Nursing Homes in 2069

PBC Blog General 2 (14)Recently, I took my mother to visit the skilled nursing and long-term care facility that she went into when she had her stroke.  She was thrilled to see the friends she made, both staff and patients when she visited.  Then while standing listening to golden oldies over the speaker in the dining hall as she talked to her favorite kitchen worker, and my mind began to wonder…

What will nursing homes be like for my generation?

Video or APP games will be our BINGO –  I don’t think we will find full satisfaction BINGO.  But leaderboards within the nursing home charting patient progress in Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Zelda, or Super Mario.

Plant-based, Paleo, Keto, Pescatarian, Vegan, and Vegetarian Diets – Many are adopting new lifestyles and choices of living.  I just hope Ensure is working on some new dairy-free recipes.

Wireless Everything – Sure there may still be the need to buttons or remotes.  However, most electronic may be voice activated or be controlled by another smart device.

Different Dining Music – In the dining area instead of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Green Day, or N’SYNC will probably be streaming over the speakers.

Virtual Pets – Being that many nursing homes don’t allow pets to be long term guests; I suspect many will have virtual pets that patients take of on their watch, tablet, phone or other device.

Beauty Salon Extravaganzas –  Also, I think the salons inside of facilities would need a wide variety of color options for dying hair.  In addition, they should be prepared for men and women getting manicures and pedicures.

Alternative Medicine Practitioners on Staff –  Due to the increasing demand for natural remedies I think these practitioners may find a home in these facilities.

Just random thought, but I would like to know your thoughts on this.

I am sure I missed something…what do you think nursing homes will be like?  Leave your reply below!

Photo by Aris Sfakianakis on Unsplash

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This Is Me: Why I Became Vegan

2017 was a year that changed me in ways to this day I still don’t even know. One change was my path from Paleo, to vegetarian and finally to plant-based vegan. So what pushed me to make this change? The answer is my husband and mom.

PBC ERIn early 2017, my mother had a major stroke that impacted her cognition and caused her to lose sight on the right half of both of her eyes.  And within the same month, she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer.  Today she is a cancer survivor and is doing well given all of what 2017 threw her way.  Nonetheless, the first six months of 2017 shook me to my core and led me to a lifestyle change.

Moreover, during the summer, my husband experienced a cardiac event that led to the ambulance rushing him away from home to the hospital in the dark and early hours of the morning.  Long story short there he is ok but he had to make changes to his diet as well – doctors orders.  I was surprised that I didn’t have a heart attack myself considering all of what I had encountered – but my husband was the last stray.  I had to make a change that would increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life.

In years past, I had sprints of pescatarianism and lacto-ovo-vegetarianism.  In 2016, I completed a Whole 30  which led to a paleo diet that I followed until my mother had a stroke in January 2017.  Over the next few months, traveling between home, work, kid’s school, radiation treatments, doctor offices and hospitals my eating habits when into the “trash”.  I ate whatever was easy and convenient.  Lot’s of pizza, fast-foods, ice cream, burgers and chicken nuggets.  To be honest I was in survival mode and food was comforting me instead of nourishing my body.

So on July 12, 2017, I became a vegetarian…”cold turkey”.  Then 90 days later, I completely transitioned to a plant-based vegan diet.  My skin has never looked clearer, my “numbers” are what they were 10 years ago and the boost of energy is REAL!  However, the energy element didn’t really kick in until about 6-8 weeks into me being vegan.

Now as a wife, mother, daughter, caregiver, full-time employee, blogger, and a crafter who is also vegan I still get tired – but who wouldn’t.  But I feel better about my food choices and in greater control of my health.  Overall, I became vegan because I wanted to increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life for not only myself but my family.  Though I must say I am beginning to develop personal feelings and convictions towards the treatment of animals in our food industry…but that is a blog post for another day!