A popular myth suggests that depression is a normal part of aging. This is untrue. Depression is a serious illness, much like diabetes or heart disease. It’s not a normal part of aging, and with the right support, seniors can lead engaging, joyful, meaningful lives. Yet depression is common in seniors. An estimated 1-5 percent of the general senior population is affected by depression. In seniors with health conditions, the figure is much higher. As many as 13.5 percent of seniors requiring home health assistance and 11.5 percent of hospitalized seniors are depressed.
Companion-style living is a unique approach to senior care in memory care communities. It saves money, but more importantly, it can help seniors feel less isolated and more connected to their community. For caregivers who feel anxious about transitioning a loved one to memory care, companion-style living offers reassurance that a loved one won’t be making the transition alone. Here are five key benefits of companion-style living in memory care.
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability. Mobility issues are the most common disability for elders. This frustrating reality can make it difficult to spend enjoyable time together. Boisterous grandkids may want to run, while many seniors prefer a slower pace. Even for healthy seniors, aging can present significant limitations; they’re more vulnerable to heat-related injuries, and may be anxious about falling. Yet activities for elderly parents can be fun, meaningful, and even adventurous. Check out some of these family-friendly options:
Nearly 40 percent of seniors have at least one disability. One in three will die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The statistics are sobering, but convey little meaning until they affect you. Whether you’ve lived a long life together or are newlyweds pursuing a second—or third or fourth—act, caring for an ailing spouse can be heartbreaking. Many people who care for their spouses feel obligated to do it all on their own. That’s a recipe for burnout, resentment, and exhaustion. The right senior living options can give both of you the help and support you need and offer stress relief that allows you to enjoy your relationship once again.
Aging is inevitable, but much about how you age is within your control. Researchers increasingly find that healthy living, a fulfilling life, and lots of social support offer a path to slower, better aging. The right senior living community makes it easier to remain active, happy, and in control, potentially helping seniors remain independent longer.
The warning signs of dementia can be subtle at first, especially if your parent lives on the other side of the country. By the time the signs become obvious, your parent may have moderate to advanced dementia and need extensive care. Recognizing the warning signs early can help you encourage your parent to get a proper diagnosis, begin planning for the future, and implement lifestyle changes that keep your parent safe while making their life easier.
You’ve worked hard to build a retirement you love, so you deserve to live a life of passion and joy that allows you to fully live up to your potential. Retirement is a great time to pick up a hobby you were never able to find time for, master a new skill, or uncover a new part of your personality. Maybe that’s why most seniors say they want to continue living in their homes. Aging in place has become synonymous with remaining independent. But independent senior living offers greater independence than you think. It may be the perfect way to turn the retirement you have now into the retirement you’ve always dreamed of.
Senior nutrition is more than just a source of comfort. The foods we eat directly affect our health. Food is fuel for the body, and to get good results, you have to use high-quality fuel. Healthy eating can help you feel healthier, and may even help you live longer. The right diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, or if you already have heart health issues, lower your risk of heart complications. A healthy diet may even prevent dementia. Here’s what you need to know in order to eat food that’s both tasty and nutritious.