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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July 4, 2016 by Leigh St John
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The beginning stages of aging are very important because prevention is really a much better method for coping with aging skin than treating the skin when the signs of aging have already appeared. The fact is that, all of us are without exception are subject to aging. And skin at different stages of aging need different attention that providing age-specific anti-aging care. However, most people have the wrong impression that we should deal with our skin about anti aging when we reaches older! The question now is when shall we begin our routine to counteract the earliest stages of aging skin? The answer is as earlier as in your mid 20s!
Aging begin as soon as adulthood is reached. Physically, early (20 to 39 years old) and middle adulthood (40 to 59 years old) are marked by slow, gradual declines in body functioning, which accelerate as late adulthood (60 and above of age) is reached. The mass of muscle will continue to boost through till mid 20s, thereafter gradually decreasing. Each stage experiences its own specific type of breakdown of protein and collagen and other building blocks that keep your skin looking youthful and glowing.
During the early adulthood, the production of collagen start slowing down and the regeneration of new cells diminishes slightly. Inside your skin along with other parts of your bodies, cells are constantly dying and rejuvenating and the new cells are pristine and strong and it shows on your faces. This process is part of youth and aging, once you reach mid 20s, the process of generation slows down. This is hardly noticeable on the outside of the skin but this is when aging actually begin to happen.
In the middle adulthood, aging starts happening under your skin from the ages of 40. But it can be started as earlier as from 35 depends on how you taking care of your skin, practices healthy diet and lifestyle. During this stage, you will begin to show fine lines around your eyes and outside the mouth area. The color of the skin becomes more pale or dull and loses its youthful glow. Then you begin to lose collagen and amino acids which natural bonding substance in your body that keep your skin plump and puffy. This is the stage where wrinkles start to take underlying on your face.
As in the late adulthood, the human growth hormone is depleted and aging starts to speed up. If you have not used repairing products like anti aging serum, then all of the damaging activities occurring beneath your skin continues but they will accelerate and the consequences will probably be a lot worse than one who used good skin care products, implemented healthy diet and lifestyle routine. Without the aid of good anti aging wrinkle products that help to prevent, restore, protect and rejuvenate, your wrinkles will go deeper and age spots will show up. The building blocks beneath your skin have broken down so you start experience an intense loss of plumpness and resilience.
Therefore, in early stage of adulthood especially you reach mid 20s, a good skin care product series, avoid too much sun light exposure, keep your body hydrated plus eat antioxidants rich foods would definitely make you look much younger and glow in your older age. The start of uses a good anti aging serum that with ingredients such as antioxidants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and retinols in addition to your moisturizer cream is highly recommended when reaches your middle adulthood to keep your skin restore and rejuvenate. When come to late adulthood, series of high quality anti aging products that include serum, face cream and eye cream is surely as much needed at this time. But it never too late to improve the look of your skin no matter what age you in!
Keng Chan is an anti aging practitioner with more than 10 years of experiences. Frequently research of information, finding interesting tips and solutions for anti aging which helped him look more than 10 years younger than his age! He surprised all of the new friends he met!
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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.
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Everyone is affected with signs of aging at some point in their life, be it visible wrinkles, blemishes, pigmentation changes, expression lines, discolorations, poor texture, or other environment-related conditions of the skin. As we age, the production of skin reviving and plumping collagen gradually slows, revealing fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti-aging creams promise to reduce these signs of aging. Yet, despite the ever-rising demand and great popularity, there has been skepticism and anxiety related to anti-wrinkle creams. Many believe that anti-aging creams are but fads, and do not work at all. Debates still continue whether anti-aging creams are cosmetics or drugs. Many argue that most of the anti-aging creams only enhance the outward appearance of the skin and only temporarily at that; and therefore should be placed on equal footings with other cosmetics.
So the promises of younger, fresher looking skin are nothing but lies? No. Fortunately for wrinkle-cream customers, that’s not always so. Granted, in most scenarios, wrinkle creams only offer what can already be achieved through the use of moisturizers and sunscreens. But with a little knowledge of active ingredients used nowadays in certain anti-aging creams, the promises may as well be fulfilled.
Anti-aging creams come under the category of “cosmeceuticals”, mixture of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; which means they are cosmetic products containing certain biologically active ingredients claiming to give medical or drug-like effect. With ample scientific research and knowledge collected thus, researchers HAVE found out such ingredients which are almost just as effective and relatively inexpensive compared to medical cosmetic procedures.
Active Anti-aging Ingredients:
Most people usually stick to buying cosmetic products of their favorite brands. But to actually gain satisfactory results from anti-aging creams, you’ll have to go an extra mile and start with researching products containing active ingredients which really work on aging skin.
The active ingredient in Retin-A is tretinoin. The chemical is the only one till date to achieve FDA approval ratings for anti-aging as well as anti-sun damage properties. Retinoid prevents the loss of collagen from skin due to excessive exposure and consequent photo-damage.
In anti-aging creams, retinoid-derivatives in the form of retinol and retinyl palmitate (combination of pure retinol and cleansing agent palmitic acid) are used. However, these must be present at a sufficiently high concentration of 0.04% to 0.07% to be effective. Customers should also take care to note the expiry date of the product, since products containing retinoid tend to expire after a month or so post opening.
Side effects may include mild irritation and redness. Customers with sensitive skin should use a much lower concentration of retinol (approx. 0.025%). It is also advisable to avoid the use of products containing retinoid during pregnancy or breast feeding period, since it is a Vitamin A derivative which is associated with birth defects.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):
Various alpha and beta hydroxy acids are already popular ingredients in various cosmetic products like cleansers, moisturizers, toners, etc. Two most popular AHAs are lactic acid and glycolic acid, known for their ability to efficiently penetrate skin.
AHAs have superb exfoliation properties helping in removal of dead skin cells and growth of new ones. Effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams containing AHAs depends upon concentration (5% to 8% are sufficient) and frequency of application.
AHAs can increase sun-sensitivity by almost 50%, therefore an effective sunscreen providing UVA and UVB protection is an FDA requisite in final product formulation. Irritation, redness and possible scarring can also occur as side effects. Some people tend to be allergic to certain hydroxy acids. Therefore it’s best to consult a physician before trying a product with an AHA mentioned in ingredients.
Peptides are short-chained proteins which occur naturally in the skin, mainly acting as messengers (in the form of signal peptides) or hormones. They are well known for their natural skin-healing benefits. Peptides such as oligopeptides work as collagen boosters, while Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Tripeptide-1 stimulate the skin for synthesizing collagen of types I and III, and simultaneously decreasing enzyme production to protect collagen and elastin integrity. Pentapeptide-18 and Acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) are peptides that are known to tighten the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
There are minimal side-effects related to use of peptides for anti-aging treatment. Not only they help against wrinkles, they also increase skin’s moisture retaining ability, elasticity, and resilience.
Anti-oxidants are substances that are known to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals-unstable molecules that damage cell membranes, proteins, lipids, and DNA. Free radicals are also one of the major causes of premature aging. Anti-oxidants are already popular for their extraordinary health benefits, and their use in anti-aging products is relatively new yet promising.
Green tea, rosemary, grapes, and tomatoes contain the most effective anti-oxidants and products containing extracts of same can give visible satisfactory results with regular application. A 10% concentration of green tea extract in a given product is especially effective for fighting aging.
It should be noted that although anti-oxidants can be used in diet and applied topically, the effectiveness of an anti-oxidant diet for anti-aging is somewhat debatable. Also, most anti-oxidants will only help in prevention of wrinkles, and may not work to remove those which already exist.
Excess exposure to sun leaves visible skin prone to aging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Increased levels of exposure can cause wrinkling, discoloration, formation of freckles and dark spots, damaging of elastin and collagen, skin cancer, as well as DNA mutations. Yes, those 2 minutes you saved by opting out sunscreen application will take its heavy toll.
Sunscreens and sunblocks are applied topically in various forms to prevent such skin related hazards. Following the age old adage of “prevention is better than cure”, sunscreen application substantially reduces chances of photo aging.
Nowadays, sunscreens with active anti-aging ingredients are on rise. These will not only prevent photo aging, but will also treat existing signs of aging. The most effective ones contain tretinoin, the efficacy of which has been already discussed in the Retinoid section as a miracle chemical with proven anti-aging as well as anti-sun damage properties. Other anti-aging sunscreens contain anti-oxidants in the form of minerals.
Vitamin C is one of the most widely used skin-care ingredient, given its astounding skin healing properties. It skin rejuvenation and anti-wrinkle properties have been scientifically proved: It is essential for synthesis of collagen in skin, thus curing wrinkles and fine lines; and it is a well-known anti-oxidant, capable of preventing skin-damage due to free radicals.
Vitamin C on its own is rather tricky, since it oxidizes instantly and may cause more harm than good when used topically. To overcome this barrier, anti-aging creams use the vitamin’s more stable and effective derivatives like magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, etc.
Vitamin C taken in dietary form is good for health, but provides insubstantial anti-aging benefits for skin, since higher concentrations for anti-wrinkle properties are required than those available to skin through vitamin rich diet.
Anti-aging creams do work, wonderfully. The effects of a given anti-aging product will depend upon active ingredients in its formulation, their respective concentrations, and frequency and regularity of application. Also keep in mind that many of the active ingredients listed above work best in ‘synergy’, i.e. combined form, than by themselves. For instance, AHAs sun-sensitivity factor can be negated by adding sunscreen in its formulation, and a sunscreen with retinoid will work wonders on wrinkle-ridden skin.
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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.
Absolute Resume assists a broad range of job seekers to find their preferred roles, including mature aged job seekers, individuals out of work for a period of time and those made redundant.
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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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Live Healthy – Look Marvelous – Live Longer
There are actions you can, and should take today to dramatically improve your health, your appearance and your longevity. You can control 70% of the factors affecting your longevity; only 30% are controlled by genetics until very late in life when genetics become more controlling
Almost all of the effects of aging and the common diseases that come with aging are treatable, to at least some extent. The key is early detection and early treatment.
Our understanding of the aging process is advancing rapidly. Some scientists believe that the first immortal human may be living today.
In 1786, life expectancy was 24 years. Better diets and some medical innovations allowed it to double to 48 years in the next 100 years.
Modern medicine has now increased life expectancy to over 76 years. Future medicine promises to increase it to over 100 years during our lifetime.
“Over half the baby boomers here in America are going to see their hundredth birthday and beyond in excellent health.” says Dr. Ronald Klatz of the American Academy of Anti-Aging. “We’re looking at life spans for the baby boomers and the generation after the baby boomers of 120 to 150 years of age.”
The key to Live Healthy – Look Marvelous – Live Longer is to delay the diseases of aging so that when they do occur, it is very late in your life.
The causes of aging are finally being understood. There are actions you can take today to take advantage of the recent medical developments. Dr. Rudman ran a series of tests on aging people and demonstrated that the effects of aging could be slowed and even reversed. He concluded: “The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable.”
The Causes of Aging
Almost all life on earth blossoms with youth, until it has reproduced and passed its genes on to the next generation. After that, the flowers wilt and die, and we humans began to age. Yes, we begin to age while we are still in our 20’s.
We age because the products of our metabolism, I.e., the “ashes” from the oxidation processes that produce energy in our cells, accumulate faster then our endocrine system can remove them. This is because most of the cleansing hormones that surged through our youthful bodies begin to decrease as we begin to age. Some of these more critical hormones have decreased by about 10 to 30% as we enter our 30’s. The decreases become ever more dramatic as we enter successive decades of life. Most of our hormones have decreased by over 50% and some have been reduced to near zero as we enter our 70’s. So we age. Our muscles and bones weaken; our reaction time slows; we lose our agility; all combine to make us more susceptible to accidents. Our immune system weakens and makes us more susceptible to disease. And we die.
The Death Clock
Dr. Hayflick has shown that we have another cause of aging. He has shown that we have a built-in death date of about 120 years, if diseases or accidents do not get us earlier. The point at which our cells have divided a fixed number of times sets this death date. It has been termed the “Hayflick limit.”
Our cells divide to produce new cells to replace the old cells damaged by metabolic ash build-up, free radicals, toxins, and other wear and tear mechanisms. As the cells divide, the chromosomes split to provide chromosomes for the new cells. When the chromosomes split, they lose part of their telomeres – the genes at their ends that keep the chromosomes organized. After a certain number of splits, the telomeres wear away and become too short to keep the chromosome organized and therefore the cell dies without being able to replace itself.
You can think of telomeres as analogous to the plastic bands on the ends of shoelaces. Telomeres hold the important DNA code intact, preventing it from fraying as the molecules replicate over time.
Resetting the Death Clock
But tests over the past few years have shown that the “Hayflick limit” can be extended by the use of an enzyme that causes the “organizing genes” at the ends of the chromosomes (the telomeres) to re-grow. This enzyme is called telomerase.
Telomerase treatments on human cells in the laboratory have indicated that telomerase can make human cells immortal. Doctors and researchers involved in these treatments are reporting that it is their belief that death is not inevitable.
Telomerase is actually an enzyme (a catalytic protein) that is able to arrest or reverse the telomere shortening process. The body produces telomerase when we are embryos in the womb to accommodate the very rapid growth of the embryo. But, unfortunately our bodies do not produce telomerase after birth except possibly for the creation of sperm.
So for humans to extend life we must do two things: first, eliminate the oxidants and toxins in our foods and environment; and find a dietary or pharmaceutical method for increasing and preserving the length of our cells’ telomeres.
Promising Anti-Aging Research
There are many ongoing projects that promise to solve our problems of aging. One is from a team of South Korean scientists. They report that they have created a newly-synthesized molecule, named CGK733 that can make cells younger.
“All cells face an inevitable death as they age. On this path, cells became lethargic and in the end stop dividing but we witnessed that CGK733 can block the process,” Prof. Kim Tae-kook reported. He further stated: “We also found the synthetic compound can reverse aging, by revitalizing already-lethargic cells. Theoretically, this can give youth to the elderly via rejuvenating cells.”
Kim expects that the CGK733-empowered drugs that keep cells youthful far beyond their normal life span would be commercialized in less than 10 years.
Researchers at The Wistar Institute have defined a key target of an evolutionarily conserved protein that regulates the process of aging. The study provides fundamental knowledge about key mechanisms of aging that could point toward new anti-aging strategies and cancer therapies.
Aging saps our strength and ability to enjoy life, cripples us, and eventually kills us. Tens of millions die from age-related conditions each and every year. Comparatively few people know that degenerative aging can be slowed with diet and lifestyle choices, medicines and nutracuetials.
Comparatively few people are aware of the many serious scientific efforts, presently underway, aimed at understanding and intervening in the aging process – in order to one day reverse its effects.
Your objective should be to have a healthy life and continue to live long enough to take advantage of all the medical advances and technologies now in development.
Our health is determined by our genetics, our diets, and our past and current lifestyles. You can now optimize your current and future health by defining and taking medications, vitamins, and other supplements and treatments tailored to your specific health needs. The program to do this recognizes the validity of three basic themes:
- The Future of Medicine is in Personal Tailoring
- Preventative Medicine is Key
- Aging is a Treatable Disease.
Your Anti-Aging Longevity Plan
It is strongly recommended that you get familiar with the latest anti-aging information and develop your personal Longevity Plan. The key to longer life is to detect any health issues as early as possible and take advantage of the available technology to address them. Time really is of the essence.
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As you age, different processes in your skin change its appearance, activity and structure. The aging skin has reduced cellular activity, less collagen production, lowered epidermal turn over and damage accumulation as a result of free radicals from UV exposure. All these changes contribute to the aging process and leave you with apparent signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. They come about because the skin loses moisture and elasticity from all the aging changes. Using anti-aging cream can help fight the signs because a good cream reduces the wrinkles by improving skin elasticity and also offers deep skin renewal and cellular rejuvenation by enhancing collagen production.
Causes of premature skin aging
What most people don’t know is that the aging process can actually be slowed by living healthy lifestyles. This way, you won’t have to start using anti-aging products until much later in life. When you take good care of the skin, you will prevent premature aging, which results from things such as;
· Psychological stress
· Unhealthy diets
· Excessive alcohol consumption
· UV radiation
All these factors put you at risk of free radical formation leading to premature skin aging. A few lifestyle changes might be all you need to maintain a youthful look before it is time to use a wrinkle cream. To block out sun damage, you can use a day cream and sunscreen.
Using Anti-Aging Creams
Skin aging processes can start at different times for different individuals depending on the factors. Skin professionals advise that you start giving the skin some protection from aging between the age of 25 and 30. Anti-aging creams with hyaluronic acid and creatine are some of the best in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. Today, it is easy to choose the best anti-aging creams since you can choose for your specific skin type or your age. You will find anything from anti-aging 20s cream to anti-aging cream 50+ products. The categorization is important because skin at different ages require different treatments for the best results to be enjoyed.
As for eye creams, you can start using them as soon as you see signs of aging around this thin skin. Even younger people have issues of dark circles as well as puffiness and wrinkles around the delicate skin eye. It can be beneficial to use eye creams before turning thirty.
When using ant-aging creams, most people expect instantaneous results. However, it is important to remember that your results will depend on your type of skin and the condition of the skin when you start using the products. Regularly using your products will of course hasten the process but it is also important to adhere to the given directions of use for best results. When using quality anti-aging creams, you will feel a change in your skin texture after a few days and you should see improvements as with the appearance of the wrinkles and fine lines as you continue using them. Choose quality products and be consistent with your use.
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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.
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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 24, 2016 by Leigh St John
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One for the Ages
Satchel Paige was a great baseball pitcher, one of the greatest of all time. He was an African-American and, due to the racial discrimination of the time, most of his outstanding career was not spent in the (white) major leagues. However, after the historic breakthrough by the courageous and talented Jackie Robinson (Mr. Paige’s junior by about 14 years), Satchel Paige pitched in the major leagues for a number of years. In fact, he was still able to get major league batters out at the age of 60! (Mr. Paige’s age at his retirement from baseball is not known for certain because no one, probably including Mr. Paige himself, knew his exact year of birth; some thought he was older than 60). Mr. Paige revealed a mind as sharp as the break on his curve ball when he asked this profound question for the ages:
“How old would you be if you did not know how old you are?”
These writings are dedicated to the memory of Satchel Paige and to all the so-called “over-the-hill” guys and gals in every sport and in every area of life, from Churchill and Reagan in politics to Jessica Tandy in acting and Paul McCartney in fatherhood. They and many like them in the past and present will be joined by many more in the future who are not really “over the hill” because they are too busy taking the hill.
Five Ways to Look at Age
The most common way to look at age is the Chronological. This is the one that everyone is familiar with. It is simply the time that has passed since your date of birth to today. It is the one that governments and insurance companies require of you and that your Doctor knows, even if your boy friend doesn’t. It is a unidimensional measure because it considers only time. It is uniform because everybody who is 48 years, 6 months, and 3 weeks old is exactly that, chronologically. People who view age only from the chronological perspective are somewhere between dumb and dumber.
True Age is another and better way to look at your age. True age is basically what a measurement of all the biomarkers of aging would reveal about you. Here’s four points about true age. One, if a well-trained physician did NOT know how old you are but reviewed a print-out of your biomarkers, she or he could accurately estimate your true age. Two, your true age is not uniform but varies by individual: you can be younger or older than your chronological age. Three, true age is multidimensional rather than confined to time. Four, absolutely nothing can be done about chronological age because it is fixed, but a great deal can be done about true age.
Appearance Age is the age you appear to be to others. It no doubt has some relationship to both chronological age and true age. Yet it is different. This is because it is heavily influenced by a number of factors outside the scope of biomarker measurement, not the least of which is attitude. We all know people that appear to be quite a bit younger or older than their chronological age. But the only scientific way to measure a person’s appearance age would be to have a representative sample of the population observe a person for at least a few minutes. A quick glance is not sufficient because appearance age includes factors such as movement of the body and alertness, not just a frozen face. Then the estimates from all members of the representative sample would be gathered, simple statistical measures applied, and Voila! You have the person’s appearance age. Of course, unless we are part of a study, none of us will ever get this scientific about it. We will just have to rely on random comments from friends, family, and nice or mean strangers to estimate our appearance age; and usually it’s a pretty good estimate.
A new way to look at age, which occurred to me awhile back, is what I call one’s N.E.A.T. age. This is simply one’s time left on the planet from right Now to the time of death. This age is unknowable by readers or anyone, except those committed to imminent suicide (and these poor folks are no more likely to take the short time remaining to do age calculations than they are to be caught dead reading an article about lively longevity). The best we can do is make a calculated estimate based on what we know about the general population and factor in any pluses or minuses that apply to us individually.
The N in NEAT of course stands for Now since the calculation is from the present, today, right now. E is for Elusive because I believe moments of time are elusive. As we humans try to hold or capture a moment of time it eludes us because the next moment is here, and then the next. Time and life are a flow.
The A in NEAT is for Allotted. Everyone who has ever lived has only so much time to live. Some have short lives, some have long lives, and some have lives neither particularly long nor short. But human life is finite and almost certainly will remain finite into the distant future if not forever. We do not need to take sides in the age-old debate about whether or not our allotted time is predestined by God in order to recognize that the amount is finite.
Of course, T is for Time. Time remaining is what it is all about. As has been oft noted: a millionaire on his death bed would gladly exchange his riches for a little more time, say one more day of healthy living.
So one’s NEAT age is one’s Now Elusive Allotted Time. It is a concept that provides a different perspective on aging and on life. For example, let’s suppose there was a 30-year old person named Terry and a 60-year old person named Sydney living in the same town in 1960. Conventional wisdom and simple arithmetic agree that Sydney was twice as old as Terry at that time. Such wisdom carries the (usually) unstated assumption that Terry is about 30 years further from the grave than Sydney. Statistically, this is difficult to argue with. But statistics are oft off for an individual and sometimes by a wide margin.
Let’s suppose that Terry had a lifetime of very bad health habits and, never having had the opportunity to read my writings, continued the very bad habits. Poor Terry expired a little shy of 40. (The same fate could have befallen Terry due to a dreaded disease or tragic accident.) Sydney, on the other hand, decided at some point to lead a health-conscious life. Sydney made good choices and stuck with them. Sydney enjoyed basically good health beyond age 100 before passing on. When Sydney was 60 and Terry was 30, Sydney had a NEAT age of 40+ and Terry had a NEAT age just under 10. So way back in 1960, who was younger: the one with less than a decade of life left, or the one with more than four decades of vibrant life left? One of the neat things about the NEAT age is that the bigger this age number the better.
The fifth and final way that we will look at age is one’s Ideal Age. Your ideal age is your age of choice, your preferred age. The concept of ideal age brings us back to Satchel Paige’s question:
How old would you be if you did not know how old you are?
In a sense, perhaps most of us do NOT know how old we are anyhow. Sure we know our chronological age, and some of us have a rough gauge of our appearance age. But few of us know our true age, and none of us knows our NEAT age. So it should not be so difficult to put chronological age aside for a few moments and answer Mr. Paige’s question.
Before leaping to an answer like 21, keep in my mind that successful living usually involves a combination of physical vigor, mental acuity, and wisdom. Personally, my ideal age is 37; thus even at my next birthday I will still be one year younger than all the women over 40.
What about you? What’s your number? What’s your ideal age? The way my anti-aging program works for you is that after reflection you establish your ideal age. Then we work with all the tools and techniques of the program to bring your true age into ever closer alignment with your ideal age. There is a balance to be struck. A 90-year old reader shooting for an ideal age of 19 is setting up way too much of a challenge and thus is setting up for failure. A 50-year old reader settling for an ideal age of 45 is not challenging herself or himself enough.
Take a number.
Satchel Paige was the impetus for me to write the close to this article:
When it comes to matters of age,
It is best to take a page out of Paige,
And move forward with grace,
Paying no mind to this myth of the human race.
Gary Patrick is a certified anti-aging professional (Giovane Medical Services). He is also an author, hypnotist, personal trainer, and speaker. Free stuff is available for a limited time at his web site: [http://rapidresults.biz]
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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.
Senior citizens require a different mixture of ingredients in their multivitamins. These multivitamins are geared towards them using a unique combination of important vitamins and the question is whether or not others should use it as well.
Naturally, those multivitamins are beefed up, due in large part to a senior citizen’s far more substantial needs than say, a young adult male. This is why some people are actually considering using them even though they’re not in that demographic.
That doesn’t mean you have to exclusively go for multivitamins targeted at the elderly. There are premium natural multivitamins out there that provide the same levels of health benefits that the elderly targeted alternatives would.
Multivitamins are important for the elderly because they make sure that they don’t end up nutritionally deficient. Young people can get away with not taking multivitamins.
Anti-oxidants are something you should also get in your multivitamins. Flavonoids and carotenoids are other things that should also be in it. There’s more to multivitamins that just, well, the vitamins. There are things that synergize with vitamins that make them doubly effective, if not more.
The internet helped me immensely when I was studying these facts myself. I dug through so many websites as I learned more. That means that you can learn more things about multivitamins without working too hard on it. As for me, I spent a lot of time on it.
Your health is important. The healthier you are, the more comfortable you will be in your twilight of your life. Doctors and scientists around the world have been struggling to make sure that life is more than about just living longer – it’s about living better as well as longer.
So many people could have had one more year if only they took care of themselves. You should take care of yourself.
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Senior citizens can seldom make it on a small fixed income such as only social security. Most must have or probably have additional retirement income of some sort such as from past employment, IRA’s, or other retirement vehicles and savings. That may not be enough to offer a secure retirement in their winter years. Earning money is important even to the older generation.
There are many seniors who are working menial jobs in retail or fast food outlets. Although they may be working partly for the social aspect and to keep themselves active, many need that small amount of extra money they are able to earn to supplement their social security benefits. Their cost of living may have decreased, but their medical expenses and prescriptions have likely increased in their later years.
Even the wealthy often work well past the normal retirement age just to keep busy and engaged. Business executives may stay in the work force longer now than in previous years. They may choose to work into their eighties and nineties in some cases. Some do not need the money, but they keep earning.
For those who want to make some money but want to keep their freedom, the network marketing (MLM or multi-level marketing) industry offers people the chance to have a home based business for a small outlay of capital. It gives anyone the opportunity to find financial success through hard work and dedicated effort. Although most people who start a network marketing business never make any substantial money at it, there are senior citizens who are among the leaders in the industry who are finding or have found true financial success. Some had never previously been involved in network marketing until they became senior citizens.
The older generation can find good benefits from many of the products sold through network marketing. There are many health products sold through this medium which might prove beneficial to their health. Liquid nutritional supplements are being sold in increasing numbers as are various vitamins. Cosmetics and skin care products have been marketed through MLM for decades and continue to do so. Many have added anti-aging products to their lines. These products are of interest to those who do not want to look old. They may still feel young and vibrant which makes them want to appear younger than they actually are.
Network marketing allows people to work at their own pace and have their own schedule. Those who want to earn lots of money spend lots of hours working at it to find the success they desire. Those who just want a little extra income can make it work.
Irene Mori invites you to check out http://www.moremlmsuccess.com for information on a home based business opportunity which has the potential to create life changing income with products which may be beneficial to your health.
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THE BOULEVARD MALL HOSTS HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR
Nearly 25 local vendors to provide free services and information on Saturday, June 29
WHAT: The Boulevard Mall, in partnership with Las Vegas Review Journal, El Tiempo, Mundo Fox TV, La Buena and ESPN Deportes hosts a Boulevard Mall Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is planned to occur annually to provide the public with convenient access to a variety of health and wellness resources in the community.
The Fair includes a variety of free services and information, such as health screenings and workshops. Participating vendors include; American Heart & Stroke Association, American Lung Association in Nevada, Behavioral Bilingual Services, CareMore Medicare Advantage Program, First Person Care Clinics, Health and Wellness, Helping Kids Clinic, Kopolow & Girisgen, Doctors of Optometry, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Nevada Donor Network Inc., Nevada Health Centers, Nevada State Immunization Program – NVWeblz, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, Vitamin World, State of Nevada Office for Consumer Health Assistance, Sunrise Children Foundation WIC, Three Square and US Senator Harry Reid.
For additional information and a complete list of all participating organizations, please contact The Boulevard Mall Management office at 702-735-7430 or visit boulevardmall.com.
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2013
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: The Boulevard Mall
East Event Area
3680 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89169
About The Boulevard Mall:
The Boulevard Mall is a super-regional shopping center strategically located in the heart of Las Vegas just two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The Boulevard is located on Maryland Parkway, a six-lane thoroughfare with easy mall accessibility from all directions. Some of its notable retailers include JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, Charlotte Russe, Old Navy, Cotton On and Victoria’s Secret. For additional information, please visit www.boulevardmall.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.
Seeks Food Pantry and Water Donations; Open on July 4
WHAT: Due to food and water shortage, Veterans Village, a temporary housing facility for vets that also offers a comprehensive roster of services to help vets heal and succeed – invites the community to donate bottled water and canned food items to provide relief to veterans and individuals in need.
Particularly during the extreme heat of the summer, Veterans Village is running low on supplies as they shelter vets and their families seeking respite from the heat.
Veterans Village remains open on July 4 to shelter veterans, serve the community and accept donations.
WHERE: Veterans Village Las Vegas
1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel. It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed. Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need. SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents. www.vvlv.org.
RENO, Nev. (July 5, 2013) – Renown Health is excited to welcome 100 new
employees, including 71 local registered nurse (RN) graduates, several
experienced RNs, and 20 more employees in front-line patient care and other
roles. The new hires will meet for their first day of orientation at Renown
Regional Medical Center on Monday, July 8.
“We are pleased that so many of the area’s graduates choose Renown as the
place to build their career. Renown nurses and other healthcare
professionals have a tremendous opportunity to develop skills in multiple
areas. The Renown Health network includes three acute care hospitals, a
rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility and a large physician
practice,” said Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, Vice President Human Resources.
“With the wide range of clinical services we offer at Renown, employees have
a wealth of options to explore.”
As a private employer, Renown has developed programs to train healthcare
professionals and works closely with the university and community colleges
to offer residencies, clinical rotations, mentoring programs and local
faculty. The newly graduated RNs will participate in Renown’s nurse training
programs, which provide clinical support, education and mentoring. According
to Sanchez-Bickley, “Our residency and preceptorship programs are extremely
beneficial for new nurses they transition from the classroom to the
Renown is the region’s largest private employer and according to a recent
report from the Center for Regional Studies at University of Nevada, Reno,
the healthcare sector is a chief driver of western Nevada job growth. In
fact, healthcare employment grew by 9.6 percent over the past five years
while other sectors experienced a decline in jobs.
“We are committed to hiring, developing and retaining local employees,” said
Sanchez-Bickley. “To have a recruitment class of this size is very exciting
for Renown, and I hope for the new employees as well.” In total, Renown
employs 5,200 people and more than 1,400 of those are RNs.
Renown is a strong supporter of regional nursing programs, partnering with
the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing, Truckee Meadows
Community College, Western Nevada College and Carrington College. “Through
these partnerships,” said Sanchez-Bickley, “we are able to strengthen our
community ties, helping to provide education and support to individuals who
are looking to enter into the healthcare industry.”
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About Renown Health
Renown Health is Reno’s only locally owned, not–for–profit integrated
healthcare network. As the region’s largest private employer with a
workforce of more than 5,000 members, Renown provides more services than all
other local healthcare networks combined. It is comprised of three acute
care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility, the
largest medical group and urgent care network and the region’s largest and
only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown
also carries a long tradition of being the first in the region to
successfully perform the most advanced procedures.
Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center
recently achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation, becoming the first
and only hospital in Nevada to receive this designation by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center. As a Pathway to Excellence designated
organization, Renown is committed to nurses’ satisfaction.
When it comes time to retire from work, there are some significant choices that you will need to make. One of them is whether you will continue to get up at the same time in the morning as when you had to go to work. Most people opt to not get up as early, but some still like doing that because it is such a habit.
Another choice is about where you want to live after retirement. It isn’t like anyone is saying you have to leave your house if you don’t want to, but many people think that finding an alternative kind of senior citizen housing is more appropriate than where they currently live.
There are so many baby boomers who are retiring right now, that there has been kind of a boom in the amount of places available for seniors to live in. There are a great amount of active retirement communities and assisted living facilities and even more and more nursing homes for people who need a lot of extra help.
But as far as where you are supposed to live, that is something that is completely up to the individual. And that kind of choice is one of the big characteristics of baby boomers; expecting to have a large amount of choice over their lives. That idea of being in charge of your own life certainly has not changed appreciably in any way since back when the boomers were in college.
In general, there are three choices in senior housing. These are identified by the amount of extra nursing and personal care that the residents require throughout the day. The active senior communities are where the folks live who need the least amount of extra personal care during the day. These are often based around sports like golf or tennis and have very active people living there.
The nursing home setups are where the people live who need the most extra assistance. These are staffed by nurses and doctors 24 hours a day and the people who live there need the most amount of extra care during the day.
In the middle are the assisted living facilities where people who need just a small amount of extra personal or nursing care live. This can be a place like a senior apartment complex or an entire community full of small homes where the residents live.
But no matter what amount of extra assistance a person needs after retirement, the internet can certainly help you find the best senior citizen housing option for you and your particular situation.
Susan is a full fledged baby boomer and avid internet researcher who writes about senior retirement communities and other baby boomer topics on her site at www.second50years.com.
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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.
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When you are in a place where you are holding a purring cat or playing with a dog in the yard, have you ever noticed that you are often in a good mood? Many people have noticed that pets can give us warm feelings of love and importance, and while these are important no matter what age you are, more people are beginning to notice that the elderly can really benefit from them. There are many studies that show that the owning and handling of animals will significantly benefit the health of the individual, and that owning pets that make them feel loved and important can help the elderly to lead to longer, healthier lives.
Is there an elderly person in your life who could benefit from the love that an animal has to give? While many people are interested in getting a pet for the senior citizen in their life, they often do not know where to start. If this is something that you are thinking about doing, you will find that it is very important to prepare and to make sure that you are going to be able to get them the pet that is right for them. Take some time and consider the matter. Are they in a situation where they are going to be able to take care of the animal and do they like animals? Many people find that they can ease their family into the idea if they introduce them to a pet through a service first.
When you are looking for a pet for a senior citizen, you should start by looking for an older animal, especially if the person in question has some limited mobility. For instance, there are cats and dogs that are adults and ready to be adopted from the animal shelter. There are many advantages to adopting adult animals. For instance, you already know how large the animal is going to get and you also know what their temperament is like. You will not be bringing a bouncy youngster into the home that will need to be trained and you will find that older animals tend to be very laid back. Not only are you going to be giving an older animal a home, you will find that they can be just the perfect fit for the person you have in mind.
If the senior citizen in question has never owned an animal before, you will find that this is something that requires a lot of discussion. Ask them if they have ever considered it, and make sure that they do get to meet the animals in question. Getting a good match in terms of personality and lifestyle is essential, as is making sure that the levels of care that are necessary are going to suit. Take some time and make sure that you consider what your options are when you are thinking about finding the right pet for the senior citizen in your life.
Pets can enhance our lives in so many ways, so make sure that you consider what they can do for the older person in your life!
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Although modern medicines have many benefits for senior citizens in treatment of age-related disease, caution needs to be taken when using a combination of medicines. Medicine or “drugs” can refer to any substance you get with a prescription, any oral or topical substance used for pain relief, and dietary supplements. Any substance that has the potential to interact with other substances in the body can be considered in this category. To prevent mixing medicinal substances together that could be harmful, always let your doctor know what medications you take in addition to those prescribed. Senior citizens should keep a list of medications and doses that they take and bring it to every doctor’s appointment.
It is very important to practice safe habits with medication as many drugs can be lethal is taken in the wrong way. Senior citizens should use the following tips to ensure safe use of medication. Companions or caregivers should use these tips to help facilitate and encourage proper medication use.
Tips for when you are Prescribed Medications
When a doctor prescribes a new medication for specified symptoms, remember the following tips for how to proceed afterward:
- Tell your doctor about all other medications you currently take,
- Remind primary care physicians about allergies that you have or side effects that you experience from other types of medications.
- Be sure that you understand exactly how all of your medications work and how to properly take them.
Here are some helpful questions to get this information:
- What is the name of the medication?
- Why am I taking it?
- How many times a day should I take it?
- Should I take this medication before, during, or after meals?
- What does “as needed” mean?
- When should I stop taking the medication?
- If I forget to take the medication, what should I do?
- What side effects can I expect?
You can also ask your pharmacist these questions and others to get more information about your medication. By having all of your medications filled at the same pharmacy, the pharmacy may be able to predict harmful interactions if all of your medications are kept on file. When getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy, keep these tips in mind:
- Be sure that you can read and understand all directions and writing materials that accompany prescribed medication.
- Check that you can open the container the medicine is in.
- Let your pharmacist know if you have difficulty swallowing pills, so that you can get a liquid variety if available – Do not crush or chew medication meant to be swallowed.
- Ask about the best way to store the medication.
- Be sure that the label of the medication indicates that it is the correct medication you were prescribed and displays your name.
Tips for Taking Medications
After filling a prescription for a medication that you received from your doctor, you should be sure that you follow directions for taking that medication. Here are some tips for safely taking a combination of medications:
- Have a list of medications; include the doctor who prescribed it, the name of the medication, the reason you take it, and the directions for use.
- Read and save all written information that comes with prescribed medication
- Take your medication exactly in the way that it is meant to be taken.
- Let your doctor know immediately if you experience any unexpected side effects from the medication.
- Use charts, calendars, or weekly pillboxes to help you remember which medications to take on a daily basis.
- Make sure companions or caregivers know when and how you are supposed to take your medication so that they can remind you.
- Do not skip medication – if you have trouble affording medication, research programs that can aid in funding for needed medications. Medicare, a government program for senior citizens, may be a good place to start.
- Avoid mixing alcohol and medication – alcohol can cause medications to not work correctly.
- Take medication until it is finished or your doctor instructs you to stop.
- Do not take medication prescribed to others.
- Do not take medication in the dark to avoid making a mistake.
- Check expiration dates on your pill bottles in case a medication should be replaced.
- Do not leave your medication in the open where children or pets could get to them.
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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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Many senior citizens experience some form of memory loss. Still, there are differences between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems. And, it is important that senior citizens and those involved in their elder care address problems with memory, as it may be a sign of a more serious condition.
As we age, we lose some of the sharpness of memory we had when we were younger. We may notice that it takes longer to recall facts or information, learn new things, or find or identify familiar objects. In general, these are all signs of mild forgetfulness rather than a more serious medical problem. If you are becoming worried about your memory, schedule an appointment with your doctor to rule out larger problems. Many activities can sharpen your mind and memory, such as picking up a new hobby, visiting friends, eating well, and exercising.
Some more tips for helping your memory are listed below:
- Learn a new skill.
- Volunteer in a local school, hospital, place of worship, or somewhere else in your community.
- Spend a lot of time with loved ones.
- Make use of memory tools such as large calendars, agendas, and notes to yourself.
- Make an effort to put your wallet, purse, keys, or glasses in the same place each time you set them down.
- Get ample rest.
- Exercise and eat a healthy diet.
- Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol.
- Seek help if you feel depressed for an extended period of time (more than two weeks).
You can also make use of the following:
- Large calendars
- Agendas for each day
- Notes about safety in the home
- Directions for using common items around the house
Serious Memory Problems
More serious memory problems disrupt your ability to carry on normal activities like driving, shopping, or handling money. Some signs of a serious memory problem include:
- Repeating the same questions over and over.
- Getting lost in a usually familiar place.
- Being unable to follow directions.
- Experiencing confusion about time, people, or places.
- Taking poor care of yourself (eating poorly, forgetting to bathe, or engaging in unsafe actions or activities).
Causes of Serious Memory Problems
Medical conditions. Certain medical conditions can lead to serious memory problems that should disappear after treatment. Some things that can cause memory problems are bad reactions to certain medications, depression, dehydration (insufficient amount of fluids in the body), poor diet (insufficient vitamins and minerals), minor head injuries, and thyroid problems. These are all serious medical conditions that should be handled by a physician.
Emotional problems. When senior citizens have certain emotional problems, serious memory problems may develop. Sadness, loneliness, worrying, or boredom can cause confusion and forgetfulness. An active lifestyle, visiting with loved ones, and learning new skills can be helpful, but it may be necessary to seek the help of a doctor or counselor for treatment. If this is the case, getting proper help should minimize memory problems.
Alzheimer’s disease. This disease also causes problems with memory. It begins slowly, but the symptoms get progressively worse as the brain changes. Although it may appear to be mild memory loss at first, people with Alzheimer’s get to a point at which it’s difficult to think clearly. Everyday activities like shopping, driving, cooking, and carrying on a conversation become complicatedTaking medication during the early or middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease can delay memory loss and can be of great help if you have trouble sleeping or are worried or depressed.
Multi-infarct dementia. This is another disease that causes memory problems, where symptoms often appear abruptly. Memory loss and confusion associated with this disease come about through small strokes or short periods of decreased blood flow to the brain. Preventing additional strokes can maintain or improve memory after a stroke, but having more strokes generally leads to more memory loss. To prevent strokes and multi-infarct dementia, maintaining a healthy blood pressure is key.
Diagnosing Serious Memory Problems
As with all health concerns, if you have cause to worry about your memory, you should see your doctor. Be prepared to have a complete checkup if your doctor thinks it is necessary. This checkup may include tests to check memory, problem solving, counting, and language skills, and your doctor may need to take a CAT scan of your brain. A CAT scan is helpful because it shows normal and problem areas in the brain and can help to identify a problem. When your doctor comes to a conclusion as to what is causing your memory problems and makes a diagnosis, ask which treatment options are best for you.
Friends and family members can provide support to help you cope with memory loss. They can help you exercise, visit friends, and continue daily routines and activities. They can also remind you of the time, your location, and what is going on around you.
If memory problems progress to the point that you have difficulty taking care of yourself, in home care for senior citizens can be helpful. Home health care aides can assist with personal care, meal preparation, and health management. And they provide services according to your need, from a few hours a week to 24-hours a day.
The mind is very capable of growing and generating beyond what we give it credit for! Senior citizens can greatly reduce their brains lack of focus by taking time for small brain stimulation sessions each day.
I recommend starting your brain exercise five minutes a day, Monday through Friday and gradually working up to a fifteen minutes a day session. The objective of the brain sessions is to only focus on the minds growth by stretching it beyond it’s normal though capacity.
Brain techniques can consist of anything that stimulates the mind beyond it’s normal thinking capacity. A great place to start is number memorization. The great thing about number memorization techniques is that it is simple and very easy to chart progress. It is also optimal for brain stimulation since numbers are not fairly plain and not distracting. When doing brain stimulation, you do not want to be in the creative, visual mode.
List about three to five numbers on a piece of paper. Now turn the paper over and see if you can remember what numbers you just wrote. Use thicker paper so you can not see the other side. Now add an additional digit until your brain is really having to stretch to remember them all. This is were the benefit results!
Do this for about fifteen minutes a day, five days a week and you will begin to notice additional focus ability and memory strength. These two assets go hand in hand!
You may incorporate other exercises as long as they do not distract you. keep the goal of your exercises mind resistance and not increased intelligence. Work your mind out just like you would a muscle.
Now that you understand the basic principle behind memory technique with an exercise method available, you can start to schedule five minutes of your day aside for this alone. You will be amazed how much this small exercise can help your ability to focus and remember.
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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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There are many options available that can help keep senior citizens safe and secure in their own home while also helping to keep them independent of nursing home facilities, retirement homes and other less personal alternatives. These options can be used independently or in conjunction to customize a solution that makes the most sense in your particular situation.
1) Automated Medical Alert Pendants / Necklaces — Many monitored services are available out there that offer a personal medical alert pendant or necklace that can be worn around the neck and in the event of an emergency (medical, police or fire), the authorities can be signaled at the touch of a button and help can be on its way. When monitored by a security company, this becomes a very valuable piece of equipment and can safe the live of your loved one.
2) Automated Wristwatch Medical Alert — Much like the above option, the personal medical alert watches act in the same manner. The difference is that the watch is worn around the wrist, rather than around the neck. Other than that, the functionality is identical.
3) Medical Alert Bracelets or Necklaces — These are just like ID bracelets or dog tags and list allergies or medical conditions so that if the authorities arrive after an emergency they know how to treat you or your loved one without causing additional problems. This option does not alert the authorities – just gives them more information when they arrive on the scene.
4) A Home Security System — A Traditional Home Security System is great for senior citizens as well. In the event of an intruder, fire or even a Carbon Monoxide leak, a signal can be passed to a central monitoring station for immediate investigation and dispatch. Also, depending upon the options selected with your security system, you can have a Two Way Voice component where 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year, you can talk directly with a live security representative from your alarm panel in the event of an emergency. Also, there are typically Police, Fire and Medical panic buttons on the alarm panels for immediate signaling to the monitoring center.
5) Programmable Keychain Remotes — If you would prefer not to wear a pendant or wristwatch, but would like to know that help is just a button push away, keychain remotes that come with the home security systems, can be programmed to have the panic button signal medical personnel in the event of an emergency, rather than police, which is the default setting. If this option would better suit you, you can discuss your needs with your security company to find the best solution.
The reality of the situation is that you will probably want to consider multiple solutions above since many of these items work together to help protect your loves ones in a myriad of ways. A recommendation would be to decide on whether you would prefer a medical pendant, a wristwatch or a programmable remote for your one push medical alert solution and couple this with the monitoring from your security system. From there, the only question is whether or not you would also like to have a bracelet or other ID indicating any allergies or illnesses in case of emergency. Or you can simply attach this information to your pendant or wristwatch so that everything is in one place.
Security Monitoring prices and packages can vary, but for around $40 per month – some packages are less and some are more, you can have whole house protection along with medical. The peace of mind that comes along with this package is included for no additional charge – regardless of the security vendor that you select. Plus you can save up to 20% on your Homeowners Insurance, which can negate some or all of your monthly monitoring charge.
Regardless, this is a much cheaper alternative to nursing homes or retirement homes and you can keep your elderly loved ones happy, independent and safe in the process.
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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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If you’re having a retired life and are looking out for a holiday package then, don’t overlook your insurance cover. It’s indispensable to get yourself insured while you travel so that if you happen to fall sick or break down due to some illness you don’t have to incur a huge medical expense in a foreign country. Avert any astronomical medical expenses. Enjoy your vacation. Look out for your options under Senior Citizen Travel Insurance cover.
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Such Insurance covers any illness or accident whilst traveling? You’re at the right place; special insurance policy such as a Senior Citizen Travel’s offers a good insurance cover for senior citizens in the age 65 to 89 years.
Other Travel Insurance covers available are:
Single Trip Insurance:
Cheap holiday insurance is available as and when you need it. Single trip cover is simple to arrange and offered at fantastic prices online.
Annual Travel Insurance:
Ideal for families, annual cover can often be cheaper than arranging single trip insurance every time. Best of all, it means you only have to think about it once and every time you go away you can relax in the knowledge that you’re protected.
The longer the trip, the higher the risk of mishap and the more you’ll need to be backed by excellent cover in the event of an emergency. Online backpackers travel insurance won’t blow your budget and covers a wide range of trips – from a month’s jaunt around Europe to your next global adventure.
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Business travel can be stressful, infinitely worse if something goes wrong. Stay stress-free with our cost effective and tailor made business travel insurance packages.
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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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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.
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The crisis-stricken global economy of our era has affected all people, even our seniors, too.
Retirement fund, whether invested in stocks, stored in the banks, or simply piled up in their safety vaults, has been much affected by the global crash. Most of which is spent to augment their emergency and urgent needs. This leaves them with nothing but literally crumbs of bread. Some cling to the vague hope of finding a home that will sufficiently and trouble-freely provide their every need.
But let’s face it, even the shelters for seniors nowadays are finding a hard time making both ends meet with the limited supply of finances they hold. They, too, are vulnerable to the economy as much as the elderly whom they are catering to.
The point here is that, no matter how non-profit organizations give their services for free, they still have to pay for what they give. And there lies the rub. In one way or another, somebody has to ask for help to supplement the elders’ needs. But the good news here is not only the shelter can ask for help, even the elderly are capable of it. All it takes is a bit of cunning to convince charitable companies and government units, and some guts to do it.
Never mind if you don’t have the writing prowess to jot a proposal, somebody else can take care of it.
So, are you too old to find ways to support your needs? Or are you too cliché of an organization to ask for support from the federal government and other agencies? Think again. For non-profit organizations, all it takes is determination, a will to sustain your noble cause in order to find ways for it. As for the seniors, all it takes is a handful of grit, a will to live your sunset days untroubled. Then let the rest take care of itself.
Or if you’re still doubtful whether there is an agency out there that will choose giving their charities to you than to a thousand others, here’s one advice: If you believe you deserve the assistance, just ask. Again just ask. There are people who are specially tasked to write a convincing grants proposal for senior citizens.
The government is spending millions of dollars for grants, mentioning aside what non-government agencies shed for it. If you believe there isn’t enough for you, rethink about it. Your only task here is to believe that you deserve a grant, and that you are fortunate enough that there are people out there who are willing to give them to you, and that senior citizens also have the right to quality life.
The grant for senior citizens, you see, is a privilege just waiting for any deserving person who has the courage enough to request for it. Now if that person is you, why have second thoughts? No one has been too old to be able to pose an appeal for a better life.
Mind you, more than enough are willing to help those who send their proposals.
Erin Millano has always been passionate to improve the quality of life of marginalized, low-income individuals, and families. She is a lobbyist, freelance photojournalist, and proposal writer.
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What can we say about Senior Citizens?
- They are Old!
- They are Slow!
- They have money!
- They have nice expensive stuff!
- They make easy targets to rob and beat up.
- And almost no one seems to care.
Lately, you many have seen various news stories where senior citizens were a target of crime. In one of the latest stories in 2012 a WWII veteran was attacked, beaten, and car-jacked during daylight at a busy Detroit gas station and he had to crawl across a concrete parking lot to get help. If this wasn’t tragic enough there were lots of people who walked and drove pass him during this ordeal. What a shame! If you have seen the TV Show WHAT WOULD YOU DO, you know that we have a society of people who choose not to get involved, or treat a crime in progress like watching a reality television show. Some would say that this is a sign of the modern times, but it has happened before. During the same war in which this soldier fought a government decided to lie, round-up and exterminate some of its citizens, while other citizens turned a blind eye and did nothing. So history would prove that, many citizen chose not to get involved. We all hope that when we are in danger that others would come to assist us. Don’t necessarily count on it. The first line of defense in your life is YOU.
7 Things Senior Citizens Can Do
- Have a crime preventions specialist or local police give your residence a home security survey. They can tell you of things you can do to decrease you chances of being targeted.
- If you are returning home, look around of suspicious-looking strangers, have your key ready. If someone is home, alert them that you are coming home and to keep watch out for you. Don’t linger at the door. If you see someone near your house, go to your neighbor’s house and pretend to be a visitor, and it would be a good time to call the police.
- Establish a light up and lock-up routine to make sure all your doors and windows are locked. Be sure to close your drapes and pull down shades when you are retiring for the night.
- Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two. This is an example you should adopt if possible. Whenever you need to go shopping or on an excursion that take you away from home, try to take a friend or relative with you.
- Try to vary your routines, you don’t know who is watching you and trying to figure when you are not going to be home.
- When parking, Try to park as close to your destination. Younger people should park a little further out to save spaces for elderly people.
- Be mindful of strangers, not all of them are really trying to help you- TRUST YOUR GUT!
Victor Swindell is a freelance writer of informational blogs on self defense and security countermeasures. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet your security needs. We believe that in today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.
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Many of the old people I know are fixed in their ways and they have the idea that they’re not up to using new technology. However, a cell phone in the hands of a senior citizen can be a life-saver. It’s pretty useless having a land line if you’re face down in the back yard after falling down.
They have these little devices that senior citizens can wear around their necks, but all they do is summon emergency services and the monthly cost is way higher than the cost of a cell phone. It’s mostly the older generation that keep their land lines anyway, so if you know a senior citizen that may be at risk, try to persuade them to get a cell phone instead, the cost may even be less.
Most senior citizens won’t want to text their BFFs in the assisted living facility so a simple cell phone will be the answer. Most of us have old cell phones somewhere in the house and giving an old cell phone to an old person is a thoughtful way to recycle them. In some areas there are charities where you can drop off your unwanted phone and they are distributed to older folks who may be in poor health or live alone. It’s even a good way to get rid of the charger too, because many cell phone recycling places don’t want the old cases, car or wall chargers.
If the old person can get into the habit of carrying a cell phone in their pocket all the time then help will always be at hand for them. You may have to sit down and show them how to use it including how to plug it up and recharge it, but if you can impress on them how helpful it will be in case they have a problem, then they might listen. Call every day to make sure they’re carrying it.
Many seniors unfortunately suffer from Alzheimer’s or senile dementia and hundreds of them wander off and get lost every year. If you have an elderly friend or relative, you could add a GPS tracking system to their phone, hopefully they will remember to take the phone with them before they go wandering off.
Even if it saves just a few from getting into serious problems it’s a good idea. Chances are they won’t use it much anyway, so a pay-as-you-go plan that costs only $10 a month may be sufficient to keep them safe and give you peace of mind if you can’t visit as often as you like.
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As people age, they are more prone to injuries occurring in their home. Common injuries that affect senior citizens are falls that occur in the home. In addition, medical emergencies often occur while a person is at home, and can be life threatening especially if immediate medical attention is not taken. Relying on other individuals being around to call for emergency services is a risky proposition, as for example if a fall happens in the shower it may take hours for someone to realize what has happened. Every minute is vital during injuries and medical emergencies.
While falls are a common cause of injury, there are several steps one can take to help prevent falling in the first place. These fall prevention tips include staying fit and active, wearing sensible shoes, removing tripping hazards from the walkways in the home, and ensuring walkways in the home have ample lighting. In addition, ensuring that stairways have hand rails, steps have non-slip treads, toilets are at the appropriate height, and grab bars are in the shower and tub helps to prevent falls.
In addition to the fall prevention tips listed above, it may be important to consider other ways of improving safety at home. To offset the dangers of living or being at home alone as one ages, a home medical alert system could be considered as an important component of living safely and independently at home.
A medical alert system is simply a system that enables a person to push a button, typically waterproof and worn somewhere on the body, which causes the medical alert company to respond typically within 20 seconds. The company is able to provide assistance over the phone, contact friends and relatives, and notify emergency services personnel if required.
Medical alert systems are appropriate for people who live alone, who are 65 years of age or older, have fallen in the past 3 years, who are worried about falling in the shower, and who have any health issues which could potentially require use of an ambulance. A medical alert system can provide peace of mind for seniors and their families, and can help keep seniors living in their own home independently.
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Jamie McAdams has worked in home health care and has worked with senior citizens in-home.
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Female Senior Citizens and Purse Snatching
I have read several articles recently about older women having their purses snatched. I am a 70 year old female senior citizen and realize that women who are older are perfect victims for purse snatchers. Mainly, because they are not able to defend themselves as well as a younger, more alert and strong person. Being a female senior citizen, this concerns me personally.
Did you know that statistics are that the majority of purse snatchers are young men under the age of 18? They are quicker, stronger and more alert, so an older woman would be a prime target for them.
By the way, if you try to hold on to your purse or resist in any way, there is always the possibility that you could fall and break a hip. Older people don’t have the balance they once did when they were younger. And for some reason, we tend to fall differently. When we are younger we are able to think quick enough to try and brace our fall. But as we get older, we don’t always think to do that, therefore we are more prone to broken bones.
There are a lot of challenges being a senior citizen. Just to name a few:
- Difficulty hearing
- Impaired vision
- Our side peripheral vision is not as good as it once was
Personally, I have to admit carrying a purse is just one more thing to keep up with when I’m out and about. And now we have to remember to have our cell phones with us at all times as well as our keys and our and purses. It’s just too much! So it’s very important to eliminate as many opportunities of having your purse snatched as possible.
Scenarios for Purse Snatchers:
- It’s not a good idea to go shopping alone. If possible, go with a friend.
- I know better, but I have been guilty of walking a few feet away from the grocery cart at the grocery store with my purse in it. NOT a good idea. Never leave your purse open or unattended.
- Waiting for a bus at a bus stop.
- Areas that are not well lit at night.
Common Sense Ideas:
If it’s at all possible, leave your purse at home. Put the credit card and/or checkbook in your pants or jacket pocket. That way, the opportunity is eliminated entirely. For some reason, we tend to think that we have to have all of our credit cards, checkbooks, etc with us at all times.
- A good investment would be a Fanny or Belt Pack. Granted they certainly aren’t very pretty, and you can’t carry very much in them. But they have the advantage of fitting snugly around your waist and are easily accessible when you need them. You can even wear them under your shirt or jacket. They have just enough room for a little cash, a credit card and your driver’s license, all the things that are necessary for a shopping trip.
- And for goodness sake, don’t be guilty of putting your name or address on your keys. Then you not only have lost your purse, but you have the added worry of knowing the person now knows where you live.
- One idea that works for me, if I think of it, is to put my purse at the bottom of the grocery cart before I start shopping. That way, someone would have to literally empty my cart to get to my purse.
Carry a Purse if You Must
Some of us old timers think a purse is a necessity. So if you really have to take a purse with you only carry whatever is absolutely necessary. Leave all unnecessary valuable items at home.
If you do carry a credit card, it’s a good idea to make a copy of the number and phone number so you can call and report it as lost or stolen.
Ways to Protect Yourself
- For under $10.00, you can have a small container of Pepper Spray or Mace. Pepper spray often has a quick release key chain that allows you to separate your keys from the pepper spray container. It sprays up to 10 feet and will temporarily blind your attacker.
- There are inexpensive personal alarms that can be put on your key chain. If you are in harm’s way, just a touch of a button will send off a high decibel crisis alarm and send the perpetrator packing!
- There is an alarm that fits around your wrist and also attaches to your purse. If someone tries to grab your purse, the pull of the purse will set off an alarm immediately. In most cases, the person will drop the purse and run for their life.
Remember, when you carry a purse, it’s always in plain sight. That, in itself gives the purse snatcher a golden opportunity to just grab it and run. Always take precautions and protect yourself!
Don’t be a Victim!
Lawanna Bean is passionate about marketing products that will help people stay safe. The products she found are top quality and competitively priced. Most of us can’t afford an expensive home security system, but that’s no reason we can’t be protected. A canister of mace or Pepper Spray costs under $10.00. Personal safety for you and your family should be your No. 1 priority!
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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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There are two main programs administered by the government that offer benefits to senior citizens – Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is available for all senior citizens age 65 or older. Those under age 65 with certain disabilities may also be eligible for Medicare. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must have entered the U.S. lawfully at least five years prior to receiving Medicare benefits. Medicaid is for people with limited income.
Medicare has two parts. Part A is the hospital insurance and Part B is the medical insurance.
Medicare Part A can pay for home health care if the patient meets certain requirements. Part A is set up mainly to pay for care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, or by hospice. Depending on the amount of Medicare taxes paid by the patient and their spouse over their lifetimes, they may not have to pay a monthly fee for Medicare Part A. Otherwise, the patient may have to enroll and pay a premium.
Medicare Part B is the medical portion which helps pay for medically-necessary doctors’ services and other patient care. Part B can also pay for some preventative services (like flu shots) or some services to keep certain illnesses from getting worse. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B was $96.40 in 2008.
You have two main options in how you get your Medicare coverage.
You can choose traditional Medicare coverage, which is managed by the Federal government. This plan provides Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. The recipient can choose to have either Part A or Part B or both. There is a mandatory deductible, and usually coinsurance charges for each time one gets service. A Medicare supplemental insurance policy known as “Medigap,” can also be purchased. This helps pay for some of the “gaps” such as co-payments, coinsurances, and deductibles.
Medicare Advantage Plans, offered by Medicare-approved private insurance companies (called Part C) is another option. They generally provide services in addition to Part A and Part B services. Co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles are likely to be less, but you pay a monthly premium.
Medicare Part D is available for senior citizens with limited income to help pay for prescription costs.
Medicaid is a health insurance program designed for people with low-income. It is funded by both the Federal and state government. Each state administers the program for its residents. Rules for eligibility include the potential recipient’s income and assets. Each state may have slightly different rules for determining financial need and other eligibility requirements.
If the senior citizen you are caring for has limited income, you should apply to find out if he or she is qualified. Find a qualified caseworker in your state to help you with the application process. You may have to pay a co-pay for certain medical services, depending on your state’s policies.
Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of the medical expenses, including nursing home care, for those who qualify.
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We are an organization that connects caregivers and care seekers, providing an easy and affordable resource for families seeking care for friends/loved ones and caregivers seeking employment.
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Of course, everyone wants to stay healthy. Young people are generally in good health. As we age, our bodies are affected. Senior citizens these days seem younger than they used to be, or it is just a matter of perspective that they don’t seem as old as they once did. Health and nutrition are of greater importance today, and more senior citizens want to stay young and healthy. They are willing to do whatever it takes to stay that way. Many older people are exercising and taking care of their bodies. They are interested in good nutrition and are willing to pay good money for products to help maintain youthful lives as much as possible.
Baby boomers have entered the senior years, and they have been having a profound influence on markets for years. As they age, the health and wellness industry is expected to grow by billions of dollars. New nutritional supplements are popping up all over the grocery store shelves. Liquid juices with nutritional benefits are extremely popular.
Many network marketing (MLM or multi-level marketing) companies have jumped on the band wagon to tap into the huge market of liquid nutritional supplements. It seems that new companies emerge regularly. Although their products are generally more expensive, people join these companies because of the hope of earning money while buying products they like at wholesale.
Senior citizens may be looking for a way to supplement the incomes which have dwindled over the years as the bad economy has taken a hit on their retirement funds. Even the normal, though meager, cost of living increase which they had received on social security funds was lacking this year. They may turn to network marketing as a means of earning extra income from a home based business.
Network marketing offers a hope and a promise. New distributors signing up for the chance for substantial income in this industry should realize that 97% of the people who sign up fail. It can be very lucrative and beneficial. However, it is not as easy as they make it sound when a new distributor is recruited. Except perhaps for the few new people who are natural sales people and already leaders in other fields of endeavor, it takes a great deal of hard work, determination, and persistence to find any measure of success in network marketing.
You need to be a leader or get yourself hooked up with a leader who will help you to succeed in this business. It is not easy, but it is possible to build a substantial income or even a small amount of money each month which may be all that is necessary to make life better for some senior citizens.
Irene Mori is a distributor with a network marketing company selling a liquid nutritional supplement made from seven super fruits. If you are interested in receiving help with for building ANY MLM company, check out: http://www.moremlmsuccess.com.
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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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Today, senior citizens are facing bankruptcy at an alarming rate. Why is that?
The two main reasons is simply time and money. Because of increase prices for our normal goods and the fact that seniors are living longer today more that ever before, seniors are out living there money more and more. Sometimes is poor planning, sometimes is higher medical cost or loss of retirement income from company cutbacks, company closings or jobs going to other countries or a combination of all.
But higher prices for ordinary goods and services have hit the senior citizen community very hard. Plus the older we get the harder it gets. The bankruptcy filings of those 75 and older has quadrupled over the past several years. This information is from a study by “The Consumer Bankruptcy Project” which examined a sampling of noncommerical bankruptcy filing between 1991 and 2007
Again, what do we do? Many take full time, part time jobs in retail, food service, or other service positions that pay low wages just to help make ends meet.
But more and more of us are turning to the computer and the internet looking to start our own home based business. The internet does not ask how old you are or what is your work history, your background or anything else. It does not care. You get rewarded for what you do and know and nothing more.
But because of our age and for the most part, fixed income,we don’t have a lot of time and money to spend on trial and error. We need to know what we are doing the first time around.
I think most of us, when thinking of a home based business, think of multi level marketing,amway, herbelife, etc. But what they teach, going to meetings, in-home showings, etc, takes the two things we don’t have to waste. Time and money.
Again, where do we go and what do we do? There is a new system in town and it called attraction marketing. When done right, it’s designed so your potential clients will come to you instead of having to go after them. You become the hunted instead of the hunter. This in turn will save us all a ton of both time and money.
Do it right, and where you are to day will be only a bad dream from where you could be or at least well on your way a year or so from now.You deserve the financial safety this means to you. It is also something you can teach your children, grandchildren how to do and let them continue with your success long after we are gone. There is an old saying “you can give a man a fish and he eat for the day, teach him how to fish and he and his family eats evermore.” What more could you leave behind.
My name is Jerry and I am of the senior citizen generation and I am dedicated to showing others like myself who are not ready to roll up the sidewalks and are still active and still eager to learn. The Internet is a great source if your looking to start a home based business. My business is showing other seniors how to succeed, step by step, click by click how to succeed in internet marketing.
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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“
TERRY MURPHY RECOGNIZED AS SHARE HUMANITARIAN OF THE MONTH
Terry Murphy, a longtime local businesswoman and community leader who is president of Strategic Solutions and serves as president of Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, is the SHARE Humanitarian for the month of May for her volunteering efforts with Veterans Village, The Rape Crisis Center and the Variety Early Leaning Center Lorenzi Campus.TERRY MURPHY RECOGNIZED AS SHARE HUMANITARIAN OF THE MONTH
Murphy also serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Ireland and as a board member of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Each month, SHARE honors those in the community who give without hesitation to help others in need. Murphy was selected for this honor from the more than 1,500 SHARE volunteers in Southern Nevada.
SHARE is involved with raising funds for various social causes including housing assistance and neighborhood support service programs.
SHARE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1994 by business executives dedicated to providing affordable housing for individuals in need. During its nearly 20 year history, the organization has served hundreds of families, seniors, veterans and those with physical challenges or terminal illnesses. sharelasvegas.org
About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel. It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed. Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need. SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents. www.vvlv.org
About The Rape Crisis Center:
The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by Florence McClure and Sandra Petta as the Community Action Against Rape (CAAR) with the goal of helping those in Clark County heal from the trauma of sexual violence. Today, The Rape Crisis Center operates a 24/7 crisis hot line for sexual assault victims and provides counseling, advocacy and support to help victims begin the healing process and navigate the legal system. The RCC is also committed to the prevention of sexual assault through educational programs and community outreach. To assist victims to become survivors, the organization depends on a core base of dedicated volunteers and staff. These individuals are empathetic and enthusiastic people who give their time, energy, and personal sacrifice to continue to serve Clark County’s victims of sexual violence. This service is provided through face-to-face and over-the- phone intervention with newly victimized individuals.The Rape Crisis Center hotline number is 888-366-1640. For more information, visit www.therapecrisiscenter.org.
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2013
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Associate
NAELA Applauds Overdue Protections for Low-Income Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities
SSI Restoration Act of 2013 Positive Step in Debate Over Benefits for America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
Washington, DC – The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) supports Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) in his dedication to improving the lives of low-income older Americans and individuals with disabilities. Rep. Grijalva recently introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2013 (H.R. 1601), which includes long overdue efforts to modernize the SSI program.
“Rep. Grijalva and House co-sponsors should be congratulated for their leadership in presenting the SSI Restoration Act. Over the past four decades, SSI has become the most important government program for bare subsistence for the poorest of our aged, blind, and disabled citizens, and yet, the allowable income and resource standards are locked at 1972 levels while inflation has significantly reduced the value of these amounts,” said NAELA member Neal Winston, CELA, an expert in SSI and Social Security.
More than 8 million Americans rely on SSI for their daily survival. Unfortunately, a growing number of older SSI recipients are homeless because of these outdated financial restrictions. The SSI Restoration Act seeks to align the SSI program with modern day financial realities by updating the income disregard and the resource limit and repealing the in-kind support and maintenance provision and SSI transfer penalty.
“Modernizing these benefits to align with today’s cost of living will help improve the quality of life for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. SSI is a critical benefit that protects low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities from absolute poverty but the current benefits and transfer rules make it too difficult for these individuals and their families to handle unpredictable costs and adequately plan for the future. This bill will help older Americans and individuals with disabilities meet their basic living needs,” said NAELA President-Elect Howard Krooks, CELA, CAP.
The SSI Restoration Act enjoys wide support from several leading disability and aging organizations and NAELA joins members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations in advocating for this important legislation. NAELA urges members of Congress to support Rep. Grijalva’s modest effort to help older Americans and individuals with disabilities.
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visitNAELA.org.
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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Although many employers are looking for new graduates or someone younger with a bit of experience, there are still plenty of jobs that you can secure as a senior citizen. Opportunities in the work force abound for older Americans. On the surface it may seem harder to find such roles; however they are available – you just need to know where and how to approach the search.
There is a great potential among older employees. They have more experience, are (generally) easier to work with, and typically more flexible than the person fresh from college who is more likely to have an implanted ideal of what their job should be like. In other countries such as the Netherlands and Australia, younger employees are losing jobs to the more experienced and mature adults; in North America, this is a growing trend as well.
It is illegal, of course, to have someone ask your age when applying for a job, but hiring personnel can tell from application and resume information whether you may have been in the work force for some time. That is why instead of talking strictly about your age, you need to highlight your experience. When putting together your resume, clearly list your accomplishments over the years and all your previous jobs. In your cover letter, focus on why you would be better suited for the job than a young applicant – even if you committed decades at home to raise children – thus helping employers understand the benefits in hiring you over a recent graduate with no real life experience.
If you have been out of work for a while or entering a field in which you have not had that much experience, consider enrolling in a class that can refresh your memory about that market or a class that can update you on new policies. Businesses are constantly changing, and part of entering the work force again means learning contemporary methods of working rather than continuing the way work was done when you were younger.
The Internet has web sites offering opportunities for senior citizens, and shows relevant vacancies in the city in which you work. There are even specific agencies that work solely with senior citizens to make sure you can find a job in which you would be welcome. Some of the fields that value the knowledge of a senior citizen include healthcare, public speakers, and writers. You simply need to determine what you may be interested in doing and then make the move to apply for jobs in your chosen field.
It is not so difficult to land a job when you are 60; you just need to become a bit savvy at learning where to look.
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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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May 30, 2013 by Leigh St John
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For senior citizens the really good news is that one can never be too old to make money from Adsense. And like any other online opportunity Google Adsense’s strict terms and conditions do not include an upper age limit.
In fact senior citizens willing to learn in their old age and also to shrug off things that they may have believed in too closely, in the past, AdSense is the perfect way for them to make money. This is because when a person has reached that age, there are plenty of useful experiences and skills that they have picked up over the years. It should not be too difficult finding what they experiences and skills that a senior citizen can mine to make money from Adsense.
Senior citizens usually love to reminisce over their long lives and past experiences both good and bad and this can be used to make money from Adsense. This is because this is just the sort of ingredients that can go to setting up a fascinating AdSense blog. These are usually the sort of personal experience blogs that have a huge potential of picking up traffic pretty quickly. Everybody knows that high traffic on an AdSense blog is a license to print money.
Nothing should really be a hindrance to senior citizens joining the ranks of those who make serious money from Adsense.
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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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Are you drained of sitting at home, doing babysitting of your grandchildren? Have your dreams to explore the world not turned to reality? Are your eyes longing to capture the grandeur of the world around you? If yes, don’t detain yourself from discovering the world. Your age should not be an impediment in living your life to the fullest.
When it comes to traveling, horde of choices are available for the senior citizens too.
From opting a perfect destination that lives up to their tastes to the mode to travel and the place to cuddle, all lie at their discretion.
· The destination
For those who enjoy basking in glory of the sun at the beaches, locations like Hawaii Islands, Bahamas and the like are ideal holiday spots. The connoisseurs of art and architecture can move to the cities like Barcelona, New Orleans etc. that are swarming with the masterpieces of eminent painters and architects. Evergreen places like Switzerland, Germany and so forth are never meant to be overlooked.
· The Decisive Factor
The determination of a destination is directly proportional to factors like budget, mode to transport, the climatic conditions and the food.
Most of the senior citizens prefer and desire to travel according to their pockets. Since the youth bids goodbye at this age, the potential to earn more takes a backseat. The expenditure is by and large made from the savings that mushroom a little. Keeping in mind the state of affairs of senior citizens, numerous travel agencies offer discount packages that can be availed in the peak as well as the off season.
If you propose to make a trip within the periphery of your country, the costs incurred will be significantly minimized. For instance, you can accomplish your destination by traveling via a bus, a rented car or a train. The fare will be relatively low as compared to outlay on air tickets. But bear in mind that money is not prior to life. If the distance is a bit too long and you haven’t got the muscle to sit for long (in a train or bus) take a flight. Your health always precedes your wealth.
A majestic feel of heaven on earth is readily available on the deck of a cruise in a cruise voyage. There are several cruises that can serve you with the best of all amenities, all you have to do is discuss with your travel agent and search online about it.
At this age you should not excuse food as a crucial factor in determining the venue. A little search on the Internet and your travel agent can familiarize you with the cuisine, tastes of people and the luxury plus the budget restaurants at the place you propose to go. Also if you have a petite idea about the cuisine of the place, you can ask the locals the place they throng to gratify their hunger. This definitely will correspond to your pocket.
Try to leave the home when the weather conditions are adverse there and positive and enjoyable. It is always prudent to make an assessment of the climatic conditions beforehand and plan your trip accordingly.
· Some crucial tips
1. The senior citizens and students should be extra vigilant in carrying cash. Avoid moving with lot of cash. Take your credit card along. This safeguards you against uninvited perils.
2. Carry a mobile phone. If that is unaffordable, leave your complete itinerary and all the contact numbers (of the hotel, villa, apartment etc.) with your children.
3. Pack the clothes with your all your essential and even not so significant medicines.
4. Last but not the least, if on the cards get all the reservations done in advance for at this age you should excuse yourself from the last minute anxiety and stress.
Things can be easy in life, all one needs is a little planning and prudence.
Mansi aggarwal writes senior citizens travel topics. Learn more at http://www.seniortravelcentral.com.
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Are your clients pleased by the fine quality service that you provide? Validating your clients’ endorsement of you through Certification as a Senior Approved Service will increase your client base. Senior Approved Certification leads a family towards a service like yours side stepping the possibility of connecting with a less than desirable service.
If you serve the older adult, the disabled or those with chronic illnesses you may qualify for an independent consumer-driven survey process leading to certification as a Senior Approved Service.
You will not pay for clients, leads or referrals. You will not violate HIPAA or the Anti-kickback rulings. You will not pay for membership or advertising space.
Certifications are offered for medical, non-medical, alternative healing practices, housing, elder-law, and financial planners – virtually any type of business that reaches this population. “We are building the ultimate one-call solution,” states Barbara Mascio, founder. “Seniors are need of many kinds of service, including lawn care, handyman services and so on. We save the headache of shopping around and completely remove the guess work.”
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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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Violent crime against senior citizens used to be unthinkable. It was rare that a street thug would target an elderly person; however criminals of today have a totally different mindset. They prey upon those they perceive to be weak and an easy target and who will offer the least resistance. In the mind of a street thug, seniors fit this category. This alone is why you need to become informed, and do whatever you can to keep yourself from becoming a victim.
Oftentimes senior citizens are led to believe that they have somehow lost the ability to defend themselves against criminals and crime in general. This belief is totally false and in fact there are many quick and easy things seniors can do to defend themselves.
The first thing you should do is find a senior self defense class in your area. Many organizations provide these free of charge. Check with your local police department, YMCA or seniors club in your area. Many community organizations offer these classes free of charge.
Many seniors are opposed to carrying weapons of any kind. This is a thought process that needs to change. Pepper spray or a stun gun are ideal choices and offer a level of protection that will not only boost your confidence but actually allow you to survive an assault by temporarily incapacitating your attacker. Each of these weapons are extremely easy to operate and take just a few minutes to learn.
Because many seniors are so opposed to carrying something such as pepper spray, if you do use it, the attacker will be caught off guard and the element of surprise will buy you the critical time you need to get to a safe location and notify the police. The effects of either weapon are temporary and will not cause permanent injury.
If you are not willing to carry a traditional weapon consider using a cane if you have one. Swing the cane in an “X” pattern, targeting the knees, elbows and other bony parts of the attackers’ body. These strikes will be effective but in very temporary way. They will probably only distract an attacker, so a secondary plan is definitely needed. I would suggest a Personal Alarm. They are a very small discreet device that you can carry in a pocket, purse or on your belt that when activated sound a very loud ear piercing noise which causes your attacker to flee and forget about attacking you. Many alarms are equipped with flashing strobe lights and a few even contain hidden pepper spray giving you the best of both worlds.
Of course, the best way to defend yourself is to not allow yourself to become a victim in the first place. I know this may sound like an obvious statement but simply by adhering to a few easy to follow best practices you can greatly lower your chances of becoming a victim. When you are going out, try and keep jewelry hidden or simply wear it discreetly. Do not carry large amounts of cash. Remain aware of what is going on around you. If you see or even sense something bad, adjust your actions accordingly. Changing the direction you are walking is far easier than recovering from injuries you sustain in an attack.
Senior safety at home is a whole different ballgame but equally as important. Do not keep large sums of money at home. Consider using a debit card and having any monthly payments due you directly deposited into a bank account.
Do not divulge any personal information over the phone or in person. DO NOT withdraw any money from a bank account unless you are absolutely sure you know who you are giving it to. There are a huge number of scams out there and many target seniors. In fact many seniors are scammed out of their life savings simply because they felt sorry for someone or had their emotions preyed upon. If something seems too good to be true, it most definitely is.
When it comes to defending yourself, anyone can improve their abilities. All it takes is the desire to take a stand, educate yourself, and practice some of the techniques mentioned here. With your new found confidence and some practice you will already have done a great deal to lessen your chances of becoming a victim.
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Traveling with elderly patients can certainly be a challenge, but there are many things that caregivers and family members can do to make it easier, safer, and less stressful. Planning ahead is essential to make sure everything goes smoothly and also to ensure that the traveler gets the most for their money. Last minute bookings are often expensive and should be avoided if possible.
When flying, here are some tips for easier travel:
1. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare; getting through security can take much longer if the airport is busy or the patient moves slowly, and having to rush will only add to the stress
2. If possible, arrange in advance to have a wheelchair available and access to any special services offered to senior citizens
3. Make sure that the traveler has all of their identification, insurance information, itinerary, money, and medications; have copies of any instructions from physicians about medications or medical devices such as a pacemaker
4. Try not to pack too many clothing or other items; comfortable shoes are definitely necessary
5. To make the actual flight more comfortable, take a pillow and reading material or anything else for entertainment on the flight such as crossword puzzles or card games.
A common theme among senior citizen travel is to visit out of town family members, especially children, grandchildren, or even great grandchildren for a special event or just for a vacation. As soon as a wedding, birthday, or graduation announcement arrives, start planning the vacation! In addition to visiting family, there are many vacation destinations that cater to senior citizens. Many cruise lines have special senior citizen cruises, which can be a wonderful social experience for any seniors who want to enjoy the company of others and make new friends on their trip. Many destinations (such as Branson, Missouri, for example) have tons of specialty tours for senior citizens. Caregivers can find an abundance of information online about these tours, and should also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they are legitimate companies before paying for anything.
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The effectiveness of multivitamins is due in large part to the fact that they are targeted towards specific demographics. There are multivitamins just for the elderly, for women and even specifically for men. The ones targeted towards senior citizens in particularly raise questions.
It’s fairly simple – people think about multivitamins targeted at senior citizens because those things seem like they’re inherently stronger. This is because senior citizens require just a little more than everyone else.
There are other alternatives that have as much of a health kick as senior multivitamins. Premium class supplements are just as strong, if not stronger than senior multivitamins, so it’s an option.
Seniors, naturally, find themselves lacking in nutrition more than the young. It’s important to keep yourself healthy during the golden years. Your comfort could be drastically improved if you make sure that you enter those years as healthily as you can manage.
Don’t get fooled by the name – there’s more to multivitamins than you’d think. There are special ingredients that include resveratol as well as herbal extracts that are unique to specific multivitamins that you should consider when picking your multivitamin.
It can get confusing, but luckily the internet is here to help you out. I’ve researched these things myself for the better part of the decade and believe me, there’s enough information out there to help you become educated just like me.
Your health is reliant on what things you give your body. Give it the nutrition it deserves and it will treat you right. Scientists and doctors can’t be wrong about it.
So many lives are lost because people don’t take care of themselves. Make sure to buy the best multivitamins that you can find to make sure that you don’t become just another statistic. Be a survivor and take the vitamins that you need.
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Private health insurance for senior citizens is very hard to come by. As you get older, it becomes more prevalent that commercial insurance companies don’t want to cover older Americans. Since the creation of Medicare, there is no incentive to cover senior citizens because most buy into the Medicare system any way. Even though this may be true, there are still some older Americans who need to buy private health insurance. So let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why getting insurance for them can be difficult.
Your Age Is a Dominant Factor.
There are a number of reasons why senior citizens can’t get health coverage. For starters, a lot of health insurance companies look at your age. When people start getting over the age of 50, they are prone to have more illnesses, they see the doctor more often, and they might have more hospital stays. So the risks of insuring an older person far outweigh the benefits. We all age so why is this such an important factor?
The Cost Of Insuring An Older Person Is High.
Due to the fact that the elderly are prone to so many conditions and will need so much care, there are many companies who consider them to be a big risk. The average hospital stay of a person over the age of 50 is longer than some one in their 20’s and 30’s. Younger people heal and recover a lot quicker then older adults so their cost per treatment is less. Insurance companies know approximately how much they have to pay out for each age group and take all these things into consideration when pricing policies.
Pre-Existing Conditions are Not Insurable.
If you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, it is most of the time not insurable. May be with the new health care reform this will change. However, what does a pre-existing condition tell an insurance company? It tells them that you may not do a good job in taking care of yourself or you have bad eating habits. So why insure someone who could have possibly prevented such conditions by not drinking, not smoking, and not overeating. This may not be fair but insurance companies are in the business of making money for their investors.
Affordability May Be A Problem.
The last thing that you will find is that many times, senior citizens can’t afford the insurance. Even if they find a company willing to insure them, many are retired and are on a limited income. The cost of premiums alone can eat up any retirement check or pension income. Many have to choose between insurance or keeping a roof over their heads.
Getting health insurance for senior citizens is still a big problem for many. Many have never paid into the social security system and are not eligible for medicare and private insurance is way too expensive. Hopefully, the new health care reform will address many of these issues otherwise what options do these seniors have.
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Most of the families have to move once or twice in their life and many people experience their first move when they are senior citizen. Maybe they are living alone in a huge house and need to move to a small condo or apartment that will be easier to maintain and also easier on their health. Maybe they are moving in with their grown up children after the partner has passed away, or due to an unexpected illness. The reasons can be quite varied, but it is a fact that people, even as senior citizen, are moving regularly across cities and states.
So here are a few senior citizen moving tips that you should know in case you come across such a situation – or you might have to move as well.
- Take the time to adjust to the change. Living for many years in the same house means that any move can be a big shock and news to digest. People get attached to their homes where they’ve been living their entire lives, or spending their life with their partners. Nobody moves to another place with an easy heart and this is even more relevant for elderly. Take time off and learn first to adjust to the idea before you take the big step ahead in your life.
- If your parents are moving, even if they are quite old, don’t forget to involve them in the moving process. No person likes to be left outside of things, particularly if it involves them directly. And elderly are a bit more helpless than others, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. They still feel and think just like the rest of us, even if their bodies don’t cooperate the way they would like to.
- Plan and research ahead so you know how much the senior citizen will have to pay for the move. It is known that they are usually on a fixed income which is not all that big, so planning ahead and finding the best deal (without sacrificing quality) is well worth it for them. Some companies have actually discounts and offers when elderly are involved, so it might pay off to shop a bit around before settling for the next moving company. People don’t like to be out of control so they need to know at all times all the steps of the way, so don’t forget to involve them even when you are searching for companies. And if you have to go to rentals offices to discuss deals, the senior citizen will be grateful if they can tag along and feel that they are fully involved in the entire process.
Using truck rentals for moving is a necessity when moving seniors to another location, but finding good quality yet inexpensive pick up ruck rentals is well worth the initial search locally or on the net.
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Dishonest individuals scamming senior citizens out of their money appears to be happening more often than ever before. Seniors are targeted most often by criminals due to the fact that it can sometimes be easier to gain the trust of a senior trust and also due to the fact older, retired people are more likely to have some savings set aside and therefore become a more lucrative target. It can be helpful to keep some of the following tips in mind to help you or your loved ones who are older protected against scams and frauds, especially when shopping or working online.
Todays seniors say that staying in touch with family members and friends remains the main reason that they use the internet. According to recent research by the American Association of Retired Persons, seniors are the segment of the online community that is growing the most quickly. It is estimated that more than 27.5 million senior citizens are using the internet today. These numbers have risen significantly from about 10 years ago, when it was estimated that just over 10 million seniors were online. Increasingly, these seniors are putting their computers to use doing online shopping and banking, and people 55 and older are becoming quite a popular target for internet marketers. Unfortunately, some of those marketers are actually criminals who are using the internet to take money from unsuspecting victims. Because of the fact that the internet is relatively new, these scams continue to grow and develop.
While almost all age groups have their own distinct vulnerabilities and risks when making online transactions, seniors unfortunately seem to be at the greatest risks for internet phishing scams. Many scam artists are tailoring complex schemes specifically targeted to exploit internet users who are older. Many of the online scams will target seniors with nearly unbelievable deals on low-cost insurance and discount prescriptions. Scams will also often target older internet users with documents that seem genuine such as phony ‘bank notices’ and ‘final warnings’.
Just like in the ‘real world’, you should take care when revealing your date of birth, social security number or credit card information over the internet. Search for web addresses on one of the major search engines instead of clicking links that you receive in e-mails. Then, use that address to contact the company and inquire about the message you received. Once you have verified that you are on a legitimate website, you can save that address in your broswer as a ‘favorite’. You will then be able to return there again safely in the future.
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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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Memory loss, lack of brain clarity, or fear of memory loss is something experienced by just about every aging adult or senior citizen today!
Facing these obstacle personally can cause a lot of panic, anxiety and frustration.
Most aging adults think they are losing their ability to focus and remember because their brain is just simply getting old but this is not totally the case! In fact, contrary to popular belief, most of the beginning stages of brain fuzz symptoms and memory loss issues have more to do with a lack of use than a lack of youth!
As adults and seniors age, the demand to rely on their brain occurs less frequently. When their brain is not challenged it does not expand and grow; therefore their memory and ability to focus is not sharp! Their memories and focus becomes dull.
The good news is that technology today strongly indicates that we can have a dramatic effect on the capability of our brain as a result of how we treat it!
Brain exercise and utilization of proper brain techniques can sharpen the brain and even make it strong again! Regardless of age, proper brain function techniques can literally re-grow the brain. Most people don’t realize that with use, the brain does grow!
The brain is malleable. It’s almost like a piece of plastic that can be shaped!
With proper stimulation and healthy activity, the brain creates neuron connections. These connections can be compared to a tree that is growing more branches.
With this knowledge, we can treat our brains like we would a muscle. As we age, we can learn to keep our minds properly stimulated using specific techniques. With proper brain stimulation, senior citizens can are in far more control than has been thought possible. They can notice drastic effects and exciting changes in their memory, focus and clarity both long term and short term!
Now you have an understanding that you are directly impacting your mind through the way you treat it. I’ve told you that your brain is malleable. I’ve told you that it grows with use! I’ve also told you that your short term memory and long term memory can be greatly affected by proper brain stimulation.
I’ve been studying the brain for the last five years. I am fascinated by the brain and grateful to know that we have so many excellent options and resources to benefit us in this day and age.
If you or someone you know personally has interest in improving their brain function in their aging years, I would recommend they visit http://www.regrowmybrain.info. There you’ll find excellent information with a fantastic program tailored specifically for senior citizens and aging adults. This is the only brain fitness program I’ve found that tailors to the older generations exclusively! The material includes some bonus information that has to do with Alzheimer’s understanding and coping. These are great resources to have whether your are faced with that condition or not.
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The government has grants set up to help every group of people in the country, including senior citizens. In some cases these grants may be approved to the senior citizens themselves, but the grants can also be awarded to people who assist the citizens on a regular basis. Whether it’s medical research for the elderly or increasing the safety of old folks homes there are grants that will provide funding to those who need it.
Government grants for senior citizens will often go to organizations that work with the elderly and charities that support senior citizen groups. These organizations can be businesses or volunteer groups, as long as they work with the elderly in some capacity. The grants can be used for special classes for people over 65, providing cheaper medical services for the elderly, keeping volunteer groups that run errands for disabled older adults funded, and just about anything else an organization can think of to help the elderly community.
Various websites have provided lists of where to find these government grants. They have information on what government organization is funding the grant, when the deadline for the grant application is, what the grant is intended for, and how to apply for those specific grants. Anyone can apply for government grants for senior citizens as long as they qualify for the grant. It tends to be easier for individuals to go through organizations if they are seeking grant money although individuals are permitted to apply also. Certain grants for the elderly such as education grants and housing grants are simple to get without the assistance of an agency. More information on who can apply for these grants is available through government websites and some local government agencies.
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Many senior citizens just won’t retire. They are ambitiously alive. They stay busy. They love what they do. They are not putting off retirement because of economic issues. They either own their business or are in a situation in which their business gives them so much permission that the business can do quite well without them. That is, of course, a fortunate place to be. They are in incremental retirement. They are doing it in stages. For the most part, they don’t keep rigid or strict hours. They are fully aware of what’s going on in their business or their lives, but they don’t obsess over it. An acquaintance is, at 70, building a new office and expanding his business. It is not to “make more money” for himself. He gives it all away to his family and causes he believes in.
Another person travels a great deal, sometime in a humongous motor home. He is quite well off, but he chases around Texas doing what he does for his business.
Still another is a retired judge, but still a practicing lawyer. He and his spouse spend enormous time enjoying themselves with frequent travel forays and maintain an elegant antebellum home in East Texas. When home, he still keeps a busy roster of clients.
Incremental Retirement, whether continuing to pursue business or professional interests, is a healthy way to retire. It doesn’t have to happen all at once. One need not surrender the things of ones previous life all at once. Keeping up with events and excitement in ones “career” world is a healthy way to stimulate body, mind and soul.
Incremental Retirement means you may do it on your own terms. You can plan to have a three-month hiatus, while the wheels keep turning. You can generate new excitement and energy for living. You can even expand your career interests in ways that will provide further for family, charity, a foundation, and a life of absolute satisfaction.
So, look at Incremental Retirement, if you are fortunate like many senior citizens, which may round out your life in enormously gratifying ways.
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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Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink! That was how Senior Citizens felt some years ago when the Health Insurance companies were selective to cater to them. With better medical conditions, people are able to live longer and healthier. However, age does bring some health related issues that needs to be taken care of.
There was a time when people after 50 years of age were generally not considered Insurable or were considered high risk. So, if anyone wanted to get health Insurance, the policy was either denied or was issued with various exclusions on Pre-existing diseases.
With the emergence of various Insurance companies, the Insurance segment for Senior citizens has also opened up. It is a boon for them to be able to plan and take their health in their own hands. The Insurance companies have started considering senior citizens as a potential market and address their need for a Health Insurance product. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has also taken various steps to boost the inclusion of senior citizens in the health insurance sector.
There are some health insurers which cover the senior citizens with no cap on the entry age, though IRDA’s directive is to keep at least 65 years as the maximum entry age.
The Health Insurance segment is at nascent stage and hence arbitrary at present/dichotomous in nature. Every individual has to undergo medical tests so as to be considered for health insurance. The reimbursement for the medical tests varies from insurer to insurer. Now, all insurers would reimburse 50% of the cost of the tests if they issue a health policy to the customer. However, there still are some companies in the market that cover a senior citizen without medical tests up to a certain age and covers pre-existing ailments from first year itself.
The Insurance companies would have to include all these clauses in the offer document and explain to the customer what it means to them. With IRDA bringing more transparency, consistency and accountability in the sector, the customers would have more options to choose from and a better product to meet their needs.
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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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Cell phones for senior citizens are getting better and better. Cell phones for seniors and kids usually have a number of mutual needs. This is one phone that can meet the demands of both.
Its main features are a large keypad, screen and fonts. It does not text, take photos, do music or have ring tones. Arrives ready to use with your choice of preprogrammed telephone numbers.
Another great features is by pushing one button, it quickly dials a Live Operator for help in emergencies, who will dial anyone on a call list, or look up new numbers. The Operator is available 24 hours 7 days a week. This will allow you to rest assure that your parents, kids, and loved ones, can always reach you with Operator Assistance. In my opinion, it’s the best selection for kids and senior citizens.
It will also give the senior more of a sense of independence by having a simple cell phone that is larger, preprogrammed with the essential phone numbers, and without all the features they will not use or get in their way.
Its features are:
Ease of use
One Push Button to Live Operator for emergencies or calling assistance
Amplified Speakerphone with large cushioned earpiece that coordinates with a hearing aid
Volume can be adjusted quite loud
Large viewing screen and text
Comes preprogrammed with telephone numbers of your choice
Voice mail options are questions that can be answered either yes or no, for simplicity in operation
Large keypad for dexterity challenges
Not available at traditional mobile phone providers
Children can only call where you designate.
This would make a unique gift for anyone you want or need to communicate with.
Rest assured that your parents, kids and loved ones can always reach you with Operator Assistance 24/7.
Why should you care about cell phones for senior citizens, kids and the dexterity challenged? Because, it’s an important thing to do, for their safety, ability to communicate, and your peace of mind.
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Senior citizen affiliates should be very grateful for the World Wide Web because it allows them for the first time to do business without the sort of prejudice that they are bound to face in the offline world.
Actually one of the amazing things that the net does is to make everybody equal. Neither the very young nor the very old senior citizen affiliate gets discriminated against by virtue of their age. It therefore reduces the whole race to a person’s business skills and ability. Sadly the reality on the ground is that this advantage has not been able to benefit many senior citizen affiliates.
There are several reasons why many senior citizen affiliates have found it difficult to succeed online. Most of these reasons have to do with old fashioned traditions and beliefs that do not quite fit online.
For example most senior citizen affiliates have been brought up to believe that anything that is free will tend to be of very little value in terms of benefits. This is the reason why many of them have stubbornly refused to believe that the most effective online marketing tool is free. We are of course referring to articles marketing.
Online the rules are different because Google for example perfected their search engine over many months before they finally sat down to figure out a way of generating revenue from their wonderful free tool.
Actually younger people find it a lot easier to grasp and benefit from the net than senior citizen affiliates.
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Once upon a time, senior citizens were old people. They were assumed to be suffering from ill health and in need of care. They sold their homes so they could move in with children or move to a care facility. Not any more.
Now senior citizens exhibit the same variety of health and fitness as people much younger. In fact, those who have actively taken care of themselves are probably more fit than those in their teens and 20’s who shun exercise and live on junk food.
So, assume nothing, because senior citizens come in many varieties, with many different goals.
Many choose to remain in their homes, while others want a change of scenery. But even those want to sell have different reasons.
Some want to get away from excessive maintenance chores. They’ll choose a smaller home with a smaller yard – or perhaps a condo. They may be in failing health, but don’t assume so. They may just want to pursue hobbies or take up volunteer work or be free to travel. Many have something they want to do that they couldn’t do before, and they don’t want to be tied down by a high maintenance home.
Others want to find a new home with a large yard, or even acreage, so they can take up gardening or buy a horse or raise dogs.
Some just want to get away! They’ll sell the old homestead and move into a motor home so they can see the places they’ve been dreaming about for all those years when they were tied to work.
Some want to move to a more temperate climate – they’re tired of the cold and snow and want to get outdoors and play all year. Some have always dreamed of living on a lake or in the mountains or on the desert. Some wanted to get away to a small town with a slower pace – or to move to a city with opera houses and art galleries and the theater. But until now, they were stuck because they were afraid to move away from their work. Now they can go where they want.
Of course, there still are those seniors who are selling because they do need to move in with the kids or to an assisted living facility.
Your job as an agent is to not assume anything. If you want to sort your lists, set up a capture on your website with information about downsizing to a smaller home, and a separate capture with information about transitioning to assisted living. You could even have different pages on your site – just like you might have different pages and different information for first time buyers and move-up buyers.
When you get a call to list a home for a senior citizen, go with no pre-set ideas. Wait and talk to the homeowner before you try to anticipate just what kind of assistance they need. Otherwise, you’ll risk alienating a new client before you get a chance to show your stuff!
Marte Cliff is a Freelance Copywriter who specializes in writing for real estate and related industries.
She’ll help you with one letter, or an entire marketing plan. For Real Estate agents and brokers who are ready to get full value from their websites, she’ll be happy to put together an entire package – from the web copy to the lead generation packages that make an agent’s phone ring.
For busy agents on a budget, Marte offers pre-written letter sets for use in postal mail or in e-mail continuity campaigns. The current selection includes letters for FSBO’s, Expired Listings, Short Sale sellers, First Time Buyers, and a set for new agents to send to buyers. Read what’s included in these sets by visiting http://www.copybymarte.com/pro/prospecting.html
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When we consider the activities and contributions by the senior members of our society, we only look at them now. Yet they have been around for over 60 years. In that time they had seen, been part of, and shaped much of the world we live in.
Many who were born before World War II. They have seen and taken part in many of the world’s conflicts. The Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Balkan conflicts, the events of September 11, the Gulf War, the Falklands conflict, to name only a few.
Their contributions to medicine and the health of our community includes our ability to harvest body organs to make use of them to keep yet another person or persons alive. Add to that the huge strides that have been made in the health-care and community care, policing, and defence.
In business today’s retirees can show that they have contributed to the growth and stability of the world’s industry and commerce. Motor cars, airplanes, ships and shipping have all benefited from the experience and knowledge of those who are now counted amongst our old folks.
In education what we know now is so far advanced from where it was 60 years and more ago that it is barely recognizable. All of this progress in the attributed directly to the work, talents, and experience of today’s seniors.
In the world of art,music,and theater, many of our greatest triumphs were created designed and engineered by those who are now enjoying a well-earned retirement. We often see today that the music art and theater that was made years ago being taken out of mothballs and re-presented And why is this? Because it was brilliantly done in the first place and imitation is sincere flattery.
When today’s retirees were but children themselves, they never expected to see a man walk on the moon. Or a spacecraft lands on Mars. Yet we have seen men fly high in the heavens and plumb to the depths of the sea. All made possible by the endeavors of people now aged over 60.
In sporting events we have seen people run faster, jump higher,swim even faster, lift huger weights. None even thought that such was possible in past years. All initiated by the then activities of now older people. Who wanted to see how much we, as a human race, could improve.
Yes we have better foods in some respects, better food preparation, often better housing and schooling. But not always. In many parts of our world older people are struggling along with their younger counterparts. Many countries unfortunately are in poverty, lacking in basic food water and medical supplies. So our senior citizens have also been forced to look upon some spectacular failures.
Development in some countries is lagging behind perhaps in what might be seen to be the basic essentials and human rights. Clearly something that needs to be addressed and rectified.
We are using up many things that previously existed in plenty. Raw materials, water, vegetation, are diminishing all too quickly. Our native animals are becoming extinct because we have not cared for them. Our grandchildren will not enjoy the pleasure of seeing the animals, flowers, and trees we accept as part of our lives.
One could go on forever trying to recall even some of the things that today’s senior citizens have included in their activities and actions. That this is impossible for us to so many things have happened in the last 60 years. The next 60 years will bring its own changes. We can only look forward.
John Harmer is an online researcher who is himself a senior citizen. He admires the contributions made by his peers. He is constructing a website that will provide information about, and advice for, our senior citizens.
You can visit the website by clicking on the following link [http://www.lotson4seniors.com]
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How things have changed. There was a time that when dating over 50, leave alone senior dating, was virtually unheard of. Now it is acceptable for seniors to date and have fun. This article will offer tips on safe online dating for senior citizens.
Now, at 50 you may not consider yourself a senior citizen. You may even consider yourself “young”. There is nothing wrong with that, and it is actually a healthy attitude. This article address singles over 50 because this is the cut-off of most dating sites for older singles.
It was Jeanne Moreau that said “Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” Well said, but we could say “love and fun, to some extent, protects you from age”. With online dating for senior citizens you get both; love and fun.
The first thing in senior online dating is mental preparedness: make sure you are ready to date. And be ready to have fun.
Next, sign up with a good and reputable dating site. While general dating sites are okay, it is better to go with an age-appropriate site (unless, of course, you’re looking for young blood, subject for another article).
Having recognized the need for senior singles to meet each other, dating services for older singles are now available. And they are bursting with activity.
The advantage of signing up with a senior online dating service is that you will not have to worry about competition from younger folks. You also know for sure that everybody on that site is single and available.
And while you are at it, it would be advisable to avoid free dating sites. Why? One word: safety.
You see, older singles are a favorite target for crooks and scam artists. The presumption, right or wrong, is that an older single is typically desperate and vulnerable. Scam artists like to post fake profiles on free sites, using stolen photographs.
Once contact has been established, they will tell everything you want to hear and the next thing you know you are minus a good chunk of money, and sometimes worse.
This is not to say that paid dating sites are 100 percent safe: even your local place of worship could not make such a claim. But with a paid site, the paper trail left by use of a credit card means that a member can be traced unless, of course, the credit card is a stolen one.
Avoid giving out personal information too soon. If someone starts asking lots of personal questions, such as your mailing address, place of work and the like, consider this a red flag and cut off all communication with that person.
Also to be on the lookout for is someone who suddenly starts having all kinds of problems that require money. This includes claims of being stuck overseas or suddenly falling ill.
The size and quality of a dating service also matters. While there a new dating sites that are good – even the oldest one was new at one time – it is safer to go with an older dating site. You can be assured that if a dating service has been around for a while, it is doing something right.
Next, to increase your chances of finding love online you should sign up with the right senior dating service. Find reputable senior dating sites with free trials and choose the right one for you. David Kamau offers dating service reviews at his website and blog.
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Short term insurance has become very popular over the recent years as it is a cheaper and affordable insurance option for many people. When it comes to insurance polices there are many to choose from. There are companies that provide a host of insurance policies and at times it is difficult to choose the ideal one for you. For people over 65 years of age it becomes even more difficult because they are not aware of the right plans for themselves and they fear the amount of premium that they need to pay as the amount for insurance policy increases with age. If you are over 65 years this may sound depressing for you however the good news is that there are many short term health insurance plans that are offered by insurance companies for their benefit and welfare.
The above insurance companies offer the best policies that are less expensive for them. These companies have two sets of health insurance policies that are available for people under 65 and the next set for people over 65. The insurance policies that have been framed for senior citizens by Medicare are short term insurance policies that have been targeted for the welfare of these citizens. There are certain cholesterol levels, blood pressure, family history, height, weight and other considerations that are taken into account for these citizens. In fact, the above policy considerations are more liberal than the ones that are made for younger adults. These citizens can reap the benefits of short term health insurance polices that have been made keeping their needs in mind.
The term insurance policy intended for senior citizens offer the best rates and helps them save significant money. The short term insurance is also called a temporary insurance that provides health insurance for a limited period only. The time period can be as short as a month and can also go up to 6 to 12 months as well. The term health insurance works in the same way as the long term health insurance. The coverage between the two is different and in the case of the former the person gets a health card that will possess limits and the deductibles on the services of the policy. Such a short term insurance policy provides you with the advantages of an insurance against accidents and illnesses only for a limited period.
The short term health insurance plan for senior citizens do not contain pre-existing conditions and preventive care. The pre-existing condition is a medical problem that a person suffers from before he or she goes into insurance. These short term health insurance plans are specially designed to provide protection against major health problems that a senior citizen faces.
Thus, from the above it is evident that the above short term health insurance have been specially designed for the purpose of senior citizens and they can avail all the benefits and the advantages of the polices that have been offered to them with ease.
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News headlines report of senior citizen abuse, most everyday. Long gone are the values and moralities of our grandparent’s generation. Time was when a handshake, or your word was all that was necessary to honor commitments. Gone are the days on an unlocked house, open windows, or sitting out back alone.
The elderly in today’s society can, unfortunately, encounter many traumatic events for no cause of their own. Predators watch and learn learn an old person’s schedule, like, when they leave their homes and when they are likely to return, what times they get up or go to bed, and if they are handicapped or ill by the comings and goings of a visiting nurse.
Many in the society of today appear to have lost all respect for other people’s property. It seems these people are without limits, with nothing more important than self-serving tactics. Who cares if an old person is lonely, in pain, or needs assistance?
Many times, the media tells us about a kid that brutally beat elderly parents, grandparents, or elderly strangers. Without any motivation, other than pursuing what they want, senior citizens can become their prey. And, if they want something you have in your home, you could be their next victim.
But, not all attackers are strangers, and the elderly person might not be beaten, robbed, or brutally murdered by the hands of an unknown person. Sometimes, the attacker is a family member, relative, or friend.
When elderly people are attacked or threatened, how are they to protect themselves? Many don’t possess the strength or agility to fight back or run. They can fall down stairs, against door jams, or be trapped in a wheelchair. Many times they do not understand what or why this is happening to them, because the person doing them harm is someone they trusted.
Perhaps a friend or relative lives in the senior citizen’s home to provide assistance and/or companionship. This person might get angry because they don’t want the responsibility of caring for an older person. Perhaps they feel as if their freedom has been taken from them. If the elderly person has adequate finances, the one that is supposed to be looking out for the well-being of the senior begins to feel that they should be compensated or rewarded excessively.
An elderly person who refuses to give money or sign over their property, risks being violently attacked by a family member or friend. It could be an adult son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, or a friend. Most elderly people hesitate to report abuse from a relative or friend. Many are in failing health, and don’t know who to turn to for help. Or, perhaps, they fear the attacker will retaliate and things will get much worse, if they report the abuse.
Aging can be a lonely and painful experience. Some senior citizens were attacked and left alone to endure the pain and shame. Many could not get to their phone to call for help. But, if they would have had an emergency alarm, the help they needed could have been summoned.
A small device, disguised as a pendant or wristwatch can save lives, literally. There is no need to get to a phone. Help and assistance is no further away than the end of the finger. As easy as pushing a button on the device calls an emergency operator, and help can be on the way.
Many times, long-term injuries or death can be the result of not being able to get the care when it is needed. A personal security device can provide peace of mind, and is a true friend in need. Senior citizens can live independently knowing they have the ability to get help whenever they need.
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Make Work Pay Credit While the “making work pay” credit proposes it will cut taxes for 95% of families, there is an interesting loophole for senior citizens, which is causing some to end up with unforeseen back tax liabilities. According to the law, non-working senior citizens-in addition to retired railroad workers and disabled veterans-cannot claim the full credit. The problem is that the credit automatically adds 6.25% of earned income to taxpayer’s paychecks. Therefore, if you are a senior citizen who does not qualify for the full credit, then you will need to make sure to change your withholdings to prevent owing a tax debt at the end of the year.
Taxes on Social Security income The IRS has specific guidelines to follow when deciding whether you social security payments are taxable. Accidentally overpaying is okay, but if you make the mistake not to pay taxes on your social security benefits, then it could lead to IRS underpayment fines. These additional penalties, on top of the already owed taxes, can be difficult for struggling seniors to pay come tax time. Next time you receive a check from Social Security, be sure to check the benefit statement to see if you are having any taxes withheld. If you did not have any taxes withheld on social security and you have other sources of income, you may be creating for yourself an underwithholding problem come next tax season. To ensure that you are not creating an underwithholding problem, you should seek the advice of a tax professional. The tax professional can review your financial situation to determine whether you need to up your withholding to cover your expected tax liability.
Pension When receiving pensions, you may have a hard time deciding how much to withhold, or if you want or need to withhold anything at all. Whether you should have taxes withheld from your pension payments depends on your filing status, number of dependents, personal exemptions, additional sources of income, and the amount of retirement payments you receive. If you do need to pay taxes, you need to figure how much to withhold. Withholding too much is not a good idea as you may end up giving the IRS an interest free loan. However, not withholding enough can result in hard-to-estimate taxes at the end of the year, which could lead to back taxes, penalties, and interest if you are not careful.
Be Aware of Deductions & Credits When preparing your income tax return, it is essential that you take advantage all eligible deductions and credits since they will help to lower your total tax liability. Remember, the IRS has set up a number of deductions and credits directly targeting senior citizen taxpayers. To learn more about tax tips for seniors, check out this article on the RDTC.com blog.
Early Distributions If you are under 60 years old and need to take an early distribution from a retirement account, then be forewarned that you will likely have to pay an additional 10% tax on the funds withdrawn. However, the tax does not apply to funds from Roth IRAs, and there are various other exceptions to the tax. To learn more, check out the IRS’ list of the top ten facts about taking early distributions from retirement plans.
Accurate Tax Information The best way to prevent unnecessary tax debts before they occur is to have your returns accurately prepared by a qualified professional. There are several community service programs devoted to helping senior citizens with tax preparation, and the IRS has also set up a free tax-counseling program to provide financial and tax planning advice to seniors all year long.
The Tax Lady Roni Deutch and her law firm Roni Lynn Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation have been helping taxpayers across the nation find IRS tax relief for over seventeen years. The firm has experienced tax lawyers who can fight IRS tax liens on your behalf.
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All too often we resort to medication to help with our medical problems when a change in our diet could be all that was needed. As we grow older our diet becomes more and more important and healthy eating for senior citizens can improve their quality of life considerably.
In an ideal world, we would be following a healthy diet throughout our lives and our medical problems later in life would be negligible. This, however, is unlikely to be the case and there will not doubt be a range of conditions appearing as we get older. One of these is likely to be osteoporosis. This is a condition which will weaken the bones and can lead to an increased risk of fractures. A plan for healthy eating for senior citizens who have, or are at risk of getting osteoporosis would include a possible reduction in protein. We are not saying that you should discard it from your diet, just do not eat too much. Your body uses acid in the digestion of protein and if there is too much you may need to counterbalance this by taking calcium from your bones.
Other conditions that the elderly are prone to include rheumatoid arthritis. There are many debates regarding the affect of certain foods on rheumatoid arthritis and healthy eating for senior citizens who suffer with the condition. Some claims have been subject to research and others are still just a case of hearsay. It is very difficult to say if there is any link between diet and the condition and many studies are underway.
The best advice that can be given regarding healthy eating for senior citizens is to eat a good, balanced diet with plenty of fresh foods. Do not eat too much protein and try and reduce red meats a little. Calcium is great for the strengthening of bones but do consider the fact that this is protein and bear in mind what we said earlier.
Often, as you get older, you find that your appetite is not as great as it was when you were younger. You may find it easier to digest more, smaller meals rather than one or two larger ones. Sometimes you may feel lethargic about preparing a meal. If this is the case try to eat something which does not require much time and effort. This does not mean that it has to be lacking in nutritional value. Even a bowl of cereals can be very healthy and satisfying and will make you feel better in the short term. In the long term, however, you would be wise to make the effort to produce a good hot, nutritious meal for yourself and your family. Healthy eating for senior citizens is by far the best way to ensure you keep your energy levels high. This way you will be able to enjoy your leisure time and fight infections and ill health.
Ian Pennington is an accomplished niche website developer and author.
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The other day, I was talking to a mobile detailing entrepreneur in the state of Florida. He been doing business an awful long time, but he also noted that unemployment in the state just hit 8.8%. It wasn’t like this in the past where he could go to any office building, and all the workers were flush with cash and paid him for an executive $20 wash, and a $125.00 detail every other month. Today, he is busy trying to find any customer he can, and he asked me a very interesting question.
He told me that many of the customers in the retirement resort gated communities were asking him for a senior citizen discount. I told him that would be rather tough because almost everyone in those facilities, living between the fairways and the golf courses was a senior citizen. You might as well just lower the price and give it to everyone, or raise the price and let everyone get the discount, either way the concept of a senior citizen discount in Florida is rather silly.
Further, retired folks like to talk a lot, and they have nothing better to do but sit there and watch you detail the car, this could actually slow you down, and then they want to tell you all about their grandchildren, like you have time, you need to get to the next car to make some more money so you can afford to put gas in your mobile detailing rig because even that is up to four dollars a gallon now. Of course, the seniors do like to get a discount or least feel they are getting a discount, so maybe it is time that you rearranged the prices on your menu flyer, perhaps raising them 10 or 15%, and then giving the senior citizens a 20% discount.
Another issue that you may not have considered is that the baby boomers are retiring in record numbers, and they’re all hitting age 55 or 60. It might even be possible now to tell people that if they are only 65; “hell you are still young, you could probably wash and detail your own car, so I can’t give you the discount, I only give the senior citizen discounts to people 90 years old or older.” They might get a laugh about that, but maybe you can set your senior discount age at 70 or 75. If you are in the state of Florida like my acquaintance, you’ll still have plenty of customers take you up on the offer.
Well that’s all for now, if you have other questions or concerns you may shoot an e-mail. Until then I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new series of eBooks on the Mobile Detailing Business. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a The Detail Guys, a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net
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Being in the business of non-lethal self-defense I have made it my mission in life to protect as many innocent people as I possibly can through the education and implementation of non-lethal self-defense items such as stun devices, defensive sprays, personal alarms and the like. I firmly believe that every law abiding adult should have the right, if not the responsibility to themselves and their family, to carry some form of non-lethal self defense at all times. Oftentimes you will see devices like pepper spray, stun guns and personal alarms geared toward women and seniors and for good reason. The idea is that individuals who may be at a physical disadvantage in the event of an attack should be armed with a device that can help them walk away from such an attack unscathed. Anyone male or female of just about any age could benefit from such devices but I personally focus most of my efforts on educating senior citizens in regards to non-lethal self-defense. Again, anyone could potentially benefit from carrying some form of self-defense but I think senior citizens more than anyone can see this benefit as they are often targeted by scumbag criminals that assume seniors will be an easier target and less capable of physically defending themselves.
There are a multitude of devices that senior citizens can use to help protect themselves in the unfortunate event of an attack but none are safer and easier to use than personal alarms. That is not to say that I don’t think stun devices and/or defensive sprays would not be suitable for many seniors it is just that with stun devices and defensive sprays one runs the risk of potentially injuring themselves in the process of trying to defend themselves. Also stun devices and defensive sprays could potentially be wrestled from a senior and used against them by the attacker, especially if the attacker is considerably stronger and faster than the senior in question.
Personal alarms are wonderful because not only are they absolutely and completely safe but can also be extremely effective, just as effective as a stun device or defensive spray in many cases. Personal alarms work by emitting an extremely loud distress signal and when I use the words ‘extremely loud’ I am talking about 130 decibels or roughly the volume equivalent of standing in the 10th row of the average rock show here. That is more than enough volume to scare the holy heck out of any attacker and send him running in the opposite direction for fear of being seen and apprehended. So if you are a senior citizen, or anyone for that matter, who would enjoy the extra security that carrying a personal alarm can bring, please consider carrying one yourself.
Stay Safe, Carl Vouer
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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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Human beings are the most dangerous creature ever to walk the Earth. I am not saying all humans are bad; in fact I like to think that the vast majority of us are caring, thoughtful, non-violent creatures that pose a threat to absolutely no one. However, I am not so naive that I don’t realize the fact that there are those of us out there that truly live without a conscience and have no trouble nor lose no sleep over hurting others for their own personal gain. What really concerns me is that these bad people I speak of are not always entirely unintelligent and because of this they are going to choose targets they feel will give the least resistance. These bad guys (and gals) are going to take advantage of people they consider to be of inferior strength when choosing someone to mug and you know who oftentimes fits that bill? Senior citizens.
Time unfortunately slows us all down and as a result our growing senior population is finding themselves the target of more and more wrong doings. This is something that should concern each and every senior citizen and why every senior should have a means of defending themselves in the unfortunate event of an attack. The options for defending one’s self are relatively vast but the one that makes the most sense for senior citizens, in my opinion, is personal alarms. Personal alarms are ideal for seniors because they are completely safe to use, unlike a firearm, self-defense baton, pepper spray, stun gun or any of the other most popular choices available when discussing self-defense.
A personal alarm does not work by incapacitating an attacker but by hopefully scaring them away with the fear of being apprehended. You see a criminal will not have a very successful criminal career if that criminal is not afraid of being caught and a great way for a criminal to be caught is for people to be watching when he or she commits a crime. And what is a great way to draw people’s attention? How about with a 130 decibel shriek from a personal alarm? That will usually do the trick and when an attacker hears that shriek he or she knows darn well that anybody in the nearby vicinity heard it as well and will be looking his way immediately. I think chances are pretty good that the second a senior citizen sets a personal alarm off that the majority of criminals will turn tail and run from the scene.
So if you are a senior citizen or anyone that wants to add a very effective measure of safety please consider buying a personal alarm.
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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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As baby-boomer pet parents reach retirement age it is common to think about putting aside the dog collars, pet clothing and dog harnesses and retire from being pet parents. This is especially common as a beloved pet may die. The usual questions of a grieving pet owner are magnified by older pet owners. The only real questions with younger owners concerns whether or not they miss the joy of pet ownership and whether they still possess the desire to take on the responsibility of another pet. As the pet parent ages, more questions have to be asked. The age and health of the human along with whether or not the needs of particular pets can be managed are the most important questions for aging pet parents.
The primary question concerns whether or not a pet is beneficial for aging people.
Many seniors crave and miss nurturing. Often, a lifetime of nurturing has defined a person, first as a parent, friend, spouse or grandparent. With children and grandchildren growing older, nurturing may no longer required on a personal basis. Senior citizens may find the circle of friends narrowing as interests change, people retire and move, and activities lessen. Having a pet to nurture, and providing that pet with food, comfort, exercise, toys, play and companionship can fill the void in a changing life.
As the years pass, people may find their lives boring and lonely. Having a pet cat or dog can fill this void. Taking care of a pet can provide meaning and provide positive feelings of caring for another being. A pet can provide structure missed by people following the routine of working outside of the home. Caring for a pet provides some structure: time to eat, time to play and go outside, time to be combed, time for naps. At the same time, the pet parent has a role: to take care of the pet. This sense of responsibility provides structure as well as a sense of being needed.
Another plus for seniors to have dogs, is for the protection a dog can give. Seniors are often prey for intruders since the resistance of a senior citizen is perceived as being lower and often it is known that there are less people living in the home. However with a dog, the fear of barking or being bitten inhibit the activities of intruders to that home. Research shows that homes with barking dogs are violated fewer times than homes without dogs. Dogs provide safety to seniors.
Another benefit of a senior owning a dog is that it makes them more active. Owning a dog will compel the senior to live a more active lifestyle then if they are by themselves. The dog will need to go outside to use the bathroom; feeding and grooming must take place. These simple activities will give the owner exercise. Matching the activity needs of the pet to the activity level of the owner is an important factor to consider in deciding what kind of pet or breed is best for both the senior and the pet.
Aging pet parents need to think about the future of their pets as time goes on. A plan for pet care should be arranged so that if a hospitalization is necessary, or a period of recovery in the home should occur, the needs of the pets need to be met in those circumstances. Pet care in the home of another, kennel care or acquiring the assistance of others to provide assistance in the home are all necessary elements of a pet care plan. Pet parents of every age, but especially senior citizens need to investigate alternatives in the dire case of having to give up the pet. This author strongly suggests that “no-kill” pet shelters need to be listed in the plan in the direst situations.
Overall, a senior owning a pet is an excellent idea. Dogs and cats provide excellent companions and safety to senior citizens. Studies show that seniors with pets are happier and live longer then seniors without pets. Preparing the home properly with crates, dog collars, cat harnesses and pet beds coupled with preparing plans for all contingencies will make for happy seniors and their happy pets.
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There aren’t too many seniors-only gyms around at the moment, however finding a local one that caters to your needs isn’t impossible.
At your local gym try asking the following questions to see whether you might join:
Does any of your staff have senior-fitness certifications?
Several of the governing bodies that certify personal trainers offer training in senior fitness, and you want to have access to a trainer who has taken advantage of these educational opportunities.
In many countries the governing bodies which certify personal trainers are beginning to offer specialist training certificates for those trainers which undertake the appropriate courses and examinations. Finding a gym with one of these certified trainers is a plus!
Also these specialist trainers will be able to tailor an exercise program that suits your needs and what the gym’s is currently offering.
Does the gym offer any senior citizen fitness classes?
There can be a variety of classes offered by your local gym which can cater to your needs. Having classes in the late morning and afternoons when it’s quieter maybe what you’re looking for? The gym could even offer Yoga, Pilates of even Marathon training group classes.
Do check to see if the gym offers classes and equipment suited to those with arthritis, cardiovascular diseases or any other ailments you may have. There could even be classes that offer low impact workouts or even chair aerobics modified for seniors that you might be interested in.
Do you offer senior citizen discounts?
Senior Citizens get nice discounts on public transport, at the cinema, even at the grocery store, so why not at the gym? Don’t be too shy about asking for discounts – as in life, if you don’t ask you’ll never know!
Is there a fitness assessment before starting to use the machines?
Sure the gym is a great habit to get into but before starting do ensure you have a complete medical assessment by you own physician. You wouldn’t try to drive a car before knowing what all the pedals and levers were for – it’s the same thing with the equipment in the gym. Check to see if the gym you are thinking of joining has a trainer on hand that is familiar with how to teach you to use the machines and activities that are safe for seniors.
After deciding which of the gyms to join remember the following safety tips when getting started on your brand new routine:
- Start slowly and gently if you’ve not done much exercise in a while.
- Breathe as you’ve been instructed for the specific machine – holding your breath isn’t good.
- Wear good fitting shoes and use all of the recommended safety equipment.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Warm up and cool down to protect your muscles from strain as taught by the trainer.
If you experience any unusual pain or a shortness of breath whilst you exercise, stop and get checked by your physician so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of exercising.
As well as providing advice to seniors I’ve also launched my first website at http://www.loftconversionsscotland.com to help those interested in expanding their living space.
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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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When your senior parent is having a harder time keeping up, but doesn’t want to give up their independence, you can often help by going with them on errands. It might be easier to pick up grocery items for them on your own, while running other errands. When you do that, though, your elderly parents lose a chance to get out of the house, see other people, and enjoy a bit of normality.
Instead, take them with you and pick a store you enjoy window shopping at or one that offers a seating area where you can work while they have fun shopping. If they wear out, they can easily call you using one of the great cell phones for senior citizens and you’re only a minute or two away from helping them.
Walmart, Target, and Sam’s Club are all great options for my senior mother and me. She has fun wandering down the aisles, picking out the items she needs and wants. I do my shopping, often pop it into the car, then settle down at one of the tables to work. I pull out a shorthand notebook that I keep handy to write articles in. I use my iPhone to check my email. And since I have the Kindle app on my iPhone plus always carry my iPod, I’m never without books to read or listen to. Sometimes I can even find a plug to keep all my Sandwich Generation Nanny Granny Blogger tools nicely charged as I busily work away.
The bottom line – thanks to my iPhone and my senior mom’s willingness and ability to use what we consider one of the best (if not THE best) cell phones for senior citizens, I can be just as productive at Walmart and McDonald’s as I can be at home, sometimes more. I get some of my best ideas there – like this article.
For a member of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the myriad of issues of caring for elderly parents while juggling activities for grandparents and grandchildren along with writing and blogging, that’s definitely a blessing and an encouragement, for both my senior mom and myself!
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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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Someday you may come to the realization that you have become a senior citizen. When we are young, we think old age is so far off that we never worry about reaching it. We generally feel good physically and cannot imagine a life which includes aches and pains on a daily basis. Life is enjoyable, and movement is easy.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Some young people have to endure health struggles or are prone to emotional instability. They may have trials and problems of great magnitude. Everyone wants to be healthy and able to enjoy life, but it does not always work out that way. Yet the majority of young people are able to at least cope with the experiences and hardships which come as a part of daily living.
As the baby boomers enter the realms of senior citizens, they have brought a new enlightenment to the older generation. They have been a segment of society which has created trends and moved markets. Now that they are getting older, it does not mean that they are any less interested in good health and wellness. They are a generation which has brought new meaning to the concept of being a senior citizen. They want to stay young and vibrant. Many baby boomers have seen great success in their lives, and they are used to having a good life. They will make sure that their quality of life continues.
Realizing that you are a senior citizen is not a bad thing. It does not have to be a signal of being old. There are many senior citizens who continue to work and contribute meaningfully to society. There are others who have retired but who engage in service related activities. There are those who make the most of life and live it to its fullest by traveling or having new adventures.
Nutritional supplements are plentiful on grocery and drug store shelves. Several network marketing (MLM or multi-level marketing) companies which sell these products are catering to senior citizens. The huge market of liquid nutritional supplements is targeting customers among the older generation. These companies also provide ways for seniors to earn income if they are interested in buying and promoting products. They offer a home based business opportunity which can be done at any age.
Although realizing you have become a senior citizen is a reality of being in your twilight years, it does not mean that life has to suddenly change drastically. There may be opportunities for more enjoyment with family and grandparenting. Many of the same or new activities can have new meaning, and life can be good.
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I am well aware that teenagers often think that people over thirty don’t know anything. They are partially right—many of us don’t know much about things that interest teenagers, and don’t really want to. But that’s not what I meant by the title of this article.
When a group is formed at church or in some other organization, a Senior Citizen is seldom asked to lead it. It is just assumed that they aren’t capable of thinking clearly enough for such an important job.
If a senior citizen applies for a regular 9-5 job, he or she is not likely to get it if there are other equally qualified applicants, or often some not as qualified applicants.
Should a Senior Citizen choose to run for President, a major talking point against him is his age. He is referred to as dottering, senile, not all there, and/or suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. (Although, I don’t see how they could prove that last point since even doctors admit that they have to examine a brain after the patient has died to be sure of that diagnosis.)
Today, I was called “Hon,” at least 3 times by a clerk that waited on me in a local store. Do you think she would have called a woman in her 30’s or 40’s “Hon?” I don’t think so. Do we older people look like little children or something?
Sometimes, when a older person loses a spouse or someone close to them, they experience a temporary period of time during which they may appear to be withdrawn and confused, but this is not limited to seniors. It is often used, however, to take advantage of seniors.
Recently, an elderly relative of mine lost her husband, who left a legally witnessed will, leaving everything to her, but, within a few weeks relatives began to descend on her, claiming that “Dad,” or “Uncle,” or “Grandpa,” had promised him or her a particular item.
His wife, still grieving, and a bit bewildered by it all, rather than risk dishonoring a promise her husband may have made, handed over the items without question. It was months later that she realized she had been the victim of greed.
Even senior citizens are sometimes guilty of assuming another person is senile just because of their age.
I overheard two older single men in a group I belonged to discussing a lovely, but very quiet widow lady in our group. One suggested that the other invite the lady in question to a movie, but the reply was, “No way. I think she’s senile because she doesn’t say much. Besides, she’s too old for my taste.” Neither man was under 70 and both were overweight and almost bald. They assumed that this woman was senile without even knowing her. The truth is that she was younger than either of them and her shyness kept her from talking much until she got to know a person well.
Senior citizens are not all senile, as some people seem to think. True, many are not quite as strong in body as they were a few years ago, but most still have as much if not more wisdom than many younger people today. If you are guilty of leaping to conclusions due to a person’s age, take another look. You may be missing out on one of the very best relationships of your life.
Jeanne Gibson writes from her home in Springfield, Oregon on a variety of subjects such as marriage, divorce, kids, cats, electric bikes, working from home and senior citizen issues. To learn more about keeping your brain alert, check out her blogpost at: http://sowingseedsthatmatter.blogspot.com/2010/07/perk-up-old-brain-cells.html
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Are you in the hate-to-admit-to-aging Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents? Me, too! And, like me, I’ll bet you are also always on the look out for creative ways to multiply your time, easily multi-task, and find helpful tips to be able to get more accomplished with less time.
One thing that has helped my senor mom and myself is when she finally agreed to try out one of the Jitterbug cell phones for senior citizens. These large and simple cell phones for seniors are truly easier for them to use and even include the option to just dial O for the Operator who will then make the phone calls for our senior parents. She is actually quite proud of herself that she hasn’t had to resort to that, but it’s nice to know that option is available.
Cell phones for some seniors who have never done much in the “technology age” is a harder hurdle to overcome than most might think. It took me four years to talk her into one of these. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, dove into the tech world with glee. She taught herself to use a computer and uses a regular cell phone just fine. She may someday switch to the Jitterbug, but for right now she is quite content. My senior mom, though, wouldn’t change her Jitterbug for anything and considers them the best cell phones for senior citizens!
I totally agree with her BECAUSE of the peace of mind it gives this Baby Boomer along with the handiness it provides when I can easily call her where ever she is and where ever I am. We especially love it when we’re out shopping. Since she no longer drives, I can take her to her favorite Walmart. She can go off and do her shopping while I go get mine, saving us both time. Or, if I don’t need to shop, I head for the McDonald’s that’s in the Walmart. I can then sit there and write to my heart’s content. With my notepad and my iPhone, I’m able to be quite productive, knowing that if she needs me for anything, she can just give me a call on her Jitterbug cell phone. Before, we either had to stay together, or spend considerable time looking for each other all over the store.
I would not give up my smart phone for anything. I call it my brain and I’m not joking since it has so much valuable information stored in it. But I am so grateful for the simplicity of the Jitterbug cell phones for senior citizens and how much easier they’ve made my life as well as hers!
And, if you pop over to http://www.SandwichINK.com and read Caring for the Elderly Parents in the Family: Why Cell Phones for Senior Citizens or Medical Alert Devices are a Wise Investment, you’ll discover another vital reason I really appreciate my mom’s agreeing to get a Jitterbug cell phone for seniors!
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As people reach the age of 60, they think that they have already experienced a lot in life. They had been through the ups, downs and zigzags of everyday living. There were enough smiles given away and tears cried out. Old people choose to stay laid back and stop wanting, desiring and wishing for more in life. But it should not always be the case.
There are things in life that are still good to experience regardless of age or status. There are still unanswered wanting that remain within us but would not want to submit to. One of these desires is to feel pampered and be treated like a queen or a king. At old age, grandparents sometimes feel that their children and grandchildren are way too busy with their individual businesses that they tend to devote lesser time for them. To rekindle family ties and spoil the seniors, a family bonding and relaxation trip in a luxury hotel would be a great idea.
Spending a night in a luxurious five-star hotel like the Ritz Hotel, Dorchester Hotel or Marriott Hotel may seem impossible because it requires a lot of cash out to make it happen. But with great discounts, this dream is not that far to fulfill.
Luxury hotels, ranging from five to seven-star hotels, in London offer special discount for senior citizens. The best deals, discounts and promo rates are always available on the official websites of the hotels. This information is also readily accessible in the tourism websites of London.
Discounted rates do not equate with less privileges or services. The best deals are offered to senior citizens without sacrificing quality and efficiency of service. Some of the special treats included in these deals are: 24-hour room service, health club facility and free internet services. Luxury hotels also have their own restaurants, where grandparents can eat a luscious dinner with the family; cafes, where they can just relax while reading their favorite book and drinking tea; and bars, just in case they feel like reminiscing their teen years.
Luxury hotels like Millennium Hotel Mayfair, Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel and the Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel understand the importance of creating a family-like environment for the senior citizens. Staff and employees undergo intensive training in guest relations to enable them to deal with their guests in a manner that will make them feel that they are not far from their own homes.
Since luxury hotels are usually located in the city center, senior citizens can take part in varied activities like the city tour where they can visit and take pictures of prominent British landmarks like the House of Parliament, the Tower of London, the Buckingham Palace, the Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben and the London Eye.
With great discounts and special treatments prepared for senior citizens, who can say that luxurious relaxation trips are impossible? Nothing is never too late for old age: if there’s a will, there’s definitely a way.
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When interested in a senior citizen dating service, it is not a bad idea to take a little time out to perform some minor research into how all the dating sites work. No, that does not mean you need to invest an enormous amount of effort looking into every phase and facet of how online dating works.
Well, you could do this if you were so inclined by it really would not be all that necessary. What you need to know are the basics of how an online dating site operates. This way, when you join up with such a site or service, there is little or no lag time involved. You can get right into the mix and take advantage of the social interactions the site offers.
As with anything else, being prepared plays a large role in getting the most out of any venture. For some, the words “getting prepared” leads people into believing that they need to invest a lot of time micromanaging their preparation prior to becoming involves with a venture.
This is really not the case as, sometimes, a little minor preparation is all that is needed in order to achieve the desired result. It can also lead to getting a little extra bang for the proverbial buck and succeeding with one’s goals with a senior citizen dating service.
In short, reading about how a senior citizen dating service works, the type of communications devices used in such a service, common online dating protocol, and a general concept of the type of people that use the service will all lead to the enhanced and increased potential of positive results deriving from working with an online dating site.
Far too many people will jump immediately into the mix without preparation. While some succeed anyway despite such a cavalier attitude, others learn that they should have taken a step back and read up a little bit on how dating sites work. This would have saved them a lot of hassle.
Some may rush in and join a free site assuming they will save cash on the venture. While they may save some money, they soon discover free is not worth it when the realization that the quality of the service is decidedly lacking when compared to the pay sites. That is just a fact of life learned the hard way that those with an understanding of how dating sites work would have avoided.
So, rather that find yourself bouncing around wondering how to get the most of a senior citizen dating service, it would be a much better plan to look towards reading up on the subject prior to signing up. This would be a much better plan.
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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.
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Senior citizen health insurance becomes a necessity as Medicare alone might be insufficient unless you have a good savings plan or 401K during working years. Retirement is a time when you get away from the daily grind and do things that you love to do. However, when you consider the cost of a senior citizen health insurance plan and added medications versus the fixed income of the retirees, the picture looks quite bleak. Why is senior citizen health insurance so expensive to secure? Is there anything that can be done to help the situation?
Getting an insurance policy is paying against a calculated risk. People get hurt or sick, and the insurance company takes this risk into consideration when calculating the premium. The greater the risks, the higher the premium.
With increasing age, people are more susceptible to illness and injury. Illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes require long term care and medication, hence increasing the overall cost. Age is seen as a high risk factor to the profitability of the insurance company. This results in the premiums for senior citizen health insurance being higher.
However, there are some ways to help you prepare for this. When setting up your 401K savings plan, make sure that you take into consideration both the cost of living after retirement and the cost of health care. Include the projected costs for the premium payments for the senior citizen health insurance.
Sign up for the plan prior to retirement as the plan will be less expensive if you are younger at the beginning of the policy. Check the details to verify that the plan covers everything that you want and is compatible with Medicare. Your chosen plan should be supplemental to government provisions and is not intended to replace them. Always read the policy carefully before signing the acceptance of the policy.
While this may seem like an extreme expense, the additional coverage provided by these policies is worth paying for considering the kind of expenses that might be incurred.
When purchasing the senior citizen health insurance cover, shop around to get the best possible rates and coverage for your needs.
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Are senior citizens safe drivers? A brain fitness program that is being tested may determine just that. A brain exercise program has just been determined to possibly be the next big breakthrough in automotive safety.
Research studies have shown that a brain fitness program may decrease risky driving habits and improves the response time for braking and stopping the vehicle. As the population ages, there will be more and more senior citizens driving than ever before.
It is presently known that as driver’s age, especially as they move into their 70s and beyond, a number of problems with response time, planning and concentration can get in the way of safe driving. It is the goal of a brain fitness program to determine, “Are senior citizens safe drivers?”
The goal of the brain exercise program is to see if there is an increase in response time, better planning executed and more concentration by the senior drivers.
More on a brain fitness program that may determine “Are senior citizens safe drivers?”
Medications that aging individuals are prescribed are a major problem that affect their thinking (cognitive) abilities. As we age, we are more likely to take multiple medications. These multiple medications can lead to impaired driving ability in the senior citizen driver.
How does a brain fitness program improve a senior citizen driver to make them safe? Brain fitness exercises can help senior drivers avoid or delay cognitive decline and assist those aging drivers to maintain an independent life style as long as possible.
A brain fitness program that encouraged an increase response time, visual attention, memory, the ability to measure the processing of speed and the ability to react to unexpected situations was studied. Past brain fitness program research shows that not only do brain fitness exercises improve all of the above, but the studies have shown that the brain training has sustained those improved results beyond a 5 year period.
Start a brain exercise program today. There is increasing amounts of evidence that specific thinking skills that are used for driving can be trained. The results are better driving skills. It is never too late to start a brain fitness program.The benefits may have lasting results that will assure a better quality of life.
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It cannot be denied that some employees prefer to employ younger people. In spite of this, job market researches have shown that senior citizens have a wide range of job opportunities before them.
The following statistics reveal that the number of employers who realize the potentials of senior citizens, and the benefits of employing them, is on the rise.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that from August 1989 to August 2003, the positions of over 380,000 employees aged between 15 and 24 were replaced by senior citizens. To explain the point further, when a large number of Australia’s younger workers left their jobs to become full-time students, their employers preferred to employ older people in their stead.
More than 500,000 employees in Netherlands are aged 55 and above, and the number has been steadily rising since 1995.
Competing with the Younger Generation
In order to compete with the younger generation, a senior job seeker has to take the following factors into consideration.
When you are preparing your resume, emphasise on your accomplishments, without seeming to brag about them. You have one advantage over the younger applicants and, that is, your experience, along with a list of achievements and posts held over a long period of time.
Your work history is just as important as your personality. Employers have a tendency to notice gaps in employment when a person has been unemployed; however, they also emphasize on how long a person has served each of his or her previous employers.
Refresh and enhance your skills by reading voraciously and enrolling in a variety of programs that will improve your expertise. Keep in touch with the latest developments and trends in your particular field of service.
Continuously research the Internet for fresh opportunities. Several agencies place advertisements on the Internet, especially stressing their preference for senior citizens. The availability of a number of search engines and job sites will definitely make your job easier.
Best Jobs for Senior Citizens
Here is a list of opportunities that do not focus on the applicants age.
Specialized jobs: For example, people applying for the position of a doctor are hired on the basis of experience and not age.
Lecturers or speakers: Senior citizens are paid to speak on a topic of their expertise, and here, age does not really matter. What matters, however, is qualification, knowledge, and experience.
Writers: A writer’s age is irrelevant. All that is required for novelists, playwrights, or children’s writers is an excellent hold over language. Moreover, they can work in peace and comfort from their own houses, a real bonus for those who are advanced in years.
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