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Do you sometimes feel like your life is in someone else’s hands? alerts911, health and wellness, senior living, safety, security, personal emergency response systems

You probably feel this to some degree at work, where your boss is calling the shots every day but to a large extent, most of us are also influenced in other ways that give up our freedom and autonomy to dictate the direction of our lives.

Consider the advertising. Do you see a new thing (currently, the Apple Watch is all the rage) and immediately want it?  Wanting is no problem, but do you realize that advertising is meant to get you to do something you may not do on your own?

Do you do what the advertising prompts you to do, or do you step back and say, “that looks interesting” and check it out at your leisure instead of running to the nearest Apple Store like everyone else? That’s just one way that we are influenced and if we give in to it, we lose a little bit of our freedom of choice.

Another way that we can lose autonomy is family pressures. Many parents will say to their kids, “You can be whatever you want when you grow up” and then when their college-age child announces that they want to apprentice as a swordmaker, the parental “responsibility meter” goes off and they immediately counsel the child that he will never get a job doing that, and it will be hard to make a living with something so obscure, etc. 

Many a dream has been squashed by well-meaning parents and other influential relatives, teachers, etc. Finally, we relinquish control by allowing it to be so. 

The media tells us that the world is a dangerous place (look at all the wars! the natural disasters!) and so we are more hesitant to trust people who are different from us, and avoid exploring places that are deemed dangerous.

We are told that the economy is bad, and so we avoid taking any risks like starting a business. We see that others have a big house and a fancy car, and in blind pursuit of wanting to be like them, we slave away our lives for enough money to at least put a down-payment on expensive things that we don’t need. I’m not saying YOU are like that, but most of us are, to some degree!

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When you are following the herd and doing what you believe is expected of you – and it goes against the grain of who you are at your core – are you happy?

Of course not. You may rationalize it to yourself, even tell yourself that your dreams are childish and impractical, but inside, you’re dying a little every day because you didn’t stand up, take responsibility for your choices and chart the course of your life. You don’t have to do this! Meditation helps you in many ways to take back control of your life. First, you gain clarity on what it is that really means a lot to you, the non-negotiable situations you want in your life.

You also learn to overcome the negative self-talk that keeps you stuck and believing what others tell you (even if it doesn’t ring true to you).  And, when you use a mantra such as “I am responsible” during meditation, you not only give yourself a point of focus but you also imprint the idea that you are the captain of your life’s ship.

“I am responsible…” can’t you just feel your confidence rising already? Of course, when you’re responsible, you also have to take the bad with the good – and be responsible for your mistakes as well as your triumphs. It’s humbling, but at the same time liberating. When you are okay making mistakes (look for the learning opportunity!!) then you can be strong and fully responsible for your life.

Falls Among Older Adults

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AUTISM AND WANDERING

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Nearly half of children with autism will wander from safe environments. And more than one-third of children who wander are considered nonverbal. Finding and safely recovering a missing child with autism presents unique and difficult challenges for families, law enforcement, first responders and search teams. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has special search protocols and checklists to help first responders.

Children with autism go missing under a variety of circumstances. They may seek out small or enclosed spaces. They may wander toward places of special interest to them. Or they may try to escape overwhelming stimuli such as sights, sounds, surroundings or activities of others.

Children with autism may exhibit other interests that pose similar dangers such as:

  • Roadways/highways
  • Bodies of Water
  • Trains
  • Heavy equipment
  • Fire trucks
  • Roadway signs
  • Bright lights
  • Traffic signals

Immediate response

When a child with autism goes missing, it is important to quickly identify any unique interests the child has and create a list of their favorite places. First responders should talk to anyone who knows the child well to ask for information about any interests, stimulations or obsessions the child may have. This information could provide key clues leading to a safe recovery.

Talking to Yourself

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You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.  

Let that sink in, especially if you’re feeling less than love toward yourself today. Most of us, if not all of us, go through times when we are very critical of ourselves – bringing up past mistakes, berating ourselves for choices we’ve made and words we said that can’t be unsaid… and to what end?

We may think that being self-critical is good for us, that it stimulates us to do better next time. While that’s true, it’s “how” we talk to ourselves that is the difference between being kind and supportive of ourselves and being too hard on ourselves with the result that WE beat ourselves down. There’s a difference between “tough love” and just being jerks to ourselves – it’s actually a fine line and it’s so easy to cross it!

Are you really aware of the words you use to yourself, and about yourself? Probably not. 

The way you talk to and about yourself is habitual. Perhaps you’re used to calling yourself “stupid” when you make a mistake; or “not good enough” when someone offers you an opportunity that intimidates you. But ARE you “stupid” or “not good enough”… ALL the time, in everything? Of course not! 

You may not have the skills and knowledge around this one particular thing, but so what? You can learn. You may have messed up BIG, but so what? What can you do better next time? How did you grow from that mistake?

Remind yourself… if you’re a fish, you can’t be expected to climb trees. You’re good at what you’re good at, you can learn and improve, but you are never, ever stupid or not good enough. Can you please remove those phrases from your self-talk?

If not – ask yourself, “would I talk to my best friend like this?” No! Not if you want to keep that friend! And since YOU are the only constant in your life you should treat yourself as your best friend.

Build yourself up instead of knocking yourself down. Use encouraging statements like “you can do this” or “I’ll figure it out.” Remember that you ARE worthy of love and affection, despite what others may have said about you. Don’t let that opinion sway you. You were not born into this world unworthy or unlovable.

So start telling a better story about yourself, right now. No more “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not worthy.” 

You ARE. Remember to speak to yourself as you do to your best friend.

Why Have A Personal Emergency Response System?

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Arnold’s 6 Rules of Success

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FOOD FOR SENIORS BONE HEALTH

Bone Health

As we get older, our bones get weaker and more brittle. Women in particular are at risk for osteoporosis, below are some suggestions on what to eat to maintain bone health as we age.

Fortified milk: Make sure the milk you’re drinking is fortified with Vitamin D.

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Kale: Kale is rich in Vitamin K and contains calcium.

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Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is estimated to have between 318 and 156 mg of calcium.

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Fortified orange juice: Fortified OJ is also a great source of Vitamin D.

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Cabbage: Cabbage raises estrogen levels, which is good for aging women.

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Calcium-fortified cereal: WebMD suggests having 1 cup of calcium-fortified cereal for a bone-healthy breakfast.

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Calcium-fortified soy milk: If you’re lactose intolerant, try soy milk, which contains between 80 and 500 mg of calcium if it’s fortified.

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Collards: Just 1/2 a cup of collards contains about 20% of your recommended daily value of calcium.

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Dandelion: Add dandelion to your recipes to get heaping doses of boron and a good share of calcium.

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Yogurt: One cup of yogurt contains between 300 and 400 mg of calcium.

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Medication Dispenser

Med Dispenser

Manage medication intake with Alerts 911 Medication Dispenser and Reminder System. The Med-Dispenser Contains 28 slots in which to place medication, and can be programmed to dispense up to four times a day enabling it to manage doses for at least seven days, and up to 28 days before needing a refill. Alerts 911 can provide a Med-Dispenser to be used as a standalone unit – or in conjunction with the MXD medical alert system, as a monitored system.

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