I caught some of the 'Today Show' this morning and they had a gentleman on who writes for 'Senior Savvy', a site which provides a variety of information for older adults. He was showing some items that may help us children feel better about having our elderly parents stay independent longer. You can watch the video on the above 'Today Show' link or go to the 'Senior Savvy' link to read the article.
* there are a couple of in-home alert devices - pendant/telephone systems (great system - mom had one and worked wonderfully),
* a mobile system that works anywhere (has a GPS in the mechanism so when someone wearing it has an issue, after pushing the button the operator can track the person's position to send help),
* a system which monitors the everyday lifestyle pattern of the person (no cameras) and sends reminders if that person forgets to do something one day, like take medication or eat - the system can notify a caretaker,
* medication management pill dispenser which lights up the section of the pills that are to be taken and sends reminders and beeps if forgotten (wish I knew about this one for mom),
* a basic pair of walking shoes with a GPS locator in them - you set up a parameter and when the person walks outside of it, it notifies the caretaker via email or text with the exact location of the person,
* a lightweight walking cane that pivots on a 3 point base for better stability (again - wish I knew about this one).
Definitely a site to check out - there are plenty of items and a variety of links to explore.
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
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A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
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I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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