The job of a caregiver is never easy or glamorous. Whether you’re a family member or professional caregiver, providing care for a senior comes with a complex set of responsibilities and challenges. We mentioned recently how caregivers can neglect their own lives and health when providing care for seniors. Providing the right emotional support to a senior citizen and their families is in itself emotionally demanding, and requires that the caregiver be physically and mentally healthy.
Over one million people may be living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the majority of them over the age of 50. That leaves a lot of us with the responsibility to care and support our loved ones, and while it can be rewarding, there are certain considerations to take into account so you know what to expect.
Active and social engagement with the world around us becomes more difficult as we age; retirement, downsizing, new communities, and new faces. But being social is a key component to the overall quality of our health and life. Ensuring we experience human interaction on a consistent basis greatly improves our health by reducing the significant risks that are associated.
Yoga is a Hindu derived practice that includes controlled breathing, specific body postures, low-impact movement and simple meditation that is practiced for health and relaxation purposes. It brings together mind, body, and soul in one practice. Yoga has been the wave of the new world as of late, but is not just for the younger generation. There are many benefits and reasons that support why yoga is a great practice for seniors and the elderly population.
While it is important and vital to our overall being, it isn’t just exercise that’s important to our health - what we put in our bodies makes a world of a difference, too. While there are special considerations for every individual, we have the top 5 nutrition tips for seniors to eat a healthier diet with ease and understanding.
We know that good eating habits supplemented with daily activity is necessary for a healthy life, especially as we age, but there are some surprising and fun activities that are also beneficial to living our best lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.