Go ahead. Take a guess. Many would say both! Actually, this post is entirely off topic, but I just had to get it out. Some critters have drilled a perfectly round circle in the cedar siding on my house and they've moved into my attic. Eeew! I have no problem with critters. In fact I like them. And I love my trees, which attracts critters.
Eons.com is not only fun, but it's informative. A site dedicated to those 50 and over, they are always looking out for their demographic. The have now released data from their Longevity Calculator (see release below)." Also, look below for links to the study and the calculator.
Dave Pollard of "How To Save the World" has a must-read post titled "What a Dying Person Wants."
Pollard illustrates the need to make our wishes known early and thoroughly, so, should we become unable to speak for ourselves, we have people in place who have no doubt about what we want.
I expanded on my post (below)about Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-MN and her efforts to improve options for those caring for elders, in my other blog on Our Alzheimers. If you are interested in this topic, read on.
I received a comment on the blog (very nice, thank you), in which the writer asked about wheelchair exercise. I told the writer that I would look into it. I found many sites, but a lot of them are more about sales than about information. There's nothing wrong with selling things - we all have to eat (see my book on the right?) - but I do believe in giving people what they are looking for, which is usually information.
Another good post from the excellent blog GenBetween. Elizabeth suggests, in her post, that when someone asks a person about how they are coping with their caregiving, you take time to listen to the answer. Each day, most of us see people we know and say,"Hi, how's it goin'?" or something similar.
Marty at gearability.com has a remarkable history. She’s spent a good deal of time – in spurts – as a disabled person. She has also spent a great deal of time, at least looking, totally fine, physically. Migraine strokes and periodic paralysis have been part of her life.
I'm proud to mention Sen. Amy Klobuchar in this space (I'm from the state next door - North Dakota). Sen. Klobuchar is from MInnesota. The Star Tribune ran a story titled, "Is elder care now what child care was in the 1970s?" in which Klobuchar is quoted as saying, "...an issue affecting growing numbers of working families who either have no good options or don't know what help is out there for them."
Part two of "Dementia Boot Camp" live.
In this part, I'm told I'm dying, I'm "a feeder," I'm talked about as though I'm not there. This section of the training made the first seem like nothing...
I recently went through some training required of the staff of one of the facilities in my area. They call it "Dementia Boot Camp." It's aptly named. This was one of the most profound experiences I've ever had in such a relatively short period of time. A person could go to all of the presentations offered (I've been to many, and presented at many others). Nothing I've learned, in any other manner, can compare to what I learned by physically going through this training.