Monday, December 12, 2016

Mobility Couldn't be Easier

   
 As we age getting around and doing the things we want and need to do can be tiresome and difficult.  Today mobility couldn't be easier.  With all of the options and prices of mobility products almost everyone can afford one of the products to make their life easier.  Don't get me wrong, the first choice is exercise as a lifestyle choice.  This is the cheapest and best option for an independent life.  Some people have medical conditions that are unavoidable which have prevented them from maintaining strength and endurance.  Others have the ability and strength to get around but may lack the endurance.  I took my mother shopping the other day at her request, however, I noticed not long after arriving at the store she looked tired.  With no where to sit and rest I call it an early day and we went home.  I could tell she was relieved, but she never complained.  Here are some options that are affordable and I will tell you what they are capable of performing.  
     Powered wheelchairs are usually covered by Medicare.  These usually can be operated electrically or manually if the power is running out.  They can come in different models and sizes to fit your physique.  Here are just a few.  For more information just click on the picture to learn more about these products.






     A step up can be the mobility of a scooter.  Three wheeled scooters perform better inside the home, whereas those with four wheels can handle the sometime difficult terrain of the outdoors.  Both models come in folding versions making them easy to transport.  Others require lifts to get them in and out of the car.  Either way you can find a fit for your situation.  Here are some of the scooter versions and some can be purchased for less than a thousand dollars.




     In the last picture the scooter is only $649 making this very affordable for many people.  I don't know why the link came out so small but it is an attractive scooter that is very affordable.  I hope you find one you like that helps you get back out and start enjoying the great outdoors.  One of these is in my mothers future too.  When I decide on the model, I will update post and let you know her experience with her scooter.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Senior Citizens Signs for Home and Humor

 This post is to provide you with a place to find signs for your home and provide a little humor for your guest.  If you like one just click on the picture and it will take you to a site to purchase one for yourself or a family member.  Enjoy.




I find these quite humorous and thought you might enjoy them as well.

For Stickers of all types click here

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What is Cognitive Impairment?

     What is cognitive impairment and how does it affect you.  More importantly, what can be done about it.  Dealing with the physical changes that occur as we age is bad enough, but the mental decline that we experience can be even worse to accept.  Maybe we don't have to give in to decline in the age of new research on the growing population of baby boomers.

     So exactly what is cognitive impairment?  According to the CDC, cognitive impairment manifest itself when one has trouble remembering or learning new things.  Another sign of cognitive impairment is a decline in concentration or decision making affecting ones life.  These deficiencies can be mild or severe.  With mild cases one can usually tell that they have impaired cognitive function but can still manage their everyday activities.   With more severe cases, the person may not be able to live independently any longer.


     Another downside to cognitive impairment is the cost.  People with a cognitive impairment have 3 times the hospital visits than those with other ailments.  This doesn't include all of the unpaid care that occurs in the homes of those taking care of these individuals.  Now is the time that we need to be proactive in preventing the onset of dementia by instituting a healthy lifestyle and exercising our brain


     This is according to the National Institute of Health.


Research has identified lifestyle practices such as education, leisure pursuits, intellectual engagement, and expertise that are associated with successfully maintenance of cognitive abilities. Physical activity, diet, and social activity are additional factors linked to maintained cognition in aging that have been used as a basis for interventions to prevent cognitive decline."


     The MacArthur Study on Successful Aging concluded that those individuals with a more mentally demanding career maintain higher acuity as they aged.  The study also illustrate that socioeconomic status and life experience effects cognitive function in the older adult.  This year an article published by Harvard Medical School in their health publication gave examples on how learning new information can slow cognitive decline.  Going back to school was one way to exercise your brain.  In this article they linked back to this site for your educational exploration.  Another article was published a week before that in Harvard's Women Health Watch explores how a four part combination strategy can stave off cognitive impairment.  Diet, exercise, socializing, and challenging your brain all play a significant part in your outcome.  These are two great resource to learn more.  So challenge your brain today.  Learn a new subject, spend time playing a game (chess), get out and visit the world, and eat right and get plenty of exercise and rest.  These can be some of the best years in life when done right.


A Senior Citizen Age Varies among the Masses

     With so many baby boomers retiring, many people question when there are considered a senior citizen. A senior citizens age has traditionally been considered when an individual reaches the age of 65 now 66.  That's the magic number when full retirement kicks in and one can expect to start receiving a check while enjoying their golden years.  Many things put off during working years can now be pursued and enjoyed.

     Due to a healthier and more active generation the term senior citizen tends to leave a bad taste in many people's mouth.  More and more people are active and healthier today than ever.  With all the advancements in medicine and widespread availability of health care people are living a more healthier and active life.  Due to this increase in life expectancy, the federal government has passed legislation to have the retirement age increased to 67 by the year 2027.

woman on golf cart with her dog      Where does the expression senior citizen come from anyways.  It was a term used in a 1938 political campaign as a euphemism for old age.   96% of 50 year olds reject the phrase senior citizen as describing them.  Even individuals over 65 reject this as applying to them.  This is a picture of me and I am 50+, but I have no intention of popping out my ID just yet to take advantage of the savings.  Those that embrace the senior movement do so for economic reasons.  Many companies give discounts to senior citizens as a courtesy for there business.  One of the first offers is the dreaded mail you receive from the AARP.  I have yet to return the acceptance letter for my membership for their discounts and my free backpack.  Just not ready to go there yet as I am so full of life and can still hike 10+ miles a day.  Either way, there are some good deals that can be taken advantage of if your ready to give up and give in.
   
     Still other government agencies mark 60 as the definitive date to qualify for housing and other perks.  The United Nations also defines 60 as the senior citizen status.  Either way, lifestyle choice and improved health care is redefining what is considered a universal senior citizen age determination.  Technical there is no set number when trying to decide what category you fit into at this time in your life.  For those that embrace the term senior citizen and all the perks it can hold as far as discounts.  My next post, I will try to provide you with a comprehensive list of discounts available for senior citizens and their spouses.  Better yet, I found this site that cover that subject very well called Free4Seniors.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Apps for Senior Citizens

apps on a cell phone

    Didn't think the new technology out today could be for you.  Think again.  There are many new apps that are out that can help you with your day to day task.  Even the guys will like some of these.  So lets get started.

  1. ParKing (Google Playstore)  QuickPark (App Store)
Download either of these that are compatible with your cellphone or device and never search for your car again.  These can be used offline as well with maps that will get you back to your automobile in a flash.

   2. Pillboxie ( Google Playstore)  Pill Reminder (App Store)

Easy to use apps never let you forget to take your medication again. You can use these apps to set the time and date and it will display a picture of the pill as well as the name and dose.  These apps will let you know when it is time to reorder your medication and they will allow you to keep in touch with your doctor.

   3. Optical Eyeglasses ( Google Playstore)  Pocket Glasses ( App Store)

Forgot your glasses.  No problem.  See menus and read prescription bottles without having to ask anyone for help.  You can also use these to read signs and zoom in on objects when repairing your eyeglasses for instance.  Includes a flashlight when you just need more clarity.  This app is a must have.

   4.  bSafe  and SafeTrek  (Google Playstore)  EmergenSee (App Store)

A very necessary tool for any age group.  Keep yourself safe when you find that you have wondered into a bad situation or you have an uninvited guest stalking your movement.  There are many features on these apps that will allow you to set up others to contact when you are in a vulnerable situation.  You don't have time to dial the police you can push a button an activate GPS location and record what is happening around you or to you.  One app lets you hold down a button until your safe.  Then it can be released and a pin entered that turns this alarm off, otherwise the police are on there way.

   5.  The Weather Channel (Google Playstore and App Store)

Need to know how to dress or even if you want to venture outside today.  The Weather Channel app will keep you up-to-date with the latest temperature and forecast for your area.  Easy to use and a very handy app.

   6.  Instant Heart Rate (Google Play Store)  Heart Rate Camera (App Store)

 Ever worry about your heart rate, feel palpitations, or experience chest pain? You can go purchase a pulse ox which will give you an accurate reading of your heart rate and oxygen level, or if you are just worried about your heart rate, you can download one of these apps depending upon your device.  They are just as accurate and will track your heart rate as well.  You can even use options that will display what you were doing when a problem occurs.  This information is very handy to take to your next doctors visit.
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I have been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 22 years and highly recommend these apps.  If you are using them now or know of others that are better can you please leave a comment below.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Get Your Next Degree for Free

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     If you are over 60 and have a love for learning it is possible that you can earn your first or next degree for free, or a least at a discounted price.  Most if not all states offer free or reduced rates for seniors interested in returning to college.  I am putting together a comprehensive list of the colleges offering discounted or free tuition for you complete with contact information.  If I miss something please feel free to leave me a comment and I will add the information you submit.  Some colleges only offer classes for audit and only if there is a seat available.  You should contact the financial aid office of the college or university you are interested in to find out what they offer and what requirements that you have to meet.  If you do not qualify for a grant or scholarship, then ask your tax advisor about the $10,000.00 Lifetime Learning Credit.  Remember that you are never to old to learn something new and attending college is just one of the many ways to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wyoming

Community College

Laramie County Community Collegehttps://www.lccc.wy.edu/
Contact Info  1-800-522-2993
Senior Tuition Discount (page 5)

Northwest College Wyominghttp://www.nwc.edu/
Contact Info  1-800-560-4692
Senior Citizen Discount Information

Universities

University of Wyominghttp://www.uwyo.edu/
Contact Info   307-766-1121
Senior Tuition Waiver Info

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wisconsin

Community Colleges

Blackhawk Technical College - http://www.blackhawk.edu/
Contact info  608-758-6900
Senior Citizen course Audit information

Gateway Technical Collegehttps://www.gtc.edu
Contact Info  1/800-247-7122
Senior Citizen course Audit information

Nicolete Collegehttp://www.nicoletcollege.edu/
Contact info  715-365-4410
Registration Forms,  Seniors pay a reduced Tuition although not sure by how much. 

Waukesha County Technical College - http://www.wctc.edu/
Contact Info  262-691-5566
Auditing Classes for Seniors
Learning in Retirement (LIR) program  

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Collegehttp://www.witc.edu/
Contact Info 715-468-2815
Senior Fee Information 

Silver Lake Collegehttp://www.sl.edu/
Contact Info  1-800-236-4752
Senior Auditing courses Info


Universities


Marquette Universityhttp://marquette.edu/
Contact Info  1-800-222-6544
Senior Citizen Discount

Mount Mary Universityhttp://www.mtmary.edu/
Contact Info  414-930-3000
Senior Citizen Discount 

University of Wisconsin La Crossehttp://www.uwlax.edu/
Contact Info  608-785-8000
Over 60 Audit Students Info


Thursday, February 18, 2016

West Virginia Colleges that Offer Reduced or Free Tuition for Senior Citizens

Universities 

West Virginia Universityhttp://admissions.wvu.edu/home
Contact Info  304-293-2121
Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Form

Bethany Collegehttp://www.bethanywv.edu/
Contact Info  304-829-7000
Senior Discount
Senior citizens, age 55 and up, may take up to 3 credits/semester tuition free; other fees apply (such as course fees).

University of Charlestonhttp://www.ucwv.edu/
Contact Info  1-800-995-4682
Senior Information
The University of Charleston offers a special Senior Citizen Rate to persons age 60 and above enrolled as either degree-seeking or non-degree students

Concord Universityhttp://www.concord.edu/
Contact info   1800-344-6679
Senior Discount may or may not be available but was added in 2007

Wheeling Jesuit University - http://www.wju.edu/
Contact info  304-243-2359
Senior Application for non-degree seeking students

Shepherd Universityhttp://www.shepherd.edu/
Contact info  304-876-5000
Senior Tuition Discount for non-degree seeking students 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Washington

RCW 28B.15.540




Consistent with the regulations and procedures established by the governing boards of the state universities, the regional universities, and The Evergreen State College and the state board for community and technical colleges, each institution may for Washington residents who are sixty years of age or older:
(1) Waive, in whole or in part, the tuition and services and activities fees for students who qualify under this section and who are enrolled for credit, and
(2) Waive, in whole or in part, the tuition and services and activities fees for students who qualify under this section, but charge a nominal fee not to exceed five dollars per quarter, or semester, as the case may be, for such students who are enrolled on an audit basis: PROVIDED, That residents enrolling with fee exemptions under this section shall register for not more than two quarter or semester courses at one time on a space available basis, and no new course sections shall be created as a direct result of such registration: PROVIDED FURTHER, That such waivers shall not be available to students who plan to use the course credits gained thereby for increasing credentials or salary schedule increases: PROVIDED FURTHER, That enrollment information concerning fee exemptions awarded under this section shall be maintained separately from other enrollment information but shall not be included in official enrollment reports: PROVIDED, That persons who enroll pursuant to provisions of this section shall not be considered for any purpose in determining student-teacher ratio, nor for any purpose relating to enrollment totals, nor any other statistic which would affect budgetary determinations. Persons enrolling under the provisions of this section shall have, in equal with all other students, access to course counseling services and shall be subject to all course prerequisite requirements.
[1992 c 231 § 16; 1985 c 390 § 29; 1975 1st ex.s. c 157 § 2.]


NOTES:
Effective date1992 c 231: See note following RCW 28B.10.016.
Purpose1975 1st ex.s. c 157: "In recognition of the worthwhile goal of making education a lifelong process, it is the declared desire of the legislature to promote the availability of postsecondary education for the state's older residents." [1975 1st ex.s. c 157 § 1.]

source---  Washington state legislature  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28B.15.540

It appears that the State of Washington only offers auditing opportunities for Senior Citizens, in other words sit in on classes for free or a small fee of 5 dollars, although this would not be credited and you can not participate in test taking and other assignments.  A great opportunity to fulfill academic curiosities, but would not include receiving credits for those classes.    We will be continuing to seek out more information on the issue.   



Universities

University of Washington - https://www.washington.edu
Contact Info  206-543-2100
Senior Citizen Access Program

Washington State University - https://wsu.edu/
Contact info  509-335-3564
Senior Citizen Audit Program waiver 

Western Washington Universityhttps://www.wwu.edu
Contact Info  360-650-3000
Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver forms

Eastern Washington University - http://www.ewu.edu/
Contact Info    509-359-2397
Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Information 

Community College

Seattle Central Community Collegehttp://www.seattlecentral.edu/
Contact Info  206-934-3800
Senior Citizen Tuition discount Info

South Seattle Community Collegehttp://www.southseattle.edu/
Contact info  206-934-5600
Senior Citizen Tuition discount info

Bellevue Collegehttps://www.bellevuecollege.edu
Contact info  425-564-1000
Senior Citizen Tuition discount info 

Edmonds Community Collegehttp://www.edcc.edu/
Contact info  425-640-1459
Senior Citizen Audit Classes Discount

Cascadia Community Collegehttp://www.cascadia.edu/
Contact info  425-352-8000
Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers 




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