Labor Day has been celebrated the first Monday in September for over a century. For many, it marks the end of summer with parades and picnics but it was originally designed as a day to celebrate the hard work and contributions of the American worker.
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Fall Prevention Did you know that the month of September is dedicated to fall prevention? There’s actually one day set aside as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and it happens to be on the first day of fall – September 22nd, 2018. Everyone is aware of the health risks associated with heart disease, stroke, and cancer. But often overlooked is another type of serious health risk especially affecting older adults—the risk of injury due to falling. Falls are the leading cause of injury related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. The theme this year is Take a Stand to Prevent Falls. Since LifeFone believes everyone should be safe in their home, we are dedicating the entire month of September to the topic of fall prevention. We will have a series of articles on various topics surrounding preventing falls, maintaining a safer home, and how to get back
All of the home modifications that were done for mom or dad were made so they could stay in their house longer. However, the reality is, one day it will go on the market. It was made accessible to allow them to stay in their home longer, but the time’s come to sell.
According to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they grow older. Aging in place means more independence, comfort, and potential cost-savings. The national cost average in 2015 to age in place, was roughly $3,600 each month, and continues to rise.
Anxiety – you never know when it will creep up, wrap you in its arms, and refuse to let go. Physiologically, younger people have the ability to process and heal from a stressful situation, and can more appropriately work through reducing anxiety. On the other hand, older people have a higher risk of experiencing troublesome anxiety and it becomes disruptive to their everyday lives.
The 2030’s are expected to be an important decade for the U.S. population. In 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65 meaning that 1 in every 5 residents will be at retirement age. “The aging of baby boomers means that within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,” said Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau. “By 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million (previously 76.4 million) under the age of 18.” At LifeFone, we believe it’s important for you to recognize the impact that an aging nation may have on you, and your loved ones.
The longer you live the more money you will have to spend, or conversely, the more money you should start saving now to prepare for living into your 100s. Modern medicine and the fact that many diseases and illnesses are able to be caught and even corrected early means that many of us are living longer, and in many cases, healthier lives.
Your dad won’t stop driving, even though his hearing is failing. Your mom insists that you can take care of her, so why would she need in-home care? Grandma doesn’t want to move to a senior living facility, because it’s full of ‘old people’.