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Robotic Pets For Older Adults

A new generation of interactive companions may help combat isolation. The wellness benefits of having a pet are well-documented, but older adults are often forced to give up pets they can no longer care for or that are unwelcome at extended-care facilities.  LifeFone explores the concept of robotic pets for older adults. Continue reading

Four Post-Retirement Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Aging has its rewards.  Your children have moved out and have families of their own. You can spend time with your grandchildren, and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee.  If you are still working, you are looking forward to retirement, with plans to travel or maybe downsize to a smaller home.

At LifeFone, we want you to be independent, and be able to do all the things you love in retirement.  Here’s four post-retirement mistakes and how to avoid them. Post-Retirement Mistakes

  1. Succumbing to the post-retirement spending spike - This may come as a surprise, but the spend more; not less in the first few years of retirement can sneak up on you. The feeling of ‘whee! I’m free’ can take over, and you spend more than you should on everything from new golf clubs to home upgrades. The simplest way to avoid that is to make a budget based on long-term planning and stick to it. Anticipate home repairs, travel, and new golf clubs and build it into your budget.
  2. Keeping extra vehicles – Perhaps there’s a reason to hold onto the ‘second’ car. If you, or your spouse, is still working, then by all means, hold onto it. If not, you should consider selling it. There may be a specific reason you’re keeping it, but maybe you can switch things like a luggage/bike rack to one car. By selling the car you’ll save in gas, insurance and maintenance. If that second vehicle is an RV or other type of luxury item, consider leasing it out.
  3. Moving at the wrong time - Retirement is here, and you’ve decided to downsize. The thought of not having to mow the yard or shoveling snow is appealing, so you purchase in a spot that those amenities are provided. Maybe you choose a location where the real estate costs are lower. All are great reasons to consider a move.  However, there can have hidden costs.  Simple things like, higher property taxes; shopping and doctors are further; HOA fees; these hidden expenses can add up to you spending more. Before moving, look at all the items that could cost you money in the long run.
  4. Underestimating medical expenses – “It won’t happen to me”. Perhaps not, but, it could. When you and your spouse are healthy, you don’t consider medical expenses that could come up. Unfortunately, odds are, one of you will encounter medical expenses that were unforeseen. Even with Medicare, the hidden costs of co-pays and deductibles can add up. Do the math and make sure you estimate for retirement savings to include money to supplement your Medicare, and consider purchasing supplemental health insurance to fill in the gaps.

At LifeFone, we know retirement can be fun and exciting. By being aware of these four post-retirement mistakes, you’ll have more time and money to do the things you planned on doing.

Preventing Fires

Knowledge and awareness are key to preventing fires.  Your parents and loved ones continue to live on their own longer, are more self-sufficient, and can largely be in charge of their own lifestyles.  Of course, that doesn’t stop you from being concerned about their safety, and making sure their home is as protected as it can be from fires.  At LifeFone, safety is our priority. Continue reading

Three Solutions To Ensure Safety At Home For Your Loved Ones

With the aging population living a more independent lifestyle, often as their loved one, you become concerned about their safety. Mom and dad feel comfortable in their home, and don’t want any outside interference, even from their family. However, as their child, you would like them to take precautions to ensure their safety at home. Continue reading

Six Steps For Moving Your Parents

Whether you are moving your parents to a retirement home, downsizing to a smaller place or moving them into your home, take extra care and consider the following tips LifeFone has to offer when supporting them through what can often be a difficult transition. Continue reading

Determining If A Medical Alert System Is The Right Choice

Let’s first explain what a medical alert system is. It’s simply a device that is your personal emergency response system 24/7. A medical alert system allows you to stay safe and maintain your independence. LifeFone offers both at home system and on the go medical alert systems to keep you safe no matter where you go. Continue reading

How A Lock Box is Helpful For Seniors

We are all familiar with a lockbox when looking for or selling a home.  Real estate agents hang them on homes that are for sale so buyers can come into a home while keeping the house secure.  Unlike the flower pot or door mat, lockboxes keep your keys safe with a combination lock. Continue reading

National Telephone Day

Medical Alert with Fall Detection

Today, April 25th, is National Telephone Day. Yes, there is a day set aside to honor and celebrate the phone - can you believe it?

There are many reasons to love (and hate) the beloved telephone.  Here are a few things we love about phones. Continue reading

Six Spring Cleaning Tips For Seniors

At Lifefone, our goal is to make sure that your loved one stays safe every day.  Like most, they too, want to get spring cleaning done. We’ve compiled a short list of six spring cleaning tips for seniors. Continue reading

Medical Alerts with Fall Detection

Most of us have grandparents, parents or an elderly neighbor and we know that a fall is dangerous for older adults. The CDC reports that falls for those 65 years of age and older are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. Statistics from Yale University School of Medicine show that one out of three older adults fall each year and the incidence of falls is increasing. Continue reading

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