Returning Northerners Begin Their Migration to Florida
Returning Northerners to Florida are first seen by their car transports arriving. Every October begins the migration of the "snowbirds" who claim South Florida residency. To locals, this means longer waits for doctor appointments and seating at favorite restaurants, let alone very crowded streets. The traffic becomes troublesome and is filled with folks who don't know, or forget that here; you can make a right turn at most red lights.
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Adult Children Often View Aging Parents as Being Younger
Adult children are often the first responders to the needs of elder parents. No matter how we mature, emotionally we often still react as we did about things many years earlier. Often the elderly parents want to maintain the veneer of total independence even when sons and daughters are helping out in some way. This can be as benign as stopping by or calling and checking in, picking up groceries, managing bill payments ...
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Male Caregivers are a Growing Demographic
Male caregivers are more in demand than ever before. With the increase in the number of aging Americans needing and seeking assistance at home, AARP reports an increase in the number of male caregivers. This includes familial (sons) caregivers and hired male aides. According to their research: in 2009, 34% of caregivers who were surveyed were male. Today that number is 40%. With about 40 million Americans caring for a family member (usually a parent), that ...
Dementia Driving and Safety
Dementia driving at some point becomes a safety issue. Some characteristics of normal aging include changes in vision, hearing and slower reaction time. Add a Dementia into the mix, most commonly Alzheimer's Disease or Lewy Body Dementia and the person may have to seriously give up driving or be forced to hand in their license. Older drivers have been behind the wheel for fifty plus years and it is a huge part of their being independent. Driving is ...
Hurricane Season 2017 - Above Normal Activity
This Hurricane Season, NOAA is predictions a higher number of named storms than usual. The 2017 Hurricane season begins June 1st and goes through November 30th. NOAA predicts 11 -17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes. Florida is on alert during these months due to its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond geography, South Florida is home to many vulnerable seniors. Natives are more in tuned with the idea ...
Becoming Depressed is not an Inevitable part of Aging
Being depressed isn't normal in aging or at any age. If it was, all seniors would be suffering from it and we know that is not the case. That is not to say that many people; including older adults do not deal with it at some time in their post retirement years. Illness and health issues do occur more frequently in older people and debilitating diseases or medical conditions which alter one's life ...
Each stage of life has its own problem solving challenges from childhood through adulthood and into old age. Some obstacles include health or medical issues, change in status, stubbornness of habits and loss of friends and spouses. Whatever situation you are facing, a positive resolution or outcome is hoped for. However, what has worked before may or may not be applicable to your present situation so a variety of skills are needed and a few things may need to be tried. Remember, every day is a ...
Alzheimer's is a Disease of the Brain
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease which causes a decline over many years in memory, thinking (cognitive) and reasoning or judgement. Dementia is an umbrella term for loss of cognition skills. What used to be called senility is now termed "dementia" and Alzhiemer's disease is the most prevalent of the brain affecting diseases. Over five million Americans are battling Alzheimer's disease. It affects the person, their family and threatens the U.S. economy due its ...