Visiting the doctor for guidance regarding a chronic condition or an annual checkup is a foundational component of good health. However, the global coronavirus pandemic has made a simple trip to a medical office seem more hazardous. Fortunately, adults across America have the option to still get the medical attention they need without having to take any of the risks that may result from leaving their homes, thanks to telehealth.
The senior care industry is full of acronyms and phrases that you only learn as you begin to age. Maybe you heard the common phrase “aging in place” and became curious about what it meant. In general, aging in place means getting older in one location — typically the family home — by using resources and support services. Though this concept sounds lovely, it is not always the safest or best option for remaining as healthy as possible.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 50 million people across the globe have dementia. Furthermore, at least 10 million new cases arise annually. Unfortunately, these statistics mean that most people know at least one person who has lived with or currently lives with dementia.
The COVID-19 crisis has upended much of what we all take for granted in life. The gatherings we look forward to, leisurely restaurant meals, and days spent shopping are now on the back burner as the entire world works to understand, fight, and eventually triumph over this virus.
News of outbreaks in nursing homes are especially alarming, given that seniors are more likely to have comorbidities that increase their risk of serious coronavirus complications.
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Though many people have loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, or have watched as loved ones died from the disease, only those who have firsthand experience of the condition really know what it is like to live with it on a daily basis.
Have you ever wondered what your life could look like in a senior independent living community? You wouldn’t be alone; many older adults are curious about the variety of retirement options available today. One estimate suggested that nearly 835,000 Americans were living in some type of senior living community in 2016, and that number is expected to continue to increase as older adults discover the significant benefits of living among their peers.
In the 1860s, Decoration Day was established as a time to honor soldiers who died serving our country by adorning their gravesites. Later renamed Memorial Day, it was recognized as a federal holiday in 1971.
As you age, it becomes extremely important to fully consider the senior living option that works best for you. While many seniors want to believe staying in their own home is best, they often don’t examine the physical, medical and emotional costs of aging in place.