Senior Fashion – 5 Tips To Transform Senior Fashion From Drab To Fab

The desire to look stylish doesn’t disappear just because there are a few more candles on the cake. When you think of senior fashion, does your mind conjure up images of blue hair and support hose?

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Advertisers would have us believe that only shoppers well under retirement age get excited about new clothes. Commercials show seniors getting plastic surgery to look good, not shopping at Victoria Secret.  I think they’re trying to sell the idea that looking youthful is the key to looking great.

I’m not buying what they’re selling… Are You?

caregiver2Caregivers Who Focus On Senior Fashion Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Did you know your outward appearance can affect your demeanor and even your healing abilities? Check out what scientists are saying:

  • The link between physical health and emotional outlook is powerful
  • Negative feelings can suppress the immune system
  • Positive feelings can speed up recovery from injuries

Caregivers who help their loved ones feel good with a new article of clothing, manicure, or hair style change more than just the outside appearance.Their message says their loved one is worth the extra time and attention. Now your parent feels spectacular on the inside too. Talk about a boost to their immune system and your relationship!

Sensational Senior Fashion Tips That Won’t Break The Bank

that 70s showYou don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Here are five ways to make a great fashion statement:

  1. Style Check- Don’t get caught wearing styles that are best forgotten. Best example: “That 70’s Show”. Men and women each need to stick to timeless pieces. Update your look by pairing your timeless pieces with something in this season’s color.

2.  Fit is key- Poorly fitting clothes or clothes without definition are a sure sign you’re out of step with the times. Don’t let retailers keep you in the department with suspenders, elastic waist pants, or mumus. If you can’t bear to part with a piece of clothing, see if it can be tailored to fit.

woman with scarf3.  Accessories- Your cane or walker don’t count! Belts, hats, ties, scarves, jewelry, etc. Each of these can be used to update the look of what’s already in your closet. Men have been doing this for years. It’s time ladies took a page from their book.

4.  Grooming- There’s no law to keep you from changing your hairstyle. Styles and colors from ten years ago may not become you now. If your hair is thinning, comb overs are never your best look. Don’t forget to update your makeup as well.

5.  Specialty Stores – These retailers feature stylish clothing for people with physical challenges. For example: shirts with Velcro instead of buttons for people with arthritis.

The Bottom Line: There’s No Excuse To Be Dowdy

Senior fashion doesn’t have to be drab. Fashion is an extension of your personality. Your personality doesn’t fade just because you get older. The choice is yours. See you on the fab side of fifty!

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Elder Abuse Statistics Revealed – 3 Alarming Facts Statistics Don’t Tell You

asian abuse victimThe latest elder abuse statistics are devastating.   The National Center on Elder Abuse estimated that more than a million seniors suffered abuse or neglect in a single year.  The estimate in the NCEA report is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Heart Wrenching Truth Is That Most Abuse Goes Unreported.

What Is Abuse?

Abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person.  Here are some common forms of elder mistreatment:

  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Neglecting an older person you are responsible for
  • Taking or misusing an elderly person’s property or finances

 

abuse ignores ageFact #1 – Statistics Didn’t Include Baby Boomers Suffering Neglect 

Baby Boomers make up about 26% of the total U.S. population.  Did you know 10,000 Boomers join the ranks of seniors daily?

The astonishing reports of one million neglected and abused seniors doesn’t even include Baby Boomers!

I’m not a math whiz but even I can see the number of elderly doubling in the near future!

Fact #2 – Ostrich Syndrome Is Alive And Well

ostrich syndrome People suffer from the Ostrich Syndrome when they prefer to stick their heads in the sand instead of facing unpleasant situations.     The fact that one in ten seniors will experience some form of abuse is one unpleasant truth we can no longer ignore.

Elder abuse statistics also demolished another piece of our comfort zone.  The idea that abuse victims fit a certain demographic is simply not true.  Casualties can be found from every walk of life, and every type of family.

Fact #3 – These Statistics Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Did you ever hear the phrase: “Mind your own business?”

Are you aware that minding your own business could make the elderly easy prey?

There are a couple of ways minding your own business makes it easier for abuse to creep in:

  1. You become a living example of the saying: “Ignorance Is Bliss”
  2. If you don’t acknowledge the problem, you won’t be responsible for the solution

Minding your own business helps us put on blinders so we don’t see abuse around us.  Elderly victims too ashamed or afraid to speak up won’t be included in the statistics.

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Recent elder abuse statistics paint a pretty disturbing picture for millions of seniors.  The good news is there are resources to help us become familiar with abuse signs and symptoms.

Knowing what to look for and the proper steps to take if you do spot elder abuse can make a huge difference.

Remember…It’s our future too!

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It’s astounding to discover that so many of our elders have become victims of abuse.  I must confess there have been times when I chose to live life with blinders on.  I realize now that staying in my comfort zone may put someone else in danger.

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Aging In Place – 3 Reasons Why Insanity Helps Aging In Place

What Is Aging In Place?

aging in placeFor most people aging in For most people aging in place means living in non-medical surroundings.

Some live in the home where they raised their families. Many choose to downsize to apartment living. Others move in with relatives or friends for companionship or financial reasons.

Here are a few reasons why seniors choose aging in place:

  • Control over everyday life- not subject to facility rules and regulations
  • Costs much less than assisted living facilities
  • It’s comfortable and familiar- There’s no place like home

It all sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

However…Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

oz-behind-the-curtainIt’s been said that “Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Let’s examine a few scenarios where choosing aging in place is questionable at best.

Alarming Scenario #1 – Illusion Of Control

Each of us desires a sense of control over our lives. No matter what role we are playing in the outside world, at home we are the king/queen of the castle.

Many elders are quick to tell you they couldn’t survive the rules of an assisted living facility. Few of them can tell you what rules they object to though. It’s doubtful any will tell you they fear losing their independence.

Isn’t it ironic that some seniors feel assisted living equals “loss of freedom”, while choosing to be confined to home?

elder stressed outFrightening Scenario #2 – Aging In Place Saves Money

Odds are against you if you haven’t planned to age in place ahead of time. Moving to an assisted living facility means you can skip:

  1. costs for repair and maintenance
  2. real estate taxes
  3. utilities
  4. appliance repair and replacement

As some seniors age they begin to experience challenges completing daily living tasks. Perhaps arthritis or mobility issues make once simple activities seem nearly impossible.

Some elders are not having their needs met trying to save money and trying to save face.

Terrifying Scenario #3 – Aging In Place: My House Or Yours?moving boxes

Many families struggle daily with this question. The senior and the caregiver may have to sacrifice some of these things to protect the status quo:

  • pride
  • good health
  • social life/relationships
  • cash
  • vacation/sick time

Pride can keep us from asking for help when we need it. Elders may be embarrassed that they can no longer take care of everything themselves. Pride keeps family caregivers from admitting they don’t have it all under control.

Elders and caregivers alike stuck in a state of denial go to great lengths to keep up appearances. So much stress jeopardizes their good health. Caregivers trying to keep everything running smoothly seldom have time for a social life.

Even though the elder and the caregiver know things aren’t working right, they keep plugging along.

Aging In Place – The Sobering Conclusion

Aging in place can and does work for some families. But it takes careful planning and teamwork. If the idea of living out your golden years at home appeals to you, there’s no time like the present to start planning for it.

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Elder Financial Abuse – 4 Strategies To Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

What Is Elder Financial Abuse?

Elder financial abuse happens when the senior’s funds, property, or assets are used improperly.

The abuser could be an institution or even the very people we choose to give our power of attorney to.

Elder Financial Abuse – Is Elder Financial Abuse The Crime Of The Century?

According to Fred Joseph, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, “Elder financial abuse is becoming the crime of the 21st century’’.

A recent Metlife study shows financial exploitation of the elderly is up 12 percent, with more than $2.6 billion taken annually. In more than half the cases, the offenders are trusted friends and even family.

Anybody Can Be A Victim Of Elder Financial Abuse

Sometimes we forget that the rich and famous have problems like the rest of us.

Mickey Rooney revealed that he was abused for several years by family members.   His abuse included denying food and medication, and taking control of some of his assets.

Injuries From Elder Financial Abuse Can Be Fatal!

Financial exploitation doesn’t leave physical scars but the wounds run deep.

This type of abuse not only steals the elder’s resources but robs their trust and self esteem.

4 Strategies To Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

Now that you are aware of the seriousness of this issue, its time to put some strategies in place to protect our loved ones and ourselves:

  1. Put assets in a trust
  2. Use yearly credit checks to protect against identity theft
  3. Inventory valuables & jewelry (keep photographs in a separate location)
  4. Avoid financial scammers – Get caller id

Don’t wait another minute to start using these strategies.  Your loved ones are counting on you to protect them.

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Daily Money Management For Seniors – Can You Spell PONZI???

I’m sure it’s not news to you that elderly financial abuse is growing at an alarming rate.

Legitimate firms who offer daily money management for seniors can be a godsend.

No doubt about it, these services allow lots of folks to sleep easier at night.

Late utility payments and lapses in insurance coverage are a thing of the past.  Strained talks with your loved one about their finances are history.  Everything is under control…

Or Is It????

Unscrupulous firms are on the prowl for their next victim.

There have been numerous reports of senior’s money being diverted for the fund manager’s personal use.

What’s even more astonishing to learn is:  These abusers are free to pursue other victims while being investigated!

Who Needs Daily Money Management Anyway?

  • Does arthritis make it difficult for your loved one to write?
  • Are you a caregiver for someone with poor vision?
  • Is your aging parent handling finances for the first time due to the loss of a spouse?

These are only a few examples of where daily money management for seniors could be helpful.

If you haven’t figured it out by now…

Most caregivers already do this for their loved ones!

Some caregivers even admit it’s difficult to manage finances for more than one household!

Who Are The Good Guys In The Daily Money Management Game?

Great News!!!

There are plenty of good guys still in the game!  With so many boomers coming of age this is a growing field.  Check out some of the benefits of daily money management for seniors:

  • Caregiver peace of mind
  • Promotes independence for seniors
  • Protection from scam artists

If you or a loved one need help managing finances and paying bills, there are quite a few options available.  Some elder assistance agencies use volunteers so the services are low cost and sometimes free.

Of course there are professional daily money management services and prices vary by area.

Word Of Advice…

Do your due diligence when selecting someone to handle sensitive financial documents.  Don’t overlook the potential for fraud.

I don’t know about you but I like the idea of someone handling my mom’s finances.  All the errands and doctor’s appointments kept me so busy, some of my own accounts got out of line.  I could have used a daily money manager myself.

I will be looking into this service for my mom.  We have had instances when things were not paid and I was caught off guard and had to pick up the tab.

In my next post, “Elderly Finances – Who Should We Trust With Elderly Finances?”, you’ll discover share some surprising statistics regarding aging and our ability in money matters.

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Burdened With Caregiver Guilt? – 3 Sure Fire Ways To Send Caregiver Guilt Packing!

Most of us can’t imagine working a job with no promise of time off.

So why are we burdened with caregiver guilt when we feel we need a break?

Super Heroes Don’t Suffer From Caregiver Guilt

Caregiver guilt is a sly creature who preys on our insecurities.  It often strikes when we feel overwhelmed.

Have you ever seen an animal chasing it’s tail?  It can be hilarious to watch them go round and round until they wear themselves out.

When we feel overwhelmed it’s not uncommon to get angry at the situation.  We feel guilty because we’re angry, then realize we’re angry because we are tired and overwhelmed.

Round and round we go in a vicious circle….It’s Not Really Funny!!

If only we were superheroes with the power to excel in every facet of caregiving.

What Kind Of Trip Will Your Family Plan For You?

I’ll let you in on a little secret…

Sometimes family members actually want you on a guilt trip!!!

I know it’s shocking to hear but now that you know about it, you can avoid this pitfall.  Let me share with you how I avoided this deadly trap.

As you know from my previous post, my mom is moving.  Mom had been on a waiting list and was called for her new apartment.  We thought all the details had been taken care of but there was yet another screening process.

My mother began to fret about something happening and she wouldn’t get the apartment.  So we began another round about living with my family.  She gave me a list of people and places who had no room for her.  She said since I wouldn’t let her in, maybe she could live in a hotel until her money ran out.

I kept driving and asked her: “Is there any reason that you know of that would keep you from getting this apartment?”  She said,”No”, so I told her not to worry about it.

I refused to promise her a place with my family if things didn’t work out.  I sidestepped that caregiver guilt trap.

By the way….

Things did work out!

3 Sure Fire Ways To Send Caregiver Guilt Packing

When you realize that caregiver guilt has sneaked back into your life, use these three  sure fire ways to return to your caregiver best:

  • Learn about illnesses and finances so you won’t be caught unaware.  The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be in your decisions.  When you know you did your best, there is no reason for guilt.
  • Take regular breaks from caregiving.  You can start with as little as one half hour daily to relax and take care of yourself.  Running on empty makes you an easy target for guilt and stress.
  • Share responsibilities with other family members and friends.  If all else fails contact your Department of Aging and find out about community resources that may be available at little or no cost.

I’ve dealt with my share of caregiver guilt and stress.  The more rested and prepared I am, the fewer guilt attacks I have.  Check out the “Wildred Recomends” section of the blog for links to software to help make caregiving easier.

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Caregiver Stress – Is Your Health In Danger?

  • Have you turned into a “sour puss” since becoming a caregiver?
  • Are you too “stressed out” to be nice?
  • If you’re buried under caregiver stress, is your health in danger?

Does Caregiver Stress Bring Out The Jekyll And Hyde In You?

I don’t know about you but when I’m “stressed out”, people need to “watch out!!”  Let me share with you why family and friends have given me a wide berth lately.

My mom has some health conditions which need constant attention.  We have had an ongoing conversation about her moving into an assisted living facility.  (Actually, for the past two years I have talked, and she has turned a deaf ear.)

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Three months ago mom called me and said she needs to move from her senior apartment.  She just can’t handle living there anymore and wanted to move in with me…

Again!!!

It’s hard to say which of us was more shocked that I said NO.

Ten days later mom moved out of her senior apartment anyway.  Her next place, in my opinion, was a disaster waiting to happen.  I helped her move in spite of my misgivings, for my own reasons:

  1. To lessen her stress
  2. Keep the lines of communication open
  3. Check out the place for myself
  4. Meet her room mate

Remember how I thought mom’s choice was a disaster waiting to happen?

Disaster struck and mom is moving again in two weeks!!

Talk about turning into Jekyll and Hyde from caregiver stress!!

Out Of Control Caregiver Stress Have Doctors Working Overtime

It’s not secret that stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. Stress has been linked to:

  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • obesity
  • depression
  • and a host of other conditions we should avoid

It has been estimated that at least 90% of doctor’s visits are for conditions in which stress plays a role.

Four Simple Ways To Manage Caregiver Stress Levels

Don’t you just love it when people tell you what you should do, but not how to do it?  We’ve all heard time and time again that we should eliminate the stress in our lives, but where’s the how to’s?

Most of us caregiver’s realize that stress comes with the territory.  While we can’t eliminate all caregiver stress, we can manage it better.  Check out these four simple ways to bring your stress levels down within minutes.

  1. Prayer & meditation
  2. Breathing exercises
  3. Physical exercise
  4. Keeping a journal

Sometimes we overlook simple solutions to our everyday problems.  Why not try one of these tips to take control of your caregiver stress and improve your health?  What have you got to lose?

I’m using multiple techniques to try and get a handle on my caregiver stress.  I’ll share with you in another post in detail what’s working for me.  If you have a handle on caregiver stress, please share your tips with us fellow caregivers by leaving a comment  or connecting with me on and .     I’d love to hear from you.

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If you have tips on dealing with “caregiver guilt”, share those with the caregiving community too.  I’ll share some of mine in the next post: “Burdened With Caregiver Guilt?- 3 Sure Fire Ways To Send Caregiver Guilt Packing”.    Let’s compare notes!!

Till next time,

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Caregiver Stress Or Caregiver Guilt: Which Comes First?

Don’t you just hate those questions that seem impossible to answer?  You know like: “Did the chicken or the egg come first?”

If you’re suffering from caregiver stress or caregiver guilt, “Does It Really Matter Which Comes First?”

Caregiver Stress Can Make You Feel Like A Passenger On A Runaway Train

  • Are feelings of overwhelm your constant companion?
  • Is your “to do” list growing like it’s on steroids?
  • Have you forgotten the last time you had “free” time?
  • Do you find it hard to concentrate? (Even on this blog post?)

If you answered “yes” to just one of these questions it’s likely you’re on the “Caregiver Stress Express!!”

True Confession Time – I’ve found myself on the train many times.  I thought I had caregiver stress out of my life for good.

I Was Wrong!!

But it’s not all bad news.  My trips on this runaway train are less frequent and the time on board is shorter too.

If You Suffer From Caregiver Guilt – You’re Not Alone

Caregiver guilt often attacks when we are stressed out.  If you are a family caregiver, it’s not uncommon to be juggling the needs of multiple generations.

Some of us caregivers are now being a parent to our parents.  “I know firsthand how hard it is to keep your balance on that tightrope.”

Have you heard the phrase: “Love Conquers All”?  Do you believe it?  If so, you may be setting yourself up to become a victim of caregiver guilt.

Think about it…..

No one person can meet every need or desire of another by themselves.

Let’s make a pact to cancel as many pity parties as we can!  We can send caregiver guilt packing by knowing we did our best for our loved one.

The Dangers Of Caregiver Stress And Caregiver Guilt

Caregiver stress and caregiver guilt can be hazardous to your health.  It’s not overly dramatic to say these issues can be as serious as…

A Heart Attack!!!

Stress and guilt aren’t exclusive to caregivers but we seem to have a double portion of these negative emotions.  This dynamic duo wreaks havoc on our physical and emotional well being.

I’d like to share a stressful situation my mom and I are dealing with right now.

Please read my next post, “Caregiver Stress – Is Your Health In Danger?”, for a glimpse of some of the challenges I face as a caregiver.  The post will include some of the side effects of caregiver stress and combat strategies for stress too!

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Nursing Home Abuse – Why These Horror Stories Are On The Rise

Nursing Home Abuse – Who Says There’s A Problem?

Unfortunately we are hearing reports of nursing home abuse more frequently than ever before.

Television newscasts, newspaper articles, and online sources are beginning to put the spotlight on this growing problem.

But no matter how many stories you’ve heard…

The Situation Is More Horrendous Than Anyone Could Have Imagined!!

Nursing Home Abuse – Why We Still Don’t Have The Whole Story

Some experts believe that for each reported case of nursing home abuse, there are five more cases that aren’t reported.

Some nursing home residents have mental or physical limitations that make it difficult for them to report nursing home abuse.  Other residents don’t report abuse because they fear  the situation will get worse.

The lack of reporting doesn’t allow us to get a more accurate count on how many nursing home abuse victims there really are. 

But what we do know will shock you!

Nursing Home Abuse – These Facts Are Alarming

  • According to ABC News – 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States cited for almost 9,000 instances of nursing home abuse.
  • CNN reports that just over 90% of nursing home facilities are understaffed.  These staff shortages lead to increased instances of health problems, neglect, and abuse.
  • 25% of the aides prosecuted for abusing patients have previous criminal records, and 5% of nursing home aides across the country have criminal records.
  • 20% of reported elder abuse cases involved emotional abuse.

Five Essential Steps To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Nursing Home Abuse

 

  • Be selective when choosing a nursing home.  Be sure that the administrator and the nursing home are licensed.
  • Have a detailed list of questions ready before you visit.  Your elder is counting on you to make the best possible choice on their behalf.  Don’t choose a care facility if you aren’t confident they can meet your needs.
  • Learn the signs of nursing home abuse.   When you know the signs of abuse you will help not only your loved one now, but you will strengthen your own defenses for the future.
  • Find out the facility policy on using restraints.  Nursing homes that use restraints as a convenience for the staff should be avoided.
  • Take pictures of your loved one when they are admitted.  If you periodically take pictures of your elder and date them, you will have a visual record of any bruises or injuries that occur.

 

 

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Adult Living Communities – Discover The Truth About Adult Living Communities

Adult living communities are one of the many living options seniors have today.  Let’s take a moment to separate the truth from the hype about adult living communities.

All Adult Living Communities Are Alike…False!!

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My mother has some friends that needed some assistance and  moved into an adult living community.  Mom keeps telling me, “I’m not like them.” “I don’t need that much help.” My mom thinks all adult living communities are are alike.

Although she won’t admit it, my mom was surprised to learn that there are so many types of adult living communities.  The type of living units as well as services and amenities offered can differ greatly.

Are Adult Living Communities For Active Seniors?You Be The Judge

Being active is a matter of perspective.  Some people think being active means taking out the trash instead of letting someone else do it.  Others define being active as doing enough cardio to break a sweat.  Adult living communities usually have activities at each end of the spectrum and also choices in between.

Adult Living Communities – Who Can Afford It?

This is one of my mom’s favorite reasons for not moving from her apartment into one of the adult living communities I found in our area.  She sees places which have more features than her current apartment and assumes they are out of her reach.

I was shocked to discover that regular, everyday people are living in these communities!!

Some communities are beyond mom’s budget, but many are the same or even less than her current rent.  (She’s still holding out on moving though.)

Adult Living Communities – Check Your Family At The Gate

Adult living communities – in most cases the title says it all!  Many of the communities have age restrictions in place and are proud of it.

Everything is geared toward the benefit and enjoyment of older adults.  Most of these communities won’t have a playground for your visiting grandkids.  It doesn’t mean that your family isn’t welcome to visit you.  They just don’t encourage long extended stays.

Some people enjoy living with only their peers.  Others enjoy living in a mixed generation community.  Thankfully their are many options we can explore to find the best fit for our elder.

It’s funny how being a caregiver for my mother has changed my thinking about my own aging.  My husband and I went to check out one of these communities for my mom and actually liked it for ourselves!

But the age restriction really has me thinking.  I have great memories of spending summer vacations with my grandparents.  We would not be able to offer our grandchildren the same experience in this community.  I have a little while to think about it, but right now aging in place has a little more appeal to me.

I’d like to ask a favor.  Would you be willing to share any info you have, or your opinions about adult living communities?  I’d really appreciate any insights to help me move forward in my own search for the best community.

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