We’ve all seen the stereotype of the angry elderly neighbor portrayed in movies and TV shows. But when you’re caring for a senior parent who’s aging in place at home, and their behavioral abuse is directed towards you, it can be upsetting and stressful. Typically brought on by dementia, this “responsive behavior” includes aggressive verbal and occasional physical outbursts as your loved one inappropriately acts out what they’re feeling. As a caregiver, there are several effective ways you can respond to aggressive language and behaviors.
Every year, millions of family members serve as caregivers for elderly loved ones who are aging in place at home, usually a parent. But the physical and emotional demands of caregiving can become overwhelming, especially when the senior’s health is in decline. Over time, stress can cause caregiver fatigue, notably if the caregiver has their own household to manage.
When serving as a caregiver for a senior loved one with dietary deficiencies, it can be challenging to meet their nutritional needs as they continue aging in place at home. Starting with what a balanced diet looks like, there are several reliable ways to supply a senior with the nutritious foods they need.
You’re worried that mom’s not storing and taking her meds properly, and that it could jeopardize her health and wellbeing as she continues aging in place at home. Is careless medicine storage a dangerous problem for seniors? The answer may surprise you.
Guilt is a common emotion experienced by family caregivers who are providing at least some care for a senior who’s independently aging in place at home, usually their parent. Those feelings tend to intensify when that caregiver lives far away from their elderly loved one, a condition referred to as “remote caregiver guilt”.
None of us likes discussing hospice care or end-of-life care issues, but it’s a natural part of the aging process. When caring for a senior family member who’s made it clear they want to remain at home even after being diagnosed with a life expectancy limiting condition like cancer, liver failure or advanced pulmonary disease, it can be emotionally and physically draining to honor their wishes.
As seniors get older, it can become more and more challenging to handle daily tasks and to manage living independently in a single-family home. A retirement community, assisted living center or nursing home are always options, of course, but many times seniors want to spend this season late in life in the places they love and doing the things they enjoy most.
Summer is the season to travel and enjoy the great outdoors. But spending time outside is a little more complicated for seniors. They are vulnerable to conditions and reactions that younger adults simply don’t experience. It’s vitally important to help seniors get out of the house and spend time getting some fresh air. But, remember these 5 things before you spend any extended time outside in the hot summer elements with a senior citizen.
Many aging adults are determined to remain in their homes as long as possible. The challenge is this: As adults get older, living independently in a single-family home becomes more and more challenging over time and at-home care may become a necessity.
Travel with family and friends are great ways to get aging adults out of the house and to help them live full lives, even later in life. But to comfortably travel with an aging adult isn’t as straightforward as loading kids into a minivan and hitting the road. Are you planning to travel with an aging adult loved one? Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you map out your journey.