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See Nostalgic Articles Free to Read On-line

Nostalgic magazines in PDF form that have been scanned and indexed by Matt Jacobsen for our enjoyment can be found at Old Magazine Articles. The old articles, essays, poetry, cartoons and photographs have all been collected from different libraries, bookshops and yard sales throughout the United States and Europe. It’s an eclectic mix, ranging from World War I to silent movies. The real pleasure comes from the subject matter and the voyeuristic glimpse into another age.

ALERT! The Elderly are Often Targeted for Scams

ALERT! The Elderly are Often Targeted for Scams
Click video from Inspector Chip Googe Public Info Officer, Mt. Pleasant Police Dept.

Warning they use fear and intimidation tactics. Even though most people think they wouldn’t “fall for scammers,” they prey on the vulnerable. Unsuspecting elders are deceived, provide personal or credit card info, buy something or send money.
The Federal Communication Commission reports illegal robocallers trick you into answering calls from your area code, and the first three digits of your phone number.
Scammers masquerade as government employees, IRS agents, Medicare, Medicaid, or business or financial institutions reps. Deceived seniors believe the call is an emergency about a grandchild, family member or that they are wanted for some issue and become a victim of fraud.
Beware they knock at the door in pairs and pose as police officers, utility workers, lawn care or a merchants such as selling fruits and vegetables. While one speaks and distracts the senior, the other slips in looks for valuables and steals.
If you think you’ve been targeted or a victim of a scam, call your local police department, file a complaint at consumer complaint center or The Federal Trade Commission or National Do Not Call Registry.

How Do You Keep An Aging Loved One Engaged?

Has your loved one recently moved in with you or into a nursing home? These are huge changes for everyone involved that will take time to adjust too. Learning to respect each other’s space and finding new roles to fill (especially for the one moving) will require flexibility and patience. Unfortunately, with age often comes a loss of independence in various ways, and it can be hard to find meaning and purpose. Volunteering or part-time work can bring a much needed sense of self worth. If your loved one’s health is preventing them from those types of social engagements, finding engaging activities will require more creativity.

The Agingcare.com article “Tips for Keeping Seniors Busy and Active” has great advice for how and when to intervene but also how to accept when your loved one chooses a behavior you don’t necessarily agree with or think is in their best interest. Although it can be hard to watch your mom, dad or spouse choose isolation over socialization and negativity over happiness, letting go of your desire to control their lives will help your relationship.

Driving After a Stroke: Is It Safe?

Suffering from a stroke doesn’t automatically mean you have to give up your driver’s license. There are many things to consider before getting back on the road including the severity of the stroke, visual, mobility or mental impairments suffered, and your level of coordination post-stroke just to name a few. Make sure to discuss your driving plans with your doctor and make sure you feel confident and ready before taking the wheel. The AARP’s article “Driving After a Stroke is Possible” has great tips for anyone struggling with whether or not to get back on the road.

January Newsletter: Happy New Year from Home Care Plus!

Our January newsletter is full of great information on sticking with your resolutions, upcoming local events this month, tips for preventing cervical cancer and more! Click here to read our January newsletter!

The Hidden Risks from the Flu

Did you know that having a bout of the flu can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke for months after? Older people are especially susceptible to experiencing serious complications from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone age 65 and older get an annual flu vaccine. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on flu prevention.

December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Home Care Plus!

Our December newsletter contains fun local events, a gift guide for those hard to buy for people on your list, information on heart attacks and the holidays, and so much more. Click here to read our December newsletter!

Buy Local Month Starts Today!

Keep your dollars in our community by supporting local businesses this holiday season! Visit the Lowcountry Local First website to find a list of local merchants and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit our Farmer’s Markets to find locally grown produce and crafts and wares from local artisans.

 

October Newsletter: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Check out our October newsletter for tips on how to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer, fall prevention, how to deal with a snoring spouse, a line-up of great local events and more!

Click here to read our October newsletter.

Having That Tough Conversation

It might seem that there is never a good time to discuss end of life plans with your aging parents or loved ones, but it is important not to put off this important conversation too long. While it is not an easy topic to discuss, making sure everyone is on the same page and that all wills and trusts are in order can really make a difference should an unexpected health problem or mental decline affect your loved one. Read AgingCare.com’s article “When is a Person to Incapacitated to Sign a Will, Trust, or POA?” for some great advice from an elder care lawyer on this important topic.