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.
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.