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When Should Your Aging Loved One Stop Driving?

If your aging loved one is getting to the point that they are starting to need assistance in their everyday life, it can create a sense of hardship and stress for everyone.  Specifically, driving a motor vehicle is one of those things that may need to be addressed sooner than later as your aging senior gets to a certain age or a point where there is a medical concern. The decision to address driving as a concern can many times be a heart wrenching one, especially knowing that it may result in taking away their freedom and ability to feel independent.

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Make Independent Living Safer

Most seniors would prefer to live our their lives, as they age, in the comfort of their own home. Although this may seem like a no brainer to many, the fear of a loved one falling or having a medical emergency when no one is around can be a frightening feeling! Independence is a great thing but as our loved ones age, their ability to continue the lifestyle they have enjoyed throughout their life changes. Many times, the things they are used to doing in everyday life because too difficult or dangerous to do on their own. These could be tasks as simple as cleaning the house, making dinner and even showering or bathing.

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Travel Safety Tips For Women

No longer is business travel the realm of men. Women are traveling just as much as men to conduct business both in the United States and abroad.

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Saving Seniors Money

The prices we pay for the essentials like gas, groceries, medical costs and more continue to increase year after year.  Many seniors are finding that money can be tight as they age so it is important to remind our loved ones of ways to stretch the almighty dollar.

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The Need For Future Caregivers

As the baby boomers age, the number of people needing a caregiver or home health aide in the near future will sky rocket. Based on a study done by the AARP, the ratio between caregivers and those needing care is currently around 7 to 1. That ratio will steadily dwindle over the next 20 to 30 years until it gets to a staggering 3 to 1 ratio in the year 2050 when most baby boomers will be around 80 years old. That is a scary statistic for those who will need the help in near to mid-future!

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Common Concerns When Hiring An In-Home Aid

As your loved ones age, their ability to live independently dwindles to the point where they may need daily help. This causes stress and creates the need for a caregiver to make decisions on what to do next. Choosing a home health aid may be the first step to creating peace of mind and safety for your aging loved one. That in itself is a great step but can cause stress in picking the right person for the job. Even with the security of a home health aid, a medical alert device adds extra protection for those times when no one is around.

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Stop Sitting So Much: Movement Is Good

Leading a sedentary lifestyle has long been known to cause health issues. As we age, the less we move, the harder it is for us to keep our balance and that can make us prone to trip and fall accidents. A fall in those aged 65 and older is one of the major reasons that individuals end up in emergency rooms, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

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LifeFone Seniors And Technology

As we age we are slower to adapt to new technologies. Conversely, as we age if we do accept new technologies we are better able to stay in touch with friends and family and age in place. There are myriad technologies that allow seniors to age in place and they go beyond adding grab bars in the bathroom.

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Medical Alert System: It’s not just for Grandma Anymore!

When you hear the words, medical alert system, you might instantly think about your parents, grandparents, elderly aunt or uncle.  Typically these systems have been promoted as a service that helps an elderly person in the event they have a medical emergency.  While this is indeed a very logical and appropriate assumption, you may be surprised about some of the other situations in which these systems are useful!

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More Youth Are Involved In Caregiving Roles

While the perception of youth is that they spend their time texting, playing video games and taking part in after school activities, the reality is that many youth – close to 1.5 million – spend their free time in the role of caregiver. These youth care for aging or ill family members instead of participating in activities their peers are involved in. Close to 65 percent of these youth caregivers were girls, the others were boys and the average age of these caregivers was 12.

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