Mimi Foundation Fights Cancer With Kindness

Mimi Foundation logoMyriam Ullens de Schooten founded The Mimi Foundation to help cancer sufferers fight for their health and wellness.  Myriam calls herself Mimi, and as a former cancer patient, she knows a lot about this process.  During cancer treatments Mimi was fortunate enough to have resources that helped her maintain a sense of dignity throughout the difficult treatment process.  Her resources included a close friends and family members, a psychologist, a beautician and a good wig!  Myriam believes that when cancer patients feel good about themselves they’re able to more effectively fight the disease, and in 2004 she turned her this passion into action.

“You know what I miss the most? Being carefree.” – Katy; Diagnosed 2 years ago

The foundation recently put together a wonderful example of what they do on a daily basis.  They invited 20 cancer patients to a studio for a makeover (and more).  A photographer captured the event as well as THE MOMENT… That moment when the patient forgets they’re a patient “if only for a second”.  This wonderful video captures that moment, and the result is magical!

From the Mimi Foundation on their Mission:

“The Mimi Foundation is convinced that cancer must be fought on all fronts, not only on the medical front. The well-being of patients during their treatment plays a decisive role in their struggle to survive, to give them both courage and strength.  The Mimi Foundation has made it its mission to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of people affected by cancer, more specifically during the entire period of their chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment.  The physical suffering and emotional stress associated with cancer can be enormous and often originates from the side effects of the treatment.  The Mimi Foundation is available to patients during these difficult times in order to provide both physical and moral support.”

For information on how you can help support the Mimi Foundation, click here.

Asimbonanga Flash Mob – Touching Tribute to Nelson Mandela

If you haven’t seen this (Nelson Mandela) tribute yet, it’s worth a look.  A local supermarket collaborated with the Soweto Gospel Choir to organize a flash mob at a Parkview store in Johannesburg.  The flash mob (posing as workers and shoppers) spontaneously join together and sing the lyrics of “Asimbonanga” (We have not seen him).  This powerful song was written as a call for Nelson Mandela’s freedom during his 27 year imprisonment.  We hope you enjoy it!

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.  Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front” – Nelson Mandela

“Mandela served over 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release. He was released in 1990, during a time of escalating civil strife. Mandela joined negotiations with President F. W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory and became South Africa’s first black president.” (Wikipedia on Nelson Mandela)

Seniors: Facebook’s Latest Growing Demographic of Users

A few simple steps can protect your privacy on facebookAccording to a study conducted in 2011 by North American Technographics, 49% of U.S. seniors spend time online.  Just under half of that number are currently active on Facebook.  Many use the site to keep in touch with old friends and keep tabs on their family members.

As seniors are new to the technology, they may not be aware of the need to protect their information from potential hackers. This leaves them extremely vulnerable to frauds, scams, and even theft and burglary in some cases.

Many seniors attend classes to learn about Facebook terminology. The following is an extensive guide for seniors on how to stay safe on Facebook.

Facebook Basic Terminology

Friends: These are generally family members and friends you know personally. However, some people have hundreds of friends whom they’ve never met. You can add friends by sending a friend “request” and the person has to accept the request to become one of your Facebook friends.

Be careful when responding to friend requests from people you don’t know personally. Your “friends” have access to your personal information on Facebook that the general public can’t see.

Wall: Your FB “wall” is where people can write public (within FB) messages to you, like “Happy Birthday!” Your wall also shows the posts you’ve made personally and has links to your friends’ posts if you’ve commented on their posts.

Status: Your “status” is anything you want to post about yourself. It can be family news, a joke, or anything you find interesting. When you update your status, whatever you post appears on your friends’ news feeds.

Be selective about what you share as your status! Don’t, for instance, announce that you’re leaving for a month in Europe or even that you’re at Lone Star Steakhouse for dinner. Beside the dangers of announcing you aren’t home, most friends really don’t care if you’re at the grocery store or shoe shopping.

Groups: FB groups are where people with shared interests – cooking, knitting, cats, politics, power tools, etc. – can interact by sharing comments and links. Groups are a good way for clubs to publicize events and keep members up-to-date on events.
Things to remember about groups:

  • Non-FB friends in your groups see your name, but don’t see your personal information.
  • Groups can either be tagged as “open, closed, or secret.”
  • Secret groups are invisible to search engines and even FB searches. Group members have to “invite” new members to join. Secret groups are a good option if you want to keep information completely private and hidden – like youth groups, a Sunday school information board, etc.

Shared Links: Many people have inadvertently downloaded viruses & other malicious software by clicking on suspicious links in Facebook. This usually happens when a friend’s account gets hacked and the hacker posts a link with a provocative – but generic – title like: “See what miraculous ingredient gets rid of stubborn belly fat!” or “Look at the family pictures I just posted” or “Can you believe this?” or “Claim your $500 gift card to Starbuck’s, Costco, ….” or any other offer that sounds too good to be true.

Secure URL: Pay close attention to the link’s URL (http address). If it’s to the New York Times, WalMart.com, or other recognizable sites, then it’s probably ok. But if it’s to a site you’ve never heard of – especially if it has an international address (something other than .com, .org, etc…), then it very well could be a spam and/or dangerous link. When in doubt, don’t click.

Keeping Your Private Information Private

Password: Follow all the basic security steps to set your Facebook password (and all other online passwords for that matter)– avoid using your pet’s names, children’s names, and other things that are easy to guess. One good hint is to use both numbers and letters, but make sure you can remember them. If you remember your childhood phone # or a random grouping of numbers and letters, that’s a good start.  There are sites that will generate strong passwords for you if you are having a hard time coming up with one on your own.

Security Settings: Under the “Account” link in your account, there’s an option titled “Account Settings.” Click the link and then select “Security” from the left-hand menu.

  • Enable “Secure Browsing”: That sets up a secure http connection. So when you log into your FB account, the URL in the browser window will start with “https” instead of just http.

Privacy Settings: Access your privacy settings from the “Privacy Settings” option under the “Account” tab.

Be careful when you play any games or take Facebook quizzes.  They will most likely require you to give access to your personal data that will be used to target advertising to you and your friends.  The Privacy Settings page also offers options to control how people can find you on Facebook and whether search engines will index your content to show up in search results.  Make sure to select the “off” option for search engine indexing to maximize your privacy.

In the past, Facebook has justifiably been criticized for its lack of transparency with privacy. The service recently launched a “Privacy Shortcuts” link that’s always in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page.  Be sure to check your privacy settings occasionally to make sure they are up to date and in line with your preferences.

Carli De La Cruz is the Sales & Marketing Assistant at Bay Alarm Medical. Carli earned a B.A. in Sociology with Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently manages all of Bay Alarm Medical’s social media sites, and assists with advertising campaigns. She writes blogs on senior health, retirement, senior living, baby boomer news, and medical alert industry news. You can read more of her posts at Bay Alarm Medical blog.

Five More Senior Care Experts You Should Follow On Twitter

In June we wrote a piece called “5 Aging Experts You Should Be Following On Twitter“.  It was a popular post and features some of our favorite eldercare advocates that you should be following on Twitter (if you’re into tweeting).   Today we thought we’d give you 5 more senior care experts that you should add to your list.  Drum-roll please…

#1) Dr. Kathy Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Home Care Assistance. She is a certified care manager, psychologist and caregiver, and tweets about a multitude of aging issues (and solutions).

#2) Lynn Wilson founded The Care Giver Partnership, which provides advice, services, resources and products to Caregivers and their loved ones.

#3)  Nanette Davis, Ph.D.  is a writer, speaker, advocate and life coach for caregivers.  She’s also a community educator who’s written several books including; “The ABCs of Caregiving: Words to Inspire You” and “Caregiving Our Loved Ones: Stories and Strategies That Will Change Your Life”.

#4) Beverly Parsons is a licensed clinical social worker who has 12 years of geriatric care management experience working with aging families.  Beverly is also a family mediator who helps families navigate troubled waters.

#5)  Dementia Journeys – John Belchamber founded Dementia Journeys with great inspiration from his mother Anne.  He found comfort sharing his feelings through writing AND sharing with others.  A very nice dementia resource.

 

We hope you enjoy the above senior care experts on Twitter.  Click here to find The Senior List on Twitter, we look forward to interacting with you on Twitter soon!

Also, make sure you follow us on Facebook today or just click the big “f” and then click LIKE.

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NPR’s Scott Simon Gives Us A Glimpse; Tweets From Mother’s Bedside

In a stunning series of poetic tweets, NPR’s Scott Simon is tweeting from his mother’s bedside. It’s not very often we get a real-time glimpse into the late stages of caregiving. For Mr. Simon to let us take this journey with him is incredibly generous (and a great learning experience). It seems Patricia may not have much longer, but a son’s love for his mother undeniable, and you can feel it with every tweet.


I love holding my mother’s hand. Haven’t held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap. – Scott Simon

Best List Of Senior Discounts 2013

money in a panOne of our friends on The Senior List Facebook Page was inquiring as to the best listing of senior discounts floating around out there, so we did a little research.  We did come across a nice list put together by Judy Calvaneso of Judy’s Pair-A-Dice Tours (Williamsville, NY).  Originally posted on the Pair-A-Dice Facebook page, we thought it was worthwhile passing along.  (Special thanks to Judy for putting this list together.)

Let us know if you have other favorite lists featuring senior discounts below in the comments area.  One thing that Judy notes on her list is that “you must ask for your discount”, so don’t be afraid to say “I understand you have a senior discount available, can we take advantage of that today?”  Hey why not… You earned it!

If you know of other discounts out there (or understand one listed to be discontinued below) please let us know in the comments section.

Here is Judy’s list with commentary:

Keep this list – - – and Send a copy to your senior friends and relatives.facebook button

“As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told
me that seniors over age 55 gets 10% off everything on the menu, every day.

Being of ‘that’ age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too.

This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50.

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family, too.  YOU must ASK for your discount!” — Judy Calvaneso

BEST RESTAURANT DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts: See updated information in “Comments” section
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

BEST RETAIL & APPAREL DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Big Lots: 10% off Big Lots does not offer a senior discount
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (50+) No longer Available (see below)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

BEST TRAVEL DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

Airline Discounts for Seniors:

American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Car Rental Discounts for Seniors:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

BEST ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

BEST CELLPHONE DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

MISCELLANEOUS DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS:

Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Photo: freedigitalphotos.net

Drum Playing Grandma Stuns At La Crosse Music Shop

So a Grandma walks into a drum shop… (No that’s not the start of an odd joke) and stuns shoppers with her skills.  Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse WI posted a video on YouTube with the following explanation “We have no idea where this lady came from, what her name is, or where she went but she rocked our faces off!”.  Hope that you enjoy, and it puts a smile on your face!

“What’s this all about? It’s about music, it’s not about anything else, it’s not about having the coolest cover, or the coolest title, or about anything. It’s just about music.” – Lars Ulrich

5 Aging Experts You Should Be Following On Twitter

1. Keith Maderer is a financial and estate advisor who has some great posts about aging and estate issues. He’s also an accomplished author and speaker. Keith is from Western NY and has over 30,000 followers!

 

2. Barbara McVicker is a caregiving expert focusing on financial, emotional & physical stress of caregiving, (as well as elder care benefits & the work-life balance). She’s also a public speaker on the subject matter. Barbara is from Columbus, Ohio and has over 4,600 followers.

 

3. Denise Brown is a caregiving author, speaker and caregiving coach. She also founded CareGiving.com a website dedicated to assisting families with caregiver stories and solutions. Denise has over 12,000 twitter followers.

 

4. Carol Bradley Bursack is a columnist, author, consultant and speaker. She wrote the book “Minding Our Elders” (hey that would make a good twitter handle…) and has appeared as a resident caregiving expert in her many media appearances. Carol has over 2,900 followers.

 

5. Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose life’s work explores the terrain of human aging. Dr. Thomas founded a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. Our favorite quote pulled from his website ““What we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being.” If that by itself doesn’t implore you to follow him… nothing will. Dr. Bill has over 3,000 followers.

Random Acts Of Kindness (From Russian Dash Cams)

Russian Dash Cam ImageJust when you thought all those dash-cam videos were for mayhem, car wrecks or Reese Witherspoon arrest videos… There’s this.  We’re not sure who originally put it together but it is making the rounds (for good reason).  Recently seen on Live Leak and later on Gawker Media’s Jalopnik (thanks to Gawker media for catching our eye with this one- they’re fun) it shows random acts of kindness in beautiful (and cold) Russia.  Set to the tantalizing sounds of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Evan Jolly, the piece titled Arrival of the Birds / Exodus (From “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos“) immediately pulls on your heartstrings and guarantees goosebumps on 92% of those that hear it (unscientific poll).

Here’s hoping this video inspires you and yours to pay-it-forward. Enjoy!

The Senior List on Social Media

Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn and/or Twitter?  If not, you might think about joining the social revolution!  The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently published some impressive statistics about social networks and just who’s online today!  Interesting to note that “as of August 2012, 69% of online adults use social networking sites”.  That’s a big number!  Not so surprising is that most of these adults polled choose to interact with Facebook (primarily) followed by the other major social networking sites (see below), and women are more likely to be using social networking sites as compared to men.

As of August 2012 Pew polling noted:Kindle Fire photo

  • 66% of online adults say they use Facebook
  • 20% of online adults say they use LinkedIn
  • 16% of online adults say they use Twitter
  • 12% of online adults say they use Pinterest
  • 12% of online adults say they use Instagram

The Senior List has a robust following on social media sites and we’d like to invite you to join our online engagement!  You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSeniorList.  We post our own articles as well as some of our favorite writers around the country.  In addition to joining The Senior List on Facebook, you’ll find a great networking resource on our LinkedIn group site (aptly named The Senior List).  You can find The Senior List group site on LinkedIn very easily.  Just navigate to “groups” and type in “The Senior List”.  You’ll be joining over 1,600 other aging professionals that love to discuss the issues facing boomers and seniors.

If that wasn’t enough you can find us on Twitter (@SeniorList) and join over 3,600 fellow aging pros and business owners.  We look forward to seeing you back here at The Senior List.com as well as on our social media partner sites.

“What social sites are you using for fun and/or for networking? Let us know in the comments section below!”