How to Get Back On One’s Feet After An Injury

Returning to your daily routine after becoming injured can be quite a struggle, especially if you are among the 10% of the population who have acquired major injuries as a result of an automobile accident. It is important to give yourself adequate time to heal while getting the proper amount of rest. Pain should be used as a signal that your body is being overworked, so if something feels uncomfortable, refrain from said task until you’ve had some injury recovery time.

Key Takeaways:

  • Always be sure to take the proper time to relax so that your body can heal at its own pace.
  • Approximately 10% of those who are in car accidents have what are considered major injuries.
  • Do not push your body to complete tasks that you find uncomfortable following your injury.

“You can take some effective steps to make sure that you get back on your feet as quickly as possible and feel healthy again”

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These Are the Best and Worst States to Retire Right Now

A BankRate survey conducted in 2017 has revealed the best and worst places to retire in. The best states to retire list areas such as Idaho, Utah, and even New Hampshire. The worst ones include states like New York and Arkansas. It was reported that over 47% of employees claimed that they would consider moving once they retire, especially if that means living in a state that is much more accommodating to retirees so that they can live more comfortably.

Key Takeaways:

  • New Hampshire, Idaho, and Utah are three of the best states to live in when you are retiring.
  • Approximately 47% of US residents claim that they would be willing to move in order to retire in an accommodating state.
  • Two of the worst place to retire are in the states of New York and Arkansas.

“To arrive at its conclusions, the firm considered factors that may be especially relevant to older adults, including health care quality, cost of living, cultural vitality, weather and well-being.”

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Multigenerational Travel: Tips for Seniors and Their Families

Finding a way to accommodate your future family vacation can be quite a daunting task, even though it is supposed to be a relaxing getaway. Some find it helpful to hire a trip adviser so that you can receive suggestions and reservations to places that accurately fit your family’s needs and interests. These multigenerational travel tips come in handy quite a bit if you are trying to find activities that are conforming to both older and younger demographics.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important to offer activities for all family members, and to allow individuals to opt out if they choose to do so.
  • Since vacation sites tend to be crowded and overpriced during school holidays, go ahead and pull the kids out of school when you go on vacation.
  • Find a way to budget and pay for the trip that works for your particular family.

“According to the U.S. Census, by 2020 there will be 80 million grandparents in the U.S., accounting for one in-every-3 adults.”

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Affordable Ways to Increase Mobility

If you’re retired then you know that money gets tighter, especially for items that medicare doesn’t cover. Even if you have an insurance plan it’s unlikely it covers a power scooter. And, if you have a serious mobility lack, perhaps brought about by a stroke, then a power chair could be a life-affirming necessity for you, allowing you to stay active and involved with your life and loved ones.

Assuming then, that getting one is paramount in your plans, you can try saving. There are software solutions online that will help you set up a budget. There are flexible payment options afforded by various companies that will allow you to extend the cost of your scooter over a period of time to defray the impact to your budget.

If your mobility issues are such that your ability to do the basics of daily living has become impaired, it can be of benefit to contact a home-health agency. Many are covered by medicare. A health assistant can help with things like showers. Don’t forget that there are useful used items available through online sale sites. Look for gently used power scooters and lift chairs. It may also be a good idea to look into financing some home-changes, such as incorporating a wheelchair ramp, or adding bars to the bathroom. Even if your mobility has taken a beating and your financial picture is less than optimal, odds are a variety of options are available to make your situation better.

Key Takeaways:

  • Once you find a motorized wheelchair or scooter you like, your next step will be determining how to pay for it.
  • Your doctor can refer you to a home health care agency Which may be able to assist you with mobility issues in your home.
  • For lower incomes, there may be financial assistance available to make your home more accessible by installing a wheelchair ramp or widening doors.

“The good news is that most power chair and scooter companies offer flexible payment plans and they accept credit cards.”

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Endeavor Home Care’s team of professional and knowledgeable caregivers in Mesa and the surrounding communities can help a senior you love by providing assistance with mobility, transferring and even physician-approved exercises to improve strength and balance. Contact us today at (480) 535-6800 and let us help a senior you love remain safe and independent in the comfort of home.

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Everyday Activities Are Associated with More Gray Matter in the Brains of Older Adults

A recent journal of Gerontology article revealed medical research that showed that seniors who led more active lifestyles, including light physical activity, such as housework and dog-walking, had more gray matter. This is good news, as the brain’s grey matter has the reins to a lot of what goes on in the human body, including mobility, speech, sensing, thinking and feeling. Oftentimes, however the volume of this crucial neurological matter shrinks with age, long before cognitive impairment becomes obvious.

Participants of the study wore a device to measure their physical activity and filled out self-reports as well. MRIs showed the grey matter of participants. Controlling for various demographic differences, it was still obvious that those participants with the most active lifestyles had the least grey matter atrophy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Participation in lifestyle physical activity is good for the brain and may help decrease the loss of gray matter as people age.
  • To more accurately measure the levels of participant’s physical activity, they were required to continuously wear an accelerometer for up to 10 days.
  • Questionnaires can sometimes provide unreliable data on physical activity because subjects can tend to over-estimate or under-estimate their levels of activity.

“The volume of gray matter is a measure of brain health, but the amount of gray matter in the brain often begins to decrease in late adulthood, even before symptoms of cognitive dysfunction appear.”

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Talking to Doctors About Your Bucket List Could Help Advance Care Planning

Making a bucket list can be a chance to think about long term dreams and goals, and this can make it very useful to doctors when making treatment plans or encouraging patients to stick to them. Bucket list items tend to follow certain themes, with many of them revolving around personal goals, quality time with friends and family, travel or daring adventures. Knowing patients goals and motivations can help doctors plan treatment in such a way as to minimize the disruption to things that are really important to the patient.

Key Takeaways:

  • A February 8th 2018 article, written in the Journal of Palliative Medicine addressed the topic of bucket lists.
  • Based on a Stanford University study, the article was about patient’s sharing their lists to enable practitioners to come up with care plans that better incorporate their patient’s goals.
  • Researchers found that about ninety percent of the respondents had indeed created a bucket list.

“It’s a chance to think about the future and put lifelong dreams or long-term goals down on a piece of paper.”

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If you would like additional guidance about advance care planning, contact Endeavor Home Care today at (480) 535-6800. Let our experts in elderly care in Phoenix help your loved one remain active and engaged in our local community.

6 Rules You Should Break about Getting Older

Fortunately, aging isn’t what it used to be. Assumptions and stereotypes are going by the wayside daily, freeing more people to look and feel the way they want to at any age. Good. But some of the stereotypes, which hide in plain sight, are so normalized we can miss them. So, they persist, like weeds.

A few that may need some chopping still, is firstly, the assumption that growing older means you must cut your hair. Hair does have issues as it ages. But, if yours is still the thickness and luster and length you love, do not feel impelled to give it up due to an arbitrary social more.

Another more worth dispelling is that skin-showing should stop around the age of, oh, thirty. Keep showing off your skin if you like. Wrinkles are not a crime, nor is cellulite, or any other bugbear that makes women cover up. Moreover, there are creams for all of it. More things you should not do, just because you are inching up the age ladder? Do not stop learning. Do not stop going as fast as you want, or can. Don’t start dressing drab, or avoiding eye liner and lipstick. Be as madly fabulous as you want, for as long as you can.

Key Takeaways:

  • Invest in quality skin care products to keep your skin moist, so you look good in shorts and sleeveless tops.
  • Stay active by walking or doing any kind of exercise that is within your range of ability.
  • Keep your mind active by learning new things; online courses are a good option.

“While it’s true that as we age our hair can lose pigment, become thinner, or change texture, that doesn’t mean we should lop it all off.”

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Welcome to the House of Fun! The Funny Side of Aging – Lifestyle Fifty

We’re all getting older, it’s in the genes. Fortunately, there’s usually a bunch of us doing it at the same time. So, we get to laugh about it together and if need be cry about it together. But, there’s lots to laugh at. While funny things happen to everybody, every day, there are specific things that happen as we get older that shine a light on the funny side of aging.

For example, the memory gets a little foggier as we age. One woman found she had placed her wallet in her freezer while taking out the groceries. Another thing that is endemic as we age, our hearing gets less precise. Another woman stopped to offer a woman a lift and was told, so she thought, that the weather was lovely and the woman offered the lift did not want a lift. Sadly, the driver’s passenger alerted her to her mistake. The poor woman had actually said, “yes, that would be lovely,” only to have her ride take off on her.

Key Takeaways:

  • Getting old has its funny side and fortunately there are a lot of us “old” people to share the moments that are funny.
  • Two things that lead to funny aging moments are a greater loss of hearing and poorer memory.
  • One woman found that she had accidentally put her wallet in the freezer when she put away the groceries.

“And although we might not have time to get old, it doesn’t stop the ‘senior moments’ slipping into the equation, and they definitely require a sense of humour.”

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When You Want to Retire but a Parent Needs Assisted Living

The road to financial security is never straight and the possible entanglements when it comes to families is even less straight. For example, what to do if you are attempting to ready your finances for your own retirement right around the time that mom, or dad, needs to look into elder care? Will you be able to afford a facility, if it comes to that, while still putting money into your own plans?

Consider using your parents home, if possible. It may be viable to use the equity. See if your parents have pension income, or a 401K. Check out their social security options and medicaid options. If they can discuss their fiscal options with you than let them. Be as open as you can. As much as the topic is troubling, not dealing with it is far worse. Also, don’t forget the need for power of attorneys. Beyond accessing your loved one’s bills and payment needs, it may also behoove you to put yourself forward to their financial advisers and accountants, should there be such entities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sometimes pensions can either contribute to, or entirely cover, the ultimate costs of assisted living.
  • Home equity that has accumulated overtime can often help pay for assisted living fees.
  • Those who do not have adequate savings for care may be eligible for Medicaid services.

“You have options – you just have to do your research. Read more about what to do when you want to retire but a parent needs assisted living.”

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Working From Home as a Family Caregiver: Is It Possible?

Research suggests that upwards of three million U.S citizens clock in at home. While there are pluses and minuses to having work and home at the same address, it may be a viable, even necessary situation for a family caregiver of aging elders.

Every caregiver knows that the unexpected is the expected when it comes to caring for an aging parent. Besides the daily routine of medication-taking and other physical needs, there is always the potential for accidents and extra doctor visits. Being on the spot can be a blessing. It can also be stressful.

It’s important if home is to be where the care happens and the money is made that others be enlisted to take over occasionally for the primary care-giver. If that person is you, then you have to have reasonable expectations of yourself. Perfect is not going to happen and much of what may have been your work norm may have to go by the wayside. That does not mean you should treat what you do as an afterthought. Have an actual office space, if for no other reason than to give yourself the psychological distance. You matter. And, what you do matters, perhaps now more than ever. Make use of home health aids, when you can, especially if a parent’s physical needs are time-consuming and personal. Don’t try to do it all. Have a plan for what should happen. But, be prepared to be flexible.

Key Takeaways:

  • Even working from home requires hours of undivided attention, so try to invest in at least part-time home care if you are able.
  • A great way to set necessary boundaries is by building your own office space.
  • If you are thinking of taking your previous job into a home setting, you may have to scale back on hours.

“For anyone struggling to balance family and work responsibilities, having a flexible schedule can make a huge difference.”

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