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When it takes two seniors to drive one car, it may be time to give up the car keys Susan and Fred are an active couple in their late 70s. Both still work, she as a caregiver and he as a handyman. They exercise regularly, eat healthy and enjoy ‘partying’ with family and friends. They don’t want to move into a 55+ community because ‘they don’t want to be around those old people.’ The problem is that while they don’t want to admit it, they are declining. Susan is on some heart medications and suffers from some short-term memory loss. She can often no longer drive on her own to known places and she cannot follow directions to a location, familiar or not. Fred has to drive her to work. Fred’s macular degeneration is so severe that his ophthalmologist says that within the year he will no longer be able to clear him for driving. It’s quite honestly frightening when they drive because it takes two. Fred knows where he is going but he cannot safely navigate through most intersections. Susan isn’t quite sure how to get to their destination, but her eyesight is better so she guides Fred through the intersections. So how does one take the keys from their aging parents? According to Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research for AAA, “Seniors as a whole are the safest age group on the road, the least likely to speed, the least likely to drink and drive, and the most likely to use seat belts.” He adds however that “medical conditions and how well those conditions are managed should determine driving fitness […]
If you’re planning a move to a retirement community soon, you may be worrying about all the changes you have ahead of you. But if you’re a woman, you’re probably finding yourself preoccupied by one thing in particular: How will you get your hair done? Most senior living communities know that looking good has a direct correlation to feeling good for both their female and male residents. That’s why many communities have brought salon and barber shop services on-site, giving seniors easy access to a wash and set or a shave along with a big boost to their self-esteem. But these bastions of beauty are hardly your run-of-the-mill salons on the corner. In honor of National Hairstylists Appreciation Day on April 30, here are some of the key differences you’ll find amid the scissors and the shampoo at these beauty and barber shops: Peace. Mainstream salons are generally abuzz with voices, music and activity. But most onsite retirement community salons deliberately try to keep the noise level down so you can relax while you’re being pampered. Plus, you won’t have to listen to pop music while you’re having your hair done. Instead these beauty and barber shops generally play background music that’s more familiar to you, like Barbra Streisand or Johnny Mathis, so you can hum along while they’re snipping your hair or painting your toenails. Expertise. The stylists who work in these shops have experience working with seniors; therefore, they know the cuts and styles you’re looking for (in other words, they’re not going to give you Molly Cyrus’ hairdo unless you want it!) and the products that will keep your hair its healthiest. […]