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As we celebrate the Fourth of July and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans in the traditional way… cookouts, fireworks and perhaps even a day at the beach, take a moment to think about those who may be losing some of their independence. Older adults. Society often views aging as a loss of independence. It is time to look at aging and health care assistance as a way to regain independence.
Chances are, if you’re a caregiver, you spend a lot of time driving to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries, paying bills, filling prescriptions, or helping your loved one with household chores.
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One son reflects on how younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease has affected his life and most importantly, the life of his mom, who is living with the disease.
Many older seniors become less agile as they age due to a combination of physical and mental factors.
Life expectancy for American men lags significantly behind that of women, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Loss of independence is a very real threat to your aging loved one. Unfortunately, as seniors age, their ability to manage previously simple everyday duties may diminish or disappear completely. "I don't need help!" What do you do when your aging loved one refuses to accept that his/her care needs are changing? These tips can help you maintain clear, open and productive lines of communication.
Many aspects of caregiving are full of joy and connection, but other interactions can be frustrating or overwhelming. While it’s easy to feel discouraged and break down during these stressful times, understanding and implementing proven coping methods can lead to better outcomes for both you and your aging loved one. Let’s count down three simple ways to restore balance to your life when patience is at a premium.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of older seniors over the age of 80 have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Let’s take a closer look at this common eye disease, and how the condition may affect the health and quality of life of your aging loved one.
“When it comes to dying, I’m an amateur. I haven’t done it - I think when I come to it, I will still be an amateur, somewhere between frightened and terrified.” (Sam Keen, Graceful Passages)
More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Caregiving is neither easy nor simple. In fact, it can sometimes feel like a relentless, overwhelming and around-the-clock job.