When the kids are finally launched into the world, parents face a mix of emotions. There’s the sadness over missing the family being together, and there’s the relief of enjoying the calm and opportunity to experience life again as just a couple or an individual.August 17, 2016Right at Home Canada #Healthy Living #Aging and Life Planning
Motion sensors or a robotic medical exam may save your life someday. Today’s upsurge in remote health-monitoring technology is redefining the landscape of “ageing in place,” the decision to continue living in one’s home of choice as independently and safely as possible. Canadian RBC reports that 83 percent of elderly want to stay in their own homes as they age.July 15, 2016Tracey #Senior Care Technology #Aging and Life Planning
What are three of your favorite 1960s movies?July 14, 2016Right at Home Canada #Aging and Life Planning
Time rolls on and takes with it certain sounds of each generation. For those in America’s pioneer days, common sounds included covered wagons rolling over the terrain. Fast forward a few decades and Model A cars projected familiar tones. For today’s baby boomers and older seniors, time has faded a number of everyday noises and tones.
Right at Home invites you down an auditory lane to the commonplace sounds of growing up in America before the 1980s. Here are a few nostalgic intonations from yesteryear that may be music to the ears:
- Typewriters — Long before mobile devices and wireless keyboards, many a newspaper journalist, secretary, war correspondent and office worker clacked away at typewriter keys. Don’t forget the zip of the carriage or the rip of the paper from the roller.
- Rotary-dial telephones — With today’s touchscreen phones and Siri and Cortana dialing for you, may you not forget the whirl and spin of the desktop rotary phone and the twisting of those curled-tight cords.
- Cash registers — Buying penny candy at the drug store or malts at the drive-in restaurant always elicited a cha-ching and slide-close drawer unlike today’s self-check lanes with blip-beep barcode scanners.
- Hand-crank pencil sharpeners — Electronic pencil sharpeners speed things up but cannot replace the exercise of turning the handle on an old-school No. 2 pencil sharpener (a great stall tactic by students who insisted their pencil was too dull to take a test).
- Diamond needles on vinyl records — Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, the Supremes and Ella Fitzgerald thank you for the countless hours listening to them via 33 LP (long play), 45 (single) and 78 rpm vinyl records before iTunes® was only a twinkle in Steve Jobs’s eye.
Considering all of the modern, take-anywhere conveniences of smartphones, computer tablets, digital surfing and earbuds, perhaps the greatest sound of days gone by is simply this: silence.
What sounds do you miss from your growing-up days?
An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.June 29, 2016Right at Home Canada #Aging and Life Planning #Senior Care Technology
Come rain or shine, or hail or snow, older adults are learning the keys to travelling in seasonal weatherJune 01, 2016Tracey #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living
Father sometimes leaves the garage door up all night with his keys in the car. Mother stays in the same outfit for days and limits her bathing. At first, these behaviors seemed a bit out of the ordinary, but now you are beginning to wonder if something is shifting in your older loved ones’ health and daily care needs.May 02, 2016Tracey #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living
Father sometimes leaves the garage door up all night with his keys in the car. Mother stays in the same outfit for days and limits her bathing. At first, these behaviors seemed a bit out of the ordinary, but now you are beginning to wonder if something is shifting in your older loved ones’ health and daily care needs.April 18, 2016Tracey #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living
What happened to those blissful family reunions brimming with laughter or listening to your brother’s quirky stories during the holidays? The loss of one or both parents can complicate everything from settling wills to simply talking on the phone. Sometimes the death of a parent reveals relationship tension that can widen into frustration, blame, distancing or rage.February 02, 2016Tracey #Aging and Life Planning
The film Catch Me if You Can chronicles the crime exploits of world-traveling conman Frank Abagnale, who posed as an airline pilot and doctor among other false identities. For the past 40 years, Abagnale has worked with America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation as an advisor for fraud detection and prevention. Abagnale warns, “You should know, whether you live in the U.S. or in the U.K., that your identity has already been stolen.” That is sobering news no matter where you live.January 07, 2016Nancy Esson #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living #Senior Care Technology
Perhaps you are curious about your family history and where you came from, or you want to record the paths of your ancestors as a preservation gift to your own children and grandchildren. Whatever your interest and motivation for completing your family tree, you now have easy-access tools to help you such as Internet sites, how-to books and community family research centers. In genealogy endeavors, one of the best resources is your elderly relatives.January 07, 2016Nancy Esson #Community Involvement #Healthy Living #Aging and Life Planning
As your retirement approaches, you’ll likely face hurdles of how to afford your lifestyle — or something close to it — on a limited, reduced income.January 07, 2016Nancy Esson #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living #Finances
Many people like to dance because it is their passion. Others want to dance because they want to improve their life and want to feel happier and healthier. Here are 5 ways dance and the associated aerobic exercise can help improve your life.November 04, 2015Right at Home Niagara #Healthy Living #Aging and Life Planning
The majority of older adults want to stay in their home as they age, but sometimes health conditions and the condition of the home itself are barriers.November 03, 2015Tracey #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living
With over ten years of experience as a Personal Support Worker and the right heart for our unique Right at Home culture, Jasmine has proven to be an outstanding addition to our London team. Since graduating from Medix Career College in 2004, Jasmine, who is GPA certified (Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care), has cared for individuals living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
In the next six seconds, someone in the world will have a stroke. Are you among those at highest risk?January 15, 2015Tracey #Aging and Life Planning
The holidays bring peace and joy among family and friends, but they also bring that unwanted stress of finding the perfect gift for your loved one.December 01, 2014Right at Home London Ontario #Aging and Life Planning #Healthy Living
No matter where we live, natural disasters, and even the man-made ones like the Lac-Mégantic derailment, typically strike quickly and without warning. No one is immune from the effects of disasters, particularly the elderly.September 08, 2014Right at Home Hamilton #Healthy Living #Aging and Life Planning
The floors are too slick, and the stairs are too many. Most homes in Canada are not designed to accommodate the needs of people age 65 and older. The home that many of today’s seniors bought at a young age was not built with an older person’s needs in mind. The bedrooms are upstairs and the door openings are too small for a wheelchair. Outside, the sidewalks are buckled and the manual garage door is nearly impossible to lift.August 12, 2014Tracey #Healthy Living #Aging and Life Planning