FTC Looking for Ideas to Stop the Likes of Rachel from Credit Services

Do you have a good ideas that might help to block these abusive telephone calls? Visit the website to learn more.

Are you tired of receiving calls from Rachel at credit card services?

Older seniors, your parents perhaps, feel helpless when they receive these manipulative, and illegal telephone calls. During the last few years of her life, my husband’s mother sometimes became quite distressed when she answered the phone and heard Rachel or one of her automated cohorts on the other end of the line.

Now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is doing something about it.  The agency just announced that it is soliciting innovative ideas on how to prevent these calls. Anyone can submit an idea and the FTC is offering a $50,000 prize for the best idea.

Below are two paragraphs from the agency’s website announcement. Continue reading

Senior Parent Hospitalization Report #2: Peace and Quiet

If you like this post, please read my Senior Parent Hospitalization posts: Report #1: This Hospital Gets ItReport #2: Peace and QuietReport #3: Four Ways to Reduce Stress for Patient FamiliesReport #4: Observations from My DadReport #5: The Emergency Room Worked Fast, and Report #6: Learning About Cardiac Procedures and Surgeries.

The last time I spent a night in the hospital, about 15 months ago, a group of dedicated professionals took care of me for  about 24 hours. Yet the noise was impossible to ignore. A data monitor kept track of my pulse and other vitals, beeping along all night. Alarms went off in unseen places. My room was across from a stairwell, and all night as people came in and out of that door, it slammed. I tried closing the door to my room, but each time someone entered, my door was left open. An expansive, brightly lit nursing station was in the hallway a few doors down. Although I was not sick — I had gone to the hospital for strong heart palpitations, which turned out to be caused by a medication — I arrived home and slept for 15 hours, something I never do. While I was irritated by all of the noise, it seemed like, well, hospital noise.

The healing garden, designed by Fine Earth of Harrisonburg.

Shortly thereafter, I wrote this post, Aging Parents, Hospitals, and Noise, after reading an article, Fixing the Noisy Hospital, in the Boston Globe (Boston.com).

This week I am noticing just how different things can be here at Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) in Harrisonburg, VA, where my dad is a patient. Despite the hustle and bustle, the hospital, its new buildings barely a year old, maintains an atmosphere of peace and quiet from the healing garden and Mountain Cafe to the sitting areas, to the patient floors and rooms — even on a busy Friday. Actually I’d say an air of serenity permeates the place. Continue reading

Is Your Senior Parent a Library Devotee?

Memories from the not-too-distant past …

Early this week, on a tour of the Library of Congress (LOC), I took this picture of the pre-electronic era card catalog area.  I also found these statistics posted by the LOC librarians on a nearby wall.

Most of our parents know how to use card catalogs backwards and forwards so they will definitely enjoy these pictures from the good old days.

The LOC catalog is still there, though it has not been updated since 1980. Seems like yesterday.

Dale Carter – Transitioning Your Aging Parents Book Tour

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Dale Carter’s book, Transitioning Your Aging Parent, is a must read for anyone with senior parents who need extra support. The book has been well reviewed — a resource that helps right now, and honestly, it still may be a useful resource years from now when we require support from our children. Follow Dale’s blog, Transition Aging Parents, her blog radio podcasts, or just chat with her for a short time.  You’ll discover she’s a born communicator who uses web 2.0 digital tools to share her expertise.

Now Dale is heading off on a author’s tour, traveling in a few days to the Atlanta area and then on to Florida. In this day and age of instant digital communication, a book tour seems almost a quaint literary device from the past, so I am always glad to hear that a friend or colleague is off on a tour to share a book and meet potential readers up close and in person.

If you live in the Atlanta area or in Florida, check out Dale’s post on her blog to get additional information about the book tour and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about gently and respectfully helping parents — not to mention yourself — through a time of life that can be challenging for everyone involved.

Maybe her next tour can be in my area — Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC,

Senior-Friendly Holiday Activities and Even Oklahoma!

This past week three generations of my family (age range 29 – 87) and one small dog spent several days together. Over the 2010 Christmas weekend my two senior parents, my husband and me, our millennial daughter and her husband had great fun with one another. We especially celebrated our good health, because last year my husband’s mother was so ill and so close to the end of her life that celebrating was difficult. (She died just after the new year, on January 4th.) The six of us also went to a musical at a new theater that is totally senior-friendly.

A Few Observations About Our Multi-generational Holiday Continue reading

All I Want for Christmas … Caregiver Wishes Big and Small

Check out All I Want for Christmas: A Caregiver’s Wish List by Paula Spencer over at Caring.com.  She starts out with the big dream items and then works toward the practical. I especially like some of the suggestions that are perfect for a teenager who is trying to figure out what to give to a member of the family who is involved with caregiving.