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Senior Resource Guide

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To all the savvy seniors out there! We wanted to put together a resource guide for you. This guide will be like a directory just for topics, websites, and information related to the older demographic. You won’t have to search Google and navigate to tons of sites to find the information you need. Now you can just look under the specific topic you’re searching, and find sites that we’ve checked out and found useful.

Below are links to sites that cover everything from travel to recipes to fitness to crafts. I hope you find this helpful! Please pass it along to any friends or relatives you think will find this useful.

Arts & Crafts

Pinterest
This site is like a huge scrapbook. Just search for anything and you will get images that link you to different websites. Just be careful, sometimes people post images and you can’t find them on the site.

Golden Careers
Lots of creative craft ides just for seniors!

Entertainment

Fun Section | AARP

Games for Seniors

Finances/Money

Senior Resource Guide | Money and Jobs Section

Senior Finances Toolkit

Financial Scams Target Seniors

Fitness

Senior Exercises | WebMD

Exercise Plan for Seniors

Food

25 Easy Recipes for Senior Nutrition

Easy Recipes for 1 or 2 People

Senior Resource Guide : Food Section

Health

Senior Health | National Instutute of Health

Nutrition Advice Every Senior Needs | TIME Magazine

Health | AARP

Safety

Our Guide for Hurricane Preparedness

Scams Targeting Seniors
It’s important to constantly be on the alert when anyone brings up the subject of money. Unfortunately, many scammers are taking advantage of seniors, so it’s good to familiarize yourself with the common tactics they use.

Technology

Personal Technology | AARP

Travel

Senior Travelers | CDC

Senior Traveler Section | About.com

Travel | AARP

Working & Business

Small Business | AARP

Senior Job Search | AARP
You’re never too old to work!

 


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Just Like Family Senior Collection Drive

It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas! It’s Senior Citizens Month (actually now it’s Older Americans Month but we’ll use both terms).

That means it’s time for Just Like Family Home Care’s annual Senior Collection Drive! We are collecting NEW items to distribute to Seniors in need in Southwest Florida all month long.

HOW CAN I HELP?
Create your own Senior Collection Drive- we have boxes and marketing materials for you to use as posters and/or emarketing. When your box is filled, simply phone us and we’ll pick up your collection. Thank you for your help and support of seniors!

WHAT ITEMS SHOULD I DONATE?
Facial tissues
Throat drops
Coffee/tea
Bottled Water
Ensure
Reading Glasses
Sunglasses
Knitting supplies
Calendars
Games
Personal Hygiene Items

Check out our flier to get more donation ideas

Need more information? Contact us at 239-431-6661

JLF - 2015 Senior Collection Drive Flyer - 8.5x11-1


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Visiting the Doctor

 

The holidays have just passed, and you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get and stay healthy. The first stop should be to see your doctor. He or she will be able to give you advice as to what to work on, watch out for, and what you can do to prevent certain health problems. For senior citizens it is recommended to visit your general doctor as well as the eye doctor to ensure your eyesight has not changed.

How to Get an Appointment

If you are familiar with the computer, many doctors now give you the ability to make an appointment on their website. Otherwise, call their office and inquire about the earliest chance to come in. You do not want to wait or procrastinate about going to the doctor. Your health is important and you want to take it seriously. Once your appointment day comes, be sure to get there 15 minutes early to ensure you do not miss your time. Usually the doctor is running late, but it is better to be early just in case. Bring a book or crossword puzzle to occupy your time.

What to Ask the Doctor

Be sure to come up with some questions you want to ask your doctor before your appointment. Maybe you are concerned about a specific issue such as lightheadedness upon standing or perhaps you have been feeling anxious. Do not feel afraid or embarrassed to bring up any of these issues. This is the best chance to do so, and the doctor will give you sound advice as to what you should be doing. An appointment like this is also a good chance to get a yearly physical. You can also have certain prescriptions updated if need be.

After the Appointment

If your doctor gave you new prescriptions, you will want to drop them off at the pharmacist on your way home. Write down any specific recommendations the doctor may have given you. Place them in a spot you will see them such as the refrigerator. Then put those recommendations into practice! He or she may have advised you to walk more, focus on your breathing, or any number of things. Track your results and follow up with the doctor. Call them if you have any new questions or concerns.


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Easy Ways to Prevent Common Injuries

As we age, our physical health may begin to decline. It may be harder to stand up quickly or walk for long distances. If you or a loved one live on their own, it is a good idea to install some safety measures throughout the house. They may not seem necessary, but if they can prevent a fall, then it is very worthwhile. Falls are the most common injury seen in older Americans visiting the emergency room. These falls can do real damage as the body ages. There can be bruises or bleeding, but also broken bones, hips, or concussions. Take a look at some of these injury prevention ideas that you can implement in the house.

Prevent common injuries

Wear Non-Slip Shoes

This is a very cheap, simple way to try and prevent falls. Shoes with a lack of traction can easily cause you to tumble. Invest in a comfortable, easy to put on pair of shoes with a non-slip sole. Velcro is recommended as laces can become untied and tripped on.

Replace Carpeting & Remove Rugs

If your home has areas where the carpeting is coming up, you should replace it. It is easy for someone to get a foot caught. It is a good idea to get rid of rugs. These can move when stepped upon and cause a fall.

Double Railing for Stairs

One railing may seem like enough, but having railings on both sides helps a lot. It will allow you to put your body weight on the railings, making it easier to climb the stairs. You can then focus on making each step, rather than worrying about balance.

Motion-sensor Lights

These lights can be switched on once someone walks into the room. They are great for the night, if you need to get up and do something. The motion sensor will sense your movement and turn on the light. This allows you to better see where you are walking.

Grab Bars & Shower Seats

These should be placed in areas like the shower or tub. Inside the bathing area it is also useful to have a steady shower seat, so you don’t need to stand for a long time. Placing non-slip mats inside the shower and outside will ensure you don’t slip easily on the wet surface.


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The Best Cell Phones for Seniors

Best Cell Phones for Seniors

It is hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have constant access to our phones. When was the last time you had to use a payphone? Most of them are gone now, because cell phones have become so ubiquitous. For many senior citizens though, cell phones are difficult to get used to. The buttons on many are small, the screen text is hard to read, and there are many complicated menu settings. It is a great idea to get for family member a cell phone, as it will ensure you have constant contact with them. If they are required to stay in bed, it may be difficult for them to get up and reach their home phone. Below we will go over two of the best cell phones for seniors.

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Snapfon styles itself best cellphones for seniorsas “the cellphone for seniors”. The phone was designed with large buttons and numbers for those with less than optimal sight. There are simple menus, an LED flashlight, enhanced volume and speaker capabilities, and a speaking keypad. The phone is also hearing aid compatible. A large SOS emergency button on the back of the phone, if help for 3-5 seconds will alert up to five responders by voice and text. A loud siren also goes off, so anyone nearby can hear that the user is in need of help. The phone can be used on Snapfon’s plan or, for an extra charge, unlocked to be used on a GSM cell provider (not Verizon or Sprint).

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This is a simple, affordable device is one of the best cell phones for seniors. The keypad features large numbers and buttons that are easy to see. They are even backlit so you can see them in the dark. You can use the Jitterbug with hearing aids (M4/T4). A great feature about this phone is that it can hold its charge in stand-by mode for up to 25 days. The screen features large text and the menu has Yes/No questions rather than a confusing menu. The phone also has a camera. The most basic plan starts at $14.99 a month.


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Workin’ It: Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

eld_2134154bMany people look forward to the point in their career when they can retire. Others enjoy retirement, but become restless at the lack of a daily routine. AARP found that 80 percent of baby boomers will work beyond the age of 65 (the typical age of retirement). Seniors have valuable work experience and skills that businesses can utilize. There are likely opportunities for work or volunteering in your area, it’s just a matter of finding them. Below is a list of resources where seniors can search for jobs and volunteering.

Senior Job Bank

This site’s motto is “Helping employers connect with the over-50 talent pool.” Their focus is to provide jobs to seniors and help employers wanting to hire qualified ones. The site allows you to search, post a job and learn about employers. You can also find career and education information by state.

Career One Stop

This is a site offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. It offers a wealth of information about salary, education, resumes, interviews,  training, and benefits. The site is designed to help those who are unemployed, career professionals, students, businesses, and more.

The Senior Environmental Employee Program

This program is offered to retired, unemployed Americans over the age of 55. This program offers jobs to assist the Environmental Protection Agency. Jobs in this department include clerical work, professional (accounting, engineering), or technical (writer, researcher). Although this job is through the EPA, those in the program are not considered federal employees.

Local Library

Your local library is a great place to volunteer or work. They always need a helping hand shelving books or organizing. Contact your local library and see if there are any opportunities available.

Senior Corps

Senior Corps is a program for those age 55 and over. It allows them to volunteer as mentors, companions, coaches, or utilize their job skills in their community. Some roles include becoming a foster grandparent or senior companion to someone in your community.


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Calculating the Cost of Home Care Infographic

Delivering care to an ill or elderly loved one in their own home ensures their safety, preserves their independence and accommodates hardworking families who are unable to personally address all of their loved one’s needs. As a result, more families are finding that home care is the option their loved ones prefer and their budgets support.

At Just Like Family Home Care, we take pride in aligning the right star with each clients personalized preferences. We believe it is important, as a Naples home health care company, to maintain our clients lifestyle in the comfort of their home, hospital or facility.

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