Archive for seniors

Choosing a Phone That’s Right for Older Users

cell phone for seniorsMobile phones are an essential part of modern life. Everyone, from teens to the elderly people, requires a mobile phone.

The needs of elderly people are very different compared to other people. Handset developers such as Dora Phones have taken this in to consideration and they have come up with a range of handsets specially designed for the elderly people.

They have understood that while elderly people have needs to communicate, it is very difficult for them to do so using the regular phones which are used by younger people. The sleek yet complex design and operating system which is highly desired by the young population may be the reason elderly people are not able to use the phone.  They may resent such phones because with age many people start to have health issues, their eyes are not as sharp as it used to be, they may develop hearing problems or they may be suffering from amnesia.

Keypads

Regular mobile phones are tiny and have a small keypad. With weakened eyesight and clumsy fingers, these phones are very difficult to make calls and use by the older generation. Phones made for the elderly are designed keeping the functionality in mind and not the looks.

Mobile phones with a large display and big keypad with buttons that are separated from each other have been developed specially for them. This increases the convenience for older people as they can easily read the numbers on the screen and can type the numbers easily using the keypad.

Speakers

For elderly people suffering from hearing problems, phones equipped with loud speakers with high decibels that are easier to hear are now available in the mobile phone market. These phones are simple and easy to use and can be used with hearing aids in place.

Other Handy Features

Other features that are incorporated in a mobile phone for elderly people are a torch light and long lasting battery. Features such as quick dial buttons are extremely useful for elderly people suffering from dementia or during an emergency.

Previously stored numbers can be automatically dialled on the press of a button using the quick dial feature.

The flaps on the back of the phone also contain a notepad where people can write down important numbers, so that they can easily access them.

Apart from mobile phones, there are fixed line telephones which are specifically developed for elderly people. These fixed line telephones have similar features. While the disadvantage of a fixed line phone is that it does not offer portability. However, these can be useful for elderly people who have a habit of losing their phones. Also, elderly people prefer to stay at home most of the time rather than going out and to use their fixed line telephone more than a mobile.

The Future

With the number of elderly people rising, this market segment is expected to gain popularity. It is expected that new designs will come up in the future which will further simplify communication for elderly people or those with memory or dexterity problems.

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How Will You Spend Your Last 3 Decades?

Today we can expect to live at least 30 years longer than our great-grandparents. That’s another half a lifetime!

In a presentation she gave at TEDxWomen in 2011, Jane Fonda referred to these years as “life’s third act” and described them as a time to rediscover and reinvent ourselves. Watch this video to see the entire presentation (it will take approx. 11 minutes):

Fortunately, today there are a lot of resources available to help you spend those last three decades just the way you’d like. Some builders are even designing houses that adapt to your changing needs as you age!

Although a new custom-built house is probably beyond the reach of most of us, many adaptations can be made to your current home to allow you to continue living safely and independently. This includes items such as built-up toilet seats, grab bars, tub chairs, and much more.

And if you’re having trouble climbing stairs, like Jane Fonda – we can help you with that too.

For your free, no obligation consultation, please email us or call 905-971-9568.

6 Healthy Tips for Caregivers

woman with walkerCaring for an elderly parent can take a lot out of you, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As a caregiver, you may be more concerned with your parent’s health and well-being than you are of your own. It’s very easy to overlook your health because of the responsibilities you have, whether you’re handling their finances, taking them to appointments, or assisting with their daily personal care. And all of this is on top of everything you do to manage your own household: keeping the house clean, doing laundry, paying bills, and so on.

Please understand that it’s important for you to stay healthy. After all, if you get sick then who is going to get everything done? Below are some tips that you need to follow to ensure your good health.

Tip #1 – Eat

Obviously, you don’t have a lot of time to eat, but this is essential to staying healthy. Most of us know that we need to eat three meals a day, but do you also know that you should be eating at least two snacks a day as well? This will keep your metabolism going and your energy levels up – so don’t skimp on your food. You should be eating healthy foods too. Things like yogurt, fruit, granola bars and nuts are quick, easy and healthy!

Tip #2 – Drink

Water that is. In addition to eating healthy foods, you need to be drinking water throughout your day. We’ve all heard the “8 glasses a day” speech so I’m not going to give it to you again. Just stay properly hydrated. It will keep your energy levels up as well as flush the impurities out of your body and ward off urinary tract infections and much more.

Tip #3 – Exercise

Your body needs exercise each day and it doesn’t care whether you’re a caregiver or not. Although you may find yourself busy during the day and exhausted at night, it’s important that you squeeze in at least 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. There are several ways you can do this. For instance, you can go for a walk after dinner, play Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii games with your family, or enroll in a yoga class at a fitness club.

Tip #4 – Be Happy

We women tend to overload ourselves with work, family and worries. There isn’t much time to focus on being happy. However, this is important too. Studies have shown that, generally, happy people are healthier people. In order to become happier, consider setting aside a little time for yourself every day – or week – to do something you like doing. This time will help you feel refreshed and become happier.

Tip #5 – Sleep

Getting a good night of sleep is critical to your overall health. Sleep is when your body recharges itself. So, naturally, if you aren’t getting enough sleep you aren’t operating on a “full battery,” which means you’ll wear out quicker. It also means your body will too, which depletes your immune system. So, get the sleep you need at night.

Tip #6 – Get Help

There’s no rule that says you have to do it all yourself! If caring for your aging parent is affecting your health, email us or call 905-971-9568 to find out how we can help.

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Helping Seniors to Stay at Home

an older woman at home with her pet dogAccording to Stats Canada, persons over 65 are the fastest growing population in the country. Over a third of Canadians who have lived past the age of 65 are alive today – and the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 have only just begun to enter this age bracket!

Many new retirement residences and long-term care facilities have been built to accommodate the increasing senior population, but some are rather expensive, and someone who is used to living independently may find it difficult to adjust to a major change in living arrangements.

Remaining in your own home may be a viable option, even if you’re among the one-in-four Canadian seniors living with a long-term disability or health issue. Difficult challenges can often be overcome, with the proper support.

Would any of the following make it possible for you (or your parent) to stay at home?

  • Lifeline Medical Alert Service
  • Wider doorways to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter
  • Walk-in bathtub
  • Ongoing assistance with house and yard work
  • Grocery delivery service

These are just a few of the many products and services available to seniors today.

If you need help deciding whether or not it’s time for you to downsize, fill out our short questionnaire. We’ll be happy review your answers with you.

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