Healthcare at Your Doorstep

SallyNurse Practitioners are filling the healthcare services gap for older adults throughout United States.

By Sally Dimond, RN, MHA, MBA

One of my closest colleagues and friend that lives and works in a suburb just south of Cleveland Ohio visited one of her health plan members at home for a routine medical evaluation. During the examination she found that the patient had an extremely irregular heartbeat and immediately called 911. She contacted the patient’s primary care physician and comforted the patient until the help arrived. The patient had emergency surgery that same day and went on to have a complete recovery. The health plan member credits my colleague with saving his life and allowing him more time to spend with his family, especially his grandchildren.

I am one of the 700 nurse practitioners with Matrix Medical Network, a company that is helping to make healthcare more affordable and accessible by sending nurse practitioners to where they are needed most – in the homes of individuals across the US. All Matrix nurse practitioners have completed graduate and undergraduate nursing degree programs, hold a Registered Nurse license, State Nurse Practitioner licensure/registration and National Board Certification (AANP/ANCC), and most specialize in Internal, Family, Primary, or Geriatric Care. Matrix nurse practitioners are located nationwide. We live and work in the same communities as the health plan members who we visit, so that we are ready to provide care when and where it’s needed.

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The No-Excuses, Post-Workout Guide to Being Fabulous

shutterstock_160655120I know what you’re thinking. “I can’t workout today—I just had my hair done!” Trust me, I’m all too familiar with that post-hairstylist excuse. And that’s what it is: an excuse. Am I right? I know a few other gems, too: “I have an early morning meeting,” “I have a date after work,” “I’m just too fabulous to sweat today.” Been there. Yes, you can still get your workout in and retain your fabulous status. You simply need to load up on the right tools. Here’s where to start.

Bag: Hold Up

You need three bags. I know that sounds excessive, but stay with me. First, you need a durable wet/dry bag for your workout clothes. Invest in a machine washable one with a waterproof lining. Second, you need a cute cosmetics bag to hold all your little secrets—touch-up makeup, hair accessories, emergency nail file and perfume samples for last-minute dabbing.

Finally, you need a superwoman bag. This is key. You don’t want to show up at that dinner party with a sloppy sports bag. That delicious tall tote from Coach? A definite yes. Plus, you need secure spaces for your gadgets. Don’t skimp here, ladies.

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6 Habits of a Successful Retiree

chip_h6By Chip Hollingsworth, CRP, CFEBS

Everybody want to retire successfully…..yet few people are really willing to prepare for it!  As human being’s we are creatures of habits. We’re told time and time again, good habits lead to success, while bad habit hinder progress. This philosophy holds true to the retirement process, especially leading up to it. I like to tell my clientele, “It’s never too late to start making better choices!”

By establishing the following six habits, you will hopefully be able to enjoy retirement and all the upsides it has to offer!

1. Have a Clear Vision of Where You Want to Be

Know what you want! More importantly always know where you stand financially! I always like to refer to your vision as a puzzle, you know what the big picture looks like, but make sure all of the pieces are fitting together to make it happen.

Planning and saving for retirement should begin as early as possible. Be clear on your spending and know your budget

Know what you want, what’s important and where you stand, especially with the big picture, but even with the small stuff like financial paperwork details.

Planning and saving for retirement should begin as early as possible. Being clear on spending and knowing your budget are great habits for any age, but even more in retirement. 

You can do this by Draft a balance sheet annually, and use it to gain a clear picture of your assets, debts and net worth. Periodically examine income and expenses to determine your discretionary income, then make a plan to use it for future needs.

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Are You Ready? A Pre-retirement Checklist for ‘50-something’ Baby Boomers

13ret_smBy Donna M. Bennett

For 50-something Baby Boomers, if they think about retirement at all, it’s likely about sleeping late, time to themselves, and having enough money; which may be as clear as it gets.  At this age, it’s typical to feel vague and unclear about those approaching years.

Why the vagueness? Boomers’ retirement will have no resemblance to their parents’ or grandparents’ retirement.  They will live longer, healthier lives, with a lot more options.  In fact, the word ‘retirement’ no longer fits!

Boomers want lives filled with purpose and meaning.  They may continue to work in the same career, take a part-time job, or start a new project or business to satisfy their need to feel useful, and purposeful.  Boomers will not accept a ‘one-size-fits-all’ post-career life.  They are breaking the mold, with no rules or script to follow. 

For Boomers then, ending one phase of life, and approaching a new and unknown one, may feel like age 25 again with a sense of excitement, and a bit of fear about what’s next.  If so, taking proactive, intentional steps can allow a greater sense of control, and less uncertainty about those post-career years.

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Do You Have Time to Take a Walk?

By Barbara V. Anderson

When I retired I discovered long-distance walking, a natural extension for a lifelong walker with newly found time. In France I walked 500-miles on the GR65 and 600 on the GR653 and two 100-mile walks in Britain. In 2015, I am planning another 630-mile walk. All over Europe, pensioners are taking to the road, or rather to the path, walking town to town, hostel to hostel, whether on pilgrimage or for sport. I have enthusiastically joined their ranks and have written a book about my French journey, Letters from the Way.

What is long distance walking? One type of long-distance walk is portrayed in Cheryl Straved’s “Wild” — carrying one’s own stove and tent, sleeping alone in the great outdoors, and using bear canisters to protect food. The Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trails are two of America’s iconic and rugged long-distance trails.

In Europe some long-distance walkers sleep in tents but many sleep in inns or in shared sleeping accommodations such as France’s gites, Spain’s refugios or England’s hostels. Trails are often laid out so that the hiker arrives each day to a hot shower and a bed.

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Top Adventure Gear for Elders

As an active senior and outdoor enthusiast, chances are good that you already have a nice tent, top-of-the-line hiking boots, a good selection of sturdy fishing poles and whatever else you need to enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature. Now, in order to bring your outdoor experiences to the next level, you might want to consider investing in some great gadgets and gear. The following items are top-of-the-line as well as really useful for seniors:

A Solar Backpack

Even if you are bound and determined to unplug and get away from it all when you are in the great outdoors, there are still times when having power is a great—and safe—idea. The Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack from Amazon is a terrific way to ensure that you will have a reliable power source when you need it. The 3.5 W/6V solar panel that comes with it is lightweight and waterproof, and after letting it sit in the sun for about half an hour, it will provide you with about an hour of power. If you want to use your smartphone to check weather conditions or GPS, or to call for help in case of a medical emergency, a solar backpack can be a real life saver.

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Advances in Memory Care for Seniors

Lori AlfordBy Lori Alford, COO for Avanti Senior Living

The Transition of Senior Housing – A Growing Need for Specialized Care

We have the ability, as senior living developers, to change stereotypes, alter perceptions and remove limitations placed on seniors. This can be done by designing communities that celebrate the residents’ capabilities, individuality and desire to choose. This is especially important when designing communities with high-quality memory care. There are countless new advanced ways to meet the residents’ needs that help reduce anxiety and provide a holistic way of living while providing the best quality of life possible. Instead of a one-size-fits-all routine and schedule, my partner Tim Hekker and I have developed a concept that will have a resident-focused structure, catering to the way residents like to live their lives, while providing the expert care they need. In response to the growing number of seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, we developed Salize, which is an extension of our senior living communities that serves residents in need of memory care.

A New Memory Care Concept – Bending and Flourishing Through Challenges

The name Salize is derived from the word salice, meaning “willow” in Italian. Willow trees, much like memory care residents, adapt and even thrive in the face of difficult life stresses. Just like the way the willow tree bends under strong winds but bounces back and continues to flourish, residents living with dementia will prosper, despite the challenges created by memory loss. Using both a research-based and an experience-based approach to create the ingenious design, savvy programming and exemplary care that will be offered in Salize, we are planning to bring radical changes to the memory care industry.  We are offering a refreshing concept that focuses on the continuation of each individual’s lifestyle, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all schedule all residents must follow. Residents will maintain their dignity, have the power to make their own decisions and preserve the lifestyle they are accustomed to.

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