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Communication is an essential part of human interactions. Without the ability to exchange information, ask for help, and share our feelings, a number of devastating consequences can ensue. For aging adults suffering from age-related speech issues or those who are recovering from stroke, dementia or a head injury, speech therapy offers an extremely useful means to regaining the essential skill of communication.
More than a third of people over the age of 65 fall every year. And while fractures heal, confidence levels may be shattered. Unfortunately, failure to reverse this trend can lead to an increasing state of debilitation. Read on to learn how to help your aging loved one regain his/her confidence, mobility and independence following a fall.
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“What do you miss the most about being in your home of so many years?” That’s a question I often ask our newer residents when checking in on their adjustment to living in one of our communities at United Methodist Homes. Invariably the answer goes something like this: “I miss getting up, going downstairs, fixing a cup of coffee, enjoying it for awhile, having breakfast, and then going upstairs to wash and dress for the day.” Or, “I miss the daily routines, walking downtown, seeing neighbors, chatting, walking home with some little thing I might want or need during the remaining day.” Along with those comments comes a host of other things of that nature!
Just because driving abilities change with age doesn’t mean it's time to take away your aging loved one's car keys. While driver safety can be a sensitive subject for seniors, you can help reduce risk factors and promote better driving through these nine safety tips.
With the arrival of the winter season, the joy and happiness of the holidays is never far off. Unfortunately for many caregivers, it is this time of year that can often cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. As a caregiver, how often do you find yourself worrying about the safety and security of your aging loved one?
Relationships between parents and their kids aren’t always blissful, and this doesn’t necessarily change as we grow older. Whether your relationship has always involved conflict or your loved one has just gotten crankier in old age, caregiving can be a stressful experience.
The holidays may be all about peace, love and joy, but for many caregivers the time between Thanksgiving and the new year can be filled with stress and frustration.
Research suggests that the average American eats as many as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. But enjoying a delicious meal doesn’t have to mean packing on the pounds.
Being a caregiver for a parent, spouse or child is an important role, but also a demanding one requiring significant physical, emotional and intellectual effort.
Just over 40 percent of seniors take at least five medications every day.