Staying on your feet.

Falls are common among older
adults and can cause a lot of problems. 

However, they can be prevented, and
usually without medical intervention. The CDC reported that one in three people over 65 falls each year, making it the leading
cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for the age group. Falling’s effects
can persist for a long time, making it harder to get around and easier to
suffer another injury.       
Exercise should be the first
defense against falls. Some senior living communities offer workout and rehabilitation
programs that can help. Increasing balance with exercises like tai chi can also
have ancillary benefits like making it easier to get around and boosting
mood. Weight training will also increase muscle and bone strength, further reducing
Keeping your eyes open and your legs moving should help you enjoy another safe

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elder care questions, care needs, and much more! Call us today for a free
no-obligation care consultation via phone or in person.

Why You Shouldn’t Drop Your Landline Just Yet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which
regularly tracks telephone usage, says the number of U.S. households relying
on cellular devices for phone service jumped to more than 35% by the first half
of 2012 from about 20% in 2008. But some telecommunications experts warn older
people to put plans to drop their land-lines on hold.
“Having a quick and reliable option to reach emergency
responders and immediate family is essential,” says Raghu Santanam, a paramedic
and professor of information systems at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
A 911 call from a cellular phone or an internet based Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service often requires routing the call to the
correct emergency response center, which can cause delays for first responders
when every second counts.
If you call 911 from a land-line, you get several advantages.
First, the call shows up on a computer screen in the correct 911 center. The
screen shows a map and exactly where the call is coming from, the address and
the name of the residence. Should the caller be unable to speak, get confused
or not know where they are, the 911 screen shows EMS where to go.
While “tech-savvy seniors can save money by switching to
mobile and internet based services,” Santanam says, he recommends keeping a land-line
as a plan B: “It is important to gauge the age-related changes and the convenience
of keeping things simple. Given that all seniors are most familiar with
land-lines, it should be either the first option or the emergency back-up
“Since copper lines are self-powered it makes more sense for
older people in rural communities or areas prone to storms to resist offers
from cable, cellular and satellite companies,” Santanam says. “In case of
bad-weather conditions, land-line phones are much more likely to be available,”
he says. For example, satellite-based internet services in rural areas can have
outages during storms and cellular towers can be vulnerable to losing power in natural
“If they don’t have enough back-up battery for these towers,
your cell services will disappear,” says Barbara Cherry, a professor in the
telecommunications department at Indiana University and a former senior counsel
at the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and
Policy Analysis.
“Land-line carriers are required to provide the phone numbers
of their customers to local reverse 911 systems,” writes Carmelita Miller on
the website of the Greenlining Institute, a think tank in Berkley, California.
Cellphone users and VoIP customers generally must sign up to receive emergency
Harold Feld, senior vice president of Public Knowledge, a
customer watchdog organization in Washington, D.C., says that abandoning a land-line
to save a few dollars per month can prove costly. “Unlike traditional phones,
there’s no mandatory quality of service for any of the newer technologies,” says
Feld. The quality of VoIP and cellphones is “very variable,” he says. Medical
alert services and remote monitoring of medical devices such as pacemakers that
are designed for traditional land-lines may or may not “work on an IP substitute
and will absolutely not work on wireless,” he says.
“In a country where we have an increasing number of elderly
who need to make sure that medical device and medical alert services work, who
need the superior voice quality,” says Feld, “how do we make sure they are
protected? That’s a very big question right now.”

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Medication Tips for the Caregiver

The average senior takes two to seven medications daily. As
we age our bodies change, affecting the way medications and foods are absorbed,
distributed, metabolized, and excreted.
All of these can create a greater risk of drug interactions
and side effects. The more medications the care-receiver takes daily, the
easier it is to lose track of how many to take and when they should be taken.
Caregivers should use a medication organizer for their care-receiver.
Consider these tips:
Make sure all of the care-receiver’s doctors and
specialists are aware of what the other is prescribing.
Make sure you understand how and when the
care-receiver is to take all of the medications.
Select over-the-counter products to treat only
symptoms you have. Follow-up with the pharmacist to make sure there will not be
a reaction with other medications you are taking.
Make sure all medications are clearly labeled.
Keep medications in their original containers.
Never take medication in the dark or in poor
Know what your medications look like. If it does
not look right or same, contact the pharmacist before taking.
Only take the amount prescribed for you.
Never take someone else’s medication.
Follow the directions on the container. Do not
stop taking medications just because you feel better.
Use a medication organizer.
Don’t store medications in sunlight or direct
Never store medications in the bathroom. There
is too much moisture.
Use whatever means you can to help your loved
one take medication properly.
Don’t carry medicines next to your body. That can
raise the temperature and cause some medications to break down.
Always get your prescription filled on time so
you don’t run out. Missing even one day can make a difference in the
effectiveness of many medications.
Use one pharmacy for all of your medicines. This
will help ensure that you don’t take conflicting medications.
If you have any questions about your pills, make
sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor of you have any side effects.
Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist of any
herbal supplements you are taking. Some herbal supplements can interact with
prescribed medications and cause them to be less effective.
Know the names and doses of the medicines you
are taking.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Throw away any medicines that aren’t currently
prescribed to you.
Ask your pharmacist’s advice before crushing or
splitting tablets. Some should only be swallowed    whole.
Did you know that drug misuse is one of the
top problems that doctors see in seniors? Did you know that about 320,000 questionable
prescriptions are written for seniors yearly?
Almost 40% if all drug reactions each year involve
seniors. Be responsible. If you have any medication questions be sure to ask
your pharmacist.
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Financial Safety Tips

Never leave your purse unattended.
Always carry your wallet or any bills in a front
pocket, never in a rear pocket.
Avoid having large amounts of cash or valuables
at home.
Tear up or shred all personal and financial
information; never just throw it into the trash.
Never give your Social Security number or
particulars about your bank account to anyone. If someone calls you asking you
to confirm that the account numbers are yours, don’t do it.
If you get calls asking for donations, tell them
to send requests by mail. Never discuss donations over the phone.
Verify the status of a charity before making a
Arrange to have Social Security checks
direct-deposited to your bank.


Medication Safety

The over 65 population in America purchases and consumes
more medications than any other age group. According to the Food and Drug
Administration, they purchase more than 30% of all prescription medication and
more than 40% of over the counter medicines. Estimates are that as many as 90%
of seniors use either herbal remedies or vitamins.
To avoid an interaction, make a list of all medications,
vitamins, and herbal remedies that your loved one is taking. Also, beside each
medication, write the contact information of the physician who prescribed the
medicine. Some physicians may not realize how many other doctors their patients
are seeing. Take the list to each doctor appointment and be sure that is kept
Avoid Pharmacy Shopping:
With the rising cost of medications, many seniors choose to
shop for the cheapest price without realizing the benefits of staying with one
pharmacy. This is often a source of confusion and drug interactions.
Throw away Outdated
Some people prefer to keep medications longer to save money
on prescription costs. Don’t. Some medicines degrade over time with exposure to
light and heat. If you rely on medications you have at home instead of advice
from your physician, you could be headed for trouble. Be sure to call your
physician before using medication that you have at home.
Antibiotics: these are meant to be taken in their entirety
when they are prescribed. Saving some for the next infection may cause serious
health problems; bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics and need even stronger
medication the next time.  Plus, for the
second infection, a different class of antibiotics may be used in order to
prevent resistance build up.
Watch for Side
Seniors especially can be sensitive to new medications. Ask
your doctor about possible side effects of the medication and how it may react
with other medicines that you are currently taking.
Borrowing or Lending
Taking medication intended for someone else is a dangerous practice
that needs to be eliminated. Prescription medication should never be taken by
anyone else than for whom it is prescribed. Other individuals have special
medical histories and may also be taking other medicines that can cause serious
drug interactions.
Skipping Doses:
Take each medication as prescribed and do not skip doses to
make the medication stretch further. Skipping doses can cause problems later
when your condition isn’t managed properly.


Home Safety Tips

Put large numbers on your house that you can
read easily from the street.
If you want to hide a spare key to the house,
make sure to really hide it. Never put it in predictable places like under the
Leave a key with a neighbor you trust, in case
you are locked out.
Set a timer on a radio to make it sound like
there is someone home when you run an errand.
Have deadbolts installed on your doors.
Lock all doors-Especially the front door when
you are working in the attic, basement, or yard.
Never open the door to a stranger. If it is a
repairman or salesman, call the company they say they work for and verify.
If it someone needing to use the phone, get the
phone number and call it for them.
Never tell people you are alone.
If you must let a stranger in, don’t let them
think you are alone. Turn on a radio or television in another room to give the
impression that someone else is around.
Limit the number of rooms a visitor can see. Don’t
show strangers what you have in the house.
Make it a habit to be security conscious.


Fire and Kitchen Safety Tips

Use a microwave rather than a stove.
Make sure smoke detectors are installed in all
rooms, and check batteries regularly.
Avoid wearing loose clothing when cooking.
Fabric can catch fire very quickly.
Point pot handles away from the front edge of
the stove. This ensures that you won’t bump into them or catch your sleeve on
Never leave cooking food unattended.
Wipe off any spilled grease from the stove.
Avoid using appliances with frayed cords. Get
them repaired or replaced.
Ensure there is adequate lighting in all areas
where you are working.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy.


Car Safety Tips

Make sure all doors are locked and windows
rolled up while driving. You don’t want someone jumping into your car when you
stop in traffic.
Never leave anything valuable in plain view.
Never leave car keys inside the vehicle.
Always lock the doors when you leave the
vehicle, even for only a short time.
Park as close as possible to where you are
Avoid hiding a spare key in the car.
When returning to your car, look around as you
approach your vehicle.
Have your key ready in your hand before
approaching the car; don’t fumble looking for the key.
Peek into the back seat before getting in.
Once you’re inside the car, lock all doors

7 Tips for Managing the Household

As time goes
by, your gaining parent may have lost some steam regarding taking care of his
or her home, self-care, daily chores, and the organization of outside help.
This is where you can be a great help to your parent. Depending on your parent’s
condition and ability to take care of him or herself, be sure to offer your
help carefully. Give suggestions and recommendations rather than demands and
Here are seven tips to help you stay on top of his or her home
Set up the living space. As people age their living needs
change, First and foremost, make sure the home is safe and secure. Eliminate
hazards such as clutter and loose area rugs; replace lower wattage light bulbs
with brighter ones to address your parent’s likely vision deterioration;
install handicap-accessible devices where necessary, in bathrooms, bedrooms,
and the kitchen; consider alarms and/or medical alert devices.
Discuss and plan daily hygiene. Be sure your parent is addressing
daily hygiene such as brushing teeth, washing hands, bathing and even laundry
needs. When we age and our health deteriorates we are often more susceptible to
colds, flu, and other illnesses, which can lead to more serious conditions. Maintaining
good hygiene practices will help reduce these risks.
Plan meals, food shopping and cooking.
You know your parent.
If one of his/her favorite activities is preparing and cooking meal, then don’t
discourage this activity. If he/she does not like to cook, then make sure
he/she has healthy snacks and quick meal options available. If your parent is
no longer able to drive to the grocery store, you may be able to find a local
grocery delivery service, or inquire at your parent’s favorite grocery store to
find out if the store offers delivery.
Coordinate outside home workers. Go over with your parent the list of
regular outside home worker, such as house cleaners, landscapers, pet walkers,
newspaper delivery, and seasonal workers, such as snow shovelers and gutter
cleaners. Make sure you have names, phone numbers, and schedules for these services.
It is also a good idea to have a list of ancillary service people, such as
electrician, plumber, painter, and handyman.
Discuss daily activities, events, and
To avoid
having your parent become depressed and unhealthy, be sure to have a regular
schedule of activities, events, and exercise in place. If your parent has
recently retired and has not regularly participated in hobbies or fitness
activities, find out what might be of interest and schedule some appointments
with the local senior center, YMCA, or health club. Always be sure to check
with your parent’s physician before recommending any new physical activities.
Evaluate the need for home health
Depending on
your parent’s current condition and expectation for rate of deterioration, home
health care may be needed, so you will want to be prepared to institute this if
necessary. Do not wait until the last minute to investigate options for in-home
care, assisted living and the possibility of nursing home admission.
Allow for your parent’s independence. Especially if you live far away from
your parent, resist the temptation to over-care if your parent remains able to
care for him or herself. Parents feel healthier and younger the longer they are
able to continue to take care of the home, pets, and daily activities.


4 Senior Driving Tips

driving tip #4: Benefits of not driving

Adjusting to life without a car may be challenging at
first; most likely you have been driving your whole life and it feels like
quite a shock. It is normal to be frustrated, angry, or irritable. You might
even feel ashamed or worry that you are losing your independence.  However, it takes a lot of courage to stop
driving and put the safety of yourself and others first. You may also find
there are many benefits to living without a car that you may not have
considered. For example you may:
  •         Save
    money on the cost of car ownership.
    This includes car insurance,
    maintenance, registration, and gas. These savings can pay for alternative transportation
    if necessary.
  •         Improve
    your health.
    Giving up the car keys often means walking or
    cycling more, which can have a beneficial effect on your health.
  •          Expand
    your social circle.
    While many seniors have difficulty accepting
    ride offers from others, this can be a good time to reach out and connect to
    new people.
  •          Appreciate
    the change of pace.
    For many, stopping driving means slowing
    down. While that may not sound appealing to everyone, many seniors find that
    they actually enjoy life far more when they live at a slower pace.

your transportation alternatives
The more alternatives you have to driving, the easier the
adjustment will be. You want to make sure that you can get out not only for
essentials like doctor’s appointments, but social visits and enrichment.
Feeling housebound can lead to depression.
This may also be a time to evaluate your living arrangements. If
you are isolated and there are little transportation options in your area, you
may want to consider moving to an area with more options, or investigate senior
living options.
  •        Public transit. If you live in an area that is well
    connected with public transit, it can be a very handy way to get around. Check
    your local public transit options and ask about reduced prices for older
  •        Ride sharing. Family members, friends, and neighbors may be a resource for
    ride sharing. Offer to share the costs or to return the favor in a different
    way, such as cooking a meal or helping with yard work.
  •        Community shuttles/senior transit. Your local community may have shuttle
    service available, especially for medical appointments. Some medical
    facilities, such as those for veterans, also have transportation options for
    medical appointments. Your local place of worship may also offer transit
  •        Taxis or private drivers. Taxis may be a good option for quick trips
    without a lot of prior scheduling. You can also look into hiring a chauffeur or
    private driver. You can go through a formalized driving service, or sometimes a
    family member, friend, or neighbor can help. You do want to make sure whoever
    is driving has a good driving record and is responsible.
  •        Walking/cycling. If health permits, walking or cycling when
    you can is a great way to not only get around but also get some exercise.
    Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including
    Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood
    pressure, and obesity.
  •        Motorized wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs can be a good way to
    get around if you live in an area with easily accessible stores and well-paved