Thursday, October 29, 2015

Some Signs of Elder Abuse You Should Not Ignore

Many elderly adults are subject to abuse in their own homes, the home of relatives, and even the facilities that are responsible for their care such as nursing homes and day centers. If you suspect that an elderly relative, friend or neighbor is being physically or psychologically abused or is being financially preyed upon, it’s important that you speak up as soon as possible. This article will explain more about the signs of elder abuse and how to best prevent and report the issue.

What is Elder Abuse?

As older people become physically weaker and more frail, they are less able to stand up to being bullied or fight back and defend themselves if they are attacked. Because older people may be unable to see or hear as well as they once could, they leave openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them and their situation. Many seniors worldwide are subject to some kind of abuse, often by the people who are directly responsible for their care. In the U.S. alone there are half a million reports of elder abuse each year, with millions of further cases going unreported.

Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
In many cases of elder abuse, the signs and symptoms are unrecognized or not taken seriously at first. Many signs of abuse can appear as general signs of poor health, metal deterioration or dementia and signs of the elderly person’s frailty – and are often explained away by caregivers as such. In general, seniors who are being abused will tend to have frequent arguments or tension between them and their caregiver, and you may notice some personality or behavioral changes.

Physical Abuse
If you suspect that an elderly person is being abused physically, you may notice one or more of the following signs. Look out for unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, cuts, and scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on each side of the body. Broken bones, dislocations and sprains could also signify abuse, as could any reports of a drug overdose on prescription medication. You should also look out for any signs of restraint, and be wary if the caregiver is reluctant to allow you to see the elder alone.

Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse often goes hand in hand with other types of abuse, and if you witness a caregiver being threatening, belittling, or controlling towards an elder, this could indicate emotional abuse. The elder may also show behavior that mimics dementia such as rocking, mumbling, or sucking their thumb.

Financial Exploitation
Financial exploitation involves the theft and use of an elderly person’s money, and your elderly friend or relative may be being financially exploited if you notice any of the following. You should look out for significant withdrawals from their accounts, suspicious changes in wills, sudden changes in their financial condition and financial activity they could not have done, for example ATM withdrawals when they are bedridden.

If you suspect that your elderly friend or relative is going through any of the above, contact elder abuse attorneys at Garcia Law today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Launching Your New Vessel with Gear for Safety and Fun

Becoming the owner of a new boat can be a landmark occasion to be celebrated. While you are breaking out the champagne with friends and loved ones, you may also do well to celebrate the launch of your new vessel by purchasing items that you need to have on board. Whether you shop online yourself or create a sort of gift registry for your friends and relatives, you would do well to include items that are practical, as well as some for fun so that you can ensure that every voyage out to sea is enjoyable and safe.

When you shop on the Internet, you may come across commission packages that contain a host of items that every good captain should have on board. For example, because you are responsible for the safety of your passengers, you will want to have gear that will keep them afloat literally in case your boat should capsize. You can find life jackets and buoys on the website that your passengers can use if you find yourself in water awaiting rescue.

Likewise, this package also has a fire extinguisher in it so that you can put out fires on board your boat. You cannot use seawater to put out fires. In fact, the seawater can react with the blaze and make it worse. A fire extinguisher can effectively put out a fire and keep you, your passengers, and your boat from going down in flames. Other gear included in these kinds of packages include flares and safety kits for minor injuries. You can use the flares to signal to the rescuers your position. Other items like chargers and batteries can likewise be used to call for help if your phone or dashboard equipment needs powering.

Along with commission packages, you can also find fun items to take on board, such as snacks and drinks that you and your passengers can enjoy while out on the water. If you plan on being out at sea for a few hours, you may want to a few snacks and drinks on hand to keep you satisfied. The website also has supplements that you can order so that you can bolster your immune system and make you ready to handle the elements while navigating your boat. Celebrating your new boat is easier and more fun with shopping online today.

Friday, October 2, 2015

No Classes

Last week, a typhoon which is named JENNY entered our country and thankfully it left not much destruction and raining our area. It was very first time that a typhoon is named after my name so I'm quite excited, even taking screenshots of the news or at social media. Sadly it lashed Taiwan badly.

Anyway, a new storm just entered our country and it was now names KABAYAN. Yesterday it rained so hard that it left many areas flooded (as usual). With the continuous rains until early this morning, the weather bureau gave out list of signal warning to many areas including our place. Our municipality then declared that no classes in all levels today. That means my niece and nephew are at home doing their thing. My nephew loves computer games and music and I bet he'd be drowning himself with those today. I'm pretty sure if he will be able to browse, he'll then bug his parents for a guitar to practice as he he wants to learn to play it since summer. I just hope that he'll still open his books or notes to check on his school work but I know he'll do it on Saturday or Sunday.

Meanwhile, my niece  is on the computer poo. You Tube is her bestfriend, watching teen videos about her fave cartoon character My Little Pony at her age of Kids will be busy all day for sure.