Happy New Year 2016!

As 2015 draws to a close, hour by hour, I find myself looking back on 2015. To be sure, it’s been a year where tragedy and bad news has prevailed more than most. But there were also plenty of good, positive, inspiring news stories this year, and as we head into 2016, I think it’s worthwhile to stop and reflect on some of the better things that have happened this year. Let us all head into 2016 with a light heart, a positive outlook, and the perseverance to do good for ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Happy New Year 2016

Fire and Emergency Skills for Seniors

I stumbled across this article on Tucson News Now, which talks about the Drexel Heights Fire District is hosting a Senior Citizen’s Fire Academy, and it occurred to me that that’s a great idea. Most of the elderly can probably use a refresher on fire and emergency procedures if for no other reason than the procedures and the technology change frequently, and it may have been quite a while since you were last trained, for example, how to use a fire extinguisher. I started googling around, and it turned out to be harder to find local versions of this than I expected. So, I thought I’d help you out with my newfound Google knowledge: click on this link, and then add your city to the search, and you’ll likely find a class near you.

 

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[BOOK REVIEW] The Age of Dignity

We all know that the U.S. is getting older. But how much older is a little shocking. All of the Baby Boomer generation will be over 65 by 2029. Twenty percent of the population will be senior citizens. Perhaps more importantly, we’re living longer: by 2035 the number of people over 85 will double. Jamala Rogers wrote a very good review of the book “The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America” by Ai-Jen Poo. It takes a good look at how our changing demographic is impacting the nation.
Book Review

Millennials Messing Up The Market

To be fair, the causality might not work in this direction, but if you want to know if you’re in a good market to buy, all you have to do is look at whether Millennials are moving to your town or not. According to RealtyTrac, buying is still more cost effective than renting in the majority (68%) of markets. But since 2007, the regions with the biggest influx of Millennials have had the biggest increase in housing prices — and more importantly, they’ve increase faster than rents in those same towns. So, start studying your Millennial demographics to figure out when to buy and sell.
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A Cure for Senior Fraud?

Just a few months ago, we blogged about how Silicon Valley wasn’t really focused on seniors as a target market, and that there was a lot of opportunity there. Turns out, some people are actually paying attention. Kai Stinchcombe, a serial entrepreneur whose grandma was swindled out of $40,000 has started True Link Financial — a credit card company focused on protecting seniors from fraud. Fast Company covers her story, as well as two other startups focused on the elderly.

 

Electronic Spider_Virus

Theme-Based Retirement Communities

I came across this story in Arab American news, and it got me thinking. There are probably lots of ethnic groups that feel uncomfortable with living outside of their community, and it may be hard to find retirement communities specifically targeting them. So, I did some searching and came across this story on Bankrate.com. It turns out there are lots of theme-specific retirement communities. If you’re of a particularly ethnicity, there might not be one for you, but there are lots of options out there.

 

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Tips for Traveling with The Elderly

Even with the unseasonably warm weather we’re having, holiday travel can take its toll on the elderly. Every person is different, and you need to take individual preferences into account, but if you’re traveling with an elderly relative this week, then there are some things to keep in mind — from boarding planes early (or late), to making sure you have enough food on hand, to arranging medicine timing across timezones. Here’s a great article to read, before you start traveling.

 

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What if Your Shirt Could Give You CPR?

The topic of tech for seniors has been a big one this year — but mostly it’s been either discussions about how there isn’t enough of it, or about senior-focused apps. But U.S. News came out with a great article earlier this month that focuses on real technology that is either here now, or coming in the not-so-distant future. Technology that can actually change the lives of seniors, from shoes that help keep you from falling, to a shirt that can perform CPR on you (currently in development at MIT).

 

Robot Nurse

Winter Safety for Seniors

As Winter approaches, now’s a good time to make sure you’re ready for it. Of course, temperatures and storms can be dangerous for anyone, but seniors face particular challenges. Staying Put is part of a national network of nonprofit, volunteer-supported organizations dedicated to helping seniors stay safely in their homes as they age. They’ve put together this handy article on getting seniors and their homes ready for winter. If you have an elderly relative still living alone, it’s worth going over this checklist.

 

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Understanding The Fed

The Fed just announced the first increase in the “benchmark target rate” for the first time since 2006. The problem for most of us mortals is, not only do we not know what the Fed is, nor what the target rate is, but we really don’t know what this means or why it matters. Nevertheless, it’s literally all over the news, not just in the U.S., but around the world. Thankfully, Matt Phillips wrote a great article over on Quartz. In about 5 minutes of reading, you’ll understand at a basic level everything you need to know about the rate hike. Even better, it comes with a video in case you don’t want to read it.

 

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