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The “By Us For Us” Guides

Written by Laura Bramly

For quite some time now I’ve been meaning to pass along information
about the “By Us For Us” Guides, a set of inspirational and
informative booklets put together FOR people with dementia BY people
with dementia. A group of talented and passionate people got together
and created guides for people with dementia to pass along what they
have learned about strategies for coping and living their lives to the
fullest.

There are currently five booklets available for order for a cost of $1
each on the Murray Alzheimer’s Research and Education Program (MAREP)
Web site at http://www.marep.uwaterloo.ca/products/bufu.html. Detailed
descriptions of each booklet are provided on this Web site.

The five booklets cover the following topics:

Memory Workout: An exercise guide for your mind based on activities
that the authors found helped them to improve or maintain their memory
and quality of life.

Managing Triggers: Triggers that people have experienced and
strategies for gaining back control after becoming agitated.

Enhancing Communication: Different ways of communicating, hidden
meanings, tips on communicating with loved ones and for expressing
emotion.

Enhancing Wellness: Helpful tips for eating well, taking care of your
body, being physically active, staying centered and connected with
others, and living in peace.

Tips & Strategies: Ideas and suggestions for daily living with
dementia, provided BY people living with dementia based on their own
experiences.

Each booklet is full of helpful tips and strategies, all based on real
life experiences of those with dementia and therefore tried and
tested. The booklets are clearly laid out and easy to navigate, and
are between 12 and 16 pages each.

What do you Think About Your Age?

Talk about it with George!


George Carlin on aging!
(Absolutely Brilliant)

IF YOU DON’T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. AND WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED, DO AS I AM DOING AND SEND IT ON.

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30… Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is…

10. Tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people — who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Fitness 4 Seniors

Aging is a natural process, and with it comes many fringe benefits. For example, living the retired-permanent-holiday life, a gained respect from youngsters, and you can’t forget the senior discounts. However, with aging also comes an immense amount of responsibility. This responsibility not only includes influencing the future generations, but also extends to the need of taking care of yourself. One of the common reasons why many young people dread growing old is because it is associated with being brittle, weak, dependant, and ill. Seniors need to prove to everyone that they are a vibrant and vital part of the population, and being fit is the first step.

Now I’m not asking everyone to tell his or her elderly family members to hit the gym for three hours every single day. But let’s face the facts: a significant percentage of older adults do not get the physical exercise they need, lack of physical activity combined with a poor diet is the second most common reason for death in the USA, and being fit can reduce the risk of many diseases. Seniors are quickly becoming the fastest growing demographic in both Canada and the USA, and we cannot afford to have such a large percentage of the population to be of poor health.

Before diving into an intense regime though, seniors should consult medical professionals on any physical problems they may have that could inhibit exercise. They should also ensure to use the required safety equipment, such as helmets, or eye protection. Stretching before exercising is also recommended. One of the most important things is to know your own limit – do not overstrain yourself.

Many people today put off exercising because it seems like a chore to some. Fitness should not be forced activities that your doctor pushes you to complete. It should be FUN. You can make it an enjoyable social occurrence, by getting away from traditional methods. Instead of running on a treadmill watching Oprah reruns, and lifting weights listening to a looped playlist, make exercising more interesting. Seniors should take advantage of the retired lifestyle, and use their newfound time to go hiking on trails with beautiful scenery, or biking along the lake. Make healthier lifestyle choices to encourage physical activity – take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car further away from the mall entrance. Exercising should not be just another addition to your daily To Do list; it should be viewed as a transition into a healthier, longer, and more fulfilled life.

Baby boomers swell ranks of retirement-aged Canadians

Baby boomers swell ranks of retirement-aged Canadians

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If You’re in the Work Force Now or Want to Return to the Work Force, It’s a Good Idea to Brush Up on Social Media

written by Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Social media is one of those weird words that is rather vague. It’s usually used in traditional media to refer to websites that encourage online “social networking.”

I’ll use the term here to mean the range of online activities that enable you to create virtual relationships with people who have interests similar to yours.

And this social media activity can be very important for people looking for jobs as well as for people looking to promote their brand, book or business.

The job category can be broken down into two sub-categories:

• Using social media activity to find a job by networking on professional sites such as LinkedIn.com

• Using social media activity to convince a potential employer that you can add to your value as an employee by utilizing your social media contacts to help disseminate the employer’s promotional message

Social media can take different online forms, and we’ll be talking about two major ones:

• Blogging

• Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Blogging started out as the online equivalent of keeping a diary – albeit a diary without a key and thus open to the entire globe (or at least the entire globe who read English).

Nowadays blogs have morphed into Internet marketing platforms or book promotion platforms or for numerous other goals. The one thing blogs have in common is that the newest entry is added to the top of the chronological order in reverse of blog posts.

There are free blogging hosted platforms such as http://www.blogger.com where you can set up your own blog in a few minutes. If you plan to become a serious blogger, it would be a good idea to first spend some time learning about the different blogging platforms, including self-hosted ones.

Social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are free membership sites where you have the opportunity to connect with other people and share information.

Each site has a different focus and requires specific strategies for optimizing one’s experience on the site. This is why there are so many websites offering reports and training sessions on how to use these networks.

And at first you’ll need a glossary of terms just to use the language correctly. For example, you follow people on Twitter and you friend people on Facebook.

I started learning Internet marketing after my 60th birthday, and I admit I’ve invested a great deal of time in learning how to do this effectively.

Thus I know how daunting all of this may look to you at the moment. But I promise you, if you are willing to learn new things and not give up the first time you’re frustrated (I was frustrated a great deal), there will come a day when you’ll say: I’m so glad I started down this social media path.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s company has launched the monthly program http://www.WeTeachWebMarketing.com as well as doing Twitter tutorials – see http://www.TeachMetoTweetNow.com . She’s also a National Internet Business Examiner at http://www.InternetBizBlogger.com and many of the articles at that site can add to your knowledge of blogging and social media sites. You can follow her on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/ZimblerMiller
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Eco Travel: Go Green and Get Away!

Seniors are notorious travelers. They’ve put in their years of work, now its time to relax. Unfortunately, the perfect getaway often has a major cost for the environment. A return plane flight from New York to Hawaii can create the same carbon emissions as a car does in an entire year. Many hotels guzzle energy at much higher rate than individuals would use in an eco-friendly home. Luckily for environmentally conscious seniors, eco friendly travel is becoming increasingly available and widespread.
Air travel is a huge, and often unnoticed, contributor to carbon emissions. Mile for mile, airplanes use as much fuel as cars, but because of the shorter travelling time people often don’t think about it. Many companies and nonprofit organizations are now offering carbon offsetting programs which help travelers go “carbon-neutral”. A traveler can purchase carbon offsets and reductions to neutralize the environmental cost of their flight. As a matter of fact, this method can be used to offset emissions from cars and homes too.
Okay, you’ve offset the environmental cost of getting to your destination, but now what? Whether you’re travelling close to home or in a faraway destination, there are sure to be eco-friendly vacation options. From California to Costa Rica, resorts have been bitten by the green travel bug. Websites like The Ethical Traveler (http://www.ethicaltraveler.org/) and The International Ecotourism Society (http://www.ecotourism.org/) help travelers to make smart decisions about where they stay and what industries they support while they’re there.
Eco tourism is a growing trend, and this is the one time when its good to follow the crowd. Next time you are looking to take a relaxing retirement vacation, keep Mother Nature in mind!

RX for Savings

When I started to think about my parents’ retirement, I was overwhelmed by the thoughts of all the “things that needed to be done should something go wrong”.  I was a single mom working full-time and I thought “time is not my friend in this” and set up a company to help my parents.  My parents oblivious to my obvious concern for their life and health and the piles of stuff accumulated proceeded to act as any snowbirds do and purchased a place in the sun.  Their annual trek to Lah-Lah land, as my mom puts it, was one of no worries, and be “happys”.  They were healthy and financially able to finance their simple needs and even could satisfy their wants occasionally.

Last year 2 things happened that brought home the reality of living 6 months in a different country than your own …both of them had medical issues.  Mom, who is 77 and a nurse, knew she had an infection and needed medication. They when to a clinic and $400.00 dollars later had the diagnosis “infection” and a prescription in hand and needed to shell out a further $385.00 for the medication.  She asked me to mail her prescription. I did it cost 10.00 to mail and their health plan covered the cost of the medication.  She saved $375.00.

Later that same year, Dad who is 80 and still the only handyman that my mom trusts, replaced the white broadloom throughout the Florida home and put in laminate.  It looked beautiful ….but Dad’s health paid the price.  In severe pain from being on his knees all day, he discovered that his medical insurance had run out.  Painfully, he got into his car and drove the two days back to Canada in the dead of winter to reapply for his insurance and to see his doctor about the problem that he was having. The doctor immediately diagnosed the problem, but said the medication that works the best was only available in the states.  He could give him a sample but he would have to fill the prescription in the states, as it hadn’t been approved by the Canadian Health Protection Branch yet.  That medication brought relief for the first time in several weeks.

So, owning a business to help seniors find the help they needed, I saw a real opportunity to make a difference.  My thoughts were to find a company that could fill prescriptions in Canada, and could also provide medication that was only available in the states.  I began my search and being for my own parents I did my due diligence in finding a safe alternative to the high cost of buying medication in the states.

The FDA encourages online prescriptions purchases and published their tips to finding a good online source which is:

  • Make sure the site requires a prescription and has a pharmacist available for questions.
  • Buy only from licensed pharmacies.
  • Don’t provide personal information such as credit card numbers unless you are sure the site will protect them. That they will not sell contact information

It was with those tips in mind I began a search for a licensed pharmacy that complied with those guidelines. For my Dad’s situation I found a US pharmacy that is licensed and provides US Brands and US Generics located in Lakeland Florida.  They partnered with a Canadian pharmacy which is located in Alberta, Canada called Extended Care Pharmacy license no. #1636. This pharmacy is owned by a pharmacist, Andy Troszok, the first president of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, who is a pioneer and advocate for low cost importations of prescription drugs to US Citizens.  I told my parents that by faxing their prescription to Extendicare Pharmacy they would be ordering the drugs directly from Canada.  They would pay only the shipping and pharmacy fee but their medication would be covered by OHIP. Any medication that is only available in the states would be provided by their US counterpart in Lakeland Florida and that wouldn’t be covered but would be available to them with a prescription. They loved the idea and told me I should include this information on my website, knowing that I would never sell contact information as I set the company up to protect seniors.  They were wondering if their American friends in Florida could take advantage of the link that I created.  I researched the process online and realized that the American Drug Companies were protecting their huge profit margins by scaring the general public into believing medication from Canada was “fake” and they continued their propaganda campaign by painting all foreign pharmacies with the same brush.

I was at a party in Florida to celebrate my friend’s victory over Cancer and spoke to her about her medication. She had already done a lot of online searching to discover a pharmacy that could provide her with her medication. That said, her friends were warning her of medications from Canadian pharmacies.  Canada is not a third world country, but protected by more restrictive rules about medication then in the states.  However, because of our public health insurance, it is simply a country that legislated that Pharmaceutical companies were only allowed to charge so much. Lipitor is Lipitor period.  A licensed pharmacy would lose their license if they tried to pass off “fake” drugs.  This would be evident quickly from complaints.

My thoughts were confirmed when the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty visited Canada and established a website providing information to Americans on how to import safety.  I decided to create a link on my website so that Americans can exercise their rights as free citizens to make their own choices. It’s up to you now. However, the following state Governments are using Canadian Pharmacies to lower the cost of running their states, why shouldn’t you? What do they know that you should too?

MINNESOTA, NEVADA, ILLINOIS, KANSAS, MISSOURI, VERMONT, RHODE ISLAND, WISCOUSIN, MAINE.

Seniors Going Green

Written by Jessica from Find Help 4 Seniors

Seniors, as a growing segment of the population have more opportunity than ever to lead the fight for a greener future. They have witnessed the major environmental initiatives in the past and their wealth of experience is something that everyone can learn from. During World War 2, today’s seniors were learning to conserve and reuse materials. Widespread recycling of paper and kitchen fats began for use in the war. The Sixties and Seventies brought about the realization of the need to save energy. The search was on for new sources of cleaner energy such as nuclear, solar and tidal. As the environmental movement has grown, seniors have been there every step of the way.

Today’s seniors are continuing the environmental drive. Environmental action groups such as Green Seniors are helping seniors join together with the goal of sustainability and preservation of the environment. Seniors are increasingly buying eco-friendly products and bringing back conservation methods learned in the Depression. Recycling programs have sprung up in many retirement communities where seniors are concerned about leaving a clean environment for their grandchildren. Some retirement homes are even catering specifically to the environment-conscious senior.

In order to save our environment, everyone has to work together. Grandparents can pass knowledge and conservation techniques on to their grandchildren. Re-dye clothing to get extended use from it, open curtains to let natural light in and make one trip to get lots of things done. If you are the child or grandchild of a senior, begin asking about their experiences. If you are a senior, please post your own tips and tricks in response to this blog!