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Emergency preparedness for elders - How to prepare a senior for natural disaster.

Southern California is a wonderful place to live, but unfortunately emergencies are a part of our lives here. Seniors, or those who care for them, must be prepared for the inevitable. The two best things you can do to improve your chances of survival during and after a disaster are to BE PREPARED and to STAY CALM during and directly after the event.


Top Ten Scams Targeting the Elderly - Most popular senior scams and how they work

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently published an article outlining the "Top Ten Scams Targeting Seniors". The list includes financial scams aimed primarily at elders and briefly describes the hallmarks of each scam. Sadly, each and every one of the listed scams has come to the attention of law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, making scams on seniors a very real problem in our communities.


How to Prevent Financial Abuse With Aging Parents - Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

All of us know a senior that lives alone and seems to be doing well managing their affairs. Maybe it's a neighbor, maybe it's a friend from church, maybe it's your parent. Life is busy, everyone has deadlines to meet and goals to attain. Sometimes the responsibility of keeping an eye on this person can be overwhelming. When your lonely loved one meets a new friend who seems to take an interest, seems to genuinely like your loved one and is actively involved with helping them you breathe a sign of relief; finally it's not all on you. But without active involvement and keen awareness, these lonely seniors are in a perfect position to be taken advantage of and it's almost always financial and it's almost always unnoticeable...at first.


How to Improve Your Memory - 5 Easy Rules For Improving Your Memory

By Stacey Wright on Aug 13, 2015 at 05:01 PM

5 Easy Memory Improvement Rules

by Stacey Wright

We all suffer from a fading memory and bouts of forgetfulness, as a natural part of the aging process. In the August, 2013 Harvard Health Letter, (published monthly by Harvard University) Anthony Komaroff, M.D., addressed the issue of enhancing memory. In his column Ask the Doctor, Dr. Komaroff answered a reader’s concerns about forgetfulness by offering his 5 “simple tricks”. They are:

Rule 1: Avoid multitasking and focus. When someone is talking to you, look at the person and listen closely. If you miss something, ask the person to repeat it.

Rule 2: The moment you hear something you don’t understand, seek clarification at that moment, if at all possible. When someone says something you want to understand but don’t, ask questions. For one thing, you’ll be surprised by how often others you ask are delighted by your questions, because it shows you really are interested in what they say.

Rule 3: This may sound silly, but brain studies show that you will remember new information more effectively if you repeat it to yourself or out loud as soon as you can after learning it.

Rule 4: Don’t ignore small tasks because they’re small; just get them done as soon as you can. Otherwise they’ll pile up, and you will forget them.

Rule 5: Write things down. This actually helps reinforce your memory of them.

With the upcoming holiday season, and all the additional responsibilities it brings, right now is a great time to put these rules to the test. Chances are that by utilizing these simple tricks your events will be more enjoyable, smoother and well, more memorable! 

Apr 22, 2018 Arrow1 Down Reply
Karol Weyna

Great and pithy article. In fact, since people aren't taught how to listen effectively, most of this equally applies to people of all ages. Good on you for including this on your site!


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