It’s another sunny and beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
And, I’m loving the heck outta it.
Truly hope you’re also enjoying your life and are feeling good…
It’s time for another edition of our weekly Aging News issue.
And, we’ll begin with…
Experts: Senior Citizens Take Too Many Medicines:
One recent analysis by the Institute for Healthcare Informatics found that people aged 65-79 receive more than 27 prescriptions for new drugs per year….”
Uh, it took the ‘experts’ at IMS to figure that one out?
Visit any doctor’s office servicing Medicare patients and you’ll see seniors hugging plastic Walmart bags, filled with their slew of pill bottles, to their chests as if they’re protecting the lives of their grandchildren.
And, that’s a crying shame.
I’m convinced that many Medicare patients health concerns are marginalized. This results in them being way over medicated and suffering side effects… and sometimes getting another script in an attempt to neutralize those side effects.
It’s a vicious cycle.
And, I don’t see it changing without public awareness and more assertiveness from us seniors.
To read more about this alarming condition, click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens Take Too Many Medicines
Things Young People Don’t ‘get’ About Senior Citizens:
We both know that some people treat us kids on the far side of 55 like we’re strangers from a strange land. (Fun book to read, btw)
I mean, do you really feel sexless? Me neither. Yet, that’s how some people see us senior citizens.
And, are you any grumpier than you were when you were 30 years ago?
Many young folks treat us like we’re a ticking ‘mean bomb’ they must avoid or handle with extra care.
Yep, without the benefit of meeting us individually, many people’d swear that us older people are crankier than a Model T Ford.
In fairness, some of us have always been a pain. And the passing years have served to add experience to up their ‘a*shole’ quotient.
As a senior citizen we do run into aging bias and stereotyping. Mostly I’m amused and ignore it.
Anyway, just read a fun article, with a slick video, talking about five different things much of society gets wrong about growing old and older people in general. You’d enjoy it, too…
You can get it when you click on the following blue link: Aging stereotyping
Winter Survival Tips For Senior Citizens:
When the going gets cold, I’d just as soon be down here in Florida.
But, if you can’t join me, and you’re living in the snow belt, you’ll like this article, with video, I ran across this week.
The article writer lists some good, if commonsense, ideas about taking care of yourself while fighting the elements this winter. I think you’ll like it…
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Senior Citizen Winter Survival Tips
Embrace The Aging Process:
Don’t wanna be a broken record, but I really believe that our attitude about the aging process is more important than anything else we do.
Staying active, and eating healthy, wouldn’t hurt us, either.
We both know that we can’t really stop the effects of growing older.
Nor can we alter our genetics.
By the ‘luck’ of our blood lines, some of us are destined to live longer than others. Barring accidents, of course.
And, some of us are predisposed to have specific health challenges, regardless of our lifestyle.
Yet, a good attitude can make a difference to how we choose to respond to the whole shouting match.
This week I read a short article about these kinda things. You’d probably like it too.
You can also read this nifty article when you click on the following blue link: Embracing The Aging Process
Tips For Spending The Holidays With A Family Member Who Has Dementia:
Although the holidays are intended as joyous occasions, they’re often stressful times for senior citizens. The reasons are many, but loneliness tops the list.
But, spending the holidays with aging parents, is often stressful for adult children. No matter how mature you become, returning to the scene of the crime brings up old memories and sometimes unresolved conflicts.
It’s often a question of which hurts the most, the stress of visiting, or the guilt feelings from leaving family alone during the holidays.
These feelings are compounded when a parent, or other family member, is suffering the ravages of dementia.
There aren’t any easy, or right, answers for such dilemmas.
But, this week I read a helpful article, by Carol Higgins Taylor, that looks at these kinda questions. She also offers up some sensitive tips about spending the holidays with someone with dementia…
To read more about this, click on the following blue link: The Holidays And Dementia
Have you formalized (written) your wishes for your inevitable last days? We should because our kids need clear directions so they can honor your memory.
How about your aging parents?
Have you asked them if they’ve prepared their end-of-life guide? And, do you know what their plans are, and where you can get them?
Or, are you like me and haven’t brought to up?
It’s good stuff. And, you can get it when you click on the following blue link: End-Of-Life Planning
Older Lady Gettin’ Her Dance On:
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.