Older adults have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. A Census Bureau study reported that 46% of adults ages 65 and older said that worry and stress related to coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, and more specifically 1 in 4 seniors reported experiencing anxiety or depression.
Thinking about end of life care, and the decisions you would like to have made if faced with a medical emergency are not necessarily on top of anyone’s to-do list. This is, of course, a difficult subject to consider and may be even harder to discuss with family, but it’s important for everyone.
For those caring for someone with dementia, chances are that you have become a problem solver, finding solutions to situations that arise as part of your loved one’s journey through the course of their disease. Many have discovered that technology can be a part of that solution.
A caregiver is defined as a person who provides direct care to another. Many people take on the role of caregiving during their lifetime, whether it be for their own children, family members or parents as they age.
Approaching the subject of moving a loved one out of their home is never an easy conversation. While it may be obvious to adult children that there is a need for additional care, convincing a parent can be a harder, more delicate conversation.
2020 hasn’t been the start to the new decade we would have liked. Yet, as the year begins to wind down and we head into the holiday season, there is still much for which to be thankful = despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by all the details of moving. Having decades of possessions and memories can make the process to downsize into a smaller setting difficult and emotional. Here are a few tips to help make the transition a little smoother.
Many people plan for their retirement, making sure they have the funds to live comfortably once they no longer receive a weekly paycheck. However, a health crisis or the natural course of aging could change the trajectory of your retirement and force you to consider the need for advanced or prolonged care. It isn’t something most people want to think about, but not planning for that care can create incredible stress and financial hardship for you and those you love.
If someone you care about lives in an assisted living or skilled nursing community, it may have been a while since you’ve visited with them face-to-face. Ongoing restrictions at health care facilities have created a new kind of caregiver – someone who lives locally but must remain apart from their loved one. How do you check up on them and reassure yourself that they are doing well?
Family members often become primary caregivers for their aging loved ones. Sometimes a spouse is taking care of their partner, or an adult is taking care of their aging parent. It’s important to be aware of signs of burnout and how to get help.