The “Talk”

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Unfortunately, there is no way around it. There will come a time when you and your senior parent(s) will need to have that awkward conversation. No one likes to discuss mortality or disability, but it is very important that you develop an open and trusting relationship with your parent(s) regarding their assets before they become ill or disabled. This conversation should be centered on the idea that you want to ensure that they are taken care of and that all of their wishes will be granted.

Life Alert can be an easy addition to this conversation. With every year you watch your parent(s) grow older and frailer. They insist on maintaining their independence, however, you worry they are unsafe in their home alone. Express to them your concern. What if they fell and could not get up? Or what if they have a heart attack and no one is there? Life Alert does not require the installation of some big complicated system or a giant change in their lifestyle. All they simply need to do is wear the very minimal, noninvasive Life Alert Help button either on the wrist or as a pendant and they are all set. Should a medical emergency arise, they can simply push the Life Alert button and emergency medical attention with arrive quickly, 24/7! There truly is no debate on whether or not this is a smart addition to any senior living independently.

Your parent(s) may be more open to having “the talk” than you think. As the recent years have passed, they may have already lost close friends and the concept of their demise has most certainly crossed their minds.

Once the flow of your conversation has begun, make sure you include these important questions posed by the article: 5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Senior Parents.[1]

#1: Do you have a will?

#2: Where is your safe deposit box and where do you keep the key?

#3: Do you have jewelry, cash or other valuables hidden in the house?

#4: Where do you keep key documents?

#5: Who is your financial adviser and how does he or she manage your savings and investments?

Although not mentioned in the questions above supplied by the article referenced earlier, we believe it is important that you ask your parent(s) certain health related questions as well. Such as: If you can no longer take care of yourself, where would you like to live? What are your end-of-life wishes? Do you have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order?

We are aware that this conversation may seem brazen and uncomfortable on paper, but we hope that once you begin the talk, it will flow naturally. Your parent(s) will most likely feel relieved that you care enough to ask these questions and you will feel prepared to take on any impending issues that may arise. This conversation truly is a win-win.

You can’t predict when something might happen to your senior parent, but you can be proactive. Life Alert is a wonderful way to allow your senior parent(s) the freedom they deserve and want. You may be having the talk about their future, but why not make all of their wishes come true now? Give them the gift of independence for as long as you can with Life Alert. To learn more on how Life Alert can help, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:
1. Schorsch III, Irvin G. “5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Senior Parent.” Huffington Post. 07 August 2011. < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irvin-g-schorsch/senior parents_b_868837.html>.

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Globe Trotter

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For many seniors, retirement can open up a brand new world of possibilities. The kids are all grown up, you are no longer tied to your desk at work and you have now been blessed with the gift of time. Embrace this amazing chapter in your life and get away, see the world and enjoy some of life’s simplest treasures. Right now, the world is your oyster, so start exploring and book your next vacation! You don’t have to be young to be an explorer; there are many ways to travel today that cater to the abilities of senior citizens. Grab your passport and let’s go!

One trip you never want to find yourself taking is the one down the stairs. However, the immediate trip you most likely need to take after that one is to the hospital. Consider Life Alert your immediate travel agent. With a simple push of a button, located on your weightless, waterproof pendant, an emergency medical response team will get you the attention you need fast. Now, what travel agent do you know that is open 24/7? Life Alert doesn’t take vacations or even weekends, they are available any time, day or night for your emergency needs. Don’t risk all the vacation fun to come for one silly little trip, get Life Alert and invest in your future. Homeaway.com has put together a list of trips that are not only senior friendly, but can also offer the opportunity for the whole family to get in on the fun!

1. Go Cruising
There is such a wide array of places you can travel to via cruise ship today; sail to the Caribbean, Alaska or even Europe! If you are looking for an “all in one” sort of a trip, this is a great choice. Most cruises offer one flat fee that includes your room, food/beverages and most on board activities. Even better, the ship will stop in several ports along your destination so you can hit the hot tourist’s spots or break away on your own beaten path. This can be a great option for seniors because you never have to leave the comfort of the cruise ship, if you choose not to. Grab an umbrella drink, step out onto the deck and enjoy the view!

2. Take the Family to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Sometimes, the best vacations are the ones that make us feel young again and what better way to feel youthful again then to visit Orlando’s Walt Disney World? Bonus: Grab the family for a trip that will make everyone smile! This theme park will be sure to keep everyone entertained and with great amenities such as, lockers, strollers and wheel chair rentals, you can rest assure that all your bases will be covered. For many seniors, the thought of Disney World can be daunting because of the size of the park and the amount of walking entailed. Worry no more because transportation inside and between Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and the Disney Water Parks is a total breeze. They offer air-conditioned busses, scenic boat rides or you can take a ride on the world famous Disney Monorail! If you are feeling super adventurous, hop on a scooter and navigate around the park yourself! So grab those Mickey Mouse ears and get ready to feel like a kid again.

3. Explore Your Own Backyard.
For many of us, the mere thought of traveling can be overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t need to go far to feel like you are getting away. Plan a weekend “away” at a local hotel or get the family together for a beach day, picnic style! No matter how long you have lived in your town, there is always something that you have wanted to try or a place you have never been so, now is your time!

Do you know who else likes to take trips with you? Life Alert! Life Alert’s Emergency HELP phone is great for emergencies away from home and it never needs charging; the batteries last up to 10 years. But more importantly, there is only one large, easily-accessible button to push and you will reach Life Alert’s Emergency Monitoring Center where help will be sent to you wherever you are in the United States. Has wanderlust left you somewhere unfamiliar? No problem, Life Alert’s Emergency HELP phone has a GPS locator so you can be found. Life Alert wants you to be protected when at home and on the go.

So, rip the tags off that special shirt, pack your suitcase and start making the most of your retirement. Another added bonus is that there are many special budget offers for seniors that you can choose from! When booking your next flight or trip, just ask, “Do you offer any senior discounts?” You’ll be surprised that most travel accommodations do! Speaking of discounts, did you know that you could receive up to 15% off your homeowners insurance if you get Life Alert’s Monitored 24/7 Fire Protection Smoke Alarm? What makes this system unique is that when dangerous smoke triggers the smoke detector, the alarm sends a signal to emergency dispatchers who are standing by. They will then notify local authorities and get you the help you need fast, 24/7. Now that you are planning to be a globe trotter, be sure that your home is protected while you are away. Call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:
1. “Best Vacations for the Elderly.” 13 August 2014. <https://www.homeaway.com/info/travelers/travel-ideas/best-of/family-vacations/best-vacations-for-the-elderly&gt;.

Easter is Spelled: C-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e

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The holiday filled with little chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and colorful eggs is fast approaching. Easter is a fun time of year; it brings family together, honors religious views and let us all feel a bit like a kid again. There is one thing that we all share in common and that we love about this holiday; the candy. However, the little delicious morsel your about to pop in your mouth could be unhealthy and without moderation, could have serious effects on your body.

Chocolate is so last year. Be a trend setter and give Life Alert this holiday! It’s a sweet little treat you can slip yourself and feel good about. A piece of candy is gone in an instant, but Life Alert keeps giving back every day, every minute, every hour. Don’t worry if that stray Easter eggs finds its way under your foot and you slip and fall, just push your Life Alert button and receive medical attention FAST!

For those of you who are sweet-a-holics, don’t worry! Below we have provided a list of Easter candy do’s and don’ts. Now you can have your candy and eat it too!

Do’s:
1. Hollow Chocolate Bunny
This lighter treat is portion controlled and will set you back with fewer calories than a solid bunny. Also, opt for darker chocolate which is linked to many health benefits including, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved mood and a reduced risk of blood clots.

2. High-Quality Fudge
Looking for a candy that will satisfy your sweet tooth and avoids artificial flavors and additives? Fudge is your winner! For an extra punch of nutrition reach for fudge filled with heart-healthy nuts or dried fruit. As an added bonus, make your own with the family!

Don’ts:
1. Chewy and Sticky Candy
Steer clear of the gummy bears, gum drops and caramels. Beside the artificial sweeteners and dyes they contain, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. After eating a sticky candy, you can usually feel little bits still stuck in your teeth, right? Well, “when sugar sticks to your teeth by means of sticky candy, it spells long-term tooth decay for your mouth. The longer sugar stays in your teeth, the more the bacteria break it down into acids. The more acid, the more tooth decay.”

2. Creme Eggs
Soon enough you won’t be able to walk into the supermarket without seeing these sweet delights everywhere. However one  Crème Egg is “equivalent to what the American Heart Association considers an entire day’s worth of sugar (20g or 5 teaspoons of sugar).” That is a sugar overload!  If you’re watching your sugar blood level, it’s best to keep these eggs at the supermarket.

With all of this candy knowledge, we hope you feel armed and ready to take on the Easter bunny and his sweet treats! Make sure to indulge a little, just remember that moderation is key.

While you’re munching away on your little chocolate bunny this year ask yourself this question: Do I feel safe, alone in my home? If you answered no, then it is time to get Life Alert. While the Easter bunny may only come once a year, Life Alert is available at your beck and call 24/7. Your waterproof, Life Alert pendant can be worn at all times and with a simple push of a button you will receive emergency medical attention fast. Now that is something to celebrate! For a free brochure, call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Philpott, Shannon. “The Best and Worst of Easter Candy.” Livestrong. 18 April 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011043-worst-easter-candy/#slide=4 >.
2. “Why (Halloween) Candy Is Bad for Your Teeth. 31 October 2014. <http://lawyerdds.com/2014/10/31/why-halloween-candy-is-bad-for-your-teeth/ >.
3. Roussell, Dr. Mike. “Ask the Diet Doctor: Anatomy of a Cadbury Crème Egg.” 20 April 2014.
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Forever Young

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You get a phone call from your kids; they are worried. They say, “We don’t like you living alone, Mom. What if something happens? What if you fall or get hurt? Then what?” They suggest a senior living community, but you refuse. Why would you leave the home you have come to love for the sake of your children’s sanity? Yes, there is no doubt your children have good intentions, but you have worked hard for your independence and you would like to keep it that way.

If you are a senior searching for something that will allow you to continue living independently, Life Alert is your solution. With a touch of a button, you can receive emergency medical assistance fast, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So why choose anything else? Life Alert’s ability to send you help fast can provide the safety and security you are searching for and give your children peace of mind. Freedom and independence, two pillars of youth, can be yours with Life Alert!

Another positive step you can take to maintaining your independence is with exercise. A 2011 health study reported that all adults, including senior citizens, can benefit from as little as 15 minutes per day of moderately heart-pumping exercise.1 It has been proven that exercising regularly can help seniors stay independent, strengthen their muscles, improve their balance and can help to prevent catastrophic falls. There has also been proof that a regular exercise program can help to regulate weight, improve moods, delay heart disease, diabetes, breast and colon cancer and osteoporosis.1

So what types of exercise can a senior citizen do? Anything that gets your heart pumping and the blood circulating! You can walk, dance, swim or even work in the garden. Don’t forget that a good workout is a balanced workout, so try different exercises throughout the week like stretching or resistance work. What is important to remember is to not push pass your limit. Do what you can when you can—safety first. Try setting attainable goals so each time you work out you have something to push for and achieve. Again, it is advisable that you choose an exercise that is appropriate to your capabilities. If you are curious about a new exercise or sport and you would like to try it, consult your doctor first.

With a combination of exercise and Life Alert there is no stopping you! Exercise is the modern day fountain of youth so, take a sip and indulge in your flexible, strong and healthy independence. Always know Life Alert is there when you need it- all it takes is a simple push of a button to get help fast, 24/7. So worry no more and stay forever young!
For a free brochure, call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Joyce, Kim. “How Often & How Long Should the Elderly Exercise?” LiveStrong. 20 August 2011. < http://www.livestrong.com/article/522381-how-often-how-long-should-the-elderly-exercise/&gt;.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Sometimes we may hear our elders say, “Growing old sucks!” But does it really? Sure there are some things that change, but some changes are for the good. A concern for many people growing older is their ability to maintain their independence. Granting that wish can be simple. With Life Alert, a simple touch of a button can ensure help will be sent fast, 24/7. Thus, eliminating worry and promoting an independent lifestyle.

Like all phases of life, growing old definitely comes with its challenges. However, the hardest parts of aging should never surpass the wonderful parts of growing older; there is still so much to look forward to.

This may come as a surprising fact, but recent studies have proven that senior citizens are among the happiest groups of people.1 There are psychologists who believe “that cognitive processes are responsible – in particular, focusing on and remembering positive events and leaving behind negative ones; those processes, they think, help older people regulate their emotions, letting them view life in a sunnier lights.” Quote

Happiness comes in many forms and for most seniors it will come in the form of grandchildren. Watching your children grow up, witnessing them marry their other half and one day granting you the gift of grandbabies are milestones none of us want to miss. The joys of being a grandparent are limitless—think of all the fun you will have, the wisdom you can share and the adventures you will embark on with your grandchildren. The opportunity to bond as a family in a new way can bring energy and light into your life.

Growing older also usually comes hand in hand with retirement. This can be a very happy and well deserving achievement. Finally having the freedom to pursue your dreams, such as, taking a trip to Paris, learning a new language, even volunteering can offer you a wealth of happiness. You’ve paid your dues, now have some fun!

Lastly, as trivial as it may seem, growing older will entitle you to those two sweet little words: senior discount. From the movies to public transportation, you can feel respected, recognized and honored with these savings. Since most seniors are retired, these little discounts can add up and help to keep your piggy bank plump. More importantly, added savings up to 15% discount on your homeowners insurance may be yours if you get Life Alert’s Monitored 24/7 Fire Protection Smoke Alarm. Unlike standard fire alarms that only make noise, Life Alert’s Fire Protection System has a team of emergency dispatchers standing by. When dangerous smoke triggers the smoke detector, the alarm sends a signal to the dispatchers who will then notify the local authorities. This kind of fast reaction can save your memory filled home, belongings, and life — thus leaving you happy.

So see, there is still so much to look forward to; there is no end of the road. When or if you feel down about growing older, remember you will always serve a purpose. The best way to ensure you stick around and you are able to cash in on these life gems, is with Life Alert. Don’t let a freak accident, slip, fall, home invasion or fire take away your gift of growing older—fight back with Life Alert and protect your future by getting help fast, 24/7. For a free brochure, call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. “9 Best Things About Growing Old.” Amac. 19 December 2014.
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2. “Senior Citizens are Happier Than Younger Adults but Why is Not Clear.” Senior Journal. 9 January 2012. < http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Aging/2012/20120109-SenCitAreHappier.htm&gt;.