Friday, February 28, 2014

(Guest Post) When it is Time for Assisted Living

When it is Time for Assisted Living 

Are you the family member for a loved one that seems to be unable to complete certain tasks or activities around the home? As adults get older, they may not like to admit that certain things they used to be able to do without much thought have become cumbersome, time-consuming, and difficult. If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, you may feel that you are unable provide them as much assistance and care as what they actually need. You may also feel stretched too thin between your job, your children, your own personal goals, as well as the person you want to care for. It is important for you and you loved one to discuss the possibility of moving to an assisted living community where they would receive around the clock supervision and care. 
Perhaps your loved one (maybe a parent), is experiencing difficulties when they are taking out the trash or driving to the grocery store. These are only two examples in an array of signs that may signify that your loved one maybe in need of assisted living. If you loved one has recently experienced a fall or other accident, were they unable to properly respond or get themselves to medical help? As we age, the probability of these accidents or incidents occurring dramatically increase. If they are unable to seek out medical assistance when these things happen, this is another sign that they may need assisted living. Some illnesses or injuries that go untreated can develop into chronic illnesses or reoccurring injuries. Perhaps you loved one was unable to drive themselves to the doctors when they had the flu and now they have developed chronic bronchitis. 
Your loved may be experiencing an increasing difficulty in conducting ADLs (activities of daily living) or IADLS (instrumental activities of daily living). Examples of these tasks are showering, doing laundry, cooking meals, and housekeeping. Normally, a person would be able to complete these tasks without the help of someone else or without struggling. 
Pay close attention to your loved one’s physical health as well as their ability to keep up with hygiene and household chores. Their physical health or demeanor will tell you a lot about how they are fairing on their own. Has your loved one lost or significantly gained weight? If your loved one is having difficulty to remember to cook themselves meals, or go to the grocery store, this would be a big sign that they would benefit from assisted living. If you loved one is unable to get out on their own or have difficulty exercising due to a physical injury, this would also be an indicator that they may be in need of round the clock help. 
Your loved one may appear more frail or fragile than you remember. They may experience trouble when moving or lifting objects or they may have difficulty standing for any period of time. Do you notice that your loved one has limited mobility, balance or strength? These symptoms may indicate an inability to get around on their own without the assistance of another person.
In an assisted living community, they would be well cared for by professionals, they would be able to socialize with their peers, and they would be in a safe environment with around the clock assistance. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either to them or to their primary care provider. Discuss with their doctor your concern for your loved one’s safety while they are living alone and independently. 

Jacob Edward is the manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix Arizona. Jacob founded Senior Planning in 2007 and has helped many Arizona seniors and their families navigate the process of long term care planning. Senior Planning provides assistance to seniors and the disabled finding and arranging care services, as well as applying for state and federal benefits. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys dining out and supporting his alma mater Arizona State's Sun Devil sports teams. Jacob lives in Tempe Arizona.


If you would like to read Jacob's previous Guest Post please click the link below:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guest Post from Mario Trucillo, PhD Medical Editor, American Recall Center

The American Recall Center would like people to be aware of the website it offers. With health providers overwhelmed by an increase in patients it is important to be aware of your own needs. The website caters to everyday people and tries to explain medical jargon in a way that everyone can understand. The medical field has expanded dramatically in recent years with so many new drugs and products on the market, especially for those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. This website can help you keep track of any prescriptions you may be on or any device you may be using. This way, should you have an upcoming appointment, you can be more aware of the specific issues you need to discuss with your doctor. 

This website offers a service known as Patient Safety Alerts. This is a system that allows you to select what prescriptions or medical devices that personally affect you. If and when the FDA issues any recalls related to any of the products you have selected you will receive a direct e-mail as a result. For instance, if you have had hip replacement surgery in the past and you have registered that device with Patient Safety Alerts, should the FDA issue a hip replacement recall because of any problems, you will be notified directly.

The American Recall Center works hard to give millions of people answers and advice to anything medical related. It is the best resource on the internet to research any questions you may have about healthcare. It is important to be knowledgeable when it comes to you and what you need. A vital part of what they do is keep their records of any recalls up to date and available to you. They also have an extensive archive of recalls if that is what you need. The American Recall Center is there to help.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Come Chat with Chris!

Come chat with my friend Chris Dean the creator of  Life you way!

All the details are on the poster below, in the meantime check out her blog and IFAA's official Blog Systemically Connected

If you are a blogger and you write about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Sjogren's Syndrome (SS), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
(SLE), Still's Disease, Juvenile Arthritis (JA), and Undifferentiated Connective
Tissue Disease (MCTD/UCTD)

Are you interested in being a Blog Leader for the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis and Systemically Connected the official Blog of IFAA?

or would you like to Blog for us for special events like WAAD14?

If you answered yes! Please email me at:

Don't forget to go to

There you can purchase your WAAD pins, check out Elizabeth's amazing jewelry, (see my post from yesterday) and learn how you can be a Proceeds Sponsor!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Gem of a friend Elizabeth Wald the designer behind Stones in Harmony (WAAD14)

I met my friend Elizabeth almost a year ago on Facebook, from the very beginning I knew she was someone special. We spoke on the phone that day for almost an hour and I learned she also lives with Autoimmune Arthritis. She is an absolutely amazing person and I'm so lucky to have her as a friend! She designs from the heart, each piece is hand crafted and absolutely beautiful!

Her designs include custom medical I.D. bracelets, awareness jewelry and of course all of her beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets that she makes on a daily basis.

Here is a quote from Elizabeth: "I think it is important that each woman has a sense of self empowerment.  Exercise, loving their job, achieving personal goals no matter how big or small, winning the respect of others and feeling healthy and beautiful are all examples of what I believe portrays the self empowered woman. That is what my jewelry is all about: all it takes is for one letter from a client that tells me "I wear your jewelry every day and the gemstones feel calming and promote my health. Thank you for making me feel beautiful and self empowered".  This is an example of the feedback I get.

In the face of chronic illness, I also hope to INSPIRE women with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and Fibromyalgia to continue playing as much as an active role in society as possible, given their limitations.  The story of how I started making RA Awareness Jewelry because I couldn't just sit at home and let it consume me was taken by those who had given up on finding their calling in life or who had considered life to be an impossible place with chronic disease - where someone could actually THRIVE with chronic illness."

Here are pictures of the first bracelets I ever received from Elizabeth, the first is for Lupus awareness

This one I had designed to wear because I'm proud of my volunteer work and the organization and people I work with.

This one was a gift from my husband

The next one Elizabeth made and donated it to IFAA for WAAD13 part of the money from the sales went to IFAA. I had to purchase it because it matched my bracelet.
I'm wearing the next one, I wear it everywhere! I find the stone in it relaxes and calms me.

I have more and as soon as I find the pictures for them I will add those too.

Elizabeth is donating three new pieces for WAAD14 again this year to see the pieces or purchase  one go to:
You can also purchase your WAAD pin and learn how you can be a Proceeds Sponsor!
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