“Forty-Something” Man Moves into Assisted Living Community

Local publisher strives to inspire adult children to be more aware of the experiences their aging parents have in transition.

Vienna, Va. – Steve Gurney is 43 years old, exactly half the national average age of residents living in assisted living communities. On Feb. 9, Gurney will experience first hand what it is like to move into one of these communities by taking up temporary residence at Paul Spring Retirement Community in Alexandria, Va. The independent living community that offers assisted living services will be the first many for Gurney.

Nearly 20 years ago, Gurney founded the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook, a comprehensive resource that provides details on all of the senior living options in the mid-Atlantic. He said, “I realized that I have spent my entire career helping families and elders make these choices, but I have never experienced the transition first hand as a resident. I will be using this experience to help families better understand this important life transition.”

Gurney will not be utilizing this experience to evaluate the level of care and amenities or to determine if a specific community or option is “good” or “bad.” Instead, he will be focusing specifically on the feelings and emotions that an individual faces when moving to a new and different living environment.

The inspiration for this project began last September when Gurney was taking his children to their first day of school. He said, “When I give my kids encouragement about their first day of school, it’s authentic because they know I have been through the same experience. This made me realize that I need to be more authentic by going through the same experiences that the readers of our publication and website are facing.”

Gurney recognizes that his experience will be somewhat artificial due to his age and the fact that he will not be a permanent resident. However, by focusing specifically on the emotions accompanying the transition of leaving his home, he feels that he will be able to share important insights with others.

After his stay at Paul Spring, Gurney plans to take up residence at a continuing care retirement community, nursing home, an independent living community for low-income seniors, and an Alzheimer’s-specific community. “Most people don’t recognize the wide variety of choices,” said Gurney. “By living as a resident in five different types of communities, I hope that this experience will also help families better understand the options.”

Gurney plans to document his experiences through a blog at Pro Aging and in articles in Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook.

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About Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook
Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook is a comprehensive resource to help individuals, families and professionals identify every option in the mid-Atlantic (VA, DC, MD, DE, PA, and NJ). Each issue and the robust website at
http://www.guidetoretirementliving.com detail the costs, services and amenities of all retirement communities, assisted living communities, nursing homes and services helping individuals age in place. Free copies or more information can be obtained by visiting http://www.guidetoretirementliving.com or calling 1-800-394-9990.

Baby Boomers-7 Reasons To Join Boomerater.com

I just joined boomerater and I discovered seven reasons why you might want to join also.
1, User friendly site, easy to navigate and easy to sign up!

2. You are asked you for your opinion on the first page. Since the site is still in BETA, (That means they are still working out the bugs and adding improvements) it is a great opportunity to share your snags and suggestions.

3. Information Packed Forums which gives you the opportunity to ask questions, have discussions and share advice and experiences with other Boomeraters. So far, the forums cover topics and answers questions related to the areas listed below:

  • Financial
  • Housing & Community
  • Health & Fitness
  • Family & Relationships
  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Interests & Passions and
  • Career
  • 4. They have Special features which include:

Find a financial advisor

Where you can search their database of over 3,500 advisors and read what other Boomeraters have said about their advisors. COULD YOU PUT YOUR NAME THERE?

Search for vacation ideas-I know a travel expert who would love to share some ideas here.

Planning a trip or quick getaway? Get great travel ideas by checking out trips taken by other Boomeraters.

Search their  shopping database

You will see products personally recommended by other Boomers in things such as Gadgets & Gizmos and Fit for Life. Oh, my I wonder if you could reccommend your own products?

Find your perfect town

Now this is about retirement locations, but once again, you know my feelings about that. I call them transition locations. But it is a super helpful feature. You can read town ratings and reviews and get detailed town profiles to help you find the perfect place to relocate or retire.

5. You can increase the font size of the Boomerater site

6. The profile questions make you think and relate to baby boomers. Although I am a wee bit rebellious with some of my answers. (I have been talking with the author of Fiesty over Fifty.)

7.  There is room for growth and contributions from your expertise and experiance.

Of course, I would like to see a section on online marketing and blogging and yes, I will make the suggestion. Right now, I have a question about what to do if your site gets hacked since one of mine received a visit. But that is another post. Meanwhile, please go on over, share your insights and tell them I sent you.

What Was On The Inaugural Luncheon Menu Attended by Obama?

What was on the luncheon menu?  Now, I know more important items are hitting the blog world today. But I did wonder what was on the menu as I sat with my hubby while we took a work break and went to a local diner to eat. We were not able to attend but still found it exciting. Just found out about this on Twitter.

Here is the link to the lunch menu.

Grandchildren Can Help With Caregiving-A Simple, Yet Powerful, Technical Task

Our grandchildren can help us with a really simple and technical task that can help any of us doing caregiving. What is it you are wondering? Well, if your grandchildren have an Ipod, Itouch or IPhone ask them to import your written list of medicines into your Ipod, Itouch or IPhone if you don’t know how to do it.

This will enable you to do several things:

  • Quickly retrieve the number of the medicines when you need refills and away from the house.
  • Share this information with health personal when needed.
  • Electronically send the information to whoever you give permission to have it.

Does this make any viable sense?

Can this be a way to involve members of our family in learning about different phrases of responsiblity? I wonder.

Any other suggestions?

I have an IPod and hubby has a ITouch so we plan to do it ourselves or refer to sombody’s grandchild. (Smile)

Share Your PowerPoint and Webinars on Slide Share-Social Networking

You can share your business, health, finance, blogging and more messages on a great site called Slide Share.

Here is the description I found on the ABOUT page:
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations.

– Individuals & organizations upload presentations to share their ideas, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses.
– Anyone can find presentations on topics that interest them. They can tag, download, or embed presentations into their own blogs & websites.

SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment – start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking!


Some of the things you can do on SlideShare

  – Embed slideshows into your own blog or website.
– Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.
– Synch audio to your slides.
– Market your own event on slideshare.
– Join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests
– Download the original file

They also have a BLOG. You must go to the bottom of the page to locate the navigation button. But this is the link. Go there and learn as well as comment. Slide Share Blog

 As many of you may know, I am a trained Community Health Educator and in researching some information I found this site. To illustrate how powerful it is check out the slides that won me over on using Twitter for Public Healh Messages.

I just joined and plan to upload some blogging and presentation skills material.

So, go and check it out. Let me know what you think and when you have stuff up there.

Retirement Communities,Happiness, Romance Over 50,Healthy Living-Carol Stanley’s Insights

Retirement communities,happiness, romance over 50,healthy living, and goals for boomers are insightful articles by Carol Stanley.  But take a breath. You can digest these powerful articles one day at a time.

Read this uniques series for baby boomers starting Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 on the Boomer Knowledge Center.

Same Point Search Engine Sizzles!

New Search Engine Allows You to Follow Conversations on Your Niche

There is a new search engine, named Same point, that allows you to search for and follow conversations on your niches. Of course I keyed in the term baby boomer. Can you guess what came up? Is your site in the conversation?

Also, this search engine provides allows you to do a tweet directly from the site. That is super good.

And yes, I am following Same point and you can too.

I am not going to talk any more about this site but invite you to explore on your own. It’s great fun, fantastic for social networking, and a great baby boomer business resource.

Wanted: Healthcare Workers!

 In this decade of economic upheaval it is good to know careers that are still in top demand.

Here is another great article with deep insight from James O. Armstrong

 

There are critical shortages of these men and women all over the United States in medical practices and hospitals everywhere.  Therefore, healthcare options provide one of the fastest growing professional fields for Baby Boomers and Active Seniors.  Let’s look at healthcare careers that you can pursue right now.

 

Healthcare administration worker

 

There are unlimited possibilities because the hospitals nationally are all adding “new wings,” particularly for cancer and cancer research, heart surgery and other specialties, which different hospitals pursue.

 

Information Technology knowledge will increasingly be required in most of these positions.  It’s no longer someone laboriously keeping records by hand anymore, but it’s an individual entering the information into a computer at a reception desk, for example.  Today’s medical community is increasingly moving toward a paperless trail of information.  Companies such as Kansas City’s Cerner, which is a New York Stock Exchange company where my son Jim works, are very much on the cutting edge of this type of development. 

 

Nurse practitioner

This is going to be a growing field in the future.  Walgreens and one of the other major pharmaceutical chains have now established urgent care facilities owned by their respective firms, which feature a nurse practitioner for more routine procedures.  

 

In the future, a growing number of these clinics will open to treat patients, who may or may not have healthcare insurance, or whose doctor’s office may not be open that day. 

 

Geriatric care manager

It’s a growing field.  Men and women have all different levels of education and experience leading into these positions.  There are even temporary employment agencies that send people out on assignments, which may take place every day, a few days each week or a certain number of hours per day for three days each week, depending on a given family’s needs. 

 

Hospital worker

The good news about hospitals is this:  the current AARP list of top employers for men and women over age 50 includes hospitals throughout the U.S.  In fact, two of those hospitals have significant facilities in my home county of McHenry County, Illinois.  One is Centegra Health System and the other is Mercy Medical, which is based in Southern Wisconsin, but they also have a significant presence in northwest Illinois. 

 

Nurse and nursing assistant

My sister Tanis Caras, who is 59 years old, has been a nurse and a nurse supervisor, principally in ICU, for many years.  In the ICU ward, my sister typically worked three days each week for 12 hours per shift.  However, she was literally able to take off four days each week.  But, on those days when she was working, she really worked long hours.  Please bear in mind that people she monitored were men and women in life and death situations in the Intensive Care Unit of her hospital. 

 

The American Nurses Association, which is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, estimates the future shortfall for Registered Nurses will be 800,000.  But, there is already a shortfall of nurses all over America.  This analysis also does not include the LPN category of nurses. 

 

So the overall category of nurses in our society, especially as Baby Boomers continue to age, will exceed a one million nurse shortfall in our society in the future, which makes this a really critical issue in our society.  Fortunately, there are men and women who have been previously trained as nurses, especially women who may have left the profession to raise a family, for example.  The nursing profession today is reaching out to these women to encourage them to come back to their nursing career later in life.

 

Nurse educator

In order to address the increased demand for nurses, there is also today a crying need for nurse educators, who are willing to go back to school to earn a Master’s degree or PhD so that they can be qualified to teach in a nursing school or at a college level.

Medical technologist and hospital worker

These men and women do all sorts of testing, CT scans and various things having to do with specialized practices in medicine or as workers in a hospital. 

 

Dental hygienist

This professional also receives high pay in a dental office.  Typically, this individual is a woman, who works as an independent contractor for a dental office or several dental practices. 

 

This high demand individual has typically pursued a two year curriculum at a local junior college.  But, the sky is the limit in terms of where that woman will wind up working.  Most often, she will be able to choose a dental office or offices close to her home.  Finally, these women normally do not work every single day, but rather they pursue their skill three or four days each week.

 

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James O. Armstrong, President of NowWhatJobs.net, Inc., also serves as the Editor of NowWhatJobs.net.  NowWhatJobs.net is the resource for job and career transitions for workers 40 years old and over, Baby Boomers and Active Seniors.  Read NowWhatJobs.net for skills training, relocation options, job opportunities and much more.  In addition, James is the author of “Now What?  Discovering Your New Life and Career After 50″ and the President of James Armstrong & Associates, Inc., a media representation firm based in Suburban Chicago.