Alzheimer’s Disease presents many challenges, not the least of which is something called sundowning—a period in the late day/early evening when agitation or irritability can set in for no apparent reason. Confusion tends to worsen as the sun goes down, hence the name. So, what causes it and how can you manage it?
The holidays can be a lot of fun but can also be a bit stressful, especially on seniors. They don’t want to feel like they are a burden to anyone, yet they still want to enjoy all the festivities of family and friends. If you notice some of the following signs in your senior loved one, it may be time to ask about an in-home caregiver.
One of the most difficult parts of caring for senior loved ones is knowing how to handle the depression that often befalls them. There is no doubt that seniors are more at risk for developing depression, and it’s important that family members and caregivers understand the warning signs and what to do about them.
Being a caregiver to a family member has an impact on the other relationships in your life, making the personal priorities fall to the back burner. While we may tell ourselves, this type of caregiving is only temporary, it often turns into much longer months or even years. You must take care of yourself while you take care of a family member, and that self-care includes nurturing the most important relationships in your life. Here are a few tips…
Did you know that nearly half of all senior adults over the age of 65 need some type of assistance daily? It’s true. As many as 70% of seniors will need a caregiver at some point as they continue to age. One of the biggest challenges with caregiving is how to know when it’s time to hire in-home care. Here are some signs that can help you determine if the time is right.
Dementia falls under the umbrella of Alzheimer’s disease and refers to the cognitive decline, memory loss, and several other behaviors that impact the ability to have normal function and routine. In advanced stages, it can also pose a safety risk, such as wandering off or getting lost. Here are a few of the behaviors commonly associated with the onset of dementia:
It’s tough for anyone living with a chronic disease, but it seems even more challenging when it’s a senior loved one who has worked hard to raise a family and are now faced with sickness. If you are a caregiver for an older adult in your life, you already know how important it is to maintain a routine and a predictable order. This is especially true for cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learn more…
We all want to live long and healthy lives! As adults, we desire to do all we can to help our parents age well and gracefully. This may be going along beautifully until a health crisis or some other stressful event happens. What to do next? How do we give our aging parents the control they need to continue to feel independent while still stepping into the role of helper or caregiver? Read on.
Did you know that sitting too much can also be a problem? While sitting too much is not a good habit to fall into, neither does it mean that you need to stand for hours on end. The point is not to stand more, but to sit less. So, the bottom line is gentle activity or even slow movement is better than sitting still for extended periods of time. Learn more…
The life expectancy continues climbing in this country, and with that comes even more caregiving responsibilities of adult children of elderly parents. For a few, this means just providing care and support after an illness or surgery. But for many other family caregivers, taking on the task of caregiver will last 5 years or more. So, how do we manage the stress that comes with caring for those we love most? Read on…
Anyone who has become a caretaker for aging parents knows that as they age, they can become stubborn. Whether it’s dementia setting in, medications, or just a loss of control, seniors can become obstinate as they age and that can present its own special set of challenges for those doing the caretaking. So, how do you deal with stubborn parents? Read on…
All of us get anxious from time to time, no matter how old we are. But for seniors, anxiety can be harder to cope with as they age. If you have an older loved one who is struggling to get through normal daily tasks due to anxiety, it’s time to speak to a doctor and get a plan to help ease the symptoms before it becomes hard to manage.
As seniors grow older, you may notice increasing problems with balance. This increases the risk of falling, which can have terrible consequences. The good news? There are many exercises that are simple and easy and can be done right from home with no special equipment! Here are a few exercises that will increase balance and mobility in your senior loved one.
Recovering from any kind of surgery can be a challenge, but if your friends and family who could help you don’t live close by, you may be having to recover on your own. Here are some tips to help make that recovery process easier, whether you are the patient, or you have a senior loved one who is the one recovering. The main goal, of course, is to get back to normal as quickly as possible!
Moving is stressful when everything goes right! Moving aging parents from the home they have known for years can come with many extra challenges. For seniors who have been in their house for years and even raised children and grandchildren there, this process requires a special touch with lots of care. Use this checklist to help make downsizing easier on both you and your parents when it comes time to move.
All adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, no matter our age. Older adults often find themselves feeling frustrated when they can’t get to sleep or sleep through the night. It can happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which could be medications, pain, or even depression. Learn some of the causes and how to get better sleep.
It’s a lost art to embrace the aging process with grace and poise. The truth is, we go through many difficult changes as we grow older, and many of us see a decline in our health as we age, simply because we don’t know how to deal with all the changes of aging in a healthy way. Whether it’s retirement, loss of loved ones, grown kids leaving for college, or even declining health, the changes that come with aging can be scary. We want to help! Read on….
It’s often thought that those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s will steadily lose their quality of life. While cognitive decline is certainly part of the process, there are things you can do as a caregiver to maintain as much quality of life as possible. Regardless of the stage of their disease, they need to be stimulated every day, both in mind and body!
“Aging in place” is a term that has become more and more frequent these days. As people age, most prefer to do it in the comfort of their own home and familiar surroundings. Thankfully, most people will be able to do just that if they desire, although it takes a little advanced planning. Here are some tips to plan ahead for aging in place.
If you are a caregiver for a senior loved one, you know how tough it can be, both mentally and physically. You need to expect some adjustments and know that even if it’s hard to manage the stress, there are ways to do it that will help you. We’ve put together several coping skills so you can deal with the tough times that always come from being a caregiver around the clock.
Research shows that seniors today have more access than ever to the internet. This includes the use of smartphones, tablets and even computers. As seniors dive into the world wide web, their identity information is at risk for hackers and thieves. So, how do we keep seniors safe from identity theft? Read on!
Everybody complains of memory loss as we grow older. Whether we’re looking for car keys, important paperwork or trying to remember someone’s name, it seems we have had to accept that memory loss just comes with the aging process. When older adults suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, memory loss can be much more pronounced and difficult to deal with. There are some ways to help make it better, though. Let’s look at some tips!
If you’ve ever been a caretaker for a senior family member, you already know how difficult it can be. The toll it can take emotionally and physically can be daunting if you aren’t prepared. Let’s look at some of the most common issues associated with being a full-time caregiver and what you can do about it. Remember, knowledge equals power!
As the fourth leading cause of death in America, stroke statistics are frightening to say the least. Someone will die from a stroke every five minutes. So, it pays to know more about stroke, how it happens, who is at risk, and what to do should one occur. If you are a senior, or a caregiver for a senior loved one, you need to know the facts on strokes!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Many seniors start worrying that they are losing memory and cognitive thinking skills as they age, and many of them think it just comes with growing older. To some degree, that can be true, but how do you know the difference between normal memory loss from aging and a cognitive decline such as dementia? Read on…
It’s stressful enough being a caregiver for an aging parent, but when you are also in the “sandwich generation,” things can be even harder. The sandwich generation refers to adults caring for senior parents as well as children young enough to still be in the home. Here are some helpful tips for easing the stress of caring for two different generations.
You’ve probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease or know someone who suffers with it. It is a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system, making movement, balance and muscle control become very difficult. Over time, it can cause total loss of control over certain body functions. Although there is no cure, there are many treatments to help manage the disease. One such option involves nutrition. Keep reading to learn what seniors with Parkinson’s should be eating.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner, less elastic and transparent, making bones and veins more visible. If you’ve had years of sun exposure, the aging process on your skin will be even more pronounced. Seniors often deal with skin problems as a result of aging. Here are just a few of the things to watch out for:
Did you know that heart disease kills more people than any other condition in the United States? While there can be genetic risk factors that increase your odds of developing heart disease, most often it is brought on by lifestyle choices that can be corrected. With one in four people dying from heart disease, it’s time to learn just what does put seniors at risk!
Never has there been a time when we are more conscious about what we eat, our overall health, and how food affects us. There is no question that aging can be significantly impacted by the foods we eat, and as older adults approach their senior years, it will become clear that food choices will impact BMI (body mass index) and the measurement of the waist. Both things can put as at risk for many diseases when not kept at healthy levels. Learn more:
Did you know that seniors can actually overcome many challenges of aging simply by dancing? It’s true! While we might not think of dance as something elderly people like to do, you might be surprised if you just ask them! Beyond the great physical benefits, here are some ways that dance can improve the quality of life for your older adult!
Have you ever heard of a TIA? It is an abbreviation for “transient ischemic attack” that refers to having a “mini-stroke.” If the older adult in your life suddenly seems out of sorts or acts in a bizarre way, they may be experiencing a mini-stroke. They’re more common than you think. It would be very wise to know the signs and symptoms, and what to do if it happens. Let’s look deeper….
Seniors, like all of us, need all the essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. During the winter months, Vitamin D is often depleted due to lack of sunlight and time outdoors. This problem can be even more compounded because vitamin D is not found naturally in many foods like other nutrients are. For aging adults whose bodies don’t absorb vitamins as easily, it’s even more important.
We all know that exercise is super important for our health, but did you ever stop to think about the heart benefits as we grow older? It’s especially true of seniors. Even mild to moderate exercise in seniors can help them prevent stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure. It can also lower cholesterol levels and even help eliminate type 2 diabetes. Here are some other benefits for seniors who get regular exercise:
We have pretty much been told nowadays that Alzheimer’s reduces people down to nothing more than a shell of what they used to be. Family and caretakers often feel they have to just stand by and watch their loved one slip away. The good news is that there ARE things you can do to help your senior loved one have a better quality of life by staying engaged and active! Follow the ideas in this article to help your senior loved one feel valued and secure.
When it comes to arthritis, older adults and seniors are among the hardest hit. As the weather gets colder, pain from arthritis increases and natural ways to combat this disease are sought after. There are many prescription medications that can help ease the symptoms of arthritis, but many of them come with unpleasant side effects that can be tough to endure. However, there ARE natural remedies to help ease arthritis pain! Read on.
Studies show that as older adults age, hearing loss is common, along with some type of decline in cognitive health. In fact, seniors with hearing loss will experience cognitive decline nearly 40% faster than those without. The bottom line is, by taking active steps to prevent hearing loss as early as possible, you may also be protecting your independence as you age.