By Susan Ashby
When looking for activities for seniors, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. The first is whether this is an activity that you want to do with them, or you are looking for something they can do when you’re not there. If you are providing in-home care, you may be looking for both types of activities.
Before introducing a new activity, make a realistic evaluation of your senior’s abilities.
The activity you choose to introduce should have a chance of success, so don’t overlook one of these obstacles.
By Krista Harper
The older you are, the less likely you are to enjoy quality sleep. Sleeping problems are very common among older adults, and people over the age of 70 often experience frequent sleep disturbances due to medications, chronic pain, a need to urinate, and more.
There are several things seniors and the elderly can try to achieve better sleep naturally. Here are a few tips that can help you fall asleep and get more quality rest during the night.
By Mollie Wilson
While it’s not something many people like to think or talk about, it’s also one of the sad facts of life-- as you age and begin to take on the exciting new adventures of life, your parents are aging as well. And while we all hope it will be later rather than sooner, eventually most children end up having to care for an aging parent.
Be it in their own home or in their parent's home, it’s one of the more stressful and trying times in a person’s life. The person you looked up to, who cared for you, who was your superman or superwoman, is struggling, in pain, or just generally needs help and support as they age, and that’s not easy to come to terms with. Couple that with the fact that many of the tasks an elder needs can be exhausting and constant, and any sane person, no matter how much they love their parent, would become stressed and over worked.
One of the most important factors to successfully caring for an elderly parent is also caring for yourself. This can sometimes be a difficult task for some people, as they feel selfish for thinking of themselves when their loved one is struggling and going through such a difficult time. However, the reality is that you’re going to be a better caregiver and a better child to your parent if you make sure to care of yourself and keep your own mental health in a positive and stress-free place.
If this is the point that your life is at right now, or you’re concerned it might be soon, be sure to follow these top tips for caring for yourself while also caring for your ‘experienced’ parent.
By Kaki Zell
You know that exercise is good for your body — but did you know that it’s good for your brain as well? Yep, exercise has two-for-one benefits, which is all the more reason to start working out if you don’t already. Here are six exercises that will benefit both your body and your mind.
By Christian Worstell
When summer temperatures rise, elders and their caregivers should take heed. Seniors are much more susceptible to suffering from heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration when the mercury rises. In fact, studies show that from 1999 to 2009, approximately 40% of the fatalities from heatstroke were people 65 years of age and older.
What Is Heatstroke?
There are several different types of heat injury, most of which begin with dehydration. Dehydration occurs when a person's body loses more water than it takes in. We lose fluids from sweating, breathing and urinating. Vomiting and diarrhea also cause the body to lose fluids.
By Karen Weeks
Taking care of a senior loved one can be an all-consuming job, but it’s important that you make taking care of yourself a part of your lifestyle. You might think you can put it off until things settle down, but you will actually be a more effective caregiver with better self-care now. Here is how to find balance between tending to your loved one and tending to yourself.
By Kay Pascale
When you’re struggling with a chronic health condition, it’s not unusual to require the help of a caregiver. Many people prefer that this kind of caregiving take place in their homes instead of staying in a health center, hospital, or rehabilitation clinic. It’s important that at-home caregivers understand the challenges they are likely to face, as well as some of the steps they can take to make the process a bit easier. With that in mind, here are five tips to make at-home caregiving a little bit easier.
By Karen Weeks
When you think about life insurance, you may just think about the accompanying death benefit. Thinking about death is never easy, but the truth is that life insurance can offer much more than final-expense and funeral coverage, and it’s an important consideration for seniors and their caregivers. While it’s an extra expense to your monthly budget, you can work with an agent to help you find a plan that works best for you or use web-based resources to shop around.
For example, this handy online tool shows that if you’re a healthy, non-smoking, 62-year-old female, you can expect to pay around $69.75 per month for a 10-year policy, but it allows you to customize your criteria to get a better idea of what your premiums will look like.
Once you’ve found a policy that meets your needs and budget, you can use life insurance in a few different ways while you are still alive. Here’s how life insurance can benefit you now, provide perks for your family, and of course, help out in the event of your death.
By Elise Morgan
To all adult children of aging parents: At some point in your life, you may have to travel across an emotional minefield called “moving my parents into a senior living facility.”
Age, finances and declining health or mobility have brought you and your relative to this important life transition. It’s possible that all of you are scared, and at least one of you may be angry or sad.
You’re taking a leadership role in the family with this move. They’re trying to cede control after, perhaps, a life of independent living. Make a plan together and go from there. To start …
By Raphael Perlmann
We usually experience problems before we actually understand their cause. However, the best thing you can do towards eradicating a problem is to understand its causes, triggers, and background.
It’s obvious that falls can be disastrous for the elderly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) put the figure at one in five falls resulting in a serious injury including head injuries and broken bones. Another important reason to ensure preventive measures are in place is that the fear of falling itself can seriously affect an aging adult’s quality of life, reducing them from being active and mobile.