Does My Parent Require Assisted Living?
Being independent reminds each of us that we are self sufficient. Throughout our lives we do things out of habit and necessity, often overlooking why or how we do them. Unfortunately, there comes a time when daily tasks become more difficult and we require help. Recognizing when this time is right isn't easy, but we're here to help.
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Senior Community Checklist and Comparison
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Comparing Costs: Assisted Living vs Home Care
There comes a time in life when individuals either desire socialization or simply aren't safe living at home independently any longer.
Seniors often find themselves lonely at home with no one to interact with, no one to share stories with, and lack a quality of life. Other seniors may require assistance due to physical limitations or cognitive imp ...
Alzheimer's Disease Basics
According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the most common cause of dementia in seniors. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive disease caused by a diminished ability of message-carrying neuron cells in one part of the brain to c ...
Dehydration In Seniors
Dehydration is a common condition among senior citizens, especially those living independently. As we age, our body’s ability to regulate fluids decreases, and we are less likely to receive the signals that tell us we are thirsty and prompt us to drink. Additionally, mobility issues can make it difficult to get to the sink or open a bottle of ...
Fall Prevention for Seniors
Injuries sustained in falls send many senior citizens to the emergency department each year. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, one out of three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. Fear of falling is common among the elderly and can lead to withdrawal from normal activities, such as running errands and socializing outside of t ...
Activities For Seniors with Alzheimers
Alzheimer’s disease typically starts out with mild memory loss which increases over time. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are things that you can do to help a patient with Alzheimer’s stimulate their brain, and possibly even slow the progression of the disease.
Having a regular set of activities to l ...
Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are caused by pressure created from being in the same position for extended periods of time. They are therefore most common in people who are confined to bed, or who spend many hours a day in a wheelchair. Bedsores can range from a barely noticeable, slightly tender skin discoloration to a larger, more painful wound th ...
Caregiving for Aging Parents
Taking good care of our parents as they age can be both a rewarding and overwhelming, frustrating experience. Dealing with your loved one’s health issues, medications, financial matters, bills, housework, and appointments can easily become a full-time job. When you are in the thick of things it is easy to get burned out and forget ...
Managing your medications properly is extremely important, whether you are taking one prescription or several. But keeping track of refills, dosage schedules, side effects, and more is enough to make anyone’s head spin! Try these tips to make managing your medication less of a burden.
Bring someone along. Try to bring another person along t ...
Food and Drug Interactions
If you or a loved one takes medication on a regular basis, it is extremely important to be aware of the risk of food and drug interactions. Certain types of foods can change the way a medication behaves; it might prevent it from working altogether, increase potential side effects, or even create new side effects. This is why it is so important to r ...
It’s summer! That means fun, sun, and possibly…heat stroke. For the elderly, especially those with underlying health issues, intense heat and humidity can be a dangerous situation. As we age, our bodies lose some of their natural ability to regulate temperature, so extra care needs to be taken. Luckily, heatstroke is preventable with p ...
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that progresses gradually and affects motor function. It occurs most often in those aged 60 or older, and more often in men than in women. It may begin with slight tremors of the hand or fingers, stiffness of movement, an inability to make normal facial expressions, or a mild slurring of speech. ...
Alzheimer’s Warning Signs
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by memory loss that affect daily life and normal functioning. But how do you know if a loved one has Alzheimer’s or is just showing normal signs of aging? Common symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease include:
Memory loss. Some memory loss is a normal part of the aging process, but for a per ...
Depression in Seniors
Does Mom not quite brighten up like she used to when you stop by? Has Dad started making excuses to skip his bowling league each week? Maybe your aunt takes longer than usual to return your calls and seems distant when she finally does. If you or a loved one is showing decreased interest in normal activities, take heed. Depression may be the caus ...
Many seniors enjoy the company of a cat, dog, or other pet in their golden years. Having a pet to take care of can ease loneliness, lower the risk of depression, and give a special purpose and routine to each day, especially for those who would otherwise live alone. Many people become extremely attached to their pets and view them as member ...
Sundowning is a phenomenon sometimes seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It can cause an exacerbation of symptoms, sometimes to such an extent that the person becomes very difficult to deal with. Someone who only seems to suffer from mild confusion and memory loss during the day may become much more confuse ...
Insomnia in Seniors: How To Avoid It and Fix It
It is one of the most frustrating ways to end a day – lying awake while the rest of the household sleeps blissfully. No matter what you do you can’t get comfortable, so you toss and turn for hours before finally drifting off just before dawn. Or maybe you fall asleep just fine, only to awaken two hours later unable to fall back asleep. ...
Common Dental Problems in Seniors
By the time we reach our golden years our teeth have had a lifetime of use, so it is only natural for them to show a bit of age. But many seniors experience dental issues that go beyond normal wear and tear. Perhaps other health ailments seem more pressing, or perhaps there is difficulty with the physical acts of brushing and flossing; either way p ...
Bruising In Seniors: Causes and Solutions
Bruises, especially large ones, can look a bit alarming. They occur when tiny blood vessels under the surface of our skin break and leak small amounts of blood. Bruises usually occur after some kind of injury, perhaps a bump on the calf from a pointy coffee table corner, or a bruise on the arm after an IV is withdrawn. What causes one person to bru ...
How To Move A Senior Loved One When They Don't Want To Move
One of the most difficult things you may ever have to do is to convince your parents to move out of their home. Maybe Mom is having trouble navigating the stairs, or Dad is no longer able to cook for himself or bathe without help. Maybe you don’t live nearby, or your own life is so full that taking care of your parents full-time is impossible ...
What To Do After A Senior Fractures Their Hip
Hip fractures are far more common in the elderly than in any other age group. Older people are more likely to fall, and more likely to break a hip when they fall, than younger people. Weak bones due to osteoporosis, smoking, alcohol use, tripping hazards in the home, and medications can all increase the risk of a hip fracture. A fractured hip does ...
High Blood Pressure: What Is It and How To Treat It
High blood pressure is quite common among seniors, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or accepted as a natural part of aging. No matter what the age of the patient, high blood pressure can and should be managed.
High blood pressure is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: your blood goes through your arteries at a higher pressure ...
Urinary Tract Infections In Seniors
You are probably familiar with the classic symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as a burning feeling when urinating, cloudy or dark-colored urine, and stomach or lower back pain. But did you know that in the elderly, urinary tract infections, or UTI’s, may not involve any pain at all? This can make them difficult to diagnose and more l ...
What Are Adult Day Services and Adult Day Care?
Does your parent or other loved one need more help at home than you can give? Do you need to take a lot of time off work to drive Mom to appointments or just look in on her? Do you worry that Dad is alone too much? If so, one option to look into is adult day services. Adult day programs provide health services, fun activities, and a chance to meet ...
Eating Alone and Malnutrition For Seniors
If you have a parent living alone, you may worry about their eating habits. You might wonder if Mom is looking thin, or if Dad’s habit of eating cold cereal for dinner is harmful. Unfortunately, malnutrition is a common concern among the elderly, especially if they live alone. Cooking for one may seem like too much bother, ill-fitting denture ...
Pneumonia: Symptoms and Treatment
Along with the cooler weather and more time spent indoors comes a greater chance of contracting illnesses such as pneumonia. Pneumonia occurs when an infection, caused by bacteria or a virus, inflames tiny air sacs in the lungs and causes them to fill with fluid. The result is decreased lung capacity and less oxygen in the blood stream. The elderly ...
Stroke Recovery: Tips and Advice
It’s one of your worst nightmares: Mom or Dad has had a stroke. What will this mean for them? What happens next? The aftereffects of a stroke vary widely and depend on the severity of the stroke, which part of the brain was involved, and what the person’s health was like at the time of the stroke. In addition, recovery times vary widely ...
Chronic Pain in Seniors
Living with chronic pain can be a frustrating, tiring experience, especially if it is not well-managed. Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that lasts at least six months, or that continues even after the obvious cause of the pain, such as an injury sustained in a fall, has healed. From there, though, chronic pain can vary widely. It may make ...
Alzheimer's Disease: Aggression and Behavior
One of the hardest things about having a parent with Alzheimer’s disease is the way their behavior can suddenly change, especially in later stages of the disease. Your normally mild-mannered mother might be peaceful and happy one minute, then enraged and saying hurtful things to you the next. She may even become physically violent, pushing aw ...
Heart Attacks For Seniors
The heart is the most important muscle in our body, responsible for pumping nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body and carrying away waste products. But what happens when the heart is damaged, as in a heart attack? Ideally, the arteries that carry the heart’s blood supply stay clear and open. If buildup occurs in these arterie ...
Dementia Therapy and Music
You have probably experienced the emotional lift that comes when listening to a favorite piece of music. Music can alter your mood, put a little pep in your step, help you relax, and add just the right atmosphere to any occasion. Music can also be extremely helpful if your loved one is being treated for dementia, since our ability to remember and a ...