Let’s Talk About Driving: Plan ahead to help keep seniors independent, safe on the road

A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough.

A new survey by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network of franchise offices that provide in-home care services to seniors, found that 95 percent of the surveyed seniors have not talked to their loved ones about driving, though nearly one-third (31 percent) said that a recommendation from family or friends that they transition from driving would make them reconsider driving.

“As adults, we don’t hesitate to talk to our teenage children about driving, but when we need to address concerns with our own parents, we drop the ball,” said Elin Schold Davis, occupational therapist and project coordinator for the Older Drive Initiative of the American Occupational Therapy Association. “We know that discussing driving with aging loved ones reduces their discomfort around limiting or stopping their driving. Often, families just need to know how to start the dialogue.”


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

3 surprising uses for old tech

Faster! Bigger! Thinner! Revolutionary! Lighter! Breakthrough! Beautiful!

Tech companies use words like these at their product announcements and in their marketing materials for good reason. Suddenly, you just have to upgrade, because not doing so leaves you stuck in the past.

You could try to sell your old gadgets, but you might not get as much as you expected. Or you could be worried about the security of your sensitive information. Even wiping your gadgets might not keep them as safe as you'd hope.

If you’re keeping your old gadgets, you might as well put them to good use. Here are three things you can do to put your old tech back to work.


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

Aging in Places: About liveability and age-friendliness

“Aging in place well means that the community — including formal resources such as government, service providers, churches and synagogues, along with informal groups, and networks — is aware of and advocates for the characteristics that make up a livable community for all citizens — including its elders. …Newton … is a place where there is opportunity for civic engagement, appropriate housing, good transportation, a way to meet new people and retain old friendships, a sense of safety and security, connection to the natural world, employment, intergenerational venues, and access to arts and culture.”


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

Q&A: How do you pay for long-term care?

We hear from families and caregivers every day as they try to manage the care for loved ones while attempting to navigate health and long-term care options to meet their needs. Many of their concerns are based on the high costs of caring for relatives or friends who can no longer care for themselves. Few families can afford the ongoing expense of in-home care, assisted living, or, especially, nursing homes, which now approach $100,000 per year in some parts of the country.

Long-term care in the U.S. is confusing, there is no doubt about it, and trying to sort through the elements and options can be stressful. But there are some resources to help. Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions that we receive, along with recommended sources for further information.


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

Aging-in-place options most popular with baby boomers

Tim Savoy, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dupont/Logan Circle, writes an occasional column about the Washington-area housing market.

We are getting older. Without a doubt, the population of Americans 65 and older will continue to rise.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Americans in that group will rise from 35 million people in 2000 to more than 73 million in 2030. Does this population need to consider a type of home specifically targeted to them?


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

Think before you click - beware of phishing

Scams are something we all need to be aware of, both online and offline. And while scams may take many forms, they are all alike in their aim – to steal or cheat you out of money or information. A few common sense steps will make you very difficult to scam!

A common type of scam is known as phishing. Phishing is a fake or deceiving electronic message, such as an email or a text, that tries to elicit a response from you, such as revealing your personal or financial information to a scammer.

There are some common features in phishing emails that can make them easier to recognise. Some are more sophisticated than others, but in most cases the language is poor; they’re full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes; the logos or the branding that is supposed to represent the company they are sent from is wrong; and they often contain a too-good-to-be-true offer to entice you into opening them, for example: ‘click here to claim your refund’. In some cases, they also have a sense of urgency like ‘traffic infringement’ or ‘bill to pay’.


Posted by editor on Sat, 21 May 2016 13:05 | Permalink

Will We Soon See Workplaces With On-Site Elder Care?

Your boss asks you to work late to finish a project. In years past, this wasn’t a problem — you stayed to help out. But now your 84-year-old father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, has moved in with you. He needs help preparing dinner and managing his medications. He’s not safe on his own. What do you do?

It’s a hypothetical question recently posed by Kathy Kelly of the Family Caregiver Alliance to illustrate the challenges facing caregivers. Now a CEO of a major corporation has proposed an innovative real-life solution.


Posted by editor on Fri, 13 May 2016 11:05 | Permalink

‘Everyone talks about sex – a lot’: Holland’s take on aged care

Students live alongside seniors at the Humanitas retirement home in The Netherlands, and when Aaron Lewis arrived to film for Dateline, he found one quite unexpected topic brings the generations together.


Posted by editor on Fri, 13 May 2016 11:05 | Permalink

The Sandwich Generation: Kitchen safety

Is your aging loved one in harm’s way in the kitchen? Today’s Sandwich Generation segment focused on kitchen safety and seniors.

Access Solutions Director Alissa Boroff appeared on KARE 11 at 11 Tuesday to share free advice on how to keep aging family members independant and injury free. Home modifications are one solution to help seniors live independently. These changes can be as simple as adding handrails, grab bars, and lever handles, as well as widening doorways. The key is to make the changes early.

 Alternatives for full scale meal preparation include food sharing, food delivery programs and home care assistance.

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Temple collaboration with SEPTA helps seniors become savvy travellers

Occupational therapy students are assisting older adults to navigate the city’s public transit options.

The reasons are varied: Fear. Inexperience. Lack of information.

The consequences are profound: Less independence. Not as much time with family and friends. Perhaps fewer trips to the grocery store or visits to the doctor.

In a unique collaboration, Temple University, SEPTA and the Marconi Older Adult Program in South Philadelphia have piloted a travel-training program for senior citizens to help eliminate barriers to using public transportation and empower them with the information and skills to confidently do so.


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