By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of 4th of July related festivities available around the Maryland region directly before, during, or slightly after the holiday. Most events take place outdoors during the day and into the evening, so caution should be taken when it comes to preparing for the summer heat as well as avoiding dehydration, sunburn, and other related health problems especially for those seniors who may have physical or medical issues that may be aggravated by heat or sun exposure.
These events have a particular focus on fireworks, summer food vendors, music, parades, and other historical related activities. While many events are free to attend (with the availability of extra paid amenities such food, drinks, and related merchandise), more premium experiences such an enjoying the Inner Harbor fireworks from a cruise ship instead of along the city streets will cost extra.
While fireworks displays can be seen from afar and many of the festivals take place along streets with easier accessibility, the venue should still be checked in advance for those who may have more limited mobility.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a collection of more senior friendly activities, festivals, and other forms of entertainment during the summer season within the Maryland region. The focus here is on relatively inexpensive, time limited or seasonally focused activities that take place outdoors or otherwise take advantage of the warmer weather. Many are whole family friendly and should be accessible to those with a wider range of mobility or health issues, although as always, accessibility requirements for the venue should be checked in advance for those seniors with bulky mobility aids or more severe health concerns.
While many festivals & exhibits are free to attend, some will require entrance fees or extra costs for added amenities, additional content, or otherwise will have more of a focus on available summer produce & other seasonal fare to purchase.
Summer Nature Exhibitions & Demonstrations
As the balmy summer weather often makes it possible to view and otherwise interact with wildlife that may not be available during the rest of the year, here are a selection of wilderness, animal, and otherwise other nature related events taking place throughout the Maryland region.
The focus here are on natural based excursions that are accessible to those with more limited mobility and are otherwise not overly physically taxing. While many of these events may have indoor components or will otherwise have shade & resting areas nearby, normal precautions should always be taken regarding any potential heat or sun-exposure related conditions.
This is a continuation of the flooring recommendations discussed in the previous blog article Aging in Place - Part 14 - General Interior Flooring with more of a specific focus on the benefits & drawbacks to the various exact styles of flooring available (ranging from common surfaces such as hardwood and vinyl to more unusual choices such as rubber).
Since hard flooring is generally recommended for optimal accessibility (especially for main interior floor surfaces outside of the bedroom), those varieties will be the main focal point for the brunt of this section.
By Karen Weeks
Taking care of a senior loved one can be an all-consuming job, but it’s important that you make taking care of yourself a part of your lifestyle. You might think you can put it off until things settle down, but you will actually be a more effective caregiver with better self-care now. Here is how to find balance between tending to your loved one and tending to yourself.
By Anna Hazard
The flooring throughout the main interior portions of the house are an important, if often overlooked, aspect to aging in place. Due to health issues such as vision, vestibular, or other balance problems, falling becomes more likely at the phase of life where it also becomes far more dangerous (with a greater risk of breaking bones or sustaining other major injuries from a simple tripping or falling event). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than a 1/4 of all adults over age 65+ will have a falling event each year with over 20% of these accidents leading to injuries severe enough for hospitalization.
Fall prevention is a major concern for the elderly which is an issue that can be further addressed when modifying a home to properly age-in-place. In particular, when it comes to flooring and accessibility, safety, & universal design, one should keep in mind that...
By Kay Pascale
When you’re struggling with a chronic health condition, it’s not unusual to require the help of a caregiver. Many people prefer that this kind of caregiving take place in their homes instead of staying in a health center, hospital, or rehabilitation clinic. It’s important that at-home caregivers understand the challenges they are likely to face, as well as some of the steps they can take to make the process a bit easier. With that in mind, here are five tips to make at-home caregiving a little bit easier.
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