Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Preparedness For Seniors

With the summer heat and dry weather, the danger of fire increases. According to the United States Fire Administration, seniors run a risk that is 2.5 times higher of dying in a fire than younger age groups and suffer a higher number of fire-related injuries. Some of the reasons include:
-Impaired sensory awareness – sight, sound and smell
-Diminished cognitive abilities due to depression or dementia
-Multiple medications which may impact the ability to make quick decisions
-Poverty may make it difficult to keep up with electrical repairs

Top 10 Things Seniors Can Do
-Install smoke detectors on each floor in your home, check and replace the batteries twice a year -Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and learn how to use it
-Replace frayed or damaged wiring electrical and never overload electrical outlets
-Always have a telephone near you
-Keep exits and hallways free of clutter
-Never smoke in bed or when feeling drowsy
-Never leave the stove or burning candles unattended
-Develop an escape plan around any limitations you may have
-Be sure your home address is visible and clearly marked
-If you suspect fire, call 9-1-1 --- Get out and stay out!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Seniors: Ten More Ways to Save Money

The response to the SCJ post last week about senior citizens saving money was overwhelming! So we decided to try to find ten more that are unusual, and not especially well known. Here they are:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guardian Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Founded in 1930, Guardian Medical Monitoring prides itself on a commitment to excellence in providing safety and security to seniors, their families and caregivers from coast to coast.

“I never cared for anything except the alarms,” says founder Milton Pierce, who recently turned 95 and first developed Guardian’s Medical Alarms to assist with older family friends who had difficulty staying home alone. “The medical monitoring business is really an interesting thing and it really fills a need for people.”

Guardian's fully trained installers, technicians and Care Representatives all strive to uphold the exceptional standards of America's largest independently owned security and life safety company each day.

David Crawford, Guardian’s General Manager, states that “thanks to Guardian’s long, trusted tradition our customer service is unrivaled in our industry. Few monitoring companies can match our Central Monitoring Station, hardware and systems.” In fact, Guardian's Central Monitoring Station meets the rigid standards and certifications set by Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual, and its fully redundant monitoring capabilities have earned Guardian the highest rating by the Central Station Alarm Association.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Senior Caregiver Tips from

Here's a great collection of articles on caregiving for senior citizens.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Doctors Say Social Networking Helps Seniors

In the past two years, the number of seniors that have begun exploring the Internet has grown tremendously, and the number using social networking sites has tripled.Now, doctors say that can be very good for their long-term mental and emotional health.,0,5956152.story

Monday, July 12, 2010

Strange But True Senior Citizen Videos

Crazy, strange and funny videos featuring senior citizens