With Mother’s Day just a few days away — Sunday, May 10 — you may be scratching your head. How can you celebrate Mom while continuing to social distance for her safety? If your mother is 60 or older, or has an underlying health condition, or both, it’s still important to keep your distance to protect her from coronavirus.
Life is filled with turbulence--illness, fights with loved ones, and global uncertainty. These moments of fear can provide a chance to grow closer to loved ones, gain wisdom, and pause to reflect on all the good things you have. The storm always ends, but when you’re in the middle of it, feeling overwhelmed is natural. No matter what struggles you face, these tactics can help you manage turbulent times.
Seniors — just like the rest of us — are creatures of habit. We all thrive on our routines, whether it’s our morning coffee with the news, a bedtime ritual, or spending time in the garden each day. Even the best new living situation for seniors disrupts established routines. New people, new furniture, and a new environment all require an adjustment period. Here’s how to help the senior you love adapt and thrive in a new living situation.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically altered life for all of us, including vulnerable populations. Older adults, including those with underlying health conditions, are likely spending more time at home in recent weeks. Though staying at home can feel cozy and comfortable initially, it often doesn’t take too long for even the biggest homebody to feel stir-crazy.
In just a few weeks life has changed for many people due to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The constant updates, warnings and changes to routines is more than enough to cause anyone to feel anxious.
Anxiety can be even more likely among people over age 60 and among those who have chronic conditions that put them at high risk for developing severe and dangerous complications as a result of COVID-19.
Experts call it “the second disaster.” Following any disaster or crisis, scams soon follow, many of them targeting seniors. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis is no different.
Since the beginning of the year, COVID-19 scams have bilked consumers of nearly $6 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission — and that's just what has been reported to the agency. The average median loss to these scams for each consumer is about $600. The FTC has received more than 8,400 coronavirus-related complaints from consumers relating to scammers who are calling, texting, tweeting, emailing, you name it, using the coronavirus to catch seniors off guard.
You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat,” and research has proved that it is true. Your food greatly contributes to your physical wellness, and choosing good foods can make your body healthier. The right menu every day can decrease your chances of obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Furthermore, the right foods can strengthen your body’s defenses against invading germs and viruses.
When your loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, you can feel a mix of emotions ranging from anxiety to relief. An important part of your new role as an advocate and caregiver is understanding the disease so that you and your loved one can plan for their current and future needs. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia certainly come with challenges, and flexibility along with advanced planning will go a long way toward keeping your loved one safe and healthy.