What We’re Following Today September 3, 2019

How to Talk to Someone with Alzheimer’s


If you hadn’t heard last week about Daily Caring, you really should consider subscribing to their daily newsletter if you are caring for another. They have great content including this one about talking to someone with Alzheimer’s.


They mention the key to communication is using short and direct statements. When thoughts become to long or descript, it can be harder to process. While this flies in the face of normal friendly conversation, the more direct we are reduces processing and makes communication easier.


Here’s one example:

“Example 1: It’s time for your older adult to use the restroom

DO say: It’s time to go to the bathroom now.

DON’T say: It’s been about an hour since you last visited the bathroom so why don’t we go to the bathroom and you can give it a try. Ok? How does that sound? Do you want to go to the bathroom now?”

They have other examples as well. Click below to access the article.


https://dailycaring.com/how-to-talk-to-someone-with-alzheimers-use-short-direct-sentences/


It’s Football Season. Make Your Own Intergenerational Affairs!


This article from a couple of years ago on the AARP website talks about the camaraderie of touch football that a group of guys (and a couple of women) have been doing for over 20 years. Sports is one of those things that can help bring people together from various walks of life. As he states in the article, Joseph Seldner admits that the guys don’t really get together socially between games, but that over the years the common bond of football has helped bring a group of people together who might otherwise have never met.


What can happen when 20 year olds play with 70 year olds? Tough to say, but the simple fact that they comingle will allow them an opportunity to connect meaningfully and outside of formal constructs. The more we come together in commune, the more we will start to learn and understand each other.


https://www.aarp.org/disrupt-aging/stories/info-2019/touch-football-cultivates-friendships.html


Back To School Advice from NJ.com


Here’s a nice little post on NJ.com that walks through some good mindsets to take into the new school year. Start with a clean slate, build off successes, learn from failures and head into the new school year with a positive mindset.


https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/09/tips-for-surviving-back-to-school-parenting-with-pete.html


Gender Gap in Financial Literacy


According to this WSJ article, there is a gender gap on financial literacy with many women showing lower financial acumen than male counterparts. Let’s make sure we clarify that this is looking at the broader gender analysis and shouldn’t be thought of as women are less financially literate, but it does reflect situational bias that can contribute to the gap. In general though, most Americans (male and female alike) are less financially literate than perhaps they should be.


From the article: “There is no monopoly on lacking a knack for figures. According to a 2017 paperfrom the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, 77% of the world’s adult population lack an understanding of basic financial concepts. Women have less of an understanding than men, though.”


The apparent gaps has opened up opportunities for new learning platforms and offerings from companies like Citigroup and Fidelity.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/womens-other-economic-gap-financial-acumen-11567432800




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