When Is International Day of Older Persons? October 1, 2014

life-over-60-infographicOctober 1st is a UN backed holiday for the ‘International Day of Older Persons’,  I thought it was a good idea to share some content specifically celebrating the life of the older person.

Please see this info-graphic that covers the topic of life after 60. A person’s life can take on new meaning at this stage in life because people have more free time.

A big thanks to Helen over at http://www.homecareplus.ie/dementia-care for the great and positive aging information.

Beware Of The Grandparent Scam

Senior Lady - Sad NewsMany criminals and crooks prey on our senior citizens. Unfortunately, they see them as easy targets due to their kindness, memory issues and slower brain functions.

One of the latest scams is the Grandparent Scam and incredibly simple and devious because it uses one of older adults’ most reliable assets, their hearts. This has actually happened to the grandmother and mother-in-law of a friend of mine. The grandmother fell for it and went immediately to the bank and started to send the money at Walmart where they told her it was a scam. Thank goodness they didn’t let her wire the $2,600 to these criminals.

How The Grandparents Scam Works:

Scammers will place a call to an older person and when the mark picks up, they will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having done a lick of background research.

Once “in,” the fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problem (post bail, buy a plane ticket, overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.), to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which doesn’t always require identification to collect.

At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.” So they don’t tell anyone what they are doing and the con artist can get away it.

While the sums from such a scam are likely to be in the hundreds if not thousands, the very fact that no research on the senior is needed makes this a scam that can be perpetrated over and over at very little cost to the scammer but at a very high cost to our senior citizen community, who love their grandchildren and would do anything to help them.

This is just one of the many scams where our seniors are preyed upon. Click here to read about them and then be sure discuss this with your senior, so they don’t become a victim of these shady tricks.

4 Easy Ways To Protect Your Senior When Severe Weather Strikes

Weather Corkboard Word ConceptIt is Summer! A time of fun and sun. However, this is also the season for severe weather and storms can strike at any time. Storms can be extremely unnerving to seniors and the elderly. If you provide senior or elder home care, being prepared can make an unexpected storm or weather complication much easier to handle. Increasing safety for yourself and your elder at home during severe thunderstorms, even severe winds, tornadoes, and hurricanes can make outings and time at home more comfortable for you both. To avoid serious repercussions and injuries from unexpected weather conditions, follow some simple safety tips as outlined below.

What Is The Difference Between WATCH & WARNING?

Weather forecasts and early warning systems have saved thousands of lives and merit our attention. Technology today is very sophisticated and forecasters can now predict many of the severe weather patterns that can cause serious injuries.

  • A Severe Weather Watch means that conditions are ideal for a certain weather condition or event to arise.
  • A Severe Weather Warning means that something like a tornado or severe thunderstorm (depending on the warning) has actually occurred been identified.

Many smart phones now are equipped to send out alerts for severe weather. Be sure to set those up in your notifications under settings on your phone. Also, please follow local recommendations regarding hurricane warnings as we are entering hurricane season.  Be sure to have a several-day supply of those vital supplies (food, water and medication) for yourself and your seniors and remember your pets too.

Tips To Protect Yourself & Your Senior:

  1. Identify your safe place to take cover. Having cover is essential during tornado or thunderstorm, or even hurricane (again-follow local recommendations that may include evacuation) Go to the basement or a room in the center of your home without windows. If there is a tornado that has touched down and there is not time to get to proper shelter, under a doorframe, or in a cast iron bathtub. Current bathtubs are not heavy enough to offer much protection from these events, but are better than nothing.
  2. Discuss a meeting point in case you are separated during the chaos of a severe storm. This can be a tree in the side yard or a corner on your street. This way, you aren’t wasting time looking for each other.
  3. Emergency Kits should contain a flashlight with fresh batteries, candles/matches/water, battery operated radio, and/or a hand crank radio to listen for any updates or warnings in the event of power loss. You should check on these supplies every time you change your smoke alarm batteries – at the change of seasons.
  4. A First Aid Kit is a great asset and having what you need handy can prevent serious health emergencies. You may be able to help others and not just the individual for whom you’re providing senior home care. Click here for a recommended list of contents.

If you are responsible for providing care or home care for an elderly person, you’ll want to ensure you and your elderly patient are safe at all times. Thankfully, severe weather does not occur too often, but it is recommended to have plans in place for when severe weather strikes.

 

Defying The Odds – Aging After 50 Years Old

This is a very inspirational info graphic on aging. It provides some very interesting facts on a selection of inspirational athletes over the age of 50 who are going the extra mile when it comes to fitness. Thanks to http://www.carehomestoday.co.uk/ for sharing with us!

Aging Infographic

What is Older Americans Month?

Older Americans Month Safe today healthy tomorrow logoOlder Americans Month was established in 1963 when interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing.

Which President declared May as Older Americans Month?

President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month“ and has become a tradition thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s designation in 1980. In years past, this month acknowledges the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Each president since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during the month of May requesting the entire country pay tribute to older persons in their community. Check out your local community for ceremonies, events, fairs, and other activities.

How do older Americans contribute to our country?

This month President Obama stated, “With decades of experience and unyielding enthusiasm, seniors continue to lift up our neighborhoods, offer perspective on pressing challenges, and serve as role models to our next generation — proving Americans never stop making a difference or giving back.” Read more from his speech here.

What is The 2014 Older American Month Theme?

Every year they focus on one aspect of being an older American. This years’ theme is Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow. It’s kind of like President Obama and ElderCompass have been sharing a cup of coffee! The four pillars we strive for include:

  • Senior Safety
  • A well-constructed Medical Team,
  • A satisfying Lifestyle/living environment and
  • The Legal/Financial framework to age safely and see many healthy tomorrows!

Thanks President Obama, though we have so much more work to do to advocate for seniors and their health and wellness! No one need age alone. Be sure you seek out all the available support through neighborhood community centers and even a nurse case manager/director to sort through and assist with your specific aging issues and challenges.