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Can’t-Miss Tips for Managing Compound Caregiving

According to the AARP, “A whopping 24 percent of caregivers care for more than one adult person.”(1) Compound caregiving is defined as when a family or professional caregiver tends to the needs of more than one person at a time. It can be very tricky to find the right balance between caring for one’s own needs as well as the needs of multiple others. Our can’t-miss tips will help by providing time management techniques, assistive technologies, and stress management strategies.

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National Diabetes Month: What Fall-Risk Diabetics Need to Know

November is here and in honor of National Diabetes month, communities across the United States will soon be teaming up to spread awareness. Diabetes is a common challenge for seniors. According to the American Diabetes Association, “The percentage of Americans aged 65 and older [with diabetes] remains high, at 26.8%, or 14.3 million seniors (both diagnosed and undiagnosed).” (1)

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Heroes of Your Golden Years

Heroes take many forms. As children, we often look up to fantastic role models. I remember falling in love with comic books, staring intently and with wonderment at each colorful panel, watching superheroes like Batman speed through the night in his Batmobile in search of the criminal denizens that put a blight on Gotham City, or such paragons as Superman who had x-ray vision and heat vision, flight, the strength to lift 2 billion tons, super speed, and invulnerability which he used to save the world.

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Tips for Learning and Using Technology While Aging-In-Place

According to the AARP, in the past year, 51% of older Americans say they bought some type of technology product. The top purchases were: • Smartphone (23%) • Computer or laptop (12%) • Smart television (11%) • Tablet (10%) • Smart home technology or device (12%) • Wearable device (7%) (4) There are many devices for seniors living alone that can improve their everyday lives as they age in place, including a medical alert system. An Alert1 emergency response solution can provide you with a fast and easy way to contact someone for help when you experience a fall or emergency. When you press the panic button, it will instantly contact and emergency response agent who will talk to you through the speaker and ask you questions to analyze the situation. Then they will contact whoever you need for help and stay on the line until help has arrived.

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Physical and Mental Conditions that Increase Seniors’ Risk of Falling

As you age in place it is important to understand what types of physical and mental conditions can increase your risk of falling. When you have this information, you can determine which fall prevention strategies to use to keep yourself safe. One fall prevention strategy that can help you no matter what the cause of falling is, is an Alert1 medical alert device for seniors. This assistive technology provides you with instant access to a certified emergency response agent who is available to you 24/7/365. Rather than fumbling with a phone and hoping that your emergency contact answers, this emergency response solution can help you ensure that you can get help wherever and whenever you may need it.

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9 Ways to Make Halloween Fun and Safe for Your Favorite Senior

When you're a kid, Halloween is typically one of the most exciting times of the year. You can dress up as anything you want, you score free candy, and you get to participate in other fun and spooky activities. However, as you get older it can be difficult to recapture the spirit and excitement that goes along with the Halloween season. According to CNN, “More than 148 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year.” (6) Make this holiday special and safe for your favorite aging-in-place senior. Give them a bit of nostalgia and rekindle their Halloween spirit. You can create great memories all while keeping your loved one happy and healthy with these fun Halloween activities.

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Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents

As your parents age, it is a good idea to start planning so that you know what their wishes are and how to take care of them if they can no longer take care of themselves. There are many family caregivers taking care of aging parents in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, “There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States. Of that group, nine-in-ten are providing care for an aging relative.” (1) This topic can be challenging to talk to your parents about, but it is important to know what to do when the time comes. There are a variety of questions you should ask your aging parents regarding their health, legal matters, finances, and caregiving preferences.

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Fall Prevention Checklist for Seniors

According to Aging.com, “Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.” (1) There are many factors that can contribute to a senior’s fall risk. These include hazards around your home, medical conditions, and physical impairments. Fortunately, there are several fall prevention strategies you can use as a senior to prevent falls and injuries.

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Self-Defense For Seniors: How to Protect Yourself

Everybody deserves to feel safe and secure in public spaces – especially the elderly. There’s greater need now than in years past for self-defense. While the elderly might not need to use self-defense tips on a regular basis, memorizing them can help provide a sense of confidence when in an unsafe situation. Sometimes, having a strong self-defense foundation – even if you never use it – can alleviate stress. Self-defense knowledge can bring a physical and mental health boost. Similarly, tools like medical alert systems can provide a sense of safety and security against the threat of falling.

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Exploring the Different Types of Medical Alerts

If you believe that you or your loved one could use the added security of a medical alert system for seniors from Alert1, you are not alone. According to the Washington Post, “More than 3 million (mostly senior) consumers own medical-alert devices — panic buttons worn on the wrist, or a pendant.”(1) As the world’s population ages, this number will continue to increase rapidly. Every senior has a different lifestyle. With this comes various needs and special circumstances. As you age in place, you will want to consider what your medical alert button options are and choose the one that best fits your specific needs.

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