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.
Internet, cell phones, apple phones, blue tooth and everything in between, and the latest is the senior apps. There are 10 applications dedicated to assisting seniors.
I will first explore the first five and the second blog will be the other five.
First app: Epicurious; is a food-related recipe app with 35,000 recipes cooking videos, and seasonal ingredients.
Second app: Locus Map; this app is for hiking and navigation, is available by paid and free, it wasn’t made for seniors it has started to catch on with the third age folks.
Third app: Can I Retire Yet? Personal finance expert Darrow Kirkpatrick helps users track their progress toward retirement.
Fourth app: Luminosity; staying mentally sharp. Do I need to say more? And last but not least;
Fifth app: Homeaway; the popular app for vacation booking, which is similar to AirBnB.
I personally haven’t download any of these apps, and I confess, I am an old school body and love be home and use my landline and make the booking and appointments I need, and when I am done I print the confirmation.
When the horrible diagnosis is confirmed and the doctor actually tells you that you indeed have breast cancer, many things go through your mind and your head spins. How is this possible as you look to your breast and ask yourself. Why? Why you? And how your kids and extended family will handle it.
The most important thing is to ask all the questions and follow your oncologist care plan and you probably think that your doctor went bananas when suggesting that you should exercise.
You are just out from radiation treatment and recovering from reconstructive surgery and the doctor tells you to start exercising. The truth is that by advising you to exercise the whole idea is to help you to regain everything the diagnosis almost took from you – there are your body’s strength and balance.
There is a very interesting article in the Hadassah Magazine about a cancer survivor that tells us her battle with cancer and how physical exercise assisted her.
I believe in exercise to keep one in healthy body weight, mentally sharp, and mood control, as well to prevention from getting sick.