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.
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?
Over 40 million people in the United States provide care for an adult over the age of 65 (source). Of those being cared for, 90% are aging parents or relatives. Becoming a caregiver can be overwhelming as roles are reversed between parent and child.
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.
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.
It’s often said that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It’s a favorite pastime for many and has several cognitive benefits, including perhaps a favorable impact on Alzheimer’s disease.
We celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2019) to recognize professionals across all nursing disciplines for the incredible life-affirming and often life-saving work they do every day.