During the month of August, CareSmart is reproducing some of readers' favorite blogs. Many people have commented that this aging-in-place posting has helped them expand their concept of "place."
From February, 2016. AARP has consistently reported that the vast majority of adults age 65 or older would prefer to remain in their homes as they age. The first thing that comes to mind is the house or apartment in which we live. But home is more than that physical entity. If we're lucky, it's also a place where we feel safe, where we can be ourselves, where love and affection are shared. For many, home is also the place where we raised our kids, buy our groceries, and can count on our neighbors' help in an emergency. Thus, "home" is more than a roof over our heads; it also includes the communities in which we live... and where we also wish to stay.
As we age, the pull to remain in our homes and communities may grow even stronger as we come to rely more on our long-term knowledge of where things are and our ability to function within our known environments. In our homes, this may mean easily being able to find the bathroom in the dark; it our communities, it may mean recognizing landmarks that take us places to which we need to drive or walk. At the same time, our homes and communities may also need changes... changes like sidewalks, public transportation, and, dare-I-say grab bars, that help us maintain independence and function.
To learn more about user-friendly homes and livable communities that support Aging-in-Place, click here to visit the Environmental Wellness section of CareSmart's "Caring for You" page.
When we think of "summer break," our minds travel back to days with no school, to sleeping in, lazy afternoons, and play. As parents of school-age children, the "summer break" concept lingers... at least for them. July, prime summer break time, is the most popular month for vacations (AYTM.)
No matter what our age, however, there are still plenty of good reasons for a summer vacation. Borrowing a few ideas from Gracie Dusseau's " 10 Reasons Why You Need a Summer Vacation" blog, consider the following
IMPORTANT NOTE: In honor of summer vacations everywhere and in every way, CareSmart will be operating on an abbreviated schedule through the month of August.
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time."
John Lubbock;The Use Of Life
The upside to the internet: We have easy access to a lot of good information. The downside to the internet: We have easy access to a lot of not-so-good information. At the same time, we increasingly rely on the web to educate ourselves on a host of topics including health. How do we know who and what to trust?
When it comes to online health resources, one of the best ways to assess reliability is to look for URAC Accreditation. The URAC seal indicates that a health website has been reviewed for privacy and security, health content editorial processes, disclosure of financial relationships, linking policies and notice about the links you choose, and consumer complaints.
The number one URAC website is WebMD, www.webmd.com, the healthcare website with approximately 80 million visitors per month! If you're not familiar with WebMD, you'll definitely want to visit. If you're a current user, it may be time to take a closer look.
At first glance, WebMD will introduce you to controversial issues like teen suicide and recent news events such as the recent vote on the Affordable Care Act and updated news on antibiotics.
Click on the Menu Bar at the top of the page, and you'll soon find that the site offers so much more!
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."