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Care Following a Hospital Discharge

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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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What is Positive Aging and Strategies to Enjoy your Golden Years

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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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The Benefits of In-Home Care Services

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While some seniors are content to move to a nursing home or care facility when they can no longer care for themselves, others want to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. In-home care services allow seniors to preserve their freedom while receiving daily support from qualified caregivers. In-home care has quickly become one of the most popular solutions for older persons seeking expert care without leaving their homes. Here are a few advantages of in-home care services to consider before making your decision. One-on-One Attention One of the most significant advantages of choosing in-home care services…

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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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Celebrate Social Wellness Month- 7 Tips for Social Wellness

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Living through a global pandemic for a couple of years taught us to never take the little but incredibly important things in life for granted: shared laughter, hugging our loved ones, and a lunch date at our favorite restaurant. We saw just how important socializing is, and how lonely and empty we can feel when it is taken away. July is Social Wellness Month, and with immunizations reducing our need to isolate ourselves, it’s the ideal time to ensure that seniors have appropriate interaction experiences. Social Wellness Month Social wellness has been shown to improve the quality of life for…

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Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month

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In June, National Great Outdoors Month encourages people to explore our country’s vast wildlife refuges, parks, and natural beauty.  Whether we hike or bike the trails, kayak or canoe the various rivers and canyons, or pitch a tent in the forest or on a hillside, there is something for everyone. Pursue the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors’ huge sky and wide landscapes. Going outside in the fresh summer air is a wonderful opportunity for seniors and caregivers to spend time together enjoying amazing outdoor activities. Going outside offers light exercise and socialization, both of which are key components of…

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7 Ways to Boost and Improve Mental Health in Seniors

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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

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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

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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

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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. This figure is anticipated to rise in the next decades, as the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years. Although there is no cure, there are plenty of strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s. This condition causes significant memory loss, mood and behavior problems, and other symptoms. One way to improve quality of life is to make sure that spaces and activities are safe. This…

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