Senior Moments

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, Partner

Golden Bridges

Independence Daze

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Independence Daze

Independence Daze

The Cambridge Dictionary defines independence as “the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people”. July is the month that we Americans celebrate our independence. At Golden Bridges, we constantly seek to help our clients maintain their independence. How? you might ask.

Downsizing

Not everybody needs to live in a three bedroom house, especially when they have become “empty nesters”. We can help clients retain their financial independence for a longer period by moving them to a less expensive home or condo.

Aging in Place

Often clients don’t really need to move, but in order to maintain their independence and remain at home they may need to re position things in the home.

          * Kitchen items can be placed within convenient reach – between the shoulders and the hips

          *A bedroom might need to be moved to the main level of the home

          *Bathroom items can be hung on hooks or placed in shelving within easy reach and view

Decluttering

Maintaining independent mobility is important as we age. Assuring that the home is safe for someone who has lost mobility (and maybe needs a walker or wheelchair to move around) can be achieved by decluttering and opening up new pathways for daily living activities.

Are you dazed by the enormity of these tasks? That’s where we can help. We provide solutions for those in transition. That includes those transitioning their level of independence. When we do consultations with potential clients, the first question we ask is “What is your goal?” In so many instances, the reply includes maintaining independence. And whether that is physical, emotional, or simply the opportunity to make independent decisions about the future, we are here to help.

 

Susan Scholz, Partner 

Golden Bridges

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 HERE

Big 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 HERE

If 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 HERE

And, if these seem overwhelming, get help.

  • Attend a caregiver support group
  • Get more education from the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Talk to their physician about the issues facing them
  • Call Golden Bridges for a free consultation on making the home safe for them, or moving them to a safer living situation.

 

Happy Calhoun peaches season!

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 217-316-6887.

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, Partner

Golden Bridges

Click Here

To read the full article on "People Who Are Always Tardy Live Longer, Science Says"

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, Owner
Golden Bridges, Inc.

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 and
  • have difficulty with balance.

From caregiver.com, additional cold weather hazards include

  • the flu
  • icy streets (or porches)
  • house fires, and
  • dehydration.

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 Team

January is National Creativity Month. Who Knew?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on January is National Creativity Month. Who Knew?

Blogging is a creative endeavor. I am a creative person. Senior Move Management (SMM) is a creative industry. Even though SMM is 20 years old, we use creativity and innovation each time we are on the job.

Sorting for our clients is “like being the curator for the museum of their lives”. This profound statement was shared by a member of our staff at a recent training meeting. Warren “Woody” Woodward has worked with us for nearly 5 years. He has a heart for helping people, and a passion for green business practices. The latter quality makes it challenging for Woody to throw anything away. Thus he uses innovation and creativity in recycling almost anything that a client would be downsizing. We have learned from him that creative recycling can be exciting and rewarding.

Here are a few examples:

  • Take old greeting cards to local nursing homes to make into place mats.
  • Towels, blankets, and pillows to local animal shelters.
  • Grandmother’s linens (think lace doilies) into a piece of art.

What is in the “museum of your life” that could be shared with the world, your family, your neighbor, or a local charity? At Golden Bridges we will use our creativity and innovation to find the best possible use and new life for those items.

Susan Scholz, Co-Owner

Golden Bridges, Inc.

What Matters Most in Property

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Matters Most in Property

“What business advice would you give to other rural entrepreneurs trying to start a new business or expand on existing business?”

In property, there are three things that matter most: location, location, location. This is paraphrasing a British real estate tycoon’s advice for success in real estate.  As rural entrepreneurs, we can relate to that advice.  Because we cannot (and frankly don’t want to) change our location, we have learned that what matters most is: visibility, visibility, visibility.

Being in the relatively new industry of Senior Move Management, we knew that in order to obtain business, our potential customers first needed to know what we do, and how we could help them.  That is why we entered our local Chamber’s Business Plan Competition.  It was the perfect opportunity to introduce this concept to our rural market and gain VISIBILITY within the business community.  It not only yielded us start-up capital, but tremendous exposure in local media for our business and the introduction of Senior Move Management as an industry.

Beyond our local market, we knew that Rural America could benefit from the service we provide to those who are facing the difficult task of leaving their farm – their roots – and moving (literally) into a new phase of their lives.  The Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative Challenge gave us the opportunity to provide VISIBILITY in the rural market for what had been primarily an urban-based service.  And, as a finalist in the REI Challenge, we again received media coverage for ourselves and the Senior Move Management industry.

As a result of being a top four finalist in the challenge, our prize money has now afforded us another level of  VISIBILITY in the area we serve.  By purchasing a company vehicle – and wrapping it with our logo – we have now achieved a higher level of recognition in our local market.  While working with a client in a senior living community, our logo is visible and present.  Our referral sources in those facilities, in estate planning and trust departments, and in healthcare settings are reminded whenever they see the van that we are here to serve their residents, clients, and patients.

Golden Bridges, Inc.

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Senior Move Managers | Comments Off on Golden Bridges, Inc.

This might date me… but I remember well the commercials for a popular “priceless” credit card. They went something like this –

Transportation to and from San Diego, CA in January – Free
Luxury hotel in the Gaslamp District – Free
VIP treatment by staff and members of the American Farm Bureau Federation – Free
Exposure and credibility from participating in a national entrepreneurship contest – Priceless!

Golden Bridges was founded two years ago when three good friends were looking for a way to make a difference in our community and chose Senior Move Management. The concept is not new. In fact, it is an industry that has thrived in urban communities for more than fifteen years. As rural entrepreneurs, we are bringing this concept to farmers in our service area.

The experience of participating in the Rural Entrepreneur Initiative Challenge sponsored by Georgetown University and the American Farm Bureau Federation has afforded us many opportunities to talk about our business, our industry, and how we can help solve the difficulties that so many aging farmers are facing of how to move “off the farm”. And, in the process, we gained valuable insights about our small business from the judges’ comments and suggestions along the way.

During our live pitch and Q&A in San Diego we were stumped by one of the judges who asked us about our cost per customer. Not the boxes and the tape and the mileage expenditures… but how much has it cost us in advertising and manpower to make that client pick up the phone. What an “aha” moment – and a business metric we are now investigating and tracking as a result.

And, of course, the obvious benefit from being named a national finalist in the competition was the check for $15,000 that we received in San Diego. Having used our personal vehicles for the past two years has taken a toll, and with our winnings we are purchasing a company vehicle that will stand up to country roads and will be wrapped with our logo and contact information. And, yes – we have already recorded the cost of that wrap as marketing overhead to be included in our “cost per customer”.

Exposure for Golden Bridges as a national finalist. Before we left Illinois, while we were in San Diego, and since we returned home we have been interviewed by the media, honored by local Farm Bureau offices, and recognized by potential clients as being “those golden girls who went to California”.

Credibility from participating in a national contest. While there we had the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship and pitching our product from the contest judges, compare notes and experiences with our fellow contestants, and to participate in a Town Hall with Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

In our book, that adds up to a priceless opportunity. One which we highly recommend to other rural entrepreneurs!