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By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

It’s nice to have some alone time, but when you live alone and don’t get out to socialize as often anymore, alone time can quickly escalate into feelings of isolation and sometimes even depression. It’s estimated that this is one of the factors that has lead to millions of older Americans to suffer from depression.

However, avoiding these feelings could be as easy as turning on your computer or picking up your smart phone! According to Michigan State University Today , researchers have found that getting online regularly and exploring social media or emailing friends can reduce your chances of depression by more than 30%.

The reasoning behind this is pretty simple. “It all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely,” Shelia Cotten, a Michigan State University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media, said. It was concluded that being able to connect with people online lessened the chances of depression for all participants of the survey. The internet had the biggest and most positive impact on individuals that live alone.

An example of the impact the internet can have on someone comes from an 81-year-old woman who lost her longtime boyfriend. With him no longer around, she had a lot of time alone. Her daughter gave her an iPad for Christmas and set up a Facebook account for her. She quickly learned how to navigate the site (despite never using a computer before) and has been able to connect with family and friends.

The internet shouldn’t be a substitute for real life. But if you’re using it in moderation and you’re doing things that enhance your life, then the impacts are likely to be positive in terms of health and wellbeing.

As for your kids who might complain about you being on Facebook and commenting on what they do, or tell you that you post too much, just tell them you’re doing it for your mental health.

If you have any questions about protecting an aging loved one, call Oldham and Deitering at 937-898-7673.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

There may come a time when you or a loved one begins to have difficulty getting around, and may consider purchasing a cane. Here are some things to consider when looking for a cane.

Do you need a cane for balance or support? If you just need help balancing, a single point cane will probably work best for you. However, if you're recovering from an injury, or just need a cane to help support you, a four tip cane may be the best option (also consider asking your doctors opinion).

The grip of your cane is a matter of personal preference, but a foam grip, or grip that's molded to fit your hand, are usually best. If you have trouble grasping with your fingers because or arthritis or joint pain, a larger grip may be a better solution. If you experience pain or numbness in your hands and fingers while using your cane you might want to consider purchasing one with a different grip.

Many canes are adjustable, but some are not. When checking for the fit of your cane your elbow should bend at a comfortable angle, about 15 degrees. You might bend your elbow slightly more if you're primarily using the cane for balance. With your arm hanging straight down at your side, the top of your cane should line up with the crease in your wrist. If your cane is too tall, it will take more effort to lift it, and if it's too short you could end up leaning, which can throw off your balance.

If you are using your cane for stability, you can use it in whichever hand is more comfortable. However, if you need it because of an injury it should always be held in the hand opposite of the leg that needs support. For example, if your knee pain is on your left side, you should use the cane in your right hand. The cane should then move forward as you step forward with the bad leg.

If you have to go up stairs, you should lead with the good leg. And when you go down stairs, you should put your cane on the step first and then step down with your bad leg.

Once you've purchased your cane, it'll be good to get in the habit of checking the tip. Much like the tread on car tires grips the road, the tip of your cane can help provide traction on most surfaces. Make sure the rubber tip is supple and the tread is in good shape. If the tip looks worn, buy a replacement tip at a pharmacy or medical supply store. You can buy canes at drugstores, discount retailers, medical supply stores and online, usually between $10 and $50. Medicare can sometimes cover canes with a written prescription from a physician.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

Sweat isn't typically thought of as a good thing, but a sweating billboard in Brazil might end up saving lives.

Using a technology that releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath, the sweating billboard is the latest in the fight against the Zika virus. In addition to luring the mosquitos with the smell of humans, it lights up at night t attract the bugs with the promise of warmth.

Designed under a Creative Commons license, the billboards can't be patented, which means their plans are available for other cities and countries to duplicate and build free of charge.

The creators of the boards, Posterscope and NBS, say that the insects are drawn to the aroma from the board from a distance of up to 2.5km (approximately 1.6 miles) away. Once they are lured into the traps, the bugs are able to live out the rest of their natural life without the threat of biting anyone.

Otto Frossard from Posterscope said that the billboard will remain empty, and not contain any advertisements. He also stated that the board would cost "a few thousand Reals" (1,000 Brazilian Reals is $280/£194) to make.

The billboards aren't without their criticisms though. Dr Chris Jackson, a pest control expert at the University of Southampton has stated that while the science behind the billboard is effective, he isn't sure how wise it is to put them in heavily populated areas. So far two of the Mosquito Killer Billboards have been installed in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

"Maybe if it was not in a high-density place, where people are sitting perhaps with exposed legs... otherwise, you're pulling in hungry mosquitoes and providing them with exposed human flesh," Dr. Jackson continued.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

As we or our loved ones begin to age it might be a good idea to visit an elder law attorney. It may not be something that is at the forefront of our minds, but elder law planning is a vital component that can prevent you or your family from being impoverished.

 For example, imagine your father is an “Older American” that national statistics tell us has an average income of only $27,612 a year. This is only $2,301 a month of income to live on. Let’s say he also has the national estimate of average net worth at $232,000 but he’s not in debt.

 He tells you that he has decided to enter an assisted living facility. The average national costs for this will be at least $42,600 per year or $3,550 a month, which is a difference of $1,249 a month. He will incur a deficit immediately. He will have to start reaching into his savings just to pay his rent, not to mention paying for anything else. The average length of stay in an assisted living facility is 22 months. During this time, he will drain his assets down to $204,522 with rent alone.

 After the 22 months 59% of residents go on to live in a skilled nursing facility, 33% will pass away, and the remaining will move to a similar assisted living facility. If your father needs to move to a skilled nursing facility once leaving the assisted living home, his costs are going to skyrocket. The national average for a private bed is $7,440 a month. A shared room isn’t much cheaper and after just two years your father won’t have enough money to pay for a third year and his savings will be nearly exhausted.

 Your elder law attorney’s emphasis will be on the client’s quality of life, which means they will plan and promote adequate acute and long-term care options in the event that their client’s health begins to deteriorate. An elder law attorney works on more than just long-term care, they can also help with Medicare, income during retirement, and health-care decision making.

 Joyce Deitering has immersed herself in the study of elder law, including continuing legal education on planning for seniors and their families and those with special needs. In her desire to properly advise and serve clients with long-term care issues, such as assessment and residential placement, long term care insurance analysis, and home health care, she was instrumental in acquiring cutting edge software program for creating superior elder law and special needs planning legal documents. She has joined a forum in which ideas and expertise on elder law and special needs planning are freely exchanged among attorneys. You can contact her with any questions at 937-898-7673.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

We’ve all seen a movie where a terrorist is going to contaminate a community’s water supply and the hero has to stop them. What happens though if the hero is too late? Thanks to University of Cincinnati scientist David Wendell, an associate professor at the University, we may not need to worry about contaminated water much longer. He has created a protein-based photocatalyst that uses light to generate hydrogen peroxide to eliminate E. coli, Listeria, and potentially protozoa like giardia and cryptosporidium.

Wendell believes that if the protein (called StrepMiniSog) is mass produced, it could be used to “spike” public water supplies in the case of an outbreak. Explaining the protein, he said, “We designed this protein to attach to pathogens of interest using antibodies, so that when the attached photocatalyst is exposed to light it generates hydrogen peroxide and kills the pathogen.”

Wendell points out that his protein will neutralize viruses and bacteria in water without adding worrying contaminants, such as antibiotics or disinfection by-products, to the environment.

“In the environment or engineered water treatment systems there are many bacteria that you want to preserve. We need a disinfectant that can ignore helpful bacteria while neutralizing pathogens responsible for sporadic outbreaks. It is essentially a seek-and-destroy technology where it will only attach to the organisms of interest. By using a selective approach we can preserve existing microbiomes, which makes them more resistance to opportunistic pathogens.”

Currently, outbreaks are treated by increasing chlorine concentrations at water treatment plants. Too much chlorine however, can produce other types of water contamination, referred to as disinfection byproducts (which are regulated by the EPA). Certain bacteria, such as Legionella, are gaining resistance to Chlorine.

Wendell has received a $500,000 grant as part of an NSF CAREER Award earlier this year to develop a mass-production system for his protein-based photocatalyst. “I think it is feasible to have a mass-production technology in less than five years.”

Wendell also believes that his technology can be used as a personal disinfectant. Unlike the antibacterial products on the market now, which kill all types of bacteria, including the good ones, his would only target harmful pathogens. “The technology is also very useful for any sort of surface disinfection, including treating human skin.”

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

A Great Britain judge has ruled that a surrogate mother gets to keep the baby she carried, despite having no biological ties.

The story that sounds like it could have happened in one of Britain's famous soap operas began two years ago in a Burger King. An unnamed gay couple looking to have a child via surrogate turned to Facebook where they found a group that will match couples with surrogates. In the 30-minute meeting the couple and woman (all unnamed to protect the child's identity) agreed that she would carry the baby using an anonymous egg from America and the sperm of one of the men. In exchange they would pay her the equivalent of $11,500. In Britain it is illegal to be paid for surrogacy, but the person or couple can pay for expenses the surrogate may encounter while pregnant.

The woman was originally pregnant with twins but miscarried one of them and soon planned to abort the other, so she told the men that she miscarried both of the babies. However, she had a change of heart and carried the second baby to term, then refused to turn the child over to the fathers (who only found out one of the babies was still alive just before his birth).

The baby was born in July of 2015 and the case has finally been settled over who gets to keep him. Ms. Justice Russell ruled that the woman suffers from learning difficulties that prevent her from being able to “consent freely or unconditionally” to entering into the private surrogate arrangement. A medical expert said that she had "created a fantasy" in which she imagined going on a "journey" with the baby and "creating some sort of alternative family".

Ms. Justice Russell also ruled that the couple were “manipulative and dishonest” in their dealings with the mother and “at the very least, potentially exploitative.” She said that the mother had "demonstrated commitment, willingness and ability" to give the little boy - who was born with medical problems - what he needed to thrive.

Under British law she is the child's legal mother unless she signs the rights over to the couple, which she has said will not happen. She told The Daily Mail “He is my little boy. I gave birth to him. I felt him kick for the first time. I’m the one now breastfeeding him. He’s happy and so loved. I’m absolutely terrified I’m going to lose him.”

According to the ruling, the biological father and his partner will be able to see the child once every eight weeks and will be financially responsible for his upbringing, along with his mother and her partner. The baby's birth certificate will be amended so that the child has his father's last name.

With no laws to enforce surrogacy contracts, Great Britain is notorious for problems of this nature.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

           Summer has come to a close and school has started back up. Many students entering college for the first time are going to take out loans in hopes of finding their dream job and will pay the loans back once they graduate. This is the first in a three-part series where we discuss student loans, what happens if you default on your loans, and how to avoid default.

             Loans are great in allowing students the education they desire, but when it comes to paying the loans back it isn’t always as easy as we had hoped, especially when the large number appears.

            Most loans that students receive are from the government, which means that it’s the government that is going to come looking for its money upon graduation, and it has more ways of getting its money than the lender of a private loan. The government can seize tax refunds, deny new student loans, garnish wages, take a portion of Social Security benefits, and even charge large collection fees.

            Private loans are becoming very popular since higher education is becoming so expensive. It’s important to be cautious when pursuing one of these loans as there are no interest rate limits on private loans. These loans can be more expensive for borrowers with poor credit history.

            There are options available to borrowers that are having trouble repaying their loans. It is up to you, the borrower, to pursue these options if you need them. The options available depend on the type of loan that you have. FFEL (Federal Family Education Loans) are guaranteed by the government but given out by banks and other financial institutions. A Direct Loan is given directly from the government with assistance from the schools. Both FFELs and Direct Loans can be any of the following:

            - Stafford Loans Can be subsidized or unsubsidized. If it is subsidized, that means that they are given out based on financial need and there will be no interest charged until repayment begins. Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need, and charge interest from the moment the loan is dispersed until it is paid off. Repayment on Stafford loans usually begins six months after graduation.

            - PLUS Loans Are loans taken out by parents to help their children pay for school. Repayment will begin as soon as the loan is fully disbursed. The government can deny a PLUS loan based on a poor credit history.

            -Consolidation Loans Is a program which allows you to combine your loans into a new loan that, in theory, will have better terms.

            In addition to FFELs and Direct Loans, there are also Perkins Loans, which are made directly from the school. These loans have a lower interest rate and are available only to borrowers with exceptional financial need.

            Once you’ve begun payments, if you are finding it hard to make them every month, there are options available to you so that you don’t default on your loan. It’s important to act before you default however, which is usually nine months after you start to have trouble repaying.

            If you are in default, loan cancellation is the best way to get out of default; however, you don’t have to be in default to be eligible. With a loan cancellation, not only will you eliminate the loan, but you’ll also get back any money that you paid and any money that was taken from you via wage garnishment or other collection methods. Loan cancellation is only available under certain specific circumstances.

            -Closed School Cancellation If your school closed while you were enrolled or ninety days of you leaving, you are eligible to cancel all or a portion of your loan. Recently ITT Tech and some Miami Jacobs locations have been closed.

            -Unpaid Refund Cancellation If you left school and the institution failed to pay you a refund you were owed, you are eligible to cancel all or a portion of your loan.

            --False Certification Cancellation  This cancellation is defined by any of these types of fraud:

                        -While enrolled in university, there was a state law that would have prevented you from getting a job in the profession you were being trained for

                        - If you did not have a high school diploma when you went to the school, they were responsible to make sure you could benefit from the program by issuing an exam to determine your placement. For example, if there were                         issues with the admissions process of this exam, such as the answers being given to you.

                        -If your name was forged on loan papers by the school.

                        -If you can show that the loan was issued due to a case of identity theft.

            Only loans issued after January 1, 1986 are eligible for these cancellations.

            If you are permanently and totally disabled you can cancel your loan. You must show that this condition prevents you from working in any field and that it will likely result in death or at least last indefinitely. To pursue this you must have your doctor fill out a form agreeing that you are disabled and have them send it to the loan holder. If the loan holder accepts it then they will send it to the Department of Education for further review. If they accept it you will be put on a three-year conditional discharge. During these three years the government will keep a watch on you and your finances to make sure you are really disabled and not able to make any money.

            The final way to cancel your student loans is death. If you die your loans will not be passed on to your estate. This is also the case for PLUS loans if both parents die. However, that is only the case for government loans. If your loans are private they will become part of your estate if you pass away.

            If you have fallen behind on your loan payments and are unable to cancel your loan, there are still options available. A deferment will allow you to delay payments on your loan for a year, and can usually be renewed for up to three years. If your loan is subsidized the government will make interest payments on your loan during the deferment period so that the principal will be the same as when the deferment started. If you defer an unsubsidized loan or PLUS loan you will be responsible for the interest.

            Another option is to apply for forbearance. Similar to a deferment, you won’t have to make any payments, but you are responsible for all interest accrued during this period. Typically you can get a forbearance even in default. If you can afford payments, but just not the full payment, you can try a payment plan. An extended repayment plan will extend the repayment period from the typical ten years up to twenty-five years. This will only apply if you owe more than $30,000.

            Another option is the graduated repayment plan, which will begin with lower payments that increase every two years. The loan is still due in ten years.

            An income-based repayment plan will adjust your monthly payment based on how much money you make. If you earn below 150% of the poverty level income for your family size, your payment will be 0.

            If you do default on your loans there are many ways the government can get its money from you. Often times the first step is a call from bill collectors who will typically be very aggressive in their tactics. If the calls become too harassing you should contact the Department of Education to discuss problems with bill collectors.

            The government has the ability to take your tax refund, including any earned income tax credit. The only way you can prevent this from happening is to make sure you aren’t due a refund by decreasing your withholding or lowering any estimated tax payments you make.

            If the above methods don’t work, the government has the right to garnish a certain amount of your wages without first obtaining a court judgment. The amount will be the lesser of 15% of your disposable pay or the amount of disposable pay in excess of $217.50 a week.

            If you do default on your loans and end up paying a collection agency up to 25% of those payments will go directly to the collection agency and will not go toward paying off your loans.

            If you want to get out of default you can consolidate your loans. This should both get you out of default and lower your monthly payment. As long as you make your new monthly payments there should be no contact from any collection agencies. Another option available is to contact your loan holder and state that you want a reasonable and affordable repayment plan. If they do change your plan it’s important to make all of your payments on time or else you will be removed from the plan. Consolidation is the quickest way to get out of default on your loans. If you need help with your loans you can contact the Department of Education either online or you can call. You can submit your problems online at www.fsahelp.ed.gov or call 877-557-2575.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

The people of Australia may soon see a giant blue bus driving down their streets if entrepreneur and chef Simon Rowe has his way. He has developed plans for the SleepBus, a giant blue bus with sleeping pods for individuals and families. The SleepBus provides a simple solution for "people sleeping rough" until they can get back on their feet.

Rowe says: “The more I developed and researched a solution, the more I discovered what a good night’s sleep can do for a person’s physical and mental health. Just being able to sleep through the night, warm and safe, can give a person a whole new outlook on life.

“Sleep Bus is distinct, yet complementary, to existing efforts from other organizations supporting Australians experiencing or at risk of ending up on the streets. Our work aims to fill a ‘gap’, rather than overlapping or replicating activities that support the urgent needs of people in Australia.

“The least we can do is provide safe overnight accommodation to people sleeping rough in Australia, until they get back on their feet.”

“The bus design includes 22 individual sleep pods, two toilets, 22 personal items lockers, under bus storage, eight pet kennels, security system, lighting system inside and out and an intercom system for family sleep pods with parental control locks. The toilets have been strategically located at the front of the bus to assist with the safety of guests within the bus,” he said.

“Each sleep pods comes with single bed inner spring mattress, pillows, sheets and blankets (washed daily). The pod has USB charging for mobile phones, personal light, lockable roller door, climate control and television with auxiliary channel running adverts for available services in the area to help with pathways out of homelessness.

“Each pod can be adapted for families, with parents able to control their child’s door lock and intercom for communication between designated family members only.

“We want at least one bus on the road by this coming winter. That one bus will provide 8,030 safe sleeps per year and can last up to 10 years before it needs major work or replacement. One bus costs approximately $50,000 to buy and build.”

The program will start in Melbourne where Rowe is based. First trials will begin in a suburb of the city to test the system and fix any issues that may occur. After that trial, a 90-day two bus trial will begin in the heart of Melbourne. After the second trial, Rowe has plans for a seven bus initiative, details of which haven't been released yet.

Security is being taken very seriously on the SleepBus. There will be a caretaker on the bus every night. Doors will be locked at 8:30 pm. If a guest needs to leave after 8:30, they won't be permitted back on. This is for the safety and enjoyment of others.

There will be two bathrooms at the front of the bus where the caretaker is located, to ensure everyone is safe when they leave their sleep pod. The next level of security will be CCTV cameras which will be monitored by a central monitoring location and can call for assistance in an emergency. The last level of security is working with the local police.

Rowe's early experiences are part of what led him to develop the SleepBus. “In 1993, I fell behind in my rent and was evicted. I had a job, but for the next four months I lived in my car while I saved up enough money for a month’s bond and a month’s rent on another place. I would park in a car park near my old place for the night, and in the morning’s I would drive to a caravan park near by, sneak in, have a shower and go to work,” he said.

You can visit the gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/sleepbus

Or you can like it on Facebook and get more information here: https://www.facebook.com/sleepbusaustralia

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

            What happens when a registered sex offender needs to move into a care home? Most homes are reluctant to take on sex offenders, so the result is a higher concentration of them in a small number of facilities. There is a home in Columbus where 13% of its residents are registered sex offenders. They were cited in 2015 for failing to prevent an attempted rape by a resident. He was then left alone while the police were called, which gave him time to wash himself and resulted in him being convicted of the lesser charge of gross sexual imposition.

            People are at a loss of how to prevent this from happening. Safeguards are in place to keep sex offenders in check, but they’re hard to enforce when the offenders are in a nursing home with so many other people and so little staff. Unfortunately, the homes with the highest number of offenders are also some of the worst staffed. The federal government has rated two of the five homes with the most sex offenders in Ohio as “much below” average when it comes to staffing. Of the remaining three homes, one is below average and the other two are average.

            The Dayton Daily News found that the state sex offender registry is often unreliable, and for many offenders it doesn’t even include the nature of the crimes. If an individual is removed from a home for assaulting staff or residents they often move to a new home to get the care they need. Nursing homes are doing what they can to keep everyone safe and still give all of their residents the care that they need. When a sex offender moves in the staff lets all of the other residents know and share a safety plan with them. When the registry is lacking information about cases however, the nursing homes can’t adequately prepare, which was the case in a Stark County home when Scott Russell Cook moved in. His previous victim was a 92-year-old woman he attempted to rape while in a Cleveland nursing home, but his new nursing home had no knowledge about this.

            A 2014 law requires that nursing homes and long-term care facilities check the state sex offender registry before admitting a new patient. According to former state Rep. Courtney Combs, R-Hamilton, nursing homes are more motivated by money than safety. She says that “[Nursing homes] know they’re going to get their money, so they don’t care.”

            In addition to potentially putting the other residents at risk, sex offenders moving into nursing homes offers a loophole in the law that requires they live at least 1,000 feet from a school. The Dayton Daily News found six homes with sex offenders that are near schools that are either within the 1,000 feet or else very close to it. In Mercer County, there is a home that houses two sex offenders across the street from a high school. One of these men was convicted of sexual battery against a juvenile in 1995. In Springfield, a sex offender that was convicted for touching girls as young as 10 has legally lived near Lagonda Elementary School for years.

            In June of 2016, Oklahoma Governor Brad Harry signed the Sex Offenders Long-Term Care Facility Bill into law. What this essentially does is establish a long-term care facility for Level III (high risk) and Level II (moderate risk) Registered Sex Offenders. According to Wes Bledsoe, the nations’ leading advocator on Predators in America’s Nursing Homes, “Enactment of this bill will directly reduce the murders, rapes, sexual and physical assaults against vulnerable long-term care residents, as well it serves as a model for the federal government and state legislatures across America.”

            The bill was part of Bledsoe’s four-year crusade, which uncovered almost sixty murders, rapes, sexual and physical assaults that were committed by sex offenders while living in long-term care facilities. Victims of these attacks include both male and female residents, staff, and even one report of a 3 year-old visitor.

            This could be the answer to the problem of sex offenders in nursing homes, but only time will tell if the Sex Offenders Long-Term Care Facility Bill might be adopted by other states.

  If you have any concerns for an aging loved one, call Oldham & Deitering at 937-898-7673.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

As our parents, grandparents, and loved ones age we may find ourselves concerned for their wellbeing. They may not need an assisted living community yet, but they might not be quite as independent as they once were. To help ease your mind and assist your loved one in their day to day activities we have provided a list of things that may help.

  Tablet Computer A tablet is a great tool for a senior. They can play brain games on it to help with their memory. With social media apps they can help stay in touch with family members that they don’t talk to regularly and see pictures they may not see otherwise. Speaking of pictures, it’s a great place to save pictures to view later. The large screen makes the pictures easier to view than on a smart phone, and on a tablet the pictures can be zoomed in on, unlike a physical photo album. In addition to all of those features, there is internet radio so that your loved one can listen to their favorite songs while doing they’re daily activities. Plus, Kindle and Nook apps, or your local library’s app, allow users to read books and adjust the font size with the touch of a button.

  Skype With an iPad users can Facetime their loved ones that also have an iPad or iPhone. With Skype though, users can video chat anyone, regardless of the phone, tablet, or even regular computer that they have. This way you can see that new grandchild living on the opposite coast as you in real time.

  Hearing Aids  Hearing aids continue to get smaller and less noticeable, so you might as well invest in one so that you can hear what people are saying, right?

  Smart Phone and Apps Smart phones are continuing to become easier to use and more senior friendly. They help allow you to stay in touch with loved ones via text, Facebook, Skype, or even old fashion calling them. A great thing about smart phones is the plethora of apps available. Health and fitness apps can help you keep track of anything from your daily steps to test results from your doctor. Here are some helpful apps:

            Pillboxie -$0.99 Will help you remember to take your medicine and what time to take it. It also has a feature to help let you see what the pill you are looking for looks like.

              Instant Heart Rate – Free Uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip.

              My Medical - $3.99  Keeps all of your family’s medical information, including medical history in one spot for quick, easy access. It can also be accessed from your computer.

              EyeReader -$1.99 With this app you can hold your phone over a book or paperwork and your phone will turn into a magnifying glass, complete with a light to help brighten the text.

              Clevermind – Free This app contains quizzes and games with big buttons and even voice command to help people dealing with cognitive impairments that result from problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

              Lumosity – Free Is a mind game app designed by neuroscientists working to enhance memory, attention, and other skills.

              Yesterday USA – Free Is an internet radio app that broadcasts “old-time radio shows” all day, every day.

  GPS If you or your loved one suffers from dementia or is worried about getting lost, GPS can be set up to alert caregivers if they leave their safety zone. GPS trackers can be put on a smart phone, or as a separate tracker that attaches to the wrist or clothing.

  Home Assistive Devices There are many technological advances that can be placed in the home to help seniors retain their independence. There are medication dispensing appliances, stove shut-off systems, home monitoring and GPS, and LED lights that can turn on and off on their own. 

One automated system uses sensors placed strategically around the home to track seniors’ activity. These do not use cameras, so there is no need to worry about being watched, they just track anything out of the ordinary, such as getting up more during the night, or the refrigerator or medicine cabinet not being opened all day. If there is a significant increase or decrease in activity family members will be notified to check in on their loved one. Be Close, available at www.beclose.com , is one such device that can help you monitor a loved on.

 Smart Home devices not only monitor seniors’ activity throughout the day, but can also be customized to assist with other daily needs. Blinds can be opened or closed, lights turned on or off, and doors opened and closed all with the touch of a button. These features can be accessed by family members or home care companies.

  Wireless Internet Most of these products do need internet to function, so don’t overlook something as simple as making sure your loved ones home is equipped with wifi.

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By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

It’s nice to have some alone time, but when you live alone and don’t get out to socialize as often anymore, alone time can quickly escalate into feelings of isolation and sometimes even depression. It’s estimated that this is one of the factors that has lead to millions of older Americans to suffer from depression.

However, avoiding these feelings could be as easy as turning on your computer or picking up your smart phone! According to Michigan State University Today , researchers have found that getting online regularly and exploring social media or emailing friends can reduce your chances of depression by more than 30%.

The reasoning behind this is pretty simple. “It all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely,” Shelia Cotten, a Michigan State University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media, said. It was concluded that being able to connect with people online lessened the chances of depression for all participants of the survey. The internet had the biggest and most positive impact on individuals that live alone.

An example of the impact the internet can have on someone comes from an 81-year-old woman who lost her longtime boyfriend. With him no longer around, she had a lot of time alone. Her daughter gave her an iPad for Christmas and set up a Facebook account for her. She quickly learned how to navigate the site (despite never using a computer before) and has been able to connect with family and friends.

The internet shouldn’t be a substitute for real life. But if you’re using it in moderation and you’re doing things that enhance your life, then the impacts are likely to be positive in terms of health and wellbeing.

As for your kids who might complain about you being on Facebook and commenting on what they do, or tell you that you post too much, just tell them you’re doing it for your mental health.

If you have any questions about protecting an aging loved one, call Oldham and Deitering at 937-898-7673.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

There may come a time when you or a loved one begins to have difficulty getting around, and may consider purchasing a cane. Here are some things to consider when looking for a cane.

Do you need a cane for balance or support? If you just need help balancing, a single point cane will probably work best for you. However, if you're recovering from an injury, or just need a cane to help support you, a four tip cane may be the best option (also consider asking your doctors opinion).

The grip of your cane is a matter of personal preference, but a foam grip, or grip that's molded to fit your hand, are usually best. If you have trouble grasping with your fingers because or arthritis or joint pain, a larger grip may be a better solution. If you experience pain or numbness in your hands and fingers while using your cane you might want to consider purchasing one with a different grip.

Many canes are adjustable, but some are not. When checking for the fit of your cane your elbow should bend at a comfortable angle, about 15 degrees. You might bend your elbow slightly more if you're primarily using the cane for balance. With your arm hanging straight down at your side, the top of your cane should line up with the crease in your wrist. If your cane is too tall, it will take more effort to lift it, and if it's too short you could end up leaning, which can throw off your balance.

If you are using your cane for stability, you can use it in whichever hand is more comfortable. However, if you need it because of an injury it should always be held in the hand opposite of the leg that needs support. For example, if your knee pain is on your left side, you should use the cane in your right hand. The cane should then move forward as you step forward with the bad leg.

If you have to go up stairs, you should lead with the good leg. And when you go down stairs, you should put your cane on the step first and then step down with your bad leg.

Once you've purchased your cane, it'll be good to get in the habit of checking the tip. Much like the tread on car tires grips the road, the tip of your cane can help provide traction on most surfaces. Make sure the rubber tip is supple and the tread is in good shape. If the tip looks worn, buy a replacement tip at a pharmacy or medical supply store. You can buy canes at drugstores, discount retailers, medical supply stores and online, usually between $10 and $50. Medicare can sometimes cover canes with a written prescription from a physician.

By 7006506106 20 Oct, 2017

Sweat isn't typically thought of as a good thing, but a sweating billboard in Brazil might end up saving lives.

Using a technology that releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath, the sweating billboard is the latest in the fight against the Zika virus. In addition to luring the mosquitos with the smell of humans, it lights up at night t attract the bugs with the promise of warmth.

Designed under a Creative Commons license, the billboards can't be patented, which means their plans are available for other cities and countries to duplicate and build free of charge.

The creators of the boards, Posterscope and NBS, say that the insects are drawn to the aroma from the board from a distance of up to 2.5km (approximately 1.6 miles) away. Once they are lured into the traps, the bugs are able to live out the rest of their natural life without the threat of biting anyone.

Otto Frossard from Posterscope said that the billboard will remain empty, and not contain any advertisements. He also stated that the board would cost "a few thousand Reals" (1,000 Brazilian Reals is $280/£194) to make.

The billboards aren't without their criticisms though. Dr Chris Jackson, a pest control expert at the University of Southampton has stated that while the science behind the billboard is effective, he isn't sure how wise it is to put them in heavily populated areas. So far two of the Mosquito Killer Billboards have been installed in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

"Maybe if it was not in a high-density place, where people are sitting perhaps with exposed legs... otherwise, you're pulling in hungry mosquitoes and providing them with exposed human flesh," Dr. Jackson continued.

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