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.
Every day is a perfect day to celebrate the contributions that grandparents make in our lives, but Sunday, September 10 is designated officially as Grandparents Day. Why not take advantage of this special day to enjoy some intergenerational family time together, making memories and passing down a few traditions? Here are a few ways that you can get your entire family involved in celebrating all things grandparents, no matter where Grandma lives.
Likely you’ve seen the news reports: President George Bush Sr., 92, was hospitalized earlier this month due to pneumonia. And just four days after he entered the hospital, his wife Barbara Bush was also admitted due to viral bronchitis.
It was not a coincidence. When a senior becomes ill, it’s very common for his or her spouse to get sick soon after, due to fatigue and stress, says Francine O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Resident Care for The Arbor Company.
“We see this often, especially with couples that have been married for 40, 50 or more years,” said Francine. “And sometimes the caregiver becomes more ill than the person he or she was caring for.”
If your parent is in the process of moving into a senior living community, emotions are likely running high for you and for your parent. As you work with your parent to downsize their possessions and sell their home, you may feel like you are closing a major chapter in your family life. However, it is important to note that your parent is also embarking on a new and exciting chapter as they move into their new senior living community home.
If you find yourself transitioning from child to caregiver for a parent, it is normal to be feeling a mix of emotions that can range from grief to anxiety. If you are stepping into a caregiver role, whether part-time or full-time, you can benefit from preparing yourself both mentally and physically before you get started. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind as you begin to care for your aging parent or loved one.
Looking after an aging parent could be one of the most challenging, important and meaningful tasks you ever take on, but it’s a complex role, and if you’re not prepared, you could easily be overwhelmed. Here are some things to consider for your future caregiving role.
Aging comes with its own set of physical and medical issues. However, it can also come with extra stress, crisis, and emotionally charged decisions which can lead to heated disagreements between siblings, parents, and other family members. If you find yourself in the midst of an escalated debate about senior care issues, it can make for stressful family gatherings and can cause major family rifts if not handled correctly. Here are a few of our tips for calming the storm of senior care disputes between family members.
If you find yourself caring for an aging parent or loved one, you may feel isolated or alone. You may also feel uneducated and overwhelmed with new medical terminology and treatment plans. However, there are plenty of places for you to go to learn about caregiving and to find support from peers who are living it too. You just have to know where to look. Take a deep breath, and consider starting with a few of our favorite books and resources for caregivers.
How often have you heard someone lament about a lost relative whose stories died with them? It's human nature to think there will be time, but all too often people slip out of this life without their stories being recorded. Don't let this regret be part of your grief.