Ways Through Which You Can Protect Yourself And Your Family In Case Of Floods

Floods are known to cause extensive damage and as such, there are protective measures that one should take in order to protect oneself against floods. Such measures are divided into before and during the flood.

Herein are some of the safety measures that are supposed to be taken into consideration before floods:

flooded road· Educate every member of your family about the emergency procedures in case of a flood.

It is important to ensure that all your family members including the children know where the natural gas main, electric fuse box and the water service mains are and how they are turned off.

· Always plan an escape route in case a flood hits.

Get to know which roads around you are likely to drown easily and those that are not, what is the best place to go to in case a flood struck and above all plan ahead for a safety shelter; this could be a friend’s, or another person’s home.

· If you have pets, plan for their safety.

In most cases, pets are not allowed to stay in shelters due to health reasons and, therefore, it is advisable to have a pre-plan of where to keep them.

· Write up an accurate and complete list of all that you possess in your home.

The sole purpose of this in having a home inventory helps you lay an insurance claim for anything that may get destroyed by the floods.

· There is always an out of state family member or friend that can help.

Therefore, have them listed as an emergency contact in case your family got separated during the flood evacuation. Ensure that each and everyone has a copy of the number or alternatively, has the number memorized to avoid missing persons. It also makes reuniting easier.

During the flood, the safety precautions are:

· Always be prepared for an evacuation as soon as it is announced.

· Remove all harmful materials to higher locations. Such materials include oil, cleaning supplies, and pesticides.

· Close all the valves and utilities, should the flood cleanup services provider advise you to turn off all utilities such as gas valves it is wise to follow the directions for one’s own safety.

· Move all that you possess to a much higher ground. This ensures that all your valuables shall be protected and won’t get damaged.

· Make sure that you confirm your family’s emergency kit. Ensure that it is fully stocked with all the supplies that are going to be needed. Items such as flashlights, batteries, canned food are some of the things that should be present in the emergency kit.

· Do not attempt to swim or walk through water that is moving. Crossing through a flood makes you vulnerable, and you may be carried by the moving water. The best thing would be to go back and look for ground that is a bit higher than the one you are treading on.

· If you are in a vehicle, and it suddenly gets surrounded by water, the best thing is to leave immediately and seek higher ground as soon as possible. Remaining in the vehicle makes you prone to drowning or being washed away.

Caring For Your Parents: Compelling PBS Documentary Glued Me To My Chair

I received an email from my cousin about the PBS documentary, Caring for Your Parents, a few days after it aired on April 2, 2008. He wanted to know if I was going to talk about it here. He thought it was a dynamite show.

I missed it the first time it aired. Fortunately, the entire show is available at the PBS website. So I was able to watch it today.


The Caring for Your Parents website has divided the show into small sections. I was only going to sample a few sections to get a sense of what the show was about. That turned out to be nearly impossible. I had to watch the entire show.

The show’s producer, writer and director, Michael Kirk tread a fine line between respecting the private aspects of each of these five families from Rhode Island while having them describe the unvarnished truth of their lives as caregivers for their aging parents. We follow them over the course of a year. From well-to-do to working class, each family is coping with their parents evolving lives. Several of these families were dealing with parents with dementia.

It’s funny how we sometimes think our own situation is different or unique. I was struck by how eerily similar many of the conversations between adult child and parent and health care provider were to my conversations with my father.

Early in the show, one of the parents was being reminded by his doctor that he needed to give up driving a car because his memory has started to fail. The conversation was so similar to ones I had with my Dad that I was stunned!

The families and situations were varied but the major themes were the same as those I had encountered. Here are a few highlights:

1. Many of our parents believe in being self-sufficient. They will not mention problems they are having because they don’t want to be a burden. So, it is important to have conversations about finances and medical care and to continue having conversations as your parents’ health changes. Their choices and decisions and wishes need to be written down. It’s not one conversation–it’s many over time.

2. Your interactions with your adult siblings regarding your parents will mirror the interactions you had when you were younger. If your fought as kids, you will likely fight about your parents’ wellbeing. You can break out of the old pattern. You need to toss your expectations away about what your siblings ought to be doing. Inter-family anger is likely when one sibling does all the caregiving. It needs to be dealt with in a positive way.

3. The family members providing care often deal with highly technical medical information in order to provide a parent with informed care. It practically takes a Masters degree to deliver medication, understand what the issues are, speak for the patient when she/he can speak for themselves and make the excruciating decision on when to stop a treatment that isn’t working.

4. All of this work takes a huge toll on the caregiver whose health may be in jeopardy from the stress and self-denial. Of the five families, the caregivers who took time to take care of themselves fared significantly better than those that didn’t.

Director, Michael Kirk, tries to end on an upbeat note by talking about “Transformative Moments”. My own experience bears out that there are often funny, happy and special moments shared with your parents as you care for them. The more you focus on those moments of joy the easier it is to get through the difficult moments.

Caring for Your Parents forces us to confront the idyllic myth that we and our parents may have of their independently living out their days in happy retirement until their “time is up.” Our elders are living longer, often in poorer health. They need more and more of our help as time goes on.

This documentary is a real eye opener. Please do watch it.

It is available for viewing on the PBS website and the DVD is available for purchase.

Train Your Brain… Forget Resolutions

Tips To Train Your Brain To Get What You Want In The New Year

What are your New Year Resolutions? Do you want to quit smoking or drinking? Do you want to spend more time at the gym and lose weight? Do you want to repair or the broken relationships and make new friends? Are you looking for ways to advance in your career? Well, you can achieve all that with the right mindset. It doesn’t matter if you have failed to achieve any of the resolutions you made in the past. This is the year to get everything right and here are tips to help you get there.

Avoid Brain Fatigue

You need to keep your mind fresh and rejuvenated. If you’re tired, you might not regulate your emotions accordingly. Eventually, you will start getting down on yourself. Therefore, it’s tough to maintain willpower or a positive outlook, especially when tempted by external pressure. If you get enough sleep every night, you can make executive decisions that allow you to meet your goals.

Create A New Morning Routine

Are you always waking up in a bad mood? Do you need to feel better and rejuvenated in the morning? Well, you need a new morning routine. Rather than waking up and going directly to work, you can always do something different. Try waking up a little earlier than usual and go to the gym. Even better, you should consider doing a few exercises in your house before going anywhere. That way, you can get the energy you need to have a good morning afterward.

Organize Your Home And Office

Change is always good for a reason. It might become monotonous always looking at the same thing over and over again. Make a few changes in your home such as rearranging the furniture or putting up some new pieces of art. Even better, you can add a few decorations such as lamps to make the place look brand new. The same goes for your office. You can reorganize it, shift your desk or get a new computer. If something is different, you can always count on a new and changed experience.

Find New People

The reason why you might not have achieved what you set out to do last year is because you’re hanging out with the wrong group of people. Therefore, try to make new friends whichever way possible. That way, new people can encourage you to meet your goals effortlessly this new year.

Also, David DiSalvo has written an excellent article in Lifehacker and don’t miss to read it.


Easing Your College Student’s Transition Back Home

Tips For Parents To Help College Students Transition Back Home.

Is your child coming back home from college? Are you worried about how to deal with him/her, especially since the last time you had some high school restrictions? Have you been enjoying the freedom without any child in the house and are worried about how to act with your child there? Well, you’re not alone. Every parent who has experienced the empty nest syndrome always has a problem adjusting when one of the children comes back from college. Here’s what you need to do.

First, start by writing down everything that you assume might become an issue when your child comes back. For instance, buying extra groceries, reconverting the bedroom back from a workshop or art room and also doing extra chores than you were used to because there is someone else living in the house. No matter how small the issue might be, you need to write it down. That way, you can find a good way of dealing with it before your child settles back home from college.

Secondly, you need to treat your child like an adult, whether he/she is just home for summer break or has actually finished college and hopes to stay with you until a good job comes along. If you were always cleaning up after your child, you need to share the chores to make sure that he/she is doing their share to keep the house looking tidy. Yes, your child might want to be treated the same way you did previously, but you need to remind him/her that it’s time to grow up.

Third, if your child plans to stay home for a while after a college, you need to advise them to find a way to contribute money to the house. For instance, before the dream job comes along, he/she can work at a local coffee shop and contribute to the groceries and other little expense in the house. On the other hand, he/she can put their skills to use and find a creative way to make money from home and pay some of the expenses. Basically, your child needs to know that you can’t cater to each of their expenses because they are essentially grownups now.

Finally, find a way to step out of the role of being a parent and become a friend to your child. You can always advise your child on various issues he/she might go through before the next journey in their life begins.

You Might Be A Caregiver If …

Are you one of the 65 million Americans, mostly women, between the ages of 40 and 60, who are caregivers for a family member or friend? Your loving care is making a huge difference for your loved one.

Not sure you are a caregiver? Check out the hilarious video by Jeff Foxworthy below. (PG Content)

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

New research from AARP suggests that caregiving can take a tremendous toll on the caregiver’s personal health and overall well-being. Yet, many caregivers can be reluctant to ask for help.

AARP has a wonderful set of online resources about caregiving that you won’t want to miss. There is even a great article from Dr. Nancy Snyderman about her experience becoming the caregiver for her mom and dad.

Many Thanks

And, if you know a caregiver who could use a pat on the back, check out the ThanksProject.org, where you can share a message of thanks with a caregiver you know and post it publicly alongside other messages from people across the country to illustrate the number of caregivers nationwide.

If you are a caregiver, let me say “Thank you!” You are making a tremendous difference in the life of your loved one. Know that you are not alone. There are resources to help.

And the entire 3GenFamily Blog Community is cheering you on!

Don’t Let Your Children Make These Dating Mistakes?

Tell your son or daughter to read this article when they get some free time. It will definitely help them!

Millions of couples meet every year, and they date with each other for finding their perfect match. Too often it occurs that he or she commits some dating mistakes and after that he or she loses a chance of getting married to the perfect match. Do you also think that you are committing some dating mistakes because of which you are facing problems in maintaining a perfect relationship with someone? If yes, then you must check below mentioned common dating mistakes. Probably, you will find that what you are doing wrong with your dates. This article will also help you in improving some inner qualities.

Talking about the ex:

Finding a perfect partner is not a very tough task. You can get in touch with many people with whom you can start dating. You can try online dating also and if you are going that route check the reviews on Lovenet-jp.com. First of all, you would like to know about them and check that person is perfect for you or not. People find their perfect match and then lose him or her just because of talking too much about their ex. If you have done the same thing, it would have worked as a poison for your dating. So avoid talking about your ex-boyfriends and girlfriends and focus on the future happiness of your life.


It is not only about sex, but also about other things. If you want to be an ideal date for your partner, then have some patience. It can result in making your relationship stronger than ever before. Probably you would have dated the same person from a long time, but let him or her initiate first. It will represent you as the best life partner. If you show too much impulsiveness in meeting, talking or in sex, your date may not consider you as a right choice for the life.

Not checking complete details:

An impatience person doesn’t check all necessary details about the person he or she is going to date. Don’t be impatience because you can play detective with him or her. Nowadays we all have a powerful way of knowing everything about a person, whom we are going to date. That way is social media, and you should use it to check the background of your date. You can use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any other social media site to know more about your date. If you don’t do that and start dating with that person, later you may reveal something which will pull you back.

Daydreaming about the future:

Have you done this with your ex? If yes, you have made a big mistake. When people start dating, they try to understand the nature and choices of next person. No one thinks about the future because still there is a long way to cover. You should first understand; the person you are dating is completely interested in this relationship or not. If that person is giving you enough time, taking care of your choices, then you can purpose him or her and then plan for the future.

If you want to do successful dating with your perfect date, you should avoid above mentioned mistakes. If you can not avoid all the 4 mistakes then at least try to avoid first 3 mistakes!

Nutrition Needs For Seniors – What’s The Right Diet?

As people become older, the bodies change as well. Therefore, the nutrition needs of senior citizens are quite different from those of children, teenagers or adults. Some of the notable changes that might occur with seniors include the following.

Slow Metabolism – The metabolism rate for the elderly is considerably low. Therefore, the body doesn’t burn calories anymore. As such, seniors should eat lesser food to remain healthy. The food should also be full of nutrients.
Changes In The Digestive System –When you get older, the body produces fewer fluids required for digestion of food. Therefore, it’s tough for the body to absorb necessary nutrients.
Changes In The Appetite – A lot of senior citizens take various medications for health reasons. Therefore, they might experience side effects such as lack of appetite.
Poor Emotional Health – Elderly people often feel depressed or lonely thereby losing their interest in eating. For some, they might want to eat more food and gain extra pounds.If you’re planning the nutrition needs of an elderly individual, you need to consider a lot of factors. For instance, the diet needs to be packed with vital nutrients. That way, it can ward off any common health issues such as diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, heart problems or high cholesterol. Here are some tips for a healthy diet for a senior individual.First, at least half of the plate should be vegetables and fruits. If you choose grains, they should always be whole grains. Eat less food because of low metabolism rates. Always choose foods with low sodium content. Always choose healthy fats such as those found in nuts, avocados, seeds, vegetable oils and much more.

A senior citizen should always be hydrated. You can take a lot of water or non-fizzy or non-caffeinated drinks. Also, the diet should contain foods with very high water content such as grapes, soups, melons, cucumbers and much more. Of course, if there are different dieting instructions prescribed by the doctor, they should be followed to the letter.

The diet should contain a lot of fiber and roughage. For instance, you should concentrate raw fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. These foods will reduce constipation while providing minerals, fiber, vitamins and nutrients that are crucial for proper aging.

Finally, the diet should contain proteins such as eggs, beans, chicken and fish and lean meats. Proteins allow the body to produce the energy necessary for bodily functions and day to day activities.

 Recommended Resources:

Tufts University Research Center on Aging created the illustration to highlight recommended food portions and exercises for those over 65.

You are never too old to start exercising.  Check the video on this page to know what we mean!