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Why You Shouldn’t Drop Your Landline Just Yet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which regularly tracks telephone usage, says the number of U.S. households relying on cellular devices for phone service jumped to more than 35% by the first half of 2012 from about 20% in 2008. But some telecommunications experts warn older people to put plans to drop their land-lines on hold.

“Having a quick and reliable option to reach emergency responders and immediate family is essential,” says Raghu Santanam, a paramedic and professor of information systems at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
A 911 call from a cellular phone or an internet based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service often requires routing the call to the correct emergency response center, which can cause delays for first responders when every second counts.

If you call 911 from a land-line, you get several advantages. First, the call shows up on a computer screen in the correct 911 center. The screen shows a map and exactly where the call is coming from, the address and the name of the residence. Should the caller be unable to speak, get confused or not know where they are, the 911 screen shows EMS where to go.

While “tech-savvy seniors can save money by switching to mobile and internet based services,” Santanam says, he recommends keeping a land-line as a plan B: “It is important to gauge the age-related changes and the convenience of keeping things simple. Given that all seniors are most familiar with land-lines, it should be either the first option or the emergency back-up option.”

“Since copper lines are self-powered it makes more sense for older people in rural communities or areas prone to storms to resist offers from cable, cellular and satellite companies,” Santanam says. “In case of bad-weather conditions, land-line phones are much more likely to be available,” he says. For example, satellite-based internet services in rural areas can have outages during storms and cellular towers can be vulnerable to losing power in natural disasters.

“If they don’t have enough back-up battery for these towers, your cell services will disappear,” says Barbara Cherry, a professor in the telecommunications department at Indiana University and a former senior counsel at the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

“Land-line carriers are required to provide the phone numbers of their customers to local reverse 911 systems,” writes Carmelita Miller on the website of the Greenlining Institute, a think tank in Berkley, California. Cellphone users and VoIP customers generally must sign up to receive emergency alerts.

Harold Feld, senior vice president of Public Knowledge, a customer watchdog organization in Washington, D.C., says that abandoning a land-line to save a few dollars per month can prove costly. “Unlike traditional phones, there’s no mandatory quality of service for any of the newer technologies,” says Feld. The quality of VoIP and cellphones is “very variable,” he says. Medical alert services and remote monitoring of medical devices such as pacemakers that are designed for traditional land-lines may or may not “work on an IP substitute and will absolutely not work on wireless,” he says.

“In a country where we have an increasing number of elderly who need to make sure that medical device and medical alert services work, who need the superior voice quality,” says Feld, “how do we make sure they are protected? That’s a very big question right now.”


Source: www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-11-2013/don’t -drop-your-landline.2.html

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Medication Tips for the Caregiver

The average senior takes two to seven medications daily. As we age our bodies change, affecting the way medications and foods are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted.

All of these can create a greater risk of drug interactions and side effects. The more medications the care-receiver takes daily, the easier it is to lose track of how many to take and when they should be taken.

Caregivers should use a medication organizer for their care-receiver.

Consider these tips:
        1.       Make sure all of the care-receiver’s doctors and specialists are aware of what the other is prescribing.

        2.       Make sure you understand how and when the care-receiver is to take all of the medications.

        3.       Select over-the-counter products to treat only symptoms you have. Follow-up with the pharmacist to make sure there will not be a reaction with other medications you are taking.

        4.       Make sure all medications are clearly labeled.

        5.       Keep medications in their original containers.

        6.       Never take medication in the dark or in poor lighting.

        7.       Know what your medications look like. If it does not look right or same, contact the pharmacist before taking.

        8.       Only take the amount prescribed for you.

        9.       Never take someone else’s medication.

        10.   Follow the directions on the container. Do not stop taking medications just because you feel better.

        11.   Use a medication organizer.

        12.   Don’t store medications in sunlight or direct heat.

        13.   Never store medications in the bathroom. There is too much moisture.

        14.   Use whatever means you can to help your loved one take medication properly.

        15.   Don’t carry medicines next to your body. That can raise the temperature and cause some medications to break down.

        16.   Always get your prescription filled on time so you don’t run out. Missing even one day can make a difference in the effectiveness of many medications.

        17.   Use one pharmacy for all of your medicines. This will help ensure that you don’t take conflicting medications.

        18.   If you have any questions about your pills, make sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist.

        19.   Tell your doctor of you have any side effects.

        20.   Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist of any herbal supplements you are taking. Some herbal supplements can interact with prescribed medications and cause them to be less effective.

        21.   Know the names and doses of the medicines you are taking.

        22.   Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

        23.   Throw away any medicines that aren’t currently prescribed to you.

        24.   Ask your pharmacist’s advice before crushing or splitting tablets. Some should only be swallowed    whole.

Did you know that drug misuse is one of the top problems that doctors see in seniors? Did you know that about 320,000 questionable prescriptions are written for seniors yearly?

Almost 40% if all drug reactions each year involve seniors. Be responsible. If you have any medication questions be sure to ask your pharmacist.

Source: www.seniorslist.com/inner.php?aid-4338


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Why You Should Keep Caregiving Records

Being a caregiver is often a complex role and can vary widely depending on the needs of the care receiver/patient. In the beginning you may only be providing a few services such as help with shopping, transportation, and/or light housekeeping. As time goes on, additional care becomes required until the senior becomes fully dependent on the caregiver. This is a big responsibility that does not come with a specific job description and the role you play as a caregiver will constantly be changing.

Because of this responsibility and ever changing demands, it makes sense to keep daily caregiving records. Here are 7 reasons why keeping caregiving records are beneficial to both the caregiver and care-receiver.

        1.       Keeping daily records will allow you to monitor the senior’s progress and continually reassess their needs. This makes it easier for the caregiver to make adjustments and ensures overall better care.

        2.       Documentation allows you to better inform the senior’s doctors about changes in health and ultimately results in fewer office visits and better responsiveness to medical needs.

        3.       Caregiving can be stressful. By keeping caregiving records you no longer have to worry about remembering everything. It is a great way to get things out of your head so you can focus solely on the care needed and not be worrying about something you may have forgotten.

        4.       It keeps family members in the loop. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to mention key details or changes in care since everything is documented for loved ones to see.

        5.       What if you’re sick? By having everything written down you allow another caregiver to easily provide services until you return. This ensures long term high quality care.
   
        6.       Increases satisfaction of caregiver and receiver. By writing daily notes you ensure that both the senior and caregiver are on the same page. This allows either one to bring concerns up and opens the line of communication further.

        7.       It keeps all the records in one place. By having a single notebook or folder, you no longer have to worry about information being spread out. If you need to retrieve a piece of information about the senior or their health, you know exactly where to look.

Once you begin keeping a daily record of your caregiving services you will find that it leads to overall better care and satisfaction. Just be sure to do this regularly and always have this on hand so you can make notes whenever needed.


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Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships. They also lose their ability to solve problems and maintain emotional control, and they may experience personality changes and behavioral problems such as agitation, delusions, and hallucinations. While memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, memory loss by itself does not mean that a person has dementia. Doctors diagnose dementia only if two or more brain functions such as memory, language skills, perception, or cognitive skills including reasoning and judgment are significantly impaired without loss of consciousness.

There are many disorders that can cause dementia. Some such as Alzheimer’s disease(AD) lead to a progressive loss of mental functions. But other types of dementia can be halted or reversed with appropriate treatment.

With AD and many other types of dementia, the disease processes causes many nerve cells to stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, and die. In contrast, normal aging does not result in the loss of large numbers of neurons in the brain.

What are the different kinds of Dementia?

  • Cortical Dementia: Dementia where the brain damage primarily affects the brain’s cortex, or outer layer. Cortical dementias tend to cause problems with memory, language, thinking, and social behavior.
  • Subcortical Dementia:  Dementia that affects parts of the brain below the cortex. Subcortical dementia tends to cause changes in emotions and movement in addition to problems with memory.
  • Progressive Dementia: Dementia that gets worse over time, gradually interfering with more and more cognitive abilities.
  • Primary Dementia: Dementia such as AD that does not result from any other disease.
  • Secondary Dementia: Dementia that occurs as a result of a physical disease or injury.


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The Right Exercises for Seniors

Senior fitness requires exercise, but it must be the correct exercise. If seniors exercise incorrectly they can cause great harm.

There are four basic components to correct exercise for seniors that will lead to healthy living: cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance.


Cardio Training
Cardio training is an activity that increases the heart rate. Good exercises that are appropriate for seniors include: walking, swimming, and bike riding. Becoming involved in this form of exercise three or more times per week is essential.

Strength Exercise
As we age our muscles slowly begin to decline in size. The more a muscle is not used the more it will shrink. As a senior it is important to exercise with light weights a few times each week to keep muscles strong.

Flexibility and Stretching Exercise
For good posture and healthy joints it is important for seniors to undertake a few minutes each day or every other day of stretching exercises. Exercises that involve stretching help keep the body flexible.

Balance Exercise
This is the area of exercise that is often overlooked, yet very important. As we age we lose our sense of balance and become more vulnerable to falling. By doing balance exercises this will help prevent fall accidents.


As with any exercise activity, especially as a senior, consult a physician first before anything is started. That way they can assure that the activities are safe and proper for the health of the individual.

Keep in mind these four components of proper exercise for seniors. Senior fitness is important and should not be ignored if one is to have a happy and healthy life during their later years. But it must be done right and include all the four of the mentioned components.

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