Aging is a process that continues throughout our lives. As we grow older, we enjoy different activities, require nutritional changes, and our health needs shift. Along with these changes, our five senses, sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste, can also alter.
If you looked back 40 years ago, senior living was not what it is today. In fact, assisted senior living was not even an option for senior care. It was not until the 1980s that Dr. Keren Brown Wilson established the idea of “assisted living” facilities. In the years that followed, assisted living facilities spread throughout the country and became more widely available. Even so, the idea of an assisted living community has dramatically changed in recent years.
Growing older brings changes to our minds and bodies. These changes are unique to us and may happen at a different rate than those around us. That being said, it is not uncommon for your mom and dad to require different levels of senior care.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which an individual’s bone density decreases. The body absorbs more bone tissue without producing enough to replace it. As a result, individuals diagnosed with osteoporosis have porous, weaker bones that are more susceptible to fractures.
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Respite care is a service and resource for both family caregivers and older adults seeking senior care options. However, only 15% of family caregivers utilize respite care services.
The Caregiver Action Network reports that “more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill… or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one…”
Caring for a parent or family member with any form of memory impairment can present unique challenges. It can be emotional, overwhelming, and even frustrating at times. Providing care for someone living with dementia is only effective if you have strategies to promote communication and comfort while easing feelings of stress and anxiety.
From an early age, we naturally value the importance of socialization. From playdates to sleepovers to after-work drinks with co-workers, we put friends and social engagements high on our priority list. It should be no surprise that socialization later in life is still an essential aspect of overall wellness and well-being.
As a family caregiver, ensuring everything gets done and that your parent or family member is properly cared for is a lot to handle, especially if you are trying to do everything yourself.
Discovering a family member is living with memory impairments can be difficult, and transitioning him or her into memory care can be an overwhelming experience. This is especially true if one is hesitant or resistant to making the transition into a memory care community. Navigating through all of the unknowns is a task by itself, but ensuring that your family member is comfortable with the change adds another layer.