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Care Following a Hospital Discharge

A journey to the hospital might last several days for an older adult, and medical procedures can bring a slew of additional caregiving tasks that persist long after the patient returns home. Older adults frequently require higher levels of care during a hospital stay, which translates into higher care needs after discharge. It is key that family caregivers completely understand what is required as soon as possible, as this will better equip them to coordinate the care required to keep their loved ones safe and recuperate. Preparation is Key  Caring for a loved one following a hospital discharge can be…

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6 Helpful Tips When Your Aging Parents Reject Home Care

When seniors refuse help, it can be frustrating for family caregivers. As your parent or loved one ages, you want to make sure they are protected and well-cared for, but you also don’t want to compromise their freedom and independence. It might be difficult or uncomfortable, but discussing in-home care is essential to ensuring your loved one’s happiness and quality of life. Here are some suggestions on what to do if an elderly parent refuses caregiving or assisted living services. Learn and Observe  Think about the services your parent needs first before bringing up assisted home care. Observe their daily…

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What is Positive Aging and Strategies to Enjoy your Golden Years

Since 1950, human life expectancy has increased by more than 20 years. There are more people above the age of 80 and 90 than ever before. It has introduced a new challenge: caring for the elderly, from their housing and healthcare needs.  Growing old purposefully, constructively, and gracefully is where the power of positive aging lies. It is more important to have a good quality of life in old age than to appear “ageless.” It entails being helpful to others and relying as little as possible on others for activities of daily living (ADL).   Positive aging is one way older…

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When is it Time For Hospice Care?

Accepting aging can be a difficult process. Many older adults associate illness with loss of independence or becoming a burden on loved ones. This could explain why they don’t always tell you how they truly feel. It may be up to you to recognize the signs of deteriorating health and the need for specialized care. Understanding potential signs that the end is near reduces anxiety and allows you to honor the wishes of your aging loved ones. Many families put off calling hospice until their loved one is in their final days or weeks of life. However, if the patient…

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7 Ways to Boost and Improve Mental Health in Seniors

Now, more than ever, mental health issues are being addressed. However, few people discuss how it impacts the elderly in significant numbers. A lot of life changes occur as people age. Some of these changes are exciting and meaningful, while others are more challenging. Seniors may experience emotional or social challenges they have never faced before, such as loneliness, physical issues, or the death of a spouse. It is important to safeguard your mental health as you age, as seniors are more vulnerable to developing mental health disorders. According to the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20% of adults aged…

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8 Summer Activities Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy Together

Spring and summer are fantastic times of year because the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining! What better time to enjoy the great outdoors and make the most of the great weather? Even if their mental or physical capabilities vary, older folks can still enjoy a variety of summer activities and options. Here are a few fun summer activities that are suitable for seniors to engage in.  Get Outside and Enjoy Nature  With the snow gone and the chilly wind gone, summer is the ideal time to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us. Older adults, whether mobile…

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Understanding Caregiving Burnout and How to Prevent It

Caring for a loved one may be difficult, and that stress can negatively affect a caregiver’s overall health and well-being. Yet, some caregivers are hesitant to discuss their stress for fear of making their loved one feel guilty or making it look like they aren’t strong enough or well-organized enough to handle their obligations and responsibilities.  According to a 2020 research by the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly one in every five Americans is a family caregiver.  The care recipient usually requires special attention such as a child or partner with a disability, an older parent, or a loved one…

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Dementia and Living Spaces- How To Create A Safe Space

Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent form of dementia, impacting millions of individuals each year. Approximately 5.8 million Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2021 alone.

6 Signs Your Loved May Need Assistance

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If your aging parent, spouse, or loved one is happy living independently in their home there will likely come a time when they will need some extra assistance in order to manage daily tasks and chores. Is your aging loved one slowing down? If so, it may be time to consider in-home care. Senior in-home care services are designed to improve the quality of life, safety, and overall happiness of the elderly. These services are often tailored to the unique needs of the individual and their level of mobility and independence. Watch out for these six signs your parent needs…

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6 Tips for Helping Older Adults Overcome Challenges to Eating Healthy

As people grow older, their tastes change, which typically leads to a decrease in appetite. Other variables linked with the aging process may also make it difficult for seniors to satisfy their nutritional needs, thus increasing their risk of developing nutritional deficiencies and weakness. Fortunately, the following suggestions may help your senior loved one in overcoming the challenges of eating well. Eat Smaller Meals Instead of serving three large meals a day, provide smaller, more frequent meals to ensure your loved one does not become too full and disinterested in eating the subsequent meal. Make sure the smaller meals are…

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