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Shopping at a store this week, I happened to grab two different senior resource and elder care services free magazines in the brochure section at the front of the grocery store. It’s the same place you find the freebie real estate booklets, used car newsletters, and parenting magazines. Both were ad-based magazines with very helpful information for caregivers.
Thanks to these two magazines I found information about:
- Free ride program for seniors along with interesting volunteer opportunities to help with the free ride program
- Senior centers for the various cities in the region
- Directories of housing options sorted by independent living, assisted living, critical care, and dementia care, along with adult day care and respite options
- Senior adult learning options that could provide great opportunities for many of us in the Baby Boomer Generation
- Contact information for governmental agencies on aging, hospice agencies, and medical equipment providers
I even found an ad in one for a pharmacy that offers free RX delivery. Wouldn’t that be handy if I had to be out of town and my senior mom got sick!
All of these could be useful for me down the road. Even more important, think how valuable this information would be for a long distance caregiver. I had never thought that much about it, but after reviewing each of these little magazines, I am now going to have a couple of older relatives I correspond with send me a copy of their local one, plus I’m going to start getting one each time I visit and older relative. They’re slim and easy to store and I can simply file them away under EMERGENCY for a future need.
I would encourage each of you who have long distance (or even up close and personal) relatives to get a copy of the senior magazine(s) available near your loved one. You never know when they might come in handy! Also, check back at least once a year. One of these magazines, with some valuable information I wish I had known about earlier, didn’t start publishing until I’d lived in this area for a few months. By then, I’d already picked up such items and never looked again. You never know when a new and useful magazine will be coming to your local area. 🙂