Posts by Golden Bridges 4 You

Calhoun Peaches

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Calhoun Peaches

Calhoun Peaches “Mom, I saw a sign for Calhoun peaches today. Remember when you always watched for those signs so you could make pies?”No reply.“Remember, Mom? Dad always wanted cinnamon and sugar on the top, but I wanted ice cream.”A look of confusion.“You remember, Mom!”A look of frustration and/or fear.“Mom, you know what I’m talking about.”Mom decides it is time to go back to her room and the visit is over.Have you ever experienced this or a similar conversation with your loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease? Experts say that a better way to start this conversation is, “Mom, it’s Calhoun peach season again.” Let her process that statement and wait for her response. Maybe she will remember when she made peach pie. Maybe she will talk about when she was a child and picked peaches in an orchard or her backyard. Maybe she will change the subject altogether. It’s fine. Who cares if she remembers that time you’re thinking of? The important thing is being together (with or without the peaches conversation).June is the month for recognizing those with Alzheimer’s and bringing attention to their (and their caregivers’) struggles. At Golden Bridges, we are observing the month by blogging and posting on our social media some tips for dealing with the disease and its devastating effects.The Alzheimer’s Association has some great posts this month too. Check out ten ways to love your brain  CLICK HEREBig Think posted about music and Alzheimer’s patients.CLICK HERE to find out more.And, courtesy of WTOP, some alarming statistics about the rate of diagnosis… “Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease…”To read the full article CLICK HEREIf you have a loved one who struggles with dementia, there are some simple things you can do to make them more comfortable in your (or their) home. Check out these tips and more.CLICK HEREAnd, if these seem overwhelming, get help.Attend a caregiver support groupGet more education from the Alzheimer’s AssociationTalk to their physician about the issues facing themCall Golden Bridges for a free consultation on making the home safe for them, or moving them to a safer living situation. Happy Calhoun peaches...

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IL Veteran’s Home Move

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on IL Veteran’s Home Move

On Wednesday, April 24, Golden Bridges, Inc. will complete their work with the administration and staff of the Illinois Veterans Home to finalize the transition of residents to the new Lester Hammond Hall living facility. Prior to the relocation of residents, Golden Bridges staff have provided pre-move family communication ensuring that individual residents’ needs are met and family members are informed and involved. Six years experience in relocating clients, plus specialized training in serving seniors with disabilities and/or dementia enable them to anticipate and answer the specific needs of IVH residents.During the move, Golden Bridges staff will work alongside Veterans Home staff and directly with residents and their families to reduce transfer trauma. By setting up the new rooms as similarly as possible to their former rooms, it will be easier for residents to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.Transition to full occupancy of Lester Hammond Hall began in February, and concludes this week with the largest one-day move of 30 residents.Golden Bridges will use eleven staff members to sort, pack, and unpack veterans’ belongings. Items will be transported by IVH staff and volunteers of the local American Legion. Following the move, Golden Bridges will follow up with residents and families to ensure that their needs were met throughout the process.Golden Bridges is a Senior Move Management company that provides solutions for those in transition. Inaugural winners of the QACC Business Plan competition, they have served over 200 clients during six years in business. They have a total of fourteen staff members and a second location in Springfield, IL allowing them to serve an area that includes Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa and Central Illinois.To receive a free in-home consultation for your moving, downsizing or organizing needs, call them at 888-922-6368, email info@goldenbridges4you.com, and check them out on Facebook.NOTE:For additional information regarding this press release, call Susan Scholz at...

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Senior Blog Spots

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on Senior Blog Spots

There are many senior bloggers doling out advice, musing about health issues or just sharing their experiences with aging. At Golden Bridges we try to share what we have learned and hope to make your aging easier.  The article I have shared here gives you a snapshot of five popular senior bloggers. I personally follow two of them  – George Takei and Iris Apfel. I also follow Dian Griesl on “Silver Disobedience”. Sure, she was a Wilhelmina model. Sure she’s beautiful. She’s also real and relatable. Check them out. You’re sure to connect with one (or more) of them. It might just…… make you think about something in a new way share the secrets of aging brighten your day. CLICK HERE for snapshot of the five senior bloggers Susan Scholz, OwnerGolden Bridges,...

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I’m Freezing!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on I’m Freezing!

That’s a phrase I use all the time. Summer, winter, spring, even fall. My body does not like to be cold. This winter has been especially rough. I have blankets scattered throughout the house. If there is ever a shortage of sweaters, call me. I have some extras. Ok, not enough for everybody, but I’ve been know to wear more than one a day and have them stashed at work, home, in the car… even in the summer. Recently I have done some research about how we react to cold. The physical things – like shivering and craving fatty foods and hot beverages. Also the behavioral responses. Me, I get sleepy and cranky… how about you? As we age, we can be more adversely affected by cold temperatures. The internet is full of tips for caregivers on how to keep their loved ones warm, and also the signs of hypothermia in the elderly. Pharmacy Times website cites the following: The best way to identify someone with hypothermia is to look for  pale skin, cold feet and hands, and a swollen face. The person may become sleepy, confused, or angry; speak slower than normal; have slurred speech andhave difficulty with balance. From caregiver.com, additional cold weather hazards include the fluicy streets (or porches)house fires, anddehydration. What can you do? Put on another sweater! Call your loved ones to check on them. Offer to go grocery shopping for an older neighbor so they don’t have to get out on the ice. Check their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors (and yours too while you’re at it). Make sure to get sunlight when possible. Layer, layer, layer. Dress in light layers that provide thermal protection while indoors. Layer on outdoor accessories-  gloves, scarves, hats when venturing outside. (Check out the video link on our Facebook page for the warmest way to tie a scarf!) Layer your bed with flannel sheet, comforter, then thinner blankets that provide weight and more layers of warmed air, or use knitted/crocheted afghans (a tip I found on lifehacker.com). And remember that sooner or later the weather will change! Stay Warm and Safe, Susan & the Golden Bridges...

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