Senior Care

New Year, New You: The Importance of Health Screening

New Year, New You: The Importance of Health Screening

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.

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

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 the mental aspect of becoming a caregiver for your aging parent.

5 Strategies for Caregivers to Minimize Sundowning Symptoms

Woman Caregiving Sundowning Senior

Are you serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss? If so, it’s likely you face a range of challenges on a daily basis. As their memory loss progresses, you may begin to notice symptoms and health issues that you didn’t before. If you notice the senior in your care is starting to become restless, irritable, agitated or confused late in the evening or as daylight fades, they may be experiencing sundowning.

Transitioning a Resistant Parent Into Memory Care

When a parent is diagnosed with memory loss, a lot of things can be uncertain. You may ask yourself how long they will remember you, what comes next, who will serve as their primary caregiver and what you’ll do as your loved one’s memory loss worsens. Many times, these questions don’t have definite answers. In fact, it may depend on a number of factors such as how far the memory loss has progressed, the person providing the care and the personal preferences of the individual with memory loss.

10 Myths About Memory Care Debunked

10 Memory Care Myths Debunked

If you’ve never known someone with memory loss, it’s often hard to know what to expect after a diagnosis. How much is going to change? Is there a way to stop or slow the progression? What do we do to help them? What can we do when their memory loss progresses to the point we can no longer help? If your loved one has just been diagnosed, all of these questions and more may be running through your head. Unfortunately, some of these questions are easier to answer than others.

What to Do When Your Aging Parent Doesn't Want Visitors

When Your Aging Parent Doesn't Want Visitors

When your aging parent lives in an assisted living community, it’s common for friends and family to want to visit. Not only do they want to see their loved one’s new home and experience a piece of their new lifestyle, but they want to be sure they are settling in nicely and are enjoying their community. Many adult children like to visit and see their aging parent so they can make sure they are receiving the care they deserve and are embracing their lifestyle.

What to Expect: Hip Replacement Surgery and Recovery in Seniors

What to Expect: Hip Replacement Surgery

As seniors age, their bodies may begin to deteriorate slowly, causing a need for surgeries to either repair joints, knees or hips or replace them altogether. Most often, we hear about knee and hip surgeries because they are more common, but hip replacements are on the rise. Sometimes these replacements are needed after a fall and the bones have broken or sometimes surgery is needed because there are diseased parts of the joints.

Advantages of Personalized Support in Personal Care

When your loved one needs support, a personalized touch can make a big difference. Not only should personal care staff get to know your loved one’s likes, dislikes and interests, but they should also get to know your loved one’s life story. This can help them to provide a higher level of care along with more personalized support to help your loved one live their best life.

What to Do When Aging Parents Refuse Help

We have all met a senior who simply refuses to be helped. Whether being polite and holding a door open or offering to carry groceries for them, it seems there are at least a few seniors who would rather be left alone. As seniors age it becomes more common for them to be stubborn and refuse help from anyone, and this is especially true when it comes to aging parents.

Planning & Coping Through Caregiver Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us. It’s a time for magic, joy, friends, family,  and of course, that dreaded holiday stress. While the holidays can tend to be stressful for anyone, caregivers often have a whole different set of stresses. When caring for a senior with memory loss, the holidays can shift from a time of family and friends to a time of endless holiday preparation, increased caregiving duties and higher chances of caregiver burnout.

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