Everyone can agree that we need to eat to live. Buying food and preparing meals is a necessity of life. As we get older, the ability to move around may diminish, let alone our capacity to drive our own personal vehicle. Appetites may decrease and preparing food may become a dreaded chore. Many seniors are independent and are able to drive themselves to the grocery store, while others aren’t able to get behind the wheel any longer. Whether someone drives them or they drive themselves, there are helpful food shopping strategies before and while at the grocery store. Since getting to the grocery store may become a challenging dilemma, here are some tips to help your aging loved ones tackle the task of food shopping.
From safety concerns to ease of living, it’s important for seniors to get organized. However, it can be hard for them to tackle this task alone. By lending a helping hand you not only can help make their living space a better place for them, you can also enjoy some quality time, getting to know your loved one on a whole other level hearing all the stories behind that silly hat or funny photo. Here are some tips for you as you help your seniors get organized.
While a lot of people associate the warmer temps of summer with fun in the sun, the rising thermostat can mean danger if proper precautions aren’t taken, especially among senior citizens, children and pets. For those people that spend a lot of time outdoors or do not have measures to cool their home, the summer heat can take its toll. Here are some summer heat safety tips.
For many seniors, the decision to remain in their own home is the most preferable. However, there can be challenges to face such as early onset Dementia, Osteoporosis and Arthritis conditions along with safety concerns all around the house. All of these obstacles are made even harder when a parent is not located in the same area as their children. Families need to work together to make their loved one’s home both safe and functional. Here are a few of the ways you can help your loved one maintain their independence as they age in place.
Seniors have different challenges for proper nutrition, loss of appetite, problems chewing or swallowing, depression or a need to reduce fat or sugar with certain chronic conditions. It may take a little work to figure out what’s keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin rich foods boots immunity and fights illness causing toxins and helps in healing and recuperation.
Being forgetful is a common occurrence for everyone. Misplacing keys or forgetting to turn off the oven can happen to all of us. But for some individuals, this may be the beginning or early onset of a Dementia/Alzheimer's diagnosis. As the condition progresses, decisions may have to be made about care.
As a parent or caregiver, you have probably put a lot of thought, time preparation into creating a care plan for loved one. Even with the most organized and full proof plans, at some point there are going to be times when your plans are disrupted because of illness, weather, school holidays and many other unexpected, and expected, events. This is when having access to a backup care program through your employer is an incredible benefit. As you go to use this valuable benefit, consider these dos and don’ts of backup care.
From out-patient short stays to a just few days to even longer, facing a hospital stay can be overwhelming for anyone, no matter the time frame involved. But it can be even more daunting for your aging loved ones. While some live independently and some have help, something most seniors have in common is their health risks. The chances of them having to go to the hospital at some point are high and the causes can range anywhere from heart disease, stroke and falls to broken bones, surgery and tests. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones successfully manage hospital stays.
While many seniors transition from living in their homes to moving to retirement communities, many are also choose to remain in their own homes, either alone, with supportive services or with family members. Another option for seniors is to choose to move from their home to independent apartments or adult active communities for seniors, where individuals are 55 and older. The common link for the two latter options is the choice to live independently which is often referred to as "aging in place". This is a term used to describe a person living in a residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age. Assessing senior needs is the key to making care decisions as your loved one ages.