Millions of Americans are diagnosed with some form of dementia each year, and those numbers are growing.
When we talk about those with dementia and their needed care, we often forget about the caregivers, who often struggle more than those for whom they care.
In this week’s Booming Forward, Dave Nemeth takes a look at one woman’s struggle with the dreadful disease.
Every now and then you come across an individual who just makes an impression on you, and you want to know more about them.
For Fox 13’s Dave Nemeth, 97-year-old Bob Griswold was one of those people. He’s a very busy guy who’s led a very busy life. And although he’s 97, he’s not done, not by a long shot.
We first met Bob at Age Performance Fitness Center while shooting a story about older adults and the benefits of exercise.
Turns out, Bob is an accomplished artist. Today, he has a whole gallery of his work on display where his love of nature shines through his sketches and watercolors. Growing up in California, bob was raised a true outdoorsman and was full of early ambition.
Check out Bob’s story in this week’s Booming Forward in the video above!
Three years ago, 78-year-old Shirley Webb decided to join a gym to help her with her stamina and bone strength. Little did she know at the time just how much it would change her life.
“When I first joined, I could not climb steps unless I held on with both hands and pulled myself up,” she said.
Shirley quickly became addicted to the sport, traveling to competitions and picking up 17 medals. In just three years, the gold-winning, barbell slinging granny has hit the global scale, powerlifting her way into a world record.
“I’m a world champion right now. That’s a nice title to have,” she said.
She’s set three nationals records, deadlifting more than 250 pounds, qualifying her for the World Championships in Sweden. There, Shirley deadlifted 265 pounds, beat competitors more than a decade younger than her and became a crowd favorite.
“I heard these people cheering me every time I went out on the stage to compete, and I thought, ‘I wonder who they are, maybe from the U.S.?'” Shirley wondered. “They were from Iceland, rooting me on.”
But her husband Dick is her biggest fan.
“My job — and I’ve been restricted to this at my own request — is to load the bar,” Dick laughed, “so, I don’t have to lift more than 45 pounds.”
Shirley says she’s far from done with weightlifting and intends to continue for as long as she’s able. She hopes to be an inspiration to others.
“You’re never too old to start. No matter how you feel, you can start real lightweight, very light and work yourself up to where you’re feeling good. You’ve got to get that blood flowing!”
Living within one’s financial budget can be difficult. Many older adults are on a fixed income. But if you shop around, you’ll find there are many ways to save.
AARP has released its 10th edition of the popular “99 Ways to Save” article, and it’s full of great ways to save. It can help anyone find good deals on almost any goods or services.
Check out some of the best tips in this week’s Booming Forward segment in the video player above!
Booming Forward: How the internal clock called the ‘circadian rhythm’ can impact the health of seniors
SALT LAKE CITY — The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock that reminds us when we’re tired and need some sleep.
We spend an awful lot of time sleeping, about 3,000 hours a year.
By the time a person turns 55, they’ve slept on average 165 thousand hours. That’s 6,875 days, nearly 19 years.
Dr. Kelly Baron is a sleep specialist at the University of Utah Sleep-Wake Center.
“It`s like the basic building block of our metabolism,” Dr. Baron said. “We can`t run our clocks 24 hours a day. We need to rest and restore and if we`re not getting that, there`s a lot of impact on many different systems.”
Sleep needs don`t necessarily change as we age, but for older adults, getting that sleep can be more difficult.
‘What happens as you age, there`s just an increase in pain, aches and pains and other illnesses,” Dr. Baron said.
Many older couples find it increasingly difficult to share a bed with their partner, sometimes leading to what`s often referred to as a “sleep divorce.”
“Having that time together to talk or cuddle or whatever they`re going to do, and then have their own sleep in their own space,” Baron said. “Actually, people sleep better separately in many cases.”
If a person feels they may sleep better in a separate bed or even separate room, Dr. Baron advises couples talk about it.
“I really want couples to have permission to be able to discuss and negotiate their sleep environment, and if the agree they sleep separate to not feel bad about it,” Dr. Barton said.
When it comes to napping during the day, while some people benefit, many do not.
“You get into a pattern of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul,” Dr. Barton said. “You`re missing sleep at night, you`re getting it during the day and people are drowsy.”
For a better night`s sleep, setting a regular sleep pattern and sticking to it is first and foremost.
“You need to have a really good signal of daytime, you need to get light, activity, movement in order to sleep at night,” Dr. Baron said.
There are many reasons for older adults to fall out of healthy sleep patterns, but Dr. Baron says you don`t have to live with it, you just have to work on it.
“You don`t have to accept that having poor sleep is just a part of aging and that there`s something you can do to improve it.”
As with most of the country, Utah has been dealing with extreme heat. Here, this has been the hotest week of the year. The high heat presents serious dangers and Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services is particularly concerned about older residents.
In an effort to avoid cases of heat-related illness, the organization is stepping up its efforts to help folks keep their cool.
The county has established “Cool Zones” where people can escape the heat. The roughly 50 Cool Zones can be found in libraries and recreational facilities across the valley.
For a list and map of Cool Zones, visit the county website here.
Watch the video above for more helpful tips on keeping yourself and your loved ones cool.
In this week’s Booming Forward, we introduce you to a man who left a successful career to follow his passion.
A few years ago, Lonnie Mayne was busy running his growing tech company. Then, he started thinking bigger. He wanted to share a philosophy and a style of managing motivating and standing out. With an affinity for red sneakers, he coined it Red Shoes Living.
He left his company behind and began sharing his observations through corporate speaking and workshops.
Hear and see the full story in the video above.
SALT LAKE CITY — Shredding important paperwork is critical these days for protecting yourself from identity theft.
AARP Utah’s annual shredding event coming up on Saturday will provide a chance to get those personal documents safely and securely destroyed.
Someone in the U.S. has their identity stolen every two seconds. That’s why it’s critical to destroy important records, documents, and even certain pieces of mail.
“Any kind of identifying information on it — if it has your phone number, if it has any kind of personal information, shred it,” said lan Ormsby, state director of AARP Utah.
The free shredding events will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at two locations:
- Salt Lake City: Shred-It Facility, 4325 W. Commercial Way
- Ogden: Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West — West parking lot
It’s rodeo season, and you can’t have a rodeo without a clown.
Fans at the recent rodeo in Lehi got to see one of the best in action. His name is Lecile Harris, and he’s the king of the clowns on the rodeo circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY — Baby Boomers past the age of 60 are starting to consider when they should take their Social Security benefits.
It can make a big difference.
“If you take it early, you get a smaller monthly check for a longer period of years,” says Sandy Hunter who worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years. “You take it later, at 70, you get a higher check, but it`s going to be a shorter number of years.”
For example, if a 62-year-old receives $750 a month from Social Security, they would receive $1,300 a month if they waited until age 70 to begin withdrawals.
Watch Dave Nemeth’s report and you can register for AARP’s Social Security Webinar. Here’s a link.