At the holidays, what do you give that special someone who has given so much to you? Finding that special gift for an aging parent, grandparent or even a cherished friend or neighbor can be challenging enough, but it can become even more complicated when they live in a senior care community such as an assisted living facility or even a skilled nursing facility.
Navigating the world of senior living options, whether for yourself or a family member, can be daunting and confusing. With a range of terms used to describe senior living options including independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes, it can be difficult to understand the differences between each level of care or housing option.
After decades of participating in the democratic process, the votes of our senior population are no less important today than they were when they were just 18 years-old.
If you’ve noticed concerning driving behavior from your aging parent or loved one, you may be wondering if it’s time to considering taking away their car keys.
Depression is common in the elderly, but it’s often hard to recognize. Caregivers may miss the signs of depression or mistake them for side effects from medications and illness. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 7 million adults over the age of 65 suffer from depression.
As we age, social engagement and activities are just as important, if not more important, as when we were younger.
“Activity engagement is important for seniors because it gives them a purpose,” said Ashley Weiser, director of activities with Elderwood, a leading provider of senior care services.
Home is where we feel secure, comfortable and cared for, a special place that holds lifelong memories and traditions. However, as we age, there may come a time when our house is no longer the safest option.
Music is powerful. The notion that music can play a role in healing and behavior dates back to the works of Greek philosophers, Plato, and Aristotle. In the more than 2,000 years since their observations, the therapeutic value of music has been studied and implemented in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes.
Seniors are at a higher risk of dehydration because as the body ages, the ability to conserve water is greatly reduced. Certain medical conditions and medications also have an impact on a senior’s ability to retain fluids.
Thousands of Americans suffer strokes every year. Although there are risk factors that contribute to stroke, the reality is that almost anyone can suffer a stroke – at any age.