Planning for the Inevitable

Most of us plan for major events in our lives: college educations, weddings, the births of children, retirement and our final estate. Yet, a study by the National Funeral Directors Association says although nearly two-thirds of consumers believe communicating their funeral wishes to family members is important, less than a fourth have done so.

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Signs and Symptoms of Undue Influence of Elders

Elder takes action inconsistent with his or her life history. Documents and actions run counter to the person's previous long-time values and beliefs. For instance, one competent man bought a horse farm within a year after his wife died. Neighbors, who later were tried and convicted of using undue influence, told the man it was a good investment.

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Aging in place – the top 5 benefits of seniors staying in their homes

Life can be tough, and growing old is no exception. As we age, lots of seniors prefer to stay right where they are — in their homes. Certainly the aging process is complex, and there’s no one size fits all option when it comes to what’s best. Still if you ask us, as long as a senior is competent to care for themselves or living with a competent spouse they should have full control over their living situation. And for many, that means staying in their home. Because of advances in medicine, technology, and professional caregivers, this may be a safer option than ever before. Here are our top 5 benefits of again in place.

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Men’s Health: How Urologists Can Help

Gentlemen, it’s probably not going to get better on its own. Speak up about your most personal health concerns.

A physician who specializes in the male reproductive system and urinary tract called a urologist can help provide solutions. If you have urologic health concerns, talk with your doctor about first steps and referrals.

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How to Fight Frailty for More Life in Your Years

Who Does Frailty Affect?

About 5 percent to 10 percent of people over age 65 are frail, according to a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA).2 Most are over 80 years old and most are women, partly because women live longer than men. Smoking, depression, long-term medical problems and being underweight seem to increase the likelihood of becoming frail.

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Post-holiday concerns about an aging loved one? Senior Care Reality Checklist can help.

Holidays bring families together to celebrate the season and enjoy sharing time together.  They also offer opportunities for us to spend lengthier periods of time with aging parents and loved ones — sometimes long enough to observe changes in habits or lifestyle that give rise to concerns about their health or well-being, especially when they live on their own. The changes can seem slight or innocuous:  a forgotten face, a mismatched outfit, a wrong turn on the way to the grocery store.  Or, they can be more alarming: 

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Home Safety Modifications for Seniors

Senior Walkin Tub

Home modification is a fairly new concept that has come along with the incarnation of seniors choosing to stay living in their homes in place of moving to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Due to limitations that naturally occur as we age changes need to be made in order for needs to be met and safety kept at a premium. Home modifications can range from replacing the knobs on cabinets to bathroom remodels that include barrier free entry tubs. Seniors need home modifications in order to age in place. They promote keeping independence in senior citizens' lives while keeping them safe. It is important to recognize that eighty-five percent of elderly people wish to stay in their homes and are doing so. Out of those eighty-five percent only a small percentage are equipped with accommodations that will allow them maximum safety.

Homes without age in place modifications become harder to maintain and live in for seniors. It is proven that a home that is perfectly safe and allows for independent living at sixty-five does not necessarily accommodate the needs of a seventy year old. It has been proven that simple modifications done to the home can eliminate up to fifty percent of the accidents that occur to seniors aging in place.

The most common accident to occur within the home to seniors is a fall. There are many home modifications that can be done to prevent accidental falls. Many age in place specialists will come into the home and do a free home analysis of problem areas. With this information homeowners can budget to make arrangements to accommodate their needs as they begin the aging process. If their goal is to age in their homes and wish to live as independently as possible starting out early in making simple changes will ease both the financial and emotional burdens that can occur.

Below is an example of an inspection of the kitchen and bathroom space within a home. With this general look it is easy to see how home modifications are necessary to safely age in place.

  • It is important to make cabinet knobs easy to pull open. As people age they often begin to lose the strength and ability to work door knobs that have to be turned or that are hard to pull open.
  • Stove controls must all be marked with bold lettering and easy to use. It is important that there are lights that are on the stove that signal when it is on and the stove top is hot. This is important to prevent the stove from being left on or a hand placed on the stove while it is still on.
  • Faucets should be levered instead of turn knobs. This will ease turning them on and off.
  • Grab bars should be put in place in spaces such as tub and toilet areas. It is also important to evaluate the area around the toilet and the toilet itself. Seniors begin to have a harder time lowering and raising themselves. This issue can be resolved with grab bars and high rise toilet aids.
  • Ovens are also another area of concern. They are often heavy and hard to open. This is something to look into. A convection oven can be purchased to help with this issue.
  • A place to sit while working in the kitchen becomes necessary. The aging process has a strange effect on joints and the ability to stand for long periods of time. Cutting celery and dicing carrots is made simpler with a seated work area. The risk of falling or slipping while using a knife decreases significantly.
  • The tub and shower is a large area of concern. A barrier free shower entrance is an incredibly nice feature to have installed. Bathroom remodels are a common renovation for homeowners. A bit of forwarding thinking can save a lot of money later on.
  • Water temperatures should be regulated to prevent burning. This is something that is simple and does not require any renovations.
  • Items that are used on a regular basis such as shampoo and dish soap should be within reaching distance. Over reaching can lead to falls. It is important that everyday use items are well within reach.

Home modifications can improve the lives of those aging in place. Safety is of course the main concern; however, a skilled age in place contractor can blend safety and aesthetics while putting in place home modifications.

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Maturing men also worry about their looks


So you want to stay youthful and maintain your best look, but the thought of turning into Joan Rivers gives you the creeps.   And what if you’re a middle aged man? You’ve had an entire life of people telling you that you shouldn’t worry about aging because it’s all inevitable, right? So, you’re starting to look like your grandfather, but you’d rather not.  OK, so you’re willing to take a little advice, but let’s not go all New Age. You’re a real guy who wants some real guy solutions to feeling better and looking better. So just sit back and relax. Let me do all the medical research. 1. Get some sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation adds years to your face. Here's why: The extraocular eye muscles are exercised during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and could atrophy when not used. Use it or lose it. This may contribute to the circles beneath your eyes after a poor night's rest. If you can't sleep, then don't go low-carb at dinner. Men who consume carbohydrates before bed have significantly longer REM sleep cycles than when they ate a low-carb meal.

2. New skin: Shaving in the morning actually stimulates the creation of new skin cells. As you age, your cell-renewal process slows. By age 50, the cycle to make new skin takes twice as long as it did when you were a kid. Your skin also gradually loses collagen, the spongy protein beneath the epidermis. That produces wrinkles and sagging, particularly around your eyes, where the skin is thinnest. Try Retin-A (tretinoin) or retino or L’Oreal Paris Men's Expert Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer. Just don’t let your wife see it.

3. Lose just a little: Don't want to lose your mental agility later? Lose some calories now. Eating less can reduce markers of inflammation and insulin resistance, which are suspected risk factors for mental decline.

Copyright © Christine Hammerlund – 2010.Christine Hammerlund is a registered nurse and the owner of Assured Healthcare, a healthcare staffing service headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois.