On Sept. 15, Homewatch CareGivers joined with hundreds of others while we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Symphony Park at South Park Mall. We were proud to stand with the Alzheimer’s Association for the 2012 Walk as they dedicate themselves to finding a cure for the people we help every day.
We want to thank all of the people who joined our team this year and all the people who provided the financial support to help us meet our fundraising goal. Your consideration and time means so much to us and it’s something we plan to share with all of the families we work with that live with Alzheimer’s disease.
During our walk we took time to honor the many clients who we have served over the past 13 years who had Alzheimer’s. Each of them represents one of many families who deserve all the tributes we can make. The Walk was a very moving experience for all of us and it was gratifying and inspiring to be joined by so many in such an important cause.
It’s called “aging in place,” and it tends to be the preference for people who are getting older and want to remain in theirown homes. The challenge is to make sure their home is safe enough for them live in as their needs and abilities change with age.
There are several simple steps you can take in every room of the house to ensure in-home safety. According to the Guide to In-Home Senior Safety by Homewatch CareGivers: “Every room should be well lit. As we age our senses lessen, especially sight, hearing and smell. If the house seems dim, change all the light bulbs to a higher wattage.” In the bathrooms: “Install a non-slip carpet or mat near the toilet, sink and bathtub. Make sure towels are low and easily accessible. Bring in a hamper where wet towels can be put.”
The Emmy-award winning PBS show This Old House is currently filming a project and future episode that highlights this issue.
“The show has been on for 30 years and I think the most recent accessibility story was in 2003,” said Deborah Hood, senior series producer. “Retiring baby boomers and the number of senior citizens could double in the next 40 years. This is about how More >
Mary Hunt writes a financial column called Everyday Cheaksate. Recently, she wrote a column entitled: “411 on Caring forAging Parents.” Ms. Hunt noted that almost every day she receives letters from children of aging parents with a common theme, “How do I afford eldercare?”
Her column offers a list of wonderful resources for anyone whether you are panning care for yourself or for aging parents. Here are some of her suggestions:
1) Books include:
- “The Complete Eldercare Planner” by Joy Loverde.
- “Long-Term P=Care: How to Plan & Pay for It” by Attorney Joseph L Matthews.
- “They’re Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy” by Francine Russo.
2) Websites include:
- National Academy of Elder Care Attorneys (www.NAELA.org)
- The National Council on Aging (www.NCOA.org)
- http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dma/medicaid for Medicaid in North Carolina
- http://www.ncdoi.com/SHIIP/Default.aspx for insurance information for seniors in North Carolina
To read the column, click here.
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