More than 43 million Americans provide care to a loved one, 15.7 million of which are caring for a senior who is suffering from dementia. Twelve percent of parents are also caregivers, squeezing them between two challenging roles. Although loving your aging parents comes naturally, caregiving does not. There’s a steep learning curve for everyone who steps into this vital role. So don’t feel guilty because you don’t immediately know how to manage the many needs of your aging parents. This simple checklist can help you protect your parents and make the most of your caregiving efforts.
Senior adults are often at a higher risk for certain medical diseases or conditions as they age. Unfortunately, older adults living with complex medical conditions can also be diagnosed with more than one serious and complicating disease as well. Breast cancer is an example of a disease that can be discovered at any age, but the risk does increase as women age past 60.
When you think about balance, you might envision the seemingly impossible contortions of a ballet dancer or the high-wire act of a tightrope walker. But balance is more than just a novelty. It’s a key skill you use in just about everything you do. Good balance can reduce your risk of falling and make it easier to walk, go up and down stairs, and perform simple daily tasks such as vacuuming and dusting.
The new year is a time to turn inward, to reflect on where you have been and where you are going. The changes you make this year can catapult you into better health, protect your future, and help you live a more meaningful life. So ditch bland resolutions about weight loss and eating fewer cookies. Make 2019 a year of transformation and joy with these New Year’s resolutions.
The benefits of exercise are virtually infinite. Working out helps you live longer, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, and may even counteract genetic risk factors for various diseases. Promising research suggests that people with a gene linked to Alzheimer’s can counteract the gene by exercising. But finding the motivation to exercise can be tough, especially if you struggle with pain, mobility, or low energy. A few simple strategies can transform exercise from something you dread into something you might actually enjoy.
The aging process can make it difficult to continue pursuing activities a person once loved. It’s normal to slow down a bit with age, but many caregivers mistakenly assume that apathy and disconnection are normal parts of aging. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, apathy is actually a significant health risk factor that doubles the risk of developing dementia.
Nearly half of all seniors have at least one gun in their house. A gun offers some seniors a sense of safety, and can be an important tool for hobbies like hunting and recreational shooting. But among seniors who have dementia, a gun transitions from a useful tool into a potentially lethal weapon. Monitoring a senior gun owner for dementia symptoms may save their life.
Here are the warning signs to look for, and how to ensure your family’s safety.
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.
As an older adult, or the loved one of an older adult, it is important to know certain signs and red flags concerning prevalent diseases. For many seniors, dementia is a great concern. Studies show that it is a valid source of anxiety among seniors over the age of 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Association study of 2017, 1 in 10 seniors over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s Disease; the number only increases when other types of dementia are included.