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Why The Elderly Must Take AntioxidantsAntioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but no...
01/05/2021

Why The Elderly Must Take Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in animal tissue. Antioxidants are nutrients as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). They are believed to play a role in preventing the development of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.

Why the Elderly Must Take Antioxidants
Many researchers claim that elderly people, especially those who have reduced their food intake, frequent aspirin users, heavy drinkers, smokers, and people with impaired immune systems may benefit from taking antioxidant supplements daily. In terms of heart disease and stroke, it is possible that higher levels of antioxidants slow or prevent the development of arterial blockages, a complicated process involving the oxidation of cholesterol. Moreover, antioxidants may deter the collection of plaque on arterial walls.

Exercise and Free Radicals
Exercise in untrained individuals overwhelms defenses resulting in increased free radical damage. Thus, the "weekend warrior" who is predominantly sedentary during the week but engages in vigorous bouts of exercise during the weekend may be doing more harm than good. To this end, there are many factors that may determine whether exercise-induced free radical damage occurs, including the degree of conditioning of the person, the intensity of exercise, and diet.

Because Free Radicals have one or more unpaired electrons, free radicals are highly unstable. They scavenge your body to grab or donate electrons, thereby damaging cells, proteins, and DNA (genetic material). The same oxidative process also causes oils to become rancid, peeled apples to turn brown, and iron to rust.

Sources of Antioxidants!
Consuming more antioxidants helps provide the body with tools to neutralize harmful free radicals. It's estimated that there are more than 4,000 compounds in foods that act as antioxidants. The most studied include vitamins C and E, betacarotene, and the mineral selenium.

Managing Your Senior Citizen’s MedicationsThat was an observation the grandson of my adult parent observed about his Gra...
12/24/2020

Managing Your Senior Citizen’s Medications
That was an observation the grandson of my adult parent observed about his Granddad. And while that may be a bit of a crude way of making that observation, it is certainly a correct observation. The truth is that senior citizens sometimes find themselves taking a vast array of pills and medications. Sometimes the diversity of medications can become hard to keep track of. That is why so often your aging parent may have a pill dispenser kit that allows him to measure out the drugs for an entire week to try to keep it all straight.

The real concern with that much medication being used at the same time is medicine interaction. If your retired mom or dad takes five, six, seven, or more pills at a time, it’s easy to imagine that one of those medications might get into conflict with another. This is not an idle concern. Many drug-related overdoes or interaction problems happen to senior citizens every year because they combined their many prescription medications with the country drugs or with alcohol and the chemical reaction in their bodies became explosive.

So because you are the caregiver to your aging mom or dad, it’s up to you to come up with some strict rules that you have to insist become the law of the land for your mom or dad to assure that there is little or not possibility of a drug related reaction which could lead to hospitalization or death.

Knowledge is power when it comes to managing your senior citizen’s medications. And the two key people you should turn to for that knowledge are your parent’s doctor and pharmacist. Sometimes the problems that arise of medicines that conflict come from the influence of many doctors in prescribing drugs. So be sure there is one doctor who is in charge of your parent’s health in general. Have him or her review the current crop of medications, their frequency, and ingredients to assure that there are no potentially dangerous interactions.

Your pharmacist can perform the same function as he is trained in understanding the way drugs work. So, as with the doctor, it’s good to pick one pharmacist for all of your parent’s drugs and schedule a time to go over the entire medication picture with the pharmacist to look for potential problems.

The next important area of focus to avoid potential medication mistakes is the home. There is a lot you can do to prevent your aging parent from accidentally taking the wrong medications or the wrong dosages, either of which can cause potential problems. If the medicine cabinet where the meds are kept is full of similar looking bottles and the only way to tell them apart is fine print on the bottles, do your part to make them unique.

You can buy multicolored bottles to transfer the drugs into. Then you can write out your parent’s medicine schedule in clear understandable terms like, “3 p.m. take 2 from the blue bottle, 1 from the pink bottle and 1 from the green bottle.” You can even take the next step of using a label maker to mark each bottle in clear, large print type so there is no possibility that what is in that bottle could be misunderstood.

Take proper care to keep track of medicines and their expiration dates and stay ahead of reordering cycles. A great way to save money is to use online pharmacies or reorder services that can provide you with a generic equivalent of prescription drugs. But make sure the medication provider is legitimate so you know you are getting exactly what you ordered.

By staying on top of the senior citizen you are taking care of and his or her medication situation, you are being the brains of the operation. Your retired mom or dad may no longer have that kind of attention to detail and poor eyesight and mental fatigue can cause him or her to fail at staying on top of a complex drug situation. So you fill in that gap for your parent and in doing so, you will the peace of mind that they are getting the medications they need and only the medications they need.

The Greatest Loss of Them AllPerhaps the hardest task you will ever be faced with is to help one of your parents cope wi...
12/20/2020

The Greatest Loss of Them All
Perhaps the hardest task you will ever be faced with is to help one of your parents cope with the loss of her spouse. Naturally, this is going to be a traumatic time for the whole family because as much as the mom lost her husband and the father of her children, you have lost your daddy and you have grief yourself. So how do you help your mom and grandma to your kids get through this very difficult transition?
It will be a time when you will need the understanding and support of your spouse and kids as well. And just as the grief you are coping with yourself and in your now widowed mother is difficult, you also have to be strong and brave for your children as well.
This is the purpose of the funeral because, through the good words of the minister, those not as close to the family feel closure that this good life has gone on to his reward. If your dad was ill and going through a lot of discomforts, there is often a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering. And if the family is strong in religious faith, that assurance of the afterlife is a source of comfort as well.
Only you will be able to gauge how much support or comfort your widowed mother needs in the days just after the passing. It’s important to remember that grief surfaces in strange ways. Many times the real deep grief does not surface at the funeral or even in the days just after as family stays around to be close and go through group processing of the loss of a loved one.
It’s when the family goes home and the routine of daily life sets in that you should plan to be very accessible to your parent. That is when the emotions of grief will surface in the quiet and privacy of the home. It might be advisable in this kind of situation that you live with the grieving parent for a period of a week or two to help with the transition.
Another thing about grief is that it is selfish. While we put a noble face on it and say we are grieving “for” the lost one, the truth is the grief is really for the one who remains because it is she who has to learn to go through life’s routines without that spouse. By being present during mealtime and those little moments of the day, you can “talk through” the different times when your widowed parent remembers that the dearly departed was part of this part of life.
There will be a lot of rebuilding during those first months of being alone. So you as a caregiver can help that transition by not letting the times of loneliness be so long between visits. Obviously, your parent will eventually have to learn to get through the rituals of life alone. But be there for her so that transition is not so jarring.
But even if your parents were stoic at the funeral and only shows a happy face to the grandkids, there will come a time when she has to cry. Be there for her. Don’t try to come up with any “comforting words.” Just being present, maybe doing the dishes, or pouring each of you a glass of wine can be the biggest comfort you can provide.
Finally, talk about the dearly departed. Ministers know the value of talking about the fun, interesting, and wonderful things about the dearly departed. It is a way of reminding ourselves that he didn’t really go away. The memory of him will be here forever in your hearts. So take some evenings and sit down with that box of family photos and go through them with the widowed parent and laugh about the different events of your family history when you were just a little squirt and mom and dad were young and good looking kids themselves.
The joy of these times will be tremendously healing for the grieving senior citizen and for you too. But by going through grief, healing, closure, and moving on together, you bond with your parent and lay the groundwork for the important caregiving challenges you and she will face together in the months and years to come. But you will face them and you will conquer them because you are going to do it together.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Manual Wheel Chair?Are you trying to decide between a manual wheelchair and an electric ...
12/09/2020

What are the Pros and Cons of a Manual Wheel Chair?
Are you trying to decide between a manual wheelchair and an electric one? Before I explain the pros and cons of owning a manual wheelchair as opposed to an electric wheelchair, here are some important considerations to take into effect.
A manual wheelchair requires you to use your own muscles to propel yourself forward. So if you have decent to good upper body strength, these may be ideal for you. You can get manual wheelchairs that are lightweight. You can also get sports chairs and outdoor chairs too.
Here are the pros and cons of owning a manual wheelchair:
Pros:
1. More affordable.
2. Great for temporary/short term use.
3. May maintain upper body strength and endurance, as it is a self-propelled wheelchair requiring upper body ability.
4. Most common models are lightweight and fairly easy to transport.
5. May require less maintenance.
Cons:
1. If you lack upper body strength or ability, and the ability to self-propel yourself throughout the day, on a daily basis – manually, then this may not be the wheelchair for you.
2. Harder to get around than in an electric wheelchair. You lose the luxury of “automatic” mobility the electric wheelchair offers.
3. Depending upon your condition, you may require a helper to push you around if you own a manual wheelchair.
When talking to a sales rep at a wheelchair store, it’s important to let him or her know your physical condition. What you will and will not be capable of.
Let him or her know if you have a nurse or someone available who can push you and if temporary, for how long you expect to be in the wheelchair. (If it’s not too long, you may want to look into getting a used wheelchair or even wheelchair rental.) With that information, he or she can better help you pick out the model and brand perfect for you

The Greatest Loss of Them AllPerhaps the hardest task you will ever be faced with is to help one of your parent’s cope w...
12/02/2020

The Greatest Loss of Them All
Perhaps the hardest task you will ever be faced with is to help one of your parent’s cope with the loss of her spouse. Naturally, this is going to be a traumatic time for the whole family because as much as mom lost her husband and the father of her children, you have lost your daddy and you have grief yourself. So how do you help your mom and grandma to your kids get through this exceedingly difficult transition?
It will be a time when you will need the understanding and support of your spouse and kids as well. And just as the grief you are coping with yourself and in your now widowed mother is difficult, you also must be strong and brave for your children as well.
This is the purpose of the funeral because, through the good words of the minister, those not as close to the family feel closure that this good life has gone on to his reward. If your dad was ill and going through a lot of discomforts, there is often a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering. And if the family is strong in religious faith, that assurance of the afterlife is a source of comfort as well.
Only you will be able to gauge how much support or comfort your widowed mother needs in the days just after the passing. It is important to remember that grief surfaces in strange ways. Many times, the real deep grief does not surface at the funeral or even in the days just after as family stays around to be close and go through group processing of the loss of a loved one.
It’s when the family goes home and the routine of daily life sets in that you should plan to be very accessible to your parent. That is when the emotions of grief will surface in the quiet and privacy of the home. It might be advisable in this kind of situation that you live with the grieving parent for a period of a week or two to help with the transition.
Another thing about grief is that it is selfish. While we put a noble face on it and say we are grieving “for” the lost one, the truth is the grief is really for the one who remains because it is she who has to learn to go through life’s routines without that spouse. By being present during mealtime and those little moments of the day, you can “talk through” the different times when your widowed parent remembers that the dearly departed was part of this part of life.
There will be a lot of rebuilding during those first months of being alone. So you as a caregiver can help that transition by not letting the times of loneliness be so long between visits. Obviously, your parent will eventually have to learn to get through the rituals of life alone. But be there for her so that transition is not so jarring.
But even if your parents were stoic at the funeral and only shows a happy face to the grandkids, there will come a time when she must cry. Be there for her. Do not try to come up with any “comforting words.” Just being present, maybe doing the dishes or pouring each of you a glass of wine can be the biggest comfort you can provide.
Finally, talk about the dearly departed. Ministers know the value of talking about the fun, interesting, and wonderful things about the dearly departed. It is a way of reminding ourselves that he didn’t really go away. The memory of him will be here forever in your hearts. So take some evenings and sit down with that box of family photos and go through them with the widowed parent and laugh about the different events of your family history when you were just a little squirt and mom and dad were young and good looking kids themselves.
The joy of these times will be tremendously healing for the grieving senior citizen and for you too. But by going through grief, healing, closure, and moving on together, you bond with your parent and lay the groundwork for the important caregiving challenges you and she will face together in the months and years to come. But you will face them, and you will conquer them because you are going to do it together.

Aging Parents and Role ReversalThis is the day you thought would never happen. Your roles in life are reversing. You’re ...
11/18/2020

Aging Parents and Role Reversal
This is the day you thought would never happen. Your roles in life are reversing. You’re trying to make decisions for yourself and your Aging Parent. What will be best for them without altering your life too drastically? How do you keep up the pace and ultimately please everyone around you? You are not alone in life, you have a family, significant other, a career to think about. You want to balance everything to keep everyone happy and life as normal as possible. Think again! Those once a week visits or daily phone calls aren’t enough anymore. Your parent needs care, the real kind.
The care includes making sure they eat, that they take their meds, that their money isn’t being floundered away on TV shopping. You have siblings that think Assisted Living or Nursing Facilities are awful and they don’t want to put Mom or Dad in one even though they also don’t want to help out. How do you cope? How do you deal with this situation without alienating every member of your family?
First, understand, it’s not about you. What I mean by that statement is that it is not about guilt and what some think is the “Right thing to do”. It’s not about hanging on to someone that they used to be. They are elderly people in need of constant care and attention. If you need a dose of growing up, this situation will make it happen whether you’re ready or not!
Start with their doctor. Have an appointment to discuss the faltering health of your beloved parent. You can also check into the hospital that their health care is associated with. Every hospital has an elder care group of some type. The medical coverage will also have affiliations with elder sourcing. Between the doctor and the medical coverage group, you may be able to determine the types of help and living style your parents' current status requires. Keep asking until you have the best situation for all concerned.
It may be as simple as an Aide visiting once or twice a day to help with showering, dressing, meals, and meds. Their health may need more than that and the visiting nurse or doctor’s office is the place to apply the concern. The best word to learn to help an elder parent is the same as if your infant child were being cared for and that is SAFETY. If safety is not at the level necessary, keep pushing until you get the help you need. Keep on insisting on the area of SAFETY.
It may take you time to uncover everything available to your parent to help with this care process but trust me, it will be worth it in the many years elder care can stretch out to be. It is best to discuss with them all their health and medical, financial, and personal situations before that day arrives.
When they are older the best thing you can give them is you. Spend quality time instead of stress time. Have them over for a day and dinner instead of needing to pawn them off on someone else. The resentment builds if you do this alone and there are many really good care facilities to take that burden off your shoulders.
Safety and honesty are what make those later years a good memory!

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A Great Big Shout Out to Susie's Q who catered an event for Hilltop Village on Friday. The food was a HUGE hit! All the residents loved the delicious food and wonderful selections. The BBQ ribs and mac and cheese was the best I ever had. Thank you for making our event successful and flavorful❣️ The residents and staff had the best time ever. A live band, dancing, games, ice cream truck, and more... SO MUCH FUN!
I found Hilltop Village to be very luxurious very clean people appear to be very friendly and the staff that I met was kind was professional and provided all the information that I believe they had to give. However I feel that the administrative staff as far as how you get moved in there or accepted for of an apartment there especially when you getting assistance from government agencies for seniors such a Section 8 that the staff of Hilltop Village is not properly following guidelines as long as you give them the thousand dollars upfront they want to hold an apartment for you get your lights in place to be turned on renters insurance already paid and ready to go into effect they say they accept Section 8 renters assistance for the seniors looking to become a resident at Hilltop Village how ever they don't want what section 8 has to offer because they're looking for the money they want. It is understandable that any apartment complex can accept or not accept from any organization but if you're not going to accept the offers made based on the guidelines of Section 8 being able to assist a senior trying to get into Hilltop Village Den don't say that you accept Section 8 because you really don't you want what section 8 can give Plus what the tenant gives only if the amount Section 8 is giving is exactly the rent amount of the apartment well that's not how Section 8 works. All you want Hilltop Village is money your money hungry you're not following the guidelines of Section 8 and you proving that otherwise whatever is it is offered from the agency that is helping a senior to be able to move into the assisted living facility you would accept so you really not all that you're using Section 8 to your advantage to get what you want and all that the tenant would have to give I find your business practice appalling dissatisfying until you can correct that matter with me I will continue to say that you are absolutely wrong then you're just money-hungry because if all you want is $1,000 Community fee and Section 8 to give you everything that the apartment is to be rented for a plus what the tenant has to pay you are money hungry. Correct this matter for me I have no problem at all with the environment or the living facility but I do have a problem with the practice of misusing people and organizations that could help seniors to be able to have an apartment there or have a living environment safe and conducive for their health and life. correct this matter with me and of course my feelings and my opinions to you will of course shed brighter light I'm not just satisfied with the environment or the facility but of the practices that would leave a person hanging out with no place to go after they have struggled so hard to do everything that would be required as asked by the staff this is disgusting.
I found the property to be nice Immaculate and an environment for retired individuals or needing Assisted Living to be top. however I also found that they say they accept Section 8 for tenants of residents or people seniors that have housing benefits but they're using Section 8 only to the guidelines that is suitable for them if Section 8 doesn't give them the entire amount of money for rent then they don't want to accept the offer from section 8 after you go through the process of having utilities transferred their renters insurance purchased and ready to go in place I feel this is an unfair and unjust type of process and or business Manner. Brandon I will be notifying Section 8 of any and all transactions as far as Hilltop Village is concerned to be improper unfair and the staff that ministrator staff has always got an excuse or reason not to comply with what is they either accept Section 8 or they don't it's not fair to say we will only accept Section 8 based on them giving us 100% of what we want not based on the guidelines of Section 8 saying we pay according to the geographical area and or size of the bedroom apartment that the tenant or the resident is looking into but they want $1,000 of community fee money's pull up front but it doesn't count for anything and you certainly can't get it back after you move out of there so what guidelines are they following come on Hilltop get off the dumbness yes I'm very ticked off at the fact that you almost guaranteed without a doubt saying as soon as we receive your section 8 rent offer all you have to do is then move in well that is not a true statement that's not true fact from these people they are liars.
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