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Aging in Place


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FAMILY FEATURES

 

Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible. It can be hard to imagine that tasks around the house that were once done with ease can one day pose a challenge. Anticipating the challenge and planning accordingly may allow you to remain in your home for an extended period of time. Often, with some minor modifications, your home can be adapted to help you stay as long as possible even with some loss of mobility

 

Home Modifications

Living at home longer may mean renovating a home to make it more accessible. This can include such things as installing ramps to bypass stairs, building a bedroom on the main floor, placing grab bars in the shower, changing the height of kitchen countertops or making a bathroom safer and more accessible. Before you make home modifications, you should evaluate your current and future needs by going through your home room by room and answering a series of questions to highlight where changes might be made. Several checklists are available to help you conduct this review. The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications is a good place to start. Go to the center’s website at http://www.homemods.org and click on the link to the “Safety Checklist and Assessment Instrument.”

Getting Help

Keeping a house running smoothly requires a lot of hard work. If you are no longer able to keep up with the demands, you may need to hire someone to do laundry, buy groceries, run errands, clean the house or perform any necessary repairs. Those who are unable to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing, and eating, can often continue to stay at home with outside help. There are a number of services that can be brought in to assist with ADLs and other personal care. You can hire someone, such as a personal care aide or home health aide, to help you out a few hours a day or around the clock.

Some health care services can be provided at home by trained professionals, such as occupational therapists, social workers or home health nurses. Check with your insurance or health service to see what kind of coverage is available, although you may have to cover some of these costs out of pocket. If very specific conditions are met, Medicare will help pay for all or a portion of home health care.

Transportation

Declining health often causes a decline in independence and mobility. Many seniors lose the ability to drive or simply feel uncomfortable behind the wheel at night. Investigate transportation options in your area so you can maintain an active social life, get medical care and shop for necessities. You might find family members willing to take you to the grocery store, friends who will drive you to social events, nearby bus routes, reduced fare taxis or senior transportation services funded by a local not-for-profit. Staying in your home should not mean being cut off from community activities you enjoy. Finding new ways to get around, even after you are no longer driving, may allow you to stay engaged and active.

 

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New ways sunscreen prevents signs of aging


To be really effective, sunscreen should help prevent and repair sun damage and be so sheer it can be worn under makeup every day.

(NAPS)—Skin care experts have long considered sunscreen one of the best ways to prevent skin damage and signs of aging, but the latest sunscreen technology means this invaluable beauty tool offers even more benefits.

Recent research into the properties of a molecule called NIA-114™ (niacin in the form of nicotinic acid) found that when added to sunscreen it repaired past UV damage while helping to protect against future damage. That can lead to healthier skin, visibly improved tone and texture, fewer discolorations and a stronger skin barrier.

By now, sunscreen users have become savvy about the SPF ratings. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number reflects how long it will protect your skin from burning by UVB rays.

Some sunscreen labels also list a “PA” ranking, which refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from the UVA rays, which are the ones that contribute to premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. The more plus symbols listed after the PA on the label, the more protection the product offers from UVA rays and long-term skin damage.

For example, new StriVectin- SH Age Protect has UVB shields (SPF 30) plus the highest PA grade UVA protection available (PA +++) to help prevent free radical damage and wrinkle formation.

It contains NIA-114™, plus a blend of botanical antioxidants (blueberry and goji berry extracts) to protect against collagen degradation and free radicals. A calming blend of rose and cucumber ex­tracts soothes the skin while soybean extract and cera­mides strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and panthenol (vitamin B5) revitalizes and conditions skin.

This daily, oil-free sunscreen treatment strengthens the skin’s natural protective layer to help prevent new photoaging.

Remember that the sun can age your skin even on cloudy days. That’s why it’s important to wear an effective sunscreen every day—one that both protects and repairs skin.

Apply in the morning on cleansed face and neck and reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming or perspiring.

StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30/PA +++ has been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which verifies the safety and efficacy of sun protection products.

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Main Street


Roger on Main StreetWell-aged

Here’s a part of aging I like: For people my age, a good-sized chunk of history is within our living memory. I personally remember some of the Great Depression and all of WWII, including war bonds, ration stamps, VE Day and VJ Day.

Although not around for the Wright brothers’ first airplane flight, I was already approaching middle age by the time Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

I remember walking to first grade. The newest cars that passed me that day were 1934 models. Looking back, it seems like a scene from a period movie.

Famous people, now passed on, were alive and working during the lifetimes of us old folks. Robert B. Parker and Dick Francis, two of my favorite authors, are gone now. I remember a young Joe DiMaggio, as well as Fess Parker, Peter Graves, Art Linkletter, Ernie Harwell, Jimmy Dean, Mitch Miller, Eddie Fisher, and Bob Feller.

Local people I knew for decades remain alive in my memory. Clarence Blakeslee is a treasured example.

People my age have a seasoned view of the world. I’m happy with my memories and recommend old age for everybody.

The blonde is back

“How come you’re late?” asks the bartender when the blonde waitress comes through the door.

“It was awful,” she explains. “I was walking down Elm Street and saw a terrible accident. A man got thrown from his car. He was lying in the street with a broken leg and a fractured skull and there was blood everywhere. Thank God I took that first-aid course.”

“What did you do?” asks the bartender.

“I sat right down,” says the blonde, “and put my head between my knees to keep from fainting.”

Personnel management

The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After the background checks and testing, three candidates remained: two men and one woman.

For the final hurdle, the CIA agents took one of the men to a metal door and handed him a gun. “We must know that you will follow your instructions, no matter what. Inside this room you’ll find your wife sitting in a chair. You have to kill her.”

“You can’t be serious,” said the man. “I could never shoot my wife.” The agent replied, “You’re not the right man for this job.”

The second man was given the same instructions. He went into the room with the gun. All was quiet for five minutes. Then he came out with tears in his eyes. “I tried,” he said, “but I can’t kill my wife.”

“You don’t have what it takes,” said the agent.

It was the woman’s turn. She was told to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots rang out. The agents outside heard screaming, crashing, banging on the wall. Then all was quiet. The door opened and there stood the woman. She wiped the sweat from her brow and said, “You guys didn’t tell me the gun was loaded with blanks. I had to beat him to death with the chair.”

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