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More Online Resources for Seniors

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by wmapother No Comments

Another set of online resources. These were kindly submitted by those at forevercurious.org.

Legal Resources for Seniors
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-resources-considerations-seniors-special-needs

Veterans Benefits for Seniors
http://www.military.com/benefits

Making the Move to Assisted Living
https://www.homecity.com/making-the-move-to-assisted-living

Keeping Seniors Safe with While Remodeling
https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/keeping-seniors-special-needs-individuals-safe-around-construction-sites

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
http://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/4674/emergency-preparedness-seniors-disabled/

Advanced Care Planning
http://www.eldercare.gov/Public/Resources/Advanced_Care/Index.aspx

Home Accommodations for Seniors
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/budget-friendly-smart-home-accommodations-for-seniors-and-individuals-with-special-needs/

Tips for Seniors to Declutter and Organize their Home
http://www.yourstoragefinder.com/declutter-and-organize-your-home-seniors-special-needs

Elder Care Resources
http://www.eldercare.gov/Public/Resources/Index.aspx

Online Resources for Seniors/Older Adults

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by wmapother 1 Comment

Megan Clark at Forever Curious sent some helpful online resources for seniors/older adults. Thank you, Meagan. Now commencing sharing:

“ForeverCurious is a group of educators and librarians who curate information online. Our next post is about special needs seniors a very vulnerable population. Doing research on the topic, I came across your site and found it helpful (here: http://www.williammapother.com/2014/12/support-seniors/).
I wanted to share a few of the wonderful resources you may have missed. I hope they are as helpful to you as they were to me.”

Transportation Resources for Older Adults
http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.net/public/Resources/Brochures/docs/Trans_Options_Panels.pdf

Home Organization for Newly Disabled Seniors
http://www.yourstoragefinder.com/home-organization-for-newly-disabled-seniors

Selling a Home with Modifications for Older Adults
https://www.homecity.com/home-modifications-and-selling-your-home

Fall Prevention
https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/

Assistive Technology Buying Guide
https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/assistive-technology-buying-guide.html

Special Needs Seniors: Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population
https://www.onereversemortgage.com/blog/2017/03/special-needs-seniors-planning-for-the-future-of-this-vulnerable-population/

Legal Guide for Newly Disabled and Disabled Seniors
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-guide-for-newly-disabled-and-disabled-seniors

Seniors and Depression
http://safestars.org/senior-depression/

Resources for Seniors & Their Caregivers

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by wmapother No Comments

Linda Johnson at Senior Care Helper kindly shared some online resources for Seniors that she found helpful and thought others, might. too:

Making the Move to Assisted Living
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities.htm

Moving Tips for Seniors
www.yourstoragefinder.com/moving-tips-for-seniors

Senior Health Resources
https://medlineplus.gov/seniorshealth.html

Nutrition Guide for the Aging and Elderly
https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/nutrition-guide-for-senior-citizens.html

Boomer’s Roadmap to Aging in Place
http://www.homecity.com/how-to-prepare-for-senior-years

Financial Resources for Seniors
http://www.retiredbrains.com/retirement-resources

Guide to Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors
https://quotewizard.com/health-insurance/medicare-vs-medicaid

Veterans Benefits for Seniors
http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-planning-dementia-alzheimers

Go Paperless in 2017

Posted on: December 30th, 2016 by wmapother No Comments

I’m striving for a (99%) paperless office in 2017. My favorite weapon is the Dropbox ios app, esp with receipts I get handed at stores that won’t/can’t email them. Here’s how I do it:

First, while you’re at the counter paying, open the Dropbox app (turn on Touch ID to speed this up).

2. When you’re handed the receipt, set it on the counter, click the big ‘+’ icon, then ‘scan document.’

3. Crop the photo as necessary. Hit ‘Next.’

4. Tap on the file’s name (current date and time) to rename it. Use the phone’s dictation to do this, eg, “CVS dash drinks for my thirsty friends comma twelve point thirty-one point sixteen.” Tap Done.

5. Look below to verify folder it’ll be saved to. (I created a folder called “RECEIPTS SCANNED.”) If necessary, navigate to the correct folder. Hit Save.

6. Smugly throw receipt away.

7. If you want, occasionally drag all those receipts from Dropbox to wherever you save them on your computer. Ideally, you’ll do this part smugly as well.

8. Bonus points if you feel very good about yourself.

Here’s  Dropbox’s page on Document Scanning.

You Don’t Understand?

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by wmapother No Comments

Actors sometimes have trouble with their dialogue being understood. Maybe they’re running words together, or speaking too quickly, or not enunciating, or a hundred other things. There are two common solutions. One is internal, the other external.

Internal: Deepen your connection to the dialogue (and, of course, to the character and circumstances of the scene). In other words, internalize it more. Really absorb the dialogue’s meaning and emotion. What does it mean to you/your char? What’s the subtext? Why does your character say what s/he says? What does s/he want to emphasize — what words/phrases/meanings? Knowing the answers will automatically and unconsciously vary your pace, tone, and emphasis, all of which will make your delivery and enunciation more understandable.

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External: Improve your enunciation. The best method: Use the classic text, Edith Skinner’s Speak with Distinction. It has LOTS of exercises for all aspects of enunciation. Find those that address your issue. Set your own goals, but thirty minutes day is a good  start. They’re simple enough to do while driving, walking, cooking, etc. [Note: Practice NOT recommended while fooling around with your partner.]

Good luck!