Helping your aging parents downsize may seem like a scary task. For those taking care of their elderly family members, it is a pivotal point that an individual must handle with understanding, delicacy, and care. Downsizing a home also might mean that your parent is going through some changes in living arrangements, which can make a senior anxious. With some care and a few tips from experienced professionals, you can make downsizing your aging parent's home much more comfortable for everyone involved.
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For most of our life we are too busy doing more ‘important’ things to set aside a few moments to learn something new. Then, one day, we suddenly wake up and have time to fill, but nothing to fill it with. At this point in life, many seniors want to learn new hobbies but feel too old to do so. This is nonsense, however. Seniors are never too old to learn new hobbies; the benefits of doing so are even backed by science!
Soon I will have to hire an in-home caregiver for my husband. My thoughts have turned to the obvious: Who can help us? What skills must his caregiver have? Costs? How do we hire the right person? Such questions lead to more questions, and here is where I am: Should I use a senior home care agency or what about hiring a private caregiver? Differing opinions abound among family and friends. But facts count more than opinions, so I’ve started asking questions—and getting answers.
For many seniors, preserving independence is a daily struggle. Some may have accepted that they can no longer fully care for themselves, but resist the idea of bringing in professional help. Every family situation is unique, but there are some red flags that suggest it may be time to hire a professional caregiver to help your loved one live life to the fullest.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in people over the age of 65, and not only are they uncomfortable, but UTIs can further cause kidney infections, kidney failure and bloodstream infections (sepsis). While serving as a caregiver for a loved one who’s still aging in place it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a UTI.
Many seniors who are still living at home have special daily living requirements and medical needs that must be addressed within their emergency preparation plans. If you have an elderly loved one who’s still aging in place close by, or especially in another state, it’s important to discuss disaster preparedness with them before the next event presents itself. To assist your efforts, here are some tips on devising an emergency preparation plan for seniors to consider.
You love your parent, and want to provide them with the nurturing they need so that they can continue aging in place within the comfort of their own home. So what do you do? Convincing an aging parent that’s hesitant to accept at-home care is never easy. What follows are several ideas from experts you can use to help facilitate a smoother and more successful process.
It’s a fact that we simply feel more refreshed when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, and for adults of all ages that means 7 to 9 hours daily. For those over age 65, getting a better night's rest improves memory, sharpens alertness, speeds up healing, and provides more energy.
Dehydration can occur at any age, with seniors being more at risk than other adults. This article summarizes the role of fluid in our bodies, and the effects of aging on fluid balance. It then provides you with tips for preventing your parent from becoming dehydrated. You’ll read about signs of dehydration in aging adults and treatment for those who need extra help to return to a healthy fluid balance.