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Getting a General Power of Attorney

Geting a power of attorney can be important, especially as relatives and loved ones fall ill or become unable to make decisions for themselves.  So how do you go about getting a power of attorney?

A general power of attorney authorizes you to legally take on the affairs of someone else indefinitely, but it can be easily confused with other types of POA's.

1- What Type of Power of Attorney Do You Need?
* A durable power of attorney is commonly used to allow the holder to make healthcare or financial decisions when a person lacks capacity to make their own decisions.

Hypothermia and the Elderly

Shivering is one of those amazing things our bodies do to keep us operating at top speed.  It's as if we had an internal thermostat.  Too hot, we sweat in order to cool off.  Too cold, we shiver to stay warm.  But did you know that as we age the thermostat doesn't always work the way if should?  Not good, especially in the kind of weather we have been experiencing lately, and one of the reasons why elderly people are at risk of developing hypothermia.  Hypothermia is when the core body temperature is below 95 degrees F.

Valentine's Day

Every February 14th, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.  Here are some interesting facts about this fun day.
*Red roses are considered the flower of love, because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
*189 million stems of roses are sold in the US on Valentine's Day.
*California produces 60% of the American roses sold.
* Approximately 145 Million Valentines are sent in the US each year.

What Is a DNR?

A do not resuscitate order, or DNR, is a medical order written by a doctor.  It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if breathing stops or the heart stops beating.  A DNR order allows you to choose before an emergency occurs whether you want CPR.  It is a decision only about CPR.  It does not affect other treatments, such as pain medicine, medicines or nutrition.  The doctor writes the order only after talking with the patient, the proxy, or family.

Importance of Hydration

Proper hydration is one of the most essential aspects of maintaining good functionality of the joints and organs in the body.  Many of the body's essential nutrients are delivered through water.  Some of our joints, such as our knees have no blood supply and rely solely on nutrients from water to maintain proper function.  In the elderly, hydration is especially important because at their age their joints are already rather worn down.

The joints are supplied with nutrients through a substance called synovial fluid.

Depression in Older Adults

The changes that often come later in life-retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems-can lead to depression.  Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to.  But its effects go way beyond the mood factor.  It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health.  However, depression is not an editable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, not matter the challenges you face.  Have you lost interest in the activities you used to enjoy?

Happy New Year

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia.  Today, most New Year's festivities begin on December 31, the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1.  Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year's foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks.  Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year.

Winter Is Coming Soon

Winter is fast approaching.  Are you ready and sufficiently prepared for it?  Though winter storms are difficult to predict far in advance, it is possible to know when they are most likely to occur, to give yourself and family adequate time to prepare for severe weather.  When a winter storm hits, you want to have the following ready.

The ability to get weather forecasts and storm updates as they are released.
Emergency supplies to keep you and your family warm and safe during the storm.

Managing A Loved One's Care

Managing a loved one's care doesn't just take a village.  Sometimes it requires advanced research skills and a master's degree in organizational development too.  If you have managed care of any kind for an aging parent, you know what I am talking about.  It is heartwarming when friends and family offer support.  There are many resources available to you online as well.  Consider these  ideas to help you find the senior care you need online.
 
1-Get local in-home help.

The Meaning of Halloween

Halloween to most of us means candy, costumes, and trick -or-treating.  For New Yorkers it means one of the biggest parades of the year-hundreds of thousands of people congregate in Greenwich Village in elaborate costumes.  Hallows or Hallomas started out as a festival to honor the Crone-the wise grandmother.  Over the years it has been transformed into wicked old witches flying on broomsticks with black cats.  Even the cauldron has changed the meaning as it represented the womb of the goddess-a symbol of rebirth.