Many at-home seniors simply lose interest in grocery shopping and meal preparation, and for others the prospect of eating alone just isn’t appetizing. When providing care for an aging in place loved one, it’s oftentimes a struggle to prepare them a healthy meal after your workday is over. What follows are several nutritious meals for seniors you can use that will also save you some valuable time.
Nobody likes getting the flu, but its effects upon the elderly can be quite serious, or even fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the U.S. there are more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths resulting from the flu. If you’re currently caring for an elderly parent who lives alone those flu statistics are certainly of concern. Fortunately, there are several reliable actions you can take to help keep them protected.
You’re raising a family in the Midwest, but your elderly mother lives in the same southeastern Massachusetts home that she’s lived in for over 50 years. But mom’s health is declining, and you’re concerned. With your own household and career, it’s hard to visit; let alone provide the care she needs to keep her aging comfortably in place. Long-distance caregiving is very difficult, so wouldn’t it make more sense for mom to consider moving closer?
Difficulty swallowing food or thin liquids, a condition known as dysphagia, is common within the elderly population. If a senior’s swallowing impairment persists, it can cause aspiration pneumonia, dehydration, and malnutrition. The good news is that there are several delicious and nutritious foods that you can try that should help keep your loved one healthier and happier, while living independently at home.
Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and for those aged 60-plus it’s one in three. When you’re taking care of an elderly parent with diminished hearing who’s living alone, it can be frustrating for you both. And as their hearing loss progresses, even if they won’t admit it, those sensory difficulties can compromise mom or dad’s ability to safely age in place at home.
We live in the Technology Age, and the good news is that are now several new innovations to assist your caregiving efforts. In the hands of caregivers, these high-tech gadgets are helping keep seniors safer, healthier, and more socially interactive so that they can continue aging independently in place. What follows are some of these better caregiver-assisting technologies.
Experts on aging have found that when a senior participates in activities while positively interacting with others, it typically results in a longer, healthier and happier life. For many caregivers, entertaining aging loved ones is also rewarding when it comes to their own health and wellbeing. If you’re currently serving as a caregiver, here are 5 fun activities you can do with seniors guaranteed to make them smile.
For some seniors, drinking can lead to dangerous side effects and impact both physical and mental health. For this reason, it’s important for children, those providing respite care/in-home care, and those who work in an elderly home to recognize the warning signs of alcohol abuse in seniors.
Millions of elderly Americans suffer from dementia, and when it happens to someone close to you it’s painful to watch as their condition progressively worsens. Dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s and other biological brain disorders. A senior affected by dementia may have trouble remembering things from their past, including some of the people closest to them. In order to reconnect and communicate with them in a meaningful way, try these proven strategies.
Choosing a senior home care agency to take care of your aging family member can be intimidating. With all the choices out there, you want your elderly loved one to get the best care possible so as to continue aging in place at home. To assist your efforts, here are several questions to consider based on advice from home care industry insiders.