Being diagnosed with dementia can be scary. After all, people with advanced dementia can’t tell us what they’re thinking or feeling, and uncertainty breeds fear. The truth is that dementia care has come a long way. People with dementia are living longer, more meaningful lives. A dementia journey does not have to be one of hopelessness and fear. Instead, consider using this time to think about what you want out of your future and the type of support you hope to have as your cognition changes. Art therapy relieves stress, and may even help with the symptoms of dementia. It can also help people with dementia express themselves when their vocabularies begin to fail them.
Most adult children understand the value of spending time with their senior parents. Finding something to do, however, can be a major barrier. You may be overwhelmed by the responsibilities of professional life and child rearing. Adding in time with your parent may feel like just one more item to cross off a to-do list, particularly if you're doing something you don’t enjoy. But these hobbies for seniors and adult children are fun for everyone, offer valuable quality time, and can help stimulate your loved one’s mind while encouraging them to be more active. This means better health for your loved one and a deeper relationship for you both.
For at least two decades, we’ve heard exciting promises about virtual reality. Until recently, VR technology was the exclusive domain of tech-savvy kids and a few startups making big predictions while offering little. In the past few years, virtual reality has come a long way from its humble roots. It’s not just about video games and immersive experiences anymore. A number of companies are already using virtual reality platforms to improve the lives of seniors.
Assisted living no longer means retiring to a rocking chair to watch TV and occasionally play bingo. Today’s seniors demand adventure, plenty of stimulation, and a chance to learn something new. Indeed, most assisted living residents find that they have many more opportunities for engagement than they ever had at home. Check out these great options, which you may find at your local senior living community.
This blog was published on January 21, 2016 and updated on January 20, 2020.
Caring for an ailing senior can be exhausting work that leaves caregivers burned out. As a senior’s needs change, you may find yourself continually adding support services such as in-home aides, daily check-ins, and home modifications. Although these services can improve your loved one’s quality of life, they’re not always enough. When a senior has a progressive medical condition or serious health needs, assisted living or a nursing home may be the best option.
For many Americans, the transition to retirement offers a chance to imbibe as much information as possible. Yet reading tends to decline as people age. Data from the Pew Research Center found that in 2015, 69 percent of seniors reported having read at least one book in the past year, compared to 80 percent of people ages 18-29 years old. Finding the right book can be a challenge, especially for seniors who have not read in a while. Check out our roundup of the best books for seniors.
This blog was published on December 12, 2015 and updated on January 15, 2020.
Boredom can feel mind-numbing, making each moment more intolerable than the last. As it turns out, it can also prove fatal. In one study, researchers followed more than 7,500 British civil servants who ranged in age from 35 to 55. People who said they were very bored at work were 250 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than their peers.
This blog was published on November 23, 2015 and updated on January 15, 2020.
Dementia can be a terrifying diagnosis, especially when you do not know what to expect. Dementia, however, does not have to be a dark and mysterious force haunting every second of your loved one’s life. There’s still plenty of joy to be found after a dementia diagnosis. Having the right medical information can help you or your loved one plan for the future, choose palliative care options, and pursue the right treatment.
This blog was published on March 16, 2017 and updated on January 15, 2020.
Forty-nine percent of seniors are concerned that they will outlive their savings, according to the United States of Aging Survey. An additional 64 percent worry that healthcare costs will increase over the next five to 10 years. Fully 40 percent of seniors have low or moderate incomes, and many live on meager savings or fixed Social Security payments. A recent Health Affairs report found that many middle income seniors will be unable to afford long-term care. With seniors living longer than ever — and desiring more meaningful and adventurous retirements than previous generations — these figures present a serious problem. What happens to seniors in senior living communities when their money runs out?