Aging in place. It's a term you hear when planning homecare services. It's something many senior citizens insist they want. What does it really mean?
The CDC defines aging in place this way. It's being able to remain in your family home regardless of your retirement income, your abilities, or your age. You're supposed to be able to remain in your home safely, comfortably, and independently. It means your parents should be able to remain in the family home without fear or ...
Weather changes are wonderful, but they can also bring with them conditions that can affect your elder's immune system. That happens mainly because those changes wear your senior down. Here's what you can do to help her avoid that problem.
Check out What She's Eating and Drinking
Proper nutrition is crucial for keeping your senior's immune system as strong as possible. This means that she needs to be eating healthy foods and she needs to be eating them regularly. She also needs to ...
Your mom needs home care. She struggles to keep the floors swept and mopped. She can't carry laundry down to the basement since her fall. She forgets to take her medications. Her doctor said her vision is worsening and driving when it's dark is not advisable.
It's clear home care aides are needed, but your mom already lives from paycheck to paycheck. You have no idea where to find the money that's needed for home care services.
Here are some suggestions.
Look at Cost-Cutting ...
You know that feeling you get when you put on your favorite outfit or have a “good hair day?” It just makes you happier, doesn’t it? You feel good about yourself and it gives your confidence and self-image a boost. Well, older adults have those feelings, too.
Now, imagine that you couldn’t drive yourself to get a hair cut or buy new clothes. Or, what if your clothing choices were limited because your fingers were incapable of manipulating buttons or you couldn’t ...
Let’s face it, we all have days where we just feel like we could use a few more hours of sleep. But, if you notice your aging relative frequently dozing off or complaining of sleepiness during the day, new research suggests they may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Sleep and Alzheimer’s Study
One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are beta-amyloid deposits that build up in the brain. Researchers looked at information gathered from 123 participants who were at an ...
Maria, aged 76, had never had any children and her husband, Alexander, had passed away a few years ago, leaving Maria to live alone. Though Maria missed Alexander, she had never minded living alone. That is, until she had a stroke that made it difficult for her to do some things on her own. Because Maria had no children, she had no one to come and help her with things like cleaning her house or shopping for groceries.
Do you know an ...
Elderly adults living with Alzheimer's disease can exhibit a wide range of behaviors and symptoms associated with their cognitive functioning decline. As the disease progresses and more brain cells are lost to the disease, your senior's perception of the world around them, and how they are able to interact with it, changes.
For those in the moderate to advanced stages of the disease, this can include delusions and suspicions. Your parent may believe things that are irrational, or carry serious suspicions such ...
September is Head Lice Prevention Month. There is a common misconception that lice is something that only impacts children, and that adults don't need to worry about infestations. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you should know this is not true. While children are more likely to contract lice, adults can and do experience lice infestations as well. This makes it extremely important that you understand these pests and how to protect your parent from them, or manage them ...
When you first get started as a caregiver, there's a lot that you need to know. There's no way possible to know and to understand everything that there is to learn. You'll need to tap into as many different sources as you possibly can.
Your Senior's Doctor
Your elder's doctor can give you the most specialized information possible about your aging adult and her health conditions. This is an excellent place to start out collecting what you need to know. You'll add to ...
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disorder in the United States. This condition impacts more than 7 million people, with approximately 25% of these suffering moderate to severe cases of the disease. While psoriasis itself can cause tremendous discomfort, including itching and pain, it can also greatly increase the chances of your parent experiencing other health issues.
One of these is psoriatic arthritis. Studies show that approximately 30% of all those living with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, and 85% of those ...