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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.

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?

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.

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.