Less than half of adults have a will in place and even fewer have set up advanced directives. A will dictates what happens after you die with your possessions; advanced directives dictate your wishes for end-of-life care.Having end of life documentation in place ensures your wishes will be honored, and it takes 3 basic steps. The first is knowing what you want. How you want to be remembered, to be cared for, and what you want done with your remains and possessions, are the basics of what to consider. This step should take some introspection and research. The second step is to have conversations with those you want, and need involved. This can be a difficult step but start the conversation and keep having it. Its difficult to think about dying, or think about living without someone, but these conversations are vital. The final step is to document. Put your financial and medical POAs in place, document your advanced directives, write up a will, and draft a trust if needed. Documentation is a gift to all involved. If you aren't sure where to start, talk to an end-of-life doula, doctor, or elder law attorney. Editors Note: This article was submitted by Lucy Crandall, End of Life Doula and owner of Good Mournings. She can be reached at 719-61-6850
In the dynamic landscape of healthcare and aging, the emergence of a network of senior organizations stands as a beacon for fostering connectivity and well-being among the elderly. This network acknowledges the vital role of social bonds in the health of seniors, recognizing that isolation and loneliness can have severe repercussions on both mental and physical health. By actively promoting health education, facilitating social interaction, providing advocacy and support services, and creating a sense of community, these organizations offer a comprehensive approach to addressing the unique needs of seniors. Through workshops, social events, and support services, they empower seniors to make informed decisions about their health, combat loneliness, and navigate the challenges that come with aging.Successful initiatives within this network further amplify its impact. Digital literacy programs bridge the technological gap, enabling seniors to stay connected with loved ones and access essential resources. Transportation services address mobility challenges, ensuring that seniors can participate in community activities and access vital services. As we look ahead, the continued growth and support of this network promise to enhance the quality of life for seniors, creating an environment where they can age gracefully with dignity, purpose, and a strong sense of community.
A recent consumer survey by the American Massage Therapy Association found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a collective total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months. The primary reason they received massage was for medical purposes. Why? Because studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of massage to be far-reaching and long-lasting Increased quality of life and relief from a multitude of health issues.Here are 18 reasons why Shell Point residents have decided to give the therapeutic benefits of massage a try.Manage low back pain.Help fibromyalgia pain.Reduce muscle tension.Enhance exercise performance.Relieve stress and reduce anxiety.Relieve tension and migraine headaches.Sleep better.Ease symptoms of depression.Improve cardiovascular health.Reduce pain of arthritis.Improve balance.Promote relaxation.Lower blood pressure.Help chronic neck pain.Increase range of motion.Boost immunity.Temper effects of dementia.Aid in recovery from illness or injury.Interested in incorporating massage into your regular healthcare regimen? Call Shell Point Salon & Spa at (239) 489-8400 to make an appointment with a trained professional.https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Research-Roundup.html