It is always a privilege to receive email or comments from many of you regarding my past blog-posts at this site. I truly appreciate hearing from you – agree or disagree – and, whenever possible, I will “pass along” your recommendations and perspectives.
The “mission” is to help you with the transition to retirement and, when they are relevant, to communicate links to helpful sources of information. Many of these are not applicable to every retiring music teacher. However, if not issues for a family member, you might know of a friend, neighbor, colleague, or someone else who could use some direction in these eclectic topics:
- Housing purchases/rentals, maintenance, and improvements
- Personal security
- Health care, eldercare, and physical fitness
- Advance care planning
- Medical Alert systems
- Mattress purchase recommendations
- Sleep guides and disorders
- Grieving and coping with loss
We started this exposé with a previous blog, “Seniors Helping Seniors” at https://paulkfoxusc.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/seniors-helping-seniors/.
Elmer George invited all of us to peruse his new website: elderville.org. It is called Resources for All Elders, and it shares lists of websites, blogs, and fact sheets on numerous senior-related themes – everything from “daily safety tips” to “volunteering.”
Several great examples, his set of February 2018 articles (https://elderville.org/blog/) discuss “Five Ways Seniors Can Avoid Stress and Hassle During This Tax Season” and “Three Ways Seniors Can Get Healthy at Church.”
Specific to housing concerns, Elmer emailed me these additional avenues of help:
- A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones
- Should You Own or Rent a Home in Retirement?
- How to Save for a Down Payment on a House
- Saving for a Home Post-Bankruptcy: A Three-Step Guide for Families
- 7 Home Improvement & Remodeling Ideas That Increase Home Value (And What To Avoid)
- How to Deter Burglars: Keeping Potential Robbers Away From Your Home
Elizabeth Reynolds reached out to me with research on criteria for choosing the best medical alert system: https://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/. She said, “After hearing that there are 800,000 fall-related hospitalizations each year, our team created this resource in an effort to change that number.” Elizabeth added, “Our hope is that our guide may assist readers navigating their options to minimize this risk in the event of a fall.” At first, I thought her posting was a well-concealed advertisement for a particular company, until I explored her entire www.reviews.com website. Knowledge is power. Elizabeth has assembled a wide variety of resources in these areas worth further reading:
- Home Services
- Financial Services
- Home Products
- Health and Fitness
Speaking of reviews, something on which you would not probably seek advice is what mattress to purchase or finding other aids for improving your sleep. Well, if you know anyone who has had trouble getting to sleep or is seeking methods of being well-rested, let me be the first to recommend https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/, shared by Jenny Thompson. She claims her “team” has been researching the science behind sleep and reviewing sleep products to see if they really have the effects that the companies claim to have. I admit, her extensive online resource first sounded a lot like a very large commercial, but I have never known such detail and vast criteria could be involved in assessing the merits of different mattresses and sleep accessories:
- Types: foam, innerspring, latex, and hybrid
- Sleep position: side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, couples
- Other benchmarks: firm, soft, cooling, crib, organic, pain management, and user type (mattresses for pet owners, runners, people with disabilities, etc.)
It is definitely worth your time to examine the article section on specific sleeping guides:
- Sleep disorders
- New and expecting mothers
- Advice for children, teenagers, and college students
- Mental health and sleep
- Sleep and anxiety
- P.T.S.D. and other problems
We may all know someone who has suffered the effects of Alzheimer’s. This one recently hit home to me as I just discovered one of my long-time music teacher friends was enrolled in a memory unit.
According to this website, “Alzheimer’s disease affects as many as 5 million Americans. Scientists still don’t know how to prevent, slow, or cure the disease. Meanwhile, the death rate has increased 55% over the past decade and a half, and with the silver tsunami on the horizon, the number of patients is expected to explode. Sleep problems and Alzheimer’s are interconnected. People living with Alzheimer’s experience difficulty sleeping, while people who have sleep issues earlier in life are at greater risk for developing the disease.” We should all be aware of this link for more information: https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/alzheimers-and-sleep/.
Finally, out of the blue, Jennifer Scott contacted me with “healthy ways to cope with a loss” with these resources to help grieving families:
- Helping Your Child Deal With Death
- Overcoming the Loss of a Child Without Drugs or Alcohol: A Parent’s Guide
- How Grief Can Make You Sick
- Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age
- How to Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse
- How to Avoid Family Conflicts after the Death of a Parent
- Coping With the Death of Your Pet
Reaching out to those who may be suffering with anxiety and depression, her helpful hints will go far to alleviate stress. I found parts of her website, http://spiritfinder.org/, are also very illuminating. Thank you, Jennifer!
Bookmark the URL of this blog-post for future use. You never know when you might need some guidance on these miscellaneous subjects. Revisit past writings at https://paulkfoxusc.wordpress.com/for-retirees/. Also, please stay “connected,” communicate your “views and news” in blog comments (click at the top of the page), submit your responses to the NAfME discussion platform Amplify (we have a special “retired member” community forum, or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As Tom Bodett said in commercials for a well-known motel chain: “We’ll leave the light on for you.”
© 2018 Paul K. Fox
Photo credits (in order) from Pixabay.com: “countryside” by sasint, “hospice” by unclelkt, “grandparents” by sylviebliss, “granny” by brenkee, “bed” by pexels, “dementia” by geralt, and “beach” by qimono.