BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season

first_img By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  Human Services,  Seniors,  The Blog With the holiday season upon us, many families are likely to get together at some point during the next two weeks.  Such family gatherings serve as the perfect time to check in and quietly assess how elderly family members are faring and to determine if they may need some extra help.  There are five primary areas recommended to check on.Look around the house or apartment.Do you see dark stairwells, loose rugs, clutter or fire hazards?  Would brighter lighting and clearer passage ways help?  Could the home be easier to navigate with simple modifications, such as easier to use handles and switches, a tub bench, comfort height toilet, or walk-in shower?  Are the stairs easy to manage, or would a stair glide help?  Would it be safer if all living quarters were on one level?  Is there a bath on the ground floor or a room that could become a bedroom? Do you see scorched pots and pans?  Is the home more un-kept than usual?  Are the smoke alarm batteries working?Look in the refrigerator and assess nutritional status.Are there healthy foods, fresh produce and meats?  Are food products expired or moldy?   When you sit down for a meal or go out to eat, are they eating less or showing little interest in food?  Do they appear to have lost weight?Look at medications and assess health & social status.Have they recently seen their primary care physician?  Are their prescriptions up to date or are expired pill bottles mixed in with current ones?  Ask how their medications make them feel?  Do they remember to take their medications properly?  Are the pills organized?  Would a pill organizer help?  Ask when was the last time they went out with friends or did things they like to do, such as go out to a movie, to eat or to church?  Can you carry on a coherent conversation?  Do they keep repeating the same story?Look at their financial situation.Is mail left unopened?  Are household bills piling up?  Have late-notices been received?  Are there bills that they simply cannot afford to pay?  Ask if all of their financial information is one place in case you ever need to access it in an emergency?Look at their car.If they are still driving, let them take you for a drive so you can assess their driving skills. Do they drive too slow, miss traffic signals or signs or have trouble at intersections?  Assess the car, are there dents or dings on the car or garage?  Have they received any recent speeding or traffic tickets?While these quick tips will allow you to check in respectfully and gracefully, it’s important that your elderly family members have the support and tools needed to live independently after your holiday visit has ended.  If your check in leads to concerns make any necessary home adjustments and arrange for proper supports and resources to help them remain safely at home.  Your local area agency on aging is available to provide you and your loved one with proper guidance and can be located here.During this time of year when many seniors are more prone to loneliness or depression, in addition to checking in with your own elderly family members, pausing to remember the elders in your community by making a visit to a nursing home or bringing a meal or plate of goodies to your elderly neighbor are some of the greatest gifts you can give.center_img BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season December 17, 2015last_img read more

How Many Sports Channels Are Enough?

first_imgHow many sports channels do you watch?  I don’t know what type of TV you have, but if you have cable or satellite TV you have a myriad of sports channels to watch.  Here are some that I watch:  ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN 2, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1, FSO (Ohio), NASCAR Racing, MLB, TVG, BTN, SEC Network, NFL All Access, TBS, TNT, etc.  I am sure you have the idea.Then there is Pay-per-View.  (I refuse to pay $75 or more to watch any sporting event.)  This is why pro-sport franchises do not worry if they don’t fill the stands for every game.  TV revenue will make up the difference.  How many of these channels do you watch?last_img

FIFA Ranking: Eagles Move up 10 Spots

first_imgFemi SolajaDespite Super Eagles absence from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Nigeria still made an appreciable upward movement to the 41st position in the February FIFA global rankings released yesterday.The latest ranking is the best by Nigeria in recent time.The Super Eagles were ranked 51st in January rankings but this month, they moved a staggering ten places up despite their absence at the African soccer show piece.However, current African champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, whom Nigeria will meet next in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifying round of matches later in the year are ahead of Super Eagles.Nigeria occupies seventh in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Congo DR and Burkina Faso. The Indomitable Lions, who silenced the Pharaohs to win their fifth African title climbed up 29 place to occupy number 33 in the world, though third in Africa.Meanwhile, embattled Argentina in the ongoing South America World Cup qualifying round of matches lead the world ranking with 1635 points, followed closely by rivals Brazil in second and reigning world champions Germany in third place.The next FIFA ranking update will be announced on March 9.Africa’s Top Ten 1 (3) Egypt 2 (1) Senegal 3 (12) Cameroon 4 (4) Tunisia 5 (6) DR Congo 6 (8) Burkina Faso 7 (7) Nigeria 8 (9) Ghana 9 (2) Cote d’ Ivoire 10 (10) Morocco *January rankings in bracketShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Klay Thompson injury update: Warriors guard tore ACL in Game 6, agent says

first_imgKlay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, his agent told ESPN.Thompson suffered the injury in the third quarter on a breakaway. Danny Green went up to contest a shot and Thompson was thrown off balance on his way down before his knee twisted awkwardly. Toronto went on to close out the Warriors with a 114-110 victory to earn its first championship in franchise history. He stayed down for a minute and initially went to the locker room. But, because he had been awarded two free throws he couldn’t go just yet. Had he left he would have been ineligible to come back in the game.Some staffers went and stopped him from leaving and brought him back to the court to take the free throws. He hit both attempts and then went to the locker room after DeMarcus Cousins fouled to give him a chance to get off the court. He did not return. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches.Thompson scored 30 points in the game before exiting. last_img read more