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Why Efficiency Matters in Finding the Best Senior Care for Your Beloved Senior?

Why old rules don’t work? Why changes in technology are making it easier day by day for all humans in many aspects to avail of opportunities? As humans are longing for efficiency and efficient systems are here to stay. Certainly, the aging population will reach new heights by 2030 and even more so by 2050 worldwide. The mortality rates are declining and humans are living longer, thanks to scientific advances all over the globe.

Global aging is the terminology and global citizenship is our future.  The invention of airplanes changed everything, it is basic human right for any senior to have choices to live their life to the fullest and in whatever and wherever ways they plan or can afford to.

Choices make up the foundation of a strong aging healthy economy. For years… I had the opportunity to hear and enjoy some wonderful conversations my aging geriatric patient population… The insights, interests and imaginations were clear as were the pains for their transparency towards me and my staff made all the difference in being inspired and cater to them.   

Here are thoughts of why efficiency matters

  1. Families are not always nuclear and even if they are, they are influenced by many
  2. Aging is a global phenomenon and a continuing phenomenon
  3. Time is power, time is efficiency, time is forward thinking, proactive thinking, time is energy, time is a mantra…
  4. Careers, economy and finances take center stage, because the rest are like circles around them
  5. Changes in jobs, work area, work space change… so does senior care change
  6. People believe in the power of the internet… even most seniors are accepting the use of internet technology
  7. Spending an entire day or days for a task is  problematic… most are unable to  afford taking off… or more so taking off vacation time is unhealthy for the senior and their families.
  8. Choices bring about transparency, clarity, accountability… our foundation pillars and motto.
  9. Real time stuff, and artificial stuff turn off most people, authenticity is key in everything.    
  10. When we think how efficiency matters, it is also efficiency wearing different costumes…

The future will see enormous strides in diversifying efficiency, diversity, cultural integration, finding the common amongst each other… Thank you  

 

Why Efficiency Matters in Senior Caregiving?

There is no one set of rules that defines a caregiver. In some countries, they are referred to as caretakers or carers…Caregivers are more often family or friends or neighbors than other people from the communities.  

Caregivers provide support in ways unexplainable… not all can be the best caregivers, as there are pros and cons of being one. In this age of instant gratification, everything in a person’s fingertips, is efficiency or does efficiency matter? That is tough question… a dilemma that can set you thinking for hours. One may argue, it does not if everything is a routine and known… Or does it is still a routine… why?? Because caregivers cost money, energy and time.

Ways efficiency in caregiving helps seniors:

  1. Save time, money, energy if using a routine, most important with seniors with cognitive disabilities or challenges?
  2. Planning ahead prepares for unknown and unwelcome surprises… like noticing no diapers at home , when one needs it instantly     
  3. Understanding intimately, the intricacies of the lives of the seniors … or even finding similarities or dissimilarities… for it can avoid unnecessary arguments
  4. Agreeing or disagreeing in advance of a plan like outside activity, indoors… Meals…events etc. can save lots of …..
  5. Avoiding confrontations, as seniors have a certain way of doing things, and being efficient also calls for avoiding these… so tasks happen, like going to a dr’s office or taking a certain medicine…
  6. Saving on energy, like appliances, transportation… planning showers, meals, shopping, recipes, …preventing wasting of resources, repurposing and reusing as needed, necessary or legally/ socially approved.
  7. Conversation times can be true conversations about wellbeing, life’s simple pleasures and not about undone stuff and wrongly done stuff or even wrongly planned stuff
  8. Social interactions, more peace of mind, better sleep, decrease or eliminate burnout, crisis…
  9. Better health for both the caregiver and the senior, more likelihood of asking for support, being vocal about expectations is a good thing…
  10. Power of bliss, happiness and joys of caregiving is not lost, instead the opposite happens…

This blog is to help… not to change, but we are open to hearing comments on experiences by caregivers, please share… Caregiving education and efficiency in caregiving are critical to the aging in 22nd century… and beyond. Thank you

Health is Wealth & Losing Health and Money in Senior Care

Health is indeed wealth! Without health, there is no wealth and vice versa. For long, families of seniors and seniors shared with me the burdens of financial decline, associated with senior care and funding aging.

Yes, senior care is not free, and can be a breaker if planned late or not in the right time.

Here are some helpful thoughts when funding aging:

  1. Keeping a file with basic info, identity, physician visits, medication lists, specialists’ names, hospitals, insurance details…
  2. Planning or completing an advance directive… May be named differently in countries
  3. Keeping a list of past medical history, important events, and separate file or as an addition to the above.
  4. A list of family, support, neighbors or community members.
  5. Goals of aging, visions and thoughts on what to expect or what should be done?
  6. Financial portfolio, how long it can serve, what kind of care may need what kind of monetary budget, in other words proactive budgeting for the worst case scenario
  7. Getting a second opinion if not satisfied with the answers, prognosis, more applicable for seniors with chronic illness, disease or sudden decline in health.
  8. Ongoing goal revision as necessary with aging… Incorporating ideas that may work, seeking counseling, services who help seniors plan from recovery to rehabilitation to reinventing daily routines.
  9. Is it an issue of mental cognition or issue? Many times people with difficulty in understanding or remembering have a hard time, due to the above and family being aware of such can be a blessing.
  10. Senior health care is changing, cost burdens are changing and so right advice plays a very big part in funding aging. Wrong moves can lead to loss of health, wealth, life.

Providing strength, encouraging and empowering seniors is more helpful in helping ease decision making, all said, this is not as straight. There are rules and regulations in every town in this world. But are they going to serve our senior population? That call must be taken by someone, and is it you? If you want share some thoughts on health education, health advocacy for seniors, we heartily welcome those. Thank you

Senior Wellbeing and Health

Wellbeing for all… is the new slogan. Seniors or a child… everyone deserves mental wellbeing, should be guided to wellbeing? Ancient sciences from across cultures, always have emphasized on wellbeing as the core of living, thriving or being. Certainly peace can help with health in many ways. A walk in the wooded area or across a grass field or a sip of favorite tea… are fine examples of living in the present and focusing on mental wellbeing.

Because wellbeing is the comfort of life’s simple pleasures, they are not costly, can be found anywhere, and solve human mind, body, soul, heart’s earthly cravings. In this world of material wealth, most seniors that I have worked with or known cared not for money, richness, glamour, or splendor…. But instead in the little things we all take for granted.

Senior wellbeing is directly related to their health… physical, emotional, spiritual, physiological and psychological. It will be ages and maybe never proven… as humans just know and feel, so the intuition is enough for people to cultivate or derive or get drawn towards the very basics of life on earth.  

What can one do or how can one help?

  1. Understanding wellbeing
  2. Understanding the need for wellbeing for seniors
  3. Assimilating resources to help seniors
  4. Continuing the practices, as before, if a senior can or finding a suitable substitute
  5. Encouraging holistic aging
  6. Understanding needs of an aged or stages of aging and its’ needs
  7. Making it a win-win situation
  8. Understanding the personality of a senior and tailoring individualized solutions

Some of the ways…

  1. Spirituality and spiritual/ holy events, prayers, music,
  2. Nature and natural being, a walk, gardening, driving a senior through some green pastures
  3. Communal eating, at religious facilities, home with family or at the senior living center
  4. Assigning a member with similar needs to champion wellbeing
  5. Any other activities that help with mental wellbeing, mental peace…

Practicing, advocating or preaching… because everyone can help someone… We would love to inspire others reading this with more ideas, ways… so feel free to share. Thank you

Planning Conversations That Can Begin at Any Time

Senior living, senior health, senior care, Geriatric care, Aging, Healthy aging…

Owning, renting or sharing a property…

Conditions, health, needs, wants, haves, future…

There is never the right or wrong time to start these planning conversations

Above all, these are some of the things I found helped my senior patients, their families, caregivers in the past…

  1. Personal details? Health care assessment details? Comorbidities?
  2. Financial / economics of aging? Savings, retirement, loans, gifts are certainly important to consider.
  3. City/ town, average retirement cost, plans for future- maybe it’s better to move or stay?
  4. Advance directives, senior’s end of life choices, care..?
  5. Strength / support of family, neighborhood, and likewise community?
  6. Personal interests, life, values, vision, goals, purpose?
  7. Understanding mental health, cognitive health..?
  8. What to expect 1, 5, 10 or 25 years from today?
  9. Downsizing plans, storing, selling, moving, sharing, renting, buying? Plans?
  10. Life’s simple pleasures? Aging gracefully, spiritual needs, social, psychological …?

Planning conversations are not simple, because most people put them away, and doing a little regularly will be beneficial for everyone. Plans can change and revisiting set goals with each setback or change in the trajectory of life can help substantially. Things are different in each country…we would love to hear your ideas, please feel free to send us some great ideas and the country… above all this is about world community building.

A Senior and Older Adult Children Caretakers?

Caregiving is a very difficult role to fulfil, as it affects the caregiver and the senior in many ways.

Caregivers are not all young adults, many are our neighbors, elderly or middle aged, children of seniors, family members of seniors, or friends.

Caregivers are caretakers… Their jobs vary, their hours vary and their situations in which they work vary.

Senior caregiver or caretaker of another senior caregiver is not uncommon, but is it enough, is it safe, is it worth the effort, is it working?

Having helped senior couples for decades, caring for each other or one taking over the care of another, or seniors helped by adult children caretakers,

Here are some pointers:

1. What is the condition? How sick is the person? How disabled is the person receiving care?
2. How much time is being spent on this, is this an issue of financial resources or else?
3. How long have they been doing? Have they needed resources to cope with caregiving crisis, needs, and effects?
4. Have the resources been exhausted? Is there any way of getting a third party help from an outside caregiver?
5. What is in place, in case the caretaker falls sick, becomes disabled or dies?
6. When is the right time to discuss calamities or emergencies? Has any discussion started on caring issues if the receiver declines or needs more intense caregiving or even professional
caregiving services?
7. Have they had a trial of respite? Did it work? What were the thoughts in case this might be a better option in the long term?

Adult children caretakers face similar and also other issues as well…

1. Do they have a part time, full time job besides caregiving?
2. What are the safety precautions, security in place when they are unavailable or what are the risks of leaving the senior alone to fend for themselves?
3. Have they discussed other options in case of sudden decline, inability to care…?
4. Who is the decision maker, what is the relationship like?
5. How is the financial health? Has a cost benefit analysis been done?
6. Is the adult children caretaker capable of medication management, basic ADL management?
7. Is the caretaker healthy enough themselves mentally and physically to cope with caregiving? Can they provide the emotional support expected of them to the senior?

This is an incomplete list, we will explore further in our mihygge journey… we appreciate new insights, ideas which may help other people like you.

Can Aging be Reversed? Is Anti-Aging Real?

Who is talking about Anti-aging these days? It is everyone! Is it really working…? Is it harming or benefiting our society? Who is the pressure on? Why is it a fashion now and not before? Will it stand the test of time? Will people outgrow Anti-aging?

Seeing seniors throng the malls less than younger people sometimes makes me think otherwise. Or is it?

Anti-aging is not just skin beauty, it is wholesome beauty, heart, mind, body and soul! Only skin deep anti-aging can help so much, but accepting aging as a blessing in communities of the world has made a difference in livelihoods. From ancient African cultures, to the mountains of Peru to the tranquil holy Ghats of India, to the outback of Australia… beauty is everywhere, anywhere and always will be.

Aging cannot be reversed is my thought, unless some major invention, discovery, manipulation of genes takes place in masses?

Aging is a natural phenomenon, losing one’s memory is not though… to understand aging is to understand the healthy and non-healthy aging. What we drink, eat, grow, produce, discover, live, learn, crave, apply, savor…will determine living, thriving or being. These are mastering and controlling our souls, minds, hearts, body and letting it flow to the rhythm of the unknown forces, accepting and so on…

There is no right or wrong in anti-aging, however educating oneself about chemical contamination, environmental pollution, water and hydration, well balanced nutrition, daily dose of nature, hobby or physical activity can take one into aging with beauty…

Here are some tips for one regarding anti-aging

  1. Is it pure? Any contamination
  2. Is it natural? Are ingredients contaminated? Or not?
  3. Is it right for you? And only you?
  4. Is it in your budget?
  5. Have you done a trial?
  6. Is your body able to handle?
  7. Are you truly seeking extraneous help for anti-aging?
  8. Have you understood what it can and cannot do? Have you done your research/
  9. What are you giving up, if any to accommodate this? Weighing pros and cons and time management
  10. What If you do not get the results? Now what?

We would love to hear examples of what worked and did not, from skin care, to body care, to soul care to mind care. Send us your true and tested, and help guide other aging men and women around the world. Thank you

Have You Found it Difficult to Give up Your Activities?

Continuing to do the things we once loved is a basic longing of a human being. And inability to do so, due to various restrictions from one’s body can lead to many effects…
Finding it difficult adjusting to aging when one is living alone vs in the company of others is very different. Consequently there can be loss of independence, self-control, faith, confidence, sleep, health, mental health..

Here are things that can lead to giving up activities:

1. Chronic medical conditions
2. Acute health conditions with a temporary setback
3. Sudden decline in health
4. Mental health issues like depression or others like loneliness
5. Injuries
6. Cognitive issues and decline, inability to remember recent activities
7. Loss of friends who socialized and participated in activities collectively due to disease, decline or death
8. Loss of ability to pay for transportation to attend events
9. Inability to do activities that need physical exertion , because they need more energy, are too time consuming
10. Change in personal goals, likings, tastes. With ageing.

What to do when finding it difficult adjusting to aging and giving up activities?

1. Talk, speak, converse with family, friends, community, neighbors
2. Understand limitations by speaking with a health professional
3. Find ways to use time in things that do not deteriorate health
4. Join groups for adjusting to aging with people who have similar issues
5. Connect with or ask people to help you connect with resources catered to declining function in seniors

There is a wide range of activities available in most communities, finding the right one takes time, yet the benefits when adjusting to aging are many. If there are none in your area, certainly think of asking your local elected official or senior organization to start one. We look forward to your ideas to share, help more seniors and their families. Thank you

What Hobbies are Great to Continue?

Passionate things, favorite things, hobbies…Hmm, our life’s simple pleasures, not just for the young but also as part of aging. Keeping busy, connected, sharing, reliving positive things, events, are essential for humans. Humans are artistic, in some way or the other, nurturing and nourishing practices that bring joy, and hence immense benefit to physical or mental or spiritual health.

There are hobbies for everyone. Over the decades, what brought you happiness may have been as simple as cooking a favorite dish.

Here are some favorite senior hobbies, things that bring life’s simple pleasures into life.

  1. Reading, favorite book, authors, magazines, likewise professional journals
  2. Writing… journeys, diaries, recipes, gardening ideas, old time solutions as a homemaker…
  3. Modeling… Who said age has no style? Older models are very much needed, because fashion dresses people of all ages!
  4. Wheel throwing. Clay pots, cups, plates. An artisan of the past in the current
  5. Gardening. Growing roses, you can certainly try flowers, vegetables, herbs…
  6. Judging competitions. Because competitions always need judges in horticulture, others.
  7. Painting & arts/ sewing… As a personal hobby or teaching
  8. Singing. You can sing in a chorus, choir, or almost any religious institutions of prayer.
  9. Cooking, recipe writing, teaching, experimenting…
  10. Holistic practices, physical activities. Yoga, Tai chi, meditation…

Here are a few to name, our beautiful world with 7 continents and million plus cultures in the nook and corner of streets, from country living to city living… and not much time to experiment or experience it all, beginning and mastering one or a few is life’s simple pleasures. We thank our viewers, readers of this blog. We certainly appreciate your comments on other hobby choices not mentioned above… Thank you

How to Find Companionship in Older Age?

Loneliness is being talked about more now than ever. But why now? Is it because of the social media revolution or is it something else?

Loneliness is not new for people who serve seniors in any capacity, and it affects not only the senior of elderly but the person helping the elderly, over the years! Loneliness symptoms and signs are not classic textbook like. People look happy in social situations but are still lonely in their homes, with families, friends, communities… Loneliness can strike anyone.

For decades I saw features of loneliness, that masked like conditions, not responsive to treatments, noncompliance issues, non-mental health related. Some seniors would come to their appointments to be known, understood, felt deeply, connected ….despite having a busy family at home, living in a senior living, senior care home…

Finding companionship is important, difficult and misunderstood as people age. It is more about connecting, appreciating, understanding, empathizing, showing compassion and living life’s simple pleasures. Older people do not want to relive their era of depression, they are keener on heaping affection and focus on a grandchild, sharing recipes, talent, arts, music, culture, beauty of nature.

They are looking for commonalities, age is immaterial, find a trusted resource for help and go about their lives.

Some common ways to help find senior love and companionship:

  1. Learn their interests, hobbies, likes, dislikes
  2. Understand what is most important to them, not everyone is same
  3. Empathize with the past history, but inspire them the positives lurking just around for them
  4. Focus on their strengths not the weaknesses
  5. Appreciate simple things yourself, then appreciating others is equally simple
  6. Connect and bond over time, as some may be distant, but that is not the last impression
  7. Be aware of caring, sharing, nurturing values, purpose of our lives

How?

  1. Join a club, society, organization
  2. Become a member of an organization doing volunteer work dear to one’s heart
  3. Find a meet and greet , senior center, senior book event, senior programs
  4. Be a part of a committee in your senior living, neighborhood, community, church etc.
  5. Revisit and find out what works, what is time consuming, or not worth.

Cheers to senior love and companionship… please send / share us your thoughts or ideas that worked, and help more people around the world , thank you

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