Many times, medical concerns and complications happen more frequently as seniors age. Many seniors require the assistance of prescription or over-the-counter medications to combat symptoms of illness or pain. Even the healthiest of seniors can find themselves at the doctor’s office with an infection that requires antibiotics. However, with the addition of medication to a senior’s daily routine, some can end up taking medicines incorrectly.
After those questions are answered, families can go about the task of finding the ideal community and then preparing for the move to senior living. At this point, the challenges continue, and perhaps even become more challenging …
Is there anything better than the spring season? There is certainly much to be said about a season that beckons us all outside to enjoy warmer temperatures and take big breaths of fresh air that smells like rain. Colorful flowers push up from the dirt, and everyone has an innate desire to throw open the windows to clear out any stale air left over from winter.
Since spring does encourage more outdoor activity, in temperatures that are reminiscent of Goldilocks—not too hot, not too cold—most people dust off their jackets and tennis shoes to head outside. This year, consider grabbing your gardening gloves and tools. Not only will you enjoy the time gardening, you will be able to reap some mental and emotional benefits as well.
Few things are more unsettling than watching your mother or father waste away because of a dwindling interest in breakfast, lunch and dinner. You might feel frustrated, concerned, even hopeless about their reluctance to eat -- but as tough as this issue is, a new approach or two might help draw them to the dining table.
When mealtimes are a struggle, don’t despair: consider this advice from our experts about what to do when your elderly loved one refuses to eat.
It can be nerve-wracking if not downright painful to watch aging parents make unwise (to you) decisions or put off getting the help they really need. Because this is such a common dilemma and one of the most difficult ones an adult child can face, we’ve come up with some thoughts on how you can navigate more easily through this potentially tense territory.
Any time there is a disagreement between adult children and aging parents, it's important to remember that everyone has things it's hard to let go of. Many seniors have fears of losing independence and self-will, while their children worry about being able to provide proper care while continuing to maintain their other personal and professional obligations. It's easy for tempers to flare and tensions to rise. Remember to take a breath before you begin, and follow these 15 hints.
Given that one-in-nine American seniors has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s no surprise that this complex and frightening disease is very much on people’s minds.
Because of this, there are a lot of Alzheimer's myths floating around today. Fortunately,, not everything you hear or read about the disease is true. Here’s a look at 10 common misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
When does forgetting minor details turn from normal to concerning? It is a question that almost everyone asks as they get older or as their parents age. It is important to note that while forgetfulness is not a normal part of aging, it is common to experience scatterbrain moments like walking into a room and not remembering why on earth you walked in or misplacing your keys. However, there are some signs that your forgetfulness might warn of a more significant issue, like Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia.
While this list is not comprehensive, it can give you a guide to know when a doctor visit might be warranted. Remember, while Alzheimer’s Diesease is not curable, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner treatment, education and coping skills are found that can make both the senior and family more comfortable.
Adults of any age may show signs and symptoms of depression. Signs and symptoms of depression may increase as adults age due to an increase in chronic conditions and a decrease in mobility or body functions. However, it is important to note that depression itself is not a normal part of aging. The CDC reports that most seniors who are depressed are underdiagnosed and undertreated, which means that more seniors are experiencing feelings of sadness, sleep disturbances, or other effects that come from depression.
For those caring for seniors, it is important to approach both diagnosed and undiagnosed depression from many angles. Besides the clinical side of depression treatment, like prescription medications and psychotherapy, there is also plenty to be said about healthy socialization and life enrichment opportunities. Here are a few ways to put some good moments into a senior’s day through life enrichment activities and events.
Boredom, the unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity, can occur in anyone who has too much time and too little meaning or purpose in their life. Chronic boredom can lead to restlessness, feelings of worthlessness, and even a belief that life is no longer worth living, and emerging evidence suggests that it puts people at greater risk for depression.
Researchers studied over 7,000 London civil servants for 25 years, finding that those who reported being very bored at work were 2.5 times more likely to die of a heart problem than those who did not report boredom. So it seems that you can certainly build a case that boredom (and its sister, loneliness) can detrimentally affect health. What can you do about it?