Most older Americans wake up every day with at least some arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness. Weather changes, over-exertion or even normal daily activities can worsen their achy joints. And, more serious arthritis flare-ups can even cause a senior to feel stressed out, frustrated and depressed.
For younger adults, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is merely an inconvenience. But for those aged 65-and-above, a UTI can be dangerous. UTIs in elderly adults usually target women over men, and tend to also occur more frequently in those with limited mobility, diabetes, kidney stones, incontinence, or who have recently undergone bladder surgery.
There’s an old saying that “laughter is the best medicine”, but will laughing more also benefit those with serious medical conditions like cancer, dementia and heart disease? Many studies have shown that humor and laughter are beneficial for people with chronic illnesses- notably those aged 65-and-over.
Over 90% of elderly financial fraud victims are preyed upon by their own relatives. Tactics used by those financial scammers include sharing a bank account with a retired family member, outright theft, or falsely promising to deliver care or services in exchange for money.
Millions of aging in place older Americans don’t get the daily nutrition their bodies so desperately need to stay healthy. And, one of the main reasons why is a loss of appetite. Unfortunately for many “appetite-challenged” at-home seniors, not taking in enough nutrients eventually starts threatening their freedom and independence.
For months now you’ve been taking care of your aging in place elderly mother by yourself. At first everything was going well, but lately you’ve felt tired, rushed and irritable. Mom has noticed the change, and so have your spouse and kids. Now your job performance is suffering, and your boss is starting to lose patience. Is it possible that you’ve got a case of “caregiver burnout”?
Roughly one-fourth of the U.S. population has diabetes, including millions of Americans aged 65-and-over. Although there’s no cure, a senior with diabetes can still enjoy a good quality-of-life through diet, exercise and medications. But if their diabetes isn’t managed, it can cause more serious health conditions like heart problems, kidney failure and blindness.
Your elderly father, who was an accountant, died suddenly last year, leaving your aging mother alone in the house you grew up in. Dad managed all their household finances, so mom is still having trouble doing so. And although mom’s health is good, you’d like to discuss finances with her to ensure she’s prepared for the future. However, anytime you’ve tried to bring up the topic, she’s quickly brushed it aside. What should you do?
Stroke is the leading cause of disabilities for those aged 65-and-over, and many seniors are forced to give up at least some of their freedom and independence after experiencing one. If you’re currently serving as a caregiver for an aging in place family member who’s suffered a stroke, providing them with the vital support they need can help keep them safely at home. To make that happen, try these tips from the experts.
Many aging in place seniors with diminishing eyesight face daily living challenges that eventually threaten their freedom and independence. If you’re currently taking care of an at-home elderly parent with vision loss, helping them adjust to the lifestyle changes that are needed can be hard. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to provide mom or dad with the daily living assistance they need, starting with these.