There’s an old tale about two villages in the jungle that traded goods with one another. The tigers that lived in those jungles started charging the villagers. They would sneak up on the person who was traveling from one location to the other and strike from behind. Sadly, hundreds of people had lost their lives because of these tiger attacks. One day the assigned trader arrived at the second village ready to do business, but he was wearing a mask on his head backwards! The people were curious as to why he would wear this mask with the face on the backside of his head. The merchant explained that if the tiger thought he was facing him…Read More
Don’t wait until something goes wrong before planning to make your home safe and accessible. We never know when a physical challenge might arise, so it’s best to plan before mobility diminishes and money is being spent on health issues. These active seniors did not delay in making their home safe & more enjoyable!Read More
Chances are we have all been in a situation at some point in our lives when we were physically disabled or put out of commission for a season. Perhaps it was a broken arm in grade school, a fractured leg from skiing or a surgical procedure that made us feel like we were dependent on others and kept us in the hospital without access to the usual pleasures of our own home. Think about how you felt during those times.
Maybe you are an individual who is wheelchair-bound, experiencing physical challenges that may be permanent. No matter the circumstances, we all have basic needs for recognition, acceptance and interaction with others.Read More
Multiple sclerosis affects about 400,000 people in the United States, and about 2 1/2 million worldwide. There are approximately 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the United States. Rates of MS are higher for those who live further from the equator. While anyone can develop MS, it generally targets those between the age of 45-64 and seems to be more common in women than men. Even though there are many challenges with this disease, there are heartfelt lessons we can learn from a journey with MS.Read More
I was in the home of a veteran recently; he had served in WWII. At 94 years of age he shared how he had dodged bullets and land mines. He had stories most of us could never imagine. He explained how at such a young age; he was invincible, but today, he’s afraid of the stairs. It was difficult for him to comprehend how his life had changed…Read More
People all over the world are searching for the top ten Mother’s Day gift ideas. They are wondering what to get Mom and how fast can Amazon deliver? For those who simply did not plan, here are some ideas…Read More
Life has a way of throwing obstacles on our paths, not to hurt us but to present us with options on how we may wish to move forward. Spectators gaze upon the warriors of this world who are strategizing to be victorious in the end game. What many don’t realize until many maneuvers later, is that the universe has given a unique present called the gift of struggle. Those who have been given this gift are heroes in the making. Super heroes look different than you think they should.Read More
There are hidden treasures all around us. We can walk-through nature trails and find burrowing bunnies, snails racing across the path and wildflowers tucked beneath the greenery. But if we move too fast, we won’t notice them! There are hidden treasures in our homes. When was the last time you …Read More
Stair lifts can be scary business. You may be an individual who is trying to help your aging parent and at the mere mention of the word, your parent gets agitated – why is that? Perhaps Mom thinks the stair lift you are suggesting is going to aim her head first down the staircase! Not true – stair lifts carry the user in a gentle fashion sideways, but Mom has no way of knowing that just yet. Sharing this article with your family member could be the first step to drawing them out of fear and encouraging them to be safe.Read More
So often we blame stress for strokes, heart attacks and other ailments when we should see that stressor is not the culprit. How we respond to stress is the real villain. Even when someone is in excellent physical condition, that doesn’t mean they handle stress appropriately.Read More
Centenarians, we know they exist, we may personally have met one in our own lifetime, but what is it that gives them the drive to thrive for 100 years or more? Could it be a lack of anxiety or a healthy diet? Perhaps it’s the exercise, or relationships that keep them going. Maybe it’s the power of having a purpose on the earth that continues into their golden years. Many studies have been done though out the ages seeking answers to what make some people live healthy vibrant lives to 100 and beyond.Read More
Sometimes we have days that start out completely normal and then suddenly something happens that can change our lives forever. This was one of those days for Natalie and her son Nicholas.
She dropped Nicholas off at school at the usual hour and was headed into work battling the clock to get there on time because of the traffic. She passed the slower moving vehicles at 75 mph and in an instant, she lost control of the car and hit the center divider.
The emergency vehicles got her to the hospital with absolutely no hope for survival.Read More
Life is filled with changes and challenges, many of which most families are not prepared to address. In today’s busy world wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make one call to one company and get all your questions answered?
Sometimes areas of the home can be wrong for so long, that we no longer see the accidents waiting to happen. When we reside in the same living space every day, we tend to get used to how things are, not realizing how they should be. Sometimes a small change is all it takes to keep family members safe. So, let’s take a walk through together and make notes of what could be adjusted.
Home safety starts at the curb.Read More
As time progresses, changes take place in our schedules, energy level, physical abilities and yes, sometimes even our waistline! Some of us may have been athletes in our younger days burning thousands of calories because of our active lifestyle. But what if we are still eating like a football player and our feet haven’t hit the turf in 40 years? Sometimes simple adjustments can make a world of difference in our heart health.Read More
Have you ever wondered how people get the help they need when physical challenges disrupt their independence? You may be surprised! Sometimes folks will call on their peers, others will look to co-workers, glean wisdom from medical professionals, senior centers, social workers or articles. Let this blog be the one to simplify the process and guide you to solutions with one phone call, not ten.Read More
We’ve met many stroke patients throughout the years, perhaps you have too. Or maybe you have come through the scary experience yourself! Even though there are different types of strokes with equally haunting names, the stroke does not discriminate in the people it chooses. Patients of all ages and ethnicity have endured this experience and have come out on the other side with a new name “Stroke Survivor”. After meeting with them I discovered many said the same things about their journey. Hopefully these six steps will help you or someone you love as well.Read More
Overhead ceiling lifts have been available for many years. Most people are not aware that such items exists. Depending on a person’s mobility, an overhead track lift could be a great solution for anyone having difficulty transferring from bed to chair. We normally recommend a lift system over the bed area. In this particular home we installed a lift that travels from the bed into the family room, through the hallway and into a bathroom. This is not a typical lift layout, but we pride ourselves in creating solutions for our clients.Read More
The love of learning is not always apprehended by the youth. As children we start out curious and hopefully carry that inquisitiveness throughout grammar school, into high school and beyond. But sometimes we get side tracked and distractions set in. We lose that genuine thirst for knowledge until we get old enough to appreciate it. By then the opportunities for grants and scholarships that were available to us in our teens has passed us by – or has it? What if I told you that there are ways senior citizens can go to college at low cost or no cost?Read More
As we bring another chapter of life to a close, and embark on a brand-new year, it's good to pay attention to what nature is doing all around us. During this season the trees are losing their leaves. Consider this; are they losing their leaves or are they letting them go?Read More
When we hear the word “holiday” it can bring a flood of emotions. For some, the word can trigger magical moments as a child, filled with laughter, song and special treats! For others it has the power to catapult into a dark place of unfulfilled expectations, loneliness and loss. No matter what the previous holidays delivered to your doorstep, perhaps this is a time to release the past and create the holidays we desire.Read More