Do you have a loved one with dementia who is prone to wander? A new shoe is about to make its mark in the U.S., one with a GPS tracking device built into the heel. The shoes cost around $300 and are able to track the whereabouts of the person wearing them. Family members can set up an area in which the person cannot walk beyond without setting off an alarm. Read the full story by visiting http://abcn.ws/s6GnS1.
Archive for October, 2011
With the economy as it is, and finances tight for most families (especially seniors who are on a fixed income), who wouldn’t be eager to cut costs? Saving a little here and there can add up to big savings. An article by AARP gives 99 ways to save money such as:
- When’s the best time to buy a TV
- How to get movie discounts
- Which foods give you the most nutrition for the money
- How to creatively save money on wrapping paper
Read the AARP article at http://aarp.us/bPc6hZ.
If you live in Massachusetts, you may soon be able to purchase a license plate designed specifically for the baby boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1964. The plates would have a design that represents that generation (a contest will determine the winner). The proceeds would benefit senior care services for the state. Read the Huffington Post article here: http://huff.to/r4Qf4r.
What a beautiful love story! An Iowa couple died last week, hand in hand. They had been in a car accident and were both injured and hospitalized. According to an ABC report, they did many things together throughout their lives, from working at a Chevrolet dealership to a creamery. Married since the day the wife graduated high school in 1939, their lives had been filled with shared happiness. Please read the full story (http://abcn.ws/mZVC6E)…and grab a tissue!
You’ve heard about taking the keys away from older drivers, but how about “brain training” for them instead?
Before you take away the keys from your aging parents, why not try “brain training” first? In his weekly message (http://bit.ly/v8QC04), Visiting Angels’ co-founder Jeffrey Johnson writes about this alternative. This new training–a computer software program–developed by Posit Science, has been proven to decrease accidents by half in senior drivers. Test your own Crash Risk level online at http://bit.ly/ufk76P.
Senior Care topic of the day: Sodium Intake. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure or need to cut back on your sodium intake for other health reasons, you may be surprised by 10 sources of hidden salt. The recommended amount of sodium per day for those with heart failure is between 1,500 to 2,000 mg. Who knew raisin bran could have up to 350 mg of sodium? Or a bagel having 500-700 mg? Even products labeled “reduced salt” can be deceivingly high in sodium.
To learn the top 10 sources of hidden salt, read Caring.com’s article by visiting http://bit.ly/sYuJkD. For information about nutrition for seniors, check on our NJ elder care resource page for a variety of interesting links.
Senior Care of Trenton and the Mercer County Office on Aging is offering a free program, Skills2Care (http://bit.ly/sYeBcH), designed to help families and caregivers deal with the daily challenges of caring for people with dementia. Refreshments and supervised activities for your loved ones will be provided during the program. Come hear guest speaker, Eileen E. Doremus, Executive Director of the Mercer County Office on Aging. Come with your questions…don’t miss this informative and helpful program!
- When: October 20, 2011
- Time: 6:30 pm
- Where: Senior Care of Trenton, 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 7, Trenton, NJ
- RSVP by Oct. 17: Call 609-883-0200 or email Trenton@SeniorCareCtrs.com
One of the best ways to fight arthritis is to exercise. By exercising, there may be less joint pain and more movement for those with arthritis. Low-stress activities for seniors such as yoga, stretching and swimming can help.
To read more about how arthritis and diabetes benefit by exercise, read an article from Caring.com (http://bit.ly/oXO05x).
October is Long-Term Care Planning month. Women, are you prepared? According to a MetLife study, senior women between the ages of 50 and 70 have not financially planned well enough for their retirement. In fact over 60% of the women reported they don’t have sufficient savings to make it through their expected lifetime. What can you do to make sure you’re ready for your retirement…and all the costs that go with it, including senior home care (such as Visiting Angels NJ).
Read the full story from AdvisorOne.com. Go to our October Community Resource page for more information and helps on taking control of your long-term care planning.