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Two Sides of A Troubling Situation (Part II)

Last week I spoke about some companies trying to retire or let go of employees that are 50+ years old and replace with younger, fresh out of college ones. I did not mean to sound hasty, and if I did I apologize, I intended to explain the balancing act to not be so fast at dismissing an older employee and quickly replace them with someone else younger. Having life experiences are precious and helps solve problems in the work environment.

Being fresh out of college is precious, and will also help solve problems in the work place. Both sides have to come together. The fresh out of college and the senior employee have to come together and solve the problems. We (myself included) have to learn how to cross this bridge and met in the middle.

Two Sides of a Troubling Situation

On the one side, we have people thinking that after 50 years old, you should be put to pasture. I see employers think that it is cheaper to hire younger employees. It’s not. It’s very difficult to connect with younger employees; their interests, emotions, and financial resources are limited and restricted compared to older adults. As a veteran in life, my counter partners and I have a better understanding of our emotions and surroundings; we are better prepared.

And the second point is we spent millions every year. Americans 50 and older are fueling America’s economic engine. The financial muscle of people over 50 is growing. Spoiler alert: it’s time to pay attention to that fact.

A “senior” American spent $0.33 of a dollar in 2018, and by 2030, we will spend $0.66 of a dollar; not to mention jobs we hold.

Signs of Dementia

    • Lack of sleep (sleeping acts to clear your brain). With no sleep your brain can’t perform its functions.
    • Hearing loss, without noticing people are addressing you, the feeling of isolation will grow in you.
    • Lack of socialization, either by going out with friends or checking in with an elderly neighbor, will make your brain slow down, try out this Sudoku puzzle to help keep your mind working.

  • Poor or no physical activity, when you exercise your brain produces vitamins, instead of spending your days just watching TV go out for a brisk walk.
  • Poor eating habits also will prevent you from obtaining a healthy body and mind. Nutrients, vitamins, good fat, and drinking water also help to keep Dementia away.
  • The most important thing to know is Dementia and mental health are not specifically an old person’s disease. It does not matter if you never did any of those things when you were younger, just start doing them now.

Alzheimer’s and Aging

Last week I talked about keeping yourself busy. It was a glimpse of myself. Like many other women, I  juggle many different hats. However, I want to express that since I turned 50, I heard my boss’s friends tell her that from now on, she needs to pay attention to my aging.
 
I will start easy, and won’t go down the age discrimination issue. I will stick with the Alzheimer’s issue.
 
Alzheimer’s isn’t an old age issue; it’s an issue period. Alzheimer’s is growing and maybe undiagnosed from some patients, which is why I stress and urge all of you people to listen to my experience.
 
Another note of my personal observations is it won’t be a surprise for me, if the so-called generation X will be the most ones with mental health issues, in my opinion, there isn’t much learning and more repetition.
 
Make’s me wonder that those on any age who copy these new generations may be signing up for an unwanted diagnose of Alzheimer’s, and that is a big concern. You can’t reverse Alzheimer’s damage.

The Hidden Costs of Care giving

I have approached this subject before saying that it will always be cheaper to keep and assist your aging parent yourself. There is no mortgage to pay, more often the only expenses are electrical and water bills.

Other expenses are unexpected health-related expenses. Often times the caregiver recipient (patients and or clients) pay out of pocket at around 78% for a caregiver. On average that amount is around $7,000.00 per year. If you live an hour or more from work your amount increases to $12,000.00 per year. On average 25% of their retirement savings and loss from investments.

23% of people take on more debt, which is difficult since you are closing in on retirement. 32% of caregivers have left a job because of the overwhelming demands of caregiving. Another point to be made; caregivers spend about 80 minutes less per day on paid work, besides that, you pay less attention to your own health. One example is you get 23 minutes less sleep per night.

Concerns About Whom Would Help You Take Care of Your Financial, When You May Not be Able To.

I am not married nor I have children. As I am aging, I am having many concerns about housing, financial, career and everything in between. I just learn that I am a solo ager, which pretty much describes what I already explained, not marry, no children, I also don't have a great relationship with my siblings, and that makes me concern rise ups. Who will protect her Finances is an article that I read from AARP December 2019/ January 2020.

When you like me and have no trust in your family, you should ask your doctor, banker, or anyone who you may feel comfortable with. There is a lot to learn, search to ask and don't let solo ager title scary you or shy away from your goals. And one should also the extent that to its personal belongs, and bank accounts, medical information.

People Age Well Where They Have a Purpose

The title above is an article from the AARP bulletin from September/2019.

It’s long known that when any person has a meaningful life, they live and age well. As we age and some of us are transferred to a nursing facility, we see signs of age; becoming debilitated, motionless, and elderly seniors.

Anyone who has a senior loved one should invest their efforts to help and fight to keep their seniors at home and active. I am not talking about family and friends only; I am talking about volunteering, go out with a mission to help those who need it.

Retirement from work does not mean you should give up your life; keep yourself active, exercising, volunteering, and be involved in your community.

10 Symptoms of Dementia

  1. short-term loss of memory
  2. trouble communicating
  3. confusion
  4. moodiness
  5. inability to understand sarcasm
  6. inability to perform simple tasks
  7. repetition
  8. loss of interest
  9. falling
  10. problem coping

These symptoms do not always come in a single package, they appear one at a time, and is not to say that because your client does not like to clean house he/she has Dementia, there usually has a history.

Long Term Care? What Is It?

Everyone who plans to live longer is taking the risk of needing long term care. Usually, the thought is if you are old, that’s the cue to need any type of care, especially long term care. The case is not quite like anyone who may need daily help like cooking, bathing, and dressing is likely to need a companion or a home health care aide.

There is the same confusion about nursing homes and assisted-living, and there is the cost, how much will it cost me to transfer my parents to a facility? Would it be less expensive to keep them home and hire someone else to check on them and actually assist with whatever needs to be done?

I think I have learned over the years that it is cheaper to keep your loved ones at home when you know how to delegate and manage the time spent with your family members. If you are the type that does not know how to delegate and you keeping hovering around to micromanage the aide, you are losing money.

Back to long term care is some who has diabetes and or any other chronic disability. It is costly when their illness is left for an emergency or last-minute decisions.

The best course of the action is educated yourself on what are your options, whenever possible, attend workshops to learn what cost is out of pocket or what insurance pays.

Nurses Roles has Being Changing

Americans are aging with that the role nurses used to fill now has change, forcing nurses to expanding their role.

The number of nurses that being visiting patients/clients at their homes has being increased, the goal now days is to deliver a high quality services, when a client and or patient needs assistant the primary medical staff to be deploy is a nurse with a range of duties, included but no limited to medication change and or adjust as well educated the patient and their loved ones, best choices and care plan.

Today is all about empower the nurses with tools and training they need to help patients, despite challenges the nurses are embracing new diversities all an all nurses are being train to became an advocated for the patient/client.

The idea is to empower and assure that the nurse seeks to purse four year degree as should be standard and assist them to achieved the baccalaureate degree hopefully by 2020. Nurses should be introduce themselves as patient advocates.

Great article that can be found at the AARP bulletin of September/2019.