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Let’s Get Moving! How Seniors Can Relocate into Their Dream Home at Any Age

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Retirement is supposed to be the most joyful, relaxing time of your life. Of course, you still have to deal with everyday stressors, financial challenges, and – for many seniors – possibly even the need to move. Moving can be stressful for anyone at any age. Many seniors, however, have extra reasons to be careful during a move. You’ll want to avoid financial scams, make sure your new home is a good fit, and take steps to avoid injuries or damages during your big move.

Whether you’re moving into a retirement home or simply downsizing into something more manageable, here’s a quick guide to relocation during your Golden Years. Here are four tips for seniors who are planning a big move:

1. Many seniors who are looking to purchase a new home end up facing some financing challenges. For this reason, Aging in Place recommends having a financial plan, which can enable you to purchase the home of your dreams while continuing to live a secure retirement.

2. See if a loved one, such as a family member, would be willing to come over and help you sort through your belongings to organize and declutter. It can be difficult determining which items you will keep and which one you will discard. You’ll want to honor your feelings while also being practical; remember, your new home may be smaller than your current home, and there may be items you no longer need or use.
Some beloved treasures might do better in storage, rather than your new home.

3. You’ll also want to do a final walk-through of your former home before locking up. The last thing you’ll want to do is leave anything behind! For this step, it can be helpful to have a relative, friend, or other trusted loved one assist you. This is an emotional process, especially as you might be leaving a home where you’ve spent decades, if not the majority of your life.

4. One last tip: take the time to consider where you will find assistance during a big move. You can start by reaching out to your family, friends and loved ones – perhaps even the same people who assisted you with the above steps.

Of course, not everyone has family and friends who are able to help them on moving day. If your family and friends are unable to assist you, don’t worry. You may simply want to consider hiring help for your move. If that’s the case, you’ll want to find a professional and reputable moving crew. You can do this by asking trusted friends and relatives who they might recommend.

Once you’ve found a moving crew, be sure to clearly and properly communicate with them before the move to ensure things go according to plan. You don’t want anyone to get injured or any items to be broken. Also, take steps to plan ahead so you can ensure you’ll have the proper moving supplies that you’ll need, such as moving boxes.

Just like anything else in life, your moving day might not go 100% according to plan. However, by following the tips listed above, you’ll be well prepared to handle any unexpected situations that might pop up. Best of all, you’ll feel confident in your abilities to get your belongings from your old home to your new one safely – and in one piece.

Author: Jim Vogel

How Can Seniors Protect Their Identity?

Identity theft is nothing to joke around about and with seniors being one of the most vulnerable demographics, it’s important to know which services are best for monitoring suspicious activity and identity recovery. The research team at Reviews.com recently spent months exploring different protection services and these are their top choices:

Identity Force: Identity Force gathers all the right features (power of attorney, $1MM of insurance coverage, and personal information monitoring) into a clean, easy-to-use dashboard. We also really liked how painless Identity Force made it to remove personal information from the web: It required just the click of a button and was the easiest-to-use feature of its kind that we saw. Plans start at $13 a month for UltraSecure, — the cheapest full-feature plan on the market — but note that you’ll need to upgrade to UltraSecure+Credit ($20 per month) if you want credit monitoring.

ID Watchdog: ID Watchdog’s layout and design might seem really outdated, but don’t count it out. It’s the only company that offers rehabilitation for previously existing thefts. Other services require you to discover the theft during your membership before they’ll take action — and this makes ID Watchdog a standout choice for current victims. Plans start at $15 per month and come with $1 million dollar identity theft insurance coverage (the industry standard). If you want to monitor your credit, you’ll need to opt for the $20-per-month Platinum plan, a cost on par with Identity Force’s UltraSecure+Credit option.

LifeLock: LifeLock’s reputation isn’t squeaky clean, but it offers the most customization alerts of all our picks. Plus, you have the option of speaking with a live rep who will help you understand the significance of the alerts — and how to deal with them. Plans run from $18 per month (Standard) to $27 per month (Ultimate Plus). Another feature we liked? LifeLock’s $18-per-month Advantage plan is the cheapest to offer black market website surveillance and identity monitoring. (Those features don’t kick in with Identity Force until you buy its UltraSecure+Credit plan for $20 per month.) We also expect LifeLock to learn a few skills from its new parent company, Symantec, but we won’t know exactly what this means for customers until the merger closes sometime in 2017.

Credit Sesame: Credit Sesame’s $20-per-month Platinum Protection was the only one of its plans that satisfied our baseline criteria (three-bureau credit monitoring, ID monitoring, and power of attorney), but it surprised us with a feature we didn’t see anywhere else: “full service white-glove identity restoration.” Instead of just providing you with handy instructions for canceling lost credit cards (like the rest of our picks), Credit Sesame handles the entire process for you. Also: Get prepared for a lot of unavoidable credit card offers.

For their full review, check out http://www.reviews.com/ identity-theft-protection-services /

Choosing A In-Home Care Company

Choosing the right in-home care agency for your loved one can be hard, but it is very important to ask the right questions before choosing. In-Home Care can be a range of non-professional to professional health care services that provide some level of care for people in their home. Typically, in-home care serves people who are disabled, chronically or terminally ill, recovering from surgery, illness or accident. Often, people who need in-home care live alone, or need respite from their family and friends who are their primary caregivers. Depending on the licensing held by the in-home care agency, a Registered Nurse will create the care plan after doing an assessment of the home and clients needs.

There are four types of licensing in the state of Oregon:

Comprehensive: An agency that provides personal care services that may include medication reminding, medication assistance, medication administration, and nursing services which require having a full-time nurse on staff.

Intermediate-An agency that provides personal care services that may include medication reminding, medication assistance and medication administration but does not provide nursing services.

Limited: An agency that provides personal care services that may include medication reminding but does not provide medication assistance, medication administration or nursing services.

Basic: An agency that provides personal care services that may include medication reminding or assistance but does not provide medication administration or nursing services.

It is advised that when hiring an in-home care company, you are aware of their level of licensing and whether they have a nurse on staff full time or not. In-Home Care is just as unique as the people they serve in their communities. Every in-home care client will have different needs that will change over time. Especially when working with seniors, it can be cumbersome for friends and families to continue to do small tasks such as housekeeping or running errands. As a person ages, their level of needs may increase when it comes to their activities of daily living (personal hygiene, dressing, eating, maintaining continence, transferring).

Hiring an in-home care agency is much safer than looking online or hiring a family member or friend as a caregiver. Reason being, licensed in-home care companies are required by law to run a criminal background check and (drug screening) prior to hiring a caregiver. Not only that, but you are also protected under the agency when it comes to abuse and neglect that may happen when hiring privately.

Written by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, here are a list of questions you should ask the in-home care company prior to hiring them:

1. Does the in-home care agency supply literature explaining its eligibility requirements, fees, and services? The State of Oregon requires an agency to provide their client with a detailed “Patient Bill of Rights” that outlines responsibilities and rights of the clients, providers, and family caregivers alike.
2. How does the in-home care agency ensure client confidentiality?
3. How long has the in-home care agency been serving in the community?
4. Who can the client and family contact with complaints or questions?
a. How does the agency follow up on and resolve complaints?
5. What procedures does the in-home care agency have in place to handle emergencies?
6. Does the in-home care agency assign supervisors to oversee the quality of care clients are receiving in their homes? If so, how often do these individuals make visits?
7. Who can the client contact or their family members contact with questions or complaints?
8. What are the financial procedures of the in-home care agency? Does the agency furnish written statements explaining all the costs and payment options associated with home care?
9. How does the in-home care agency select and train its employees? Do they protect their workers with written personnel policies and workman’s comp insurance? Do they protect their clients from theft or abusing by bonding their employees?

The Healing Powers of Turmeric

As our bodies age, reducing inflammation and preventing joint pain can be managed organically with some. With proper diet, exercise, and supplements, inflammation can be decreased.

Today I am going to share the healing powers of turmeric, a magical root that if taken regularly, can help with a variety of paint ailments: arthritis, joint pain, stomach pain, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, high cholesterol, skin inflammation, fatigue, headaches, colds, lung infections, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, kidney problems. Moreover, turmeric can also be used for skin pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, soreness of the mouth, gum disease. Turmeric cannot get rid of these issues, but can help with the underlying problem, rather than taking something over the counter to put a band-aid over the issue.

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the plant, which is commonly used in Indian and Asian food. The medicine within the turmeric is called curcumin, which is what makes the bold yellow color. Curcumin and the other chemical components of the root are beneficial in treating conditions that involve inflammation. If taken correctly, high doses are required to see results; which can be expensive. Pairing turmeric with black pepper can aid in the healing effects, according to research. Moreover, “The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.” Turmeric is also easier on the digestive track, liver, and stomach, which is a healthy alternative to ibuprofen.

Overall, keeping away from foods that aid inflammation will help improve the benefits of turmeric: sugar, gluten, saturated fats, trans fats, omega 6 fatty acids, refined carbohydrates, MSG, aspartame, and alcohol. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you intake and making fish the main protein can aide in lowering inflammation.

Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Here are the facts:

-Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the US, and there is no cure.
-One million Americans suffer from the disease and ten million worldwide.
-Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease behind Alzheimer’s.
-Every year 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States.

Every individual is affected in different ways from Parkinson’s disease. Patterns, progression, intensity, and symptoms vary person to person. PD can hit a person very quickly, and sometimes it can take over 20 years on another. However, Parkinson’s Disease is defined by five stages. In 1967, Hoehn and Yahr was developed by two clinicians to generally describe symptoms progress of Parkinson’s. Additionally, Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), rates symptoms by mood, social interaction, mental functioning, and motor symptoms. It is extremely rare for childhood onset Parkinson’s disease, there is early onset PD that happens between age 30-40, and there is late onset, which is usually a fast degenerating disease.

Five Stages:
1. A person and their family will notice a change in walking, posture, and facial expressions. Tremors may also occur on one side of the body only.
2. Symptoms worsen, and tremors start to affect the whole body. Day to day tasks start to take longer, and some can no longer walk on their own.
3. Mid-stage; loss of balance, slowness of movements, falls all become more common. Dressing and eating on their own start to fade and more help is needed with activities of daily living.
4. Parkinson’s symptoms are progressing to most severe. Walking without assistance is no longer possible, a walker may be needed. A person can no longer live alone and needs full assistance.
5. Final and most debilitating stage of Parkinson’s Disease. Stiffness can make it harder to walk and stand. Full assistance, a wheel chair, and around the clock nursing care is needed. In addition, hallucinations and delusions, along with other non-motor symptoms will worsen.

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT has become popular in the exercise world, as it is done faster, creates a schedule to follow, and the results are proven! HIIT historically has been used with bodybuilders and athletes who need the intense weight training combined with cardio. HIIT is much more effective than normal cardio because of the intensity of the workout being higher. High Intensity Interval Training also helps increase your anaerobic and aerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever.

Anaerobic, means “without oxygen” which means that anaerobic exercise does not require oxygen to generate force. Movements in HIIT are fast which are short bursts of intense activity for the muscles which only last a brief duration of time (a few seconds to a minute). Anaerobic exercises include sprinting, high intensity weightlifting, and isometric holds. Aerobic means “involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body; enhancing circulatory and respiratory efficiency by improving how the body consumes oxygen. Aerobic exercise includes cycling, jogging, cardio, and running marathons.

High Intensity Interval Training helps reverse the aging process as it improves protein synthesis; creating lean muscle mass, improved insulin sensitivity, and increased strength. Rather than seeking a plastic surgeon or an intense diet to alter your body, think a trainer at your local gym, or CrossFit to show you how to properly work out with this style.

**It is NOT safe for you to try this at home on your own without the advice of a licensed medical professional.