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Life is a ball…

I came across this beautiful video on  YouTube that was produced by Eskaton, an assisted living provider in Northern California. It is beautifully written and produced. Send a beautiful message about aging and dignity – “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

Sensors Help Keep the Elderly Safe, and at Home

Increasingly, many older people who live alone are not truly alone. They are being watched by a flurry of new technologies designed to enable them to live independently and avoid expensive trips to the emergency room or nursing homes.

Bertha Branch, 78, discovered the power of a system called eNeighbor when she fell to the floor of her Philadelphia apartment late one night without her emergency alert pendant and could not phone for help.

A wireless sensor under Ms. Branch’s bed detected that she had gotten up. Motion detectors in her bedroom and bathroom registered that she had not left the area in her usual pattern and relayed that information to a central monitoring system, prompting a call to her telephone to ask if she was all right. When she did not answer, that incited more calls — to a neighbor, to the building manager and finally to 911, which dispatched firefighters to break through her door. She had been on the floor less than an hour when they arrived. (more…)

WHAT TOUCH MEANS TO THE ELDERLY

I received this “touch”ing article about what massage does to help the loneliness in a seniors life and wanted to share it with all of you. An astounding 75% of all seniors who reside in assisted living or nursing homes never get visitors much less get touched. I hope this wonderfully written article will inspire someone to visit their loved ones and touch them. I know in my own life what a gentle touch does for me and although this article is wrtiten about massage easing the elderly’s loneliness, a gentle touch can also bring joy to a senior who needs to know they are still loved and cared about.

Using Massage to Ease the Elderly’s Loneliness
Lifespan: Hands to Hold
By Karrie Osborn
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, August/September 2004.
Copyright 2004. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Loneliness Can Find Us All
It’s not that she was neglected or abandoned by her family. She hadn’t been cheated out of a full life, and she wasn’t bitter about the cards she’d been dealt. On the contrary, she was a happy, well-loved woman who was full of faith, even after being widowed for more than 20 years. But no amount of faith could keep this elderly woman from being struck with loneliness after sitting alone, day after day, in her new home — a 12-by-12 room in a full-care nursing facility. She would rarely let on to her family that the isolation could be overwhelming, but visits started to end with extra-long, extra-tight hugs, and phone calls were a welcome lifeline to the world. (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…)

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…)

What is Assisted Living Video

  

A nice short video on Assisted Living and what it is that makes it so special. When my mother and father moved into assisted living I was envious of the gentle care and attention they were given. It may not always feel good to leave a home we have lived in our entire lives but given the right assisted living center or assisted living home, our changing needs will be met with compassion and support.                                       

Residential Assisted Living Home – Not An Institution

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(photo courtesy of fotobydave and flickr) 

How many times do we hear that seniors do not want to move into a large institution? They don’t want to leave their homes and therefore the thought of being moved to an institutional facility is (more…)

A Difficult Decision, Moving A Loved One Into A Nursing Home

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(photo courtesy of viamarisphotos and flickr) 

It can happen to any family. The day comes when you realize your mom or dad can no longer live on their own and the decision has to be made to move them into a nursing home. Do you take care of them yourself or do you move them right into a nursing home? I had a family member who

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Nursing Homes and Your Rights

 

This a a 9 minute and thirty second video produced by the Health Standards and Quality Bureau of the Healthcare Financing Administration. This bureau is the federal agency responsible for reviewing the care of the residents in a nursing home. The video is informative yet simplified with the clear message, (more…)

Weeee! The Wii is a HIT with those over 55!

When most of us think of video game fans, the first image that comes to mind is that of a zombie-eyed teen clutching his game controller. Think again! According to The Huffington Post, 47 percent of all casual game players are 50 or older, and nearly 20 percent are 60 or older. The hottest game console among the older set is the Ninentendo Wii. Imagine being able to play a spirited game of tennis sitting in a wheelchair, playing a 18 holes of golf or joining a virtual bowling league right in the lounge of your assisted living facility. More and more seniors are discovering the exciting world of virtual entertainment and an increasing number of facilities are now providing the Wii as a standard amenity for their residents. One group of Erickson communities has even started an inter-facility championship. Watch the video and see for yourself how they have tranformed a casual pasttime into a memorable competition. Forget those polite games of lawn bowling – these bowlers are SERIOUS!!!