It’s been said that the only things that are assured in life are “death and taxes” and as we age, it becomes more apparent that there is certainly truth in that – we will inevitably lose some of our friends to illness or old age.
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Did you know that it’s not just teenagers who are driving distracted? It’s been shown that because there are so many Baby Boomers who own smartphones (about 40 million) that they are just as likely to be distracted by the phone and texting as teenagers.
As a caregiver have you ever wondered how you can “find your Zen” or even just an island of peace in a world in which you’re being pulled in so many directions? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Caregivers, especially those in the so-called Sandwich Generation (those working full time, caring for their own family and caring for aging loved ones), it may be difficult to find even one moment to call their own.
On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan said, in his Presidential Proclamation, “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.” He added, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe our older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure our communities are good place in which to mature and grow older.” With that proclamation, he designated August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day.
As we age there are aches and pains that we wake up with and wonder, “is that something to worry about? Was that pain there yesterday?” In many cases you might have just “slept wrong” or pulled a muscle. In other instances, though, you may have a sign or symptom that could warrant a phone call to your doctor.
Hot flashes are nothing new for many menopausal women, but that doesn’t mean they are easy to deal with. In fact, in some cases, they are downright uncomfortable and when you add the outdoor summer heat or mid-winter indoor heat into the mix you might just want to curl up in front of the air conditioner or bathe in a tub of ice.
Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and they are two crucial aspects of a long life for seniors. As a caregiver, you may need to be more involved in what your aging loved ones are eating. It is much easier to eat quick-to-heat, processed foods than it is to cook healthy meals, but the health benefits far outweigh the ease of preparation.
When the time comes to think about having to have mom and dad move out of the home because they can no longer live safely there, you should be aware that the trends in assisted living make these facilities more homelike than ever before. Chances are your parents will want to live in their home as long as they possibly can. Their desire to age-in-place is natural because they don’t want to give up their independence. As their caregivers you can help them with this by making their home “senior friendly” and by giving them access to a home medical monitoring and personal medical device.
Two leading personal response technology leaders join to make industry award winning personal security smartphone app available to consumers anywhere, anytime for pennies a day.