuries results in permanent vision loss or blindness.[IV]
All fireworks are dangerous if not properly handled; however, sparklers cause the most injury and are particularly dangerous since many children handle them on their own. Sparklers typically burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature is nearly 1,000 degrees hotter than the boiling point of water, double the heat required to burn wood, hot enough to melt glass and cause third-degree burns to the skin.[V] Out-of-control bottle rockets also cause some of the most serious eye injuries, including corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage and rupture of the eyeball – all of which can lead to potential blindness.
Both Academies advise the public that the best way to avoid potentially blinding injuries is to attend a professional public fireworks display instead of using consumer fireworks. For those who still decide to use legal consumer fireworks, the Academy recommends they follow these safety tips to prevent eye injuries:
- Never handle fireworks without protective eyewear and ensure that all bystanders are also wearing eye protection.
- Never let young children play with fireworks of any type. If older children are permitted to handle fireworks, ensure they are closely supervised by an adult and wear protective eyewear.
- Clear the area of flammable materials and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
- Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyrotechnicians.
For those who attend professional fireworks displays and/or live in communities surrounding the shows:
- Respect safety barriers at fireworks shows.
- Do not touch unexploded display (show) fireworks; instead, immediately contact local fire or police departments to help.
“It’s vital that the public take seriously the dangers of using consumer fireworks. If mishandled, devastating injuries can occur – particularly to the eyes,” said Adam J. Rovit, M.D., president of the Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology. “We urge parents and adults to be on high alert about these risks, especially if children are in the presence of fireworks, and take these safety measures to reduce the risk of eye injury.”
The Academy and the Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology believe these tips can help to ensure safe Independence Day observances for everyone. If, however, a fireworks-related eye injury occurs, call 911 and seek medical help immediately. These injuries typically need advanced care by an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions.
For more fireworks safety tips and additional information on how to maintain healthy vision, visit www.geteyesmart.org.
About the Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology
The mission of the Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology is to promote and advance the science and art of medical eye care. The Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology’s members are dedicated to treating and preventing eye diseases for all patients. Learn more at Nevada Academy of Ophthalmology.
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons – Eye M.D.s – with more than 32,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three “O’s” – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve their healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trustworthy and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.orgto learn more.
If you are looking for a medical alert system to protect an elderly loved one, be sure to do your homework. There are a lot of companies out there that offer personal emergency response systems with a number of features and benefits that are very useful and others with serious limitations. For example medical alert phones may be a practical solution for your elderly loved one if they are comfortable with the technology and you believe that they are not in a great risk of falling in becoming incapacitated. A medical alert phone is more or less a wireless phone that you can program with an auto dial feature. It allows the user to carry the telephone around and be able to present auto dial button and be connected with friends, relatives or emergency response professionals but it does require them to be able to access the telephone, operate the telephone and communicate with the person that they’re calling.
The trouble with these medical alert phones is that in the event of a sudden illness, fainting or slip and fall the elderly user may not be able to find, use or even remember that they have the phone. On the plus side, these systems are cheaper than medical monitoring systems as there is no monthly monitoring service to pay for. By getting your senior citizen a reliable mobile phone and preprogramming personal contact numbers into autodial you pretty much accomplish the same effect. We’re not knocking these phones we just want to point out that while they give the user access to a telephone service remotely the system is only as strong as its weakest link.
When an elderly person falls chances are they are going to be disoriented. If they are too confused to find and operate a remote medical alert phones they will not be able to use this system to summon help.
A more practical solution is a medical alert system that can be activated using a pushbutton that is worn around the neck as a pendant or on the wrist like a watch. These medical alarm systems will allow your parent to maintain an independent lifestyle because you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that they can get help simply by pushing a button.
A typical medical alert system has a transmitter which is worn by the user and receiver located somewhere in the house. The range on these devices generally will cover the interior of an average home but they will not provide any protection once you go outside their radio range. Some systems will alert the monitoring station when the signal is lost in the call will be placed to the home to determine if everything is all right.
The basic system operates under the scenario that the elderly person falls and is unable to get up to reach a phone to call for help. By pushing the panic button on the pendant or wristwatch transmitter a coal box is activated in the house which connects the caller to the monitoring station. The monitoring agent speaks with the user to determine how to best help remedy the situation. If the user is coherent and able to give instructions to the monitoring station those instructions will typically be followed. If the caller can’t be reached or understood, the monitoring station will then follow a predetermined emergency call protocol which may include calling 911 responders, relatives, friends and next-door neighbors.
The worst-case scenario is that an elderly person falls and becomes unconscious, or they suffer a stroke. In this state they are unable to push a panic button. That’s where an auto fall detector can be the difference between life and death. A senior monitoring system with a fall-alert feature should, in theory, create an alarm at the monitoring station which will prompt an operator to contact the user to see if everything is all right.
Other more elaborate monitoring systems can actually provide richer detail and true fault detection. Sometimes when people fall they don’t fold face down and make a loud thump on the ground. Sometimes they simply slumped down slowly to the floor or chair. Most fall detection systems are only activated if the device is violently jarred. A more subtle and advanced system will be able to detect the positioning and inactivity as well as changes in body functions to alert the monitoring station.
These more advanced monitoring systems that are able to monitor heart rate, skin temperature and mobility are slightly more expensive but offer much more protection. The downside is that the device that monitors bodily functions must be worn around the chest and some users may find this too invasive.
There are no simple solutions to providing total safety to a senior citizen living at home. All medical monitoring and emergency response systems for aging people have their pluses and minuses. A system that may be right for your grandmother may not work for your grandfather. It’s important that you study the features and benefits of all the top brands to decide which features you can live with and which ones are not worth paying for.
If you’ve had personal experience with a monitoring service that you’d like to recommend or suggest that we take a critical look at please get in touch by leaving a comment below.
Lifestation – Senior Monitoring Service
myHalo – Medical Monitoring – True Fall Detection and Medical Monitor
VRI Medical Alert Systems
Freedom Alert – Medical Alert Phone
Wellcore Personal Emergency Response
Philips Lifeline with AutoAlert
Brickhouse Alert Fall Detection Device
Response Link Medical Alert
Life Guardian Medical Alarm System
Connect America Medical Alert
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Crafting the ideal bodybuilding program
With the special concerns highlighted above, the training program, the bodybuilding exercises, the intensity and frequency of training must be precisely considered before setting up the ideal program. Remember that at this age, most senior citizens have assorted health complications ranging from hypertension, diabetes to kidney failures. The body is particularly susceptible to accumulating fats and the metabolism is usually skewed.
The contemporary health and fitness approach, that is the approach of initiating bodybuilding training as a means to optimal health and physical fitness, requires that everyone remains active in the gym, regardless of age. The idea therefore, is to design a bodybuilding training regimen that counters these age-borne adversities and thus maintains the body at a prime state.
The special features of their training program
The programs for older adults must feature:
- Aggressive weight loss strategies
- Increased cardiovascular exercises for a healthy cardiovascular system and weight loss
- Moderate intensity in weight exercises to stimulate muscle growth
- Endurance training to strengthen the bones
- Proper diet rich in minerals like iron and calcium
- Reduced training frequency (Ideally at two days a week)
- Reduced training duration (Ideally at 35-45 minutes)
Ideal Kinds of Exercises
There are particular bodybuilding exercises that must be incorporated in the training regimen for senior citizens. Remember that the exercises must be construed as intent on assisting the older adults regain or maintain their health and physical fitness. They should incorporate four distinct types of exercises namely:
- Weight lifting exercises for strength (Maintain an intensity level between low and medium)
- Balance exercises that stimulate physical fitness (Ideally done using free weights i.e. side leg raises)
- Stretching exercises for flexibility
- Endurance exercises that last longer but with a minimal intensity i.e. jogging, walking, swimming or riding a bicycle.
For these exercises, two workout sessions of 40 minutes each will be ideal. In most cases, a senior citizen is advised to contract a fitness trainer or at least to consult one regularly. This will ensure that his or her bodybuilding program is comprehensive, safe and beneficial. That means that they can craft a workout schedule like the following:
· Pre-workout warm up – 5 minutes
· Endurance exercises – 15 Minutes
· balance exercises for – 15 minutes
· Post workout warm up – 5 minutes
· Pre-workout warm up – 5 minutes
· Stretching exercises – 15 Minutes
· Weight exercises for – 15 minutes
· Post workout warm up – 5 minutes
Two individuals cannot craft a similar bodybuilding regimen. Older adults must design their own program based on:
· Body strength
· History in the gym
· Medical status of health
· Body fat ratio
· Daily activity levels
· Diet program
· Diet supplementation
There are some particular issues that need to be considered even as the program takes off. Lets us regard these as safety tips that will assist senior citizens in deriving maximal benefits from bodybuilding training despite advance in age. Here they are:
· Consult the physician before initiating any bodybuilding training and severally while on the program
· The light activities should always begin a training session and the intensity should then increase gradually
· Warm ups are a must before and after a training session
· Keep the body well hydrated before, during and after workouts
· Rest durations must be at least 72 hours long
· Proper dressing and protective gear must always be worn while in the gym or on the track
There is a link between a bodybuilding lifestyle and optimal health. Once an individual strikes that link, he or she attains optimal physical fitness as a by-product. With the right information, you can easily set up a training regimen that is centered on bodybuilding health. From this program, muscle mass and strength will accrue and with it physical fitness.
Machahi John Joel is a successful body builder who has spent the last four years pumping iron. It is from this background that he now writes expert articles trying to expound on the link between bodybuilding, health and physical fitness. Learn more about that critical link at [http://digitalhealthandfitness.com/]. In this information age, you need a digital connection to a happy life.
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June 21, 2013 by Leigh St John
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Who needs to consider starting a home based business? The answer is YOU and the overwhelming majority of people, due to the Recession. However, in particular and one of the most vulnerable to the affects of the Recession are senior citizen retirees.
Many individuals from age 55 and above who are retired and receiving Social Security or a company pension may have to come out of retirement and find a job. Retired senior citizens face a huge challenge when competing for jobs against those who are younger. Retirees do not want to cut back their lifestyle at this stage of the game.
Recently, a study done by Charles Schwab & Co. estimates that a large number of senior citizen retirees in the United States are considering returning to the workforce on at least a part-time basis.
What Can Senior Citizens do about it?
Since older job seekers, especially those who have been out of the workforce in the recent past will have a difficult time competing. The best option is to start a home business on the Internet.
They need to prepare themselves with the necessary information and skills needed to accept the challenge of starting a business on the Internet. If some retirees already have the needed technical skills and resources they are good to go.
For those who do not, I encourage you to first purchase a state-of-the-art computer and learn basic computer and Internet skills. That can be done by way of the thousands of free online tutorials. You will most likely need a mentor, friend or some other person to guide you from beginning to end. Do not let the idea of training and learning something new cause you to give up. Also, neither age nor gender is a factor in this industry; it is open to everyone.
In addition to those resources, you will need be self-disciplined and self-motivated to get started with building a home business and ultimately become financially secure. If doing it on a part-time basis is sufficient to supplement your income, all well and good. However, you should know that there is no limit on the amount of income you can generate, either part-time or full-time.
Also, for those who think you can simply join a home business opportunity, promote it for a couple of weeks and expect to get rich, is not reality. Dismiss that idea and do it the right way. If you join a legitimate home business opportunity, you will be on the road to starting a home based business and ultimately, financial freedom.
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As I speak to more operators and administrators of independent and assisted living facilities in regards to their telephone infrastructure strategy. It is clear that they are no longer providing telephone service as a standard amenity in their homes. This is for two main reasons; First they don’t want to have the hassle of billing like they are a phone company. Also, with all the phone options available today, senior citizens are also taking advantage of cable telephone, VoIP and cellular options. In fact, much like their grandchildren seniors in retirement communities are choosing to only use cellular service instead of having a landline or both. When I first started my sales career fifteen years ago middle aged people would come in and complain about how complicated the cutting edge bag phone and flip phones were. I sometimes laugh at this now because comparing those phones to the Palms, Blackberrys and iPhones of today is like comparing telegraph to the touch tone phone. However, companies like Jitterbug Cellular Phones are focusing on the senior citizen niche and making simple cell phones because not everyone needs a computer in their pocket.
The Jitterbug J, may be the perfect option for seniors wanting independence or who are living in independent and assisted living facilities. It can give their families who are always worried about eldercare, peace of mind, because they know it’s a phone simple enough for their elderly parents to use. We will look at what makes this generation of phone different?
The Jitterbug J, “the phone for everyone,” starts with a large bright color display that uses a large easy to read font with clarity. The keypad has large roomy backlit buttons that are laid out for easy dialing for the elderly. The earphone eliminates background noise, has a dial tone similar to landlines similar to landlines when you open the phone with a powerful speaker. The phone eliminates confusing menus and only requires a yes or a no. They offer 24/7 U.S. based customer service and operators who can update the phone book, connect calls and provide directory assistance.
The rate plans start at $14.99 per month and offer upgrades like the Jitterbug Complete Care Bundle. The bundle provides roadside assistance, handset replacement and Jitterbug LiveNurse through a partnership with FONEMED. LiveNurse gives loved ones 24/7 access to registered nurses in English or Spanish. They can assist in connecting them to a large pre-recorded health information library with current information on a variety of topics. The nurses can also help document a users personal health history.
With technology simplified, better customer service, and cheap and easy billing, it’s no wonder more seniors are using cell phones with assistive technologies for safety and security.
John Dondero has spent ten years in the medical equipment industry. He has sold radiology systems to hospitals, medical hardware and software, and now RFID devices including Senior Safety equipment to Senior Living facilities.
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Most senior citizens who have pets treat them like they are their children. Of course, you don’t need to be a senior to do that, but homes without children of the human kind truly do have children of the furry kind.
In addition to providing companionship, unconditional love and a calming effect, larger pets can also provide a sense of safety to seniors. Its also been shown that people who have pets tend to live longer. Pet ownership, as we all know, also has its responsibilities. Sometimes these responsibilities are more difficult on seniors and keeping their pets can present problems. The escalating cost of veterinary bills and the ability to transport their pets when many don’t drive are very real issues.
Several cities in Colorado have been surveying their veterinarian population to find out which ones offer discounts to senior citizens for pet care, as well as which ones either make home visits or provide some type of transportation assistance and other help. In Fort Collins, their Senior Advisory Board obtained a grant allowing it to start a mobile veterinary service for seniors called Elder Pet Care. What a great idea!! Seniors are charged based on a sliding scale for veterinary services performed at their homes. The program is now self-sustaining after ten years.
Some transit systems, like the city of Loveland, CO are also on board by allowing pets to ride in crates. Transit systems in Boston, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco allow full size dogs on leashes to come on board as well as ferries in some of these cities.
I think all these programs are worth duplicating across the United States. Next time you’re at your vet, why not ask if they’re involved in any programs that offer discounts or mobile pet care to seniors. After all, it never hurts to ask!
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Presbyopia is one of the most common conditions affecting senior citizens nowadays. Presbyopia is caused by the eye’s inability to focus in old age, especially with near objects. Thus, blurring of vision occurs, more prominently in the dark. Presbyopia typically presents with blurring of vision when looking at near objects, requiring patients to hold objects far away to be able to see or read. Some people who are nearsighted before they are 40 years old find that their nearsightedness is actually surprisingly advantageous, allowing them to see more clearly when presbyopia starts to set in.
Previously, presbyopia was treated with corrective lenses that are able to compensate for the loss of the eye’s ability to focus effectively. If the patient has an additional refractive error, convex lenses can be used. If corrective lenses aren’t enough, senior citizens can be given a prescription for bifocals or multifocals. The downside to the use of these lenses is that they can occasionally distort the images that you see. Also, the prescription of the glasses changes constantly, as presbyopia progresses.
Senior citizens who would rather not use eyeglasses or contact lenses can opt to undergo laser eye surgery in order to correct presbyopia. Typically, LASIK eye surgery is used in correcting presbyopia. Conventional LASIK eye surgery, however, can further aggravate the senior citizen’s inability to see things up close. Thus, instead of employing the typical LASIK eye surgery, a specific approach, known as monovision, is used.
The monovision approach was initially employed using contact lenses. One contact lens corrects near vision in one eye while the other contact lens corrects distance vision in the other. In time, a more permanent form of monovision was developed. Instead of using contact lenses, laser can be used to permanently change the vision of the eye. One eye can be permanently corrected for near vision while the other eye is permanently corrected for distance vision.
Some people find it very hard to adjust to monovision. Before undergoing monovision laser eye surgery, it is a good idea to first try with contact lenses. This will help you determine whether you can handle permanent monovision or not. If you can’t, laser eye surgery may not be for you. You may want to consider other forms of treatment for presbyopia. These treatments include the use of intraocular lenses and novel techniques, such as the use of scleral expansion bands and the surgical reversal of presbyopia, or SRP.
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June 14, 2013 by Leigh St John
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There is no age limit that locks out any senior citizen from being and AdSense affiliate. Still the road to success is much harder for them. The culprit is mostly their past and sticking too rigidly to rules that may have applied better to offline businesses.
Many an AdSense senior citizen affiliate has failed to take advantage of many online opportunities to improve their businesses simply because it goes against everything they have learnt in their long offline experience.
Probably the thing that bothers many AdSense senior citizen affiliates most is how something effective and valuable can be available for free. It is a lot more difficult for the grasp the popular online business model of offering something for free, building up huge traffic and then finding a way to make money by targeting a fraction of your current free users.
This is exactly how Google grew into the huge giant of a company that we know today. This is the exact model they used when they started off with their then revolutionary and powerful new search engine. This is a concept that one needs to not only grasp and understand but to also fully embrace as a probable model that an online entrepreneur can use or their own business, before somebody can stand a good chance of being successful online.
To succeed AdSense senior citizen affiliates need to stop being so rigid to their old ways and beliefs and accept the revolutionary new ways of the World Wide Web.
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Now, more than ever, elderly adults opt to stay in the comforts of their homes instead of living in a nursing facility. That is why an increasing number of home owners are beginning to adjust the environments of their houses in order to make it more senior citizen-friendly. This can be a task that would require a great amount of effort, and just like any endeavor that you’d like to accomplish successfully, it requires a lot of efficient planning.
If you’re a concerned relative who wants only what’s best for your elderly member, there are two general tips that you should remember. (Note that every senior experiences a unique condition from the rest and it would be wrong to generalize their particular needs.):
1) As I have mentioned: plan. Though you’d want to take action as soon as possible in order to shorten your loved one’s discomfort, it will be impractical to simply throw in one idea over another without properly considering the most efficient way of doing them.
Planning includes checking every part of your home and making a list from the simple things that may need adjustments to things that you think you may install to make the house more convenient. Some details that you’d want to consider are the width of your door frames — especially if your senior uses a device such as a wheelchair or a walker, the floor — make sure that the surface is not at all slippery and is clear of clutter, and the availability of space in the house — ensure that there is enough of it to allow the senior to move about without bumping on furniture or appliances.
Finally when you’ve made your list, you can proceed to the organizing part. Evaluate your list and see which items go with each other or in which areas of the house should each adjustment be applied. The evaluation will also allow you to realize if you’ve missed some important issues. For instance, in choosing the best materials or brands to utilize and considering your financial needs, you may realize that you need to determine further which ones are affordable for the time being and if you’re going to need to apply for a loan.
A great plan leads to great implementation. When you’ve finally come up with a well thought out plan, made a list of all the adjustments and materials needed, and specialists you may consult, you can finally proceed to putting this plan into effect. Remember that if you keep the well-being of the elderly in your heart, for the entirety of this project, you’ll be able to successfully pull it through.
In performing these tasks, make sure that every adjustment is favorable to your senior. Allow him/her to tag along if you’re going shopping for recliner chairs or walkers and make them try various models and sizes so they could choose which ones are best for them. It is also important to allow them to familiarize with the adjustments you’ve made so they’d be aware of the changes and quickly adapt to them.
Family First HomeCare is the perfect solution for seniors and others in need in New Jersey who are not ready to leave their home for an institutional setting, but because of illness or chronic conditions need support to remain at home. We improve your life by providing compassionate, one-on-one care in the comfort of your own home. Find out more about senior care services in New Jersey.
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Most people looking forward to the day they become senior citizens and the right to enjoy every day. Many do this as well, especially those who have put aside a lot of money for the retirement existence, have a holiday house boat, like to travel or engage in other forms of leisure life and activities.
But, what about those who have not put aside money or do not have any of the other things? For these people, there will be a lot of sitting home and watching TV. One day is equal to the second and with little variation. After a time they want a work again.
To find a job in retirement is not easy, unless you are expert in a field and can start up the service with this in one form or another. For example, information and training, repairs, etc.
Internet business from home can be a good solution, but the problem is that many of these newly established senior citizens have no experience with PC or the Internet. For these are the first to familiarize themselves with basic computer usage and internet through books or courses. If this is right for them, they can invest in a PC and do an Internet connection.
We have learned from the past that we should have patience and not go too fast forward in many different contexts. This applies also to build an online business.
To build up an online business is like going up a ladder, you have to take one step at a time and not try to skip a step. Then you can fall down and have to start over again. I hope you understand the comparison.
Many Senior Citizens and older people have here some problems versus younger people. Most forgets faster, hear and do not look so good anymore and they do not work as quickly as before. Therefore also use the slightly longer time to learn things. They have simply not sufficient time to have patience. They want to get started as soon as possible.
It is then better to buy services in order to get things done, and it is perhaps much better. But, be wise. . . be careful.
Seniors are often targeted by criminals because it can sometimes be easier to gain the trust of a senior, and also because the older ones probably have set aside savings and thus become a more lucrative target.
It can be helpful to keep some of the following tips in mind to help you or your loved one protected against scams and frauds, especially when shopping or working online.
For those seniors who need to make money, considering starting an online business opportunity program, here are some tips.
You do not have to pay hundreds of dollars for nothing! Any company looking for a great deal of money from you to do business, you should stay away completely!
You are strongly urged not to make a move on any kind of internet marketing opportunity that requires the outlay of that kind of money.
Most internet opportunities can be up and running for only a few hundred dollars in a day or two and that would be a fairly big deal.
At last. . . As I said before, older people forget faster, so please try to remember this. If you sign up for a 30 day trial program for $1, then later, after 30 days, you will be charged for $25 per month,
Do not forget to cancel if you do not want to continue.
Per Fossum is from Norway and a former Forex trader.After his retirement,he moved to Thailand where he works with his own online Home Business.
Made his website from Site Sell.
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Society for Serving Seniors, an NGO in Secunderabad recently conducted a small survey asking people (all respondents are retirees above 55) to state how they desire to be disposed off after their death. Out of some 550 people to whom this was circulated, only 26 answered the questionnaire. The main reason for this low response is that old people do not want to discuss death and related issues!
The results for the five options posed are given below:
Disposal Method Number %
Cremation – wood -Traditional 1 3%
Burial, Cemetery 1 3%
Donated to Medical School 12 46%
Cremation, Electrical 12 46%
Thrown into River for fishes 0 0
Mummified & preserved 0 0
In India we continue to have traditional cremation with firewood at burning Ghats and Electric crematoria in State maintained funeral homes. The latter have come up in recent years. We being tradition bound, most people may not like to mess up with death related activities, I thought. However, much to my surprise, I find that 46% of people want to donate their bodies for medical schools and organ donation. Another 46% prefer Electric cremation but only a small percentage prefer to go in for Traditional firewood cremation. Persons opting for burial constitute just 3%.
Burial is fraught with extensive land being put to dead use. Land costs are sky rising and it is difficult to find more and more land to be allocated for burial grounds. At any point of time the total number of dead persons will always be increasing compared to people who are alive. Have you not heard the phrase ‘joining the Majority’ meaning ‘ceasing to be’? Therefore burial as a mode of disposal of the dead body should be done away with. As this is connected with religious sentiments, it is difficult but worth trying.
Electrical cremation is fast and relatively pollution free. Problem of bad smell is also eliminated. But they are power intensive. Findings of this survey call for establishing more electric crematoria. NGOs concerned with organ harvesting should increase their marketing activities and reach the right type of people so that Living Wills could be made properly.
That many persons are willing to donate their bodies after death for useful purposes is very encouraging. As already indicated most people are vary of entertaining any talk about death. And death related customs and rituals are adhered to more out of social pressure than out of free will to follow. Being ready to donate one’s body for medical research involves courage and convictions. This happy trend must be encouraged by proper sensitization of senior citizens. This can be achieved through Senior Citizen Associations and NGOs working for elders.
Dr P Vyasamoorthy is a Retired Librarian turned Information Consultant. Specialist in providing Information to Senior Citizens who are Indians or Indians living abroad. Moderates a Web group for Senior Citizens in India for the past 8 years. Web group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sss-global
He blogs at: http://vyasa-kaaranam-ketkadey.blogspot.com/ The posts in his blog are mostly his own writings dealing with retired peoples’ problems.
He has taken to writing recently for the past six months and writes in Merinews, cplash, karmayog, Triond and other sites.
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Senior citizens purchase 35-40% of all prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Seniors between the ages of 65-84 take from 14-to-18 prescriptions annually. Up to 25% of these medications are considered unnecessary or inaccurate.
The Internet offers numerous articles and other information on how senior citizens can protect themselves from over-medication and other unnecessary treatments. Some of these articles are written by physicians who realize that medical drugs are not the answer to all health conditions. Additionally, a recent midwestern newspaper article indicates that less than half of our medical care is supported by adequate scientific evidence. These kind of articles also offer recommendations for protection from the harmful side effects of too much medication.
1. Good insurance pays. Although health insurance is a good thing to have nowadays, do keep in mind that your insurance and drug plans could be prevailed upon for medical business reasons. If you already have medicare and other health insurance, your health condition could inadvertently be targeted for more treatments than really necessary.
2. Common sense. Listen to your best instincts about the treatments you might or might not need. Do not passively accept medication without knowing its exact health goal and purpose first. Ask questions about your prescription and why you need it for your specific condition? Make sure this treatment makes sense to you.
Although senior citizens account for only 13% of the population, they purchase up to 40% of all medications. Therefore, document any side effects from your prescriptions, and report them to your doctor, e.g., headache, cough, drowsiness, dizziness, pain, itching, gas, upset stomach, or constipation. Your doctor can change these medications if they cause you discomfort.
3. Take someone with you to an appointment. Take a friend or family member with you when you see your doctor. This person will add to your advocacy by giving you emotional support, and by helping you thwart questionable prescriptions or treatments. Three heads are better than one. Also, remember that 77% of the seniors between the ages of 65-70 have at least one chronic illness. Thus, you could really need one or two prescriptions of some kind.
Yet, other prescriptions are questionable. For example, if you have a desirable cholesterol level lower than 200-mg/dL, and your doctor prescribes a statin drug to enhance your cholesterol level, you will need to question that recommendation to find out exactly why you need it for your apparent condition. Will it affect your other bodily systems in some way, good or bad? In another reported situation, a study at a northwestern state university found that some doctors were prescribing powerful anti-psychotic drugs to patients for mild depression, anxiety, and insomnia. These drugs are approved only for serious mental and emotional disorders. Otherwise, the effects from these drugs can be harmful.
Still other adverse medical effects can be somewhat innocent. In one case, a senior started taking two common OTC pills daily to help reduce hip pain. However, these pills thinned that person’s blood, which caused his or her small colon fissures to bleed. After the resulting bleeding showed up in the stool, this senior was much relieved to find out it was not caused by cancer.
4. Learn about your medical condition. If you have a computer available, search the Internet for reliable information about your condition, and how to treat it. If not, try a public or medical library to find out as much about it as you can. This kind of knowledge is defensive power in favor of your continued good health.
5. Keep and carry your own set of records. Carry your basic health history and information with you, in writing. List your chronic conditions, medications, allergies, blood type as well as your doctor’s name and phone number. Also keep a copy of these life-saving records in the open at your residence in case of an emergency, or in case you become unconscious and cannot provide this information verbally. Additionally, if possible, add copies of your laboratory test results to these records. Your life could depend on them.
6. Report suspected abuse or fraud. Medicare fraud costs tax payers multiple millions of dollars, and causes health insurance premiums to rise sharply. Study the suspect fraud carefully, and then report it. Such abuse can be reported to a senior-medicare patrol in your area or state if they exist. These offices or patrols are found at the government agencies on aging. For starters, see the links below for prevention and protection.
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It happens every year about this time. We start thinking about creative and thoughtful gifts for our older family members and friends and just can’t get any help. Search on Amazon for senior citizen gift ideas and you’ll be overwhelmed by lots of frankly inappropriate selections.
So what is the magic secret to avoiding the same old flowers, scarves and socks? Let’s look at a few options that we have given to our parents and grandparents that have really gone down well.
As we get older, everyday tasks become harder. You don’t want to see Grandpa taking out the trash on a winter night holding trash in one hand and a flashlight in the other. The thoughtful solution might be a lighted baseball cap with LEDs to light his way, freeing one hand for stability.
Is Mom having trouble reaching the cat dishes because she has trouble bending? What about a reaching device that is not just useful, but will have everyone in the family playing with it.
Anyone in the family having bathroom issues? A $2,000+ Japanese talking robotic toilet would be great, but did you know that there are several low-cost options for retrofitting automatic toilet seats to your bathroom?
Practical is great, but there are times that a simply beautiful gift is more appropriate. Even here, though, it pays to be sensitive to the challenges of aging.
My Mom has been suffering from arthritis recently, and her ability to fasten buttons and clasps has diminished significantly. So my last gift to her was a set of 30 inch gold and silver chains that she could slip over her head without doing the clasp. We also swapped a few of her pendants from her older chains so that she could wear her favorite pieces all over again.
No, we don’t mean a cup with “World’s greatest Dad” on it. We’ve had great success with thoughtfully personalizing gifts, particularly using today’s technology.
Do you know anything that gets older members of the family to reminisce more than music from their “golden age”? One of our favorite recommendations for anyone looking for the perfect senior gift is an MP3 player.
Yes, we know that your parents and grandparents can barely get to grips with the TV remote (ours, too). That’s where the personalization comes in. You add the music beforehand and keep adding to their collection over time. We bought Dad 3 CDs of 50s classics and loaded them on the MP3 player so all he has to do is press play and stop (and on his player that’s the same button).
So this year stay away from the same old tired gifts and get something for your favorite senior citizen that is thoughtfully practical, beautiful or personalized.
Uma Eklund is dedicated to providing products and gifts that allow seniors to enjoy life to the full. Uma researches and selects products to recommend based on her own experience with finding and buying the best gifts for senior citizens. If you would like more gift ideas for senior citizens please visit our website at http://www.thoughtfulseniorgifts.com.
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June 5, 2013 by Leigh St John
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Boston Elder Care Expert A. Michael Bloom Shares Coping Strategies to Support Accidental Caregivers Tending to Ailing Moms and Dads
BOSTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations are approaching, yet millions of adult children care for parents year round while on the brink of burnout. Catapulted into the accidental caregiver role without warning, stressed-out kids are doing their best to hold life together when everything seems to be falling apart.
Boston Elder Care Expert A. Michael Bloom issues a timely warning. “You must seek support as a caregiver. The life you save may be your own.”
Bloom offers practical coping strategies to help family caregivers recharge their energy and avoid burnout during a free monthly Caregiving Power Hour. During these tele-sessions, caregivers get tactical solutions to get through the week ahead. Bloom wants to inspire and train caregivers to provide quality support for their loved ones while fully living their own lives.
“It’s coaching, community, and caring in the gift of an hour of sacred time that can really make a difference,” Bloom says.
Bloom knows the stressful caregiving journey well. He served as the primary, live-in caregiver for his parents during their final years. His father passed away in 2009 and, after a courageous battle with cancer, Bloom’s mother passed away in his loving arms on Mother’s Day 2012.
“Caregivers put the well-being of loved ones first which can mean putting their own needs and plans on the back burner. The regret for career or life enhancing opportunities not taken can be a bitter pill to swallow,” Bloom says.
He honors the legacy of his parents by sharing key steps along the roadmap to caregiving without regret.
- Release Crisis Mode. Stop being a victim to circumstances so you feel stronger and become laser-focused to meet your family’s needs. Supporting loved ones through medical challenges is overwhelming and scary. When you become aware that feeling like a victim or in a state of crisis is a mindset, you can successfully shift back into taking control and positive action.
- Overcome Conflict. Communicate and cope with calm and clarity. Otherwise, you will crash while riding the emotional roller coaster associated with disability or disease. Mastering your own trigger points for anger and frustration will lead you to deal effectively with the most challenging people and circumstances in your life.
- Achieve Buy-In. Motivate others to contribute based upon their individual abilities, preferences, and talents so your loved one receives the most satisfying support possible. Giving others choices for how they can serve will foster their desire to gladly help on a regular basis.
- Deliver Greatness and Compassion in Equal Doses. Become the inspiring caregiver that people cheer for and gladly support in meaningful ways. Let your compassion shine through in all actions as you support your loved one. Devote equal time for self-care so you have the energy to let your best shine through even during tough times.
- Magnetize and Motivate Talent. Create an atmosphere that attracts and retains the best people to join your loved one’s care team and experience brilliant performance. Stay positive and open to the opinions of others so you can facilitate options for the best care and support.
- Access Intuition. Trust your instincts and let your care and dedication guide your decisions. Share any concerns and questions with key support professionals. It is better to explore a concern that proves to be okay rather than ignore something that could be life threatening.
- Put Chocolate in Your Pill Box. Find ways to fuel your soul so you can thrive during the caregiver journey and develop the passion and purpose for your life beyond caregiving. Dose yourself regularly to avoid burnout while creating enduring satisfaction and success.
About Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership™ Master Practitioner A. Michael Bloom
Since 2011, A. Michael Bloom has revitalized the careers of hundreds of family and professional caregivers with practical, tactical soul-saving coping strategies that support them in saving lives – including their own. An in-demand New England speaker, workshop leader, and coach, Bloom has influenced hundreds of caregivers to follow a roadmap to avoid burnout and recharge their caregiving energy. The author of the forthcoming book, The Accidental Caregivers Survival Guide: Your Roadmap to Caregiving Without Regret, Bloom welcomes media interviews, speaking engagements, and the opportunity to inspire caregivers around the world via his monthly Caregiving Power Hours. Learn more at http://www.bloomforcoach.com/powerhour/.
Betty White’s “Off Their Rockers” TV Show Is Demeaning to Older People, Says Octogenarian Anti-Aging Expert Barbara Morris
ESCONDIDO, Calif., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — While everyone loves Betty White, not everybody loves her TV show, “Off Their Rockers” according to octogenarian anti-aging expert Barbara Morris, editor, and publisher of the online Put Old on Hold Journal and e-Magazine.
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Morris, author of Put Old on Hold, a book acclaimed by Florence Henderson and other celebrities for its non-traditional approach to aging, says that while she admires Betty White’s energy and creative ability, the premise of “Off Their Rockers” is so distasteful that Morris doesn’t understand why Betty can’t see that she is not doing old people a favor with the show’s premise of seniors pulling pranks on unsuspecting folks. The “unsuspecting folks” are usually embarrassed young people. “The whole idea is embarrassing to a lot of us older folks, too,” says Barbara Morris.
“Why did Betty decide to do this show?” asks Ms. Morris. “Is it because she is so confident and so vibrant that she can’t understand that most of her audience doesn’t grasp that she is trying to spoof the pathetic stereotype of “old” and see it as confirming it instead? Maybe she is so focused on getting a laugh that she doesn’t see the damage she’s doing.”
“Regardless of her reason to create this misguided show and no matter how good her reason, it’s still damaging to all of us who ever get old enough to fall prey to the ‘old people eventually lose it’ stereotype,” asserts Morris. “She is undoing the very thing that we love her for–being vibrant and funny and “with it” in her 90’s.”
Morris continued, “We appreciate and applaud Betty White. But she needs to give us respect in return. Participating in a show that’s demeaning to older people is simply not the right thing to do. In so many ways Betty could use her talent, energy, and experience to choose projects that more accurately reflect the caliber, talent and continued competence of old people.” In the meantime, says Morris, “It’s time to retire “Off Their Rockers.” It never belonged on the air in the first place.”
Barbara Morris, 84, is a pharmacist, writer, and anti-aging expert who lives the productive lifestyle she advocates. In addition to her monthly Put Old on Hold Journal and e-Magazine her books include Put Old on Hold, No More Little Old Ladies, Why, Boomer Women Become Their Mothers, and I’m Not Goin’ There! Click here for the full critique of “Off Their Rockers“
EarlySense System Implementation Shown to Reduce Falls, Decrease Transfers to Hospitals and Increase the Quality of Care for Elderly in Multi-Center Nursing Home Study
Clinical data presented at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society
Waltham, MA, May 3, 2013 —- EarlySense, the market leader in Proactive Patient Care Solutions™, announced today the results of a multi-center clinical study demonstrating that the EarlySense system helps medical teams at rehabilitation centers to reduce patient falls as well as the number of patients transferred back to the hospital. The clinical data was collected from The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, NY and Dorot Medical Center in Israel. The data was presented today at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) by Hebrew Home medical director and study principal investigator Dr. Zachary J. Palace in a poster titled The Effect of a Continuous Patient Monitoring System on Reducing Hospitalization and Falls in Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Dr. Palace said, “The implementation of EarlySense on the post-acute care units has demonstrated a significant decrease in the total number of falls and a trend towards reduction in the readmission rate back to hospitals, thus improving the overall quality of care for the elderly. The system also alerted regarding early warning signs of patient deterioration which enabled our medical team to proactively respond and literally save four lives. As clinicians we are always on the lookout for better ways to provide safer, more effective care for our patients.”
Dr. Palace continued, “Patient falls and subsequent hospital transfers are an ongoing challenge for most rehabilitation centers. The EarlySense system is the first technology to help us more effectively and proactively respond to early warning signs of deterioration and potential falls to secure better patient outcomes. We’ve experienced success and look forward to continuing this trend.”
Dorot Medical Center principal investigator Dr. Gad Mendelson said, “As the population ages, we are seeing a growing need to provide safer, smarter care without increasing our staffing level. In this clinical trial, we saw that the continuous monitoring nature of the EarlySense system and its low level of false alarms allowed our team to reach deteriorating patients earlier without creating alarm fatigue.”
Eight-hundred and thirty-three (833) patient records at The Dorot Geriatric Center, a 374-bed facility in Netanya, Israel and seven-hundred and seventy-three (773) records at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, an 870-bed skilled nursing facility in Riverdale, N.Y. were collected and reviewed over a six month period. The transfer rate to the hospital decreased by 21% (p=0.12) at Dorot, and the falls rate decreased by 38.5% (p<0.05) at the Hebrew Home.
Mr. David Weinstein, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale said, “The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has always been at the forefront of care and technology. Early Sense compliments our unique platform by offering our residents innovative advancements that are safe and effective.”
EarlySense Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Dalia Argaman said, “We are fortunate to be able to work with two outstanding and highly skilled nursing facilities like the Hebrew Home and Dorot. We look forward to continuing what has been a very productive cooperation at both of these fine locations with the vision that the EarlySense system will continue to benefit medical teams, patients and their families within the entire healthcare spectrum, in the various markets across the world where we are actively promoting the EarlySense Solutions.”
EarlySense has brought to market an innovative technology designed to advance proactive patient care and enable clinicians to achieve better patient outcomes, by assisting in preventing adverse events from occurring through the early identification of potential adverse events, in the form of falls, pressure ulcers and/or patient deterioration. The company’s flagship product, the EarlySense System, is a continuous, contact-free, patient safety monitoring solution that monitors and documents a patient’s vital signs and movement using a sensor that is placed underneath a bed mattress. There are no leads or cuffs to connect to the patient who has complete freedom of movement and is not burdened by any cumbersome attachments. The system was initially designed to monitor non-ICU ‘lower risk’ patients on medical surgical floors who are usually monitored by nursing staff approximately once every four hours. The system is currently installed at hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the USA and Europe. It is also commercially available in Canada. Hospital administrators report that patients, their families and staff feel more comfortable knowing the system is in place. EarlySense Inc. is headquartered in Waltham, MA. Investors include: JK&B, Pitango Venture Capital, Etgar Challenge Fund, ProSeed VC Fund (TASE: PRSD), Docor International Management, Noaber, and Bridge Investment Fund, and Peter Soderberg, managing partner of Worthy Ventures Resources, LLC and former president and CEO of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC). For additional information, please visit www.earlysense.com.
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At a time when thousands of Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65 every day, the issues of senior rights, elder laws, and anti-ageism have never been more important, more volatile, or more questioned. After all, this is the generation that was ready to take down the establishment fifty years ago, and they haven’t lost any of their desire to change the world for the better. And, they have the numbers to do it. Here are our 100 top blogs for seniors dealing with senior rights, law & policy, and anti-ageism.
Boomers Against The Law
- Elder Law Plus: lawyer Evan H. Farr blogs about topics concerning elder law, including probate strategies and parental care.
- Michigan Elder Law Blog: the attorneys at Barsch & Joswick provide seniors and their loved ones with sage advice on a variety of Elder law issues.
- Everything Elder Law: Evan Farr is back at it again, this time focusing on Elder Law news, concepts, and innovations from around the country.
- Massachusetts Estate and Elder Law Blog: lawyer and blogger Stephanie Konarski gives tips on estate planning and other elder law topics.
- New York Elder Law Attorney Blog: your source for elder law news and comment in New York, this blog analyzes nursing home legislation and elder care costs.
- Elder Law Prof. Blog: Elder Law professor Kim Dayton authors a really nice blog that covers a wide range of Elder law issues, from Supreme Court cases to seminars.
- The Pop Tort: can a consumer advocates blog dealing with civil justice be cute? This blog proves it can, complete with an adorable “Pop Tort” logo, even while exploring such issues as Medicare and Medicaid lawsuits, nursing home scams, and medical malpractice against the elderly, among other legal issues.
- Supportive Senior Solutions: this blog from a geriatric care management practice in New York covers issues related to geriatric care, caregiving, and healthcare laws for the elderly and infirm.
- Aging Beats the Alternative: elder care specialist Lorie Ebers uses her blog to talk about overcoming the challenges of aging, caring for aging parents, and the less talked about side of elder law: Boomer divorce.
- Elder Law Blog: lawyer Ronald C. Morton’s elder law blog is full of sage advice for seniors looking how to tap into Veteran’s benefits, how to plan for their golden years, and more.
- The Best Elder Law Blog: published by the attorneys at Lamson & Cutner, this blog discusses elder law cases, the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage.
- Elder Law Tips and News: the lawyers at Cooper, Adel & Associates bring you posts on living trusts, aging issues, and general estate planning.
- The Connecticut Elder Law Blog: lawyer Michael Keenan provides his readers with estate planning tips, elder fraud, and Medicare rules.
- The Teddy Bear Lawyers: attorney Rick Law gives readers a great resource for Elder Law in the Chicagoland area. Find articles on protecting vulnerable seniors and financial planning.
- Oregon Elder Law: attorney Orrin Onken blogs on elder law, estate planning, and probate proceedings in plain, easy to understand language.
- Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog: this informative blog includes great articles on VA benefits, estate planning, and trusts.
- Golden Law Center: written by attorney Sasha Golden, the Golden Law Center blog discusses elder law, special needs planning, guardianship, wills and trusts, and estate administration.
- Kraft Elder Law: attorney Robert Kraft blogs about Medicaid, Medicare, wills, trusts, probate, veterans benefits, and other elder law topics.
- Pennsylvania Law Blog: this elder law blog by the attorneys at the law offices of Shober & Rock discusses Medicaid, taxes, Veterans, banks, and annuities.
- Long Beach Elder Law Blog: this blog focuses on elder abuse, estate protection, the Cal MediConnect program, and reform of health law.
- Houston Elder Law Blog: the folks at Wright Abshire Attorneys blog about care planning, estate planning, Medicaid Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, and and Veteran’s Benefits.
- Hauptman Law Blog: readers of this blog can learn more about elder, estate, and special needs law. Includes articles on the Medicare Settlement and VA Aid.
- Fulkerson Elder Law Blog: the function of this elder law blog is for the firm to respond to common questions clients have about elder law and review developments in the law impacting elder law and estate planning.
- CMLP Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog: readers can look forward to reviewing articles on simplifying their estate plan and elder law news items of note.
- Massachusetts Estate Planning and Probate Blog: attorney Matthew Karr keeps readers up to date on estate planning and probate news and information.
- Marshall Elder and Estate Planning Blog: the author of this elder law blog has over 30 years experience in estate planning, special needs planning, and estates.
- Hartford, CT Elder Law Blog: the attorney’s at Ruggiero Ziogas & Allaire discuss estate planning, care planning, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, and Probate.
- El Paso Elder Law Blog: the law firm of Stephanie Townsend Allala and Associates blogs on estate planning, guardianships, Medicaid Planning, Nursing Home Abuse, and Trust & Probate.
- Miami Probate Law Blog: the folks at the Byrant law firm keep readers up-to-date on estate administration, probate court, estate litigation, and the nuisances of will and trust disputes.
- Elder Law News: attorney Brian A. Raphan is based in New York City and specializes in Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Elder Care issues. His blog is full of great resources.
- Aging & Law in West Virginia: this blog contains news in law and aging in West Virginia, written by the West Virginia Senior Legal Aid organization.
- Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning: this Florida Certified Elder Law attorney provides in depth insights and news to help Floridians protect themselves and preserve their assets.
- Family Law Blog Maryland: while this blog looks at all matters pertaining to Family Law, elder law sneaks in as a prevalent theme in many of the cases discussed. They look at legal matters like when divorce and retirement coincide, or when grandparents wish to take custody of their grandchildren.
- Phoenix AZ Family Law Blog: looking at issues older couples face in Arizona, this family law blog explores the specific challenges elders face in divorces and custody battles, complete with the latest policy changes and laws.
- Otherspoon: hospice volunteer and blogger Ann Neumann talks about care-giving and the realities, politics, and senior rights involved in death and dying.
Seniors Talk Policy And Politics
- Aging in Place: this blog is concerned with seniors who are dealing with shrinking benefits and increasing costs—seniors find answers on how to protect themselves.
- Estate in Denial: providing news, analysis, and commentary on abusive practices occurring in probate courts. Features original perspective and direct communication.
- Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog: this blog covers estate planning legal issues, cases of interest, and news with a focus on Florida elder law.
- McGuire Woods: the people at McGuire Woods author this great blog on long term care legal issues, including timely news, articles, and white papers.
- Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog: published by the law office of Wilson & Wilson, this blog covers asset protection, banking, estate planning, and trusts.
- Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog: covers Illinois nursing home law, including Supreme Court cases and other information relating to residents and family members.
- Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog: provides readers in New Jersey with information on elder law, estate and special needs planning, and mediation services.
- Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog: this blog offers insight on nursing home abuse reports, legislation, and legal opinions of elder law in Maryland.
- Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law: elder law attorney Brian Barreira writes on legal issues involving death, taxes, special needs, and long-term elder care.
- New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog: blog posts explore life and death in New Jersey from a perspective of estate planning, elder law, taxation, probate, and estate administration.
- Medina Law Group: postings provide readers with advice on estate planning and management, estate taxes, elder law, and VA benefits.
- North Carolina Wills and Trusts: this blog provides readers with estate planning and elder law news with a North Carolina focus.
- California Nursing Home Abuse Law Blog: covers nursing home abuse, elder law abuse, and features many quality articles relating to California elder law.
- Nursing Home Law Blog: this well written blog discusses elder issues, legislation, legal news, protections of elder rights, and helpful health tips.
- PA Elder Estate and Fiduciary Law Blog: focuses on elder law, long-term care, end-of-life and health care surrogate decision-making, and estate planning.
- Patti’s Blog: find information about this lawyer’s practice, which concentrates on advocacy for seniors. She shares personal interests and her passions.
- Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog: this blog discusses nursing home abuse laws, cases, and news items from Pennsylvania.
- Barbara Cashman Blog: Barbara blogs about elder law and policy issues, and often hosts guest bloggers to share their insights on elder law and news.
- NJ Elder Law: lawyer Kenneth Vercammen blogs about topics related to estate planning and elder law. He was once awarded the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year.
- The Senior Sentinel: a blog compiling news and information for Baby Boomers, the Senior Sentinel concentrates on the intersection of ageism and public policy both nationally and world-wide.
- Elder Consult: this geriatric medicine blog not only covers Alzheimers, dementia, financial decision making, and medications, it also discusses related legal issues such as elder financial abuse.
- Grey Pride: a UK blog by the Anchor Digital Marketing team is dedicated to keeping older people at the top of the political agenda and petitioning the government to create a Minister for Older People to ensure their needs are met.
- Over 65 Blog: project organizers from Harvard, Yale, and The Hastings Center host this blog for “seniors seeking solutions for health care and security, mainly looking at health care system reforms, elder law policies and practices, and how seniors can achieve a stronger role in the future of health care.
- Reaping Hope Blog: a blog from an NGO in Nepal promoting dignified aging and elder rights, Reaping Hope explores elder abuse and elder oppression while actively helping elderly people claim their rights and challenge discrimination.
Age Against The Machine: Anti-Ageism
- Ageist Beauty: the musings, product reviews, and random thoughts of a woman who is fighting against her age.
- Everyday Ageism Project: this blog aims to capture people’s everyday experiences dealing with ageism. The author has discovered that ageism is the most commonly experienced form of prejudice.
- The Lonely Gerontologist: professor Kelly Yokum blogs about all things aging—including aging stereotypes and other aging topics that come to mind.
- My Elder Advocate: this blog provides comprehensive coverage of ageism, the dangers of nursing homes, elder abuse, and elder care.
- The Roaming Boomers: David and Carol are great examples of a couple who doesn’t let age get in the way of living life to the fullest.
- The Gypsy Nester: Veronica and David show readers how to rock the empty nest and get the most out of life as you age.
- Changing Aging: this multi-blog platform challenges conventional views on aging. The authors believe aging is a strength, rich in developmental potential and growth.
- The Elders: founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, the Elders is a group of seniors committed to addressing global challenges, including child marriage and climate change.
- Beauty and Wisdom: the blog of photographer Robbie Kaye, who traveled to salons throughout the US to photograph and interview women in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s and discovered that beauty is ageless.
- Advanced Style: don’t tell these women they are too old to model hip and alluring fashions. This blog teaches women how to dress to impress and that age is only a number.
- RL TV: the only cable network and online destination for folks 50+, features a nice blog that provides tips on elder issues and promotes active living.
- The 70-Something Blog: blogger Judy informs readers how to live a full and engaging life as she chronicles her journey of aging.
- Retirement is Work: newly retired librarian and blogger resolves to post one good thing about retirement every day for a year, but along the way struggles with senior rights and anti-ageism.
- Yo Is This Ageist?: a humorous blog by Ashton Applewhite dedicated to determining whether age-related remarks are offensive, “challenging the stereotypes that segregate us by age.”
- This Chair Rocks: a smart and sassy blog by Ashton Applewhite that challenges the ideas of ageism with humor and snark. All stereotypes and insensitive remarks are grounds for brilliant blog posts.
- Senior Planet: “aging with attitude” is the tagline of this blog community of older adults using technology to connect with each other and take on the issues of ageism and senior rights.
- Changing Aging: a blog founded by Dr. Bill Thomas to promote “a radical reinterpretation of longevity” which focuses on anti-ageism and senior rights, as well as getting the most out of a long life.
- Time Goes By: Ronni Bennett takes on aging, ageism and related issues with humor, exploring the truth of “what it’s really like to get old.” She starts by rejecting the “cutesy” terms for old people – they’re called “elders” around here!
- The Magic of Middle-Aged Women: author Daniel Even Weiss – a man – blogs on the theme of his latest book, The Magic of Middle-Aged Women, where he challenges the prevailing ageist idea that women don’t get better as they age. They do.
- Advanced Style: Ari Seth Cohen, a young-ish photographer, roams the New York City streets photographing stylish and creative elders. Here, art challenges the paradigm that age and beauty can’t co-exist.
- The New Old Age: the New York Times blog on aging takes advantage of the newspaper’s top writers to explore the unprecedented intergenerational challenge of the Baby Boomers.
- The Little Old Lady Stays Put (or doesn’t): explores the “lives, lifestyles and issues of interesting older people,” touching on the issues surrounding ageism, elder rights, living with dementia, and overcoming the struggles of aging with strength and good humor.
- Naked at Our Age: advocate of ageless sexuality, Joan Price, talks about sex and aging, taking on Senior Rights subjects like safer sex for seniors while providing helpful tips.
- Aging & Work at Boston College: scholars, academics, and researchers share their findings on ageism in the workplace and the challenges aging workers face in this PhD-heavy blog by The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.
- Ethnic Elders: this newsy blog by New America Media examines the Senior Rights issues and Elder Law of minority groups such as age discrimination, lawsuits related to Social Security, and elder healthcare reform.
- The Everyday Ageism Project: blending blogging and research, this site’s goal is to capture the experience of age discrimination. The forum is full of people sharing their experiences in a supportive environment.
- Huffington Post’s Senior Citizens Blog: the Huffington Post’s Senior Citizens sub-blog offers wide ranging posts on issues including senior rights and ageism – with its signature left-wing perspective.
- Clinical Geriatrics: created as more of a peer-reviewed clinical journal by the American Geriatrics Society, some of the top scholars in geriatrics converge on this blog to discuss geriatric health and wellness issues, which often cross over into legal and anti-ageism issues.
- Age Action Alliance: this organization brings together a network of 300 organizations and individuals committed to helping older people. Its blog is dedicated to improving older people’s lives through advocating against ageism, particularly in Britain.
- Manitoba Senior Centres: this Canadian blog covers the rampant ageism in Canada and promotes world elder abuse awareness. It also has a list of resources for older adults.
- Fierce with Age: defying ageism goes mainstream at this blog, created by veteran journalist Dr. Carol Orsborn. Having written about the Boomer generation for major newspapers and blogged for the Huffington Post and NPR’s Next Avenue, Orsborn is well equipped to take on the spiritual and policy hurdles of aging.
- Live Better Boomer!: a Philadelphia-based blog, by social worker Tiffany Matthews, devoted to helping educate and empower Boomers advocate for their own improved healthcare.
- Third Age: billed as “health for Boomers and beyond,” Third Age offers relatively fluffy fare, like “Change your Mood with Color,” to the legal issues surrounding Boomer divorce and care-giving.
- The Old Gunhand: one facet of senior citizen rights you don’t see every day is elder gun advocates. This website not only tells you the best types of guns for elderly wielders, it also goes into gun policy and senior self-defense.
- Age Discrimination Info: a simple name for a one-stop source of statistics and information on age discrimination, including legislation, cases, news, publications, events and training. The perfect resource for the activist.
- Age UK: the largest organization in the United Kingdom for working with and for older people, this website has an entire section dedicated to age discrimination and ageism.
- National Youth Rights Association: not just for youngsters, the National Youth Rights Association combats ageism in all its forms. In fact, they probably wouldn’t appreciate being called “youngsters.”
- Disability and Representation: a blog by writer, photographer and activist Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg that discusses (and tries to change the discourse about) disability rights and ageism, along with autism.
- Over 50: Career coaching and workshops for the over-50 crowd, this blog doesn’t stop at finding a job. This site explores Baby Boomer activism in and out of the workplace.
- Activist Post: while this blog deals with many topics requiring advocacy, they often include issues that regard Senior Rights, Elder Law and anti-ageism.
- California Booming: an informational blog dedicated to California Baby Boomers, this blog covers everything from sex, to diet, to politics of the Boomer generation, including issues concerning senior rights and ageism in the workplace.
There is no formal ‘Senior Citizens Bill of Rights’, but as individuals, senior citizens are entitled to their rights. However, the senior citizens have little energy left in them in their old age to fight for their rights and therefore, it is the duty of the children to see that their elderly parents are getting what they are rightfully entitled to.
Every right must be claimed to be deemed as a right. There are laws in existence for the running of nursing homes for the elderly and retirement communities. Even if your elderly mom or dad is in an assisted care facility, there are certain laws that are fundamental and expected to be followed by these care facilities too. It is your duty as a caregiver to see that they are following the laws and living up to the expectations.
There are some factors that you must verify before selecting a facility for your elderly parents:
– Ensure that the facility will provide the basic cleanliness and safety. Check out the evacuation plans in place, in case of an emergency situation. Verify whether the evacuation plan is a workable one, considering the fact that the facility may be full of elderly and invalids who may be slow in moving out of the building in case of a fire. Find out if there is emergency power available to operate the automatic doors and elevators so that everyone can get out safely.
– If food is provided by the facility, ensure that meals will be provided three times a day. The meals should be healthy and the food should be delivered to the room if your parent is disabled or injured. There should be some variety in the diet and since there is a separate charge for the food, it is not wrong to expect some quality and variety in the food.
– If your parent has moved to an assisted care facility, they have every right to live as they wish in that apartment, since they have paid for it. However, they have to observe certain restrictions because they are living in a community setting. They should be able to live without any interference from the staff of the facility and have the freedom to select the décor of the apartment or have family and friends to visit.
– Another fundamental right of a senior citizen is to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity. Although this is not a tangible right, how the staff at the facility treats the elderly is an important aspect in the selection of a facility for your parents. The staff of the facility must be respectful and pleasant in their dealings with your parents. If your parent complains of any emotional or verbal abuse, you must investigate and hold the facility accountable for it.
As a primary caregiver, responsible for the well being of your elderly parents, you have the right to remind the assisted care facility of their responsibilities. Ensure that your parents are getting the service and care that they paid for and that they are comfortable in their living quarters and enjoying their stay there.
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Life Insurance has sometimes been described as a bet between you and the Insurance Company. The Insurance Company is betting that you are going to live and you are betting that you are going to die. If you do die, you win the bet. This approach has been the basis of life Insurance policies in the past. Despite the fact that it would seem this does not much benefit an individual, the truth was that the Life Insurance payout was designed to provide for those that you left behind.
Changes in health care and the increasing life span have brought some changes to this concept. The desire for senior citizens to spend their retirement in an active adult community where they can enjoy their golden years to the maximum has prompted many to take a fresh approach to the use of the cash value of life insurance. It has also influenced the type of policies that have become popular. When a payout upon death was the main purpose of an insurance policy, the only thing that mattered was the amount of the death benefit.
Today, people in increasing numbers are opting to not spend their last years in their homes. An Arizona active adult community that is located in an area without a harsh winter seems much more attractive. A Florida active adult community situated close to the ocean would be preferably to long cold winters. This is the new dream of senior citizens, but in many cases the funds needed to make this dream come true are not available at the time of retirement. It has become possible to redeem the cash value of an insurance policy prior to death through an annuity settlement. The basic idea is the seller of the annuity provides a cash settlement to you at retirement. In return, they basically become the new beneficiary of your policy.
The annuity settlement changes the conditions of the bet. Now, you are betting that you are going to live, and the new beneficiary of your policy is betting you will die. If you live, you win. Many senior citizens are seeing this as a better idea. It takes some careful planning, and each case must be considered individually. The debt situation and the situation of a spouse and of children must be taken into consideration. The increased popularity of Individual Retirement Accounts has lessened the need for a large death payout to some degree. The best time to plan for your life insurance needs as a senior citizen is long before you ever become one. Sadly, this is not always done until too late. In this case, the options can be considered. It is not a time to be rash and seeking the advice of a trusted Insurance agent or financial advisor is highly recommended. If you plan on spending your last years enjoying a California active adult community, start that planning as early as possible.
Natalie Aranda writes about finance. Today, people in increasing numbers are opting to not spend their last years in their homes. An Arizona active adult community that is located in an area without a harsh winter seems much more attractive. A Florida active adult community situated close to the ocean would be preferably to long cold winters. This is the new dream of senior citizens, but in many cases the funds needed to make this dream come true are not available at the time of retirement.
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Kids are easily pleased by almost any gifts as the whole world is new to them. Senior citizens may have experienced and owned everything they wanted in their life. That’s what makes a challenge when it comes to choose gifts for your grandmothers or grandfathers.
No matter what time of year it is, personalized yet unique gifts will sure impress them if you listen to they say and look at what they do. Far too often people tend to buy senior citizens items that they’d never want. Consequently, you should first make a list of what type of hobbies they like. Do they enjoy golfing or spending time playing games with their friends? If this is the case, you could purchase a unique game for their Christmas gift. Researching vintage entertainment or new board games on EBay would be a different approach. This way you could give them something one of a kind. Christmas gift ideas may be tricky to come up with, but they should also incorporate how much you are thinking about them. Since you do want them to enjoy what you purchase, you could get them a gift certificate to a spa or a day at a romantic inn. These gifts are wonderful and inspiring items, regardless of what holiday it is. Chances are they will thank you for months, because the majority of gift givers do not think so deeply.
If you are having trouble coming up with birthday gift ideas, you should always remember to avoid joke presents! When we all get older, we cringe at the thought of age being mentioned. Although some senior citizens embrace who they are, some people would rather not make a big deal of their age. Therefore, you should avoid the birthday gift ideas that involve age jokes. You never know when you are going to offend someone. After all, the last thing you want to do is remind them of their life insurance settlements or the life settlement issues they may have to worry about.
If you are trying to find a better birthday idea, you should explore the idea of scrapbooks. By creating a book filled with photos, memories, and comments, it will bring your grandparents to tears. They embrace nostalgia and would love to have a keepsake that they can look through for years. As a result, these special birthday gift ideas are an extraordinary way to say you love them and are happy to be part of their lives.
Senior citizens may seem like they are impossible to buy for, but all they want are unique gifts like everyone else. No matter whom you are buying presents for, the gift ideas need to be out of the ordinary. Discouraged and don’t have a lot of money to spend? Even by taking time to create a memory book or photo album, it would bring a smile to their face. From birthday gift ideas to Christmas gift ideas, anything is possible as long as you put your heart into it. If you are looking for a quick fix and a simple present to buy, sadly you will be like everyone else.
Natalie Aranda writes on home and family [http://www.moonsome.net/Family-1/]. If you are having trouble coming up with birthday gift ideas, you should always remember to avoid joke presents! When we all get older, we cringe at the thought of age being mentioned. Although some senior citizens embrace who they are, some people would rather not make a big deal of their age. Therefore, you should avoid the birthday gift ideas that involve age jokes. You never know when you are going to offend someone. After all, the last thing you want to do is remind them of their life insurance settlements or the life settlement issues they may have to worry about.
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In Texas and many other parts of the country, senior citizens are being squeezed. They receive, on average, $965 per month in social security. And, while property taxes vary, a senior in many Texas cities with a home valued at $100,000 will pay more than $200 per month in property taxes alone. Add to that the high cost of necessities like health care, prescription medicine, utilities, and mortgage payments, and the financial picture can be very bleak. It’s no wonder that many seniors face foreclosure or tax liens on their homes.
“Reverse mortgages are important to Texas seniors because they allow them to obtain a loan against the equity in their home—often their single largest asset—without making monthly payments to repay that loan. That means that with a government-insured reverse mortgage, a senior will never lose his or her home to a bank simply because he or she could not make a payment,” said Craig Castle, a San Antonio reverse mortgage specialist for the past four years.
So why don’t more Texas seniors take advantage of this financial product?
Castle says that in his experience, seniors shy away from reverse mortgages for three reasons:
◾2. Bad advice
◾3. The availability of other, more well-advertised, loan products
“I have had many clients elect not to complete the reverse mortgage process because of fear,” Castle says. “Usually, the additional cash could have improved their lives significantly.”
Seniors’ fear is not unfounded. They are often the targets of scams and fraud. But, reverse mortgages have one important safe-guard built into them to protect even those who are uncomfortable making financial decisions. In order to obtain a government-insured reverse mortgage, a senior must have counseling by a HUD counselor with the local housing authority or the Consumer Credit Counseling Office. This unbiased person can help the senior determine whether a reverse mortgage makes sense for his or her individual situation.
And, sometimes well-meaning family and friends give bad advice.
“I have had ministers tell clients that they heard that you could lose your home with a reverse mortgage,” Castle said. “It isn’t true, but advice isn’t always based on facts.”
The availability of home equity loans also clouds the picture for many seniors. “Home equity loans can be appropriate for people who have an income, but they often spell disaster for seniors,” Castle said. “I talk to potential clients every week who tell me that they are having problems keeping up with their payments.”
“My experience has been that most home equity clients who are over 65 and have taken the maximum 80% of their home value will eventually lose their house—if they live at least 3-5 years beyond the date of loan origination,” Castle added.
With a reverse mortgage, the homeowner can access from 40-60% of the appraised value of their home, but the loan is not repaid until they die or leave the home permanently. Then the home is sold and the proceeds are used to repay the loan, with any remainder going to the owner’s estate.
To find out more about the benefits and requirements for a reverse mortgage, visit [http://www.SouthTexasReverseMortgage.com] and request the free Federal Trade Commission publication, Facts for Seniors about Reverse Mortgages. Or call Castle at 210-789-3685.
“Misinformation has prevented many seniors from getting a reverse mortgage when it would have provided them with greater financial stability—and peace of mind. That’s why I like to have the family involved and why I often spend several hours at my clients’ home explaining and re-explaining how a reverse mortgage works and how the various pay-out options can make their lives better,” Castle said.
Craig Castle is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist with Financial Freedom in San Antonio and the South Texas area. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri, is a former Licensed Stock Broker, and has worked with reverse mortgages for the past four years. He is also chairman of the Not Forgotten Coalition, a not-for-profit organization that provides services and advocacy for senior citizens in San Antonio. For more information, visit [http://www.SouthTexasReverseMortgage.com] or phone 210-789-3685.
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Whether seniors are enjoying time on the golf course, a cruise to the Bahamas, or just visiting the grandkids there are a lot of great new technologies on the market to make their lives easier. The new Amazon tablet known as the Kindle Fire can be ordered right now for $199.00, and ships to consumers November 15, 2011. Users will be able to watch movies, play games, listen to music using a vibrant color touch screen with an extra wide viewing angle. The 199.00 Kindle Fire can be used for web browsing, checking email, and reading books and magazines.
Just think of having all of that computing power in your pocket for only 199.00? Senior citizens can carry only one thin tablet around instead of stacks of heavy books. No more need for a bulky laptop on all of those trips, saving seniors from experiencing shoulder pain. With the easy to use interface seniors only need to touch the screen to surf the web, finally a tablet computer that is easy for the whole family to enjoy. The Amazon tablet weighs in at 14.6 ounces and has a super durable display screen that won’t scratch or break.
Just think of having every Agatha Christie book on one device! The Amazon Kindle Fire has an 8GB internal memory. That is enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. You could have every Humphrey Bogart movie right there to watch on the plane. Many senior citizens are moving onto the Internet as a way to connect and share information with their kids, grandkids, and friends. With the baby boomers retiring soon, there is going to be a huge wave of seniors who have tech skills and the desire to own and operate the latest in technology whether it is a laptop, touch pad, smart phone, or camera. Seniors are moving onto Facebook, using Google, uploading pictures to Picasa and chatting with their friends on Skype or using Google chat. Now, for these seniors who are on the move, they can take all of their entertainment with them, on one small Kindle Fire!
Here are some tips to know if a tablet computer is right for you:
1) If you aren’t using your computer for word processing. Touch screens are not comfortable for typing unless you get an external plug in keyboard.
2) If portability is more important to you than functionality.
3) If you are a new computer user and want something that is easy to use instead of extremely powerful.
If you are interested in buying a new computer and want something cheap but powerful and extremely easy to use, think about the Amazon Kindle Fire. For more information on how to buy a Kindle Fire or for technical help, check your local seniors focused tech help company.
Amy B. Sycamore is a technology specialist who focuses on senior citizens. She works as a computer tech in Naples, Florida helping seniors get on the web.
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Many senior citizens do not want to or cannot leave the house. There are many reasons for this, some are physically impaired and have trouble getting around, and others simply don’t leave because they believe that they have nothing to do. Either way, getting out of the house is important sometimes, if only for the sake of the joys that social gatherings bring. Maintaining existing friendships and creating new ones can mean a lot to elderly folks, especially if they have not left the house for a while.
There are many senior citizen friendly activities out there, the trick is to match an activity with an interest that they hold, and therefore will be more accepting of going out of the comfort zone that is their home. Many people enjoy playing cards or board games. This is a much better solution than something like going to a movie will create; when playing games, it is hard not to be social. Movies are not the best choice because, although fun, there is little opportunity for social exchange. Games foster relationships, especially games like canasta or trivial pursuit where you can play on teams.
Another great activity for senior citizens is craft making. A group of people being instructed in how to put together a scrap book or design simple jewelry for the first time promises to be very fruitful. Not only will they learn a fun new skill, but they will inevitably interact with others at nearby at their table.
Going to a zoo or to a museum is another great choice. If there are any disabilities or hindrances to mobility, this can be a frustrating thing, but most public gatherings and places now allow people to rent wheelchairs. This will make getting around a much easier task, even if the people you are with have difficulty walking. Electric wheelchairs are perhaps the best choice since these require minimal effort in using.
Finally, you can always just go to a coffee shop. Social gatherings don’t need to be big group affair; sometimes people feel more comfortable in an intimate setting. Taking a friend out for coffee is a great way to interact on a one on one basis. It’s hard not to have a good time when you are with a close friend or relative. Coffee shops are great public places to go to with a couple friends because of this.
The most important thing about choosing an activity is to make sure that the person you are with has fun. If the senior citizen you are caring for does not have fun, they will not be likely to give social outings a second chance. As a caretaker, it’s your job to care for them physically as well as emotionally. Making activities fun isn’t hard, but you do need to choose the right activity that will match their desires and wishes.
Matthew G. Young is a freelance writer who specializes in financial, sports, and health-related topics. To learn more about in home health care visit Paradise In Home Care
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We understand your plight, you need money to help fuel your insatiable appetite for drugs and alcohol and because you are morally and ethically bankrupt you would like to attain this money in the easiest and sleaziest way possible; by mugging the decent, hard-working, law-abiding citizens of this country. We also understand that when your depraved, conscious-less mind is choosing an individual to rob you would like an individual that is going to present the least resistance possible while you attempt to relieve them of their money and any valuables that they may have on their person. Senior citizens often fall into this category as they have naturally lost a bit of strength, speed and the general ability to defend themselves in a physical altercation. If we could offer just one bit of advice in this scenario, do NOT mess with a senior citizen that is carrying pepper spray.
See, pepper spray is a highly effective means of self-defense for seniors, women, men, students and just about anyone who doesn’t enjoy handing over their wallets and/or purses to complete low-life strangers like yourself. Pepper spray’s active ingredient is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis. It is basically just that, a spray made from peppers. Now when we say concentrated, we mean concentrated. The scoville rating system is a measurement used to measure the “hotness” of a pepper. For reference sake, a jalapeno pepper registers about 2,500-8,000 units on this scale, that’s a pretty hot pepper. There is a pepper called the Naga Viper pepper that will absolutely destroy your mouth as it is one of the hottest peppers on earth and this bad boy packs about 855,000 scoville units. Eating one of these Naga Viper peppers raw could put you in a hospital or even worse. So how hot is the average pepper spray? Try about 5 million scoville units. How do you think that will feel in your eyes, nose, throat and lungs after some little old lady sprays you in self-defense? Let’s just say it will have a significantly detrimental effect on the remainder of your day.
It would be in your best interest to steer clear of any senior citizen that may be carrying pepper spray on them. Now I know what you are asking, ‘How do I know which seniors might be carrying a defensive spray in their purse or pocket?’. You don’t. That’s the beauty of pepper spray, it is easily concealable and amazingly easy to carry on your person at all times which makes it ideal for seniors. You also need no special skills or strength to operate a defensive spray device. I guess what we are trying to say is that you should probably not mess with anyone in general as you never know who may be carrying such a spray, as it is going to wind up being you that feels the pain, not them. Maybe it’s time to go back to school and become a doctor.
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The sale of final expense life insurance opens up dormant prospects. Final expense life insurance representatives employ intense selling techniques with a senior.
Looking confident but insecure, the sales agents feature dollar symbol tattoos etched upon their chests. Typically enlarged eyes like low-cost red neon glare as their looks show signs of being famished. In spite of this, these indicated company agents resemble an assassin centering in on the newly generated money target… a senior citizen.
Just about any older senior citizen has gained ample deep-rooted ability by encounters with nonstop sellers. Stricken by a sales figure quota, the sales agent keeps trying to hack continuously for sales closings. Stabilizing in for improved position gets him shifting backward, bordering on dropping back just like a gunshot hare.
The sales agent gives his best presentation. All the same, in all certainty this is absolutely not a quick game, yet this still is an important matter of life and death..By this time many newer career agents get raindrops of anxiety arising swifter than the countless stars in the sky.
The retired weakened senior catches his breath and then takes an object out of his new sweater zippered pocket. Out from an undersized vial of prescriptions, he removes a singular one, more shrunken than an upsetting bug. Without water to drink, the speck of the potent nitrate is centered then below his tongue.
Wonder overwhelms the representative, now aware that this is absolutely without doubt no chunk of sweet stuff. Making a response, the senior citizen starts commenting in a gentle scratchy vocal tone. He replies it was a nitrate pill as previously he had sustained a congestive heart stoppage. Flowing words & phrases bring figures of a full-length account of health circumstances. Then a smile glows, as a gesture to the agent to dismiss the final expense life insurance.
No doubt he had completely been outdone. How could this retiree still be persuaded even if he rips the paperwork form from the agent’s possession? His plans of a high demanding canned sales recital turns to a grinding halt. The newer agent is mum. And then finally he knows that letting a client feel being in a burial place is absolutely cold.
On this occasion with the mild light wind, the conversation adjusts to one of interactive mutual interest. The topic is fishing.. This improved topic activates passion, even if at points the vastness of trophy fish landed most certainly appeared to be expanded.
This newer agent notices how swiftly the chitchat among the two flows back & forth. Maybe securing the respect of the potential purchaser to approve of you is much more gainful than fighting disputes? Perhaps confidence evolves into being as potent as facts and results?
Closely after comes a move surprising the agent, similar to a creepy cockroach unveiled to a spotlight. The older senior citizen pulls from inside his wallet a picture of his individual grandchild. Next gently nudging the sales agent he asks, “Will you tell me of the final expense life insurance?”
The company agent holds to his very greedy wants only,. Not at any time does he inform the senior that the final expense life insurance coverage will absolutely be turned down. Still, much like a crafty rat in an infested attic, he scurries finding the insurance application. The good man even asks for being insured for the greatest amount. Not even finishing the all-important paperwork form, the trustworthy big-bellied new buyer goes into a far end passageway. Reappearing, his fist is skintight encircling a roll of cash.
Close to drooling, the agent needs this newest purchaser to merely sign the policy application. Arriving at the office later, the agent knows the final expense life insurance application is not truly guaranteed issue. Quickly he makes an unusual decision. The sales agent, very low on funds, decides to swindle the $700.00 and destroy the application form.
Two years later to the day, the senior has his bright light turn to final darkness. After the burial and coupled with grief, the grandchild finds he does not receive one dime.
Case shut… but not completely. That precise identical time, a young chronic drunk rams through the metal barrier aside a hill. Someone with identity comparable to the former agent’s likeness is at once being engulfed in glowing flames. After his instant cremation, no life insurance coverage is ever located.
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Are you trying to locate employment for senior citizens? Is it for yourself? Has the staggering economy scared you?
Are your carefully laid plans for a pleasant tour, although perhaps not royal, through your golden years seem to be stalling? Will employment for senior citizens be the answer to your dilemma?
You are not alone? The same feeling is infecting your senior citizen neighbor next door, your sixty year old friend down at the retirement center, your old buddy in the bowling league and your aging sister in Buffalo.
The truth is, you have options! We all do. Too often, we seniors tend to feel betrayed by our government and left to fend for ourselves at the mercy of an indifferent panicking society. Scrub away those thoughts!
You are no different than the forty old accountant that was cut loose by his business firm, or the thirty five year old new car salesman who is left to his own devices. You are just older than them, but you have a lot more going for you than they do. Most of their experiences and trained talents and skills are still down the road in front of them. Yours are spread out in a panorama behind you.
Look back at your life. Now is the best of times for you to make the things you have learned over the years put you up in front of the growing crowd of employment seekers. If you were to write down all you have experienced, dealt with, learned from, overcame, and grown from, it would fill an entire library shelf.
Do you think that from all of this knowledge and living you can find some things that would increase the performance and productivity of an employers business.
Do you realize that the sum of all your hands on training and acquired talents and skills would be of great value to some employer?
There are wheelbarrow loads of gold nuggets kicking around in your head, my friend. Grab hold of a few of them and transform them into that perfect job you are now dreaming about.
It is not as hard to accomplish this as you may think!
Here is a valuable gem of knowledge and fact that should stir up the juices inside of you.
Most vacant employment positions are not even advertised! Whoa! What does this tell you?
There is no competition for these jobs outside of word of mouth. Why? There are many reasons why this is so.
Maybe the job has not been defined by the manager yet, he knows that the need exists but what will he call it? You can step in and give him a definition. Do some advance homework.
A harried business owner is overworked and wishing for a fairy godmother to wave her wand and provide the perfect assistant. Check out the company and tell him how much easier you can make his life, and earn him more profit as a byproduct.
You read an item in the newspaper, or saw it on the TV news, about a business making substantial growth spurts. That is your cue!
Call the company and inform them all the things you can do for them, and let them know you will be stopping by tomorrow, would he or she have time to spend a few moments with you.
Where can you look for employment for senior citizens? In your own head! Take advantage of your own experience and skills.
There are jobs out there waiting for you. Be creative and bold. It will happen!
Raymond Angus is the author of http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com. He writes about how fellow seniors find work in today’s economy. Do you want to know where the seniors’ jobs are and how to get one? Go to http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com and click on employment/jobs/retirees.
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Assisted living is an alternative living arrangement for senior citizens requiring moderate elder care, including help with activities like eating, getting dressed, bathing, and using the bathroom as opposed to the more intensive care provided in nursing homes. This type of care serves as an intermediate between in home care for the elderly and the elder care provided by a nursing home. Facilities for this type of living may be in connection with retirement communities, nursing homes, home health care agencies, or complexes for senior citizens, or they may be separate facilities. This type of elder care is known by many names, such as residential care, board and care, congregate care, and personal care.
Assisted Living Facilities
When looking for an assisted living facility, you can usually expect to have your own room or apartment, provided meals, a staff of caregivers for support, and some or all of the following services:
- housekeeping and laundry
- recreational activities and exercise
- guidance and monitoring of health care
- reminders about or help taking medication
- support with dressing, bathing, and eating
Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community
With these ideas in mind, it is important to choose the right facility for you. Each facility may have different ideologies of caring for the elderly, so not every facility may be a match for the kind of care and services you are looking for. When searching for elder care in an assisted living facility, there are a number of ways to determine whether a certain place will provide you with the comfort, security, and level of care you need:
- Think about your future needs and determine whether the facility can provide the right kind of care for those needs.
- Figure out whether the facility is near family, friends, and shopping centers or other businesses you’d like to walk to.
- Are there admission and retention policies that do not allow people with severe cognitive impairments or physical disabilities to live there?
- Is there a written statement of the philosophy of elder care of the facility, and do you agree with it?
- Make more than one trip to each facility you are considering, sometimes unannounced.
- Try to make some of those trips during mealtimes to check out the quality of food and service to the residents.
- Take note of interactions between residents and those providing the elder care.
- Ask whether each facility offers social, recreational, and spiritual activities based on your interests.
- Talk to residents.
- Find out what kind of training caregivers receive and how often they are trained.
- Review state licensing reports.
Researching Assisted Living Centers
If you have concerns after performing some of the preceding suggestions-or if you would simply like to be thorough in your search-you may also wish to consider the following:
- Call your state’s long-term care ombudsman as well as the local Better Business Bureau to ask about recently issued complaints against the facilities you are considering.
- If a facility is connected to a nursing home or home health care agency, you may want to find out more its counterpart. You can find information about nursing homes on the Medicare website (www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/home.asp).
Assisted Living Financial Considerations for Seniors
Another aspect of assisted living facilities to consider is cost. Assisted living is generally less expensive than nursing home care, but more expensive the in home care for the elderly. The usual range is anywhere from $10,000 per year to over $50,000 per year, so it is important to know what you can afford and how much each facility costs. Another thing to know is that there may be fees not included in the basic rate. It will be helpful to figure out how much extra you will have to pay to live in a certain home.
Insurance may help cover some of these costs, but usually charges are covered primarily by the senior citizens who decide to live in these residences or family members responsible for their elder care. Some facilities also offer financial assistance programs, which you may want to inquire about.
Medicare does not cover the costs of these residences or the elder care provided there. Medicaid-the joint federal and state program that helps senior citizens and people with disabilities pay for health care when they are unable to afford it-may cover the service component of assisted living in certain states.
It is important to consider the different options in elder care. If cost is a concern, it may be helpful to consider in home care for senior citizens. This type of elder care may provide sufficient care for your needs in the comfort of your own home. If the degree of elder care provided by in home care or an assisted living facility does not meet your needs, consider a nursing home.
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Just like anyone else, senior citizens like to stay active. Having a list of activities for your elderly relatives to do will keep them active and alert. Both mental and physical stimulation are proven to be healthy for senior citizens, it’s only a matter of finding the activities that they enjoy the most. This goes for any activity; make sure they are happy with the choice they have made. It’s never too late to switch activities if they become frustrated or unhappy.
Crafts, puzzles, and board games are a good place to start. Crafts especially allow for mental exercise and abstract thinking and they will have created something-with or without your help-that they can be proud of. Whether it is a painting, a drawing, a collage, or something more difficult like a sculpture, both they and their families will love the final product. What’s more, art can be therapeutic, especially for folks with Alzheimer’s.
Cooking is another activity with a great final product. Who doesn’t love eating freshly baked bread, or home-made candies? With a little encouragement, the senior citizen under your care can even go on to having meals ready for their family when they get home. The important thing here is that they are keeping active and stimulating their brain cells. This is a great way to preserve memory in older folks.
Physical exercise requires a bit of caution. While it is true that a daily jog can help with mood and memory, this is not really an option for most senior citizens. Finding alternative ways to exercise can be a great way to keep them feeling and thinking young. Start with their interests. If the person you care for is a fan of watching professional bowling on television, take them to the local bowling alley. Make sure that they use the lighter balls at first, though, as this will reduce the risk of injury. Start small and then see how things go. You want to make sure that the person under your care is enjoying themselves while they get their exercise. Otherwise, they will begin to dread your visits-this will only hinder the progress you hope to make.
Finally, you can consider storytelling. Everyone has a great life story to tell, especially senior citizens. Whether they want a written record of their lives to preserve for future generations, or just want to tell you some stories from their childhood, this activity is a great stimulator as it requires folks under your care to search their brains for memories. If they can’t remember actual events from their lives, fiction is okay too. Every day you can together come up with a short, interesting, story. Whether you want to write it down or not is up to you and those under your care. Either way, telling a story requires brain activity that might otherwise go unaccounted for.
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Are you retired, or planning to retire? Would you like to see the world without the hassle of preparing for a vacation?. Planning your future senior citizens trips can be hassle free if you decide to consider bus tours Read on to see how much easier it is to join a bus tour instead of planning your vacation from scratch.
The Problem With Vacations
The main problem with vacations is the preparation you have to do beforehand. All that effort put into booking flights, finding hotels, creating an itinerary, finding travel insurance providers, etc. can really take its toll, which is ironic when you remember you’re a senior trying to relax!
That’s why bus tours and group tours for seniors are gaining popularity as a hassle-free alternative to the traditional way of vacationing, particularly those planning their senior citizens trips in retirement or semi-retirement. All you need to do is find the tour package that suits your expectations, pay the price, and then follow the travel agency’s instructions!
The Advantages Of Bus Tours
The main advantage of bus tours is the fact that it’s stress-free and hassle-free on your part — the travel agencies have done all the work for you! All you have to do is to choose the package, pay up, be there in time for the bus, and then start taking photos!
Another advantage of bus tours is the cost. When you plan a vacation the traditional way, almost every move costs money. When you book your flights — money. When you make hotel reservations — money. When you take cabs to the six tourist spots you plan to see today — money!
But when it comes to bus tours, you pay a single fee for the whole package, which can last several days. What’s more, seniors bus tours often come at a discount, making the whole vacation even more affordable and enjoyable for you! Just sign the dotted line, and off you go.
How To Prepare For A Bus Tour
The first step in preparing for a bus tour vacation is choosing your destination. What part of the world would you want to see? What town or country has been on your “must-visit” list for the past few decades? Now’s the time to take your pick without having to think about work when you get back!
Next, find suitable travel agencies that have tour packages in your chosen destination(s). Choose the travel agency with the package that fits your budget and schedule perfectly. You can also check if the travel agency offers travel insurance — very important if you REALLY want to enjoy yourself!
And finally, start packing! Bus tour packages can last several days, so make sure to pack enough clothes, medicine, and toiletries for the entire trip. Take a backpack if your back is strong enough, but if you don’t mind having only one free hand most of the time, take a lighter travel case on wheels.
Don’t Believe The Bad Hype!
Most younger vacationers dismiss bus tours as “boring” and “predictable,” but they don’t enjoy the sophistication that only age can bring. As seniors, we tend to enjoy a more relaxed, more cultured pace. So leave the stress to the young ones and take that vacation you’ve been waiting for all these years!
Bronwyn White has over 20 years experience in the travel industry. She has gained her experience as a travel agent, with airlines, government tourism boards and as a professional travel researcher (yes there is such a dream job). She consults on a regular basis to the travel industry and is often quoted in the press. Bronwyn has specialized in senior citizen clientele – both as a travel agent and as a travel researcher. For tons of free travel advice, just for seniors, visit www.seniorstraveltips.com [http://www.seniorstraveltips.com/seniors-bus-tours/]
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Have you noticed? Senior citizens aren’t as old as they used to be. At least some aren’t. And that means you cannot market to all seniors in the same way.
Senior buyers come in two varieties. The first are those who are actually suffering from the ravages of age – and are only too happy to tell you all about it. They’ll give you a list of ailments and things they can no longer do, so your job in finding them a home is a bit more straightforward.
You can openly discuss issues like stairways, counter heights, doorway widths, and space to install grab bars in the bathroom. They’ll tell you what they need and want so you can go out and find it for them.
When you’re selling to this group, go preview homes before you take them along.
When people are having a hard time getting around, need a wheelchair or walker, or are just unsteady on their feet, they don’t need to be dragged around looking at all the wrong homes. They won’t appreciate you wasting their energy by showing them homes that are obviously wrong.
So pay careful attention to their needs, and if you eliminate a house they’ve asked about, tell them why. It might be because the bathrooms and bedrooms are on the second floor and the laundry room is in the basement – or perhaps because of steep steps leading to the house. Maybe the garage is too narrow to allow them room to put a wheel chair in and out of the car, or the bathroom door is too narrow for the wheel chair to get through.
Do your homework, tell them the straight facts, and you’ll earn their loyalty.
This segment of the senior population may be focused on living within minutes of a medical facility, and they’ll probably tell you which one.
But what about the second group? What about the ones who are officially senior citizens, but have no intention of acknowledging the fact?
You’d do well not to mention the words “Senior citizen” in their presence.
Instead, find out more about them and their lives. Many are still working, so see if they want to locate near the workplace. After that, inquire about hobbies and other leisure time activities. Your new seniors may be avid golfers, they may want to hit the gym three days a week, they make require fast access to a swimming pool, or perhaps want to locate near a boarding facility where they can keep a horse.
They may even want a home with a bit of pasture so they can take care of that horse themselves.
Don’t assume anything. Some seniors are anxious to leave yard care behind so they can pursue other interests, while others have been waiting for retirement to have time to landscape a yard and grow a huge garden.
Take the time to listen. Listening is important no matter who your client is, but when you’re selling to senior citizens, you need to listen to the subtle hints as well as the open statements.
Remember, in the back of their minds, they’re recognizing the possibility of ill-health in the future. How could they avoid it, with the television and newspapers shouting it at every turn?
They know that the day could be coming soon when they won’t be able to easily navigate those stairways – and they know that a wheel chair could be a part of their future. They may even have a secret fear of living too far from a medical facility.
But many simply do not want to talk about that. So don’t bring it up unless they do.
Selling to seniors isn’t really all that different from selling to anyone else. Your job is to listen and pay attention to what you hear. When you do that with each and every customer and client you’ll be head and shoulders above your competition – because listening is almost a lost art.
Marte Cliff is a Freelance Copywriter and former real estate broker who specializes in writing for real estate and related industries.
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Aging is a phenomenon which introduces all kinds of subjects and issues we would rather leave alone. Many senior citizens (and others) are timid and reluctant to broach the subject of death, being ready for it, making necessary practical plans and decisions and even admitting to its very likelihood.
Death, however, will happen to each of us, whether we admit, like it, deal with it or not. Thus, the question, why the hesitance? Discussing death does not speed its coming, nor prevent its happening.
Recent studies have shown that in the United States male longevity for a 70 year old male today will likely extend to 83.2 years. A female, aged 70, will likely live to 85.8. These statistics come from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Depending on where you are on that scale, the news may be either good or not so good. There is a story making the rounds of a person who said, “I wouldn’t want to live to be 90,” to which his listening friend allowed: “You must not be 89.”
Dear Seniors, do not make Death your next goal, but remember, Denial is not a river in Egypt. There is room for some in-between choices here, in-between denial and talking openly and comfortably about death. If you don’t talk about it, or if you try to ignore its reality, you just create more problems. You make it something like the huge elephant in the room. Something unknown that is to be feared. It’s not an elephant… it’s just death, something that will happen to each of us. And talking about it doesn’t make it happen sooner. Most of us simply are not in control of when or how we die.
In order for Death to be removed from your list of life goals, it is not necessary to pretend it isn’t going to happen to you.
In addition to the practical issues of seeing a doctor and participating in appropriate care disciplines, there are other dynamics surrounding the “D” issue that need our attention.
- Spend time with your significant other and/or family looking at the issues surrounding death and how they will be managed as necessity and wise assessment of conditions indicate.
- Lay it all out. Do not skirt issues. Be courageous in opening those matters about which some will find discomfort and even embarrassment. Dealing with it now is better than delaying. Delay will create considerably more discomfort and likely more disagreement within the family.
- Go so far as to talk about what a memorial or funeral service would look like. Put it down in a record. Date it. Change it if necessary.
- Open up issues like traditional burial or cremation and scattering of ashes. Deal with economic issues.
- If more comfortable, invite a professional, a pastor or other who would not impose judgment, but allow for wide ranging issues to be exposed and addressed.
- Maybe, make a group list of the issues that really would be helpful to discuss. Have Kleenex handy for those who will, naturally, have some emotional moments.
- If/when some anecdotal stories are told, have someone write them down for recall when the time comes for a celebration of life.
- While death is not our next goal, this exercise will begin to put it in its place.
Remember the maximum life expectancy in Sweden in the 1860’s was 101. It is now 108. And, by the way, 70% of the increase is attributed to death rates above 70. Given optimal genes and good medical care, no one, so far, has lived beyond 123. The good news is you and I have about a 1 in 2 billion chance to live to 120.
Death is not a goal, There is an old song which Virginia slaves used to sing at funerals: “Come down, death, right easy.” For let that be our song, senior citizens and all.
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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When it comes to staying safe, senior citizens have special concerns.
Although research has shown that the risk of being a victim of a physical assault crime decreases as you age, the risk of other kinds of crime continues and even intensifies.
Senior citizens are just as likely as the rest of the population to have their homes broken into, but they are at higher risk for financial crimes. To criminals, they appear more vulnerable and defenseless. And since the elderly are often well-off financially, they are a target for crimes involving money scams.
Further, the elderly grew up during decades when it was proper to be polite and trusting. This makes them less likely to be rude during a phone conversation or face-to-face meeting with a con artist. The con artist will keep pushing, and the elderly victim may just ‘give in.’
Financial crimes are devastating for anyone, but especially so for senior citizens. They not only feel afraid, but may begin to question their own ability to handle their own affairs. For an aging person already trying to hold on to independence as long as possible, this can be emotionally terrifying.
If you are a senior citizen, or have a loved one who is elderly, there are some steps you can take to keep yourself or your loved one protected. You don’t have to wait for crime to happen to you: be proactive and make sure you stay safe.
Secure your home.
A home alarm system is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. Motion detectors, automatic lights, and a security system with 24-hour monitoring will significantly decrease the likelihood of a home invasion.
For even more peace of mind, your monitoring service can respond to medical emergencies as well. And you may even qualify for a senior citizen discount.
Here is a check list of home safety tips for senior citizens:
• Check the locks on all doors and windows to make sure they are secure.
• Trim tall bushes that are up close to the house to eliminate hiding places.
• Be sure your house number is painted brightly so emergency help can find you quickly, should you need them.
• Don’t hide keys under mats or pots. Instead, ask a trusted neighbor to keep your extra key.
• Don’t keep extra cash in your house. It is better to keep it in the bank or in a safe deposit box.
• Post security signs around your house to let the burglars know you are protected.
Be smart about financial scams
Senior citizens are susceptible to con artists at the door or over the phone. These con artists know that the elderly are interested in products promising anti-cancer benefits or improved memory. Older adults are also less likely to report fraud, because they don’t know who to call to report.
Here are some tips to stay safe:
• Never allow any unexpected visitor into your home.
• Install peepholes in your doors.
• Do not give out identifying information over the phone such as social security numbers and account numbers.
• Do not do business with door-to-door salespeople of any kind.
• Know who your neighbors are and try to join a neighborhood watch for added security.
• Never click on a link to a financial institution in an email. Instead, manually type the URL into the address bar.
Stay safe away from home
To reduce the risk of being robbed while away from home, follow these safety precautions:
• Never carry more cash than you need.
• Don’t carry all your credit cards with you.
• Keep your bag close to your body.
• Avoid walking in deserted or dark areas.
• Lock your car doors while traveling in areas where you will be stopping frequently.
• Also lock your car doors while you are away from your car.
• Consider installing an alarm system in your car. This may qualify you for a discount on your auto insurance.
You don’t have to wait for crime to come to you. By being pro-active and educating yourself, you can outsmart the criminals and keep yourself and those you love safe.
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For years, we’ve heard about the graying of our population from the baby boom years. Our current class of senior citizens inductees (the population born during the Baby Boom after World War II from 1946 to 1964) is going to make up close to 20% percent of the total US population by 2029 according to the US Census Bureau. What often goes unmentioned is that this mature population also controls one of the largest percentages of disposable income. As a group, senior citizens are and will be for some time the most affluent Americans. They hold about three quarters of the nation’s financial assets worth approximately $1 trillion in disposable income annually.
Again, that is $1 trillion dollars in disposable income annually.
Many product and/or service oriented businesses have taken the long view and begun marketing various products and services geared specifically to the older consumer. Despite this recognition on the part of a few marketers, this financially secure, mature group of consumers remains largely untapped by educational companies and services. Take for instance the onslaught of new technologies that seem to pop up like daisies in the spring, out of all consumer groups, our seniors, are usually the last to be courted. While it may be true that certain technologies are better suited for younger tech savvy consumers (I am reminded of my elderly grandmother who purchased an unlimited text messaging package on a small phone without text messaging capability and did I mention she had arthritis), it doesn’t mean that this market is entirely unsuited for those educational businesses and services that use technology to deliver their product or service.
For a supplemental education service tutoring provider, this mature consumer group is wide open with far less competition and minimal requirements in the way of overhead expenditures. Two of the much-needed services that senior citizens in particular lack are computer training and technology acclimation. Many of the services supplemental education companies can provide, are the ones that are most often overlooked or taken for granted, i.e. using the internet, opening up an email account, social networking account registration, etc. If you are reading this article, you can definitely offer those services and more. Suppose for a moment you feel uncomfortable with your level of competence in offering a few of these services, let me repeat what I said in my previous article, Niche Marketing Strategies for Tutoring Businesses Looking To Attract Parents of Students Taking State Standardized Tests, you do not have to be an expert in the subject matter in order to provide supplemental services in the subject matter, you just need to hire people with thorough experience related to the field.
The reason for the lack of competition in this age group is precisely because this mature audience is a bit more discerning with their spending habits and a more sophisticated approach is required to gain their attention, loyalty, and dollars. However, it is for this very reason that supplemental education service providers should dive into this market with fervor and enthusiasm. Education is, and has always been a cornerstone for any age group. The value that the 50 and over age group places on education should not go unnoticed. Along with education, communication plays an important role in everyone’s lives and its role only expands as one gets older. In the past, many grandparents would send letters to their grandchildren and eagerly await their response. Grandparents yearn to be a part of their grandchildren’s lives. Why not offer the ability to stay in touch while simultaneously helping an older population learn and acquire new skills? Imagine grandma’s joy every time she logs on to her e-mail account and sees a message from her grandchild or when she receives a tweet. It’s truly a win-win proposition!
Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the type of services supplemental education providers can offer up in addition to computer training. Curriculum and/or activities marketed to senior citizens can range from learning a new language to scrap booking to ballroom dancing. If you’re looking for ideas on what senior citizens are interested in learning, you can find a compiled starter list below. Since most of your organized activities and programs will consist of a variety of group sizes, you will have the ability to market age specific specials and discounted tuition fees accordingly. Remember, you run a supplemental education service business that should be able to teach and tutor in multiple disciplines. You do not need to have any expert knowledge in any of these areas, just hire someone who does. It is highly unlikely that Sam Walton knew how to repair the diesel engines of every tractor-trailer that brought in a load of merchandise to his stores, but his business (Walmart) hired people who did have that expertise.
The best part about marketing to this age group is that they are fairly accessible if you know where to look. Putting up postings/flyers at local community church bulletins, visiting the adult education departments of local community colleges, and contacting the Facility Director or Onsite Coordinator at various assisted living facilities to propose your computer training or other services to their residents, is a good way to start. If interested, there are plenty of online directories that list full contact information for assisted living facilities narrowed by zip code or state.
How about the Bingo nights? They are usually held at lodges, halls, churches, and schools/community colleges.
Hold the presses! Yet another great source that has been largely abandoned by the younger generation is the newspaper. Here’s a little known fact about the newspaper industry – 65% of its readers are over the age of 55. By advertising in this medium you are reaching over half of the newspapers readers – Now that’s worth another read!
When it comes to reaching senior citizens, let your creativity lead the way, your opportunities are limitless. For the astute, forward thinking individual, this is a unique opportunity to service an undeserved demographic and separate your business from the competition. Remember, thinking outside the box never gets old!
Activity Ideas for Senior Citizens: · Computer Training · Dance · Yoga · Painting · Sewing · Journal Writing · Knitting or crocheting · Photography · Discussion Groups · Exercise · Knitting · Foreign Language Conversation · Needlepoint · Pinochle · Quilting · Tai Chi · Writing workshops · Crafts · Bowling · Bridge
S.K. Tilton has served as a program director, site coordinator, area director, and as a SES business consultant to various SES (Supplemental Education Services) tutoring companies across the United States. S.K. Tilton has written numerous business plans for SES start ups and filed many approved applications on behalf of SES tutoring companies. As a consultant, S.K. Tilton has been responsible for presenting and implementing successful marketing plans and helping first year start ups achieve success normally enjoyed by seasoned SES veterans. S.K. Tilton’s latest work combines practical experience of the best and worst SES practices to bring you the only SES success guide book available. For further information on the SES Made Easy book and the author, please visit http://www.sestutoringbiz.com.
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Recently, when I was out of town I tried to call my senior mom. I called her at the house, but got no answer. I called her Jitterbug cell phone for senior citizens and still no answer. Years of caring for elderly parents, not to mention raising teenagers, has taught me not to panic, so I prayed about it and stayed busy. After a short while, she called and explained she had been busy with senior gardening projects. A big storm was coming and she needed to move her garden wagons full of pots into the garage. My phone call arrived when she couldn’t get her hands into her pocket, but she called as soon as she was done.
I was happy to hear her, and so very glad she did have her Jitterbug – one of the best cell phones for senior citizens – so she could hear me and call me back so easily. It really takes a load off my mind when I have to be gone. She’s never yet needed to, but I really love that in an emergency all she just has to dial is 0 and the operator will come on the line to call anyone on her list or even call 911 for her. How easy is that! About the only thing easier is a medical alert device like an emergency pendant or wrist watch. Then again, at the moment, those are primarily limited to just working at the home. However, the Jitterbug cell phones for the elderly go everywhere! For those of us dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family, that’s a real boon!
There are a couple of other new cell phones for elderly parents that I’m starting to hear about and hope to check into further. So far, though, the ones I’ve looked at don’t offer what we get with the Jitterbug, making it the best cell phone for the senior citizens in our family.
We truly consider the Jitterbug to be an essential tool in my senior parents gardening toolbox! It gives my aging mom the freedom to go out and about, knowing that, in her pocket, help is only one button away!
You can find more information about these excellent senior cell phones and how easy they are to use by reading my article, Our Opinion of the Best Cell Phones for Senior Citizens, as well as other articles I’ve written about senior cell phones at my primary site, SandwichINK – http://www.SandwichINK.com – which is full of information, resources, and encouragement for the Sandwich Generation as you stay busy dealing with the many issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren.
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More and more senior citizens are rediscovering their youth by planning vacations. Many choose to revisit locations that bring back old memories, such as revisiting their hometowns, yet many others are stepping it up and taking their trips to places that are more exotic. Having worked their whole lives and getting a bit bored with the television and armchair routine, many seniors are ready to get out-of-town and escape being home bound. Taking these vacations has been found to be a major asset to their lives. They get to get out and enjoy life without the hassles that working people face. Therefore, with no deadlines, and no jobs to return to, seniors are able to have the time of their lives without the stress that comes with being a full-time employee.
Many seniors are on a tight budget, so the ones who are computer savvy are turning to the internet to discover cheap senior travel. This is not only great for them, but the travel agencies, hotels, resorts, and other popular vacation spots as well. Many discover it is easier and cheaper to book mode of transportation, hotels and activities in advance. With senior discounts available worldwide, more are able to visit places they may not have been able to afford without them. In today’s society, there are many modes of travel, one can choose flying, cruising, riding a train or road trips in RVs. With so many choices available, seniors can have a lot of fun deciding and planning their vacation. Being able to access a wealth of information on the internet helps them to discover their destinations and plan activities they may not have been aware of otherwise.
Many find it therapeutic to be able to make decisions and plan activities. Whether they plan their vacation, or a travel agency does, they are left with the excitement of their upcoming trip. While many seniors can plan activities that are physically demanding, others are not so fortunate and have to resort to planning their trips in places that cater to disabilities. There are more and more vacation hot spots that are gearing up for seniors and others with disabilities so finding a great place to visit is not as difficult now for those with special needs. Some vacation resorts even have fun activities to entertain those who are unable to get out and participate in activities that are physically demanding.
It is unfortunate but retirement can make a senior citizen feel as if their sense of independence is withering away. So, with all of the options available to those planning vacations, senior citizens are more able to do things they normally wouldn’t do; and are finding that their sense of independence can return while they plan and enjoy their travels. Many are even planning vacations with their families, which makes their travels more memorable for them as well as their families. In some cases, these vacations are the only time they get to spend a lot of time together. Some only see family on holidays so being able to have family together in an exciting place is enticing more and more seniors to planning travels all around the world. In today’s fast-paced society, even those that are retired get caught up in the rat race so these vacations are a great escape for seniors more so now than ever.
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Are you a senior, and are you actively searching for senior citizens employment? Before you answer, think about it.
Sure you say! I have in mind just the kind of job I want to get and I even know the names of some companies and individuals I want to work for.
Bravo! But have you done your real homework? Are you convinced, really convinced, that you’re the best qualified person to walk away from a job interview with a senior citizens employment offer in your pocket?
Have you prepared for every job interview? Actually visualized going through the process of anticipating your answers to questions that will probably arise? Why, you ask? I know what I’m going to say.
While there is such a thing as over preparation. Far worse than that is the opposite result, lack of practice. Let me tell you a story!
Many years ago, back in the middle of the last century, one of the greatest batters in professional baseball was a tall, lean fellow named Ted Williams. He was a super star, even before the description was used.
One day, early in the morning, even as the sun was just coming up, another ball player who was sharing a hotel room with Williams on a road trip woke up.
He saw Ted Williams in his pajamas standing in front of a full length mirror, bat in hand watching his reflection swinging at imaginary pitches.
What are you doing, the fellow asked incredulously? Hitting home runs, Williams answered taking another swing at an imaginary pitch.
Get the point? The best performing individual at any line of endeavor stays on top with practice. Preparation and practice may begin with the same letter of the alphabet, but they sure don’t mean the same thing.
You’ve taken your first step to nailing down your senior citizens employment. You’ve selected the job of work that you absolutely want to have. You have also taken the second key stride, you’ve made a list of several name businesses and individuals you are going to contact and interview with.
Now, prepare your written and oral presentation, and then stand up in front of your own personal mirror like Ted Williams did and make your delivery. And then practice swinging the bat and hitting the imaginary ball again and again until it becomes your second nature.
Visualize hitting your own home run, getting a bona fide senior citizens employment offer.
Actually visualize yourself walking into the interviews one by one. Picture what you’re going to wear and rehearse your opening greeting. The wonderful thing about children at play is how real they get at make believe. Recapture make believe and really feel yourself at an employment interview.
A very important key point to remember is this. At the end of every visualized job interview, see and hear yourself being offered actual employment.
Make your personal senior citizens employment project the keystone of your day, every day. It may take a while of time before it bears fruit. But it will happen. You deserve success, you deserve seniors employment.
Raymond Angus is the best selling author of http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com. He writes about how seniors find employment in today’s ever changing world. Are you a senior and do you want tips on how to work and live in this bleak economy? Go to http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com and click on employment.
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Jobs for senior citizens are very popular among those who want to be active even after retirement. However, are there any opportunities really available for such people? There are quite a lot of jobs available but you will have to be very careful about the option you select and will have to think twice before taking any decisions. Depending on your professional profile you will be able to find an opportunity that will be suitable for you. This would be a great way to earn a living and be active even after retiring from your regular job.
Select an Opportunity that is Suitable for You
One of the most important things about jobs for senior citizens is that you will have to find something that you really like to do. The first and the most crucial step in the direction is to specify your particular needs and wants before you actually go ahead and start looking. Whether you want to select something that is completely different than the job you had been doing for all these years or finding something in the same industry is another factor that you will have to think about. You will also have to think about how much time you would be comfortable working for. Thinking about all of these factors will ensure that you find something that you would be comfortable with in the long run.
A Few Things to Think About
Given below are a few things that you must think about before you go for jobs for senior citizens:
• Your financial goals and the amount that you wish to make working.
• The abilities and the skills that you enjoy using now.
• The type of skills that you no longer wish to use
• Skills that may be transposed in a different field or industry
• Any special talents that you may not have used before but may be used now
• Any personal project that you may have in mind that you may want to achieve.
For senior citizens the possible job opportunities include freelance work, sales representative, financial advisory, school brigadier, bus driver, student tutor, community teacher, mentor, coach or teacher, horticulture, gardening and retail trade adviser. All of these jobs will give you the chance to do something that you really like doing. Working after retirement is all about personal fulfillment rather than financial requirements. For this reason it would be important for you to find a job that will provide you immense satisfaction. With so many jobs for senior citizens available today you will definitely be able to find something useful.
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Are There Really Senior Citizens Job Opportunities Out There?
Are you a senior, and have you convinced yourself that there aren’t any more senior citizens job opportunities lurking in the underbrush these days, let alone walking down main street U.S.A.? Do you subscribe to the notion that all senior citizens job opportunities are now being grabbed up by smooth complexioned youngsters that don’t remember a world with Ted Williams and Frank Sinatra in it doing their thing?
Wake up! Look around you. Sure the economy is in some pretty sorry straits, but this kind of down turn has happened numerous times throughout history and men and women have all survived it. There are real, honest to goodness senior citizens job opportunities out there right now needing someone with your unique talents and skills to fill them. You’re right. Maybe you don’t know where the senior job openings are. But they don’t know where you are either and they’re sure not going to come knocking on your door while you’re watching TV soap operas.
You have to stand up straight and tell yourself your new mantra. I am proactive. Write it on a piece of paper and stick it on your refrigerator with one of those little magnet gizmos made for such things. Things don’t happen to you, you’re now going to take charge of your senior citizens job opportunities search and make things happen. Sit down at your table or desk, grab a tablet of paper and a pen and make a list of five topics. Understand that first of all this is your personal work sheet and is not available for public consumption. It’s not a resume or a pitch for employment. This is your outline for a proactive battle plan to find the perfect employment for you.
1. What kind of job do you really want. Don’t list employment that you suspect is available. Write down what you really and truly want to do.
2. List the jobs that you’ve actually held during your life. Did you deliver newspapers as a kid? Write it down and decipher the skills needed later.
3. List the jobs you actually performed for past employers. If you cleaned floors, washed windows, ran machinery, waited on customers, kept records; list them, they are building blocks for your action plan.
4. How did your personal activities at each employer affect the overall operation of the business?
5. This is a tough one and it will require giving some clarity of thought. Why did you leave each job? If you were terminated, it would be best to be less than forthright.
You’re not finished yet. Make a list of your hobbies. Don’t laugh! Think about it. Do you like bowling or fishing? How about gardening? Can you imagine the skills you’ve amassed from these endeavors, let alone the factual knowledge related to them. Are you a guy and do you do some of your automobile work yourself.
Think about all of this and then contact employers that would find your skills invaluable. Most important! There are senior citizens job opportunities all over the landscape. But only go after the ones your actually would enjoy doing.
Be proactive! After all is said and done, getting a job is in your hands alone.
Raymond Angus is the best selling author of http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com. He writes about how seniors find employment in today’s ever changing world. Are you a senior and do you want tips on how to work and live in this bleak economy? Go to http://www.TheSeniorsLife.com and click on employment.
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If you think the senior citizen market isn’t dynamic, then you’re really out of touch with marketing. Thirty-five percent of our population is over 55 years old, and these very affluent seniors control almost 45 percent of the disposable income of our country.
Neither Madison Avenue nor the advertising agency down the block takes this group seriously, and as a result, the market is virtually untapped. Here are four suggestions on how to target your business efforts to penetrate this market.
o Gain an understanding of this large market… Throw out everything you ever heard about the over-55 group. These people are vibrant and full of life. They are looking for new ideas, challenges, and new and innovative ways to enjoy life. Thanks to Social Security, wise investing and good retirement plans, they have the money to pay for what they want. Most senior citizens want what you want: health, happiness and security. Many want excitement, romance and adventure. They want to maintain close ties with their children and grandchildren.
o Target products and services… Yes, senior citizens want to know about cruise ships, vitamins and wheelchairs, but so do thousands of people under 55.
The difference is that seniors are looking for solutions to problems. They want to make their life easier and more enjoyable, and they have the money to pay for the services and products that can help them achieve these goals. If your product solves a specific problem, you will find this market is for you.
o How to advertise to seniors… Forget the flowery phrases, cute word plays and fast-action ads. Senior citizens want to know the facts and what benefits those facts will provide for them. Your products and services are just the carrier of benefits, not benefits in themselves.
Seniors want to know how your offering will make life easier or better or more fun. Problem solving is high on the list of benefits wanted, and proof of claim is requirement. Straight talk is appreciated, and as usual, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Two-step advertising works well in the senior market. Seniors have time, so snap decisions are seldom made. Advertisements that offer more information work especially well. Always be positive in your advertising, and never talk down to your audience. Most seniors are a lot smarter than you or I.
o Things to avoid… It is not a good idea to sell marginal ideas to senior citizens such as work-at-home projects and get-rich-quick business schemes. The senior lobby had watchdog groups looking for scam artists, and these two topics top the list of no-nos. Get on their list and you will find your business in trouble.
If you’re looking for the best source of information as to how to advertise to the senior market, read what they read. Buy some of the newsstand magazines on retirement, vacations, travel, cooking or investing targeted toward seniors, and read both the articles and the ads. Find copies of Modern Maturity. This and other magazines and periodicals will provide valuable insight into how to advertise to this lucrative market.
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As a person working for the welfare of senior citizens I am always interested in meeting several of them in one place. Therefore I used to go to places where they are normally seen in good numbers. I took the help of a web group called sss-global and found out places where I can further explore looking for old people. Here is a gist of my findings. They are given no specific order, because categorization freezes free thinking!
o Senior Citizen Associations when they conduct regular meetings o Day Care Centers attached to such SCAs o In the west, McDonald outfits offer discounts to seniors in the morning hours and for early elderly lunchers: therefore, McDonald outfits. o Alzheimer’s Day Care Centers o Retirement Community Activity Rooms o Banks on first few days of the month to collect pension o Parks in the evenings to while away time o Temples to bribe Gods and to gossip and perhaps worship too! o Typical clubs and pubs to meet friends; play cards; relax with a drink o Lectures planned for senior citizens o Libraries to borrow / return or read books o Hospital out patient geriatric wards for obvious reasons o Old Age Homes and retirement facilities (senior homes) o Post Offices to deposit or collect pension or interest income o On boulevards, parks, gardens, walking or jogging paths – walkers o Locations where laughter club sessions are held o Near schools waiting to collect grand children o Any bus or train bogie carrying travelers on pilgrimage o Railway booking counters meant especially for senior citizens o Any marriage function – not necessarily reception – is full of oldies o Any Bhajan sessions, religious discourses
The listing will be useful to product or service providers for this age group. Banks offering special FD schemes, Health Insurance companies, suppliers of assistance devices etc to mention a few. If you can extend my listing I shall be happy. If you reflect deeply upon the question: “What do senior citizens do?” and try to answer “where” they do it in good numbers, I am getting you!
Dr P Vyasamoorthy Retired Librarian turned Information Consultant. Specialist in providing Information to Senior Citizens who are Indians or Indians living abroad. Moderates a Web group for Senior Citizens in India for the past 8 years. Web group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sss-global
He blogs at: http://vyasa-kaaranam-ketkadey.blogspot.com/ The posts in his blog are mostly his own writings dealing with retired peoples’ problems.
He has taken to writing recently for the past six months and writes in Merinews, cplash, karmayog, Triond and other sites.
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Traveling is one thing that even older people can enjoy. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or someone who is just beginning to enjoy traveling, these travel advice can help you plan a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some helpful tips for senior citizen travelers:
Prepare your documents as early as possible. Passport is the most important document and you can apply in person, through passport agencies and by mail. When you receive your passport, be sure to fill in the information page so that your family and friends can be notified in case of accident or emergency. Most countries requires visa, so after acquiring a valid passport, you also need a valid visa. These documents need time for processing and for senior citizen travelers, it is best to apply 2-3 months before your trip to avoid stress and rushing that could be bad for you.
Do not bring more than you need. Bring only the things that you need because it will be so tiring to carry heavy suitcases. Senior citizen travelers, should not burden themselves with too much luggage. Wash and wear clothing is a good idea so that you will not bring too many clothes. Avoid bringing valuable things like jewelries and dress simply to avoid being a target of thieves. Bring only reasonable cash with you. Bring your additional budget in the form of traveler’s check, credit card and ATM card.
Senior citizen travelers should check their health condition with their doctor before traveling. Find out if you need immunization before traveling to protect you from serious diseases abroad. If you are under medications, it is important to bring enough supply to maintain your health. Bring your medicines in its original packages or bottles and bring your doctor’s prescription to avoid narcotics issues in foreign countries or airports. Review your insurance policy and check if it covers your medical expenses abroad, if not it is best to buy a policy that covers your travel medical expenses.
Read and get information about the country you want to visit. It is best for senior citizen travelers to know the current situation of their destination in terms of security, weather, culture, people, laws and other important things about your destination. You can protect your health, security and enjoy more on your trip if you know more about your destination.
Don’t stress yourself. Senior citizen travelers should not subject themselves to stressful situations. Even if this is the travel you’ve been waiting all your life, it is not wise to stress yourself and fill in all your time with a lot of activities. Take time to relax, you will not enjoy if you are too tired.
Look for best deals to get the best out of your travel. Traveling could be really expensive if you do not know where to find the best deals. There are a lot of perks available especially for senior citizen travelers. Getting discounts on your accommodation and airfare will give you more opportunity to enjoy your trip. Find out how to get cheap airfare visit Your World Travel Guide [http://www.yourworldtravelguide.com/]
To travel on a budget visit Travel Secrets
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Advocacy Service for People 50 Plus
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 50 Plus Disability is an advocacy service for people 50 years of age and older who want their Social Security disability benefits. 50 Plus Disability is the only organization in the United States that provides this kind of advocacy only for individuals 50 years of age and older.
50 Plus Disability is a service organization and comprehensive disability resource for people 50 years of age and older. The purpose of this organization is to obtain Social Security disability benefits for people 50 years of age and older. 50 Plus Disability is headquartered in Beverly Hills , California . The organization services individuals in California and throughout the United States .
50 Plus Disability is comprised of highly experienced advocates and top-level executives. These individuals work in teams to prepare the strategy needed to obtain Social Security disability benefits for people 50 years of age and older. 50 Plus Disability’s goal is to obtain Social Security disability benefits without the need for a hearing. However, if a hearing is required, one of the seasoned advocates will be present with you and for you at your hearing.
50 Plus Disability recognized the special needs of individuals 50 years of age and older. This recognition has had a large influence on all aspects of the organization. The philosophy of the organization is one of service to individuals 50 years of age and older.
50 Plus Disability makes it easy for individuals 50 years of age and older to obtain valuable income and medical benefits.
For more information, contact Alex Hughes, Director of Public Assistance for 50 Plus Disability, at 1-800-PLUS-FIX.
ConnectMyFolks iPad App Offers New Way For Tech-Resistant Seniors To Connect With Family, Friends
EUGENE, Ore., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new iPad app that’s free to download and use will keep technologically challenged seniors in safe, simple and easy electronic touch with their friends, children and grandchildren. ConnectMyFolks delivers email, texts, photos and videos instantly to technophobes of all ages, although it’s designed to be used by people 65 and older. It is now available in the App Store.
Email and texting have replaced letter writing and phone calls for most people, and that leaves seniors out of the loop, says ConnectMyFolks co-founder Steve Lee. “If someone’s not able to get email or texts, they can end up isolated from their own family,” Lee says. “These days if you’re not receiving emails or texts, you’re left behind.”
Although the nation’s tech-savvy population is aging and bringing its expertise with it, the 85-year-old and up age category is the fastest growing demographic in the United States . Many of these seniors never acquired tech skills and are often intimidated by computers and smart phones.
ConnectMyFolks is simple and secure. Only people on the senior’s approved list can communicate through the app. That eliminates spam, scammers and other threats. “Whether it’s a nephew who’s always asking for money, or it’s a random phishing attempt, those emails won’t get through,” Lee says.
Housed on the intuitive iPad, ConnectMyFolks is designed for people easily overwhelmed by traditional tech devices. It launches with three big buttons – one for mail, one for pictures and one for videos. Forward, back and home buttons make navigation simple. “You absolutely cannot get lost in this app,” Lee says. “You can’t break it. When it doubt, just ‘go home.'”
A key feature is the simple web-based admin panel, where a designated friend or relative can set up the senior’s approved ConnectMyFolks sender list, select reply options based on the senior’s needs (pre-set replies, typed emails or voice recordings) and make adjustments to font sizes and other interface settings.
The app is expected to be popular in part because families are so geographically scattered. Even grown children who take care of their folks are often helping from afar, according to the US Census Bureau, which reports 7 million to 10 million adults care for their aging parents long distance.
ConnectMyFolks was developed by In the Loop, a Eugene , Oregon , company devoted to the use of technology to solve everyday challenges faced by modern families. Learn more at www.connectmyfolks.com.
Spring Cooking Workshops by the Springs Cafe
Presented by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Las Vegas- April 19, 2013 – The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas announces the spring set of Springs Cafe Cooking Workshops. Learn how to grill, cook vegetables found at the local farmers market to perfection, and the slow and low art of smoked meats from the knowledgeable chefs of the Springs Cafe. Cooking demonstrations include plenty of scrumptious samples, recipes, and discussion with questions from attendees encouraged.
All classes are located at Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. at US 95. Reservations are required. Space is very limited. For more information and to register please call (702) 822-7700.
WHEN: Every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-Noon
COST: $30 members, $40 non-members per workshop
Member bonus: $75 all 3 three workshops purchased together
April 20: Grilling Favorites
Chefs show how to safely use a gas grill to skillfully prepare the grilling staples of beef, chicken and shrimp. Learn how to perfect steak, marinate and grill chicken satays, and season and grill shrimp like a pro.
May 18: Vegetables Under Fire
Grilling isn’t just for meat! You will learn how to properly grill vegetables and make a picture-perfect grilled vegetable salad, as well as, what seasonings work best for grilled vegetables and how to pickle veggies that are in season.
June 15: The Art of Smoked Food: Slow and Low Cookery
Smoked foods are in a flavor league of their own. Learn the method of cooking “low and slow” from the chefs of the Springs Cafe and how to create smoked salmon and beef brisket, as well as a Memphis-style BBQ sauce, in addition to cold smoking vs. hot smoking techniques.
About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Founded in 1993, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (formerly the Culinary Training Academy), the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Post-Secondary Education and trains several thousand students per year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is the caterer of record for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and operator of the cafe and catering services at the Springs Preserve. Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program. For more information, call 702.924.2100 or visit www.theculinaryacademy.org. Stay up to date on happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterestand YouTube.
No one wants to grow old before his or her time. There are some things senior citizens can do that will keep them looking and feeling younger. Consider these seven ways seniors can stay young.
Geriatric Massage is one of the best things senior citizens can do for themselves. The massage of the muscles improves blood circulation by moving blood cells that may have become trapped in the capillaries. The massage provides relief for stiff and sore muscles resulting in the person feeling better. As muscles are released, the individual has more freedom of movement resulting in an improved posture. Many seniors report fewer problems with insomnia or other sleep problems after a massage.
Senior citizens soon learn that eating healthy is in their best interest. A healthy diet provides the needed fiber to keep the individual regular and fight the discomfort of constipation. Eating healthy food provides the body with antioxidants to fight disease and can prevent health problems. The senior who selects healthy foods is more likely to maintain a healthy weight, one of the keys to living a more active life with fewer health problems.
There is a tendency of some seniors to withdraw into their own homes and avoid socializing with others. However, you need to socialize in order to stay young. If you have hobbies that you love, now is the best time in life to partake in them. Make an effort to remain in touch with friends and family. The banter of conversations with those outside your own home is necessary to keep your mental functions sharp.
Exercise has many positive benefits for the senior citizen. In addition to making the person look younger and fit, exercise can improve flexibility and increase mobility. A workout releases endorphins, chemicals that help to improve the overall mood. The person who is in shape is less likely to experience falls, which can lead to broken bones.
Retirement can be a joyous time; however, it is easy to begin to feel that your existence on earth is no longer making a difference. Seniors that get involved stay younger by knowing that their presence matters. Many volunteer organizations need help. Become a grandma or grandpa volunteer at local schools. Volunteer at a hospital. Use your time to benefit your church, synagogue or other house of worship.
Use your brain to keep young. Get a library card and read on a regular basis. Enroll in a community college course to learn something new. Keep your brain challenged using crosswords, puzzles and games.
Use meditation to reduce stress on a daily basis. Use relaxing exercises such as tai chi or yoga (often available at your local Y) to reduce your stress load.
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With the onset of winter, senior citizens should take special care of their health, given the cold winter conditions. For instance, research reveals that every year several senior citizens die from conditions of hypothermia and from exposure to cold. This happens because as we start aging our bodies become less resistant to cold weather and thus the slightest dip in temperature causes our elders to get coughs and colds.
1. Checking winter appliances – It is very important to check if all furnaces and heaters in the home of a senior citizen are working effectively. This should be checked before winter approaches. Try to ensure that the thermostat is working well and that it is set at the right temperature so that you are comfortable at home.
2. Medical monitoring service – Winter is the time when the chances of slipping and falling on ice are the highest. The situation is even worse if no one is home to help you out. The outcome of such a fall and any resultant injury can be extremely serious and can also cause death. Senior citizens who are living alone should always have a medical monitoring device, also known as a personal emergency system, which can help them out in times of crisis.
3. Outdoor activities – It might be tempting to venture out in the snow, but senior citizens should try to restrict themselves when it is extremely chilly outside. Their chances of catching colds and other viral infections are high; thus, it is better to keep away from the cold weather as much as possible. If elders are keen enough to venture out, let them have a stroll outdoors towards noon or before the sun sets. This is the time that is considered to be the least chilly and could be moderately safe for elders.
4. Control of diet – Winter is a time when we tend to suffer from digestion and stomach related problems. The only reason for such problems is that we tend to eat more and move less because the chilly weather encourages us to stay cuddled together in one place. This means that the metabolic activities of our body are reduced, which can slow down our digestive system. The same happens with the elderly, who already suffer from age-related digestive problems. Hence, in order to stay healthy and fit during the winter, it is best to eat little and avoid foods that can form gas and lead to indigestion.
5. Light exercises – Senior citizens need to exercise moderately in the winter. Just a slow, thirty-minute walk every day can be good for the body. However, you need to ensure that while out on such walks or outdoor activities, seniors are well protected from the outside chill. Just as children need layers of clothing, senior citizens need one additional layer over what youngsters need, because immunity levels start falling with age.
Senior citizens just need a little bit of extra care in the winter so that they can spend quality time with their grandchildren. If you have elders at home, help them to stay fit during the winter months and make them feel happy and wanted – nothing can be better than a healthy body and a happy mind.
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Senior citizen dating has entered a brave new world. It comes in the form of senior citizen dating sites and these sites open the door for getting back out into the relationship game.
And no, the ‘rules of the game’ really have not changed. All that has changed is the fact that it is easier to meet a compatible new person. It is easier because the internet has removed a number of the problems in the face of those that wish they could find a new paramour but are at a loss for how to meet someone new.
Now, some seniors will wonder if they can get the proverbial hang of an online dating site. Here is some positive info: it is not all that tough to get the hang of such a site. These sites have been designed in such a way that it is pretty easy to get the most out of them. All you need to know is the basics of navigating the internet and you can take part in effective senior citizen dating.
Sure, some may be wondering if they can handle the profile creation component. Really, this is little more than typing text into the profile and uploading a few photos. Again, the process is not a tough one and you can develop a solid profile with little effort. Well, it may require some effort but nothing you can’t handle!
In order to boost the ease of finding someone new, it would be best to sign on with senior citizen dating sites. This is not to knock the quality of the general dating sites. Many of the general sites are quite excellent. However, to improve the ease of finding someone new, you would be best served looking towards a dating site that specifically caters to seniors.
Why is this so? Basically, you can feel completely assured that the people on the site are seniors looking to meet other seniors.
When the site is crowded with scores of people who are not seniors, it can prove be difficult to find the right person. This is not because anyone is running interference. It just means you will have to navigate through the various different people that are not seniors. That can be time consuming and unnecessary.
So, look towards those sites that are catering to seniors. This will prove to be the best option to follow when you are interested in senior citizen dating.
Just be sure to look towards a site that charges a subscription fee. Free sites a tendency to be lacking in various respects. Paid sites will generally have better customer service and larger serious memberships. They just make a better choice for those looking to meet someone new.
Now find reputable free basic membership senior dating sites and choose the right one for you. David Kamau is offers dating service reviews at his website and blog.
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Gift ideas for senior citizens can be perplexing. Not to worry, I have 5 tips to help you find the perfect gift for seniors citizens in your life. Many gift givers have the perception that as we age, we have accumulated everything we need in life. In some case that may be so, but, just because we are getting older, does not mean we don’t enjoy or appreciate a meaningful and well thought out gift.
Tip #1 As we age, our needs change. Our thoughts focus on our past, what we accomplished, what we wanted to do, but postponed due to life’s responsibilities that came our way. Many fondly recall the dreams, plans and hopes of their youth. There are many that have things in their life that they miss or wish they had a chance to do. Now, because of their age, they think that this is no longer a possibility. Trust me, there is a gift giving idea in those postponed dreams and plans. And all you have to do is discover what they are.
Tip # 2 Every aging senior has different personalities, lifestyles, interests, financial and health situations. This should be considered when exploring gift giving options.
Take time to consider the senior adult for whom you want to choose the perfect gift.
Are they an active senior, with lots of ability to get around independently? Are they involved in church, community or group activities? Do they live alone? Do they have limited access to social functions or activities due to illness or inability to drive? What keeps them from getting out an about? Do they have hobbies or outside interests? Have they had a change in their physical or mental abilities that has affected their lifestyle? Are they able to take care of their home environment, yard or pets? Is their financial situation a problem or is money never a concern? Are they an individual that is open to trying new things? Or are they an individual set in their ways?
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Tip #3 To accomplish the goal of finding the perfect gift for the aging senior in your life will take a little thought and exploration on your part. Take time in your everyday conversations to ask questions about the past and the present interests. Make this a part of your regular conversation. Gift ideas will present themselves. Don’t hesitate to ask “Is there any thing that you wished you had done?” “Is there any thing that you miss doing or would like to do some day?” “Have you ever considered ________(this may be dancing lessons, painting, doing wood working, trying a computer etc) ?”
Tip # 4 If you have done your exploration, you should have come up with some great gift ideas. Or maybe you still feel stuck on finding the perfect gift. Now it is time to be creative. If you have assessed the aging senior’s situation, you can determine what is important to them. Would they benefit from some special one on one time with you? Spending uninterrupted and unrushed time, to do something that your aging senior will enjoy, not only will be appreciated, but will have the benefit of creating a memory for you and your aging senior. If they are an active senior, they may be open to trying something new and different. You may want to plan a trip or activity that would be fun. Don’t forget that learning is a lifelong activity. Check out the local colleges, YMCA’s and online courses that may be of interest to your aging senior. You may be able to introduce a new hobby or activity that will improve or maintain mind and physical fitness.
Tip #5 Do not discount home made gifts or projects. Plan a family project where the entire family can get involved. You may want to create a family tree, organize family pictures. Create a slide show with old family pictures and have your senior incorporate family stories behind those pictures. Or create a video of your aging senior talk about the family history. This could be an on going project with a planned family debut. Plan a party and ‘red carpet’ event for the entire family to view.
Finding gift ideas for seniors can give you an opportunity to learn and create a stronger bond between you. Finding a gift for baby boomers is giving something needed, something wanted or something they have longed for, but never expressed. Given with lots of love, will make it the “perfect” gift.
Diane Carbo Registered Nurse has more than thirty five years in the nursing field. Her experience as a geriatric care manager, makes her uniquely qualified to help those who want to live out their lives in their own homes. Diane has developed a web site to make people aware of issues and options. You will find the answers to many of your questions as well as helpful information that will be continually updated. Please visit http://www.aginghomehealthcare.com/gift-ideas-for-senior-citizens.html for more information on gifting baby boomers and senior adults. Sign up for The Caring Advocate Ezine her free newlsetter and receive a complimentary copy of the Home Health Care Planning Guide.
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Seniors looking out travel abroad, relax, online travel options have specially designed travel packages for elderly citizens combined with insurance package to safeguard you from any unforeseen occurrence. This is useful for retired persons with holiday homes abroad for example spending the winter in Europe or Spain, covers all senior citizens up to the age of 99.
Online senior citizen travel insurance is tailored to your unique circumstances so you only pay for the travel insurance that you need. Such travel insurance for senior citizens will have the following features and benefits. Some of the travel agents will find you travel insurance which combines great value cover with high level.
o Sports and activities option if you require it
o £10 million medical protection as standard.
o £3,000 cancellation cover.
o £25,000 personal accident and legal expenses cover
How does Senior Citizen Travel Insurance help us?
You are protected against any cancellation fine, lost or delayed luggage, cash and passports plus emergency dental treatment and £10 million medical cover. This means you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you are fully covered in case anything goes wrong. Not only that, you also have an option of choosing from a wide array of sports activities.
Choose the place you want to travel, and travel insurance agent can provide you sound advice with the most flexible packages for you. If you prefer to choose a multi-pack travel insurance you have the advantage of getting covered for several trips in a year or if it’s a single trip, then you can opt for single trip senior citizen travel insurance. The choice is yours and the travel insurance providers are at your disposal.
Your travel insurance policy can be split into three Areas Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Worldwide. It’s advisable to cross check with your provider as some of them do cover pre-existing medical conditions with an additional cost. However, there are some policies which may not provide cover in respect of any pre-existing medical condition that you are aware of at the time of arranging the insurance.
You’re not sure who to speak to or where to go without paying a small fortune for cover. Find discount senior citizen packages for yourself. Uncover all the best deals and cheap travel insurance for senior citizens. But, just don’t settle down with the lowest insurance cover you bump into, as it need not be the right cover or best Senior citizen travel insurance cover for you. So, study online and find the most reliable one or reach out to experts.
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Even a small amount of increased physical activity can benefit your functional health. This means getting in and out of your home to attend church, going for a walk, and getting your own mail without the assistance of someone else.
Benefits Of Regular Exercise For Senior Citizens
—–Improved Overall Health
—–Lowered Risk of Bone Fracture Including Hips
—–Lower Risk of Lung, Breast and Color Cancers
—–Stabilized Blood Sugar Reducing Type II Diabetes
—–Better Balance and Bone Strength
Levels of Senior Citizen Exercise Workouts
There are three basic levels of activity to discuss when thinking about exercise for Senior Citizens, the first is sedentary. This is where many senior citizens fall unfortunately. This means you are getting little or no regular physical exercise. Sedentary individuals take less the 10,000 steps a day and their risk of falls, illness and disease are much greater than seniors in the next group.
The second group of seniors we want to discuss are those who get moderate physical activity each day. Moderate activity should be the goal of most seniors to keep them healthy and independent. Brisk walking, dancing, bicycling, swimming, dance and exercise DVD’s are excellent examples of exercise that will raise the heart rate, but allow you to breath and talk normally.
The final level of activity for the more active seniors is vigorous activity. This level means you heart rate has increased to the level that you are not able to talk and exercise at the same time. Some examples might include running, tennis, Zumba dance or other high intensity exercise.
Senior Exercise the Answer to Anti Aging
Aging and lack of physical activity are often associated with health issues like: loss of balance causing falls, forms of arthritis causing stiffness and pain, breathing problems and sleep apnea, stroke, heart disease and even some cancers. These conditions are attributed to the limited activity and excess weight from a decrease in your muscle tone and RMR from not getting enough movement as we age.
How To Increase Your Physical Activity Level
Increasing your activity especially if you fall into the sedentary level of seniors may seem like a daunting task. The good news is that is not necessarily true. Starting an exercise program can be fun and easier to start than you might think.
The most important issue is to find some activity you enjoy. Remember you don’t need to spend a fortune on a home gym to reach your peak fitness level. Some ideas that cost little or nothing are walking, dancing or water aerobics. Start slowly and increase your time and intensity each week or so. As always it’s a good idea to visit with your doctor, especially if you have health issues already.
Incorporate friends and make it fun. You can help others reach their peak fitness and improve their health as well.
Learn more about exercise for senior citizens and how it can improve your health and save your life. More fitness information is available on my website at http://www.yourweightlossanswers.com
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Ads in the phone book and Yellow Pages are a better investment than a newspaper ad, but senior citizen centers need to provide gentle reminders of their presence to potential patrons, many of whom are living alone and uncertain about venturing into something new and unknown. How can they encourage newcomers to come to the center while reminding regular visitors of all the center has to offer? The answer is email marketing!
A senior citizens’ center email marketing campaign will achieve a pair of essential objectives for the center by cutting costs and delivering the message straight to the target audience. The idea that senior citizens would be relying on email for news would have sounded ludicrous 15 or even 10 years ago. But with more senior citizens jumping aboard the information superhighway than ever before, an email marketing plan is the best way to reach seniors!
Email marketing allows these establishments to provide the type of interactive advertisement newspapers and even television commercials cannot offer. In addition to listing the essentials such as address, contact information and operating hours, an email can include a schedule of upcoming events, photos of people at the center and even videos of some of the fun activities that take place at the center. What better way is there to convince people to come to a senior center than by showing them what they are missing?
Even those senior citizens who do not use email can be reached via email marketing efforts. Often times, it is the children and/or grandchildren who investigate senior centers on behalf of their elders. The “next generation” can sign up to receive emails from a senior citizen center and then let their parents or grandparents know the types of events that are taking place there, from lunches and dinners to movies, card game tournaments and performances by local music or theatre groups.
In addition, senior citizens who use email but who aren’t the ones checking out senior citizen centers online can still receive these forwarded messages from their children, grandchildren or friends. The email marketing software required for these campaigns makes it very easy to forward messages to other interested people, which can only help generate further business for the centers. Just as importantly, this software is inexpensive to purchase and easy to install and manage. There is no need to add staff to implement and/or handle these email marketing projects. Add it all up and aemail marketing campaign is a win-win for those who operate the center as well as those who visit it!
Dan Forootan is the President of EZ Publishing, Inc., the creator of the StreamSend Email Marketing service.
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Opportunity Village Hosted “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” Viewing Party OVIPs enjoyed show featuring Penn Jillette as Project Manager
LAS VEGAS , Nev. – Opportunity Village , Las Vegas ’ favorite charity, hosted a viewing party at its Engelstad Campus for an episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” The episode featured longtime Opportunity Village supporter and board member, Penn Jillette acting as Project Manager. Jillette and his team won the week’s task and Jillette was awarded two $20,000 checks for Opportunity Village . “We are extremely grateful to Penn and The Apprentice. The money raised in this episode for Opportunity Village will help assist the nearly 3,000 OVIPs we serve each year,” stated Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village . “We can’t wait to continue watching this season and everyone at our organization, including our OVIPs, are rooting for him, along with the rest of Las Vegas !”
Opportunity Village supporter and board member Penn Jillette presented his “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” winnings to Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village , Linda Smith. Jillette is once again competing on “Celebrity Apprentice” on behalf of Opportunity Village and recently won $40,000 for the charity.
Penn Jillette, longtime supporter of Opportunity Village , visited the organization’s Engelstad Campus to present two checks totaling $40,000 that he won for the charity by participating in “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” Jillette’s visit to Opportunity Village aired on the Apr. 14 episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”
OVIPs cheered on longtime Opportunity Village supporter and board member, Penn Jillette at a viewing party for “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” held on Thursday, Apr. 11.
ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE MISSION Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. 59 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States . Nevada ’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million.
2009 offers opportunities and activities for creating a life satisfying series of days and moments. A year doesn’t happen all at once, even for senior citizens who decry how rapidly time flies. The Senior Citizen age is an everyday, minute at a time process. We surprise ourselves when we discover what we can do with time. The first goal of a senior citizen is to make every day productive.
So, here are some early New Year clues for filling life’s days with satisfaction.
1. Convince yourself that being of Senior Citizen age is a plus. Plan daily activities that under gird a positive attitude. Read books that enable your being a positive person, engage in exercise that assists your health and mobility. Look for one task to do that gives you a sense of accomplishment.
2. Identify one thing that you are exceptionally competent in doing. Do not limit yourself to the ordinary, but stretch yourself to find something you might have never considered undertaking: for men, how about knitting or cross stitching; for women, being able to work on your car.
3. Set a goal of the number of books you will read within a month’s time. Choose books you always told yourself you wanted to read.
4. Choose one volunteer activity per month that will give you a sense of community and interactive pride. Find something that allows you to be with persons whom you don’t normally identify as friends.
5. Work on your spirituality. Note, the word is spirituality, not religion. Identify with some group, spiritual discipline, devotional exercise which will enlarge sense of self worth.
6. Study your diet. Work with your spouse or significant other or a dietitian to be sure you are eating well and assisting your health with healthy meal planning.
7. If you need more to do, consider an unusual hobby. There are no limits on solid and available opportunities.
8. Get a good night’s sleep! Recommended sleep is 8 hours per night. Determine what schedule works best for you. Try not to vary it.
Finally, review your progress in meeting your goals to create a life satisfying pattern for yourself. Keep a Journal so that you may evaluate your progress or lack of it. In a few months, you will have created new, healthy habits and activities which will contribute to your life’s satisfaction as a Senior Citizen.
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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As a Senior Citizen your body looks after you, well most of the time. It behoves us well to as Senior Citizens to return the favour and look after our body.
Natural is about being proactive. You need to be dedicated to making and keeping your body healthy.
Natural medicine does not cause drowsiness and works with the body to help you.
Natural medicine, made from natural ingredients, because of its anti-bacterial effects, is used by many senior citizens in place of traditional medicine to assist in the cure their ailments.
Natural is not about being a health freak, but more about being a health conscious person, making the natural health lifestyle work for and with you. It seems unlikely that you as a Senior Citizen will have been living a junk food and quick meal life, but, if you have, you will need to consider incorporating a series vitamins into your regime.
Natural means incorporating more natural solutions in your life. The best way to prevent, treat, and in many cases cure illness is to give your body the right tools and let it go to work reduce the amount of processed food you eat keep the salt and alcohol down and take more exercise and get more sleep..
Recent studies seem to have confirmed that an increased intake of water and the proper immune enhancing nutrients offer the best defence against most infections. Water please note! Not alcoholic drinks. In fact one of the most common causes of headaches is lack of proper hydration.
Even back pain can be caused by a lack of fluids. Spinal discs which are filled with fluid act as shock absorbers in our spinal column and when they are not hydrated they deflate and provide less absorption placing the load on the shell of the disk instead of using fluid . Another effects of the fluid level in disks can be lack of movement, moving your head around and moving your upper body around while sitting at a desk can help alleviate this and allow the discs to become rehydrated.
High blood pressure or hypertension an be caused by a lower blood volume from dehydration. Its a bit obvious but since our blood is over 80% water it can be, from a volume point of view, very susceptible to changes in hydration.
As a senior citizen you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of life with a body that functions at its optimum for a good few years yet, once you start living a natural life, you start feeling better; and that is crucial in dealing with the everyday stresses and strains of the senior citizen growing ever older.
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Senior citizen web sites number in the millions and cover nearly every topic imaginable. Whether you want to find information on benefits, retirement planning, travel, healthcare, transitioning to another state like Florida, or even senior citizen sex, there are senior citizen web sites dedicated to the topic.
One of the most popular sites on the internet for seniors is the long-recognized American Association of Retired Persons. If you are looking for any kind of information that is specific to seniors, then their site is an excellent place to start. The site includes main categories of information like health, money, leisure, family, and volunteering. You can find information on discounts available to seniors on travel, dining, and other services. There is also an online community on the website where you can interact with other seniors. You can create your own online profile that tells a little about your and then you can decide what groups you’d like to join based on common interests and activities.
Or, you can find an incredible amount of information for seniors on the federal government’s website for senior citizens’ resources at usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml. The site provides in-depth information and links to some of the most popular senior citizen web sites on issues like money, volunteering, health, housing, retirement, end-of-life issues and caregiving. But the site also includes important information specific to the government such as:
· Laws and regulations concerning seniors – things like the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the laws relating to Social Security Administration and Medicare.
· Consumer protection for seniors – information on elder rights, nursing home advocates, and types of consumer fraud.
· Federal and State agencies for seniors – such as the Veterans’ Health Administration, the Administration on Aging and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
· Information on benefits – the site provides information on disability and other government benefit programs, as well as a tool to determine if you are eligible for any benefits.
· Resources specifically for grandparents that are raising their grandchildren – links to benefits and government assistance information, DHS programs for Children and Families, and organizations like the National Center on Grandparents Raising Children
Of course, travel sites are among some of the most popular sites on the web for seniors. Some of these senior citizen web sites are some of the best for travel options, both because of their reputation and because of the types of travel options that they offer:
· Elderhostel is the all-round champ of educational tours for seniors. This company concentrates on delving into the history and culture of locations in both the US and abroad.
· ElderTreks – if you want a bit more of an adventure aspect to your travel, then this company can help. They offer treks that include what they call ‘soft adventure’ – nothing too extreme.
· Grand Circle Travel – this is a tour operating company that offers trips to all age groups, but that definitely caters to seniors.
· Seniors at Sea – as you can probably tell from the title, this travel company offers cruises designed with the senior in mind.
· Grand Travel – this unique travel company offers packages for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together.
There is simply no end to senior citizen web sites and the range of topics they cover. No matter what kind of information you’re seeking, you can find it with a bit of patience and an internet connection.
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Depression is a medical condition that is characterized by feeling down, depressed, or hopeless; low self-esteem; and loss of interest in things one used to enjoy. Senior citizens are prone to life-altering changes that can lead one to feel depressed. Dealing with the trials life throws at us such as, loss, change, loneliness, or a chronic medical condition can be quite overwhelming. Still, depression is not a “normal” part of aging. Like heart disease or diabetes, depression is a medical condition and it can be treated with medication and therapy. Treatment is effective at alleviating symptoms within a few weeks in at least 80 percent of people.
It is important that senior citizens and those providing their elder care understand the symptoms of depression. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, identify your symptoms by using the checklist provided below. Then, if necessary, seek assistance. For senior citizens, the most frequently used resource is a family doctor. Bringing a trusted friend or relative may help ease any anxiety when going to an appointment. Understand that your doctor may suggest a checkup and begin treatment or refer you to a mental health specialist.
Before you say, “I’m okay”….
Do you feel:
- Anxious or “empty”
- Guilty or useless
- Agitated or irritable
- Less interested in things you used to enjoy
- Like no one loves you
- Life is not worth living
Or if you are:
- A change in sleeping habits
- A change in eating habits
- Persistent headaches, stomach aches, or pain
Remember that these may be real symptoms of a real medical condition that can be effectively treated. Talk to your doctor today. Though many senior citizens suffer from depression, feeling depressed is not a normal part of aging.
Health and Wellness tips
There are many measures senior citizens can take to help relieve the symptoms of depression. Those involved in the elder care of senior citizens experiencing depression should encourage the senior to follow these tips and improve their wellbeing.
Check your medications. Senior citizens often take many medications. Some medications, including those for sleep, blood pressure, and nervousness, may affect mood. Talk with your doctor about each of the medications you are taking. Be sure to include all over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements to minimize the chances of having side effects.
Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol use can bring about depression. And, when alcohol and drugs are combined, interactions that lead to depression can occur.
Stay connected. Sometimes, senior citizens find it more difficult to get out and stay connected with others. Still, talking with friends and family members, getting a pet, or even finding a new interest or hobby can help one through this tough time. Get involved in activities you take pleasure in, such as reading a good book, going to a ballgame or a taking a class in a subject that interests to you.
Be active. Physical activity can improve physical and mental wellbeing. Though some senior citizens believe they cannot exercise, there are activities like walking, gardening, or working out (even if one is in a wheelchair) that can be helpful. Make a goal of 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week. If you have not taken part in physical activity in a while, be sure to check with your doctor and get his OK before you begin.
Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids. Choose healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or nuts to increase your nutrition and energy. Also, try to eat well-balanced meals. Some senior citizens suffer from loss of appetite and weight loss; if you have experienced either of these, consult your doctor.
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Many people ask the question, “Do senior citizens need to exercise?” One of the greatest causes of atrophy to the muscles of seniors is insufficient activity needed to stimulate adequate blood flow to vital organs.
Reasons for an Exercise Program:
Left to the reticence of a senior lifestyle can result in disease, lack of muscle tone, and promote a depressing, non productive lifestyle. I speak from experience as I watched my mother refuse to do her required exercises after her knee replacement surgery. She chose instead to sit in her chair and watch TV the greater part of the day and evening. Because of her inactivity I watched as she became a prisoner in her own body. This had a great effect on not only her physical activity but also her mental condition.
A sensible, regular exercise program that is planned around a person’s capacity and needs will help them feel better, live longer and gain independence.
A senior is not someone who is going to engage in a marathon. In planning a healthy, stimulating program start by planning a routine that will provide enough exercise that will generate adequate blood flow to all of the vital organs. You will want to maintain the hard-earned muscles employing cardiovascular exercises, weight training and stretching routines. Consider using resistance bands.
The primary goal is to reach a balance of activity providing just enough exercise to accomplish the goals of maintaining muscle mass, adequate blood flow and a feeling of well-being. If the regimen is extremely strenuous it can cause an adverse effect to the overall condition of a senior. It is imperative that you check a senior’s physical and verbal response. Pay special close attention for adverse signs such as excessive sweating, difficulty in breathing, imbalance, droopy eyelids and evidence of mild to severe pain. It these elements occur the activity should be stopped immediately.
A senior citizen’s exercise program should be based on their individual needs. If a group regime is put into action there could be the risk of over training. In addition it will be easier to follow the progress of a person if they are following a specific set of exercises that have been developed with only their needs in mind. One person may be able to do more repetitions and a more vigorous exercise than another person. For this reason a program that has been commenced with a senior citizen should be fully documented and a log book maintained noting the details of every workout.
As a senior develops more strength and flexibility their exercise program can be changed. The program should be flexible, keeping in mind that the routines and movements can be increased or decreased on a weekly basis depending on the physical condition of the person.
If you are a family member, or friend caring for the senior citizen, it is recommended that you seek the opinion of a professional to help you develop the exercise plan. They will be able to assist you in selecting a program with the proper intensity and type of exercises that will be beneficial to the patient. In addition to an exercise plan, it is also suggested you engage the services of a dietitians, physical therapist, and a nutritionist. These trained professionals will be able to monitor whether the program is too strenuous or acceptable.
When you commence a program it is suggested that you ask a professional to be present and assist in demonstrating the various moves. An exercise that is executed improperly can cause severe injury to a patient. To achieve the required results you want to be certain that exercises are performed properly. Professionals should also be scheduled to check in various times during the program to evaluate the senior’s response to the treatment.
It is important for the person who is going to be initiating the exercise program do their due diligence and research what is available to help them make the right decisions in achieving the goals for physical help to the senior citizen. Below are a few suggestions for developing the best program possible:
· Check on the availability of exercise DVD’s that cater specifically to senior citizens · Watch exercise videos online · Check forums online for the expertise of others regarding this subject · Visit a senior citizen center to view their typical routine · Be open to listen to and learn from instructors and experts
As you and the patient continue in the exercise program you will develop the ability to understand what exercises and amount of intensity works best to achieve the desired results. It is also important to remember that in addition to the proper exercise regimen, your senior needs the right amount of rest and diet program to create a total healthy lifestyle.
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Many senior citizens are affected by some hearing problems. If left untreated, any extent of hearing loss may worsen over time. It is important that senior citizens with difficulty hearing consult their doctor. Companions or caregivers who notice a senior citizen is experiencing trouble hearing should facilitate and encourage the senior to seek medical attention. Knowing the symptoms and taking appropriate treatment measures can help stop and, in some cases, even reverse hearing degradation.
Hearing is very important for daily functioning so problems with hearing are quite serious and should be addressed as soon as possible. Senior citizens who experience hearing problems may feel isolated or embarrassed as a result. Still, if you find that you have trouble hearing, talk to your doctor about the many treatment options available.
Senior citizens who have hearing loss often complain of:
- Having trouble hearing on the phone
- Difficulty with following conversations, especially when multiple people are talking
- Needing to have volume levels of electronics so high that others notice and complain
- Difficulty hearing things over background noise
- Sensing that people always seem to mumble
- Cannot understand when women or children speak to you
If a doctor finds that you have hearing loss, they may refer you to an otolaryngologist who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat. After this doctor conducts diagnostic tests, they may refer you to an audiologist who is trained to measure hearing function. Audiologists can test your hearing for certain pitches and loudness levels in order to find if a hearing aid is needed. These tests are painless.
Hearing loss is caused by degeneration of nerves with age, one of the reasons it is prevalent among senior citizens. Other common contributions to hearing loss are earwax build-up, exposure to very loud noises over long periods of time, viral and bacterial infections, heart conditions, head injuries, tumors, medications, and heredity.
Types of Hearing Loss
Some different types of hearing loss include:
Presbycusis: This is age-related hearing loss. Senior citizens affected by this condition can either have a hard time hearing or have low tolerance for loud noises. It can be caused by damage to the inner ear known as sensorineural hearing loss.
Tinnitus: This condition is characterized by hearing ringing, roaring, or some other continuous noise in the ears. It can be caused by exposure to loud noises, hearing loss, medications, other health problems, allergies, and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. The source of noise caused by tinnitus is unclear and varies in how long it affects the sufferer. Senior citizens can treat the condition by either using a hearing aid to make other sounds louder or using a masker that makes tinnitus noise less noticeable. Others use music to drown out the extra noise. Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and loud noises can decrease the effects of tinnitus.
Conductive hearing loss: This is caused by blockage between eardrum and the inner ear. This can be caused by ear wax build-up, fluid in the middle ear, abnormal bone growth, punctured ear drum, or ear infections. For ear wax blockage specifically, it is suggested that sufferers use mild treatments like mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, or commercial ear drops to soften ear wax. If you think the eardrum may be damaged, you should contact a doctor.
Senior citizens who suffer from hearing loss have many options for treatment and alleviating symptoms of decreased hearing functioning. These include:
Hearing aids: these are small devices placed on the ear that make certain noises louder. Audiologists can help find the right hearing aid for you and may allow you to test it in a trial period. Pick a hearing aid manufacturer who will work with you while you adjust to wearing the product, and be sure that you are aware of how to maintain a hearing aid, such as replacing batteries and how to use it properly.
Assistive / Adaptive devices: There are a variety of products that fit within this category like:
- Telephone amplifying device: can be a receiver or entire phone that makes phone conversations louder
- TV and radio listening systems: avoids having to turn the volume up on regular devices
- Assistive listening systems: these are sometimes available in public venues like theaters, churches, synagogues, and meeting places
- Alerts: allow for signals that replace doorbells, smoke detectors, and alarm clocks in order for the hearing impaired to hear them properly. These usually employ vibrations or flashing lights to replace noise.
Cochlear implants: If hearing loss is severe, a small electronic device can be placed under the skin, behind the ear. It allows sound to bypass the malfunctioning part of the ear and send signals directly to the brain. This process is not helpful for all cases of hearing loss or deafness.
Tips for Senior Citizens
For senior citizens affected by hearing loss, here are some helpful hints for communication:
- Let people know you have trouble hearing them
- Ask people to face you, talk slower, or ask them to speak without shouting
- Pay attention to facial expressions and gestures
- Let people know when you don’t understand them
- Ask people to reword things for you when you don’t understand
Tips for Caregivers
Elder caregivers taking care of senior citizens who suffer from hearing loss can use these helpful hints when speaking to their patients:
- Face the person and talk clearly
- Speak at a normal speed and do not cover the mouth
- Stand in good lighting and avoid background noises
- Use facial expressions and physical gestures
- Repeat yourself if necessary
- Keep a hearing impaired person involved in a conversation rather than talking to others about the individual while in their presence
- Be patient,positive and relaxed during the interaction
- Ask how you can help them understand you
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It is absolutely vital that as one approaches old age, one has a substantial health insurance cover. The probability that one’s health care expenses would increase substantially is almost a given. In this piece we look and compare the different health insurance plans that are available in the market for senior citizens. While every health insurance company wants to insure the young (and almost by definition, more healthy), there are very few plans which provide health insurance to people beyond 60. Another interesting thing to note here is that most of the health insurance plans for senior citizens is offered by the public sector general insurance companies.
The health insurance plans available for senior citizens are:
- Varistha Mediclaim by National Insurance
- Senior Citizen plan by Oriental Insurance
- Mediclaim for Senior Citizens by New India Assurance
- Senior Citizen Plan by United India Insurance
- Red Carpet Plan by Star Health Insurance
Varistha Mediclaim by National Insurance: This policy can be bought by anyone between 60 and 80 years of age. Renewals can be done upto the age of 90. Between the age bands of 76-80, premiums have an added factor of 10% and between 80 to 90 years of age, premiums are grossed up by 20%. The sum insured under this policy for hospitalization is Rs 1 lakh. For critical illness, the sum insured is Rs 2 lakhs. Under the critical illness cover, diseases such as cancer, renal failure, stroke, organ transplants etc are covered. If the person has already been insured for 3 years through a health insurance policy, then he or she does not have to undergo a medical test, else there has to be a medical test under the prospective customer’s costs. For domiciliary treatment, the maximum claim is fixed at 20% of the sum insured. Ambulance charges upto Rs 1000 are covered under this policy. For a mediclaim cover of Rs 1 lakh and a critical illness cover of Rs 2 lakhs, the premium varies between Rs 6200 (for a 60-65 year old) to Rs 9200 (for a 75-80 year old). One interesting feature of this policy is that pre existing hypertension and diabetes are covered from the 1st year itself of the policy by paying 10% additional premium for each of the two diseases. Pre existing is of course not available for the critical illness policy. Other pre existing diseases are covered after 1 policy year. Dialysis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for preexisting ailment is never covered. Claims are paid only for events that occur within India. Claims which occur within the first 30 days of the commencement of the policy will not be covered, unless in the case of the person being insured with an Insurance Company without break for the past 12 months. For the purpose of this policy, pre existing diseases such as cataract, piles, fistula, hernia, benign lumps, joint replacement etc will not be covered in the first 12 months. War related medical claims, vaccination, spectacles cost, plastic surgery, corrective dental surgery, venereal disease, vitamins and tonics which are not part of the treatment, nuclear disaster related health claims, alternative treatment like homeopathy etc are excluded.
Opinion: We think it is one of the best policies for senior citizens, except that the sum insured is low. They are quite generous as far as the norms for entry age and pre existing diseases are concerned.
2. Senior Citizen Specified Disease Plan by Oriental Insurance: In this plan, the policyholder has the option to choose sum insured of Rs 1 lakh, 2 lakhs, 3 lakhs, 4 lakhs or 5 lakhs. One restrictive feature of this policy is that 20% of any claim amount has to be co-paid by the insured. Cashless payment through TPA is restricted to Rs 1 lakh. This plan covers 10 specified diseases: cancer, renal failure, heart diseases, liver related diseases, COPD (lung ailment), stroke, prostrate, orthopaedic disease, ophthalmic disease, accidental injury and knee replacement. The amount that one can claim for a particular disease is restricted as a percentage of the sum insured (for e.g., 50% of the sum insured can be claimed for cancer, while 20% of the sum insured can be claimed for stroke). A sum insured of Rs 1 lakh will cost Rs 4500 for a 65 year old, while it will cost Rs 6400 if one is eighty years old or beyond. While this may seem cheaper than National Insurance’s Varistha medical scheme, it is less wide in scope. This policy has an interesting refund of premium clause if one withdraws from the policy: if the policyholder gets out of the policy within the first month, 75% of the premium is returned and if he opts out between 3 to 6 months of the policy, 25% of the premium is returned. In this policy, pre-existing diseases are not covered for a period of 2 policy years. Other exclusions are very similar to those of National’s Varistha medical scheme.
Opinion: a good scheme in terms of the level of sum insured and price, but the scope of diseases covered is restrictive. Another issue is that pre-existing is covered only after 2 policy years.
Mediclaim for Senior Citizens by New India Assurance: This policy is available for senior citizens between 60 and 80 years, and the sum insured can be Rs 1 lakh or Rs 1.5 lakhs. Pre existing diseases are covered after 18 continuous months of coverage, while for diabetes and hypertension to be covered, additional premium needs to be paid. Pre hospitalization is covered for 30 days, while post hospitalization is covered for 60 days. An insurance of Rs 1 lakh for a 65 year old will cost Rs 3850 while it will cost Rs 5150 for an 80 year old. Thus, premiums are very competitively priced. If one wants to extend beyond 80 years, then loading of 10% or 20% has to be paid. For pre existing diabetes or hypertension, an additional premium of 10% each has to be paid. One interesting feature is that there is a 10% discount if one’s spouse is also covered under this policy. This policy also has the same partial refund norms on cancellation as Oriental’s Specified Disease Plan. Claims would be paid only for medical treatment in India. The exclusion conditions are standard, and are very similar to National’s Varistha Mediclaim.
Opinion: Attractively priced. Sum insured ceilings are low. The product brochure is silent on co-pay, and thus there is no co-pay requirement in all probability.
United India Insurance’s Specified Disease Plan: In this policy, sum insured of Rs 50,000 to Rs 300,000 is available to people between 60 to 80 years of age. Sum insured of Rs 1 lakh will cost Rs 3715 for a 65 year old, and Rs 8613 for an 80 year old. So while it is cheaper for the younger age bands, it is a bit expensive for the older age groups. An interesting feature of this policy is that there is a hospitalization cash payment from the 3rd day of hospitalization on payment of a particular additional premium. While other exclusion features of this policy are comparable to that of the previous 3 policies that we have discussed, the biggest problem of this policy is that this has a pre-existing waiting period of 4 years.
Opinion: Pre -existing waiting period of 4 years is restrictive
Star Health’s Red Carpet Plan: This plan has been a good marketing success. While one barely gets to hear about the reasonably broad, well priced schemes of the 4 nationalised companies, the market is quite excited about Star Health’s Red Carpet scheme. The sum insured under this policy can be for Rs 1 lakh, Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 3 lakhs, Rs 4 lakhs or Rs 5 lakhs. Age of entry is restricted between 60 and 69 years. Pre existing diseases are covered from the 1st year itself, except for those preexisting diseases for which the insured received payment in the preceding 12 months. Subsequently, these pre-existing diseases are covered. There are sub limits under this policy wherein different diseases have different limits as a percentage of the sum insured. Sum insured of Rs 1 lakh will cost Rs 4900 at entry, while a sum insured of Rs 5 lakhs will cost Rs 20000.. The biggest catch in this policy is that there is a 50% co-payment for pre existing diseases and 30% co-payment for other diseases!! Other exclusions are very similar to what is there for the nationalized companies.
Opinion: Simple, well marketed claim. But the co-payment terms are a huge negative! The ceiling for maximum age at entry is quite low (69 years), though the guaranteed renewal feature is a big positive. Also, the sum insured levels of Rs 5 lakh is quite high and attractive in these days of escalated medical costs.
In summary, we feel that National’s Varistha Plan is the widest in scope. The only issue with the plans of the Nationalised Insurance companies is that the sum insured levels offered might not be adequate for today’s high healthcare costs. On the other hand, they are at least offering senior citizen health plans. It is very difficult to locate any meaningful health insurance scheme for senior citizens offered by any private health insurance company, except Star Health. The only problem that we see with Star Health’s Red Carpet plan is that of the Co-pay restriction.
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“Arthritis” does not mean only that someone has stiff, aching joints. Many types of arthritis exist, each with its own symptoms and treatments. Most types are chronic, meaning that they can be a source of discomfort for an extended period of time. Arthritis can afflict joints almost anywhere in the body and may cause changes you can see and feel, including swelling, warmth, and redness in the joints. It can last for a short time but be very painful or continue for a long time with less pronounced results while still damaging the joints.
Arthritis is extremely common in the United States, especially among senior citizens. Still, there are many steps they and those providing care for the elderly can take to relieve the different types of arthritis. The most common types in this population are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in senior citizens and begins when cartilage, the type of tissue that pads joints, begins to wear away. This can eventually cause all the cartilage between bones to wear away, forming painful rubbing of bones against each other. This type of arthritis is most common in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, and hips.
Symptoms of OA can range from stiffness and mild pain that accompanies exercise or bending to severe pain in the joints even in times of physical rest. OA can also cause stiffness during times in which you haven’t used specific joints in a while, like when you’re on a long car ride, but this stiffness usually goes away when you move your joints again. OA can eventually lead to problems moving joints and sometimes to developing a disability if the areas affected are the back, knees, or hips.
Aging is often the greatest risk factor for developing OA. Other factors depend on the area of the body afflicted-for instance, OA in the hands or hips may be caused by genetic factors; OA in the knees may be caused by being overweight; and injuries or overuse of joints in the knees, hips, and hands may lead to OA.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) differs from OA in that it’s an autoimmune disease, meaning that your immune system attacks and damages the lining of a joint as if it were an injury or disease. RA leads to inflammation of the joints, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling, sometimes in multiple joints at once. It may be severe enough to prevent you from moving a certain joint. Senior citizens with RA may often experience fatigue or fever. You can develop RA at any age, and it’s more common in women.
RA can afflict almost any joint in the body and is often symmetrical, meaning that if you have RA in a specific joint on one side of your body, you probably experience RA in the same joint on the other side of your body. RA can damage not only joints, but also the heart, muscles, blood vessels, nervous system, and eyes.
Senior citizens with gout experience the most severe pain relative to many other arthritis patients. An attack begins when uric acid crystals form in the connective tissue or joint spaces, leading to swelling, stiffness, redness, heat, and pain in the joint. Attacks often follow eating foods like shellfish, liver, dried beans, peas, anchovies, or gravy. Drinking alcohol, being overweight, and taking certain medications may worsen the symptoms. In senior citizens, using certain medications to lower blood pressure may also be a risk factor for a gout attack.
Gout is most common in the big toe, but it can occur in other joints such as the ankle, elbow, knee, wrist, hand, or other toes. Swelling may cause discoloration and tenderness due to skin stretching tightly around the joint. If you see a doctor during an attack, he or she may take a sample of fluid from the affected joint.
Other forms of arthritis.
Other forms include psoriatic arthritis in patients who have psoriasis; ankylosing spondylitis, which mainly affects the spine; reactive arthritis, which occurs as a reaction to another illness in the body; and arthritis in the temporomandibular joint, the point at which the jaw attaches to the skull.
Arthritis Symptoms and Warning Signs.
Senior citizens and those providing their elder care should look out for the following symptoms as they may be indications of arthritis:
- lasting joint pain
- swelling in a joint
- stiffness in a joint
- tenderness or pain when touching a joint
- difficulty in using or moving a joint normally
- warmth and redness in a joint
Any of these symptoms lasting longer than two weeks should be addressed by a physician. If you experience a fever, feel physically ill, have a suddenly swollen joint, or have problems using a joint, a doctor should be contacted sooner. You will have to answer questions and go through a physical exam. Before suggesting treatment options, your doctor may want to run lab tests and take X-rays.
Some common treatment options exist even though each type of arthritis is treatedsomewhat differently. Rest, exercise, eating a healthy diet, and becoming educated about the right way to use and protect the joints are key to minimizing the effects of arthritis. Proper shoes and a cane can minimize pain the feet, knees, and hips while walking, and some technology exists for helping open jars or bottles, turn doorknobs more easily, and otherwise improve quality of life in senior citizens with arthritis.
Additionally, some medications can lower the pain and swelling. Acetaminophen (in Tylenol) and some NSAIDs are sold over-the-counter and can ease pain. Other NSAIDs must be prescribed. It is important for senior citizens and those providing their in home care to pay attention to the warnings on both prescribed and over-the-counter drugs and to ask a doctor about how to properly and best use over-the-counter medicine to treat arthritis. The FDA also has information about many medications.
Some treatment options are specialized for individual types of arthritis.
There are medicines to help senior citizens with pain associated with OA, and rest and exercise may ease movement in the joints. Managing weight is also important. If one experiences OA in the knees, a doctor can provide shots in the knee joint, which can help to move it without as much pain. Surgery may also be an option to repair or replace damaged joints in senior citizens.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments.
Treatment can diminish the pain and swelling associated with RA and cause joint damage to slow down or stop. One will feel better overall, and it will be easier to move around. On top of pain and anti-inflammatory medications, a doctor might prescribe DMARDs, which are anti-rheumatic drugs that can slow damage from RA. Corticosteroids, including prednisone, can minimize swelling while waiting for DMARDs to kick in. Additionally, biogenic response modifiers block the damage inflicted by the immune system and help people with mild to moderate RA when other treatments have failed to work properly.
If you’ve gone through a gout attack, talk to a doctor to discuss possible causes and future prevention of attacks. Work together with your doctor and other elder care providers to plan and execute a plan for prevention. Commonly, NSAIDs or corticosteroids are recommended for an acute attack. This treatment diminishes swelling, allowing you to feel better fairly shortly after treatment. Usually, the attack fully stops within a few days. If one has experienced multiple attacks, a doctor may be able to prescribe medication to prevent further attacks.
Exercise can help Arthritis.
In addition to taking the proper medication and allowing your joints to rest, exercise can help senior citizens to stay in shape, maintain strong muscles, and control symptoms of arthritis. Daily exercise like walking or swimming keeps joints moving while lessening pain and strengthening the muscles around joints. Before starting any new exercise program, it is important to discuss options with your physician.
Three types of exercise are the best for senior citizens with arthritis:
- Range-of-motion exercises reduce stiffness, improve flexibility, and keep joints moving. Activities like dancing fit into this category.
- Strengthening exercises strengthen muscles, which improves support and protection to your joints. Weight training fits into this category.
- Aerobic or endurance exercises improve health in the heart and arteries, prevent weight gain, improve how your body works overall, and may decrease swelling in some joints. Riding a bike fits into this category.
Other things to do to manage Arthritis.
On top of exercise and weight control, a number of other methods may help senior citizens ease the pain around joints. Applying heat or cold to joints, soaking in a warm tub, or swimming in a heated pool may help you feel better and move your joints more easily.
Surgery may be an option when damage has become disabling or when other treatment options have not adequately diminished pain. With surgery, joints can be repaired or replaced with artificial ones. Commonly, arthritic knees and hips are replaced.
Many senior citizens with arthritis try treatments that have not been tested or proven to help. Some are harmful, like snake venom, while others are harmless yet unhelpful, like copper bracelets.
Here are a few ways to determine whether a treatment is unproven:
- The remedy is said to work for all types of arthritis and other diseases
- Scientific support is from only one research study
- The label doesn’t include directions or warnings of use
Areas for further research.
Studies suggest that acupuncture could ease OA pain in some senior citizens. Dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin are also under investigation and may reduce OA pain. More research is needed to determine whether these types of treatments actually work to reduce symptoms and damage to joints.
Talk to your doctor and others involved in your elder care.
Try not to make light of your symptoms by telling yourself that joint pain or stiffness is simply caused by aging normally. Your doctor and other elder care providers can discuss possible treatment options with you to safely minimize your pain and stiffness and prevent more serious joint damage.
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