Senior Move Managers

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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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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More than just a flu shot

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on More than just a flu shot

More than just a flu shot... August is the month for recognizing the importance of immunizations. Not just for kids returning to school, but the important role they play in the health of the community.“What makes vaccines unique is that they protect the person who is vaccinated as well as the community in which they live,” said Bruce Gellin, president of global immunization at Sabin Vaccine Institute.This article I stumbled across on Facebook makes the case for adults/seniors to make sure we are up to date on some important vaccines that can help us remain healthy and contribute to better health among our families, friends, and neighbors.Click HERE to read the full article. Yes, most of us get a flu shot, but would you have thought about the shingles or pneumonia vaccine if your primary care provider hadn’t mentioned it? Vaccines play an important role in protecting your health so you can be there for the grandchildren, your volunteering, and even assure that the weekly bridge game always has a fourth.The first questions we ask our Golden Bridges clients… “What are your goals? What solutions can we provide to help you accomplish those  goals?” Almost universally, we hear that they want to stay healthy and live life better. Whether that is in their own home or in new, safer surroundings. Immunizations can be a part of the solution.Be good to yourself this month and check in with the doctor to find out if your immunizations are up to date! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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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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Running Late…Again

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on Running Late…Again

Running Late... Again I just read an article about people like me (the chronically tardy). It says that we are happier, healthier, and more optimistic. One of the reasons why is that we actually believe that we can do four things at once. Like leave home at 15 minutes before the hour, stop for a cup of coffee, run into the store to get the doughnuts I promised, get gas, and still make it to the meeting on the hour.As Senior Move Managers, we often have many balls to juggle for one client and three or more clients to serve at a time. We love being this busy. We love serving our clients. And making three or more stops on the way to a meeting is one of the ways we get things done.Perhaps it is a sign of our multi-tasking society, the fast pace of the world, or even my age catching up with me! According to the article, people like me actually may feel the passing of time differently from other people. Regardless, I am still going to try to get there on time… and get gas, and coffee, and pick up doughnuts at the store on my way! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden Bridges Click Here To read the full article on "People Who Are Always Tardy Live Longer, Science...

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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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