Reduce Stress

Practicing These Activities Helped Me to Reduce Stress.

Did you know that 77% of people experience a physical symptom caused by stress?

Stress is a challenge that most of us face during the course of our week.  Many of us have some form of stress to deal with.  That stress may be related to work, school, home, financial or any other variable that is challenging your everyday life.  77% of people experience a physical symptom caused by stress.  The same study found the 48% of people in the United States feel their stress has increased in the last 5 years.  Excessive stress can cause a plethora of health risks and conditions including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, headaches, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.  How you deal with stress today could have a substantial impact on your quality of life in the future.  The good news is there are activities that you can partake in today to relieve stress.  In today’s post, we will look at 5 activities that can substantially reduce your stress and give you energy during the week.

Believe it or not: 33% of people in the US believe they are living with extreme stress.

Practice Yoga to Reduce Stress 

Practicing yoga has been shown to substantially reduce stress. Studies have shown that yoga also lowers heart and blood pressure, relieves anxiety, fights depression and improves quality of life. Over 90% of individuals practicing yoga do so for the wellness benefits. 56% practice specifically to reduce stress.  Another benefit of practicing yoga is the ability to perform the act anywhere that you are.  All you need to do yoga is yourself.  43% of people who practice yoga do so in the comfort of their own home.  There are not many exercises that can be done so conveniently, without spending money.

Try Breathing Exercises and Mindful Meditation to Reduce Stress 

I know first hand the power of breathing exercises and how mindful meditation can reduce stress.  I use the technique regularly as the techniques are provided by my 9-5.  Every month we all partake in a mindful meditation exercise where we learn new techniques to clear our mind and regain focus.  Taking the time to clear your mind and just focus on breathing can be very beneficial.  Meditation is still a trend in its infancy.  Only 8% of US adults practice meditation as part of their daily routine.  Breathing exercises are an easy way to instantly reduce your stress.  A great way to get started is to go to a distraction-free room and count your inhales and exhales.  Focus only on the act of breathing.

Hit the Gym to Reduce Stress 

One of the most popular, and with good reason, ways to reduce stress is by working out on a regular basis.  Working out can keep your body healthy and reduce stress at the same time.  Working out can fight depression too.  40% of people say they are happier after they work out and 32% say regular exercise reduces their stress substantially.  Working out also offers additional health benefits including reduced risk of obesity, better sleep, increased energy, increased strength and flexibility, and improved memory.  Just to name a few.  It is easy to see why working out is the top go-to choice for reducing stress.  The average gym membership costs between $40 and $50 a month.  A small price to pay for a lot of benefits.

Listen to Music to Reduce Stress

Listening to your favorite music is a great way to reduce stress and have fun at the same time. It is true that music can soothe the soul. Music has also been shown to improve mood, enhance performance, and provide motivation to achieve goals. Listening to music can help an individual to overcome obstacles and make peace with emotions. A recent study found that listening to music has a similar effect on anxiety as a massage. This is the permission you need to jam on!

Organize Your Priorities, Your Possessions, and Your Life to Reduce Stress

One of the most obvious ways to reduce your stress is to eliminate stressors from your life. Obviously, all stress inducing variables cannot be eliminated but I guarantee that some can. Take some time to access your personal situation and see if you can reexamine your priorities and organize your life to be less stressful. If you are dealing with financial stress it may be time to let go of some possessions to put towards the debt in an effort to reduce stress. If you are in a relationship that is leading to stress it may be time to examine the longevity of the relationship and if it is worth the emotional challenges you are facing. If it is job-related stress it may be time to talk to your boss or considered a less stressful career field. I know that making sacrifices is hard, but what is your mental and physical health really worth? You tell me.


Stress has unfortunately become a part of life that most of us have to deal with on a daily basis. Many of us live very busy lives that tug us and our time in all directions.  The problem with stress is it can cause negative side effects on our health.  Put yourself first and protect your health by reducing stress.  Your body will thank you one day.


The Impact that My Grandfather Made on My Life

When I was in elementary school I was always terrified to go to my grandfather’s house. My grandparents lived several hours away which made the anticipation, and my nerves even more unbearable. The reason that I was so afraid to go to see my grandpa was he was brutally honest. When I was young I was overweight. My grandfather would remind me every time that I saw him that I needed to lose a few pounds. Looking back on my experience with my grandpa now I realize that he was not such a bad guy, and his words are part of the reason I am who I am today. Here are a few important lessons that I learned.

Be Comfortable with Who You Are

My grandpa’s words and criticism of my weight has taught me now to be comfortable in my own skin, and be thankful for who I am. I always use to let his criticism affect me emotionally. Today, I am not afraid to tell others when they hurt my feelings, and I don’t really care as much about what people think of me. Why? Because I am happy with myself….and that is what is important. Pleasing others may get you somewhere in life but pleasing yourself will get you through the entire journey.

Don’t Be Afraid to Identify Your Challenges

As I mentioned earlier in this blog post my weight has always been a clear-cut challenge for me. My weight has fluctuated my entire life. I am now in my thirties and still struggle to stay in shape. Fortunately, my grandfather taught me to not be afraid to identify challenges in my life. I do not necessarily agree with his approach, but I do thank him for calling me out on an area that could use some improvement at least in my own mind. I am not saying that being overweight is a bad thing but in my opinion focusing on one’s health is very important.

Every day now I spend thirty-five minutes on the elliptical machine, in the morning, before starting my work. I think of my grandpa every time I finish my workout. His criticism has become my inspiration for wanting to be a healthier version of myself.

Anticipation and Nervousness Does Not Help the Situation

One of the most important lessons going to my grandpas as a child has taught me is that negative anticipation, and nervousness does not stop or make a situation better. It only prolongs the emotions you are getting ready to feel. Learning how to cope with my feelings has helped me in my personal life and in the business world. I have learned to be more patient which has helped me to make better decisions. I have also learned to accept the outcomes that we can not change and make adjustments to prepare for all possibilities. Learning to understand your emotions really does allow you to feel free.

Love yourself in order to love others

The final lesson my grandfather’s actions taught me was to love myself enough to let others into my life. I treat everyone who I meet the way that I want to be treated, I work hard to lift others up emotionally and not affect them negatively. I am consistently thinking about how my actions could have an impact on the people around me, and I do my best to optimize my actions to add the most value to the most amount of people.

My grandfather may have been very honest, and sometimes that honesty really hurt. But at the end of the day, my grandfather was a hardworking man who had a lot of love and compassion in his heart. He taught me so much that I wish I had an opportunity to thank him for helping to shape me into the man I am today. Thanks, grandpa!

What Does it Really Mean to Cherish Your Time?

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post “Life Lessons From Parents” I had the opportunity to visit my aging parents this weekend.  As usual, they offered me guidance and the unconditional love that only our parents can offer.  I sat down and talked with them about what was going on in my life, and what my goals were for the next few months.  I asked them how they have been, and if they are adjusting well to be empty nesters.  My dad told me that he has been cherishing his time, and living each day as if it was his last.  Those words got me thinking “What does it really mean to cherish our time?”

It is so easy to get caught up in the grind of life that sometimes we lose track of time.  Most people have goals they want to achieve.  It may be working your butt off to get a promotion at work to take your career to new levels,  saving money for a rainy day or to pay down debt, getting your college diploma to get in the door.  The point is that goals take time, and commitment to achieve.  How many people really ask themselves what is the true value of their time, and is the goal worth the cost of losing it.

Now, I am not saying that goals are bad.  I believe that we need to set goals in order to stay on course in life.  What I am saying though is that we need to incorporate reflection into our daily grind. Spending time during the course of the day to think about accomplishments outside of work, and school.

I spent some time yesterday thinking about what truly matters to me.  I thought a lot about how lucky I am to have a supportive spouse who loves me for who I am, I thought about how fortunate I am to have a great roof over my head in a safe neighborhood, and I thought about my parents, and what their guidance and support truly mean to me.  After reflecting for a few hours the answer to my question “What does it mean to cherish our time?” finally dawned on me.  Cherishing our time is not another action or time commitment.  It is the process of being thankful for what we are given.

If you are truly thankful for the blessing you have in your life it will trickle down into your attitude during the course of the day.  Personally, I am still new to this cherishing time stuff.  However, I hope that being more thankful for what I have will allow me to stop focusing on the things that I can not control or the goals that I have not attained.

Do yourself a favor.  Slow down, and focus on what is really important.  Thanks for speaking wisdom Dad……I heard you.

Life Lessons From Parents

Life Lessons From Parents: What My Parents Have Taught Me about Success, and Failure.

I had the opportunity to visit with my mom and dad this weekend, and came to the realization of two things.

  1. My mom and dad are getting older.
  2. I need to cherish the time I have with them.

Visiting with my mom and dad also reminded me of what they have taught me over the course of my lifetime.  I have had more ups and downs over the past 2.5 years than I ever thought possible, and I don’t know if I would have been able to get through the struggles and realize the wins without the guidance they have provided me.

Life Lessons From Parents: Realizing How to be Humble

In 2013 I had the opportunity to leave my job as a digital marketing specialist at a large home care franchisor in the quest to start my own digital marketing business.  When I started the company I had $1000.00 to my name, and a vision to create high-quality service at an affordable cost.  My business boomed! Fast forward 2 years, and I had over 50 franchise clients and a yearly revenue of around $250,000.  I had come along way from the $40,000 a year salary that I made prior to starting my own business.  My parent’s guidance allowed me to stay humble, and save a lot of the earning that I made from the business.

Most people would have bought a new car, maybe a house, or luxury items.  Every time my heart told me to use the money to buy a want I remembered my parent’s guidance on investing money only into needs.  I focused my efforts on maintaining my financial situation and living for the future not just today.  I also began to give more than I ever had in previous years.  The influx of money allowed me to make more of a difference in the community, and have an impact on the landscape of my own life.

Life Lessons From Parents: Realizing How to Pick Me Up Again

I know what you are probably thinking…..why would you need to pick yourself up? It sounds like you are on the right track? The truth is I made a terrible business decision.  The business decision would rip the business right out of my grasp.  Last year I decided I would take on a partner in the business versus hiring additional staff.  I was hoping that a partner would allow me to focus on specific aspects of the business day to day.  Unfortunately, the business partnership did not turn out to be a healthy choice.

The partner was not focused on customer service and started to create a negative impression from our book of business.  After several hard months, and the loss of many long term clients I decided the best move for me was to sell the remaining business to the partner.
The situation only grew worse when the partner accepted the business on a promise to pay, and then informed me that they would be unable to pay for the business.  I considered taking the business back over but at this point, most of the clients were gone.  My strategic decision had killed the business and kicked me out in the process.

This experience has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced.  There have been several nights where I have cried myself to sleep knowing what I have lost.  Thankfully my parent’s guidance has always stuck with me, and I know they would say you need to pull yourself up, and take this as an opportunity to reflect, and learn.

The past 6 months I have been doing exactly that.  I took a new position with a great company as a marketing communication manager, a role I probably would not have been able to obtain without my entrepreneurial background.  I have also taken this opportunity to really plan for my next business opportunity in the future.  Careful planning will allow me to overcome some of the issues, and bad decisions that I made the first time around.  I have not let a bad decision, and the loss of a larger income ruin my spirit or my outlook on the future.

Life Lessons From Parents: Creating a Life of Long and Short Term Goals

My parents have also reinforced that to be successful you need to be able to set both long, and short term goals.  In the past few years, I have achieved several long term goals.  1.) I bought our first home this past summer 2.) I began to save for retirement and created a rainy day fund. 3.) I took my first international trip to Ireland 3.) I am 4 classes away from getting my bachelors degree, and hopefully taking my career to new levels.

My mom and dad worked very hard to instill the belief in goals.  When I was growing up they would always have me set goals, and work with me to achieve them.  I thank my parents for their continued support in helping me reach my dreams.

Life Lessons From Parents: Putting Family First

Let’s face it there’s not a lot of hours in a day.  The time we do have is filled with work, school, and other activities.  My parents have always taught me that family should be my primary focus.  Every decision that I make has the best interest of my family in mind.  An example of this is going back to school.  Does going back to school have an impact on my time? Yes of course it does….but the time I am spending at school is short term, and it will provide my family with value in the long term.  The point is putting family first does not always mean providing them with more of your time.  It means that you are always thinking about how your decisions will impact them.

Life Lessons From Parents: Takeaways

My mom and dad have taught me more about life and overcoming obstacles than anyone else in my lifetime.  It is easy to forget that our parents are aging, and they will not be with us forever.  Make sure that you take the time to spend with them, and leverage the experiences and guidance that they have to offer you.  My parents have changed the course of my life, and I am so thankful for them…. I love you, mom and dad.

Ageism a Growing Epidemic

Ageism: A Growing Epidemic

The mankind is experiencing longer age than ever. There are several reasons behind it. One of these can be the increased development in the field of medicine. Whatever the reasons are, the age expectancy is increasing. As a result, we have to strive much harder than before for the survival. Due to the long duration of age, the years of working also increases. Not every government has the capacity to support the citizens. The long span of working has created several issues and one of the major issues is ageism.

About ageism:

The ageism is used to refer the profound and deep prejudice against the elderly population of a country. In short, it can be said that ageism is a stereotyped behavior with the aged people due to their old age. The concept is growing with every passing day in almost every society. However, the extent can vary from culture to culture. There are several examples that can be seen in the television, movies, stores, advertisements, hospitals and especially at the workplaces.

Ageism exists in different forms when it comes to the workplace. The first one is during the employment when employees have to face discriminatory behavior due to several reasons. The next form of ageism prevails in the hiring process. This one is considered to be the most difficult one and it is hard to control it. It is a bitter truth that companies prefer to hire people of young age instead of the ones that have years of experience and expertise.

The effects of ageism:

A human is a social animal, they cannot live without the support of each other. Each and every single action has a great impact on the people. This is the case with ageism too. Whenever someone faces discriminatory behavior on the basis of age, they experience some negative impacts. A study conducted by a psychologist Becca Levy shows that old people undergo hurtful feelings due to ageism. Also, it will have a negative impact on their lifespan.

On the other hand, if the old age people are treated with extreme care and they are provided with the respect they deserve, there are chances of mental growth in that age too. Moreover, the increase of contentment with the life is also noted. Highlighting the issue of ageism is a result of the collaboration of different institutions like media or peer. Media has the power to portray the message to the whole society and when something happens on a large scale, it becomes a part of the culture. The psychologists also related the growing number of plastic surgeries of old age people to the issue of ageism. Combating ageism has become an essential concern for all the cultures around the world. New techniques and methods should be created to solve the issues faced by the aged population.

Senior Fitness Mythes Debunked

Adjusting Your Fitness to Aging: Myth that should be debunked

The idea of fitness changes with the growth of age. There are several misconceptions that are developed in every culture and due to these misconceptions, there are chances that the old people avoid doing things that are beneficial for them. When it comes to the maintenance of old age health, there are several benefits that can be attained with exercise. Fitness routine can change but it should not get eliminated from the daily routine. Here are some myths about the old age fitness that needs to be debunked:

1.    I am too old to start exercising:

This is one of the most common concerns of almost every old age person. Age does not matter when it comes to fitness. This is a myth that is created due to several unpleasant incidents. However, the truth is, no age is inappropriate to get fit again. There is always a possibility to improve the health. The type of exercise can change but not doing it at all should not be an option.

2.    My heart does not have the capacity to bear this:

Again a myth that should be debunked. There is no relationship between the capacity of the heart and fitness exercises. If you are one of those who is facing some issues of the heart, you can just go for the moves that are simple and the moves that do not require much physical activity. However, getting fit is not related to the health of the heart. In fact, it can be quite beneficial for the health of the heart.

3.    I cannot do it like I used to:

This is something that needs to be accepted. There are certain things that can be done only at a specified age. You cannot expect to have the same energy level at old age. You need to let go the past. Every age has its own beauties so it is better to appreciate those instead of contently thinking about the future. Getting fit is not about running at the same speed you used to do when you were in college. It is about how much you are doing as compared to your age fellows.

4.    Stretching can be done only a few days in a week:

Previously, it was believed that stretching at old age can be quite harmful. However, the detailed researches conducted on that point clearly indicates that there are no harmful effects on getting involved in the stretching exercises or fitness routines. However, it must be noted that the routine will be different for every age group. The flexibility in a person is an indication of lean body mass. It is always best to maintain it.


These are the myths that need to be debunked when it comes to the health maintenance and fitness of old age. Without even thinking about the limitations, it is best to do whatever it takes to live a healthy life.

Ways to Keep Busy in Retirement

Keeping Busy in Retirement

Retirement is a time of a great transition. It is a phase that requires a lot of psychological help from family and friends. Like all other transitional phases of life, the time of retirement can be full of anxiety or sometimes depression. It is not easy to let go your habits of years. However, there is a need to adjust to the current situation. For this purpose, there are various ways that can be adopted. Here are some ideas that will keep the old age people busy at the time of retirement.

1.    Volunteer:

The most common and the best way to utilize your time in an effective way is to volunteer. After all those years, the experiences and the learnings will be at their peak. It is best to convey all this knowledge and expertise to the people of the world. For this purpose, getting involved into volunteer activities will help old age people to continue their life in a healthy way.

2.    Join a sport:

Another great way to spend quality time is to get involved in a sport. There must be something you always wanted to do. This is a high time to make it a part of your life. Select the ones that do not require maximum physical activity. Apart from spending time properly, sports will help the individual to remain healthy.

3.    Pursuit a hobby:

Everyone has hobbies. It depends on the preferences. There are several things you want to do in your life but you cannot do that due to insufficient time. Retirement is a great time to carry out all those hobbies. Love to take pictures? Buy a camera and start capturing things that fascinate you. Other hobbies may include book reading, writing, knitting, scrapbooking, gardening, painting, woodworking, music and much more.

4.    Travel:

The world is full of beautiful places that must be visited at least for once in life. When a person retires, there is plenty of time to visit places and experience the beauties of nature. Getting yourself busy on retirement is easy when you have a list of places you want to visit. Do consider your childhood preferences as well when it comes to selecting the places.

5.    Make new friends:

Bonding is something that is essential for each and every person. At old age, this need becomes much more essential than before. Apart from making friends from your own circle, do consider people from another age group. This will allow you with the opportunity to learn about the new generation as well. At the same time, they will get useful information and guidance.


These are some activities that can be considered when it comes to spending time effectively on retirement. Apart from the above-mentioned, there are several other ways that can be selected to do the task. The selection of activities will depend on personal health and preferences.

stages of alzheimers

The Stages of Alzheimer’s

The stages of Alzheimer’s have been divided into three stages and into 7 stages.

Most commonly, Alzheimer’s is divided into three stages: early, moderate and end. Which is useful because it’s quite straightforward. And, it tells you everything you need to know.

However, for people who want a more granular understanding of the disease, The Reisberg system, breaks the progression down into seven stages. This system was developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg of New York University.[1]

Reisberg’s seven stages of Alzheimer’s

Many healthcare professionals around America are said to use this system as is the Alzheimer’s Association.

As one of the most insidious diseases suffered by people over 45, Alzheimer’s has no cure (yet), and has been known to cause death. This is why Reisberg’s seven stages are so important. The more granular our understanding of this disease, the closer we come to finding a cure.

The seven stages are:

Stage one: no impairment

As the name of the stage says, there’s no visible symptoms at this stage. No memory loss or physical impairment are in evidence.

Stage two: very mild decline

This is when memory loss starts to occur. However, it’s not quite cause for panic as this sort of memory loss is also natural for older people. If a memory test were taken at this stage, 8 out of 10 sufferers would pass, and those who didn’t would probably not be suspected of having dementia.

Stage three: mild decline

At this stage sufferers will start to have difficulty planning, organizing, remembering names of acquaintances and finding the right words during a conversation.

It’s at this stage that a memory and cognitive test would start to imply the potential of Alzheimer’s.

Stage four: moderate decline

This is the stage where it becomes obvious Alzheimer’s is the cause for memory loss. By this stage, people have trouble with simple math, forget what they ate for breakfast, and may even forget details about their life.

Stage five: moderately severe decline

At this stage, people need help managing because they experience confusion, have trouble dressing appropriately and can forget the simplest details about themselves.

At this stage, people still have some level of functionality—for example they can still go to the toilet and shower on their own. And they will know their family and close friends.

Stage 6: severe decline

If a person is suffering stage 6 they will need constant supervision. And professional care.

Some of the symptoms of stage 6 include:

  • loss of bladder control
  • confusion about surroundings
  • potential behaviour problems
  • unable to remember details of life
  • can’t recognize faces

Stage 7: very severe decline

Sadly, Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease. People in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease are close to death. They lose the ability to communicate and respond to what’s going on around them, they can still utter phrases but don’t understand what’s going on.

Some people lose the ability to swallow in the final stages of Alzheimer’s as well as require constant supervision and care.



summer safety tips for seniors

Summer safety tips for seniors

These summer safety tips for seniors are all about helping seniors stay healthy and happy this summer.

As we get older our bodies become more susceptible to illness and health risks. And while everyone, irrespective of age or gender, face health risks during the hotter months, seniors do require a little more help as well as understanding.

Ten summer safety tips for seniors

Here are ten summer health tips for seniors to take care of themselves during the hotter months.

1.       Drink plenty of water

Fruit juice is good, but you really should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

2.       Be wary of heat stroke

Do you know the signs of heat stroke? It’s important to recognize the symptoms so immediate action can be taken. The signs of heat stroke include: high body temperature, nausea, flushed face, confusion, dizziness and a rapid pulse.

If you feel any of these symptoms coming on it’s important that you take immediate action.

3.       Minimize alcoholic and caffeinated drinks

Drinks such as coffee, soda, alcohol and some teas can make you dehydrated. It’s a good idea to minimize your consumption of these drinks especially during the day. If it cools down at night, then it’s not so bad, but during the day when it’s hot stick to water.

4.       Dress for the weather

Avoid wearing darker colors that are likely to attract the sun. Loose-fitting clothes in light colors made from fabrics like cotton are ideal. If you do go outside always wear a hat and sunblock.

5.       Be sun smart

Hat, sunglasses and a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 are essential when you step out the door. This will protect your skin.

6.       When the heat gets extreme stay indoors

When the humidity is high and the heat extreme your body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature. That is why you should always stay indoors and stay cool when the weather outside gets too much.

7.       Staying cool indoors

Air conditioning is one of the great modern inventions. If you don’t have air conditioning where you live, visit a mall, movie theatre or a friend’s place. Even some senior centers are a good option during those ridiculously hot days.

8.       Don’t let your home exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Temperatures in your home shouldn’t get too high. It’s important that you do everything you can to keep your home cool.

9.       Avoid going outside in extreme heat

It’s fine if you drive because you’re only going from your house to your car. If you don’t drive then call a transport service and wait inside for them to arrive. It’s not a good idea to wait outside in extreme heat for a bus.

10.   Cold shower or bath to cool down

Can’t leave the house and don’t have air conditioning? Then take a cold shower or bath to cool yourself down.

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Job Hunting Tips for Seniors

Job Hunting Tips For Seniors

Just like it has in every industry, the economic downturn has had some really serious impact on the older workforce. For seniors who are in the labor market, or those who are looking to return, searching for a job can be a really daunting, time consuming and overwhelming experience. Whether you are hunting for part-time job to support your income or a full time job to make ends meet, you are going to be needing some strategies and luckily for you, the tips offered below are such good strategies for seniors who are hunting for jobs. Without further ado, we are going to look at three of the most important strategies to utilize when hunting for a job as a senior;


When it comes to getting a job, seniors are in a very unique position as you’ll have to compete with younger people in the field for the same job. However, you can use this position to your advantage. Unlike most youngsters who are job hunting, seniors are better equipped with experience. The wealth of knowledge that you have garnered over the years, as well as the skills and special talents you have developed will serve as an advantage to your job hunting process. As a matter of fact, there are lots of employers that appreciates experience over any other thing. Make sure you make your experience noteworthy in your cove letters and resume. This will serve as the number one reason why your employer needs to assign you that position you are seeking.


Simply because you are a senior doesn’t mean you should rush into any job offer you get. Just like every other job search, you need to carefully assess your interests and needs before you begin your job hunt. You need to know if you’d like to try something else, an entirely different field, or if you’d like to remain in the same line of work. Do you want to work part-time or full time? What kind of financial goals have you set for yourself? What skills are you very sure and confident about? Which of your skills do you want to drop? These and many other factors are things you should assess before going on a job hunt. Once you are sure about your strength and weaknesses, you’ll be able to determine the best opportunity for you.


You can log on to online job boards and look for the job that matches your interests and skills in order to be able to create a resume that will match the job you wish to fill in for. Make use of tools like Resume Builder to help you come up with the best resume. You also need to consider the fact that you might be needing some crash courses in order to brush up your experience. This will be no problem as there are now a lot of affordable courses online that are sure to match your job description.

Stop Elder Abuse


A lot of uncompensated caregivers (adult children, spouses, friends, and relatives) find caring for a senior quite satisfying and enriching. However, as appealing as caregiving may be, it can become somewhat stressful for a caregiver. The stress of taking care of an elder can lead to physical and mental health problems that may eventually lead to caregiver burn out. Most times this burn out, which occurs as a result of the stress, can lead to unintentional as well as intentional elder abuse.

Uncompensated caregivers are not the only ones affected by this factor; even caregivers in institutional facilities are liable to stress that makes them exhibit abuses on elders. There are some nursing homes that have employees that abuse elders simply because the caregivers do not have enough/adequate training; sometimes, the patients are too much, or the caregivers undergo too many responsibilities, or perhaps the working environment/condition is poor. These are just some of the factors that brings about elder abuse in institutional settings.

So how can one stop or prevent elder abuse. Below is a list of things you need to do in order to stop elder abuse;


In An Older Adult – You need to be aware of the behaviors of the elder that is being taken care of. You should try to be on the lookout for an elder who seems to be in a worrying situation but is reluctant to provide answers to any question asked about the situation. Note if he/she appears unclean, hungry, or is really frightened of his caregiver. You should also note things like frequent illness, bruises, neglect, or if the elder is always being in a confused state. All of this may indicate abuse. Personality changes such as lack of interest in the activities he or she used to enjoy or unnecessary and unusual nervousness, should also be noted as they may be signs of abuse. Also, do not forget your instinct; if you feel like a loved one is being abused, look into it.

In A Caregiver – Should you find a caregiver trying to be dominant over an adult, try to look into it as it may be a case of abuse. If the caregiver is physically or verbally abusive to the senior, to you, or anyone else, he/she might be reaching their stretching point. Other things to note in a caregiver include substance abuse, mental health problems, and financial problems (if the caregiver is always talking or demanding money from the older person).


Know Those That Are More Likely To Abuse An Elder – Do not jump to the conclusion that a loved one cannot abuse an elder. As a matter of fact, ninety percent of those that abuse elders are family members, and of these ninety percent, 50 are adult children, and 20 percent are intimate partners. Friends, neighbors, and service providers make up for the remaining. So just because a family member is taking care of an adult doesn’t mean the elder isn’t being abused.

Get Help – If you are an elder who is being abused, exploited, or neglected, you need to ensure that you find at least one person to tell about it. It might be your healthcare provider, a trusted family member, or a very good friend. Provide them with information of your abuse so as to help them help you.

If you should notice that an older acquaintance, neighbor, relative or friend is being abused, exploited, or neglected, you should try to report to anyone or services you are quite sure can help. Call on the Adult Protective Services (APS). You do not need to garner “much information” before calling the appropriate authorities. If you are really concerned about the welfare of the elder, then you need to place the call immediately.

Workplace Ageism


Discriminating against anyone in the workplace simply because of their assumed or actual age is against the law. Every stage of employment including recruitment, terms and conditions of the workplace, and dismissal are all protected by the law for employees. Assumptions and stereotypes about seniors and young people can affect the decisions taken in a workplace in a great way.

The elderly and younger employees sometimes experience discrimination in their place of work due to their age range. This act is what is known as ageism. Employers are basically not allowed to use the age of a person as a criteria to hire, promote, fire, or decide the level of compensation a person can get. However, determining whether an employer used age as a factor to determine his/her actions can be quite difficult to denote as he/she can say they had the genuine belief that someone else could do the job in a better way. Most states have fact finding procedures that help employees determine whether they have been victims of ageism and to help them assert their rights.

Some of the ways in which age discrimination can be portrayed in employment include;

  • Making advert for someone to be part of a “dynamic, young team”.
  • Not employing older workers, assuming/ jumping into the conclusion that they will soon retire
  • Not employing youthful workers, assuming/jumping into the conclusion that they will move on to another job soon.
  • Not rendering interviews simply because the person is too old or too young to “fit in” with other employees.
  • Forcing someone to retire, or making choices around redundancy because of someone’s age.
  • Not providing older or youthful employees with training opportunities because it’s not “worth it”.


Ageism or age discrimination against mature age workers is quite rampant. Senior workers commonly complain about them experiencing discrimination when applying for jobs simply because of their age. There are also complaints of being overlooked for promotion and training. Also some seniors are being forced by employers to take redundancy packages or go into retirement. The truth of the matter is that ageism and compulsory retirement are not just against the law, they are also bad for business and very costly for the community and the employers also.


No, not all older workers are protected by the law. There are some exceptions, and these exceptions are listed below;

  • Employees in “high policy making decision” or other executives can be asked to retire at the age of sixty five as long as they will be provided with an annual retirement pension benefit worth forty four thousand dollars or more.
  • Special exceptions are in place for fire and police personnel, certain federal employees and tenured university faculty that have jobs related to law enforcement, and air traffic control. Should you find yourself in any of these exceptions, you may want to consult your attorney or your personnel office for more details.
  • There is also an exception when age is a vital requirement for the job. This is legally known as BFOQ, “bona fide occupational qualification”. For instance, if a teen clothing store is in need of models, or a company wants an actor to play the role of a ten year old, the ability to look youthful is an essential part of the job or a BFOQ.