Home Safety Checklist

It only takes a few “simple changes to make the home a safe environment.

Get help with the house. Hiring home maintenance personnel can help keep up the property

and handle the bigger, more physical tasks of lawn care, cleaning and other routine maintenance

tasks.


Set up regular grocery delivery. Many grocery stores now offer delivery, which can be an

enormous help in bringing fresh, healthy foods to people who aren’t mobile enough to get

to the store regularly.


Add an emergency response system. In the event of a fall or other emergency, being able to

simply press a button on a necklace or wrist band to summon help be a literal life-saver.


Make the bathroom safer.  Installing grab bars near the toilet, bathtub or shower can help ease

balance issues when sitting or standing.


Shower benches, walk-in showers and non-skid mats also make the bathroom a much safer place.


Remove trip and fall hazards. Throw rugs, clutter on the floor and in walkways and items on the stairs can all be dangerous trip hazards. If you want to keep the rugs, make sure the edges are well secured and move any loose electrical cords out of any paths of travel.


Brighten up your home.  It’s important to have good lighting throughout the home and a nightlight near the bedside and in the bathroom to avoid trip hazards. The better lit your space is, the easier it will be to move around and keep thing tidy.


Stay active.  Daily activity or exercise keeps your muscles strong to maintain balance and prevent falls. In addition, group classes not only provide activity and social interaction, they keep the mind healthy, too.


Make other small renovations.  Changing round door and faucet knobs to lever handles, makes turning them much easier.  This can be an enormous help for anyone with arthritis in the hands who may have a lot of difficulty gripping and maneuvering round objects.


Adding anti-slip mats or treads to stairs and a colorful strip of tape or line of paint at the edges of steps can make it easier to see were the step ends and get your footing on stairs.



Life Finds A Way 

         




       December

Jim Lambert on the 1st
Mary Mielnicki on the 3rd
Paul Sutcliffe on the 3rd
Mike Gates on the 4th
Wendy Buffington on the

    5th
Anita Shutter on the 5th
Shirley Holcombe on the

    8th
Sharon Szlener on the 8th
Carmen Gaud on the 9th
Lorraine Fowler on the 11th
Barbara Burke on the 14th
Aija Maus on the 16th
Joan Haag on the 18th
Blanca Zayas on the 21st
Diana Hynson on the 29th




This calendar is here because we wanted to have one.  Right now, the calendar page is under construction.



On Page 6:


December Birthdays


The Good Old Days


Why Time Feels Like It’s Flying By
(and How To Slow It Down)


Home Safety Checklist


Life Finds A Way 







Adapted from Mr. Hardcastle Remembers the Good Old Days

Do you enjoy reminiscing the Good Old Days when they weren't all that — Ahem — old? If you're anything like me, you're probably wondering how the years could have passed by so fast. It's almost a blur!

I can recall growing up in the 1950s. The older girls at public school wore saddle shoes, and the boys wore Ivy League pants with thin black and grey stripes. And I can also remember...

*When milk came in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers with a layer of cream on top of the milk.
*When powdered laundry detergent came with free towels, dishes, or glasses hid inside the box.
*When calories were never counted in desserts, and cream and butter were considered healthy ingredients.
*Tinkertoys®, hectograph copies, ringer washing machines, peashooters, Sunday drives with the family, and soft drink cartons.
*When you got an Orange Crush® in a brown-glass bottle out of a large cooler filled with water and floating blocks of ice.
*When a family picnic meant spreading a blanket at the side of a country road and enjoying homemade sandwiches, icicle pickles, and thick slices of fresh-baked apple pie.
*When you could buy double-scoop ice cream cones for 10 cents with real cream and three flavors to choose from: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.

I especially remember watching the Slinky commercial. My best friend David had one, and I could hardly wait to get my own and watch it walk down the stairs. Afterwards, Mom and Dad were sorry that they gave it to me. Such a racket!

Remember when we collected pop bottles for money and visited our neighborhood candy store. You could get so much candy for a few bottles. I can remember yummy root beer Popsicles® and scooped ice cream in a cone.

Do you remember when we could walk anywhere in our neighborhood without feeling afraid; everyone knew everyone, and we all looked out for each other. The kids all played outside and yes, we drank from the hose if we were thirsty. We played cowboys and Indians, hide and seek, and frozen statue.

Do you remember when we listened to radio programs as a family and if you were lucky you had a small screen black and white TV that you could watch I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke, and The Red Skelton Show. No one sat in front of the TV all day; we had no video games or computers.

The family ate dinner as a family, ours was usually at 5:00 pm. Once a week my mother would go to the butcher shop to get the little bit of meat we could afford for the week, and the butcher always gave me a hot dog as a treat. It tasted so good, nothing like the hot dogs these days.

People had manners, cared for one another and talked to each other with respect. If someone were in front of you when you got to the door, they would hold the door open for you.

 Life Finds A Way 










Why Time Feels Like It’s Flying By

(and How To Slow It Down)

Kristin Wong

Our parents warned us about it, but it’s hard to understand

until you experience it first hand: as you get older, time seems

to fly. It catches you off guard, probably because it’s such a

powerful and bizarre concept. You can’t add more time to the

clock, but by understanding how this phenomenon works, you

can at least try to make life seem like it’s passing by a little slower.

There are different theories about why our perception of time changes as we age. For one, we perceive time relatively, and that means an hour at age 5 is different than an hour at age 55.

When you’re a kid, you haven’t been alive very long, so one year is a huge percentage of your overall life. When you’re an adult, however, you’ve already experienced many years. So one measly year feels much smaller.

This interactive timeline sort of helps you visualize this concept (theorized by philosopher Paul Janet), but the basic idea is: we perceive time relative to the total time we’ve experienced life on the whole.

We Have Fewer New Experiences
The older we get, and the more of the world we’ve seen, we start to develop a routine. The days start to blend together, and time seems to pass us by.

Psychologist William James concluded as much in Principles of Psychology. He explained that, compared with childhood, adulthood has fewer new and memorable experiences. We often measure time by firsts—our first day our school, first kiss, first home, first child—when we run out of firsts, James says “the days and weeks smooth themselves out…and the years grow hollow and collapse.”

Stress and “Time Pressure” Speed Up the Day
In a study published in Ammons Scientific, researchers asked subjects how quickly the felt time was passing, from very slow to very fast. They also asked them to rate the accuracy of statements used to describe how quickly time was passing. Long story short, they found that most subjects reported that time passes by so fast because we have so much to do and not enough time in which to do everything.

Researchers called this “time pressure,” and it goes hand in hand with stress. It makes sense considering the other theories, too. The more stressed we are, the less likely we are to be focused and present on the moment—we’re just trying to get through the day as quickly as possible. When we do that, we don’t have time to take in our surroundings and build detailed memories. Thus, our perception of time flies.

Try Focusing on “Mindfulness”
If the theory that we experience time in relation to our years alive carries any weight, it makes sense that a way to curb it might be to stop comparing our present time with our entire life.

In other words: live in the moment. When you’re focused on the present, you’re thinking about the absolute, not relative, value of time. And there are a few ways to go about this.

Meditation can help you slow down and focus. And you don’t have to be deeply spiritual or religious to meditate, either. It’s as simple as finding a quiet spot, counting to ten and focusing on your breath. I “meditate” while I do the dishes.

Focusing on the present is all about being more mindful. “Mindfulness” is a buzzword you’ve probably heard a lot lately, but it’s a pretty cool idea that involves being more present in the moment and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

A simple way to get started is to set up triggers or cues to pull you back into the present when your mind inevitably starts to wander throughout that day. For example, while eating, remember to savor each bite every time you put your fork down. More (deceptively simple) practices include practicing appreciation and letting go of control.

Embrace New Experiences
Ditching your comfort zone can make a big difference, too. If James is right and time flies because we have fewer “firsts,” the best way to combat that is to add some novelty in your life: meet new people, visit new places, and try new things.

This can be as simple as trying a new restaurant or taking a weekend trip to a part of your city you’ve never visited. Generally, the idea is to give yourself new memories and new experiences so that you can get out of autopilot and change your perception of time. Based on my own experience, I can attest that this works pretty well.

Keep Learning
When you embrace new experiences, you learn a lot about yourself and the world around you, and, naturally, you evolve. Change can make a big difference in how you perceive time. Think back to when you were five or ten or twenty-one. Depending on your age, that probably seems like a lifetime ago. You’ve grown and learned so much since then, and that’s likely part of the reason why it seems like a lifetime ago.

When you’re constantly learning—reading about new subjects, trying out new skills, practicing new languages— you are, in a way, experiencing new things. And that novelty should help you get more out of time, thus curbing that feeling that it’s passing you by.

Our perception of time is a funny thing. While it’s probably impossible to slow it down to a point that we’re experiencing time in the same way a 5-year-old might, there are a few things we can do to at least keep it from feeling like it’s going by so fast.