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Home Protection for Seniors

Mar 26th, 2017 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The home garage door offers one of the best options for thieves to break in to senior citizens’ homes. With the assistance of a small block of wood and a coat hanger, as described in this link, a garage door can be opened in about six seconds. And this kind of break in is becoming increasingly common.

Seniors use a variety of methods to increase their safety and reduce possibility of burglary, including alarm systems (monitored or not), security cameras and intricate locking systems on exterior doors



Elder Years Can Be Happy Ones

Sep 19th, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

How Senior Years Can Be Happy



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



HomeCare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At this point in time, the US healthcare industry is worth $84 billion and employs 1.7 million people. Employment as a home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, with a growth rate of 38% expected by 2024 from a decade previously. On the basis of those statistics, the industry appears to be thriving.



Healthcare of the Future

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We humans all require healthcare, and senior citizens need more attention to health issues as we age. Unfortunately, one of the main barriers to receiving the necessary level of healthcare is the practical element of being unable to physically access a healthcare professional. However, thanks to advances in technology, this may soon become a thing of the past.

Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/), a home care company based in Ireland, created this infographic which explores how the world of healthcare might look in the near future. It profiles the concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients can receive a virtual home visit through a hologram of their physician, and also a virtual doctor app where patients can receive information on treatments available to them by simply browsing their smartphone or tablet.



IS THERE ENOUGH TIME?

Oct 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

About now, the clock is ticking a little too fast for those who are caught up in the outcome of the election. Time is both enemy and friend. Enemy to those who feel desperately unsettled about who and whether. Friend to those who are satisfied with their choice, have made it or will, and satisfied that all will be well.

Like all things affecting our common lives, this too, thankfully, will pass away. There has been quite enough slandering invective to last us beyond four years. While not new to the political experience, the lows to which candidates and campaign manipulators have sunk leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths. There is, for that reason, more than enough time left. How much more is the willing public willing



SLEEPING IN: A SENIOR’S PRIVILEGE

Oct 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some of us seniors experienced and learned to enjoy as teenagers the gift of sleeping-in. And at this age, something over 60 or so, we still crave that opportunity on occasion. It is one of those privileges that comes with being able to choose exactly what you want to do and doing it. Sleeping-in trumps “but I have to get up” feelings that came with accepting responsibility, having a job, meeting a deadline, concern over what others might think, and the plague of suspected laziness.

However, so long as it does not become a daily habit, occasional sleeping in is one of those choices that Seniors have earned the right to enjoy and practice. It displays a sense of self awareness, that I am in charge of my life and my day and if I choose to sleep in, that is quite okay.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 10/14/12

Oct 14th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This is Sharon writing for Jerry today. He is bedridden with a horrific sciatica pain shooting down his right leg. This is the result of his choice to continue hauling heavy boxes in from the garage to the room in the house where the items in the boxes will go. I told him to stop carrying heavy boxes, that he would hurt his back and not be able to do anything for days. (Am I nagging?)

He carried some very heavy boxes to the den, where our new computer desks and chairs were put in place. It’s our ‘office’ and a most comfortable one at that. The boxes were full of things that came out of our desks and shelves in the library-den in our previous home. Very heavy stuff. I told him to stop carrying heavy boxes, that he would hurt his back and not be able to do anything for days. (By now, this is definitely in the ‘nagging’ category.)



SENIORS MOVE ALMOST COMPLETED

Oct 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We have reached the picture hanging stage. This means that there are fewer boxes to be unpacked and less things to put away. This is usually a good sign in the stages of moving. There can now be more time spent relaxing the back, which is severely traumatized by all this, and less time with the details of the house. The only difficulty with the picture hanging stage is that there must be final agreement on where the item goes, on which wall, over which table, etc.

There is less conflict by now. There really hasn’t been much and most of it has been appropriately internalized. There is really little need for conflict, nothing to be gained, and a lot to be sacrificed if the situation is reduced to a fighting match. Things are just things, after all. They need to be treated with the respect they deserve, like