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Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW
Most of us have been the captain of our own destiny for decades in one form or another. Yet as we age we begin to wonder whether we still can do this or are we going to run the ship aground at some point. Each of us has a vision of how we will manage the rest of our lives and yet the scene keeps changing depending on how we feel today or the last conversation we had with family or friends or the last visit to one of our many doctors. And most of all we fear the N word ---- Nursing home. There is lots of space in between. Yes, there are many definitions of HOME.
Whether we currently live alone or with spouse, partner or friend, we need to think about the various alternatives. If you are living with someone, are they healthy? What help can you expect from each other? In this era very few of us live with our children and they could be thousands of miles away.
We have all been planful throughout our lives; will we be able to continue that? The answer is yes, when you know and utilize the resources that are available to you.
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North Shore Village intern Michelle d'Anjou offers some tips on technical devices and other magic gadgets that can make using computers easier and more comfortable. For example, one great advantage of using the computer to read your favorite book or newspaper is that you can increase the font size to ease eye strain. Your computer font size settings can be adjusted whether you're using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, reading your email, or browsing the web on Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. CLICK HERE to read Michelle's tip sheets for enlarging font size on your computer.
The time to think about your need for in-home care is before the need arises. "Choosing With Care," a program recently hosted by North Shore Village, provided a useful overview of what individuals, families, spouses and partners need to take into account when considering in-home care. The program was led by NSV member Nancy Yalowitz, who is a licensed social worker with extensive experience in helping patients and families assess their home care needs. Nancy told the NSV group that planning for home care often falls into three main areas: Needs, Finances and Timing. A summary of her presentation follows. If a need for home care arises in your household, remember that the Village can assist with referrals to providers that we have vetted. And, we have volunteers like Nancy who can help in planning your care...
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