Category: caring for elderly
Considering that July is officially the "Sandwich Generation" Month, we noticed a lot of buzz in the news about them . What is the Sandwich Generation you ask? They are the generation of people who are caring for young children and teens while providing some kind of assistance for elderly parents.
With an increasing number of elderly drivers we've noticed a lot of news and discussion around seniors and senior driving. Here's what caught our eye this week:
Whether you've been a caregiver for a month or several years, you've no doubt figured out that your loved one requires more than just physical assistance with the daily activities of living. Just like you, a loved one who can observe, listen, or participate in activities enjoys them just because it makes him or her happy. Its more than just physical care.
While the overall divorce rate on a steady the decline with the Generation-X er's, the divorce rate amongst young seniors and the newly retired is steadily climbing! There has been a lot of speculation and discussion as to the reasons why the "I do" ends with "I don't".
Its no surprise that in light of the increasing divorce rate amongst new retirees and the younger seniors, (see last weeks news-round-up), that there is also an increase in the amount of seniors hitting the dating scene again. With that flood gate open, we've seen a lot of new services and resources available to help seniors prepare for date night!
It is important to take time each day to spend for and on yourself. It may seem you don’t have the time, it is selfish, or there are more important things to do. In fact, in the scheme of things and as a caregiver, one of the most important things you can do each day is to spend at least ten to fifteen minutes on yourself. By doing so, you help yourself as well as those around you. Those ten to fifteen minutes spent on yourself can help you relax, ease tension, and refresh yourself. That time can help you return to your caregiver tasks with renewed energy and a new perspective.
"Why can't I sleep?... Where are those damn sleeping pills..." Believe it or not is a very common statement mumbled by thousands to seniors ever single night. Is it a health problem? Indigestion from dinner? perhaps too much fresh air? Should you be concerned? Sleeping disorders are very common and can be caused by a variety of reasons.
Traditionally, men have been reluctant to acknowledge that they’re feeling depressed, and even more unwilling to seek medical help. However, say Todd Patkin and Dr. Howard J. Rankin, depression is not a sign of weakness—it’s a medical condition that men need to know about and watch for. It’s a matter of health!
As a Baby Boomer dealing with hearing loss, memory loss, and unbending knees, they appreciate every bit of senior assistance. That gratitude extends to manufacturers developing products tailored for those with reduced capacity or not familiar with our rapidly changing tech world.
For many of those entering the twilight of their careers, retirement isn't about "throwing in the towel", its about new beginnings. With Boomers living longer and healthier lives than the generation before them, many are using their retirement to do something entrepreneurial they've always wanted... The birth of the Encore Career
If you need help affording senior home repairs then it is a good idea to investigate government programs designed to offer assistance.
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your instinct might be to cling to beloved traditions this holiday season. But you—and your loved one—might experience the most holiday joy by adapting your plans and expectations
Probably one of the most difficult parts of being ill is losing a sense of control of life. As caregivers, we can help our loved ones and ourselves continue to feel some control. Even though we may both feel powerless against the illness itself, we have many choices that we can make along t
Choosing the right Alzheimer's home for your loved one can be a frightening experience but sound information makes it easier. When choosing the Alzheimer's right home, the philosophy and appropriate level of care, preferred location and budget all need to be considered. Here are nine tips to help you find the best Alzheimer's home for your loved one.
Continuing care, also known as long-term care, offers a perfect setting for a vulnerable senior in your life.
Real estate title and mortgage fraud are on the rise and seniors are usually the victims. Here's how boomers and seniors can protect themselves and their homes.
When you are caring for an aging parent you may feel overwhelmed. Here's how to say no to tasks that are not a priority.
Your health may change during retirement and you could need nursing services and/or long term care. Here's how long-term care insurance can help.
What five ingredients reduce our risk for getting this disease and keep our memory strong? One ingredient is learning how to manage stress.
When your elderly parent is in rehab they need to stay long enough to get proper care. Here is how you can help ensure they do.
Fed up dealing with your aging parents? When was the last time you laughed? Try this to ditch the stress and get the funny back.
The Men's Club is a social program just for men at Sunrise Senior Living in Oakville. Check out their adventures in the new column by Mark Giordani!
Many seniors experience depression because of lost loved ones, loneliness or physical limitations. But depression is not inevitable if you are social.
Seniors can help themselves to alleviate depression with regular exercise. It improves mood, strength and balance and sleep.
If your parent has Alzheimer's, they can become very frustrated trying to make their wishes known. Here's how one family turned things around.
NEW Column: Caring for my elderly mum has had more downs than ups this past year but there have been laughs too. Here's what I've learned.
Giving up the independence of driving is one of the most difficult aspects of aging. This expert advice will help you to help your parent.
Most people are caregivers by default which causes a lot of stress. If you view caregiving as a choice, you can change all that for the better.
When your parents are nearing the end of their lives, you need to take some practical steps, plan your post-caregiving life and prepare your heart.
Long-term care retirement homes provide care for seniors who require frequent assistance but the benefits extend to the family as well.
There comes a time when roles are reversed and it's your turn to care for your parents. In this post, Nicole McKechnie shares one such moment where laughter made the issue much easier to "absorb". 'Read more': Read more...
Anne Hopcott knows how important it is to adapt to change, that's why she chose not to wait for the decision to move into a retirement community to be made for her.