Editor’s note: While the following editorial focuses mainly on the food and food service here at the assisted living facility at which I am a resident, it should be noted that many of the problems prevalent at our venue are representative of other facilities where older Americans live.
4 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
5 gifts that entertain and engage
3 wonderful experiences
3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
3 clothing and footwear gifts
8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
9 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
7 technology gifts that keep seniors entertained and connected ….
Facebook is trying to make it easier to get in touch with people over Messenger, so it's rolling out a number of new ways to start chatting. As with all Facebook accounts, all Messenger accounts will now have dedicated links that people can visit to start a chat — they'll all be located at m.me/[username]. Facebook is also rolling out what it calls Messenger Codes, which are Messenger's equivalent to Snapchat's snapcodes. They look pretty neat: Messenger Codes are just a series of dots and dashes circling around your profile photo. When someone scans one with their camera, it'll presumably add that person as a contact.
One creative type used a Lego figure as a handy cable tidy
Woman discovered a halved potato is ideal way to remove broken light bulb
Someone attached tablet to slats above bottom bunk with a hanger
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“In cities, small row houses went up in great numbers in the first half of the century. Virtually all of them had parlours. The average urban row house was narrow, usually only 15-20 feet across, and extending back for 30-40 feet. With mounting pressure for effective land utilization, row houses became more narrow and deeper over time. For example, two 25 foot lots were divided into three.
Lot sizes began to grow after the turn of the century. Early 20th century bungalows were one-storey or storey and a half dwellings of between 600 and 800 square feet.”
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(Janet) Hulstrand says they’ve talked to quite a few professionals who say that it is not uncommon for people to postpone moving out of their homes simply because the prospect of dealing with all their accumulated stuff is just too daunting. “It keeps people from moving even when they know that is the best thing for them to do,” she reports.
Then she confirmed my hunch that the piano was more than a piano: “Some items have special sentimental meaning; perhaps they represent unfinished business or an unfulfilled dream of some kind. That can make letting go of certain objects really hard to do.”
Sounding more like a great therapist than downsizing expert, she says if that’s the case, “It might be time to realize that your life went a different way than what you envisioned originally or that you actually never are going to have the time to do x, y, or z. And that’s OK.”
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The English language is the only language in the world that capitalises the word ‘I’. Importance of self is very prominent in the English language.
The longest word in the English language is “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” and the second longest is “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia”.
“I am/go” is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language.
The word “Uncopyrightable” is the longest english word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.
Only 3 words in the english language end in ‘ceed’: proceed, succeed and exceed.
The dot on the top of the letter ‘i’ is called a “tittle”.
There are more english words beginning with the letter ‘S’ than with any other letter.
The word ‘Bookkeeper’ and ‘Bookkeeping’ are the only 2 words in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters.
‘Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick’ is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
Approximately, one new word is added to the English language every two hours.
Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters ‘Und’.
There Are No “Bs” Until “Billion”. It’s hard to believe, but if you wrote out every single number in order, you wouldn’t use the letter “B” until you reached the word “billion”. There isn’t a single “B” in the first 999,999,999 numbers in English.
English is the language of the air. This means that all pilots have to identify themselves and speak in English while flying, regardless of their origin.
The English language has been developing for more than 1,400 years.
Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it.
Do you tell yourself any of these?
Command + 1 (2, 3) — this hack, you can cycle through open tabs on your browser. Just hit the corresponding number to the tab you want to open.
Command + F3 — removes all app windows from view displaying your desktop. To bring your apps back, simply press the keys again.
Command + H — quickly hide all open windows from the currently active app.
Command + Down Arrow — jump to the bottom of any webpage.
Command + Up Arrow — jump to the top of any webpage.
Alt + Tab — switch between open tabs.
Win — opens the Start Menu, however, in Windows 8.1 it opens the previous window.
Win + ⇧ Shift + M — restores windows that were minimized.
Win + A — opens the Action Center in Windows 10.
Win + B — selects the first icon in the Notification Area. You can then go through the icons with the arrow keys.
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-Residents hurling epithets at the dining room and kitchen staff. -Pushing and shoving when entering the dining room and other common areas. -Hoarding of dining utensils in one’s room including knives, spoons, and dinnerware. -Indiscriminate tossing of cigarette butts and empty packs on sidewalks and lawn. -Use of expletives as much as possible in a conversation
Remove a Stamp From An EnvelopeDisinfect Your SpongeRecrisp Potato ChipsSteam Clean Your MicrowaveDry HerbsRevive Stale Bread
On a personal note, in the 5 years that I have been a resident here, I have never felt unsafe or neglected in any way.
- A slew of newly installed closed-circuit TV cameras covers every inch of the facility***.
- All exit doors are alarm
- The building is fire-proof with doors that automatically close and the facility is sprinklered throughout.
- All the doors are steel.
- Regular fire drills.
- Smoke alarms in every room as well as two-way emergency call signals in the bedroom and bathroom.
- Nightly room checks for every room.
- Regular room inspections for hazardous materials or substances.
- Every room is visited at least once a day by a member of the staff.
- Emergency lighting
- Emergency generator
- Independent, 5000 gallon, water supply
- Ongoing in-service training of staff
- Vetting of all personnel prior to hiring
1.Cost of Service
3.Terms of Discharge
4. Mandatory Arbitration
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
throughout your home
- Place a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case of emergency.
- Set your hot water heaters to no more than 120 degrees to prevent burns.
- Make sure there is good lighting inside and outside of your home to prevent falls.
- Have an emergency plan in place for a family member or caregiver to help you escape, if needed. …..
The food service, quality, preparation and variety here at the ALF has had too many flaws and inconstancy’s over the past couple of weeks for me to reap any praise upon it. And, while there have been a couple of triumphs they are trumped by a slew of dismal failures which can only be explained by the staff having little of no knowledge of how to cook, plate, or serve food to a group of seniors.
There are other misses such as cold pancakes, waffles and French toast. Overdone sausage patty. Only one slice of meat and one slice of cheese on sandwiches. Rye bread often not available. Open sandwiches with skimpy gravy and only one slice of meat. OVER ABUNDANCE OF CHICKEN BASED DINNERS SERVED AS MAIN COURSE.
At her monthly meeting with residents held on this past Tuesday, our new chef vowed to address all of our concerns and commented that by this time next month we will see a noticeable change in the food service.
This blog is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend, Carrie Hecht
who worked tirelessly to gain better service, respect and dignity for her fellow residents.
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"We found that in people who scored low on the frailty index, sitting time was not linked to risk of death," states Dr. Olga Theou, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Prolonged sitting was associated with a higher risk of death only in vulnerable or frail people who did not meet the weekly recommendation for 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity."
1. Hypertension isn't inevitable — but blood pressure climbs as you age …
1. “I intentionally avoid taking a full shower on days when I have other commitments. Even with a chair, a shower requires considerable recovery time, so I do my best not to overlap shower days with errands, doctor appointments or other energy-draining activities.”
2. “Grab bar/handle with suction cups. Doesn’t need to be permanently installed, don’t need tools. Helpful when balance and pain are an issue.”3.“I make sure to take a shower when I have plenty of time to myself. That way I can take my time and not have to feel rushed.” …..
1. Excessive Cologne Use (Including All Instances of Axe Body Spray)
2. Unsculpted Beards
3. Oversculpted Beards
4. Soul Patches….
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“What we saw is that the monthly rate discount for independent living continues to be less than for assisted living,” NIC Chief Economist Beth Mace told Senior Housing News, referencing The NIC MAP Seniors Housing Actual Rates Report.
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Social Security isn’t a substitute for building a solid retirement base, and if you’ve still got time before you retire, consider looking for ways to shore up your savings as you reasonably can to your employer’s retirement plan, especially if it comes with a matching contribution. If you don’t have a 401(k) or similar plan at work, an individual retirement account (IRA) is another way to grow your savings. The more you set aside now, the less pressure you’ll feel to make your Social Security benefits stretch.Downsize Your Home
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Seniors that reside in Utah may relish in the fact that the state is considered the “best” state in which to age, according to Caring.com’s “2017 Best and Worst States to Grow Old” report.
The third-party senior care referral agent ranked states according to various factors, including senior living community reviews, nursing home costs and elderly well-being assessments. Caring.com differentiates its list from others by saying that it is based on factors that make a state “a healthy, affordable environment for the elderly.”
Utah not only outranked other states in the overall lineup—it excelled overall in quality of life, health care and cost. Elderly residents in the state have access to “high-quality care” that is far cheaper compared to the price that their peers pay in other states, according to Caring.com.The top 10 best states in which to age are…1. Utah 2. Iowa 3. South Carolina 4. Washington 5. Nebraska 6.Arizona 7. California 8. Idaho 9. Colorado 10. Oregon
On the flip side ....
‘‘I know, I’ll make a guy-part that, when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was invented, will just get bigger and bigger as the man gets older until he spends the majority of his waking hours peeing. Anytime, anywhere. Oh, and here’s the best part. The only way to treat that afflicted gland is to have someone stick a finger up his ass.”
“The seniors I’ve worked with don’t want to be on the sidelines. They really have this last lap mentality. They want to make a difference. And the country needs some group that’s going to push for social change to happen at a quicker rate, where people will come together, people will say I can cooperate. And seniors are that group.”
1. Not traveling when you had the chance.Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself.2. Not learning another language.You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.3. Staying in a bad relationship.No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.4. Forgoing sunscreen.Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself. You can use Coconut oil!.5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.“Nah, dude, I’ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.”6. Being scared to do things.Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of, comfort zone?7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll dream of what you could have done.8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.Few things are as sad as an old person saying, “Well, it just wasn’t done back then.”9. Not quitting a terrible job.Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.10. Not trying harder in school.
This week marks my 5th anniversary living here at the A.L.F.In that time I have seen many people, residents and staff alike, come and go.Some have moved on to other facilities while others have, sadly, passed into history.I have seen the likes of 3 administrators, 5 Food Service Supervisors, 4 Recreation Directors, 4 Case Management Supervisors and more food servers, housekeeping staff, and maintenance people than you can shake a stick at.I have seen this place go from a manageable venue with only 85 guests to a behemoth bursting at the seams with over 185 souls. Many of which should not be here because of various physical and cognitive incapacities that this facility, at times, finds difficult to manage.Still, with all of its pitfalls and shortcomings, I have found a home here.I get three meals a day (some of it actually good).A clean room with heat and a working air conditioner.Free WiFi and cheap cable.Medical care and social services on premises.An abundant amount of safety and security.And, best of all, I have met some marvelous people who I can proudly call my friends.
The average stay for a resident in an assisted living facility is 18 months. So for me to be here this long, they must be doing somethings right.Where I will be 5 years (or even 5 months) from now is anybody’s guess. After all, I’m 72 years old.
But if it’s here that I am destined to play out the rest of my journey here on earth, I’m okay with that.
“Specifically, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that an area in the brain known as the anterior insula was muted when older people looked at photographs of suspicious-looking individuals. This part of the brain activates gut-level feelings that help individuals interpret the reliability of other people and assess potential risks and rewards associated with social interactions.”
‘’Depression, low self-confidence, difficulty concentrating, reduced energy, and issues sleeping, as well as irritability."
“Anger, Hypersensitivity, Impatience, Feeling anti-social, Sarcasm, Feelings of depression, Anxiety, Tension, Hostility, Being argumentative, Being unloving, Frustration, Being withdrawn, Being demanding, Defensiveness, Sadness, and Dissatisfaction.”
“Decreased testosterone levels may make men more susceptible to mood swings, though the hormone decreases steadily and over a long period of time.”
"Interestingly, some attribute male moodiness to "sympathy PMS," which is when guys experience similar feelings to the women in their lives who are dealing with the psychological and emotional feelings associated with PMS.”
“It's that time of the month.
Men do go through hormonal cycles. That much is established. Their testosterone levels tend to peak first thing in the morning, perhaps in concert with circadian rhythms and then diminish over the course of the day—though exercise can cause fleeting spikes. What science has yet to show is whether hormones dip and rise over weeks or months, as women’s do.Some researchers believe that male hormones vary with the seasons. A 2003 study found that the testosterone levels of men in one Norwegian town bottomed out in summer and reached a high in late fall. A study of Danish men found similar seasonal variations (on a slightly different schedule). If these rhythms are real, they might have to do with sun exposure, summer workouts, or winter weight-gain. But studies done in sunny San Diego and snowy Boston failed to replicate the Scandinavian findings. In a 2012 review, urologists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston concluded that some “evidence exists to support the notion” of seasonal cycles but cautioned that more research was needed.”
Wife- “Are you going to fix the shutters today Frank?’’
Frank- “No. I’ having my period. I’m just going to curl up in bed or maybe bite the head off of a chicken.”
“Men who are experiencing this syndrome are often in denial and try to find fault everywhere except where it really is– themselves. With men, it is hard to recognize as well as admit that there is anything wrong with them or that there is something that needs to be treated. Usually, males believe hormonal problems to only be a woman thing. The truth of this matter is that the individual male is not crazy, something is wrong and there is something that can be done to fix it. Hormone testing for males is the very first step in determining levels of hormones. Bio-identical therapy with hormones together with special tailored nutrition and exercise program has been the best way to treat this syndrome for males. Feeling good again is just within the individuals grasp.”
1. Social Security has not added one penny to the deficit.
2.Social Security can pay every penny of benefit to every eligible American for 17 years.S
3.Social Security is going/is not going bankrupt.
Dear Reader, There's a misconception about survivor benefits that when both spouses are collecting Social Security and one dies, the surviving spouse gets both benefits. Unfortunately, that's just not so. While on the surface that might make sense, Uncle Sam isn't that generous.
The rules can be somewhat complex depending on your age and marital status but in your case it's pretty straightforward. Since you and your husband are each currently collecting benefits, if one of you passes away, the survivor has two choices — either keep getting their own benefit or switch to a survivor benefit. It all depends on whose benefit is higher.
Let's say your Social Security benefit is higher than your husband's and he passes away before you do. As the surviving spouse, you may be eligible for a $255 lump sum death benefit for which you'd need to apply — but nothing more. Because your Social Security monthly payment was higher than your husband's, you would simply continue to receive your own benefit.
You can’t get an appointment with the specialist you need.
Your doctor isn’t taking your complaints about side effects or symptoms seriously.
You feel pressured into a treatment you don’t want.
You can’t get a clear explanation of when you’ll be discharged from the hospital.
“As life expectancy increases, the years that people stay healthy, productive, and lead active lifestyles has increased as well. The divisions between middle age and older age will definitely be redefined.”
"Rural transit providers are still operating with the same budget that they were 18 years ago," Penn said in a written statement. "If you consider inflation over the past 18 years, you can get a very clear picture on how big of a problem this is not only for BTD as a provider, but also for the elderly who are in severe need of transportation services."
“At least a half dozen times a year, families come to me and say: ‘What do we do with all this stuff?’' The answer: lots of luck.
1. Start mobilizing while your parents are around.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to find takers, if you can.
3. Do an online search to see whether there’s a market for your parents’ art, furniture, china or crystal.
4. Get the jewelry appraised.
5. Look for a nearby consignment shop that might take some items.
6. See if someone locally could use what you inherited.
7. Download the free Rightsizing and Relocation Guide from the National Association of Senior Move Managers.
8. But perhaps the best advice is: Prepare for disappointment.
“(Technology) trains our brains to be in some ways less creative as we jump from idea to idea, just the way we jump from website to website,” Small said. “To really solve complex problems, you need quiet time to be thoughtful. You need to delve into things and not be distracted.”
1. Open the Google Play app.
2. Download Google Keep. (Remember? The yellow one with the light bulb and a folded corner)
3. Press install.
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