Seniors don’t lose their desire to lead rich, fulfilling, active lives just because their bodies begin failing. Yet many seniors find that aging continually erodes their independence. This can be a demoralizing and painful process for seniors and the people who love them.
The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be piling into cars or boarding airplanes to head home in celebration. If your holiday schedule lets you stop by to spend time with your senior loved one, you have an opportunity to not only catch up and spread some love, but also to evaluate their health and living situation. Whether you live near your senior loved one or many states away, these are a few signs that your loved one may not be thriving in the current living situation.
Your aging parents might not be able to do everything they once did, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for them to give up on mastering new skills. Physical and mental activity can improve your parents’ health and quality of life, help them live longer, and make sure they always have something interesting to do.
Thanksgiving is on the horizon, which means you are busy planning your menu and shopping for ingredients. This year, be sure to add a bit of extra forethought into how you will adapt your family Thanksgiving experience to best include your aging loved one. With just a few additional preparations, you can be sure that your loved one will have a great time, will be safe, and will enjoy him- or herself. Here are a few of our favorite tips for making this Thanksgiving successful for your whole family.
A popular Facebook meme reminds us that the “old man” walking around town with his military hat was once tougher than anyone we know. On Veterans Day, the reminder is especially poignant. You might never know of the heroic actions a veteran has taken and never have any idea how the ravages of war haunt him or her. No matter where you land on the political spectrum, the willingness of a human being to put his or her life on the line for his or her fellow citizens deserves acknowledgment.
On Sept. 7, 2017 credit reporting bureau Equifax announced a data breach that directly exposed the credit card numbers of 209,000 Americans and personal information of 143 million people. This incident potentially can impact even the most careful consumers simply because, well, they have a credit report on file with Equifax.
Family life is filled with moments, events, and experiences big and small. Some activities—and the memories they produce—are bigger than others, but they are all important. Parents might lament all the soccer games and birthday parties they endure over the years, but someday, their kids grow up and those activities fade away. Family events and activities are meant to be cherished not just by you and your kids, but also by your senior parents whenever they possibly can be included.
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.
So often, adult children will say they “want to do what’s right” in support of an aging parent. They want to provide all the care and support possible, but sometimes it gets to be too much. There comes a point where outside help, or even a change to a more suitable living situation, may be in order.