Seniors often worry about memory-loss issues and rightfully so. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that doesn’t count others living with different types of dementia. Fortunately, seniors today have a new tool at their disposal: technology.
Technology can provide a powerful impact on seniors’ everyday lives. Learning how to use new technology to stay connected to family and friends brings about a host of cognitive and physical health benefits for seniors.
The challenge, however, is that seniors can be hesitant to adopt newer forms of technology. Some coaxing and maneuvering may be necessary to get them to try and stay with it over time, but technology’s ability to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of seniors will make the effort well worth your time.
With winter’s chill mostly done for the season, it is time to begin looking forward to all things spring. Along with pretty pastels and new flowers bursting from the cold ground, the spring season is also the perfect time to shake off cabin fever by heading outside. These outdoor activities for seniors are guaranteed to give you a breath of fresh air, improve quality of life, and provide a wake-up call for your senses. Whether you try one or all of them, be sure to head outside this season.
You know that your mom would benefit from some assistance and socialization at a senior living community. However, you aren’t quite sure which would be best for her. Between learning about the different types of senior housing available in your town or community, you also must weigh your mom’s medical needs and preferences when making a decision that will keep her healthy and happy.
Ninety percent of people who responded to a nationwide survey said they know they should talk to a family member about end-of-life care and becoming power of attorney—but only 30 percent of them actually had.
The top reasons for delaying conversations about becoming power of attorney were that it was too early because the loved one wasn’t sick yet, the subject makes them uncomfortable, they don’t want to upset their loved one, and the time just never seems right.
Seniors often choose to let life insurance policies lapse once they’ve settled comfortably into retirement. But considering that life insurance and senior care costs have been increasingly tied together, that could be a mistake.
Life insurance was originally intended to protect against lost income if a policyholder was to die prematurely. Over the years, a second act has evolved for life insurance, and it’s all about managing out-of-pocket senior care costs.
Watching your parent age can be full of mixed emotions. If you are noticing a bit of memory recall issues during your visits with your aging loved one, you might be feeling anxious. You also may be wondering if you should be worried at all. After all, don’t we all have instances of mild forgetfulness?
If you find yourself weighing memory loss versus dementia as it applies to your aging loved one, we have some details to watch for as you determine the need for a follow-up doctor’s appointment to voice your concerns.
While each person is different, and memory loss can present in unique ways, here are a few details to learn when considering memory loss versus dementia in your situation.
Caring for elderly parents requires a delicate balance: Adult children have to meet their parents’ care needs while navigating difficult emotions that result from role reversal, life changes, and loss of independence.
The emotional fallout of role reversal can lead to elderly parents resisting care or guidance—and it can lead to adult children feeling rejected or underappreciated. Ultimately, elderly parents “want to be cared about, but fear being cared for,” writes Claire Berman, the author of Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents.
As you get older, you begin to hear phrases tossed around that you may be curious about. From “long-term care insurance” to “Medicare” to “skilled nursing,” you are likely inundated with terms that you are just beginning to understand or appreciate. As you learn to “talk the talk” of the senior living industry, you may begin to be curious about assisted living facilities. These communities serve a specific set of seniors, and you may be someone who would thrive in their supportive environment. If you have ever wondered what type of person is best suited for assisted living, you will enjoy reading on as we discuss whom assisted living is for.