Vitamin E? … A Tribute, Legacy, Memory….

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Her legal name was Marceile, but she was called Sally, she once said.  The relationship probably started out with her husband using his “after office hours” sign painting skill for parental needs.  In short, it wasn’t direct initially, just relative and relative.  That lasted some years and of course extended beyond business since it be after hours. 

Being in the same church and somewhat shopping in the same shops contributed to the development of things, as did the living in the same general neighborhood for decades.  What really got things going was years later after both husband and one parent had died.  That was mutual employment in an office where the two jobs were an aisle from each other. 

While the job arrangement didn’t really last long, she was good enough to stay loosely in touch and at critical times was around for at least some good advice.  Amid the advice (and other bits of help) was an insistence on the value of vitamin E, without really saying what it was.  Another was bottled water (city’s was amid the best in the country). 

Sally died many years ago.  The bottled drinking water had reason for use soon after the insistence, as a factory was in a fire and chemicals leaked into the aquifer.  Water in the apartment building is full of crud.  Distilled water’s what’s used.  A bottle of vitamin E sits on a shelf.  It’s breakfast “enhancement” for whatever that might provide. 

Lives of others can be helped in many ways. Plate 

Temperatures … D*mn Annoyance … (Old Folks’ Home)

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The “outside world” has a state called “temperature” which often is a unique consideration in the old folks’ home.  A guideline exists which says that when the world around has temperatures above a certain number of degrees, that’s bad for health, etc.  Old folks are more susceptible to such a thing, so individual HVACs are great to have in a place. 

Okay, so with individual heating, ventilation and air, one sets whatever temperature is best.  Keeping that, however, can be a pain.  It has to vary some, of course.  The thing that causes a problem is when what’s outside shoots both a little over and a little under that, based on whether it’s day or night.  Cold mornings aren’t a really good thing. 

While a little above and below should be ideal, all hinges with how long it’s above or below.  Bottom line here, when it’s sort of ideal, it is necessary to find something like hourly forecasts that are fairly reliable to find out just how long, then remember to poke in heat or leave it at air conditioning before bedtime.  That can be a daily chore. 

In the winter, the heat stays on all the time.  The summer nice time is the problem, as if there is a heat wave it is the air conditioning that stays on all the time.  (Weather currently is lovely considering it’s August, and it is not really right to be bitching about it.  But, it’s tricky to get the mobility scooter in the corner for the buttons.) 

One can always find something to gripe over. Wilted rose 

So, Where’s A Fountain Of Youth?

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It’s a good bet people (and maybe even subconsciously some animals) were interested in a “Fountain of Youth” for eons before an explorer made the idea famous in relatively more recent times.  And, today’s world is rather bombarded with good and poor advice not just about taking care of oneself but also about “restoring youthful (whatever)” to life. 

Look randomly somewhere, and one is apt to see advertising saying, “Feel young again!” (drink this, eat that, do “x,” maybe even go to this or that place).  There’s also a kind that just says one can look young or younger if one merely smears on a concoction so many times.  Actions, evidently, would still be those of someone who’s older, unchanged. 

It might be nice to stay one age and live forever, but not always.  If one’s activity is unpleasant, it’s not a happy idea.  And, it’s easy to understand the yen for youth.  No matter how much is done to something, “old” usually is not pretty, can be cumbersome and other rather negative things generally speaking.  In short it’s not considered best. 

Selling “youthfulness” rakes in a lot of money.  However a reality is there are positive aspects to that which can be called “old,” such as familiarity.  And, given the fact an appearance of youth isn’t youthfulness itself, it is money spent chasing a fiction.  This does not mean people should not care for themselves or things; it means use wisdom. 

Things can change in an instant.Clock 

Basic Needs Reviewed

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“Basic needs” (to maintain life) are very often said to be food, clothing and shelter.  It is possible to leave it at those if the “food” includes enough watery liquid to cover the essential need for water.  Meanwhile it is possible to make do a while without shelter, if a place’s safe enough, and also the clothing (nudists manage to do so a lot). 

The reason for bringing this up is that there are a lot of homeless “out there,” and a country like the United States shouldn’t have a homeless problem at all.  While there are organizations committed To helping with the problem, those ideas of basic needs need to be expanded for people to get out of that homeless situation and into ordinary life. 

Among “additional” basic needs (say in a city), apart from things like medical matters, there’s transportation and to some extent communications.  It’s not easy to go see about something like needed paperwork someplace across town when getting there is miles of hiking.  There’s also a need for some way to be getting cleaned up at least marginally. 

With the coming of warmer weather (in the northlands) more people will become homeless.  It is for different reasons, seemingly somewhat reasonable.  One is that some temporary shelters are just for the like of cold weather, i.e., they close down as soon as possible, often due to lack of funds and staff.  It’s a timely thought to consider or more. 

Looking ahead can make things better.Coffee cup 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 11

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There are major things and minor things and, as many know, the minor things can absolutely wreck major things.  A few things in the notes may seem negligible until unexpectedly this or that rather remote item can become a major concern worth considering an unwanted move.  It seems worth effort and space to offer them even if they may seem numerous.

31.  Service reps.  Sales people still go door-to-door and service to an apartment complex has the doors fairly close together.  There is likely a rule about no soliciting amid the rules of a place, but that doesn’t mean sales reps are absent.  It may take individual contacts (and maybe even a clearance from management at times) to get one to come. 

32.  Hand rails.  The true mark of an old folks’ home just may be a hand rail along the walls of a hall.  They’re put other places as well, of course, but if no railing and the place’s billed as something like “retirement home” chances are other “senior” matters aren’t top priority, either, or the ownership may be running on near empty financially. 

33.  Entry Overhead (Awning).  A main entry door without a weather protection overhead (like an awning extending over the driveway or the like) can make life a bit difficult if it’s pouring down rain, but it’s not essential to life, no matter how classy it looks.  They do have a value, and big places are likely to have a thing there but not always. 

Changes should be hopes for something better.Fingers crossed 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 10

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February is a good time to plan ahead.  This year’s choice since spring events begin in March.  The time’s winter and there are only two relatively minor days of note.  If it’s time to think of moving, a head start can at times help to get a better end result.  The notes continue especially in the hope it helps someone gain a happier home situation. 

28.  Bathtub.  There are places that do not have an actual tub, so if there is some likelihood of need for one, there can be some time saved by asking before going to look at a place that sounds good.  Of course, there are alternatives for getting cleaned up that likely would be available, but what’s there may not work.  Given one, it can different. 

29.  Religion.  Apart from those places owned by religious organizations that rather expect residents to be believers along their lines, large apartment houses may have on site (but independent) religious services because enough people there maintain contact for someone to provide them.  Also, it’s not unknown for churches to pick up their faithful. 

30.  Smoke detectors.  Smoke alarms are legal requirements for some towns, but not necessarily all.  They’re sensible regardless, but that does not mean places are sure to have such and in working order.  Especially if there’s no alarm visible, identifying fire exits, noting extinguishers (and whether readily available) and the like is an essential. 

A written list can be helpful.Work 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 7

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Is it the time of mid-winter thaw or mid-winter freeze out there in the outside world?  Maybe it is a little of both, and a good time to do some heavy thinking about what would seem to be an ideal place to live, but keeping in mind one can’t always have everything.  It is important to pick and choose what is the most needed, desirable and/or likely. 

19.  Main Entry.  If there’s a single entry for a group of apartments, there is likely some kind of lock, although it isn’t unknown to have a manned desk at the door.  Some big places maintain electronic doors that automatically lock a moment after someone enters.  Those are not necessarily as safe as they appear.  Following people in is often done. 

20.  Health Matters.  Committed places may go so far as to have an exercise room with some equipment for residents to use.  Some will set up lectures or health fairs.  At times for medical reasons it’s possible to change apartments and add stuff such as grab bars, although a doctor’s statement may be needed.  These can be important as a person ages. 

21.  Entertainment Amenities.  Does the local library send the “bookmobile” is a good question, especially if there’s not much around.  A community room, if there’s one at all, can be nothing but an empty room or it may include various items such a television, piano or a few shelves with books and the like donated (or left) by people over the years. 

Winter is a good time to stay indoors.Coffee cup