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Plan for your Pets during Hurricane Season

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

It’s hurricane season in Southwest Florida and Just Like Family Home Care has a top notch check list for Seniors when it comes time to prepare for the big storm, but we also don’t want to forget about our four legged friends! At Just Like Family Home Care we know family includes everyone!

When it comes to making plans make sure you include all your family members even your furry loved ones. It’s not unusual for many pets to be abandoned following major hurricanes like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Charley. It is very important to include your animals in your evacuation plan to make sure that they are taken care of.

Counties like Charlotte, Lee, and Collier have emergency shelters for families and their pets but space is often restricted to those in spots where evacuation is mandatory. Experts suggest to have a plan in place for a hurricane with your last resort seeking refuge at a pet friendly shelter.

Preparing for a hurricane is vital for the safety of your family and your pets. Pet owners need to make sure that they have everything they need for a pet friendly shelter when an emergency occurs. Owners need to have their pet’s vaccinations up to date. Remember, it takes a couple of week for most immunizations to become protective.

Owners will need an impact resistant crate that is sufficient size for each pet. As for your pets identification, you must to have your pets’ county licensing tag as well as an ID tag on their collars. As a general guide, pet owners should have a weeks worth of pet food in waterproof containers, a weeks worth of water and a few weeks worth of medications. Other things to consider are a bowl for water, bedding, chew toys, leash, proof of vaccinations, grooming items and a pet first-aid kit.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Do you know all the facts?

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $214 billion in 2014, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Have you ever wondered about Alzheimer’s Disease? Does it run in your family? Do you know all the facts about this disease?

Here are some quick facts according alz.org:

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease
  • Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion

Alzheimer’s statistics for Florida 

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia which is a progressive brain disease. If you are over 65 years of age you should know all the facts of Alzheimer’s. This disease slowly attacks nerve cells in all parts of the cortex of the brain. There are three brain abnormalities that are indicators of the Alzheimer’s disease process. The first indicator is plaques which is a protein that accumulates and forms sticky clumps between nerve cells. This will impact your memory and learning process. The second indicator is tangles which are damaged remains of the support structure that allows the flow of nutrients through the neurons. The last indicator is the loss of nerve cell connections. This process is the combination effect of the tangles and plaques that causes nerves to die off which in turn causes your brain tissue to shrink.

Memory Loss Myths & Facts

Now that you have a little insight on what Alzheimer’s disease is, there are some early symptoms that can be warnings signs to pay attention to: forgetfulness, loss of concentration, language problems, confusion about time and place, impaired judgment, loss of insight, impaired movement and coordination, mood and behavior changes, and apathy and depression. If you or a loved one feels like you have one or more of these symptoms please contact your doctor.

Know the 10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Those that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have a tough choice to make. They can either choose to receive care at home from a caregiver or receive care at a nursing home. This decision can effect many of your loved ones and you should know the facts about each one.

Receiving care from a home caregiver is the first choice for most patients with Alzheimer’s disease. About 80% of patients receive care at home by family members. There are also options for patients to receive care from a home health aide. Home care can cause a tremendous amount of stress and impact on the quality of life on family members. It is very important to make sure that family members receive the right support services.

Receiving care from a nursing home is normally the second choice for most patients with Alzheimer’s. Many of the patients who end up in a nursing home are at the point where the home caregiver is no longer able to care of them. It is very important to find the right nursing home that will offer the correct services for Alzheimer’s.

When faced with Alzheimer’s remember that you are never alone and that there are ways to help you cope with the disease.

For more information and resources, visit http://www.alz.org 


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Travel Tips, Blogs and Top Travel Spots for Baby Boomers

The kids are out of the house and retirement is here, so now what? For many Baby Boomers, it’s now time to take on that bucket list and travel the world. With so many places to go it can be overwhelming to think of all the amazing spots you want to go and are recommended by veteran travelers. 

 These sites offer tempting travel options for the mature trekker…

bluff-balloon-festival1.       MyItchyTravelFeet.com – Find Baby Boomer and senior-related travel info here, including resources for people aspiring to retire abroad as well as great bucket list travel experiences. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda? Hot air balloon in the Red Rocks of Utah? Sign me up! 

2.      The Roaming Boomers – David & Carol Porter’s attractive “online travel magazine” includes a blog, information on national parks, product reviews and much more.

3.      Gypsy Nester – I love David & Veronica’s quirky and hilarious take on life after children. These self-proclaimed GypsyNesters are “rocking the empty nest” and loving every minute of it.

4.      Road Scholar – Formerly called Elderhostel, the Road Scholar site presents “adventures in lifelong learning” to those thirsty for travel in the golden years.

5.      Evergreen Club – This unique club is for anyone 50 and up who wants to make new friends and visit new places without breaking the bank: members stay in private homes for $25 a day or less (breakfast & tourist info included).

6.      Grandparents and Travel – Want to take the grandkids along? Check out Grandparents.com’s Travel section for ideas, tips, and deals.


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Travel Tips, Blogs and Top Travel Spots for Baby Boomers

The kids are out of the house and retirement is here, so now what? For many Baby Boomers, it’s now time to take on that bucket list and travel the world. With so many places to go it can be overwhelming to think of all the amazing spots you want to go and are recommended by veteran travelers. 

 These sites offer tempting travel options for the mature trekker…

bluff-balloon-festival1.       MyItchyTravelFeet.com – Find Baby Boomer and senior-related travel info here, including resources for people aspiring to retire abroad as well as great bucket list travel experiences. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda? Hot air balloon in the Red Rocks of Utah? Sign me up! 

2.      The Roaming Boomers – David & Carol Porter’s attractive “online travel magazine” includes a blog, information on national parks, product reviews and much more.

3.      Gypsy Nester – I love David & Veronica’s quirky and hilarious take on life after children. These self-proclaimed GypsyNesters are “rocking the empty nest” and loving every minute of it.

4.      Road Scholar – Formerly called Elderhostel, the Road Scholar site presents “adventures in lifelong learning” to those thirsty for travel in the golden years.

5.      Evergreen Club – This unique club is for anyone 50 and up who wants to make new friends and visit new places without breaking the bank: members stay in private homes for $25 a day or less (breakfast & tourist info included).

6.      Grandparents and Travel – Want to take the grandkids along? Check out Grandparents.com’s Travel section for ideas, tips, and deals.


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Celebrating Grandparents on Sunday, September 7th and everyday

grandparents-quotes-for-facebook-2Sunday, September 7th marks Grandparents Day. While this hallmark holiday is not as predominant as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s certainly a day to remind your grandparents that you love them and appreciate everything that they do for you. My grandparents split time between Florida in the winter and up north in the summer months. As one of 30+ cousins, it’s sometimes hard to get that one-on-one attention, but at least once a year my grandparents make it a priority to see “just me” so I will drive over to the east coast and enjoy dinner, some shopping time with grandma and maybe even a round of golf. My 87 year old grandpa can still play and will even WALK. Now that’s impressive if you ask me. I feel very fortunate at my age to still have living grandparents, something many of my colleagues and friends don’t have.

So this Sunday, make sure you call your grandparents or make plans to stop in if they live near by. Appreciate the time you have with them as you won’t always have them around. Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deed, wonderful stories and never ending love! They are the leaders of the family and the reason you and your aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and siblings are who you are. 

What’s your favorite memory with your grandparents or grandchildren? We would love to hear your story! 

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