There are many symptoms of hearing loss in children. And, once hearing is lost, you can not regain it. Here are some ways that children develop hearing loss, and ways you can make sure that they don’t. If your child is asking people to repeat themselves, or has ringing, buzzing, or pain in their ears, it is not necessarily too late. The graphic below has helpful information for you.
Placing a loved one into a nursing home or assisted living isn’t an easy decision. It can often take months or years of consideration, talks, even pleas with your loved one to understand that this is the best option for them. Especially if their health or mental wellbeing has taken a turn for the worst. It’s bad enough that we feel a sense of guilt when we place our loved ones into a nursing home, even though we’re doing it for all the right reasons. It can take months before we find the right home, carefully analyzing the kind of support they’ll need, how clean and welcoming the home is, what the employees are like and ultimately, if our loved one will enjoy living there. When a loved one moves into a nursing home, setbacks are anticipated, especially during the transition period. But how do you know if these stumbling blocks are just that? What if they’re signs of nursing home abuse?
Every year thousands of elders are left at the mercy of abusive care home workers and neglectful staff, living in horrendous conditions and suffering emotional turmoil during what should be the most relaxing years of their life. You can find a nursing home abuse lawyer by clicking this link.
As a loved one, it’s your responsibility to keep your eyes open and recognize when something isn’t right. But nursing home abuse isn’t always obvious. You may not catch staff yelling or striking your loved one, but that doesn’t mean something disturbing isn’t happening. But, just what are the signs of nursing home abuse? Read on to discover subtle signs of nursing home abuse you shouldn’t ignore.
Unexplained behavior changes
Is your loved one no longer happy? Do they shy away from you when once they were bubbly and sociable? If a loved one is experiencing shame, abuse or neglect it could be reflected in sudden changes in behavior. Maybe they seem scared or they’re suddenly reclusive and don’t want visitors. If this kind of behavior isn’t normal, then that’s a red flag!
Their personal care and hygiene aren’t great
Elders often need help with personal care. And regardless of their physical health and movement capabilities, your loved one should still portray a high level of hygiene and care. Are their nails clipped and tidy, is their hair washed and groomed? Are their clothes clean? What about their teeth? Bedsores and unchanged clothes and adult sanitary items are huge warnings that something isn’t right.
They’re suddenly “forgetful”
Forgotten how much money was in their purse? Or they’ve misplaced jewelry? If their mind and brain function were well before, there’s no reason why they should start forgetting things now. Strange transactions they can’t remember making and missing personal belongings could be the sign that someone is taking advantage of your loved one. Many family members install security cameras in their loved one’s lodgings to get a clear understanding of what is going on. There are more than one form of nursing home abuse.
And finally, disrespectful caregivers
How do the caregivers speak to the elders? Do they use their first names? Do residents look pleased to see them? Are they engaged and patient with residents? If not, then it could be a sign of staff problems. Don’t be afraid to raise your findings with senior management.
It seems like only yesterday when you heard the news that your baby was about to have a baby. From the moment your grandchild entered the world, you did everything in your power to make sure that you were there to love, nurture, and care for them. You’ve been there through their many milestones, celebrated every birthday, cheered them on at games or other activities, and reveled in the joys of being a grandparent. Now, your grand baby has finished high school and is about to embark on the journey of young adulthood. Certainly, high school graduation is worth celebrating. The only problem is, you’re not sure what to purchase as a gift. They’ve outgrown toys, chances are they won’t like your sense of fashion choices for clothes, and giving them cash or a gift card just seems impersonal. Shopping for a teenager can be stressful, but here is a list of graduation gifts your college-bound teen is sure to appreciate.
Me and my grandson, Spencer. He’s going off to college this fall.
Your teenager will thank you for a new backpack or duffel bag. As college campuses are a lot larger than high school, they’ll soon realize just how strenuous it can be to lug books, laptops, and other supplies from one class to the next. A sturdy book bag or duffel bag, however, provides them with the comfort and support they need to travel without straining their backs.
Trying to get into a zone on a college campus isn’t as easy as it sounds. Whether you’re jogging around campus for exercise or trying to study in your dorm room, there’s always a bunch of noise and distractions surrounding you. Help your college-bound teens stay focused with a nice pair of noise-canceling headphones. They can listen to their favorite music playlist, radio station, or podcast without being disturbed.
Though most college campuses have laundromats on-site for students to use, maintaining a regular laundry schedule isn’t always at the top of the list of priorities for your teenager. Between keeping up with classes, after-school jobs, and their social lives, laundry can pile up pretty quickly. If you want to purchase them something they can appreciate, why not spring for underwear. A pack of undershirts and boxers or briefs for your grandson and trendy racerback bra and matching boy shorts for your granddaughter, at the very least, ensures that they have on clean underwear every day.
Grocery Store Gift Card
While you may want to give them something more personal than cash, a gift card to a grocery store near campus can really come in handy. Students soon learn that paying for meals on campus can get expensive. So, they tend to get pretty creative and prepare meals in their dorms. Having a gift card on hand that can be used to get groceries means they can save their cash for other college expenses.
No teenager can resist the convenience of technology. If you really want to get your college-bound grandchild something they’ll appreciate, you can’t go wrong in this category. If they don’t already have one, you could purchase them a laptop or tablet. These days most coursework and books are available through digital platforms, so having up-to-date technology will ensure they can keep up with their classes.
If you can’t afford to spend that much on a graduation gift, there are still other ideas like portable chargers, plenty of charger cords (they somehow always seem to lose those), or even a mobile hotspot for times they need to connect to the internet on the go.
Dorm Room Decor
Being able to create your own personal space in college means everything to a teenager. Find out what the theme is for their college dorm room. Then, you can purchase things like bed sheets, comforters, area rugs, posters, throw pillows, artwork, picture frames, and whatever else they might want to add personality to their otherwise plain dorm rooms.
It’s crazy how quickly time flies. Once a tiny newborn you could hold in your arms, your grandchild is now on their way to college. Send them off the right way by purchasing them a gift that they’ll not only appreciate, but be able to use to help them through the first few months of college life.
As you patiently remain at home to reduce your chances of contracting the coronavirus, you’re missing out on all the wonderful milestones and special occasions with your loved ones. Your grandkids are graduating from school, holidays are zooming by, your adult children might even be getting married, expecting a baby, or celebrating a housewarming. These things are all times to celebrate and be happy, but when you’re unable to attend or get involved it can make you feel a bit sad and lonely. So, how are you celebrating special occasions with your family during the pandemic?
For most senior citizens, your family is what you live for. You enjoy the regular interactions with them, seeing them grow and evolve, and celebrating the best times in their lives. So, being apart from them can become emotionally overwhelming (which isn’t good for your health). Fortunately, there are ways you can connect, celebrate, and be involved with those you love most while remaining safe. Here are some suggestions listed below:
Tap in Virtually to Special Occasions With Your Family During the Pandemic
Are your grandkids having a graduation ceremony that you can’t make? Perhaps your adult child is hosting a baby shower, housewarming, or family barbecue this summer that you don’t want to miss? Whatever the case may be, you can always tap into the event virtually. With the right video chat application, you can call in, talk to everyone, and even spend a few moments watching the celebration. If the event is being recorded, you can also request to stream it live so you can feel as if you’re right there with everyone. My adult children and I all get on Zoom every other Sunday to talk about what’s going on in each other’s lives. It is so much fun! It’s almost like being together in real life.
You may not be able to head to a nearby store and go shopping for gifts for your loved ones, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let them know you care. Instead of risking your health during the pandemic, pull up a chair, and go shopping online. You can find everything your family may need or want on the internet.
Is your daughter having a baby shower? You can go online and find her everything from baby clothes and blankets to breast pumps and nipple cream and have them delivered to your daughter’s home. Want to let your grandkids know you’re proud of them for finishing out the school year? You can send them digital gift cards or browse the inventory at your favorite stores and send them a personal gift. Maybe the family is having a barbecue in the near future? You can pay for a nearby restaurant to drop off anything from chicken and pasta to cold cuts and beverages to pitch in on the food for the family.
Host Small Yet Safe Functions
You may not be able to attend a graduation ceremony, baby shower, or family barbecue if there are too many people around, but, if you really want to celebrate with your loved ones, you can host something small and safe at your place. Inviting fewer than 10 people to your home, you can have a barbecue, a family dinner, or a small party of your own. Try to host the event in your backyard as it is a lot safer than being in a closed-in space like your home, keep the guest list small, and ensure that everyone is wearing personal protection equipment like face masks and gloves (especially when handling food) to reduce the spread of the virus. It may even be ideal to check everyone’s temperature prior to having them enter your place just to be on the safe side.
My four adult children talked amongst themselves, and came up with a plan for Mother’s Day. The three girls all sent money to my son via Paypal so that he could pick up a dozen roses, two pounds of crab legs, a box of my favorite snack cakes, and a card from all of them. My son and I had a nice dinner for two, then we got on Zoom with the girls so I could tell them how special it made me feel for them to plan this Mother’s Day Celebration for me.
Though there has been no treatment or vaccine yet created for the coronavirus, in many states, the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has slowed dramatically encouraging government officials to reopen states and gradually return to normal. Of course, that’s great news, but for those who are considered high-risk, remaining in the safety of your home just a bit longer is strongly advised. While this means missing out on family celebrations and milestones, the good news is you can still keep in touch, remain connected, and celebrate special occasions with your family during the pandemic.
Meet Theresa, a good friend of mine. She’s also a good grandma! Her grandkids range from Danny, age one, all the way up to Lisa, who just started high school last fall. In all, Theresa has nine grandchildren, and she manages to keep up with them like nobody’s business. I asked her to share some of her secrets. Here is our conversation:
Q: Tell us your secret, Theresa. We all want to know how you can keep up with nine grandkids!
A: It makes me feel so blessed to have them! That’s probably the number one reason I can keep up with them. Gratitude. And I don’t want to miss a single moment, if I can help it.
Q: You and I have talked about your diet before.
A: Yes, absolutely. At least eighty percent of the time I eat a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet. I would say lately it’s more like ninety to a hundred percent. I just don’t want to risk it.
Q: Why don’t you tell us why you originally switched to a healthy diet.
A: I was tired all the time, my blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high… the works. So I started searching to see if there was a way to reverse all of that. I found out that there was, through diet, so I threw myself into the diet. What I discovered was that I had so much more energy than ever before. There’s a documentary I tell people to watch on Netflix, called Game Changers. And there’s this guy in it that says something like, “I don’t have to keep up with my grandchildren. My grandchildren have to keep up with me.” I almost feel like that sometimes, and it makes me so happy.
Q: Besides a healthy diet, what else do you do to keep up with the grandkids?
A: Let’s see… Well, I get a moderate amount of exercise. I try to walk for half an hour or so every day. I also have been taking CBD gummies, usually on a daily basis.
Q: Do you really?
A: Yes. It’s said that they help you recover from exertion faster, and you know that I exert myself a lot. They also are supposed to help you sleep better, and I can tell you that I enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Q: Do you FaceTime the kids?
A: (Laughs.) Almost every morning! The youngest ones usually FaceTime me! Danny and his sister Cody, who is three. Danny’s one and a half.
Q: Can you imagine what it would be like to be that age and able to use video chat on a phone?
A: It’s like what they promised the future would be like when we were little!
Q: So you would say that you live a pretty healthy, happy lifestyle.
A: Absolutely. And honestly, I stay healthy for them, not myself. For example, I occasionally think about zipping through the drive through for a burger or fried chicken. But I don’t. I think about my grandkids, and I decide to skip it. I eat the whole foods, and I never regret it. I think about sitting on the couch all day, but I get up and I get moving. If it weren’t for my little darlings, I’d eat whatever I wanted and park myself in front of the TV, and I’d either have a hard time moving around, or I’d be dead.
Q: Jumping back to the CBD stuff we were talking about, I meant to ask one more question about that: Do you ever use them for stress?
A: Honestly I don’t think I have a lot of stress in my life! But who knows… maybe that’s because I take the gummies. Mostly, though, I think of it as whole body wellness with CBD.
Q: Are there any other supplements you take?
A: Besides vitamin B12 and CBD, I try to get everything else from eating a diverse, healthy diet. And for my vitamin D, I try to take my walks outside in the sunshine.
Q: I love a good walk in the sunshine.
A: Me too!
Mental Health Wellness Guide created by Sami-Aid
Planning a family vacation with grandparents? This is a great way to bond and create multi-generational memories. But it might not always be easy. Senior adults tend to get tired much more easily than the grandkids. And if you have a packed schedule without enough downtime, the trip might really take a toll. Follow these tips for making travel easier for Grandma and Grandpa.
Limit long-distance walking
Even if you have athletic grandparents who take their workouts seriously, it’s still a good idea to limit the amount of long-distance walking involved in your trip. Don’t plan activities such as hiking and backpacking, because Grandma and Grandpa might be left behind. You can also avoid choosing a destination that will require a long ride in the car to get there.
Plan transportation accordingly
Proper planning is essential if you’re traveling with the seniors. Schedule everything you’ll need for the journey ahead of time so you won’t have to wait a long time to be served. If you’re flying, book the seats ahead of time so you can choose the most comfortable ones. You can also book an extra room so your grandparents won’t have to cram into rooms with lots of other people. Do your research and come up with appropriate transportation for the seniors, considering their comfort and safety. Having their own room so they can get rested is one way of making travel easier for Grandma and Grandpa
Invest in an upright walker
Some seniors may have mobility issues. Consider investing in upright walkers or mobility chairs to make traveling a little easier. These walkers are safe, cost-effective, and highly flexible. Invest in the best walker on the market to ensure flexibility and comfort. Your grandparents may not be able to stand for a long time due to issues such as fatigue and poor balance, but with an upright walker, you won’t be leaving them behind. Click here to see a great example of an appropriate walker that will ease their mobility.
Consider dietary restrictions ahead of time
While this applies to travelers of all ages, seniors are more likely to have diet restriction issues because of the many health issues that can be associated with old age. They might need to adhere to a strict diet to remain in good shape. Changing someone’s diet abruptly can have a severe effect on their health. Be mindful of what types of foods you’re going to eat while on your trip and if they’re appropriate for your grandparents. Researching tips for nutrition in senior adults can help you identify the best types of restaurants to pick. And, if one or both of the grandparents are diabetic, make sure to have a snack on hand in case their blood sugar drops too low. Having the right foods helps make traveling easier for grandma and grandpa.
Your grandparents may have health conditions associated with old age that they need to manage with daily medication. When traveling, don’t make the mistake of placing essential medications in the checked baggage. Instead, put them in a small handbag and ensure you have it close wherever you go. You should also bring along a list of medications and their appropriate dosages just in case you need to see a doctor while on the trip.
Traveling with your grandparents can be a blast, and you’re going to make a lot of memories together. So don’t forget to enjoy the moment! Do what you can to make the trip easier for any senior adults along, but then set aside the logistics and focus on creating new memories together.
Learning about money is tough. Teaching your children about financial matters is even harder! Our children have probably had some kind of financial transaction. Whether it’s pocket money for a small task or saving up and buying their own computer game, at some point in their late teens, they are going to get a job and start to feel the joy of an income. It’s at this point we need to get serious when it comes to teaching your kids about money.
Giving your children more involvement in household budgets might feel a little weird at first. The idea isn’t to throw them the bank accounts and ask them to make all the financial decisions! That would be a disaster. Instead, it is about letting them see the reality of adulthood. How much money comes in, and how much goes out, what you put by for savings and the reality of what those savings are spent on!
Run through all your bills and expenditures, and this includes any loans. You may encounter a few difficult questions such as “How do banks get away with charging this much?” or “How do title loans work?” but do your best to answer all questions that crop up. At some point in their lives, they will need to know this, and if you set them into the world with a little financial knowledge, they can make better decisions.
Teaching your children the critical balance of earning, spending and saving is vital. Their experience to this point has been pretty limited. You could set up a budget for them to start saving for a car. Run them through how much owning that car will cost from the purchase price to the running expenses. Then get them to write down their earnings and work out how much they need to put aside each month to buy their car. Then they need to figure out how much they need to set aside each month to pay for the vehicle, the gas, insurance and maintenance. Helping your teen set up his own budget is great for teaching your kids about money.
Some families charge working children a little rent. This might not be something you are comfortable with; however, it is good to get them into the habit of contributing. If you don’t want to use their money for household costs, without telling them, you could put it in a savings account and when they are eventually ready to leave home, let them know what you have been doing. This will give them a little nest egg and highlight how important saving money is while allowing them to feel some financial responsibility.
Kids thrive on real-world experience, and there are multiple ways you can give this to them at home. They might find it boring at first. But, once you get them going on a task, let them feel they have responsibility for something important, most children will enjoy the challenge even if you ask them to run through the family finances and see what could be saved for the family holiday of a lifetime. Make learning about money fun, and they’ll learn it quickly.
Make money fun, but make it matter while teaching your kids about money.