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Let's Hear It for the Man! How to Celebrate Your Dad This Father's Day

Published: June 1, 2017

Let’s Hear It for The Man! How to Celebrate Your Dad This Father’s Day

You may not realize this, but you have Richard Nixon to thank for a nod to all the dads on Father’s Day.

Yes, it was President Nixon (he, of Watergate infamy) who signed a proclamation in 1972 making the second Sunday in June a federal holiday. The fact that Mother’s Day had a 58-year head start says everything about how we’re jsut now starting to realize the impact father’s have on their children’s happiness and sense of well-being.

“Paternal involvement seems to predict adult adjustment better than does maternal involvement,” Psychology Today reports.

If you’re still wondering what to get your dad to show how well he helped you turn out, read on.

•    Daughters. If you were daddy’s little girl, frame a photo of him teaching you to ride your bike in the park or roller skate. Although he probably didn’t know it at the time, taking an interest and participating in your development helped give you the “self-esteem” needed to conquer the world (or, at least, your small corner of it).

•    Sons. In the late ’80s, Hollywood captured the essence of the father-son dynamic in the movie “Field of Dreams”—showing that even as some men feared becoming like their fathers, they still wanted to bond with them. If that sums up your own father-son relationship, buy the DVD to watch together, and see who tears up first when Kevin Costner’s character joyously plays catch with his late father after (erroneously) thinking the voice that had commanded him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond (“If you build it, he will come”) was referring to someone else.

•    Sons and daughters. If you are still unconvinced how big of a role fathers play in your life, you need only see a video by the Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier ( that is destined to go viral. It perfectly captures the moment when grown children realize their father has made them the adults they are today. Called “Celebrate Giving,” viewers watch a young man flash back to scenes from his childhood—his father is omnipresent, even comforting him over his first heartbreak—while out to dinner with his pregnant wife and parents.

“I had no idea how much time we spent together, how many little things he showed me,” the son silently muses.

In fact, the video is so on-target that you might just want to buy your own dad the Baume & Mercier Clifton wristwatch the son presumably gave as a Father’s Day gift. While it’s definitely considered “the essence of urban elegance,” there are also a wide range of other styles to suit all dads.

Get the Right Light for Outdoor Entertaining

Published: June 1, 2017

Get the Right Light for Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is in full swing, but there’s still time to plan a relaxing staycation or backyard soiree while the evenings are warm and clear. To make the most of your family and friends time, look around your outdoor space to see if the existing lighting works properly and enhances the ambiance.

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), a few updates to your outside lighting can make your alfresco time more enjoyable. And the best part? It doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a lovely retreat.

“Creating a beautiful landscape doesn’t have to be expensive,” says Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting. “A few well-placed, low-voltage path or accent lights can make a huge impact on a well-manicured landscape.” No lawn is too small. “Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit,” he says.

A few outdoor lighting tips:

• Layer outdoor lighting. Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective if it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. Because there are not typically boundaries and borders, those three layers will enhance enjoyment and help define smaller sitting and entertaining areas as though they are outdoor rooms.

   • Create a safe and secure environment. Enhance security with lighting near entrances and in dark corners. Aim lights away from the door so arriving guests are not blinded as they enter your outdoor area.

 • Reduce glare. Light walkways and paths with light that is cast downward and hooded fixtures. In many cases, exterior-safe dimmers and moveable units, which can be added to a patio or porch as needed, can provide flexible control over the level of light.

   • Add decorative elements. While functionality is the top priority, aesthetic elements are also important for a relaxing and inspiring setting. Focus on lighting that highlights architectural and natural details, as well as other decorative elements like arbors, pergolas and patios.

    • Conserve energy. Consider LEDs to save energy and for their efficiency. Also think about Energy Star and Dark Sky fixtures that reduce glare and minimize light into the sky as well as neighboring yards and windows. Remember to check the color (chromaticity) of LED outdoor lights. Low chromaticity lights (2700 or 3000K) will look similar to incandescent and halogen bulbs. Higher chromaticity LEDs (4000K and above) will have a whiter, bluer look.

Visit a nearby ALA-member retail store to see the latest outdoor lighting options to make your outdoor space a true oasis. For more, go to

Free Senior Safety Check Offers Peace of Mind for Family and Friends

Published: June 1, 2017

Free Senior Safety Check Offers Peace of Mind for Family and Friends

 – Approximately 60 percent of adults aged 65 and older living alone or in care facilities receive no regular visitors, according to recent studies. Loneliness is a challenge for older adults, especially during the holidays. Some may have no close relatives; others may have family members and friends too far away to visit regularly.
A daily weekday phone check-in service provides peace of mind to family and friends of older adults living alone. The Always in Touch program, offered free from Always Best Care Senior Services, is designed mainly for seniors or disabled adults who are homebound, isolated, living alone or in need of daily contact. It can be temporary for someone recuperating from an illness or surgery, or it may be a more permanent situation, according to Always Best Care.
Here’s how it works: Representatives of Always in Touch call each day and allow the phone to ring up to 15 times. If no one answers, they will call again 15 minutes later. If there’s still no answer, the representative will try to reach the individual’s designated emergency contacts.
“This unique program allows us to give back to our communities in a very meaningful way,” says Michael Newman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Always Best Care.
Friends and family members who do live near elderly relatives living alone also can help address holiday loneliness by assisting with opening and reading holiday cards, arranging for visits from a representative of a local church, decorating the home, or organizing a party at a senior facility.
Loneliness often leads to depression if ignored. Signs of depression in seniors include loss of appetite, loss of interest in activities or socializing, and problems sleeping. Regular phone calls when family members are distant, as well as when they live nearby, are an important way to combat depression by making older adults feel loved and cared for.
Always in Touch is not a substitute for professional medical advice or services, and the company reminds individuals and caregivers to call a personal physician or 911 immediately if help is needed. To sign up for the Always in Touch program, contact a representative from Always Best Care by calling 855-710-2255. For more information about Always Best Care services, visit

Achieve Senior Independence With a Safer Home

Published: June 1, 2017

Achieve Senior Independence With a Safer Home

 – Elderly safety is a considerable problem in the U.S. as millions of seniors go to the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by accidents in the home. Falls are a leading cause of these mishaps. Yet, with proper equipment and knowledge, risk can be cut dramatically.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one out of every three adults over age 65 falls each year. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and in 2008, almost 20,000 older adults died from fall-related injuries in the U.S.

Houses can be potential battlegrounds for seniors as they navigate rooms, hallways and stairs. Here are some ways you can help ensure a safer home:

•    Clear the clutter. This goes for countertops, end tables, hallways and beyond. Clutter of all sizes can make for hazards in such places as the kitchen and bathroom, and should be removed.

•    Get frequent visual exams. Poor eyesight is a leading cause of senior falls and can make it hard to navigate homes safely. Check your prescription yearly to ensure it’s still accurate.

•    Equip bathroom with showers/baths designed for older adults. Since 80 percent of senior falls happen in the bathroom, seniors can maintain independence longer with the use of walk-in baths built for elderly adults. For instance, the walk-in tub from Safe Step ( has anti-slip floors, 4-inch step up, grab bars, anti-scald technology, mold-resistant walls and a shower wand.

•    Participate in moderate exercise. Staying active is one of the best ways to maintain balance, strength and mobility — as long as you don’t overdue it. The CDC suggests Tai Chi or relaxed yoga for balance, and weight-bearing exercise is also helpful because it increases bone density for seniors suffering from osteoporosis. encourages dumbbell swings — dumbbells may be substituted for grandchildren, pets or groceries — and exercise routines using resistance bands.

•    Install grab bars throughout the home. The most obvious space demanding grab bars is the bathroom, next to showers, baths and toilets, but they’re useful in other rooms, too. Grab bars help you climb stairs safely, traverse long hallways or use the kitchen more easily.

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