More often than not, questions about the cost of senior care top family caregivers’ lists of questions when it’s time to make plans for their loved ones’ care needs—and for good reason, too. Taking steps to prepare for the costs of senior care will ensure that your loved one gets the care he or she needs, when he or she needs it.
After seeing your aging parents over the holiday season, you might be wondering if you should be worrying or planning for some additional help. Did Mom’s misstep on Christmas morning mean she is at risk to fall? Has Dad always forgotten where he keeps the wine opener, or is that a sign of dementia? If you have specific incidents in your mind, it can become quickly overwhelming and give you more anxiety than you bargained for.
The progression of dementia can span anywhere from a couple of years to more than a decade, and no two people experience the different stages of dementia in the exact same way. That unpredictability challenges family caregivers to meet their loved one’s changing needs—and to plan for the future.
Understanding the different stages of dementia will help you prepare for, recognize, and accommodate changes that are taking place in your loved one. And amid these changes, it’s important to help your loved one maintain his or her individuality. Surrounding him or her with familiar people, routines, and things will keep him or her connected and engaged—and that will help you enjoy your time with him or her during the different stages of dementia.
Did you make a resolution to be more active in 2017? If you did, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with your goals. Depending on your geographic location, chilly weather and dangerous road conditions might be keeping you indoors, or you might just be feeling less than motivated to get up and be active now that the New Year energy has waned.
In the hopes of increasing your motivation to participate in more senior activities all year round, here is a list of four benefits of staying active in your senior years. You might be surprised to see how a little activity can positively affect many facets of your life and health. Here’s to getting involved with senior activities that you love—and new ones to appreciate—this year.
Valentine’s Day is on its way, with all of its chocolate and glitter glory. No matter how you may feel about the holiday, it is certainly a day to take time to celebrate those we love. If you have a special senior on your love list this year, check out a few of our unique and useful Valentine’s Day gifts for seniors. We tried to incorporate a variety of ideas so that you can find a perfect fit for the senior you love.
Likely you’ve seen the news reports: President George Bush Sr., 92, was hospitalized earlier this month due to pneumonia. And just four days after he entered the hospital, his wife Barbara Bush was also admitted due to viral bronchitis.
It was not a coincidence. When a senior becomes ill, it’s very common for his or her spouse to get sick soon after, due to fatigue and stress, says Francine O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Resident Care for The Arbor Company.
“We see this often, especially with couples that have been married for 40, 50 or more years,” said Francine. “And sometimes the caregiver becomes more ill than the person he or she was caring for.”
For seniors, maintaining a healthy diet plan isn’t as simple as just following the USDA’s recommended nutritional guidelines. Seniors have nutritional needs that are different from those of other groups, and many seniors require special diet plans to avoid ingredients that interact with medications, exacerbate medical conditions, or lead to digestive issues.
Have you started daydreaming about a change in your living situation? Perhaps you have noticed neighbors or friends who have moved into senior living communities, or maybe you are struggling with loneliness, medical issues, or household chores. If you’ve picked up a brochure from a local senior care community or visited a friend who lives in one, you may be wondering when to move to assisted living. While the decision to move to an assisted living community is a very personal one based on your own unique situation, there are a few signs that could point to your readiness for a positive change in your life.