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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)

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Time On Your Hands?

Volunteering has many benefits for seniors, including keeping the mind agile, remaining an active member of the community and being able to use hard earned skills to help others. How can we get started though? [...]

Working Together to Improve Services for Older People

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement published an improvement report that described the results of a two year program with the goal of “promoting independence in the London community of older people, through the delivery of person-centered, coordinated services.” The results were impressive and are relevant to the senior community and caregivers alike, both in countries with state welfare systems and those, like the USA, without. [...]

More Like Home

People suffering from dementia need special care, but new developments in Australia and the UK are trying some novel approaches to making nursing and residential care homes better and safer places for them. [...]

Better Alarmed Than Harmed

Many things become more dangerous as we get older: propane; barbeque grills; gas powered lawnmowers; electrical devices that get accidentally covered up and then overheat and cause fires; even laundry irons. We also have to be particularly careful about keeping medications and household chemicals out of the reach of visiting children. Take a little time and go around every room looking for hazards and making a plan to remove them. It will be time well spent. [...]

Taking Care of Your Brain

I was fascinated by an NPR interview with Dr. Richard Restak, renowned author and neuropsychiatrist. His latest book, “Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance”, has some interesting insights and ideas. So far, at least, most of what I’ve heard is in line with recent studies, so I’m recommending the book as this week’s “Hot Reading”. [...]

Memories

Today’s wars are far away but just as brutal. Our parents and grandparents knew that the war they were fighting wouldn’t be the last, but every one of them hoped that it would be. So should we, for the sake of the fallen, the survivors and our children. [...]

Audrey Soldiers On

Not everyone can have an Audrey [Internet appliance] and many seniors shy away from the complexities of a full PC. So, I started looking around for alternatives. Rather than go over these devices and techniques here we’ve created a page in the Resources area to cover Computing for Seniors. [...]

Mr. Magoo? Is That You?

Many of us dread the day when we can no longer drive for ourselves. The good news is that cars will continue to have more safety features and we will eventually see totally automated personal transportation. For now though, drive as little and as safely as possible and heed the advice in [the full article]. Don’t be an Elmer Fudd! [...]

The Platinum Rule

I started out by telling the story of being in a cooperative program in high school. I did not have a burning desire to be an RN, but an LVN. The exact role isn’t what differentiates the good from the adequate. Everyone from CNA to surgeon plays an important role. What matters is one’s desire to be the very best in the caring you are giving to your patient. Having a heart and mind for caregiving and remembering the Platinum Rule – “Do unto others as they like done unto them.” [...]

With or Without a Dash of Salt

Our physicians always tell those of us with high blood pressure to reduce the amount of salt in our diets. That’s not easy as so many foods contain salt. In the past few decades over 20,000 studies have failed to reach a bulletproof conclusion about the dangers or merits of common salt. It appears that some people are “salt sensitive” while others are not. [...]

New Test for Predicting Alzheimer's

A new screening tool can help predict the degree of risk of elderly patients developing dementia. The new test takes into account many characteristic risk factors for dementia and produces an index that accurately predicts dementia in 81% of cases. Experts in Alzheimer’s recommend that people who are found to be at risk socialize more and keep their brains active. [...]

Auto Warranty Scam

A large number of companies, many of them based in and around St. Louis but using numbers in many States, are running a scam based on extended auto warranties. Don’t be taken in. Put your phone numbers on the Do Not Call registry now. File complaints there, or if you’ve been had problems with a warranty you can file a complaint with the FCC. [...]

Green Pets

Nowadays it’s accepted that flowers and pot plants help patients recover. Potted plants are especially beneficial as they help to clean up the air. The verdict’s out on whether plants have any kind of “feelings’, but we definitely like and care for our new green “pets”. We also like the taste of fresh, home grown produce, but don’t tell the plants that. :-) Why not give it a try? [...]

More Than Flowers

Happy Mother’s Day! Get Busy! Here are some ideas for things that we can do, both when our Mother is still with us and when she’s passed on… [...]

Senior Nutrition

A study published in the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that as many as one in six older people living at home are undernourished or at risk of malnutrition. Tufts University published a modified version of the US Government’s Food Guide Pyramid in January 2008 that recommends food groups for older adults. We’ve linked to their graphic so that you can print it as a handy reference. [...]

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