Medication on My Mind: Tips For Remembering – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Missing or doubling up on medication can cause major problems for older persons, including unnecessary hospital visits.  If you are prescribed multiple medications or taking care of someone who is, remembering what drug to take when can be a real chore.  Here are 6 simple tips for making medication management less challenging:

1)      Set timers on your cell phone.

2)      If you are married or coupled up, make it a habit that both of you take medicines at the same time.

3)      Use the Lively Safety Watch which offers med reminders.

4)      Use an old-fashioned pill box with dividers for days and time of day.  While not fancy, it is very effective for people who take multiple meds.  Set up a time every week or two to focus on filling the sections with the appropriate medicine.  Be sure to not allow distractions like tv or texts when doing this.

5)      Consider using an old-fashioned paper and pencil tracking system.

6)      If an older adult is still struggling with medication management after trying a system, consider whether it’s time for hiring a home care aide or going to assisted living.  Often the inability to be medication-compliant is a red flag that more help is needed.

If you want more tips on how to more efficiently care for an older loved one, check out www.cruisingthroughcaregiving.com.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Is Reverse Ageism A Problem In Your Workplace? By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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You wouldn’t dream of making racist or sexist remarks in the workplace, right?  So why do some workplaces tolerate ageist comments? Older adults are no strangers to this phenomenon but reverse ageism is now impacting younger employees in the workplace.  Check out Jen’s new video on how to handle reverse ageism in the workplace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMMZ62S7Kc4&t=143s

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Eighty Never Looked So Good: 5 Ways George Takei Continues To Inspire – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Today, on George Takei’s 80th birthday, here are 5 ways the man best known for Star Trek and LGBT activism shows us that age is just a number:

1. Takei keeps intellectually active.  Not only does he still work but he recently taped his Broadway show Allegiance, bringing it to movie theaters, breaking a film screening record:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-george-takei-screening-breaks-records-20170106-story.html

2. He defies age stereotypes.  With over 10 million followers on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter and 1 million on Instagram, Takei demonstrates that social media is most certainly not only for the young.

3. The Howard Stern Show announcer believes in moderation.  Takei enjoys wine, meat and even the occasional Taco Bell meal.

4. The former Heroes star is physically active.  100 pushups and 50 sit-ups daily isn’t bad for a person of any age!  Plus, he talks openly about how he and husband Brad Altman are still intimate even as they get older (which most older adults can be if they want).

5. He’s got a positive outlook.  While Takei admits he has “bad feet” and some aches and pains, he is grateful for a healthy body.

So if you ever think you (or a colleague or family member) is just “too old,” consider George Takei.  Are you judging yourself, a coworker or a family member on only chronological age?  Activities, interests, work and habits say much more about people of all generations than the dates on their birth certificates.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Should You Consult An Elder Law Attorney? By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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If you are aging and have any assets whatsoever, the answer is probably yes.  Elder law attorneys specialize in issues that pertain to older adults and their families such as estate planning, Veteran benefit applications, Medicaid applications and advance directives.  While many attorneys can offer these services, it is beneficial to work with lawyers who enjoy and best understand working with seniors and their families.  The following are sites that offer more information on elder law attorneys, questions to ask when choosing one, and how to find them:

www.nelf.org National Elder Law Foundation
www.lcplfa.org Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
www.naela.org The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick
MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

3 Ways To Talk To Older Parents This Thanksgiving Without Starting A Fight

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The holiday season is upon us and many adult children are seeing their aging parents for the first time in a while (and for several days in a row).  You may think this is the perfect time to discuss concerns about driving, their ability to live alone or overall health issues.  But since you also want to have a peaceful relaxing holiday, how do you gently broach conversations without putting them on the defensive?  Here are three tips:

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