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How to Avoid Senior Scams

There is a ring at the front door and you answer.  A kind-heated gentleman informs you that he has just fixed your neighbor's roof and he has a lot of materials left over.  He tells you that your  roof is in bad shape and there is a storm brewing.  He says that your house could get damaged and cost you thousands if you don't act now.  In fact, he will give you a special rate if you will pay up front and with cash.  You certainly don't want to have a leaky roof and you can't pass up on such a great deal.

Three Things to Fight Off Like The Plague

Fall is upon us, and soon the leaves will be crumbling beneath our feet.  The warm, summer days  have morphed into cool, breezy nights.  It seems to happen overnight but really, it's taken an emir season to bring upon change.  With the change of the seasons comes yet another chance to work on ourselves and our habits.  These are three big, bad ones.

Self-doubt.  Far and away, it is the number 1 reason we give up, we quit or we don't even try.  We all have these voices that come into our heads and whisper to us all sorts of unkind things beginning with "you" and ending with "can't".

Hurricane Preparedness

It is the peak of hurricane season.  Are you prepared if a major storm hits in your area?  Here are a few things you need consider when a storm approaches.  Know if you live in an evacuation area.  Assess your risks and vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.  Keep a list of contacts readily available-law enforcement, hospitals, utility company, TV station and property insurance agent.  Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected.  Your friends may not be together when disaster strikes.

Practical Coping Solutions for Chronic Conditions

Many people who are caring for a loved one have their own daily struggles with chronic conditions, facing challenges that aren't always apparent to their friends and family.  You make look fine on the outside, which may make it hard for others around you to recognize your limitations and offer the support you need.  Between work, driving Mom and Dad to appointments, and maybe cooking and cleaning for them, you have probably wondered how much longer you can keep up these duties.  When dealing with a sudden illness or accident, there is a likely end in sight for the related health issues.

Finding the Right Caregiver

As your loved one gets older, you may find that they are staring to need more help with things like grocery shopping, meal preparation, bathing, transportation to appointments, medication management, etc.  It is something that family members can assist with in the beginning, but sometimes your loved one's needs may exceed what family and friends can provide.

A caregiver may be the right fit for someone that needs extra help in the home.  It may be the difference between someone being able to "age in place", or stay in their current home, versus having to move into an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Eight Memory Improvement Tips for Seniors

Memory impairment with aging is a fact of life for many of us.  Oftentimes we see it happening in our seniors, even though it happens to us too!  Researchers report that the brain function decline if aging can begin when we are only age 45 and that by age 80 normal people have lost 40% of their memory.  

BOOSTING SENIORS' MEMORY
Help them get enough sleep.- Seven to eight hours of sleep each night is ideal for many.
Encourage them to eat well.- Not only eating a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low fat foods but also including some foods that stimulate brain health such as omega3 from fish and antioxidants from fresh fruit.

Cooler Weather

There may be a few more weeks of summer left, but the cooler weather is coming soon!  Cold weather can pose serious health hazards to older adults.  Falls and other accidents, hypothermia and depression are more common as the temperature drops.  The key to safety is prevention.  Follow these simple tips to ensure a safe season.
Watch Out For Ice
More than 1.6 million older Americans go to the emergency room each year for a fall-related injury.  But falls don't have to happen, even when snow and ice make for slippery conditions.

Social Security

Social Security:  What Family Caregivers of Seniors Should Know

Retirement!  The mere word conjures fond thoughts in many of us who aren't there yet but close enough to dream.  Dream, that is, until thoughts of the money we need jolts us to reality.  When it comes to retirement finances, many of us not yet there treat Social Security as only a secondary piece of our retirement finances and are planning other strategies now to be ready when the time does finally arrive.  Some assume it won't be there at all so all the money for their senior years will have to come from elsewhere.

Exercise

Exercise is important for good health at any age, and seniors are no exception.  You will want to talk to a doctor before you start any exercise regimen, but once you get the all clear, a low-impact exercise routine can benefit your health by strengthening your muscles, reducing stress, preventing injury and even helping to lower your blood pressure.  Many gyms offer excellent low-impact exercise classes for seniors, but staying fit does not require a gym.  Whether you prefer to get your workout from an instructor in a class, on a gym machine or outdoors, you can reap exercise's benefits and have a little fun at the same time.

How To Be Thankful

People with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don't necessarily have more than others: they aren't "luckier".  They simply recognize and see more beauty in their lives.  A 2003 study suggests that people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don't.  If you ever feel as if anything in your life isn't "enough", try practicing the attitude of thankfulness.  You might realize how good you have it after all!