From the monthly archives:

September 2011

Tweet Depression in seniors is not to be taken lightly. Changes that occur as people age – such as the loss of a spouse – can often lead to depression, although it is not considered a normal part of aging, experts say. If the diagnosis is depression, a doctor might recommend therapy or medication. According [...]

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Seniors Home Alone

by Lois Etienne on September 28, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence. But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, “What if?” scenarios can often overwhelm the mind. “What if she falls down?” [...]

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Tweet There was recently an article in the AARP online magazine entitled, “25 Things You Don’t Need After 50.” It made reference to things like minivans, gym memberships, all those projects you started 20 years ago AND anything in bulk from Costco! And I have to agree with most of their suggestions. I believe that [...]

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Tweet Two recent studies lend credence to the theories that both genetics and a healthy lifestyle are important to healthy aging. New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms what other studies have uncovered. If you want to live longer don’t smoke, eat healthy, exercise and drink alcohol moderately. During the [...]

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NO on Initiative 1163

by Lois Etienne on September 21, 2011

in Internet,Legal,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Well, it’s Lois’s soapbox once again. As you may know, the SEIU has gotten enough signatures in WA State to once again mount an initiative (I-1163) for the voters to approve or not in November. I-1163 will put all of the components of I-1029 (mandated 75 hours of training for all caregivers, plus testing, [...]

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Tweet AARP recently announced that it has worked with the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation to develop a scorecard that shows “eight states at the top when it comes to doing best at providing services and support for the elderly and people with disabilities.” This rating system—which looked at affordability and access; choice of setting [...]

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Tweet According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures released March 15 by the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the United States — 37 percent more than reported last year. In 2010, these individuals provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $202.6 billion. The rising [...]

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Growing old is not for sissies!

by Lois Etienne on September 14, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Thinking about 9/11 this past week, I was reminded that there are a lot of fears out there in our big bad world. I recently had a home that I’m having remodeled broken into so someone could cut and pull the copper pipes and wiring. Thank goodness I wasn’t there when it happened but [...]

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Doris’s Birthday

by Lois Etienne on September 12, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet   Today is my mom’s birthday. She would have been 83 years old. She battled leukemia for about 3 years before she left us. My mom, Doris, was a strong woman. She was opinionated, giving, mechanically inclined, loved to sing, down to earth, a great Bid Eucher player, had common sense, good at math, [...]

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9/11 Memorial

by Lois Etienne on September 9, 2011

in Holiday,Legal

Tweet “First responders and clergy are not invited to the 2011 September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero.” I recently read that statement in disbelief. I even looked it up to see if it was true, and it is. I also read that there simply isn’t enough room for the victim’s families AND the firefighters [...]

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