Create Your Family’s Legacy with These Fun Projects

Legacies don’t have to be just about money. In fact, real family legacies hold a certain charm and appeal that money can never have, they are the perfect avenues to leave the younger generation a piece of the older generation. They teach them what their grandparents and other ancestors were like, and impart their wisdom all at the same time.

Most everyone has some family legacy whether it’s your great grandmother’s china or silverware, a handmade quilt or doll, or maybe a vase or a mirror that has been in the family for a hundred years. Below are family legacies that you can create now. They are fun, they can involve multiple generations, and they can be handed down to the next generation with pride.

  • Make a recording. Whether it’s an audio or video recording, you can capture your parents and/or grandparents together to record family history. Consider creating an “interview” type of questionnaire for them to answer on film. Questions like where they were born, where they grew up, their most memorable childhood and adulthood moments, and any wisdom they’d like to impart to future generations can be included.
  • Bundle family recipes. Cooking is an activity that truly bonds people. Whether it’s between family or friends, people who cook together stay together and something that many family’s are proud of is their collection of family recipes. Ask your mother and/or grandmother (and father and/or grandfather) to transcribe recipes onto vintage-looking recipe cards. If they are unable to write them out, ask them for the information and do it yourself. These recipes can be made into books to give to teen grandchildren, or as a wedding gift.
  • Create a time capsule. What better way for future generations to really know what life was like today than by putting mementoes into a time capsule? If you choose a date in the distant future for it to be opened, make sure you leave detailed instructions on passing ownership along and the open date. Include items like pictures, favorite books (and recipes!), small articles of clothing, journal entries, postage stamps, and your family tree.

Dedicated to seniors all over the United States and Canada, Always Best Care is a top provider of compassionate in-home care. Seniors living in the Greater Cleveland area who are interested in learning about the Always Best Care caregivers in Grafton, or would like referrals for senior assisted living in Greater Cleveland, can call the Always Best Care Grafton branch at 440-791-7177 to set up a free care consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!

 

Seniors: Be Aware of These Stroke Risk Factors

Sometimes, a stroke cannot be avoided. However, there are risk factors involved and since stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States (130,000 people in the U.S. die from one every year), it’s best to be aware of the risk factors. In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help prevent stroke. Avoid the following risk factors:

  • Diabetes. Specifically, having diabetes mellitus increases your stroke risk. It causes a buildup of sugar in the blood which makes it difficult for the body to produce insulin. People who have diabetes mellitus are more likely to be overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are also leading causes for having a stroke.
  • An unhealthy lifestyle. Little physical exercise and an unhealthy diet are huge risk factors for having a stroke. Try getting in at least 2.5 hours of exercise every week. This could be walking, hiking, water aerobics, Yoga, etc. Choose healthier foods instead of junk.
  • Smoking. If you smoke, you are doubling your chances of having a stroke. Cigarette smoking causes the blood to thicken, which can lead to clots and increase plaque buildup. Do your best to quit and if you can’t, see your doctor who can give sound advice.
  • High cholesterol. Strokes happen when arteries are blocked, and bad cholesterol is just that – it is plaque buildup that blocks arteries. Eat healthy foods and exercise to maintain a good HDL cholesterol level.
  • High blood pressure. The unfortunate aspect to high blood pressure is that most people who have it, don’t even know they have it. It is often time asymptomatic and can lead to having a stroke. Regular checkups will detect high blood pressure, and if necessary, your doctor can put you on medicine to keep it at a reasonable level.

Always Best Care is a provider of compassionate in-home senior care in the United States and Canada. For the past 20 years, they have built a solid, well-respected reputation in the senior care giving industry. Seniors living in the Greater Cleveland area, who are curious about senior care services in Lorain, or about how to obtain free referrals for assisted living facilities in Grafton, can call the Always Best Care Grafton location at 440-791-7177 to set up a free care consultation.

Be Aware of these Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Being able to hear is one of the great joys in life. A newborn’s first cry, “I do” upon getting married, a friend’s laughter – they are all music to the ears. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our hearing tends to diminish and it can begin as early as our 30’s. However, a full one-third of seniors 65 and over suffers from some level of hearing loss. What are the symptoms?

  1. Nobody can discern what people next to them are saying at a rock concert, or at a dance club, however, if you find it difficult to understand someone sitting next to you at the Sunday family dinner, you might have a hearing problem. Regardless of your environment, if you are finding it difficult to make out what people are saying, you might be suffering from nerve damage to the inner ear, which, in turn causes hearing loss.
  2. Are you constantly asking friends and family to repeat what they’ve just said? Sure, we all do it sometimes, but if you find yourself constantly asking, “What was that?” “Come again?” “A little louder?” then you might just have a hearing problem.
  3. Do you need to turn up the volume on everything you own including the television, radio, and computer? If people around you are telling you that these items are set at way too high a volume level, you might consider seeing your doctor.
  4. Does everything sound muffled to you? If everything seems much softer than it used to, see your doctor to make sure it isn’t an ear infection or possibly wax buildup – and if it’s not, hearing loss might be the culprit.
  5. You don’t want to talk to people for fear of not being able to hear or understand what they’re saying. People with hearing loss often feel anxious and sad because of what’s happening with them and avoid talking to people altogether.

If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a full examination and the options available to you.
Always Best Care has been providing senior care services in Lorain and information regarding assisted living services in Grafton for the past 20 years. With locations all over the country, they are proud to provide only the most qualified and well trained caregivers to their senior clients. If you have any questions about their services in Lorain or Grafton, please call 440-791-7177 today.

Fire Safety & Seniors

Every year, especially during the fall and winter months, people succumb to smoke inhalation and fires in their homes. The main reason for this is because heating equipment is being used and holiday lights and decorations are also being used, increasing the possibility of an electrical fire. While winter and fall are the most common times for fire injuries and fatalities, it’s good to brush up on fire safety tips beforehand. Seniors, especially, are at risk for a number of reasons including possible limited mobility, decreased hearing, medication induced sleep, confusion caused by dementia, and a number of other factors.

  • The very best thing you can do to keep fire at bay in your home is to regularly check your smoke detectors. Replace the batteries twice annually, or get someone to do it for you if you can’t reach.
  • Put a protective screen on your fireplace so that errant sparks don’t catch carpeting or upholstery on fire. Use battery operated candles instead of flame candles for the same reason.
  • If you’re cooking, never leave the kitchen while you have something on the stove. Grease fires can be deadly, and most fires start in the kitchen. Don’t let your hair or clothes hang near the burners, either.
  • If you must smoke, then smoke outside, not inside. And never, ever smoke in bed. Never let anyone else smoke in your house either, place an ashtray outside – even in the winter – if you have friends that smoke.
  • For seniors especially, living in a ranch or one-story home is ideal in case there is a fire. This way, you won’t be trapped helpless on the second floor if a fire breaks out.
  • Practice escape routes with friends and family for every room, so if a fire does happen, you and everyone else in the house will know exactly how to proceed safely.
  • Keep space heaters away from all upholstery so it won’t catch fire. It’s also a good idea to have carbon dioxide detectors present.

If you live in the Greater Cleveland area and you are interested in receiving in-home health care in Lorain County, or if you’re interested in other options surrounding senior care services in Lorain, call the Always Best Care Grafton location at 440-791-7177 to set up a free consultation. With 20 years of experience, Always Best Care has one of the most trusted names in senior care giving.

How Family Members Can Keep In Touch With Seniors Living Far Away

Sometimes, even though it’s the senior’s preference to live close by when they transition into an assisted living community, it doesn’t happen. Families can be spread out across the country, even the world. Friends move away and become rooted elsewhere, and it becomes more and more difficult to have one-on-one time with loved ones. So, how can family and friends keep in touch with seniors who are living far away?

  • Use technology to your advantage! Use Skype, Google Hangouts, or any of the other real-time technologies that allow you and your parent to chat “face to face.” Emails and calls are always wonderful, but being able to talk with each other and see the other’s face is only second best to actually being there. If your parent is not tech-savvy, ask the staff at the assisted living in Lorain County community to help them out.
  • Always remember special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, they never fail to be important, and your senior parent will love and appreciate the time you take to send them a card, call them, or Skype them to recognize an important date.
  • Stay with them when you visit! If the assisted living community has guest facilities, stay there to be closer to your parent, to save money, and to walk with them through a day in their life. Your parent will cherish the closeness and you will see first-hand what they do throughout the day.
  • What kind of hobbies does your parent enjoy? If they love books, read the same book together and talk about it on the phone or over Skype. If they love playing Scrabble or some other board game, find it online and play together, you can even watch sporting events online with them.

Always Best Care Senior Services has been providing exceptional in-home care to seniors throughout the country for the past 20 years. If you would like a free consultation regarding assisted living in Lorain County, or elder care services in the Greater Cleveland area, call them at (440) 791-7177 or email jbecthold@abc-seniors.com today!

When Should You Start Considering In-Home Senior Care?

Parents take care of their children when they are young, and then when parents get older, the favor is returned. While children do everything they can to help their aging parents, there comes a time when their own lives get in the way of true quality assistance, and it’s time to start considering in-home senior care.

Signs a Senior Is Ready for In-Home Senior Care Services

  • The senior is struggling with life in general. It could be that their spouse just died, or they are lonely in the home and find it difficult to connect with friends. There are three major areas where people struggle as they age and these are mentally, physically, and emotionally. Physical challenges include limited mobility, and loss of control of bodily functions. Mental challenges include memory issues including the onset of dementia, and emotionally they might be dealing with depression.
  • The main caregiver feels stressed and overwhelmed. Usually, the first caregiver to an aging senior is one of their children. But it’s likely that this person is part of the sandwich generation – that is, they are caring for their own children, and aging parent(s). The overwhelming exhaustion of both of these duties can be too much. If it starts eroding at the quality of the relationship between parent and child, it’s best to start looking at in-home care giving.
  • You worry about them when you’re not there. As the main caregiver, you think about them and worry about them when you aren’t there to help. Did they leave the stove burner on? Did they take their medication? Will they get up in the middle of the night and walk out the door because they are confused? This is another sign that in-home care giving might be of great help.
  • The senior is simply too far away. Families are often spread across the country, thousands of miles away from each other. The senior might not have any caregiver at all in place, but as their child you keep in contact with them via Skype, phone calls, etc. This might not be enough, and in-home senior care services in Grafton might just be the answer to bridge that gap.

Always Best Care has been in the business of providing quality in-home senior care services since 1996. With locations all over the country, they employ skilled and highly-qualified caregivers. If you live in the Grafton area and are interested in receiving in-home senior care services in Grafton, or information about Alzheimer’s care in Lorain, you can call the Always Best Care Grafton location at 440-791-7177 to set up a free consultation.

How To Save $$$ On Your Home Energy Bills

Everyone is looking to save money, and if you can save energy on top of it, that’s just a bonus! Seniors, especially, need to make their dollar stretch as far as it can, so these tips are designed to help seniors (and others) save on their home energy bills and feel good in the process.

  • Give your thermostat a break! In the winter, turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees, and in the summer, turn it up a little bit. Wear season-appropriate clothing (like sweaters in the winter). This tiny fluctuation in temperature will help you save energy and money.
  • Turn all of your electronics off if they’re not in use. Appliances, too! Unplug the toaster, unplug the radio and TV, unplug the computer. Even when something is plugged in, it’s using energy.
  • Only turn on the light in the room you’re in. Although it might be nice to walk into a pre-lit room like your bedroom, it’s certainly a waste of money and resources to have a light on in a room that nobody is using.
  • Don’t use the washing machine or dishwasher unless you have a full load. These appliances use a lot of energy, and if you save up for when you can maximize their use, you’ll save money.
  • Place your water temperature at 120 degrees on the water heater.
  • Instead of using a blow drier to dry your hair every single day, why not let it air dry? It’s not only good on your wallet; it’s good on your hair, too.
  • Make sure your appliances get regular maintenance checkups. These checkups are much more cost-effective than replacing the entire appliance.
  • Don’t let water run if you’re not using it such as when you’re washing dishes, brushing your teeth, or showering.

Always Best Care has been in the business of senior care giving since 1996. During that time they have assisted over 25,000 seniors in the United States and Canada. If you live in the Greater Cleveland area and are interested in finding out more about in-home health care in Medina, or senior home care in Grafton, you can call the Always Best Care Grafton location at 440-791-7177 or email them at jbechtold@abc-seniors.com for a free consultation.

Keeping Seniors Young At Heart

Being active is important at any age. But being active as a senior is doubly important because it can slow the aging process down and allow the senior to really enjoy life. Always Best Care Senior Services provides in-home care to seniors via caregivers that visit the senior’s home between two and 24 hours every day. They are there to help with the home, with personal issues, and to be a companion. The caregivers are skilled at helping to keep their senior client active through assistance in walking, escorting to events and playing cards and games.

What are the other ways to keep a senior young at heart?

  • Exercise, whether it’s strength-building, endurance, or physical therapy helps seniors keep their minds and bodies in good working order. Other types of activities like water aerobics, gardening, and walking around a nearby pond are also great ways to exercise.
  • Socializing is a great way to keep senior’s young at heart because it helps fight isolation, loneliness and depression.
  • In-home care helps seniors deal with everyday tasks and chores that can get overwhelming for them. In this way, the senior’s time is freed up for other things such as exercising and socialization.
  • Volunteering and working with the community will help any senior feel young at heart. Whether reading to school children or helping out a non-profit organization, seniors will feel a great deal of pride and accomplishment through volunteering.

Always Best Care Senior Services has been providing quality in-home care for seniors for the past twenty years. With locations all over the country, they specialize in caring companionship and assistance with everyday tasks for seniors who wish to maintain their independence. If you are looking for information on in-home care in Medina County, or Alzheimer Care in Medina County, call (440) 791-7177 for a free consultation with an ABC Care Consultant.

Don’t Believe the Myths of Aging

Living in a culture that treasures youth, it has, conversely, created a number of myths about aging that simply aren’t true, or don’t have to be true. These myths and antiquated beliefs are everywhere in the media so it can be difficult to shrug them off. However, if we’re lucky, we all grow old, and so putting an end to these myths helps everyone.

    • I’m going to get lonely when I get old. There are many ways seniors can stay active, whether it’s within the community, within their family, or among their friends. Services exist to help transport seniors to places of worship, to events, appointments, etc. Staying engaged socially should be a top priority for the senior, and friends, family and volunteers can help out.
    • Now that I’m retired, I’m going to be unproductive and lazy. Seniors are in a wonderful position to not only assist with grandchildren, but to also help out the community through volunteer work. Staying busy makes a huge impact on the senior’s state of mind, and the betterment of society as a whole.
    • It’s so depressing getting old. The truth of the matter is those who tend to be grumpy in their younger years, will likely be grouchy as they age. And those who are more content and happy when they’re young will remain that way when they grow older. Unhappiness is more a matter of the individual than it is an age group.
    • I’m going to lose my creativity as I get older. Actually, there are plenty of artists who were “late bloomers,” including Van Gogh, Leonard Cohen, Robert Frost, and many others.
  • I’m not going to be able to adapt well as I get older. When someone becomes a senior, they have already lived through countless transitions in their lives, making them a veteran of adaptability. There is simply nothing about the act of aging that erases the ability for humans to adapt.

Always Best Care Senior Services provides exemplary in-home senior care in the Grafton, OH area, as well as many other locations around the country. If you are interested in obtaining a free consultation regarding elderly care in Grafton, OH, call (440) 791-7177 today.

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