We’re Washing Athleisure Incorrectly, But New Line Makes Laundering Unnecessary
Nov02

We’re Washing Athleisure Incorrectly, But New Line Makes Laundering Unnecessary

In recent years, athleisure has made gym wear a whole lot hipper and more attractive. Instead of grubby t-shirts and ill-fitting sweatpants or baggy shorts, numerous brands (and even celebrities) have made their mark in the fitness industry by creating garments that can make exercisers feel stylish without sacrificing on functionality. But when you work up a sweat, you’ll need to throw those gym clothes in the washing machine — and according to Reader’s Digest, you may be laundering your workout gear all wrong. Fortunately, there’s now a brand that requires only monthly washings, which might free up some of your time (and save you money on detergent). Athleisure refers to clothing items that are designed for athletic activities yet are comfortable and trendy enough to be worn outside the gym — while running errands, lounging around the house, or even going to school. Considering that 36% of all regular exercisers participate in some sort of fitness class, these clothes have mass appeal, particularly among yogis and indoor cycling devotees who want to dress to impress. Many A-list celebrities have cashed in on the craze; Beyonce, Demi Lovato, Kate Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, and more have collaborated with established brands like Fabletics, Puma, and Dick’s Sporting Goods to sell their bold workout wear to eager consumers. But although there may be no wrong way to wear these garments, it turns out that we may be cleaning them completely wrong. Normally, you should wash your athletic clothing after each wear due to the way bacteria and sweat cling to synthetic materials. But experts say that you should skip the fabric softener with these garments; not only is it pretty unnecessary for these types of clothes, but the softener can actually remove the moisture-wicking properties of the fabric that help keep you comfortable during your workouts. And while a lot of people are under the impression that hot water is the best defense against odors and bacteria, high temperatures or steam cycles can shorten the lifespan of the clothes. Cold water, on the other hand, will preserve the stretch in your clothes and will be just as effective in removing odors and debris. And since the dryer can be tough on many garments, you should choose to air dry your athleisure, too. Of course, none of this will matter nearly as much if you invest in garments that purportedly don’t need to be washed more frequently than once a month. That’s the claim Ably Apparel is making with their newest line. The brand says their clothes can be worn for days or weeks without having to change or wash these...

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Financial Elder Abuse Still Rampant Across the United States
Nov02

Financial Elder Abuse Still Rampant Across the United States

Every year, elder financial abuse costs Americans more than $36 billion. Sadly, one in every five senior citizens — age 65 years old or older — has been abused financially at some point in their lifetime. While this phenomenon has gotten lots of attention in recent years, it’s still difficult to track every instance of financial abuse, especially among the elderly. There are few comprehensive statistics tracking power-of-attorney, for instance, but the MetLife Mature Market Institute, a research unit of insurer MetLife Inc., put the annual financial loss suffered by victims of elder abuse in 2009, including exploitation of powers of attorney, at roughly $2.6 billion. And that figure is probably a massive understatement. According to the New York Post, only one in 44 financial elder abuse cases are ever reported, meaning there are billions of more dollars unaccounted for due to lack of reporting. A major reason these abuses are seldom reported is because they often involve a victim’s family member. The senior citizen doesn’t suspect their own relative of exploiting them so nothing gets reported and the abuser continues taking advantage of them. “It’s not only exploitation,” said Joey Keahiolalo, chief program officer for the non-profit organization Child and Family Service. “They actually sometimes are at risk of just not knowing how to take care of themselves, and they don’t always have caregivers that are involved and they don’t know where to go for help.” As KHON 2 reports, education and awareness are essential when it comes to combatting this unfortunate epidemic. Caregivers, family members, and elderly loved ones need to learn exactly what to look out for. “People are losing their entire life savings,” added attorney Scott Spallina. “They’re losing their homes. They’re losing everything. There are resources out there, so if you are a victim of a crime, no need to be ashamed. No need to keep it to yourself. Tell somebody. Report it.” If we have any chance of helping our elderly loved ones and preventing devastating financial losses and abuse, we have to improve the way we communicate with senior citizens. Far too many people don’t take what the elderly say too seriously, which could lead to confusion and frustration on their end. When people communicate, 45% of the time is supposed to be spent listening — but that’s not always the case when interacting with the elderly. You have to really sit down and hear them out so you can identify any mistakes they are making online, on the phone, or in person. If you hear any red flags, it’s important to act fast to really put an end to any abuse...

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