What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

What if you don’t want to live in a senior community?

If you asked a room full of 40 adults between the ages of 30 and 60, “Hands up if you want to be forced to move out of your home and go live with strangers,” it would be amazing if anyone raised their hand. Almost no one wants this, yet this is exactly the solution adult children might suggest to a parent who needs a bit of help. It’s never put that way, of course—it’s more likely to be part of a conversation about how good the assisted living facility is, how much safer it would be to live here, and how much “help” is needed. It’s a difficult conversation and an even more difficult situation, especially since recent statistics state that 90% of seniors wish to age in their home. Unfortunately, staying independent at home isn’t always possible. Moving to an assisted living facility can be a good choice for those who wish it, but what about those who don’t?...
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Are you prepared for hurricane season? Here are a few ways you can start

Are you prepared for hurricane season? Here are a few ways you can start

In the northern Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. The most dangerous month of the season is September when historically the average of mature hurricanes peaks. If you have lived in Florida long enough, then you know the power that lies within a hurricane. According to NASA, “hurricanes are the most violent storms on earth.” Their winds can range from 74 mph to 157 mph or more. Winds that strong are catastrophic and we never know exactly when such a storm can develop, so we must always be prepared. How to prepare for Hurricane Season: Plan an evacuation route (ahead of time) Search for local shelters and your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find evacuation routes. Sign up for local alerts Having alerts about the closeness of the hurricane to your area can benefit for evacuation purposes and preparing for the next steps. Stock up on non-perishables Since hurricanes cause power...
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Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

It is impossible to put a price on the personal care, attention and emotional support given by millions of family caregivers. These people willingly offer their help, contributing time, energy and often their own self-interest to caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one. These services are a huge emotional and social value to the person receiving them, but also to society. In 2013, the American Association of Retired People sponsored a study of the economic impact of family caregivers. AARP calculated that in that year, family caregivers had provided 37 billion hours of care worth an estimated $470 billion to their parents, spouses and other loved ones. That figure of $470 billion has certainly grown in the past five years, probably faster than the American economy in general. Using a compound growth rate of 5% per year, it would total about $600 billion in 2018. These figures do not include the very substantial amount of money that family caregivers often...
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How to prevent a senior from wandering

How to prevent a senior from wandering

“Wandering” is a major concern for caregivers involved in senior home care and for the professional staff in senior assisted living facilities. Wandering is an event associated with conditions that produce impairment of memory or mental capacity. This can include people who suffer from autism or Down’s syndrome, as well as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The seniors in senior home care, senior assisted living and memory care living are one of our special concerns at OurSeniors.net. One particular story that we deeply regret hearing is one where a resident of a memory care living facility in the Daytona area wandered away from the facility and died before he could be located. Most wandering episodes do not result in a fatality, but the possibility is a concern to the family and to professionals providing in-home senior care. Among loved ones providing in-home senior care, the fear of wandering can become a major problem, so it is wise to take some...
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Want to move to Florida? Here are 10 reasons why you should

Want to move to Florida? Here are 10 reasons why you should

Florida has recently passed New York to become the 3rd largest population state in the United States. The state’s influx of retirees has had a great deal to do with this growth. By 2020, the Census Bureau estimates that 20% of Florida’s population will be 65 or older! This is not surprising. The internet and print media are full of articles describing the advantages of moving a retiree (and their assets) to Florida. It is a retiree-friendly state in every way. Some of the reasons for retirees to relocate to Florida may be frivolous, or at least not essential, but many are very solid economic decisions. Retiring to Florida can be a wise part of a senior lifestyle transition. Here are 10 of the best reasons for retirees to make the move to Florida. There is no state income tax in Florida. Only nine states do not collect income taxes from their residents, Florida being one. If you are receiving retirement income...
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