5 Tips for Adults Going Back to School

 

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Lots of people go back to school later in life for various reasons. It may be to gain specific qualifications necessary for their career, expand their skill set, or to add something impressive to their resume and give them a competitive edge. There are many options for further education, from graduate nursing degrees to qualifications in computer programming. Whatever you want to learn about, there will undoubtedly be somewhere offering it. Here are some useful tips that will set you up for success if you are thinking about continuing your education.

  1. Talk to your boss

If you are going back to education for career-oriented reasons, you must be clear about your objectives. Do you want to get promoted? Get qualified for a different role entirely? Or do you want to stay current in your industry expertise so you can be secure in your position? Before deciding where to study or what subject to opt for, talk to your manager about how your study could contribute to the success of the company. You may find they are willing to offer you support.

  1. Talk to other students

Talking to other adult professionals who have gone back to school to further their education will give you a better idea of what to expect. They can give you recommendations of colleges and courses and advise you on how to get the most out of your learning.

  1. Create a plan

Going back to education later in life can be a bit of a juggling act. When you were younger, you probably had fewer family and work commitments. But as an adult, you will have to balance your studies, home life, and career. Although essential, your commitment to your education should not overwhelm other aspects of your life. For this reason, it’s a good idea to come up with a time management plan, outlining when you will study and when you will devote your time to your family and work. It might mean some early mornings or late nights, but your hard work will reap the rewards in the end.

  1. Choose the right education provider

There is a great deal of choice when selecting the college and the course for your studies. Narrow down your options by doing as much research as possible. Talk to the faculty and find out more about what the course involves. Ask to see a course syllabus and determine what resources and support will be available. You want to ensure you choose a course of study that gives you the flexibility to manage your other life commitments simultaneously. You may even find that getting a degree online gives you the work-life balance you need.

  1. Expand your network

When going back to college, you will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of new people. Even if you’re primarily there for the learning, you shouldn’t miss out on the social side. Your coursemates will be like-minded people with similar goals, and it is good to have as much support as you can. By introducing yourself to people, you could be opening yourself up to career opportunities and new ways of looking at things

Four Signs Of A Bad Nursing Home

When you’re looking for a nursing home or have reservations about the one a loved one might be in at the moment, there are certain things that you can look out for that are a tell-tale sign of a bad one. Here are four signs of a bad nursing home.

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Poor Resident Hygiene

Hygiene is something that a lot of those in a care home will need help with, and that requires staff presence around those individuals. It’s not just helping them to the toilet if they need that assistance, but it’s keeping them well-fed and washed properly. When it comes to residential hygiene, it’s important to keep your senses about you and to give the place a good smell. It can often smell nicer in the communal areas, but it’s important to check in with the rooms themselves to ensure the current residents are clean and well presented. It can be difficult to come across a perfect care home where everyone is always clean, but there will be one or two that are visibly being neglected and that can be a huge problem for the state of their well being and their health in general. If they’re not being given the right hygiene attention, then more problems in their health could occur.

 

A Lack Of Staff Care

Staff are important to a care home, and it can be a tough job for anyone to have to do, but it’s important that every care home has qualified staff who are keen to do the job, no matter how bad or frustrating it might get. A lack of staff care will usually be apparent by the amount of time that goes by where no one is coming to check up on a resident or has popped by to see you with your loved one. Keep an eye on that and just how many individuals work within the care home on a daily basis. It’s something you can ask if you were looking after the nursing home as a potential spot for your loved one.

 

Unexplained Injuries

No one would want to see their loved ones being hurt, but unfortunately, it’s something that’s happened in the past. When nursing home abuse happens, it can be upsetting for everyone involved but more so the individual who is being subjected to the abuse. Unexplained injuries that can’t be explained by the staff or your loved one can’t remember, are important to note. Keep a log of these and take photos, so that if it’s needed, you can approach the care home with evidence and you can take these claims further if needs be.

 

Unsanitary Living Conditions

The living conditions and the level of quality is important to note when visiting a care home. If they’re being funded well, then there’s going to be good living conditions all round. It’s good to keep an eye on this aspect, even if the other signs above aren’t something that feature. A dirty living condition for any ill or weak person can be deadly.

 

Use these tips to help you find the right nursing home or to expose a bad one.

Healthy Aging: The Biggest Threats To Your Health and How to Beat Them

As we age, we tend to be increasingly concerned about our health. It’s a different story than when we were young and rebellious teenagers, sniffing at the patronizing advice from our elders, and basking in the confused belief that we’re going to live for ever. Someone has yet to prove that this is possible, and all we can do in the meantime is to try to take care of the vessels we have been given.

 

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Coming to terms with one’s mortality is one thing – but realizing that we can actually do something to prolong our lives is an entirely different, and altogether positive feeling. So, here it is; the top things you can do for your health today, to enjoy the sensation of an active body and a sharp mind for as long as possible.

 

Keep your friends close

 

An amusing and eye-opening article in Boston Globe tells the story of a middle-aged reporter who was assigned a task because he was ‘perfect for the story.’ It was supposed to cover the topic on how the lack of a stable and rewarding friendship has become one of the biggest health concerns for men. Needless to say, the reporter tried in vain to convince himself that he was indeed not the perfect candidate for the story.

 

As we grow up, establish a family and suddenly feel the time-crunch closing in, we tend to spend less time with our friends rather than decreasing the time we devote to our children – which makes sense. The only danger is that when you get older, and the kids leave the nest, many middle-aged men find themselves quite alone.

 

One study even found that the long-term risks of being lonely can be as severe as those of smoking cigarettes.

 

Even though we can try to fool ourselves all we want, the verdict is clear. Loneliness is seriously dangerous to your health and can increase the risk of strokes, cardiovascular diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s – which could all have been prevented if we just put aside a bit of time for our friends.

 

Leave your bad habits behind

 

Now that we’ve covered the effects your mental well-being can have on your physical health, it’s time to get down to business. Smoking and obesity are, of course, the biggest health concerns for us in old age – right next to loneliness. It’s not enough to continue to make the same new year’s resolutions, trying to quit smoking, or befriend your scale – you need to dig deeper than this to beat the bad habits.

 

It’s difficult to cover everything you can do to change your brain patterns and form healthy habits, so let’s keep it simple; to change your ways, start by visualizing the benefits you’ll enjoy by cutting down on smoking, for example. Write it down, memorize it, and try to compensate by moving over to e-cigarettes instead – especially if you’ve been smoking for a long time.

 

Have a look at this article for an in-depth read on changing your habits and remember that to succeed, you need to make a conscious choice every day to change the patterns in your brain.

 

Why not team up with some of your friends and embark on a new and rewarding lifestyle together? It will be good for all of you, that’s for sure.