Sooo, I’ve written a couple of articles now and you are getting to know me a little. But, today I thought I’d tell you more about me. My name is Billie Daddario. I was named after my father, who I adore. I’ve been married for forever since the dark ages or 10 years. I forget, because my husband, and I dated for a long time before we moved in together. And we lived together for a long time before we got married. We got married because I promised his dying mother that we would, and it has worked out well for us.
I am so excited my husband and I have been approved to adopt a dog from #NationalMillDogRescue. When we started looking we were looking strictly for a Cocker Spaniel but we are interested in adopting one of four dogs and none of them are Cocker Spaniels, One is a King Charles spaniel and the others are all Wheaten Terriers. The reason I’m excited is that my husband works in his retirement and I don’t work and I don’t drive, so I am stuck at home a lot. I needed a companion.
Social isolation in the age of COVID-19 has become the norm not the rarity in fact it has become the life saving measure. But there is still a cost. And shouldn’t we at least consider that cost. Loneliness is a serious health risk. Studies of elderly people and social isolation concluded that those without adequateContinue reading “Mental Health and Social Isolation”
So today I’m going to focus on the pneumonia that we know he has along with about 250,000 individuals that are hospitalized each year with pneumonia my husband spent 4 days in the hospital in October and now my Father is in the hospital. It is a common ailment that touches both the young and the old. However it is more serious and more deadly for the elderly.
What do you want your retirement to look like? Have you asked yourself that question? You’ll have much more success if you know what you want before you start. Financially, knowing what you want your retirement dreams are in the beginning increases the chances of them coming true. If your dream is nothing more than to stay home and garden and watch your grandchildren you’ll need less money than if your retirement dream is a trip around the world with a stop in Italy to take cooking lessons. Knowing what you want has to be the beginning of a plan.
Scientists have found that the areas of the brain that control memory and skills such as planning and organizing improve with exercise. Dance has the added dimension of balance. Specifically dance stimulates the hippocampus and increases neuron connections. Regular dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76%. Studies are conclusive cutting a rug on a regular basis is good for the brain.
I suffer from debilitating depression, and so do 7 million other adults over the age of 65 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) My depression is caused by genetics and brain chemistry I take medicine for it every day and the medicine helps, but not enough to make me feel normal, but enough to function as long as there are no stressors to add to my depression. Not only is depression an epidemic among older adults so is suicide, 16% of suicide deaths are older adults. These numbers are staggering.
I was walking across the yard one day and stepped in nothing more than a big divot in the grass and down I went breaking both my legs. The breaks weren’t severe but they were painful, and it made me worry about osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the thinning of your bones. It’s a disease of aging and can be exasperated by alcohol use and being under weight, lack of exercise, smoking and some medications can cause or make it worse.
There were 306,000 people over 50 living on the streets in 2014, the most recent data available, a 20 percent jump since 2007, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population. The Graying of homelessness is a new problem for America that set up its programs to treat homelessness was designed to work with much younger individuals. Now we need to work with individuals who have been homeless for very long periods of time and are no longer able to work are addicted to drugs and alcohol and in cities with exorbitant rents.
My city has been quarantined by the county health department so I have plenty of time to do all those pesky tasks that I’ve been putting off. One of those tasks is thinking about my end of life wishes and getting it down on paper. I’ve been putting it off for years ever at least 10 years when my mother-in-law died and she didn’t get what she wanted because she didn’t write it down, and so, she got what her daughter wanted.