Senior Resources

Crime Prevention Tips 

Here are some crime prevention tips you can use in your everyday life while at home, on your computer or while out on the road.

Crime Prevention At Home:

  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Keep your home well lit at night, both inside and outside
  • Keep curtains closed at night
  • Install a peephole in front door
  • Don’t leave notes on your door when you are gone
  • Don’t hide keys outside your home (under doormat or under a rock, etc.)
  • Ask for proper identification before opening your door to a stranger

Crime Prevention While You’re Out:

  • Go with friends or family, not alone
  • Carry your purse close to your body
  • Don’t carry excess credit cards or cash
  • Use direct deposit for checks
  • Be particularly alert in parking lots & garages
  • Do not carry weapons
  • Trust your instincts

Crime Prevention In Your Car:

  • Keep your gas tank full and your engine properly maintained to avoid breakdowns
  • Lock your car doors & keep windows closed
  • Lock packages & other valuables in the trunk
  • Check the front & back seat before entering your car
  • If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible, raise the hood of your car and wait inside the car for help to arrive

Watch Out For Con Artists:

  • Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good to be true
  • Never give personal information over the telephone unless you initiate the call
  • Don’t let anyone rush you into signing for something
  • Beware of offers to recover lost money

Cyber Crime Prevention

  • Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software
  • Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links
  • Use caution when providing sensitive information
  • Create strong passwords
  • Secure Your Web Browser
  • Learn more about Computer Security Tips

 

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older

Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression, especially if they are homebound or have multiple illnesses. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.  If you are a Home Care Giver, contact the client’s relatives and open the lines of communication.

How Do I Know If It’s Depression?

Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or she may also experience–

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

How is Depression Different for Older Adults?

  • Older adults are at increased risk. We know that about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 50% have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer) or whose function becomes limited.
  • Older adults are often misdiagnosed and undertreated. Healthcare providers may mistake an older adult’s symptoms of depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age, and therefore not see the depression as something to be treated. Older adults themselves often share this belief and do not seek help because they don’t understand that they could feel better with appropriate treatment.

How Many Older Adults Are Depressed?

The good news is that the majority of older adults are not depressed. Some estimates of major depression in older people living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to 11.5% in older hospital patients.

How Do I Find Help?

Most older adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with antidepression drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. If you are concerned about a loved one being depressed, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately.

  • Call 911

Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s, Early Detection Matters!

Your memory often changes as you grow older.  But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging.  It may be a symptom of dementia.  Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.  The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function.

What’s the difference?

Signs of Alzheimer’s

  • Poor judgment and decision Making
  • Inability to manage a budget
  • Losing track of the date or the season
  • Difficulty having a conversation
  • Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them
Typical age – related changes

  • Making a bad decision ocassionally
  • Missing a monthly payment
  • Forgetting which day it is and remembering it later
  • Sometimes forgetting which word to use
  • Losing things from time to time

10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spacial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgement
  9. Withdrawl from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood or personality

24/7 Alzheimer’s Helpline – Available all day every day.(800) 272-3900

10 Halloween Activities for Seniors

Halloween Crafts for Seniors

Halloween crafts can be completed early in October so you can use them as decorations throughout the rest of the month. The seniors can put their mark on their home or building’s look for a little while and you’ll set the Halloween atmosphere for the weeks to come.

  1. Decorate pumpkins. One of the best traditional crafts for Halloween time is making jack-o-lanterns. You can have a pumpkin painting day or give them sharpies to draw designs on the pumpkins.
  2. Make spiderwebs. You can get together to make simple and cheap spiderwebs to hang around the house or community out of coffee filters or paper plates. Throw in a little yarn and the patient will also have the option of creating larger cobweb decorations for the space.
  3. Make paper ghosts. Some white paper, a black sharpie, and scissors are all your group needs to make these ghosts. You can hang them around the home or facility.  You can do the cutting is scissors pose an issue.
  4. Decorative Halloween garlands. For one more addition to your homemade decorations, you can task any interested seniors with making decorative Halloween garlands for your hallways. Here are some ideas of bat and ghost garlands and glow-in-the-dark ones.
  5. Halloween charades Think of as many different Halloween-related themes and ideas you can think of to act out. You should all have fun watching people mime Dracula or try to figure out how to act like a spider. 
  6. Mummy Mason Jars Take a mason jar and wrap it with some gauze bandage tape.   hot glue (or glue-stick) on a couple of googly eyes … add in a little flame-less tea light.
  7. Share scary stories Your residents probably know some good ones, but you can come equipped with a book or some stories from the internet just in case. If enough of your residents express an interest in sharing their own scary stories, you could make it into a contest.
  8. Homemade costume contest Encourage your seniors to come up with homemade mask and costumes ideas. If you can make some materials available for them to work with, that may spark inspiration in a few of them. On Halloween, have everyone vote on which costume came out the best.
  9. Assisted living trick-or-treat Most seniors probably feel too old or silly to trick-or-treat, but trick-or-treating within the assisted living facility. Let any seniors that want to participate get dressed up and hit up trick-or-treating stations you set up.
  10. Classic horror movie marathon Your seniors probably have some favorite old classic horror movies. Poll them to pick out a few of the most popular and give them the opportunity to  watch them on Halloween or in the days leading up to it.

We hope your friends and families enjoy these Halloween activities for seniors.

Storm Preparation for Seniors with Mobility Disability

Planning for a hurricane or major storm is critical for those with a mobility disability. Seniors and disabled people in South Florida are just entering into Hurricane season which runs 6/1/17-11/30/17. Palm Beach and Broward County offer several resources for those with people disabilities.  You should maintain a list of all emergency services and medications you may need.

Here are 5 Tips to prepare if you do have a mobility disability

  • If you use a power wheelchair, if possible, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported. Your home health aid may assist with finding the specs of your wheelchair.
  • Purchase an extra battery for a power wheelchair or other battery-operated medical or assistive technology devices. If you are unable to purchase an extra battery, find out what agencies, organizations, or local charitable groups can help you with the purchase. Keep extra batteries on a trickle charger at all times.
  • Consider keeping a patch kit or can of sealant for flat tires and/or extra inner tube if wheelchair or scooter is not puncture proof. (from Nusura/CalEMA)
  • Keep an extra mobility device such as a cane or walker, if you use one.
  • If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you. Your companion care assistant will help with these details.

See our Senior Resources for important services in you live in Broward or Palm Beach County.

Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans

The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. Living in Palm Beach and Broward County we are especially aware of this as we enter into hurricane season.  Seniors and families with special care and/or medical needs have to take into account possible long term power outages and limited ability to get access to medications after a storm. While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

There are commonsense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.  Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.

Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need. Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration such as coolers and ice-packs. Make arrangements well ahead of time if you need any assistance to get to a shelter or special assistance.

For more information, read Ready.gov’s Preparing Makes Sense For Older Americans or visit the Red Cross website