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Caregiver burnout is real! 8 ways support groups can help.

It’s estimated that over 30 million Americans provide support for someone in their home or family. This responsibility can make anyone feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Feeling overwhelmed for an extended period of time can lead to burnout.

It can feel like you’re the only person dealing with so much. You’re the only person who feels this pain. That can lead to a loneliness of the worse kind. The one where you’re around people everyday but no one understands what you’re going through.

That’s why caregiver support groups are so helpful. They’re filled with people in similar situations.

Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.

The website DailyCaring.com has great advice for caregivers. We particularly like their list of benefits for joining a caregiver support group.

Here are 8 top benefits:

  1. Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  2. Reducing depression, anxiety, or distress
  3. Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  4. Getting advice or information about practical solutions or treatment options
  5. Improving or learning healthy coping skills
  6. Getting a better understanding of what to expect in the future
  7. Improving caregiving skills and giving better quality of life to your older adult
  8. Learning about ways to keep your older adult at home longer
Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.

Find a caregiver support group in your area

  • Local hospitals or community centers almost always have handouts with lists of local support groups
  • Enter your zip code in the Eldercare Locator to find the Area Agency on Aging for your area. Call and ask about support groups offered by local organizations.
  • For support groups focused on specific health conditions, check websites for information about local meetings. Popular sites include:

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References:

dailycaring.com/8-benefits-of-caregiver-support-groups/

Pinterest Aging and Beauty yourfloridahaven.com

How Pinterest Has Brought the Beauty Out in Age

There’s been a change in the air recently on the subject of what it means to grow old. Long gone are the attitudes of doctors who suggest slowing down as people reach mid their 30’s. Having to ‘act your age’ is a societal demand that’s being put to the test and is loosing, horribly. The major culprit in this shift is surprisingly a social media channel! Pinterest, an online service that allows you to share images through social networking has turned the stereotypes of aging on its ear!

Growing old has never been on anyone’s bucket list. People fight age. People fight time. Have you ever asked a child what they want to be when they grow up? The child will usually give you an answer like doctor, lawyer, video game designer, or even professional video game player. You can be pretty the answer will never be, ‘old’.

Because old wasn’t cool, till now. Now tattoos, grey hair with purple tints, body building Granddads, and stunning yoga GrandMums are showing the world that you’re just beginning to live at 50!

Here are some seriously savvy seniors who have taken Pinterest (and the world) by storm!


Age: 98
Passion: Yoga
If you’re looking for evidence of yoga’s physical and mental benefits, we found it. Just look at Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga teacher who’s still overflowing with youthful exuberance. She started practicing more than 70 years ago while growing up in India. Before that, she was an actress, screenplay and documentary writer. Her personal mantra:
“There is nothing you cannot do.”
And from the looks of it, she’s practicing what she preaches. She founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982, collaborated with
renowned yogi, Tara Stiles, on a yoga DVD and still holds workshops around the world.

 Pat Gallant-Charette
Age: 65
Passion: Marathon Swimming
A retired nurse, grandmother and former self-described “spectator mom” from Maine, Pat Gallant-Charette has excelled at open water swimming since she took up the sport more than 15 years ago. Though she had no prior experience, Gallant-Charette began training when she wanted to compete in a local Maine ocean swim in honor of her younger brother who passed away from a heart attack. She’s now on her way to becoming the seventh finisher ever (not to mention the oldest!) of the Oceans Seven. To do so, you have to complete seven of the most challenging and longest open-water swims in the world. With only three swims to go, she was thwarted in January 2014 when, after 10 hours of swimming, intense tidal flows close to the coast of New Zealand prevented her from completing the Cook Strait. “I could have thrown in the towel, but it actually strengthened my resolve,” she says.

Paul Tetrick
Age: 85
Passion: Cycling
“Fast wheels are timeless, and so is my Grampy,” writes Alison Tetrick, a 31-year-old professional cyclist on the Cylance Pro Cycling. Her grampy is none other than Paul Tetrick. Paul has won more than 12 USA Cycling Time Trial Championships, a road bicycle race where cyclists battle the clock instead of racing at the same time as their competitors. In October 2013, both Tetricks had the opportunity to ride against each another in the Paula Higgins Memorial Record Challenge Time Trial. Paul confessed to Zipp News that he was afraid his granddaughter, who started 10 minutes behind him, might catch up. Though Alison won gold in the 40K event, she didn’t catch her speedy grandfather, who crushed his previous time trial record of 34:37.5 in the 20K race.

Jacinto Bonilla

Age: 77
Passion: CrossFit
Not many 77-year olds crank out Crossfit WODs and have one named after them, but Jacinto Bonilla does. The “Jacinto Storm,” a WOD created on Bonilla’s 69th birthday, consists of 69 squats, 69 wall balls, 69 pull-ups, 69 push-ups, 69 kettlebell swings, and 69 deadlifts (using 95 pounds). The catch? Another rep of each exercise is added every year, meaning it’s due to increase to 78 reps next July.
“Every year my friends are like, ‘When are you going to cap this?’ and I say if I live until 100 there’s going to be 100 reps,” chuckles Bonilla. Since August 2006 when he saw an article about the sport in Men’s Health, Bonilla has trained, coached and competed in Crossfit, a high-intensity workout program consisting of constantly varying functional movements. Though he got sidelined briefly while surviving and recovering from prostate cancer in 2008, he’s proven to be a formidable competitor in the Crossfit Games. A three-time competitor, he’s the oldest person to ever participate in the Games.


Linda Wright

Age: 69
Passion: Fashion Trend-Setting

This incredible fashionista has caught the attention of the creators of ‘What Not to Wear’. Here’s what they wrote about her:
Wright is a true American in Paris. Born in Texas, the 69-year-old has called Paris home since 1978. She’s the owner of Crimson Cashmere, a boutique in the city, and she’s also taken to blogging and sharing her cool sense of style on Instagram.
Linda has a knack for styling of-the-moment pieces (like killer Gucci loafers) in a way that feels especially timeless.
Wright says about herself:
“I want to think I am perceived as feminine,” she tells us, “while my attitude toward daily dressing is more masculine-feminine.” Although she shies away from using the word “style” when describing her outfits of choice, there is a narrative that connects each of her outfits. “Over the years, I have gravitated to a more pared-down look,” she says. And while she notes that she tries to stay away from anything too designer- heavy, “I continually have a desire to update my wardrobe with something new each season.
Aside from the fact that I am passionate about fashion, my own business depends on it. My little boutique in the heart of Paris is a go-to destination when seeking basics in quality cashmere since its opening in 1984. However, it is imperative that the silhouettes stay updated. We are talking evolution and not revolution. I shall leave that area to the creative designers of the world. They have true talent, and I just have an idea. “

Do you know a fabulous senior who’s redefining the word, ‘old’? We’d love to hear about them and may even feature this person in one of our blogs!

Please contact us and let us know about this person and we’ll get back to you personally to learn more!

References:
Thanks so much to the following sites for info and doing a great job at spreading the word about Seniors who inspire!
Pinterest.com

https://www.whowhatwear.com/parisian-fashion-over-60-linda-wright/slide2


http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/best-athletes-over-60/

orlandos market pulse august 2019 smarter senior seminars florida

The State of the Market -Orlando Real Estate Stats August 2019

Looking out the health of the real estate market means researching a lot of data from different aspects of the market. Looking at these key factors plus your personal home and other variables – home prices are determined for the market.

Below are different criteria pertaining to Orlando for the month of August.

6 Signs of Fraud Seniors Need to Know About Smarter Senior Seminar Series

6 Signs of Fraud Seniors Need to Know

Here are 6 signs you or your senior loved one should look out for:

Scammers contact you “out of the blue”.

It could be a knock on the door, a phone call, or a piece of mail you weren’t expecting. For example, you didn’t think you owed the IRS or a debt collection agency money, but they called claiming you could be in trouble if you don’t pay.


Scammers claim there is an “emergency”.

A scammer might warn that if you don’t respond immediately your prize winnings will be lost or that a relative or friend is in trouble in a foreign country. If something prompts immediate action, be cautious.

Scammers ask for your personal information.

Scammers often pose as banks, health care providers and government officials asking for identifying personal or financial information. Anytime someone asks you for this information, be suspicious!

Scammers want you to wire money.

You may be asked to wire money or purchase pre-paid debit cards. This is the easiest way for scam artists to get their hands on your money, and it’s almost impossible to get it back once it has been sent. Don’t do it!

Scammers tell you to keep it “secret”.

By asking you to keep a transaction secret, scammers know you won’t have to respond to questions from family and friends who might see through the scam. Check with someone you trust before acting.

Scammers make it sound too good to be true.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember this simple mantra to help you detect and avoid scams. It’s always better to be cautious than to be a victim.
Hang up the phone if the caller:
Asks you to wire money or buy a prepaid card
Says you have won a prize or a gift but you need to pay fees or taxes first
Asks you to visit websites or download software
Asks for usernames, passwords, account numbers, or your home address
Says the offer is only good for today
Asks you to keep the call a secret
If you or a loved one spot any of these signs of scams against seniors, make sure to follow these prevention tips and just hang up the phone!

You can file a complaint with the Florida Deptartment of Justice by doing the following.

Print and mail your complaint form

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Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

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In accordance with 28 CFR 35.107, person(s) wishing to file a complaint or grievance against the Office of the Attorney General for denial of access to services to the public, as defined by 28 CFR 35.130, may do so through the Office of the Inspector General by using the on-line contact form, selecting Inspector General, and following the contact link or by calling the Office of Citizen Services at 850-414-3990.

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