Wheelchair Beautification Month

July is National Wheelchair Beautification Month! This celebration was established by author and illustrator, Horace Knowles, who has started a tradition that has taken off beyond what he had imagined. The idea behind the month long celebration is to give the wheelchair user the opportunity to show off his or her personality in a device that can look a bit impersonal. It’s a great time to have fun and take a break from seeing wheelchairs as a cold piece of metal. Knowles first started this by attaching a florist’s water tube to the chair, which he would then fill with a flower to brighten his day and the days of anyone and everyone who came in contact with him. Here are some fun ways to brig

Socialization in the Elderly

Study after study has shown that some form of active socialization can have a positive affect on one’s health. Unfortunately, as many of our elderly loved ones age, they begin to lose many of their social contacts. First, they lose their ability to drive which limits their access to friends, family, and social activities. Then, a spouse becomes sick which makes the other spouse more homebound to care for their loved one. And finally, as we age, many of our friends pass away which also reduces potential contacts. Failing to maintain social interaction can have serious effects on one’s health causing poor emotional health and depression, high blood pressure, decreased physical health and a gre

Losing Independence

It can happen suddenly; you receive a phone call in the middle of the night from your elderly mother or father who has fallen and hurt themselves. Or most often, it happens gradually; you begin to notice piled-up bills, neglected housekeeping, or dents in the car. However it happens, when a loved one needs help it can change your life. Are you assessing your loved one’s personal independence? As our loved one’s age, they begin to struggle with what used to be routine activities. Some seniors may not realize they need help or may be reluctant to ask for help because that would mean admitting declining abilities, losing independence, and possibly becoming a burden to family. The first thing to

Independence Day for Seniors

Each year on July 4, the United States celebrates its Independence Day. Independence Day is considered one of our most important national holidays and is a symbol of patriotism. The tradition of celebrating the 4th of July as our country’s “Independence Day” dates all the way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. Our national holiday commemorates a time when men representing the 13 colonies came together after struggling against Great Britain’s rule and dared to ask a controversial question: Could they declare their own independence? On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of the declaration. Just 2 days later on July 4, delegates of the Congress adopted and

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