Posts by Golden Bridges 4 You

Spring Cleaning

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning

“Spring Cleaning started as a way to clean away Winter’s mess. In those days, homes were heated by fires, and doors were kept shut tight to keep the warm air in. This, of course, led to soot and grime accumulating during the cold months.” This statement was published by The Cleaning Authority in March, 2017. CLICK HERE to read more.So, why do we still do it today? I don’t know about you, but my home has a clean and efficient heating system. The filters are replaced on a timely basis, and the only soot and grime accumulated is in my fireplace chimney (yes, it is cleaned regularly too). So, do I really need to spend time “spring cleaning”?Well, some would say that “cleaning can also give a sense of satisfaction that will put you in a good mood.” That someone would be Martha Stewart, and you can find the checklist that puts her in a good mood at this site.But, if your spring cleaning doesn’t allow enough time for wiping down all the walls and ceilings, re-sealing the grout in all your tiled areas, polishing metal door and window hardware… whew, I’m exhausted!… you might want to just take a few tips from the Merry Maids checklist:          ● Flip the mattress          ● Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors          ● Wash bathmat, shower liner and shower curtain          ● Check expiration date on fire extinguisherThe key to success here is to set an amount of time to work on it — say 20 minutes — and work through the checklist over a period of time. CLICK HERE for an additional checklist.Spring Cleaning in the age of COVIDBut, this spring brings us a new challenge and a new level for cleaning and sanitation. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. “This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks,” according to their website. If surfaces are dirty, the site says, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. CLICK HERE to read more. AdventHealth is one of the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care providers and health systems in the nation, serving more than five million patients. Their website publishes a list that includes all of the above but adds a reminder to also disinfect kids’ toys. CLICK HERE to read the full article. And for those who don’t have the same dexterity they did when they first started housekeeping – i.e. my generation of Baby Boomers, consider the tips in this article which include using dusters with extended handles, a dustpan that stands by itself, and a vacuum cleaner with a retractable cord. Or – the best piece of advice – enlist your grandkids (who are home and looking for things to do) to help with the heavy lifting.However you choose to accomplish your spring cleaning this year, don’t skip the most importantstep… Sit back, relax, and enjoy a rewarding beverage when it’s all over!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Food Insecurity Among Seniors “Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options.” These are the opening sentences of the April 2020 article from the Aging in Place website. (Note that these statistics published in 2019 actually reflect the numbers from 2017.)https://www.aginginplace.org/the-facts-behind-senior-hunger/The article goes on to say that senior hunger issues lead to $130B in resulting healthcare expenses to treat conditions that might be prevented with proper nutrition and food abundance.During this COVID-19 pandemic we are learning new skills to cope with everyday challenges. Food purveyors are looking for new and better ways to meet their customers’ needs. For some, online shopping and pick up seem like just the latest gadget. It’s been embraced mostly by young working mothers who want to save the time they would have spent shopping. For seniors who may have transportation or mobility issues, these services are a helpful way to assure that their cupboards do not go bare. If your parents are in need of the service discuss it with them. If they could be served by Meals on Wheels, help them make the call and complete the application process.Unfortunately, food Insecurity is not just a senior issue, especially now. Today I saw that a food bank in San Antonio had a line of 10,000 cars waiting for donations. They expect more tomorrow. In fact, cars were already in line at 9pm. No doubt there were seniors in that line. Previous statistics have been shattered by our current pandemic and unemployment problem.In April, Golden Bridges typically starts our food drive in conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers. We team up with the non-profit MOVE FOR HUNGER organization who collect and distribute non- perishable food items for donation to local food pantries across the United States and Canada. https://moveforhunger.org/For us that means making plans to march in the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce annual Dogwood Parade. Due to the standing orders to #stayhome the parade has been postponed to October. There may not be dogwoods in bloom, but you can be assured we will be pushing those grocery carts and collecting your contributions for Quincy’s pantries. Or, if you are moved to make a more timely donation, contact Horizons, GPS Ministries, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels and the United Way to learn how you can make a difference today.Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Seniors and Pets

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seniors and Pets

Seniors and Pets Up front, I am not a pet owner. Sure, I had pets when I was a kid. My kids had pets growing up. But when I no longer had my children living with me I was relieved to leave pet ownership behind. So, when it came time to write this month’s blog, I was not really excited.I started my research with the premise that pets aren’t for every senior. I googled the topic why not to have a pet in your senior years. Of course, what I found was that most articles suggest it is a good idea.However, there were some caveats. AgingInPlace.org had this to say.“For those seniors who want a dog, there are many reasons to be wary of jumping into pet adoption too quickly. The lack of mobility and inability to drive to and from the vet, groomer, or pet store worries them. The initial costs are usually high. They also worry that if and when there comes a point when they can no longer care for the dog, that the dog might be taken to a shelter and eventually euthanized. Many seniors feel like their worsening health condition is a burden, and a pet might possibly add to that.”But, they also listed six good reasons for seniors to care for pets. Some of the obvious:CompanionshipExerciseCalmnessPurposeSecuritySocializationWhile most of these truly are no brainers, they are good reasons for a senior to become a pet owner even if for the first time. CLICK HERE for more information. That is not to say that all of the research was positive. This article at mercola.com lists some of the potential hazards of pet ownership, especially for seniors in poor health caring for aging pets.“Caring for an aging animal can take an emotional toll; in one survey of pet owners, there was greater burden, stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as poorer quality of life, in owners of pets with chronic or terminal disease.”Now, let’s look at the practical issues of pet ownership. If or when a senior needs to move to a location with a higher level of care, it is not always possible to take their pet. But, according to nextavenue.org, 75% of for-profit senior living facilities do allow pet owners to bring their pet with them. CLICK HERE to read more on finding pet friendly retirement communities. Here are some things to keep in mind if you choose to take your pet along for the move.Is there enough room?What types of pets are allowed?Are veterinary services available?Is there a pet deposit, or monthly fees associated with pet ownership?In the long run, to have or have not is always up to you. Weigh the benefits as well as the costs, and make the right decision for you and your lifestyle. And if you decide that it is right for you, after55.com recommends the following… small dog breeds for seniors include:Shih TzuPugCavalier King Charles SpanielBoston TerrierMiniature SchnauzerPoodleMalteseBologneseYorkshire TerrierPekingeseAs always, your local humane society or animal shelter is happy to help!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Caregiver

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on Caregiver

Caregiver According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, “the “typical” U.S. caregiver is a 46-year-old woman who works outside the home and spends more than 20 hours per week providing unpaid care to her mother. Most caregivers are married or living with a partner.”Chances are that many of you reading this blog are in that or a similar situation. With the 65+ age group expected to double to 70 million people by 2030, the numbers  of these family caregivers will naturally increase proportionally. Caregivers, particularly family members, are at increased risk for health problems and burnout.There are a number of things you can do to take care of yourself, stay healthy, and prevent burnout, including:Ask others for help. …Get support. …Be honest with yourself. …Talk to other caregivers. …Take regular breaks. …Attend social activities. …Pay attention to your feelings and needs. …Take care of your health.The healthcare community –  providers, payers, and health insurance companies – are aware of these statistics and poised to help. Those who are caring for a family member who is a veteran or receiving Medicaid are in the best position for assistance. This article outlines how caregivers can be financially compensated.https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/financial-legal/info-2017/you-can-get-paid-as-a-family-caregiver.htmlVITAS Healthcare, a hospice service provider in 14 states and the District of Columbia provides support for family caregivers. They realize that 30% of them describe the experience as stressful and help them recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout.  CLICK HERE to read more on this topic. The Cleveland and Mayo Clinic both provide information and assistance to family caregivers regarding burnout and physical health concerns. A frank discussion  with your primary care physician and your loved one’s physician is a great start in taking control of your caregiving situation. The single most recognized action for preventing burnout or physical illness is joining a community of fellow caregivers. The Family Caregiver Alliance at www.caregiver.org is a resource that all caregivers should have in their list of favorite websites. They provide education, advocacy,  and an opportunity to connect with other caregivers. Sharing your experience with those in similar caregiver situations helps relieve stress and allows you to get ideas for better caregiving.  CLICK HERE for more on caregiving. While each caregiving situation is a unique one, the role as a family caregiver is not. Your caring and compassion are so valuable and especially valued by your patient. On behalf of our generation, our communities, and our clients, the owners at Golden Bridges thank you. Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden Bridges Source material:CLICK HERE for Cleveland Clinic article on “Caregiver Burnout”CLICK HERE for Mayo Clinic article on “Caregiver...

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TRICK or TREAT (for Seniors?)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on TRICK or TREAT (for Seniors?)

TRICK or TREAT (for Seniors?) Yes! Seniors like to be treated at Halloween too. And senior living facilities love to host Trick or Treaters. This year while you’re selecting treats to give out at the door… and making sure the kids have the perfect costume… grab some treats for the seniors in your life.If you don’t have an older neighbor or family member, check with a local church, community center, or nursing home for someone to “sponsor” at Halloween.Some fun items you might include in a basket/bag for a senior are noted in this informative article: CLICK HERE*Candy corn lip balm*Small notepads and pens*Playing cards*Fun colored handkerchief*Edible goodies that are safe for their diet (Poptarts, flavored applesauce, peanut butter crackers, microwavable lunch, nuts)And make sure you schedule enough time for a visit with the senior when you drop off the treats. Spending time with seniors can be a valuable experience for all ages. The articles below outline things to be learned from visiting with seniors:*Respect for elders*A sense of self-identify*A new skill, i.e. playing the piano or knitting*Family or local historyARTICLES:https://grottonetwork.com/make-an-impact/volunteer/spending-time-with-the-elderly/https://www.markmerrill.com/8-reasons-your-children-should-spend-time-with-the-elderly/Halloween is a fun holiday. Make it fun for the seniors in your life this year! Happy Halloween!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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