In an ideal world, we could perfectly compartmentalize our caregiving duties, staying with a routine that met the needs of our aging parents, while enabling the time needed to take care of our wide variety of other responsibilities. But needless to say, life doesn’t adhere to our desired script, and contradicting needs are common when caring for senior loved ones. [Read More...]
Dementia care requires both compassion and creativity to deal with a variety of challenging behaviors and effects, and that’s particularly true in relation to urinary incontinence
, something that is very common in Alzheimer’s
as well as other forms of dementia. [Read More...]
There is no doubt about how amazing our body’s immune system is in attacking invading bacteria and viruses and restoring us to health following an illness, but the current discoveries from researchers at Cardiff University are set to generate a new and unanticipated advancement: halting cancer in its tracks
. [Read More...]
Agitation is one of the more challenging hurdles to overcome when dealing with dementia
, and can be exceedingly frustrating for family members to manage. One of the keys is in taking steps to handle agitation before it is felt and conveyed by the older adult, which involves keeping tabs on what has triggered these feelings in the past, and creating a home environment in which those stimulants are eliminated or minimized. [Read More...]
“It takes a village” was never a truer statement than when caring for elderly parents. And it’s necessary for that “village” to keep up successful, ongoing communication to be able to provide the very best care to make certain that everyone involved with care is on the same page. [Read More...]
Lying about your age may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. If you truly believe that you are younger than you really are, a new study shows that you are among a group of people with a lower death rate compared to those who felt their age or older.
This new study includes data from over 6,400 people averaging slightly less than 66 years of age who reported that they felt a little less than 10 years younger. When researchers followed up on these people over the next 8 years, only a little over 14% of those who “felt younger” had passed away compared to 24% who reported feeling their actual age or older.
Read more about age perception and life span HERE
Many scientific studies have found a connection between psychological and physical well-being. A review of more than 200 studies back in 2012 found a connection between positive psychological attributes (i.e. happiness, optimism and life satisfaction) and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. [Read More...]
Senior Driving: Treating health problems to improve function can help older adults drive safely. Age alone shouldn’t be a reason to quit driving… Instead, the focus should be directed towards the individual’s functionality. To increase the awareness of safer senior driving options that exist, AARP Driver Safety offers a variety of programs to educate older drivers. [Read More...]