Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years have all passed and many people are just happy to be getting back to normal. While the holidays offer great opportunities to spend time with family and friends, they also wear us out and disrupt our routines.
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Before the ball drops in Times Square, promise yourself this year will be the year you become your own best caregiver. Resolve to do what thousands of others need to do to make time for yourself, because in so doing, you make your time with others better and more valuable.
At LifeFone, we are aware that one of your greatest concerns is the safety of your loved one. Whether or not they are properly taking their medication is probably high on the list of things you think about when you are not with them. Here’s six medication safety tips that are easy for you, and them, to follow.
Many of us look forward to the first snowfall with anticipation, especially after a long, hot summer. For the elderly, however, winter isn't about snowflakes, sledding and warm cups of hot cocoa. Winter can be an overwhelming time for senior citizens, especially if they live far from their loved ones that can help with the demands that winter weather brings with it. From shoveling sidewalks to clearing snow and ice from the cars to fears of frozen pipes and simply keeping warm and safe, winters can be long, lonely times for senior citizens.
What do you buy for the "person who has everything"? That is the question faced by many holiday shoppers, whether it's for Christmas or birthdays. There comes a point in most people's lives when they either want for nothing or if they see something they want, they will purchase it themselves. If you are at that stage with your aging parents, here are some ideas from LifeFone:
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in individuals over the age of 65. Slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of emergency room visits and injury-related deaths in individuals over the age of 65; because of this fall prevention should be of utmost priority when age-proofing the home. As you age, the need to be more cognizant of any potential trip or fall hazards in the home should be looked at with a more critical eye. Fall prevention measures also need to be implemented in areas of the country that are prey to snow and ice which leads to slippery sidewalks and steps.
Your family health history is important. To emphasize that, the Surgeon General, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, launched a national public health campaign called the Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.
Holidays are a wonderful time for most of us; we get together with family and friends some of whom we haven't seen since the previous year. For the elderly in your family though, the holidays can be stressful, depressing or even confusing, especially if their emotional and physical needs are not taken into account.
The holidays always provide a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of daily living, along with the perfect opportunity to savor the company of your loved ones. While filling up on turkey, take the time to embrace the holiday's intended purpose and give thanks for the people in your life by creating lasting memories this Thanksgiving.