Americare Blog

When Your Neighbor is a Senior:  6 Tips

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With all that life demands of us, it can be difficult to find time to be neighborly. It’s not something we think about as often as we should, and many consider it a thing of the past. For the elder population, being a good neighbor was a value instilled in them as children. Unfortunately, age can make getting out and about difficult, and elders find themselves confined to their homes. If there is no family nearby to visit, feelings of loneliness and depression can occur.

If you are living near a senior, take some time to get to know them. Befriending an elder can bring great joy, wisdom, and laughter into your life. Here is a checklist of things you can do to reach out and become the best friend and neighbor they have ever had.

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Topics: seniors

Caregiving for Seniors 101

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 22, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one is not something many people plan for in advance. However, the number of people caring for seniors has been increasing in the United States. In 2011, 16 percent of Americans cared for seniors in a non-institutional setting, according to survey results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is important to know what to do when put in this position. It can be overwhelming at first, especially since caring for a senior is unlike caring for anyone else. If you are new to being a caregiver, there are some tips that will be helpful as you begin this process.

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Topics: seniors, tips for caregivers

Stress Management for Caregivers

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

 No matter whom your elderly loved one is, taking care of that loved one can be stressful. When people get stressed, they react in different ways, which may materialize as tears, anger or neglect.

When caretakers let their stress get the best of them and don’t cope with it, this could worsen their loved ones’ dementia or at least prevent mental health improvement. According to a study by researchers at Utah State University (USU), the mental decline of those with dementia may slow by as much as 37 percent when their caregivers use positive coping strategies.

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Topics: safety, seniors, stress, tips for caregivers

The Dangers of Loneliness

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As technology continues to advance, people can communicate in many different ways besides via face-to-face communication. If someone’s loved one lives across the country, they can still communicate with that person often using the computer or phone. Despite this, as a society, we are lonelier than ever.

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Topics: safety, seniors, loneliness

Chronic Pain is Not Part of Growing Old

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Feb 4, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Gray hair, wrinkled skin and occasional forgetfulness are all common for adults as they age and are nothing to worry about. Chronic pain, which most seniors think is normal, is actually not something to just brush off. Chronic pain is pain that lasts usually three months or longer.

Fifty percent of seniors who live at home say they suffer from chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Almost three-fifths of adults 65 years and older have pain that has lasted one year or longer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic pain can be debilitating, but there are ways to manage it.

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Topics: safety, seniors, chronic pain

Fall Prevention:  A Guide for the Home and Daily Life

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Jan 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Every year, one-third of elderly adults fall, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The rate of falls in the elderly has greatly risen in the past decade. Falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths for seniors. Because of all of this, seniors need to take precautions to prevent falls.

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Topics: safety, seniors, home safety, fall prevention

When Siblings Disagree: Bringing Families Together

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Jan 20, 2016 6:30:00 PM

 

There’s a new dynamic affecting families across the globe, and it is not one often prepared for. With people living longer, adult children are finding themselves in a tough place—caring for their aging parents. In a perfect world, aging parents would have their wishes and future care lined out so everyone knows how issues will be handled in advance. That’s rarely the case, though, leaving children to make difficult decisions.

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Topics: seniors, financial planning

Volunteering for Seniors:  Good for the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Jan 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Retirement is a time to relax and enjoy life without the pressures of work.  As people age, many can’t wait to live without so much stress and without the chaos of work. While the majority does enjoy having no work responsibilities at first, after a while, some retirees find it difficult to just sit around without a set agenda or purpose. Volunteering is one way to give retirees something to do. More importantly, volunteering provides them with a way to give to their community, help others and have a purpose.

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Social Networking:  A Guide for Seniors

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Jan 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

More and more people are using social networking websites to share their lives and connect with friends and family. Teens and college students are not the only ones doing this.  Adults and seniors have also begun to explore social networking. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than half of adults older than 65 use the Internet. One third of these seniors use social networking sites.
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Topics: seniors, technology, social media

Seniors Need Special Preparedness for Disasters

Posted by Americare Senior Living on Dec 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Tornadoes, floods and fires— These are not occurrences most people think about every day. When these disasters happen, though, they can be deadly. That is why it is important to be prepared in advance for these situations, especially for those with special needs, including the elderly.

The three general steps that anyone should follow are the following: Get a kit; Make a plan; Be informed. It is especially important for seniors to have plans and extra help in place. Thirteen million people over the age of 50 said if a disaster occurred, they would need help to evacuate, according to a 2005 Harris poll.

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Topics: safety, seniors, tornadoes, disasters