Programming For Seniors: It’s Not Just About Your Great Grandmother’s Bingo!
Assisted Living Community. To some, these words don’t sound or represent a place where people are active. But, actually, they are. From our standpoint, we look at activities as an opportunity to engage our residents in meaningful activities for mature adults.
Independent Living: Home Health Care
The demand for home health care aids will become more urgent in coming years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first baby boomers turned 60 in 2006. Furthermore, they predict "the 65 and older population will grow from one in eight Americans today to one in six by 2020." Here we’ll discuss how health care aides meet this demand as well as what services they provide, the cost for those services and how someone might pay for them.
Gadgets and Tools to Help Your Parents Age in Place
Aging in place is a new approach to eldercare. It allows the elderly to remain in their own homes as they age, rather than having to be moved to a nursing home or assisted living facility. To enable aging in place, there are many gadgets and tools on the market that make it possible for your aging parent to remain independent and self-reliant. The gadgets assist your parent by making up for deficiencies they may have.
Aging in Place
One of the most difficult decisions a child has to make for his or her parent is whether or not to place an aging parent in long-term care. Luckily, more and more options that allow your parent to "age in place" – live at home with the appropriate care, modifications, and push-in services – are available. There are numerous communities and agencies recognizing both the social and the economic benefits of allowing aging parents to remain in their homes.
Coping with Dementia Care by Grieving the Living
Alzheimer’s and Incontinence: Strategies for Caregivers
Caregiving for a loved one with one medical condition is stressful enough. When you’re helping someone manage both Alzheimer’s and incontinence, you need targeted strategies.
10 Signs A Senior May Need Assistance with Daily Living
Thanks in part to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer today than ever before. According to the US Census Bureau, people age 65 and older will represent over 18 percent of the population by the year 2030–nearly double that of today. And while a longer life expectancy is certainly something to celebrate, it is not without its challenges.
Seniors and Driving: When Having the Talk Isn't Enough to Persuade
A version of tough love may be necessary to protect seniors and those in their path when it's no longer safe for them to drive.
The Family Meeting
There are only four kinds of people in the world—those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers." – former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Strategies to Simplify Caregiving Responsibilities
Caring for an aging parent on top of the many other day-to-day family, work and financial obligations you have can be challenging. Simplifying those responsibilities benefits everyone involved by ensuring that:
Developing a Care Plan
A geriatric care plan is a way to help aging individuals ensure continued good health, and according to HelpGuide.org, “improve their overall quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalization and/or institutionalization, and enable them to live independently for as long as possible.” Stemming from a geriatric assessment, a care plan ensures that families, aging individuals, and health care providers are all on the same page regarding health care and living arrangements, and that each knows his or her role in managing the needs of the aging individual.
Questions to Ask a Potential Homecare Worker
You made the decision to hire someone to help care for your parent, based on a needs assessment and in conjunction with family members and medical professionals. You created a home care plan and know that you need a reliable healthcare worker, one who is experienced in a situation like yours.