Automating Seniors’ Homes: Aging in Place

Ensuring our senior loved ones’ safety at home need not be daunting. With the help of home automation devices, we can be assured of their security even when we’re not around or when their caregivers are out for a while. Technological innovations today have paved the way for these solutions – bringing peace of mind right within our fingertips. If you are checking specific tools for home automation and security, consider employing the help of a Wi-Fi video camera, an automated door lock, a smart home hub, remote-controlled lighting, smart smoke detector, robot vacuum, and smart sensors. These tools help see to it that your loved ones have the assistance they need at home. Whether or not they a

How to Choose the Best Health Care Options for Seniors

Health care for the elderly entails providing love and support to our dear seniors. As they age, it is a fact that they need support in terms of holistic and quality health care. There may be times when they already need assistance in moving, dressing, bathing, and in other activities of daily living (ADLs). They may also be suffering from chronic illnesses – prohibiting them from performing ADLs. Thus, it is a must to consider various options to provide excellent senior health care. In selecting the best approach to senior care, take note of three choices: home health care, assisted living, and nursing homes. Home Health Care Home health care is the most recommended for those who prefer sta

Market for Smart Home Elderly Monitoring to Grow beyond 600% by 2020

In 2015, less than 75,000 homes were found to use elderly monitoring technology solutions. By 2020, it is estimated that the number will increase to 600,000 or with a growth of 600 percent, according to Strategy Analytics. This was said to be possible since enhanced product offerings and market forces aid in stirring adoption. Growth conditions have also become positive, that to include people living longer. More families have also embraced home care services more to help facilitate positive aging. Based on a survey of the said research firm, 34 percent of respondents with senior relatives (ages 70 and above) who live separate from them are interested in free monitoring services while 30 per

Elderly, Homeless Encouraged to Find Shelter during Heat Wave

Southern California now experiences tremendously high temperatures, with an anticipated peak on Monday, being the first day of summer. Thus, aside from the warnings of excessive heat for Los Angeles County, public health officials also alerted its emergency management agencies to aid the elderly, homeless, pets and children, the most vulnerable. On Monday, the longest day of the year, San Bernardino may reach 115 degrees, Ontario 109 degrees, Death Valley at 131 degrees, and Palm Springs 121 degrees. A climatologist even stated how it can become brutal, a very grave heat wave which may even result to fire if worse comes to worst. To combat the forecast weather scenario, agencies have prepare

Giving up Guns: Aging Issue Tackled

The country’s aging population has brought upon various implications. One of these, gun ownership, remains to be a pressing issue that the loved ones of seniors have been facing. How should care providers, families, and relatives deal with this? Public safety and geriatric experts reiterate the careful strategies in tackling such issues. Instead of sneaking guns and disabling them, according to professionals, there has to be a proper way of discussing the concern with the elderly instead of covertly dealing with the issue by themselves. In this way, the elderly’s rights and welfare can still be taken into consideration. Note that care givers have a vital role in maintaining the elderly’s wel

Planning for Retirement: Depending on Medicaid and Other Considerations

Living for a very long time may be a milestone. However, it also has its disadvantages – one of which has to be the fact that you’d have to find means to sustain your nursing care and other activities of daily living. Qualifying for Medicaid can be quite a challenge. Thus, it is best to prepare for your retirement age several years or even decades before you reach such age. Almost every American, whatever income or assets they have, are qualified to receive Medicaid. Although this can pay for medications, physician’s visits, hospitalizations, and treatments, it does not cover long-term care. With this, it is imperative for one to consider preparing for end-of-life care as part of estate and

LGBT Seniors in Sonoma County Encountering Unique Challenges

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) seniors in Sonoma County are facing unique challenges as they experience what seems like “persecution” – making them feel like they are sinners, mentally ill, criminals or even targets of violence. As a result, those who work or stay at institutional settings tend to shy away from social gatherings to avoid perceived or real bias or moral judgment. According to new research, there are significant differences between homosexuals and their counterpart heterosexuals, most especially in terms of financial, physical, and emotional well being. They have a higher risk for depression, physical disability, poor health, a

Seniors’ Incomes Not Enough, Bankrate Study Says

Thriving and surviving retirement years entails at least 70% of the income one had before he retired, a Bankrate research says. According to them, only three states have exceeded this percentage: Alaska, Hawaii and South Carolina. These results show the country’s lack of preparedness when it comes to retirement. It even encompasses preparedness for things due in a week. Thus, an event such as retirement (which may be way beyond youth’s sight as of now) is still a challenge for many. James Carlson, chief investment officer at the financial services firm, Questis, stated, “Americans are facing a shortfall of retirement income (because) their saved assets are not enough to fund their desired or

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