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Helping Seniors Organize for Colder Months

By Vickie Dellaquila

George & Martha built their split-entry style home in the suburbs in 1964.  They raised 4 children in their home.  Their oldest daughter, Julie, was in her teens when they moved in.  Julie is in her 60s now and has her own home a few streets away. George & Martha are in their 80s and want to stay in their home, but can no longer manage the upkeep and seasonal maintenance. With the impending change of seasons, Julie wants to help her parents get organized for the winter.  Here are some things Julie (and you) can do to help elderly loved ones stay safe in their home during the colder months. •    Schedule a furnace check: HVAC System Maintenance is important, especially for at-risk populations like seniors.  The last thing we want to happen is for the furnace to go out in the middle of the night when it’s below freezing outside! •    Make sure all seasonal clothes and coats are accessible: If your loved one changes out their clothes with the seasons, you’ll want to be sure that all of their fall and winter items are unpacked and accessible. Make sure their coats, hats, gloves, etc. are easy to find and in good condition. •    Stock the Pantry: An extra reserve of canned goods and other non-perishable or frozen foods is good to have on hand when inclement weather is in the forecast. This is also a good time to check existing items in the pantry and fridge for freshness If food is running low during an episode of bad weather, we don’t want our loved ones to get sick from eating expired food stores. •    Stock the Medicine Cabinet: This time of year marks the beginning of Cold & Flu season. Make sure your loved ones have current basic medications in their cabinet in case they need them, but of course be sure to check all over-the-counter medications with their doctor/pharmacist to be certain they are safe to take.  If you help your loved one manage their medication, you may want to be aware of the weather forecast and portion out their medication in advance in case you are not able to travel to see them. •    Check their emergency kit: Now is a good time to make sure they have plenty of blankets, flashlights, bottled water, batteries and other emergency items that are in good and working order in case of a power outage. •    Arrange for leaf & snow removal: Falling leaves and icy sidewalks both create major slipping hazards for seniors. This can be a difficult conversation to have, especially with seniors like George & Martha who are striving to maintain their independence, but paying for leaf & snow removal will ensure that driveways and sidewalks are cleared. If your loved one can’t afford to pay for the service, you might investigate volunteer services in your area. Check with your local resource on aging (State Departments of Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, etc.) for more information. •    Purchase sand or salt to have on hand: As snow melts and refreezes, it’s always a good idea to have these items at home to treat icy spots. •    Prepare the car: If your loved one is still driving, make sure to have their car checked for winter and stock it with all the winter necessities (ice scraper, blankets, etc.). •    Winterize the home: Gathering the family for a weekend or hiring a handyman to put in storm windows, clean the gutters, and check for roof leaks will help make sure your loved ones are safe and warm all season. By staying organized in advance of the changing weather, you’ll have peace of mind that your loved ones are safe in their home – even if you can’t get over to help due to road conditions. Vickie Dellaquila is Western Pennsylvania’s first Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. Please visit

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Expert Q&A

Are Free Hearing Screenings Available?

By Dr. Natalie Phillips
in Hearing Loss

Question: Are free hearing screenings available?

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How to Maintain and Find Happiness while Being a Caregiver

November 15

eCareDiary's caregiving expert, Margery Pabst Steinmetz will speak to Dr. Diane Robinson, PhD, Program Director, Integrative Medicine, UF Cancer Center, Orlando Health, Orlando Regional Medical Center about the power of positive psychology and tips to build happiness into caregiving situations.

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