How To Have THAT Conversation About Ageing (And What To Do After It Too!)

Talking about ageing with your family can be far from easy. From your perspective, it can be upsetting. After all, most of us are very emotionally close to our family members, and the thought of them leaving us can cause trauma. On the other hand, it can cause your aging relative themselves to become distressed or even offended. The current aging population are very proud and some of them will be offended if you try to offer them extra care – even if you mean well. This is why it is vital that you approach all topics tactfully and in a calm environment. All of us age and that can’t be helped. But what we do have control of is how we deal with it and what measures we put in place to make sure that our lives, and the lives of our relatives, remain as good as they can be.

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Maintaining independence

Due to various health problems that can arise in the elderly, many older people are unfortunately unable to continue to live independently. This can be a daunting prospect for someone who has been independent all of their life, so approach the topic with caution. Essentially, you will need to decide, with your relative, what the plan should be if they are no longer able to live completely alone. There are quite a few different options here. One that some families take is moving their ageing loved one right into their own homes. But this is not always the best option, as it can lead to family conflict and a disrupted home life for you as well. It may be worth considering a Live -In Care Company who will be able to care for your loved one professionally. Plus, this can allow your relative to stay in their own home too – something many seniors feel passionate about.

Keeping healthy

A lot of older people want to try to deny the fact that their health is deteriorating. But unfortunately, there are no two ways about it. We are simply more prone to illnesses, such as dementia and osteoporosis, the older we get. There are, however, measures we can put in place to help delay the onset of such illnesses. Make sure your relative is eating well – lots of fruit and vegetables, and normal amounts of candy or alcohol. As people age, they may not always be able to cook for themselves anymore. So make sure they always have healthy food on hand that they can snack on, and offer to help them with cooking an evening meal.

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Keeping active

Keeping active in old age relates to both physical and mental activity. It is vital that you encourage your elderly relative to keep walking or even doing sports if they are able to. Choose low-intensity exercises to recommend to them, such as pilates or golf. Walking soccer even exists these days, to help ageing soccer players keep enjoying their game. If a class doesn’t exist near you, why not set one up yourself? As far as mental capacity goes, being socialized helps to keep the brain sharp. So continue to visit your elderly relative on a regular basis, and encourage them to join a local community group where they can gather with old friends too.

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When To Worry About Moles

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No, I’m not talking about those furry little animals that dig up the garden. I’m talking about those little brown blotches that we all have dotted over our body – beauty spots to some, ugly sunburn marks to others. We’re all told to keep a keen eye on our moles, because in rare cases they can be signs of an infection or, at worst, skin cancer. But when should you really be worried? This guide should hopefully help to clear things up.

Which moles should you worry about?

Moles comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. Most are brown or grey, and the majority are flat. They are made up melanocytes – cells that give skin its colour and pigment. Most melanocytes are spread evenly through the skin, but occasionally they grow into clusters, which in turn become moles. Adolescence and pregnancy can cause them to darken.

The types of moles that should be of concern are ‘dysplastic moles’, which can turn into melanomas (cancerous moles). The more dysplastic moles you have, the larger the risk of developing a melanoma. You should look out for moles that are noticeably bigger than all the rest, uneven in colour or smudgy in shape. Moles that change shape or become itchy or start to bleed should also be of concern.

What to do if you think you have a melanoma?

Go and see your doctor, of if you’re worried about wasting their time, talk to a doctor online who is able to set up a video chat. Show them the mole that you are worried about and they will be able to properly diagnose it for you.

You may be recommended to a dermatologist who can provide a full body scan. This unfortunately means getting every part of your body examined (even the parts where the sun doesn’t shine), but if you want to prevent any risk or have previously suffered from skin cancer or problems regarding melanomas, it is your safest bet. Sometimes it may take a year to get the all-clear. In the meantime keep doing regular examinations of your body to make sure there are no changes.

If you don’t get the ‘all clear’

Don’t worry! This doesn’t automatically mean you have the big C.

You will probably be first invited in for a biopsy, which will be able to further tell if a particular mole is benign or a melanoma. A small part of the affected skin will be taken and examined for further detail.

If treatment is needed, know that a melanoma is almost always curable when caught early. The doctor may have to take a larger area of skin than the mole covers just to clear margins.

It is important to know that most moles aren’t melanomas and that sometimes the weirdest-looking of moles can in fact be perfectly healthy. Still, it always pays to check and if you ever have a hunch that one is not right, it is always best to seek medical reassurance.

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3 Interesting Ways Businesses Benefit From Remote Access Technology

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With technology advancing fast, there are many tech tools you may not even know about. It’s hard to keep up with everything new, and your business may be missing a trick! One of the great modern technology features that businesses can benefit from is remote access technology.

All Windows computers have built-in remote assistance features. Macs also feature the Apple Remote Desktop tool. But you can also find software designed for businesses to make remote access even simpler. It’s a highly practical tool well worth considering. But just how can it benefit your business?

Rapid I.T. Support

Dealing with computer problems is one of the biggest hassles in the workplace. Network connectivity issues and software usage problems can bother everyone in your company. Hardware faults and security breaches are even more stressful! Avoiding these problems helps with business efficiency, and that’s where remote access helps.

In-house I.T. support is often costly and not always the most practical option. It’s helpful to outsource your I.T. services, but you might worry about getting slower support. The good news is many I.T. companies now provide instant support with remote assistance software. Modern businesses like WesTec services and many others can help your business remotely.

A lot of modern I.T. companies even offer remote monitoring to identify and solve problems before they slow down your business. You can browse all over the internet and restart your computer without having to worry about annoying errors causing you stress!

Remote Working

It’s helpful to have people in their office at all times, but it doesn’t always happen. You might need employees in your business to travel sometimes, and workers often take days off for appointments. The same applies to you. What if you need to get work done, but you’re not at the office?

Remote access software lets you access a computer from anywhere. It’s a technique Universities often use to let students complete work on their student accounts from home. Many businesses are also making use of this nowadays to make remote working possible.

Many studies point towards the benefits of flexible working. It exemplifies why remote access is a valuable asset for businesses. You can allow employees to take a day off from the office but still get all their work completed from home! But bear in mind remote access software isn’t the only method for this. You can also submit work from anywhere using cloud collaboration tools like Google Docs.

Customer Assistance

While remote access helps you get instant I.T. support, you can also provide immediate customer help. Fast customer service is vital in the digital age, and remote help can go a long way!

If a customer emails you telling you they have problems using your website, writing out instructions isn’t practical. Instead, they can give you access to their desktop so you can show them how to use your online shopping cart or where to find your products.

It’s a vital tool for companies who develop software or apps. Remote access is possible on smartphones as well, so you can show customers how to use your product on computers or portable devices.

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