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Discussion in 'Senior Directory Project' started by Ken Anderson, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Ken Anderson

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    As I am waiting for the DNS to propagate so that I can install and set up the Seniors Guide, I thought I'd solicit some ideas as for topics.

    I intend this to be a niche guide and directory, which will include informational articles as well as links to web sites whose topics related primarily to seniors, but I want it to be more of a guide for seniors, not for the children of seniors, who are looking for ideas of what to do with their parents.

    Although we'll surely include sections for things like nursing homes and retirement communities, home care services, adult day care, mobility products, providers of Medicare supplements and advantage programs, and government benefits, these are the things that other senior guides already provide.

    Keeping in mind that one of the chief purposes of the site is as a directory of web sites, what other topics might pertain solely or largely to people are are getting older, but who are not necessarily incompetent or incapacitated.?

    Most of us use grocery stores, but so does everyone else, so that's not the sort of thing I'm interested in including.

    Anyone who will be accessing the guide will be someone who uses computers, and I think we can add some topics related to technology that might be largely focused on seniors. Although I, and many of you, have been using a computer for far longer than our children have, that's not the case with a lot of seniors, who might have gotten a computer or tablet device only to keep in touch with their children and grandchildren. My son turned fifty, and he has never used a computer. He wasn't interested as a teenager, when I got my first computer, and never did get interested in it. Of course, he wouldn't be accessing the guide because he wouldn't be online, so we might look at what topics might there be that related to seniors and technology.

    Health issues would be another area, as there are health problems that are more common to seniors.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    In other words, as a senior you have a lot of interests. Many of them are the same interests you've always had, so those aren't the ones that I am interested in as far as a Seniors Guide goes. What interests do you have that you think are related to this stage in your life? Being a senior is about more than Medicare, health concerns, retirement communities, nursing homes, government programs and funeral homes, yet these are the the only things covered in most senior guides.
     
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    Downsizing is one such topic. Although others might choose to downsize too, for various reasons, this is something of particular interest to seniors, although I'm still accumulating and wishing I had more space.

    You don't have to know a thing about directories to help with this part of it. Which topics are of interest to you now that weren't so much of interest to you when you were younger, particularly those that may be related to age?
     
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    You seem to have most things covered @Ken Anderson....errrm what about some kind of thing that lets us middle years folks know what's ahead of us...I mean what to expect in our senior years that we might not expect...

    In our 50's and 60's many of us have no idea what it feels like to be 80 plus...... what are we like to have to be watchful for as we get older?

    I suppose I mean a kind of instruction manual on what to expect as we age... from our middle years
     
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    That would be a part of it, yes. There are more topics to be found, however.
     
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    @Ken Anderson this is a very interesting thread. I sometimes see advertisements regarding products for seniors and those physically challenged to help them around the home like walk-in tubs, motorized chairs for stairs. I think would be an interesting topic.
     
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    We are looking into things like retirement home as of next week ...( at a meeting for a planned new village ) ....right now there is a over 50’ s retirement village being set up spitting distance from where we live ...there are no roads established as yet .,however 4 transportable Homes have appeared in the area that’s had a temporary road pushed through far enough so they could place the homes on stumps ....

    We got a advertising phamplet in out letter box inviting anyone who’s interested to a meeting at a nearby golf club ,to ask questions about the new village or just questions in general about retirement living ,we have put our name down to attend ...as we need to start seriously thinking about downsizing our 4 bedroom home ,that only myself and hubby lives in
    ( we had it on the market but have recently taken it off the market to take it out of the hands of the horrible man we had it with) We intend re listing it with another agent in the new year ..

    There is a long established retirement village “in town “ about 4 km from where we live .

    We know people who live at the one in town ...I asked them some time ago ..so do you like it ...their answer was Mmmmm ...they love their Unit ...however with the homes being so close together ..most of the time they can’t spend time out on their back patio area ,due to,having people who smoke either side of them ...( and they get the second hand smoke drifting into their private space ) so that’s one issue that would deter me from even concidering a retirement village .

    With us both being “never even tried smokers “
    We are 70 hubs and I’m.71 so it’s high on the agenda after I recover from some upcoming surgery I’m having in a couple of weeks,to look in the city 2 hours from where we live now ..

    As for the new one I mentioned I intend asking them about their new homes ....to my knowledge transportable homes need steps or ramps ...and that’s something most retirees steer clear of beacuse of the fall risks ....
    yes some are fine walking up ramps .....but allot are not as they age ....anyway that’s my 2 bobs worth on the subject
     
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