Dump Granny – Desert Dad – a Solution

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The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential reveals, when discussing the subject of the “Dump Grannies” and “Inert Deserted Parents,” that “there is an increasing frequency of dependent elderly people being left at hospitals, day centers, and nursing homes by relatives unwilling or unable to attend to their needs. Elderly people with financial means and their mental faculties intact usually have better choice and stability about their situation. The abandoned poor, infirm or senile may spend their last days as transients moved from one overcrowded government facility to another.

I have spent 31 years specializing in the business applications of Collaboration and Leverage. As a Senior myself, I can see how we can utilize these powerful concepts to support, empower, and assist our fellow Seniors when resources are in short supply and some of us no longer have the capacity we once had.

For example, I teach business owners, that every resource you need is already available through someone else, and that we all have something to offer in return. An elderly lady in England invited a young lady to share her home for companionship and help – a win/win situation – collaboration at its best. Some churches look after their elderly congregants as well.

Teaming up with others of the same age and younger, building strong, reciprocal friendships while you are able, and building a solid support group pays off. You have to reach out – be a friend to have a friend. Be proactive; “dig the well before you thirst.”

Seniors selling up to move in with their kids, who are happy to have a babysitter for their offspring in the short term, is seldom a good idea, since the kids you’ve been looking after will soon grow up, and son Bobby’s new wife may want to rent out your room, plus you may become a “burden” to them in your dotage. Think carefully before giving away your security, friends, and independence.

Robin Elliott

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Dementia – An Escalating Crisis that Will Overwhelm Healthcare

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“None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.” ~ Laurie Graham

Terry Pratchett wrote, “The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer. And they will run right into the dementia firing range. How will a society cope? Especially a society that can’t so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?” Not only the Dementia victims suffer – many of their extended family and friends, and especially those providing care for them, suffer too.

This article from The Times tells us that The World Health Organisation has warned that, within a generation, Dementia cases will triple around the world, and just caring for people with dementia will cost $2 trillion in ten years, which is double today’s figure, threatening to “overwhelm health and social services”.

The WHO is now urging governments to wake up to the threat posed by the incurable condition as the global population age since it estimates that today’s 50 million dementia sufferers will reach a staggering 152 million by 2050. 

But how does that affect Caregivers, who are often the often the adult children, of Dementia sufferers now? How can IPS Safety Inc. help relieve the amount of stress the Caregivers suffer? How can we save them time and money, and increase their peace of mind, while at the same time improving the safety and quality of life of the Dementia sufferers? 

Our two-way sound, night vision, plug-and-play cameras can be taken out of the box and set up in minutes by a Caregiver, and if they have questions, they can call our office and we will walk them through it. We even have a hidden camera to reveal elder abuse. And our tracking/fall device/SOS device is portable, waterproof, and has two-way sound, like a phone! Our vanguard product is our Trike Transporter: Seniors love this exception, safe, and affordable way to enjoy a bike ride and relive happy memories.

Robin Elliott    IPS Safety Inc.

Handcuffed and Jailed at 93 Years Old for Running Out of Money

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93 Year old booted out of Retirement Home

See the article and disturbing videos here.

Richard Armande Mills (RAM) tweeted:  I really hate that our country doesn’t take better care of its elderly. The woman is 93. What is she supposed to do, reenter the workforce? And did law enforcement really have to use handcuffs? Appalling on so many levels.

To which Stefan Molyneux, a very wise man and usually extremely accurate in his reporting, responded: You need to make a near endless amount of life mistakes to end up broke and alone at 93 years old. Make your decisions wisely because nobody is coming to save you.

A multitude of unfortunate and often unforeseen things can happen to Seniors that are beyond our control, chief of which is medical expenses and medicines. In Canada, dental is not covered by our “free” medical services, and many Seniors trek down to Mexico to save money. Deaths of spouses, illness, increased costs of living, pensions no longer sufficient, nursing homes that raise prices beyond our reach, and more.

US and Canadian Governments need to look after this huge, fast-growing demographic instead of their narcissistic focus on pleasing voters and keeping their jobs. Bullyboy policemen dressed up as shock troops should be restrained from handling Seniors like tough street thugs. Provision needs to be made for the medicine, decent accommodation, and care of Seniors.

Every ten minutes a Senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia in Canada alone. This needs to be taken into account, as well as the fact that the elderly cannot be judged by the same measure as common criminals and healthy, strong young people.

Robin Elliott

Solution to Boredom for Elderly in Nursing Homes

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A memory that has haunted me for many years is that of Seniors in the Nursing Home where my grandmother lived. Talk about the walking dead! Sitting in wheelchairs, half asleep, waiting. For the dinner bell, or tea, or the phone call that never came, or kids that seldom, if ever, visited… tired of the repeated, predictable activities – depressed by boredom and hearing that yet another patient/inmate/resident had died. It was very saddening.

When my Dad was in a nursing home, I heard more depressing stories of boredom, Seniors feeling out of touch and lonely, neglected, forgotten, abused, intimidated. I witnessed the feelings of hopelessness and misery, gloom, and, yes, sheer, unadulterated boredom.

And then I read about a man who was arranging rides in rickshaws/trishaws/pedicabs for Seniors in nursing homes. His great idea was spreading around the world! As a cyclist myself, what concerned me was the danger to the passengers, who were placed in front of the person pedaling, the difficulty to steer, the limited space, and the high cost of the rickshaws. So my business partner and I went to work and found a way to provide a safer, more affordable version that has more space, is easier to steer, is more comfortable, and affords more protection against the weather.

It took a while to get one, test it, make adjustments and additions, and negotiate the right price from the manufacturers, and now it is finally ready. This is a simple, yet effective way to add to the quality of life and of those who have given so much to us throughout their lives.

Take your loved ones for a ride, offer Seniors and disabled people free rides, use as a taxi service (they charge a dollar a minute in New York City), use in car dealership lots or shopping mall lots, use to promote your service (advertising space sides and back) – the applications are endless and everyone has fun. Once you see the reactions of Seniors, you will be eager to help more of them. And Volunteers love riding the Trike Transporters. See the videos and testimonials below.

“A study examined how nursing home residents spend their day. Twenty-seven residents of a nursing home facility were observed for 13 h each. At 5-min intervals, location, position, mood, and activity were recorded. Residents spent 65% of their time doing little or nothing, and 12% of their time in social activities. They spent the majority of their time in their rooms, sitting and alone. Although this facility has a high standard of care and a creative activities department, residents still spent a great portion of their days inactive, immobile, and alone. This indicates that improvements in programming are still needed. More engaging long-term care facilities may promote and support social interaction and meaningful activity throughout the day.” – D 2002 Elsevier Science Inc.

Nothing lifts the spirits like a good dose of fresh air, the wind in your hair, happy companions enjoying it with you – a fun ride in the back of a trike.

Robin Elliott     IPSsafety.com

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Solution Coming for Seniors in Nursing Homes

 

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More than two in five seniors living in Long Term Care facilities are diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression (CIHI, 2010). One of the factors contributing to depression and often the resulting suicide of many Seniors is cited as being social isolation and loneliness. Boredom is another factor.

Based on in-depth interviews with 65 older nursing home residents, a study by Namkee G. Choi, Sandy Ransom & Richard J. Wyllie study examined the residents’ own understanding and perceptions of depressive symptoms, causes of their depression, their self-reported coping strategies, and their preferences for acceptable depression interventions. About half (n = 32) of all interviewees stated that they were either feeling depressed or experiencing negative effects.

The major themes related to the causes of their depression were:

  • loss of independence,
  • freedom and continuity with their past life;
  • feelings of social isolation and loneliness;
  • lack of privacy and frustration at the inconvenience of having a roommate and sharing a bathroom;
  • loss of autonomy due to the institutional regimen and regulations;
  • ambivalence toward cognitively impaired residents;
  • ever-present death and grief;
  • staff turnover and shortage; and
  • stale programming and lack of meaningful in-house activities.

Self-reported coping mechanisms included religion and stoicism, a sense of reality, positive attitude and family support.

In regard to depression treatment, the interviewees appeared to prefer nursing home programs that reduce their isolation over group or individual psychotherapy.

IPS Safety Inc. has heard the cry for help, and we have been examining some of the most effective strategies for reducing their isolation, as well as the isolation of the majority of Seniors (95%) who do not live in nursing homes/Long Term Care facilities. Whereas all our products go a long way to providing more contact with others and especially Caregivers, as well as security for Seniors and peace of mind and savings for their Caregivers, we will soon reveal our latest, additional solution.

Robin Elliott   IPSsafety.com

Look at the Responses I received to This Facebook Post

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I posted this on Facebook:
“Smart companies are now hiring Seniors in many different positions for logical and profitable reasons: They’re generally mature, patient, caring, hardworking, grateful for their jobs, experienced, better communicators, responsible, disciplined, and health conscious. They have realistic expectations. And they’re not encumbered or distracted by kids at home or marital strife. Makes sense.” 
These are some of the (unedited) responses I received:

Makes perfect sense. Seniors certainly can’t live on their Government Pension and most have to continue working.

Exactly… but the hiring process is incredibly tedious with layers of personality tests etc. Just meet the person for goodness sake. The customer is hungry for a caring employee to service their needs and requests

My dad instilled an old fashion work ethic in me, but at work people don’t like me because they say I’m anal.. they ask …why do you care.. doing quality work is only appreciated by a few.

Well our generation learned how to work. Most of us since we were about 12 at part time jobs and took them very seriously. And learned if you wanted it, you worked for it.

 I’d much rather deal witan a older person at say MacDonalds than some snot nosed kid who is clueless.

After Trudeau screws this country most of us poor smucks will be working until death, that’s if there is a job left.

 We are of the generation that knew what work meant.

 Shoot, a few months back I couldn’t pay someone to give me a job

 Sounds all good, but Canada can’t much longer afford pensions, etc, so extending the outreach is the way to save us.
I can tell you this I am 58 years old and my outlook values and code of ethics has changed tremendously. When I was young I thought I was invincible and I didn’t have a care in the world. It’s a hell of a lot different nowadays and I care about what I do with a Passion.
Ingvar kamprad the founder of IKEA embraced this principle.
Many seniors would love to work!

Here’s the Article I wrote to elaborate on the benefits to businesses of hiring Seniors.

10 Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Hire Seniors

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Why hire Seniors? Those over sixty? Younger people may be surprised at what Seniors have to offer small businesses compared with many others, and how easy and lucrative it is to hire them. After thirty-one years in business and training business owners around the world, and as a Senior myself, I know what I’m talking about. Here are ten logical and profitable reasons to consider this:

  1. Few distractions. With no kids at home, few divorces, and a  settled, mature lifestyle, Seniors can focus on their work and are not constantly looking for a better job or dealing with boy or girlfriends or spousal issues like job transfers. And most don’t have elderly parents to worry about anymore.
  2. Gratitude. Many Seniors are looking for ways to earn extra money, keep busy, use their often considerable skills and business experience, and contribute meaningfully. They enjoy the company of their coworkers and feeling valuable. So they’re understandably grateful to get a job and their work and commitment show it.
  3. Mature. Few hissy fits, reasonable expectations, and patient. They have lived long enough to gain perspective, something which few Millenials understand.
  4. Hardworking. Most Seniors have a solid work ethic. They don’t expect “something for nothing.”
  5. Self Disciplined. Punctual, well dressed, clean, and they’re not clock watchers. They’re responsible and they want to keep their jobs; they’re not spoiled kids.
  6. Good Communicators. Seniors have learned to communicate, they’re not easily threatened by cheeky customers, and they’re patient and empathetic. They have a lot of experience dealing with all kinds of people. And they’ll treat your Senior customers well, too, because they understand them, as only another Senior can.
  7. Health Conscious. Especially if you’re in the health industry, as we age, health becomes tantamount, so Seniors are aware of health issues and have real-life experience in that area; they’re credible.
  8. Experience. Many Seniors were once successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, or held high positions in businesses and industry. This can be very valuable to any open-minded small business owner. We can learn from this treasure chest of experience.
  9. Great at Dealing with Other Seniors. If your business serves Seniors, Seniors are the best to do it, unless it involves hard physical work. Remember, there are over 70 million Seniors in the U.S. and Canada, growing by 10,000 per day. Many of your customers will probably be Seniors.
  10. Affordable. They have realistic expectations. Considering what they have to offer, VERY affordable.

P.S. Seniors can attach this article to their resumes.

Robin Elliott  IPS Safety Inc.