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LifeFone Seniors And Technology

As we age we are slower to adapt to new technologies. Conversely, as we age if we do accept new technologies we are better able to stay in touch with friends and family and age in place. There are myriad technologies that allow seniors to age in place and they go beyond adding grab bars in the bathroom.

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More Youth Are Involved In Caregiving Roles

While the perception of youth is that they spend their time texting, playing video games and taking part in after school activities, the reality is that many youth – close to 1.5 million – spend their free time in the role of caregiver. These youth care for aging or ill family members instead of participating in activities their peers are involved in. Close to 65 percent of these youth caregivers were girls, the others were boys and the average age of these caregivers was 12.

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Monitoring Your Aging Loved Ones Diet

As we age, food that once was a staple in our lives become less agreeable with our bodies. This is common as the changes that happen as we get older actually affect how our bodies process the foods we eat. As our metabolism slows down, the amount of calories and types of food we eat to maintain a healthy diet must change as well. What was once a great meal in your younger days may now be harder to digest and end up slowing you down and add to your weight.

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What If Mom Seems Less Interested In Daily Life

As our parents age, it can be difficult to watch them decline. Whether their health is failing or you notice they are less active and mobile, it’s frustrating to observe these changes.  It often means that you have to become more active in their life and begin to monitor their health, finances, home and more.

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Caregivers Need To Slow Down

If you believe that multi-tasking is a great way to get more done in the course of a day, you may be surprised to learn that multi-taskingactually fractures your concentration so you're less likely to fully complete any task. Another concern with multi-tasking is that it causes “hurry up stress” and this, according to some is “hazardous to your health and career.” Caregivers, especially those in the so-called Sandwich Generation, continually find themselves in the situation of rushing from one task to another, from work to home to the home of their aging parents. It is a seemingly never-ending cycle of busyness

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Helping The Elderly Adjust To Community Living

As our loved ones age it’s only natural to want to provide a safer, more reliable living environment. Especially if family and friends are not close in proximity to their loved ones, providing a safe, retirement style community may be the right choice. The ability to ensure safe living with caregivers around them at all times crates a sense of relief for many family members as their loved ones age.

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Signs That It’s Time For A Medical Alert System

It’s common to believe that as we age we will still be able to live a normal, healthy and active lifestyle; the problem arises when we take for granted our health and stability. Deciding upon the right time to purchase a medical alarm system can be challenging when living independently has been the norm for so long. LifeFone provides a few signs to help you determine if it is the proper time to consider a medical alert device for your aging loved one.

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Health And Indoor Air Temperature Issues For Seniors

If you’re looking out the window and see the ground covered in snow and more coming down, you know that you won’t be opening your windows for fresh air any time soon.

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Your parents were right when they told you that sleep was important and that you should get at least eight hours per night.

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Step-Families Involved In Elder Care

Today’s families are no longer just mom, dad and the kids; in many cases there are blended and step-families and this can lead to the need for conversations like “Who’s going to care for Mom and Dad as they age?” This is especially true if a couple had been married for decades and the in-laws were an integral part of their lives – it’s not always a relationship that is easily dismissed.

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