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The Crabby Old Man

Whether it’s a true story or urban myth, this poem I received today is really beautiful. The story goes that when a crabby old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, the nurses went through his things and found this poem scrawled on a piece of paper. The news of the poem spread and it was eventually published in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. I share it with you now and ask you to ponder its meaning. The next time you meet an older person don’t forget they still have the spirit of a young soul within: (more…)

CLEANING OUT STUFF TO GAIN FREEDOM – SENIOR LIVING

photo courtesy of flickr and robert huffstutter

The Assisted Living Federation of America reported that parting with “stuff” is keeping some seniors from moving into assisted living communities. The Household Moves Project has been launched which will look at how a seniors stuff can hinder a senior from living independently, safely, and as healthy as possible. This three-year project will follow 100 individuals and 65 couples in and around Kansas City and Detroit from the time they decide to move into smaller spaces until after the move. This is a subject near and dear to my (more…)

Secrets to Living Longer – The Blue Zones

(Photo courtesy of blackbirdboy and flickr)

Oprah Winfrey had the most fascinating show on today. She had a guest, Dan Buettner, who has written a book entitled, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest”. The blue zones are different areas around the world where people are living the longest, healthiest lives. The author interviews people in the blue zones and then shares what they are doing to find joy in aging. The picture of the wine glass above should be one clue as to what others are doing to live longer! Here is a list of 9 behaviors Dan believes will help us grow into some of the best years of our lives: (more…)

HIRING SENIOR HOME CARE YOURSELF OR THROUGH AN AGENCY

This is a video of Dr. Marion Somers. Her website is: http://www.drmarion.com/ . This short and informative video gives you some great information on hiring a home care aide. What I want to do is take you one step further and say that hiring an aide for in home care for you or your loved one involves a lot more than just checking a person’s references. There are many families who think that by hiring a home care aide themselves they are saving money and this is correct but at what cost? In order to hire an aide I suggest that not only should you check references but a background check should be run which includes checking their driving history. A home care agency or home health care agency charge more per hour, but with good reason. Here are a few of the reasons: (more…)

HOME CARE or ASSISTED LIVING?

This is a video of Dr. Marion Somers. Her website is: http://www.drmarion.com/ .  I have been and will continue to post her videos as they are each only one minute long. During her one minute video you learn alot and for me it creates reminders of similar scenarios I went through with my mom and dad. Given a choice, 82% of seniors would prefer to live in their own home rather than being moved to an assisted living community. My mother and father both ended up in the hospital on the same day. The prospect of bringing them both home in wheelchairs was overwhelming. This is where all (more…)

SPECIAL END OF LIFE MOMENTS

Here is another great video by Dr. Marion Somers. Her website is http://www.drmarion.com/ .

This video of hers is special to me as my last moment with my faher before he passed was life changing. My father never fully went into a coma so I continued speaking to him right until he passed. Before I finish this story though let me state that even though someone is in a coma I believe they continue to hear us. Anyway, (more…)

A SENIOR’S BURIED TREASURE – LOOK BEFORE THROWING OUT

I suppose this video can be viewed with feelings of, “Oh, no”, or allow it to be a lesson to those of you who will one day have to pack up your parents’ home. When my mother and father died, we found an attic full of stuff. My brother felt like we should just throw everything away. All I can say is thank goodness we took the necessary time to go through everything as there were many treasures. Look closely at everything before throwing anything away. What might look like junk may very well be invaluable. Also look within old items, like books, etc., as many times our relatives have hidden their treasures within something else, just like in the video you are about to watch.

DOES LIFE CHANGE AFTER LOSING YOUR PARENTS?

Does life change after losing one’s parents’ and it is a resounding yes. It is never quite the same. Today, November 6, 2008 marks the 4th year anniversary of my mother’s passing. I pulled out and then posted the picture above as it was a day filled with laughter. That is not dad in the picture :>) although as a child when he disciplined me, he looked very similar to this Universal Studios character. Actually, dad was taking our picture and we were trying to stop from giggling. And today is also my brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mark! My mom wanted to make sure we never forgot her by passing on one of her children’s birthdays. We almost lost her on my birthday, which was in July, and thankfully she held on and waited until Mark’s. Not funny but somehow it is. All I can say is I had the kindest, most gentle mother in the whole world and to strive to be like her is one of my life goals. Rather than be sad, I feel blessed for having been her daughter. Here’s to the life my mother had and the birthday of my brother who has life to live…

After55 Helps Mature Paper Publications Go Digital!

 After55 Media Group is the leader in online digital publishing for Senior Media Publications and Senior Service Providers including developing a website designed exclusively for the mature reader. The website, After55.com, hosts paper publications which have been converted into flip page digital publications. Traditional print media such as magazines, senior resource guides, brochures, newsletters, books and booklets, catalogs, white papers and other documents are converted into online digital publications and then made available for reading to baby boomers, their families and seniors.

“The first of the Baby Boomer Generation has turned 60”, (more…)

Generations Unite – Right Here In Arizona

 

This video brought me to tears. Happy tears. It is great to see so many different generations of families playing together. We should have local parks and senior centers merged together in every city in America. The level of joy on the faces of the children and our senior adults made me want to drive right down to Apache Junction just to view this incredible multi-generational gathering. I have little doubt that after55.com will create another video at the Generations Unite Center in Apache Junction, Arizona. Enjoy this wonderful concept that has become a reality. It brings hope that the family values in America will continued to be respected and preserved.