Senior Vacations & Outings In The Phoenix, Arizona Area

[title size=”1″]Hot Senior Vacation Spots In Arizona[/title]
Just because a person in Arizona retires doesn’t mean they have to retire.  Arizona offers many great outing and vacation destinations close to home that cater to peoples of all ages.  From a low-impact day of shopping and dining in Scottsdale, to a more adventurous ski-trip in the White Mountains, Arizona is loaded with prime vacation spots for seniors.

Some of the favored getaways for seniors in Arizona include:

  • The Grand Canyon – Mysterious and epic in scale, hiking trips in the Grand Canyon range from the rough and tumble to less strenuous strolls perfect for senior sightseeing.  The peaceful scenery and majestic cliffs are sure to inspire a sense of calming awe. The Canyon also has jeep and helicopters tour available for a day of adventure and fun.
  • Lake Powell – Lake Powell is the perfect destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors, fishing, boating, and a nice campfire.
  • Old Tucson Studios – Like Universal Studios, Old Tucson is as much a movie studio as it is a theme park.  Pan for gold and witness the filming of a Wild West movie at this unforgettable tourist hotspot.
  • Four Corners Monument – Ever wonder what it would be like to be in 4 places at one?  You can do just that at the Four Corners Monument, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet.

Of course, Arizona has far too much to offer to list here.  Contact your local tourist information center for a complete list of fantastic vacation destination.

[title size=”2″]International Vacations For Seniors[/title]
For those seniors in Arizona looking to get a little further from home, the Phoenix area is filled with travel agencies that can set up the perfect vacation package on any senior’s budget across all 50 states and the entire world.  Call around to see who might offer special discounts and services for seniors.

[title size=”3″]Take A Break From The Routine With Endeavor[/title]
Endeavor Home Care is a Phoenix-based in-home nursing staff that understands your need to get away.  If you or family is looking to get away for a day, a week, a month, Endeavor can easily put your care schedule on hold to allow you to get out and enjoy the time away, alone or with the ones you love.

Contact Endeavor Home Care today.

Senior Fitness & Health In The Phoenix, Arizona Area

[title size=”1″]Types Of Senior Fitness Programs In Phoenix[/title]
Senior fitness programs are designed to specifically cater to individuals over the age of 50.  They are generally low impact and designed to gradually increase intensity to better appeal to the aging body.  Types of senior fitness include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Aerobics – Low impact aerobics take place in a pool to minimize muscle and joint strain while still building muscle, cutting weight, and increasing flexibility.
  • Chair Yoga – While yoga is already considered a low impact exercise, chair yoga is designed to mimic the postures and benefits of yoga from a sitting position to alleviate pressure on the joints.
  • Spinning – Spin classes are available all over the country, but senior spin classes focus on a steady pace with minimum impact to maintain senior fitness and health.
  • Tai Chi & Qi Gong – These martial arts forms are designed to increase flexibility and strength without torturing the joints and muscles.
  • Walking – Never underestimate what a nice walk with a good instructor can do for your overall wellness and quality of life.

These classes are available for seniors at local senior centers, YMCAs, and senior fitness and health centers all over the Phoenix area.
[title size=”2″]The Benefits Of Good Senior Fitness[/title]
There are many benefits to fitness no matter what your age.  However, the benefits of senior fitness specifically include:

  • A healthy lifestyle can make you feel (and look) younger.
  • Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy equilibrium, decreasing the risks of falling.
  • Exercise helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  • A regular exercise schedule helps to increase the immune system.
  • General senior fitness helps to increase mobility, flexibility, and posture.
  • Exercise helps to improve and regulate your sleep.
  • Exercise is good for both your mental and emotional state.

Seniors who live an active lifestyle have been shown to be healthier, happier, and enjoy an overall better quality of life.
[title size=”3″]Gain More Freedom For Fitness With In-Home Nursing Care[/title]
Even for seniors who require a little extra help from in-home nursing, an active lifestyle is still within reach.  With Endeavor Home Care, Arizona’s most beloved in-home senior care staff, you can still be free to go out and enjoy the social and physical benefits of joining a great senior fitness program in the Phoenix area.

Endeavor’s schedule is tailored around each client to provide the maximum level of care while maintaining each individual’s freedom to carry on their daily activities.  Contact Endeavor today to learn more.

Senior Dating | Date Ideas For Senior Couples

[title size=”1″]The Dating Scene For Seniors[/title]
Finding the right place for a good date that appeals to seniors can be a difficult task.  The modern dance club is hardly senior-friendly, and at-home dates are often too dull to really get the fire started.  But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t the perfect location to get to know another.

[title size=”2″]Senior Dating | Winning Location Ideas[/title]
So where do you take your new lady or gentleman friend for a date?  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Go Dancing – Avoid dance clubs and find a local ballroom dance club.  Take a few lessons together if you’re rusty and see just how much chemistry there is between you.
  • Have A Picnic – Picnics are a classical and classy date idea, find a nice spot in your local park, spread a blanket, and enjoy the conversation on a sunny day.
  • Take A Walk – Never underestimate the power of an intimate stroll around town to inspire a lasting relationship.
  • Play A Sport – Do you and your love interest enjoy tennis?  Golf?  A little healthy competition in a budding relationship can help seal your feelings for one another.
  • Visit Your Local Gallery – Take a tour of the local art museum.  You’d be surprised how much you can learn about someone based on nothing more than their taste in art.
  • Get Out On The Water – Rent a rowboat or paddleboat and get out on the lake.  Commune with nature and get away to spend some time together.
  • Embrace The Book – If you both enjoy books attend a reading at a local bookstore.  Afterward, you can share your interests by browsing through the shelves together.

These ideas should be enough to get a good start on a lasting relationship.  After a couple of dates you should know enough about each other that you can make your own date plans.

[title size=”3″]Never Let Your Nurse Stand In The Way[/title]
Even if you are need of help from an in-home nursing staff, that’s no reason to stay cooped up in the house.  At Endeavor Home Care, we understand that each of our clients should be free from the strict schedules and policies of some nursing staffs in order to pursue their hobbies, interests, and of course, romance.

Contact us today.

Chair Yoga | A Low-Impact Fitness Alternative Perfect For Seniors

[title size=”1″]The Benefits Of Chair Yoga For Seniors[/title]
Yoga is a favored form of mental and physical fitness across the United States and the entire world. Unfortunately, many of the poses and routines of yoga are very difficult for an aging body to perform, thus making the popular form of exercise inaccessible for senior citizens.

However, a form known as chair yoga has been specifically crafted to reap the benefits of other schools of yoga while allowing the participants to sit in or use a chair for support. Chair yoga includes postures, breathing and meditation techniques, as well as general methods of relaxation.

Chair yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that has many benefits for seniors, including:

  • Increasing flexibility.
  • Increasing strength.
  • Reducing hypertension.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Reducing the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Reducing chronic pain from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Reducing the symptoms of clinical vertigo.
  • Helping in the treatment of clinical depression.

There are many more benefits to chair yoga that overall lead to a happier person with a greater quality of life.

[title size=”2″]Where To Inquire For Chair Yoga Enrollment In Phoenix[/title]
There are many places that a senior may find a class of their peers in the Phoenix area, including:

  • Senior Centers
  • Senior Health & Fitness Clubs
  • Adult Day Care
  • Private Yoga Instructors

Chair yoga may also be available in gyms, health spas, and wellness centers. As chair yoga becomes more and more popular among seniors it will become more accessible in many more locations.

[title size=”3″]How Endeavor Can Help With Your Healthy Lifestyle[/title]
Endeavor Home Care understands that seniors have it tough when it comes to maintaining your active lifestyle. Our customized in-home senior care system and courteous staff make it easier for seniors to get out, stay active, and take their health into their own hands by attending chair yoga classes of their choosing.

Contact Endeavor Home Care today.

Alternatives To Assisted Living

[title size=”1″]Alternatives to Assisted Living[/title]

Alternatives To Assisted Living

The preferred alternative to assisted living is home aids, or home care givers, and companion care services

Many people see assisted living facilities as a step up from a nursing home, which is generally the case, while assisted living facilities are also considered a step down from living at home. Most seniors would agree that they would prefer to live at home rather than being “put in a home”.

Thankfully there are alternatives to assisted living which can provide the same standard of living, safety, and care that would be required of an aging loved one. While there are many alternatives, the most preferred alternative to assisted living is home aids, or home care givers, and companion care services.

[title size=”2″]Home Aids as an Alternative to Assisted Living[/title]
Home care givers, or home aids, are a great alternative to living in an assisted living facility. Home aids allow a senior to live at home while receiving the adequate assistance they need. As an RN (registered nurse) or a CNA (certified nurse assistant), home aids are trained and qualified to provide needed assistance with basic medical needs such as giving shots, applying an IV, physical therapy, or other similar services.

Unlike an assisted living facility, which typically only has one nurse to every 20 or so residents, having a home aid alleviates any worry that your aging loved one wouldn’t receive the necessary attention he or she needs.

[title size=”3″]Companion Care as an Alternative to Assisted Living Facilities[/title]
In some cases, where an elderly loved one does not require constant, or skilled care, but rather only requires assistance with day to day tasks, then companion care is also a great alternative to being in an assisted living facility. Companion care, or elder companions, is care givers who can provide assistance with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, or even running errands.

Many seniors have no problem living on their own or taking care of themselves but occasionally need some basic assistance with tasks that they either struggle with, or are unable to complete due to a disability or sickness. In these cases, an elder companion can provide the required assistance on an hourly, daily, monthly, or occasional basis where needed.

While living at home is almost always preferred, many seniors defer to living in a nursing home or assisted living facility due to misconceptions. The major misconceptions being:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of in-home care or if you are in need of in-home senior care in Phoenix, Arizona please contact us today.

Alternatives To Nursing Homes

[title size=”1″]Alternatives To Nursing Homes[/title]
The elderly who typically occupy a nursing home are those who are too frail or sick to be alone and may also require more attention than what friends and family can provide. Although it’s always more ideal to stay at home, in certain cases a medical professional on hand is required.

In the case that a medical professional is required to be on hand, there are alternatives to being in a nursing home which allow the elderly to remain at home. Respite care is a great solution for short term, in-home, medical care for seniors who require medical attention during a recovery. For longer time frames, in-home senior care is also available in most areas where a medical professional can come to the residence on an hourly or daily basis to provide necessary care.

[title size=”2″]Other Alternatives To Nursing Homes[/title]
Some elderly don’t actually require skilled care, or only require care for a short period of time during a recovery. If you or a loved one only requires help with daily tasks, like cooking or cleaning, there are many options available to provide help, such as the following:

  • Meals on Wheels Program
  • Senior Community Services
  • Adult Day Care
  • Elder Companions

The above services and programs allow the elderly to live at home while receiving assistance with the basic day-to-day tasks and activities.

[title size=”3″]Alternative Facilities To Nursing Homes[/title]
Although typically not preferred by seniors, there are also other living facilities which allow a little more room to breath and aren’t as crowded and restrictive as a nursing home. The following are alternative senior living facilities:

  • Assisted Living
  • Board & Care Homes
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities

While these options are preferred over a nursing home, they do not provide extensive medical care or attention which some seniors require. If you or a loved one only requires basic care, then these options are available and typically provide a more comfortable living area.

Again, most seniors prefer to live at home when all possible and therefore it is generally recommended to refer to a local in-home senior care service. Many in-home senior care companies also provide 24 hour live-in caregivers if they are needed.

[title size=”3″]Alternatives To Nursing Homes In Phoenix, Arizona[/title]
If you or a loved one is located in Phoenix, Arizona, most of the above options are available alternatives to nursing homes in Phoenix. If you’d like to learn more about in-home senior care in Phoenix, please contact Endeavor Home Care today.

The Spotlight Of The Senior Fair

[title size=”1″]Social Security & Medicare | The Spotlight Of The Senior Fair[/title]
Lipinski, a speaker at the recent senior fair, said that he hosts ten to twelve such senior events in his district every year, and most seniors he speaks to are concerned about potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits.  Lipinki said that these concerns “are always on the top of the list with seniors.  It’s understandable because it’s something that seniors very much care about.”

A representative of AARP Illinois, Courtney Hedderman, was on the scene to offer updates about new legislation under consideration by national and state government that may impact Medicare and Social Security benefits for seniors:  “There are a lot of people worried that there will be cuts of Social Security and Medicare.  We inform them about new legislation and give them advice on ways to contact their local representatives.”

[title size=”2″]Veterans, Agent Orange, & Health Care[/title]
Wayne Macejak of the American Legion of Illinois also attended the Senior Fair, where he says that he often finds veterans with no idea that they are entitled to certain benefits for health issues received during combat.

Macejak references a herbicide known as Agent Orange, which was used to clear jungle foliage during the Vietnam War for combat and was later linked to the onset of many illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.  “Many people I talk to are Vietnam veterans who have diabetes and other problems.  The government has found that many of these illnesses are occurring because we sprayed the whole country with Agent Orange.”

[title size=”3″]One Resident Finds Hope With Home Health[/title]
Rich Peters, age 66, a resident of Romeoville, Illinois attended the Senior Fair to find out more about services that might be available to him.  Over the course of the evening, he spoke with a representative of a home health care company.

“I learned that home health care can save money and can still allow people to live independently.  I also think it’s a great alternative, instead of going to a nursing home.  It seems to be the way of the future.”

A Disturbing Trend In Disability

[title size=”1″]A Disturbing Trend In Disability[/title]
It is estimated that a full 5% of America’s workforce is permanently out of commission due to the rising claims of federal disability.  The U.S. government describes this as the result of two trends:

  • On average, Americans are getting older.  With age comes multiple health concerns.
  • More women have entered the workforce, increasing the number of female workers with health conditions to nearly as many as men.

However, independent researchers and experts have begun to see evidence that Americans are using disability insurance as a kind of safety-net when the job market is down or work is harder to come by.  These people may have some ability to continue working in many sectors, but as disability tends to pay higher rates than minimum wage, it makes more sense to claim disability.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco estimates that 40-60 percent of the increase in disability claims is a result of the program attracting broader constituency.  It has become easier to qualify for disability because claims are being judged on subjective criteria.  And as wages in America continue to stagnate and income inequity continues to soar, disability benefits have become more lucrative for lower-wage workers.

[title size=”2″]Demands Straining The System[/title]
However, disability seems to be acting very much more like a spider’s web than a safety net, as very few people historically return to the job market during rebound periods.  This means there are fewer workers in America and more disability claimants that are dependent on those workers to pay their taxes.

Unfortunately, this also puts an enormous and unnecessary strain on the federal disability program, which is quickly running out of money.  The United States government predicts that the fund for disability will no longer be able to meet all of its claims as early as 2016.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco says that disability “is likely to keep expanding unless program rules and incentives are fundamentally altered.”

Caregiver Stress & Distress

[title size=”1″]Caregiver Stress & Distress[/title]
Caring for a disabled relative really takes a lot out of you.  Factors that contribute to the overall stress of caring for a loved one might include:

  • Lack of time to balance caregiving with home & family.
  • Lack of time to balance caregiving with work.
  • Financial distress.

“Many different forms of stress end up causing caregiver distress.  And caregiver distress is a very serious condition.”  Says Tim Myers,  “According to professor Peter Fataliano of the University of Washington, he has basically described caregiver distress as a condition that can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, fatigue, ulcers,  severe weight gain or loss; and so it can really manifest in ways that hurt the caregiver and prevent them from doing their job of caring for their loved-one.”

Myers also notes that relying on a support group of friends, family, or church groups, and taking time for yourself are good ways to de-stress.  “Take a break.  Whether it’s just simply taking a little bit of time to watch a favorite TV program, or read a book, or take a walk, but get away from the normal situation.”

Myers also suggests prayer, meditation, and physical exercise are good ways of coping with stress.  The endorphins released from these activities helps to improve mood and decrease stress.  Also, taking time to release your emotions can help.  “It’s okay to cry.”  Myers says.

[title size=”2″]The Role Of Home Health Services[/title]
“At this point there are approximately 10 million people who are 50-plus taking care of their parents across the country.”  Myers said.

He also noted that home health services work to assist people who are trying to stay home, recognize themselves as caregivers.  “A lot of people just see themselves as sons or daughters; they don’t recognize themselves as actual caregivers.”

Home health services are designed to do much more than just provide care for the patient; they are meant to help support those already giving care to their loved one.  Home health is meant to supplement that care, allowing at-home caregivers to take the time they need to de-stress while granting access to professional care and advice.

To learn more about home care services, click here.

Hypocrisy In The Disability Program

[title size=”1″]Hypocrisy In The Disability Program[/title]
It is very easy for the members of congress to refuse aid during a natural disaster in other parts of the county, but it seems that when disaster strikes their own district they are more than willing to accept help from the government to benefit their constituents.  This is a well-known example of hypocrisy when it comes to government spending.

The same goes for Social Security disability claims.  It is very easy for the people of the United States to question how valid disability claims really are, until they themselves need those benefits.

Scamming the disability program is such a common problem that it is very easy to find someone who has, or knows someone who has, been accused of filing a fraudulent claim.  And it’s just as easy to find people who have genuine claims that have been rejected and had to seek a lawyer.  With 3.2 million applicants for disability benefits last year alone, it’s almost impossible to say how many were legitimate.

Three senior House Republicans declared in a letter to the agency on March 11th, “Federal disability claims are often paid to individuals who are not legally entitled to receive them.”

[title size=”2″]Why This Is Allowed To Continue[/title]
It’s no secret that Social Security is in serious financial trouble, and the acceleration of disability claims (about 25% since 2007) is not helping the matter at all.  The day when the Social Security disability program must begin to reduce benefits is approaching more quickly than ever.

More than half of the benefit claims that have been rejected by state and field agencies are later approved by administrative judges later, according to investigators.  Furthermore, according to the Associated Press, these agencies are under no obligation to follow-up or review cases later to ensure that the claimants are still disabled.

The Social Security Administration has admitted to having 1.3 million claim reviews backlogged, but officials blame Congress for budget cuts and a reduced ability to investigate cases on an individual basis.

Officials also believe that disability claims are on the rise because baby boomers are reaching an age now when they are more prone to injury and illness but have yet to reached the age of retirement.

[title size=”3″]The Best Solution To The Problem[/title]
Congress has been urged to not take the easy path out by tapping into Social Security’s retirement program, which is substantially larger than the disability fund, when the House subcommittee on entitlements begins hearings today.  The retirement program has its own financial problems, and raiding it again will only exacerbate Social Security’s overall problems.

It has been noted that many believe that reducing fraud within the system through providing more funds for investigation and follow-up reviews is a better solution.

It is the opinion of many that those with a legitimate disability claim should not be required to shell out money to hire a lawyer when so many who are both physically and mentally able to work receive benefits without question.

Proving the validity of claims on lower-back injury, mental illnesses, and a variety of other maladies is already a difficult task, but it becomes nearly impossible with Congress continuing to cut funding for investigations and criticize agencies for not investigating the cases.