Dealing With Aging Parents

Health, Lifestyle Health Tips

When parents grow older, many things change, sometimes everything changes. And life doesn’t only divide into a before and after, but the situation seems to creep by, sometimes almost unnoticed. The worries of the kids grow: Could mom or dad still live independently? Do we have to look after their place or put them in a retirement home? Or is it better, we treat ourselves, possibly even bring our parents into our own home? It will get to a point where tools like a walker or lift chair simply aren’t enough. The choices are difficult since there’s often no return. The parents can’t move back to living alone. It’s, therefore, all the more important to speak in time with one another, to learn more about the needs of parents and what they wish to do.

Many shy away from this conversation – for understandable reasons. Who likes to discuss the last stage of life. Additionally, the reversal of what’s familiar is tough. After all, the parents used to look after you. And now it is assumed to be the other way around?

The main bit of advice is: Don’t push this conversation any longer. If the problem becomes acute, because a parent can’t live alone because of advanced dementia because of safety reasons, there’s also time, which makes the issue even harder.

The next bit of advice is: Place yourself in the shoes of your parents. Imagine, someone would come to you and say: “Your apartment is too large, and you don’t need as much space.” “I know what’s good for you in old age.” In the parent’s head, this will cause significant conflicts in any circumstance.

Kids often make the mistake of glossing over the physical and psychological deficits of the parents, so the problems don’t seem so severe. Only, this doesn’t help anyone, least of all of the parents themselves. Every member of the household must understand that the problems will hardly improve. Usually, the state of health will continue to worsen. Therefore it makes no sense to speak exclusively about the current situation. The morning – particularly with incipient dementia – needs to be included.

Very important: The siblings should agree beforehand, who speaks on their behalf, and which course looks suitable for them. Nothing is worse for the parents than if their kids are arguing about it.

The focus of this dialogue with the parents will always be the future of their living situation. Many possibilities are conceivable. By way of instance, staying in one’s own home with the assistance of a nursing service or moving into a senior citizen’s residence or house. Additionally, it is possible that the parents draw close or even into the home of their child. If sufficient space is available in the parents’ house, a child with a family can also move back into the family home.

How Mold Exposure Affects the Old

Lifestyle Health Tips

Indoor mold and mildew could be a massive wellness threat, specifically for those with damaged or stressed out immune systems. Elderly are at an extra risk of developing an ailment from exposure to interior mold and mildew. Seniors should be taken into consideration as they are more in danger, particularly those who already deal with various other illnesses. If you discover mold, hire someone for mold removal Houston to get rid of the problem.

Mold exposure is recognized to trigger numerous adverse conditions, even in healthy individuals. Typical problems caused by mold in senior individuals are listed below, however, are not exclusive:

  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling of the throat, sinus as well as nasal regions
  • Rigidity in the upper body
  • Nosebleeds, likewise referred to as epistaxis
  • Upper breathing infections
  • Headaches
  • Swelling of eyes and skin
  • Asthma
  • Dizziness

In addition to these standard problems, in some cases, molds can cause a lot more severe responses. For elders, this can indicate the distinction between life and fatality. Some mold and mildews could create toxins that are extremely harmful. These toxic substances are called mycotoxins that can be liquified and soaked up by epithelial cellular linings in intestines as well as airways, even soaked up by the skin. Seniors have a higher risk of developing more significant problems from direct exposure to this mold and mildews and also their mycotoxins.

A few of the more extreme wellness concerns for elderly individuals might be hepatic as well as renal problems, cancers, or severe pulmonary problems. Occasionally the amount of direct exposure can be a factor in exactly how dangerous the health problem can be. If your family member deals with any of these symptoms stated here, please seek advice from a doctor at the earliest indicator of discomfort.

It is essential to remove all mold and maintain a tidy, dry, as well as free-living dust with proper air flow for all elderly individuals. When symptoms of direct mold exposure are presumed in your senior, take it seriously and speak to an expert as soon as possible.

Creative Charity Fundraising Event Ideas

Creative Charity Fundraising Event Ideas

Charity Fund

Figuring out a way to set up fundraising events can be quite hard. You need to make sure that the event is cherished by everyone so that you can raise the maximum fund. The event must be engaging, fun and meaningful.

Creative Charity Fundraising Event Ideas

The following are some creative ideas to set up a fundraising event:

Street painting:

Art is something which can touch everyone. Conduct an event where people should paint on various topics, and you can conduct an auction or sell raffle tickets to make money for your cause. Try to make this event public so that many people will be aware of your cause and contribute towards it.

Snowman building contest:

Winter is the time when many people would want to give to others. As there is snow everywhere, you can ask your supporters to build a snowman. The guests can vote and contribute for the best snowman. If you do not live in a place where there is snow, then you can try making sandcastles.

Eating contests:

Who doesn’t love eating pies and chocolate cookies? You can recruit pledges for every cookie or pie the contestants eat. You can gather the rest of the community to watch the event, and it will be a fun and engaging event.

Craft Workshops:

During the holidays, people might get little bored, and instead of simply collecting money for your cause, you can conduct a craft workshop where you can teach how to make charismas tree hangings, wreaths etc. You can even show them how to make cookies and cakes. The entry fee can be used for the charity, and you can also sell raffle tickets at the workshop.


Your Christmas feels special when you hear carols. You can organise a small group and go door to door singing carols. You can give away flyers to them so that they can read about your cause and contact you if they are interested in donating to the cause.

Pumpkin Carving Contest:

You can organise a contest where the contestants need to carve pumpkins, and the best will be given a price. The entry fees can be used to support your cause. You can also invite many people to the community to come and watch the pumpkin carvings.

Get into a costume:

A few years back in London around 600 people got dressed up as gorillas and went out in the streets of London to collect money for endangered species. The idea was fascinating, and many people loved the creativeness of the people and donated money to the cause. You can include weird looks or costumes to make your fundraiser event to stand out.

Fitness challenge:

Go into the community and tell people that if they walk/run for a kilometre a particular sum of money will be donated to your cause. You can start a fundraising page and collect funds from your supporters through the fitness challenge.




10 Essential Lifestyle Health Tips for Seniors

10 Essential Lifestyle Health Tips for Seniors

Lifestyle Health Tips

As we grow older, our body does not work the way it did when we were younger. It can be quite challenging to live if you are not mentally and physically fit. The following are some of the tips on how to live a healthy senior life.

10 Essential Lifestyle Health Tips for Seniors

Eating healthy:

As our body ages, it will not have the ability to digest everything we eat. Thus it is essential to eat healthy food. Controlling the diet plan can regulate the high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related diseases, osteoporosis etc. Do not eat high-calorie foods or food items that are harder to get digested. A fiber-rich diet is a perfect diet as it helps in digestion and keeps your digestive system clean.

Keep yourself active:

Make sure that you indulge yourself in some activity. When you sit in one place, your body can get lethargic. When you move around, you will maintain a healthy weight, and you will be able to maintain balance. Physical activities promote healthy cardiovascular health and reduce the stress level.

Drink plenty of water:

Water is essential to process the food we eat. It carries all the nutrients to all parts of our body and also keeps our skin healthy. Drinking water also flushes out all the bad things from the body.

Get enough sleep:

Sleep deprivation can increase the stress levels in our body. A good night sleep will keep you fresh the following day. It is advisable to sleep for about 8 hours a day.

Take charge of your stress levels:

Stress levels can affect your blood pressure. You can control that by doing your favorite physical activity. You can also read a book, listen to music or paint. You can do whichever activity relieves you from your stress.

Control your sugar intake:

Type 2 diabetes is quite popular these days, and due to poor food habits and lifestyle, many people above the age group of 40 are said to be affected by this disease.

Surround yourself with positive people:

Surrounding ourselves with lively and energetic people is good. They boost up our moods, and it will relieve our stress. Good laughter will help you to cope up with your problems.

Get regular medical checkups:

As we age our body becomes weak, and we need to make sure that we take good care of it to live a long and healthy life. Having a regular health checkup will make you aware of your body condition. Through various tests, you will know if your blood pressure, sugar level, cholesterol etc. are normal. Based on the test results you can alter your food patterns or take medicines accordingly.

Be careful not to slip on anything:

The calcium in our body reduces as we grow up and thus if we slip over something and break our bones, it may take a long time to heal so always be cautious of slippery floors and rugs.

Strengthening our local groups

Strengthening our local groups

Local Groups


The challenge facing older people’s organisations in Scotland is how to make the voluntary sector infrastructure that supports local older people’s groups much, much stronger. Why? Because without strong local groups, who will speak up for older people and provide them with much needed support and social networks and help them shape the services they need.

In England, Age Concerns in the Age Concern federation have a collective turnover of £84 million – and that doesn’t include the turnover of Age Concern England! In Scotland the combined turnover of all the older people’s organisations is approximately just 5% of the turnover of our English counterparts, with the same story reflected in other parts of the UK.

Of course size isn’t everything but the truth is that Scotland’s voluntary sector older people’s groups are weak in comparison with almost every other network of older people’s organisations in the developed world. Under invested in, politely patronised, and marginalised – the Cinderella of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

We want to change that by using the resources available to Age Concern Scotland to help build stronger local older people’s groups and argue for more local and national investment in supporting older people to improve their quality of life. And we want to hear from readers of Advantage and partner organisations about how they think we can do it.

Population statistics


Population statistics

  • In 2003, the population of Scotland was estimated at 5,057,400.

Registrar General for Scotland

  • 1,738,706 people were aged 50 and over (55% women, 45%men)
  • 1,084,216  people were aged 60 or over (57% women, 43%men)
  • 819,063  people were aged 65 and over (59% women, 41%men)
  • 957,776  were aged over pensionable age (60 for women, 65 for men) (64% women, 36% men)
  • 334,319 were aged 75 or over (63% women, 37% men)
  • 88,005 were aged 85 or over (73% women, 27% men)
  • 18.7% of the population in Scotland was of pensionable age.

Registrar General for Scotland

  • Life expectancy in Scotland in 1999-2001 was 73.1 years for men and 78.5 years for women at birth, and 14.7 years for men and 17.8 years for women at age 65. Life expectancy has increased substantially in Scotland over the 20th century and is predicted to continue to increase, albeit at a decreasing rate.

Life tables. Government Actuary’s Department.

Population Projections

2001 2011 2021
Total  population 5,064,200 4,982,957 4,894,721
Age  under 60 3,995,468 3,795,917 3,546,253
Aged  60+ 1,068,732 1,187,040 1,348,468
Aged 80+ 194,923 220,753 258,020
2031 2041
Total  population 4,735,447 4,483,596
Age  under 60 3,221,593 3,028,274
Aged  60+ 1,513,854 1,455,322
Aged  80+ 324,975 380,002

Based on: Government Actuary’s Department – Projected population for Scotland at mid-years by age last birthday in five-year age bands, 2001 based (MS Excel, 66.0KB) with assistance from the General Register Office for Scotland.

Older People Take more control with Direct Payments

Older People Take more control with Direct Payments

Local Groups

Despite an increasing number of older people in need of community care services, not many older people take advantage of direct payments for care services, where social work payments can enable older people to take control of their own care needs by giving them the power to employ their own staff or a care agency to help them remain independent.

Mr James Mowat, a user of direct payments, knows the value of these payments;  I have been using Direct Payments since 1st June 2004,and  because of this service I have enjoyed a quality of life that is almost stress free.

The concept of an individual being granted the right to manage their own care package is just tremendous.  Staff at the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living and the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) also proved most helpful in providing me with information re insurance and contracts of employment’

My experience has led me to the view that if you take your time to work out exactly what your needs are and have these agreed with the local authority staff then the rest is relatively easy.  There are plenty of people around to offer help and advice”.

Last year, thanks to Scottish Executive help, The Scottish Helpline for Older People started work to enable helplines to give better information about this enabling way to get community care provision.

The Scottish Helpline for Older People is now giving better information about direct payments for older people, and providing a valuable first port of call for people who have home based community care enquiries.  Along with the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network, we have produced a new booklet which we are sending to many older people, and we also send out written information and videos or DVDs about direct payments, and refer interested callers to the best local source of further help where appropriate.

Over the coming months we know that the approach we have adopted will mean that Scotland’s older people can be guaranteed the same quality of basic information about direct payments from trained information workers.

Help Age Concern Scotland Campaign For Change

Help Age Concern Scotland Campaign For Change


We have been campaigning with, and on behalf of older people in Scotland for over sixty years.

In order to run successful campaigns and change things for the better we need accurate information and evidence to support our campaigning work to the media, the public and to local and national decision makers.

You can help us campaign successfully by sharing your personal experiences with us to use as case studies. If you have had experience, good or bad, of care and health services, transport services, negative stereotyping, benefits, housing, or anything else that has affected you please contact us