Thursday, July 20, 2017

Other countries: How they are preparing for an aging population.

The "Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report" identified creative programs to promote entrepreneurship and volunteerism, lifelong learning in technology and finance, intergenerational communities and support for caregivers. Here are some examples: UNITED KINGDOM Unemployed, low-income or disabled individuals can be helped by the New Enterprise Allowance program. This program can help them start their own business by matching applicants with a business mentor. TURKEY Caregiver Service Program helps low-income older adults by compensating family members for the cost associated having to quit a job to care for an aging relative. CANADA Older Adults With Mobile Technology ensures that older individuals can use technologies including, tablets, mobile phones, Facebook, Skype and Microsoft Office. ISRAEL Here We Live is an intergenerational program that connects old and young people by matching older adults who live independently and have a spare bedroom with college students. CHINA The Silver Age Action Initiative uses the experience and knowledge of retired professionals to advance social and economic development in regions of the country that are less developed. BRAZIL The Financial Education To Older Adults program helps older adults whose financial literacy has not kept pace with Brazil's rapid expansion of credit and access to finance.

SCAMMING THE ELDERLY, VETERANS AND ROMANCE SEEKERS

In 2016,more than 36,000 complaints of fraud and identity theft were reported in Louisiana. Particularly at risk are older people. Scammers often target those who are likely to have a nest egg. Also, veterans are targeted in a variety of scams. Some examples are, illegitimate "charities" that claim to be raising money for veterans, fake military discounts for real estate and offers to "buy out" military disability benefits or pensions at a fraction of the value. In Mississippi, there are an estimated 219,00 veterans. To ensure they don't fall victim to fraud, there will be events that offer an opportunity to learn about fraud prevention, financial security and caregiving. More than hurt feelings can result in relationships gone wrong. The cost could be financial, as well, for victims of online dating scams. In 2016, nearly 15,000 complaints were received by the FBI Internet Crime Center about romance scams. These complaints were nationwide, with losses exceeding $230 million. The typical scam is the con artist pretends to be romantically interested to gain the victim's affection. After awhile, he claims to be in a "crisis" and asks for money.

LAUGHING FOR YOUR HEALTH

Laughing can give your immune system a temporary boost, offer your torso a mini workout, relax arteries and ease pain. In a study, individuals' memory was improved and stress levels dropped just by watching 20 minutes of the TV show America's Funniest Home Videos. Jeffrey Briar, director of the Laughter Yoga Institute in Laguna Beach, California, says "Laughter is too important to have it depend on hearing a good joke". He suggests trying laughter yoga. This practice, with roots in India, has spread across the globe by laughter clubs and online videos. Research it on the web to see if you think you will like it. Check online for a laughter-yoga club or invite friends over to try it with web videos. "Doing laughter with others has the biggest benefits", according to Briar. You can also watch a comedy right at home. With choices like Netflix, YouTube and movies on cable TV, you don't have to leave your house to laugh. Don't miss out on your daily chuckle, whether you politely giggle or laugh till your face hurts.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LOOKING OUT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA ON THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

The terrain on the Virgin Islands can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they become lost outdoors. The Virgin Islands has a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. The Silver Alert system is similar to the Amber Alert programs for missing children. It expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. At least 90% of Alzheimer's patients are 60 and older. At some point is their illness, 6 out of 10 people with dementia will wander from their homes or care facilities and get lost. As many as half of these people may suffer serious injury or death if they are not found within 24 hours.

6 THINGS TO DO WITH SURPRISING RESULTS

1-CLEAN YOUR DESK RESULT: Improves brain health. A study concluded that individuals who work in dirty or noisy places are more likely to have long-term cognitive decline than those who work in clean and quiet ones. 2-HAVE A SALAD RESULT: Get happier. A study showed that the more people eat veggies or fruit, the higher they score on test of happiness. Eating up to eight vegetables or fruits has the same feeling as going from unemployed to employed. 3-CLEAN YOUR COUNTERS RESULT: Loose a few pounds. Women who left cereal sitting on their kitchen counters weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who had empty counters, according to a study. Those who left their soda out outweighed 26 pounds or more than those who put away their soda. 4-LISTEN TO CLASSICAL MUSIC RESULT: Lower your blood pressure. Separate groups pf people listened to Strauss, Mozart, ABBA or nothing at all in a recent study. The blood pressure of those who listened to classical was reduced significantly. 5-ORDER AN AMERICANO RESULT: Helps to prevent illness. An Americano is hot water added to an espresso. It contains copper which helps to burn fat. It also has a high amount of disease-fighting antioxidants. 6-DRAW A PICTURE RESULT: Keep muscle strength. A study found that spending 45 minutes on an art project, reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol accelerate muscle loss. The more cortisol you have the weaker your grip is.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

KEEPING YOUR PETS COOL

(1) NEVER leave pets in a car. Temps can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. (2) Watch for heat stress. Here are some signs: Excessive panting and drooling, restlessness, anxiety, unsteadiness or change in gum or tongue color. (3) With dogs, know your breed. Flat-nose types like pugs have a harder time; they can't move as much air in and out of their mouths. Dogs with short or thin coats may need sunscreen. (4) Don't just shave all of your pet's coat off. Ask your vet about the right summer cut. Keep pets warm in the winter, but also shield them from sun. Insulate them against the heat.

CAREGIVERS ARE ASSISTED BY VIDEOS

The Home Alone Alliance has produced short videos to help with caregiving techniques. These videos will answer questions like: How should family caregivers help loved ones get around the home with a walker or a cane? Or how do caregivers get the loved one in or out of a shower? The videos are produced in English and Spanish. Find them at aarp.org/nolongeralone.