As an adult child of a senior parent, you may have noticed that Mom or Dad is having more and more difficulty as the years go by. You’re noticing that the house is looking less than pristine when you come to visit. Maybe they’re growing a little forgetful, or they’ve had a few health scares recently. If you live far away from your parents, you may be constantly in a state of worry as you try to take care of emergencies or even normal tasks from afar.
“Families are much more spread...more
When we get married, we often think fondly about growing old together: spending our retirements traveling the world, visiting children and grandchildren, sitting in front of the fire holding hands … the ease and comfort of aging along with your best friend in the world. However, the reality of aging doesn’t always line up with our rose-colored hopes.
“Medical advancements mean that Americans are living longer and longer, which is a wonderful thing, but it also means that more couples...more
Retirement. What do you think of when you hear this word? Many people dream about it, believing it will be the best time of their lives. Finally, they will have all the time to relax, enjoy their free time and do absolutely nothing. But once you’ve reached that magical age and are entering the “golden years,” you may find that something's missing.
“Feeling bored and unfulfilled is, surprisingly, common feeling for many seniors no matter where they are in their post-...more
There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” In other words, it’s never too late to make a change for the better, and the new year is the perfect opportunity to kick-off a new approach. For senior adults, one of the best changes you can make this year is by committing to regular health screenings.
“Health screenings are an incredibly important part of staying healthy, especially for...more
Brr! All that snow and ice may look nice from the coziness of your home, but for aging seniors, the sight can also be disheartening because it means that winter – and all the issues that come with it – is here. Everything about winter, from the weather to the shorter days to the treacherous roads, makes living independently just a little bit harder. Even walking outside to get your mail can be difficult due to biting wind or icy sidewalks. And let’s not even start with the...more
The holiday season is in full swing, which means that it’s time for the not-so-holly-jolly holiday shopping season. While we all have these images in our heads of brightly wrapped packages, beautiful storefront windows and a magical feeling in the air, the truth is that buying gifts at this time of year can be stressful, annoying and – especially for seniors who have difficulty getting around for a variety of reasons – time consuming and even unsafe.
As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts often turn to visiting friends and family. Whether it’s a short trip across town or a cross-country trip by plane, visiting loved ones makes the holidays merry and bright. But if you’re a caregiver for someone with dementia or another form of memory loss, travel requires more than a little preparation, patience and determination.
“Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can still...more
If you’re not a caregiver yourself, you probably know someone who is. There are more than 40 million people in the United States who have taken on the role of caregiver for a senior loved one. While it’s a job that’s often unappreciated, unpaid and incredibly stressful, filled with long days, endless tasks and constant chores.
“For many seniors, having a family caregiver allows them to enjoy a higher quality of life than they would be able to provide for...more
Becoming a caregiver for a loved one is no easy feat. Whether you’ve expected to become a caregiver or have had the role thrust upon you, there are many details that need to be worked out in order to help make the journey run as smoothly as possible. Many of these you’ve probably already thought about and prepared for, such as the financial aspect, coordinating living situations, the comfort of your loved one and so on. But one aspect that people don’t always prepare for is...more
Exercise has been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages. That goes double for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory loss. They not only receive the numerous physical benefits, but also see improvement in motor skills, a decreased risk of falls and a lower rate of diseases that are associated with cognitive decline. This results in improved memory and behavior, better communication abilities and a variety of other benefits...more