Protect Yourself From Sharks

Guest Article By Christina Lynn, CDFACEP

We live in a litigious society.  Lawsuits fly around courtrooms across the United States.  Why? Because sharks smell blood. When you rear-end someone, the shark (the other driver) may smell blood (your German car).  Raising an an eyebrow, interest peaked, the shark dials the 1-800-number on the billboard sign in front of him that reads, “Injured in an auto accident? Call our bulldog personal injury attorneys. We fight for maximum compensation!”

$1,000,000 legal settlement later, your nest egg is wiped clean.  It’s not fun to restart your retirement plan from scratch.

For better and for worse, the United States protects the rights of an individual to sue another individual, or business, for wrongdoing.  Even if there is no foul play on your part, you can’t prevent a lawsuit from happening.

Convinced you can win the lawsuit?  Your wallet will still forfeit a hefty sum in attorney fees.
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As you age, your abilities change. Perhaps the stairs take you just a little bit longer or you find yourself tripping or stumbling into a corner more often than not. Fortunately, living options abound to meet your needs and expectations. Check out the pros and cons of the following living options and decide which one would work the best for you:

Aging in Place

The term “aging in place” is becoming very commonplace, and if you’ve never heard of it, you need to add it to your vocabulary. Aging in place refers to seniors who prefer to live in their current place of residence for as long as they are physically and mentally able, receiving help if necessary, but remaining relatively independent. This is a great option for seniors who prefer to enjoy the autonomy you are used to in the comfort of your own home without a major life change. However, this type of lifestyle requires home modifications, which can be a little pricey depending on how in-depth or advanced they are. The most common modifications are grab bars in the bathroom, shower seats, walk-in tubs/showers, wider doorways, ramps, and security systems. Some adjustments are inexpensive, but some will require building and installation, which can come with a price tag.

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As we get older, we slow down, our minds start to blur, and the gray creeps in. However, physical and mental health is important during all stages of life. After all, age is just a number right? Use this toolkit as a guide for brain and body-boosting activities for seniors of all abilities, as well as resources for further learning.

Stay in the Know

While you might disagree with what age you start to qualify as a senior, the fact is that seniors are a unique demographic. Due to this, seniors require their own personalized information for various life situations. You’re in luck, as some of the most informational ones can be found right here:

  • AARP – advocates for your needs via information, initiatives, projects, and services
  • NCOA – promotes the well-being and success of seniors via helpful resources
  • Senior Journal – direct access to news and resources pertaining to seniors
  • NIA – helpful and thorough information on various health issues often experienced by seniors
  • HUD – information on housing options for seniors, including financial assistance

Activities for Mental and Physical Health

Continuing with the “age is just a number” theme, there are several activities for seniors that can jumpstart both your mental and physical health, regardless of age and mobility. The following are just a few to get you started:
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Many times the search for the right Senior Home Care Agency must be performed quickly because of an emergency medical condition. Other times people are able to plan ahead and research the various provider companies. Regardless of your timeline, this is a decision which impacts everyone involved emotionally, as well as financially. You want to know the home care agency, as a business, is following all the necessary legal requirements so they are liable for the caregiver as their employee and you are not. Senior Home Care Agencies must hire the Caregiver as their employee and pay for all payroll taxes and Worker’s Compensation Insurance in order to protect you if any injuries occur while the Caregiver is providing care. If the Caregiver were working directly for you as an independent contractor, they would be able to sue you if they had a physical injury on the job or felt there were other abuses. All of our agencies employ their Caregivers to protect you from this liability.
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I have written two books on the subject of older adults transitioning from their long-time home to a senior community or apartment. My experience came solely from my clients over the years. I observed patterns of behavior as well as obstacles to be overcome. I designed my business team to serve the families that I was honored to assist through their transition.

Enter my mother. A few months ago, my mother who is 91 had a minor stroke but fortunately retained all of her physical health except for balance issues. This was a warning sign which changed mom’s outlook for the future. She lived alone in a condominium. My father had passed 10 years ago. They were married for 61 years and living alone was tough at first but as we all must do she changed her outlook and became independent. The plan was to spend the rest of her life in the home she shared with my father. You can make your plans in life but you can’t plan the results!

After this health incident, her confidence was shaken and living alone became a challenge. Her major worry was that a fall could end her independence. She decided to move to my sister’s home and then decide what to do. After a few months living with 3 dogs, grandchildren and limited living space, she decided it was time to look at an alternative. She didn’t want to be a burden to my sister (my sister would have loved her to stay).
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