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How to Keep Seniors Independent at Home

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:15
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(NewsUSA) - When most people envision their ideal retirement, they picture themselves dancing, playing tennis or running around the playground with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, some seniors eventually find themselves losing their independence due to the natural aging process.

According to Marketing Charts, 26 percent of seniors surveyed rated losing their independence as their biggest fear. This is higher than 13 percent of seniors who feared moving into a nursing home, or 3 percent fearing death. Instead of seniors fearing a loss of independence, how can they regain it?

Here are some easy-to-adopt suggestions to help you or your elderly parent regain independence after an accident, medical condition or an inability to get around the house:

Invest in a Power Wheelchair

Power wheelchairs provide seniors with independence and comfort beyond a traditional manual wheelchair. Seniors can easily regain their independence with joystick movement, letting them choose speed and direction they are comfortable with. Power wheelchairs also let seniors recline and tilt, helping them raise their legs if they need to.

Install a Stairlift

Seniors looking to gain independence, especially when they can't make it up the stairs anymore, can install an Acorn Stairlift. Seniors with arthritis don't have to worry, because it's the only approved starlift, with the Ease-of-Use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation.

Available for straight or curved stairs, Acorn Stairlifts provide seniors with a safe and secure movement from sitting down to stepping off through its swivel seat and safety belt. Seniors also don't have to worry about malfunctions with its built-in safety sensors that prevent it from running into something it shouldn't. It also features an easy-to-read numerical display notifying seniors if it needs servicing -- preventing it from malfunctioning with someone on it.

Attach Bathroom Aids

Helping seniors regain independence after an accident is especially important when it comes to bathing. Installing grab bars or safety handles on tubs and walls, along with bath and shower chairs, can help seniors regain their independence by giving them the confidence they need to safely bath themselves, even if they have a home health aide helping them.

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CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:36
Members of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to reinstate the Confederate flag atop a county building. CNN affiliate WKMG reports.
Categories: National News

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CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:35
New York City FC signs football superstars with a little help from Abu Dhabi. CNN's Amir Daftari reports.
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Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:34
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Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:27
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How to Handle the Potential Pitfalls of Dating

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:18

(NewsUSA) - Dating is hard these days. Never mind the whole getting-to-know you thing, the Internet has created a world where every foible, every flaw, every thing (literally and figuratively) is on display for all the world, including potential dating partners, to see.

"Surviving any worst-case scenario comes down to not panicking, having a plan and ultimately being prepared," David Borgenicht, author of The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Sur-vival Handbook: Dating & Sex, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview. "And this applies to the realm of dating."

That is why it's best to be prepared for any dating scene so you don't find yourself wondering whether leaving-by-the-bathroom-window is actually an option.

The following tips will help you avoid the minefield of dating.

* You spill wine all over the table, on yourself, or on your date. At best, you and your date can laugh it off. And if you like one another, it's an easy way to ask them out for a second one --to a dry cleaners where you'll foot the bill. At worst, if the sparks aren't there, you have an easy out.

* You're running late. It happens -- traffic, work runs over, mistiming on how long it takes to get ready -- and all of a sudden you've kept your date waiting. In this case, take a few minutes to send a text message or a quick call and let them know you've run into a snag, but will be there as soon as possible. Better yet, giving them a timeframe. One caveat: try to keep it light. If you sound stressed about being late, they'll be stressed about waiting.

* You're a smokeless tobacco user. For smokeless tobacco users, the thought of taking a spit cup or bottle on a date is horrific, and of course, an absolute no-no. So, what to do? You might want to consider a portable spittoon made by FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in creating smokeless tobacco accessories.

To avoid the messiness that can go along with using smokeless tobacco, the FLASR flask has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, thus eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often found with cups and bottles. In addition, the small size of the FLASR flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively while in public.

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CNN World - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:13
CNN's Jim Sciutto explains what's behind the current terror threat warning about the risk of "lone wolf" terror attacks.
Categories: International News

The cost of keeping your nest egg in cash

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:13
My wife and I have about $2 million in savings spread among a series of bank savings accounts, CDs and money-market accounts that we plan to draw on for retirement income in the near future. I keep it all in cash because I like the feeling of security I get from looking at my bank statement and seeing it's all there. Am I being too cautious? --Richard N.

Hillary Clinton: 'People should and do trust me'

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:10
In Hillary Clinton's first national interview of the 2016 race, she attacked her Republican rivals on immigration and dismissed the suggestion that the American people have a problem trusting her.
Categories: National News

How Bill Cosby betrayed black community

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:08
Categories: National News

NASA probe set to make history at Pluto

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:03
It's traveled more than 3.6 billion miles to get there, and it will only stay a few hours, but a small space probe is expected to revolutionize the way we look at Pluto.
Categories: National News

What Congress must do for LGBT kids

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:29
When Kyrstin Schuette, a Minnesotan, and her girlfriend started dating during freshman year in high school, none of the other students—with the exception of a few close friends—knew about their relationship. But that all changed on a school trip when another student found out and spread the word. Immediately, the harassment began.
Categories: National News

The Clintons: Wrangling reporters with rope since 1992

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:29
It turns out the Hillary Clinton campaign's reporter-wrangling techniques came from an all-too familiar playbook: Bill Clinton's presidential campaign.
Categories: National News

Heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadruple

Health - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:00
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Health - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 08:59
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Panic sell-off in Chinese stocks

CNN World - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 08:49
CNN's Ivan Watson spoke to Chinese investors as another dismal trading session unfolded in China's stock market.
Categories: International News
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