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Retirement investment planning

Making the proper investment choices for your future retirement is an important step in making your later years enjoyable. Early planning can make it more likely that you will be able to maintain or even improve your lifestyle as you move towards retirement. Here are some investments to consider adding to your investment portfolio.

Self directed IRA

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Caring for seniors who are suffering from cancer

People are living longer and this is a good thing. It does have its challenges however: long life does not necessarily equal quality of life, and the unfortunate truth is that the longer a person lives, the greater the chances they have of contracting cancer.
The dreaded “C”-word
Nearly everyone knows someone who has or has had cancer. However, cancer research means that people who, decades ago, may have died from the illness, are now living longer thanks to new treatments. Again, this is a good thing. But cancer treatments can be hugely debilitating, meaning that the person undergoing the treatment needs a great deal of looking after. This can place a huge burden on the family member or care provider.
Growing old, of course, causes its own problems, ones that may be exacerbated by cancer. Aging can result in a person being less able to look after themselves such as not keeping themselves clean, being unable to cook, or forgetting things they do need to remember. A senior person may also want to maintain his or her independence and not appreciate what might seem to be interference from someone else. But this just deals with the physical aspect of aging; there are psychological and emotional aspects to aging as well.
Older people often have concerns that younger people do not. For example, they may be concerned about being a burden to their loved ones which can make them anxious and less eager to admit to needing help. They may be worried about their own dependents, like their pets. More significantly, older people may experience forms of dementia that can make them difficult to treat if they have cancer.
Finding resources and help
Fortunately, help is available for both the person suffering from cancer and the person who acts as their care provider, from cancer research institutions with a significant focus on caring for patients. Such institutions are best able to care for people when there is complete openness between the parties, and it is important for care providers to remember that the relationship is two-way. If you are unsure about treatment or care, then make sure you ask the questions that are on your mind. Being informed about the options and treatments open to the senior who has cancer could help alleviate other concerns.
Of course, doctors and nurses cannot be on hand all the time and a care provider will need to take on some of the duties. These may include ensuring medication is taken at the correct times, keeping an eye on symptoms, and maintaining communication with the medical team. There are also non-medical duties that a care provider can take over, such as managing household finances and medical insurance.
When a senior family member becomes ill with cancer, often the whole family becomes involved. Families can help to make cancer less overwhelming by making donations to research and simply being there for their suffering relatives.

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How To Improve Your Sleep

There is no denying the benefits of a good night’s sleep, but it is surprising just how much of our modern life makes this difficult to accomplish. It is also a myth that only young people need to sleep well; the need for a deep, restorative sleep is beneficial to all, regardless of age.

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Convenience and comfort: Furnishing for a bright retirement

Growing old and heading into retirement comes with a host of challenges. Elderly parents may find that they are not as active or as healthy as they used to be. These changes in mobility and health often call for a different approach to daily living.
Nowadays retirees have various attractive living options. The most popular of these include moving in with their children or relocating to senior living communities. Regardless of the choice they make, senior citizens need to pay special attention to the furniture gracing their homes.
Those who opt to live on their own may find it easier to dwell in smaller homes. There is less clutter that way and the reduced space means that there are fewer household and maintenance chores to do. It is also simple to furnish small spaces.
When selecting furniture for the elderly, it is important to choose pieces that combine functionality with comfort. Wise homeowners in such situations always put practicality and therapeutic value above fashion and décor. It is crucial to go for ergonomically correct furniture that is easily accessible and comfortable to use. Uncomfortable or unsuitable furnishings usually have a detrimental effect on their users and senior citizens are especially vulnerable.
The best furniture items for retirees are those that are suited to their needs. Here are some general tips to consider when selecting furniture for those retirement years:

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Important Health Warnings For Seniors

All the advancements in modern medicine have led to longer, healthier lives for many Americans. Unfortunately, living in this age of such rapid advancement can be perilous. Although agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exist for the sole purpose of protecting consumers from such hazards, important safety information can still slip through the cracks.

While the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices are skilled in marketing and distributing the next best drug therapy or device, it can take years after a product’s release—after patients have essentially served as a large-scale clinical trial—before the real problems are known.

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Osteoporosis prevention tips

Osteoporosis is a serious condition that can lead to severe pain, height loss, and dangerous bone fractures. The disease can start silently with a sufferer only realizing that he or she has osteoporosis at the time of a fracture – when it is too late.  Most people believe that osteoporosis, or thinning bones, is just a part of growing older, but nothing could be further from the truth. 

 

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Senior Care and Assisted Living Options For Joint Replacement Recovery

  Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

Recovery from joint replacement procedures is a lengthy and intense process. Seniors having a knee or hip replaced will need a great deal of help as they work through that process, making detailed planning well before the surgery date arrives essential. Options for post-surgery care and rehabilitation range from in-home care and therapy to inpatient options, such as rehabilitation hospitals, assisted living centers or skilled nursing facilities. Which option is best for each senior depends largely on health status and personal circumstances.

Home Recovery

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5 Coping Strategies For Anxiety When You Enter Senior Care Facilities

Senior care is an immensely valuable service – one that helps all seniors enjoy their day to day life. But the process of moving into senior care can cause anxiety for many experienced adults. Even those excited about moving to elder care may find that the strange new setting and environment causes some degree of stress, and in some cases that stress can be fairly pronounced. There are several reasons for this:

  • Senior care represents change, and all change can be stressful.
  • Senior care sometimes occurs after a life event, which may lead to stress.
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At Home Nursing Care Dallas

Seniors may find that they are in need of more human interaction or company outside of the home. Senior centers provide a place that elderly people are able to convene and exchange conversation with one another.  Elderly people who have medical conditions may need nursing care in Dallas at home.  Senior centers are a place for elderly people to socialize, sing, dance, eat meals, maintain physical fitness and receive mental or physical treatment.  Many times a senior citizen will take a van or a bus to the senior center.

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Assisted Living In San Diego

Caregivers who work for companies as part of the assisted living in San Diego segment are familiar with elderly people’s activities.  Elderly people enjoy board games, cards, walking, shopping online and watching television.  Caregivers often participate in the activities with elderly people who have assistance.

Board games are popular with elderly people.  Although there are games that may be able to be played by one person, typically these board games are played with a caregiver.  Board games stimulate the mind, help with memory and provide entertainment.  Using the eyes to look closely at the board game pieces and the cards promotes focusing and concentration.

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