Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the leaves have changed colors and dropped. Fall is almost over. Many people find fall to be their favorite season while others see it only as the precursor to old man Winter! Soon many older adults will begin their annual trek south to escape the cold, snowy season they face at home.
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Though the idea of fall cleaning creates thoughts of cooler weather, rainy days and the impending winter months, consider that the hours it takes to clean your parent's house or apartment and yard can equate to an afternoon of conversation, memory-building and bonding. Whether you're living in the same city as your elderly relatives or only make occasional visits, having a shared activity such as freshening up the house after the warm summer months is a great one. Additionally, it's sometimes easier to have a meaningful conversation while involved in a task.
Seeking resources to care for aging parents isn’t a task to be undertaken when in crisis mode. By the time an aging parent needs additional care, you may not know where to turn and you don’t want to have to make uninformed decisions on care for your aging relatives. If you’re in regular contact with your aging relatives it will likely be easy to see when they are reaching the point where they need additional assistance if they’re to remain in their own home.
In September we focused on falling, how to prevent them, how to equip a home to cut down the risk of falling, and how to help your loved one bounce back after a fall. September was also a month to focus on fruits and vegetables, and how healthy eating matters and is important to your overall health.
If your loved one has recently fallen, we want you to know they aren’t alone. The fact is, one out of every three seniors fall each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of injuries for older Americans each year. These statistics help gain perspective as to why falling is a major concern, not only for you but for your loved one as well.
Did you know that about one in 10,000 people will live to be 100-years-old? It is further expected that the number of people over 100 years old will reach 110,000 by 2037 and those over 80 will reach six million by that same year. These individuals are deemed “slow agers.” Will you be among those who live to celebrate 100 years?
At LifeFone, we recently talked about simple ways to improve the kitchen, bathroom and walkways for mom or dad. Though, sometimes maintaining and keeping a home safe from falls could take upgrades and modifications that would require a professional.
Hurricane season is here. It began on June 1st, and runs through November 30th. This year, there seems to be a hurricane popping up every week. To date, Gordon slammed into Florida, Lane was a major hurricane that skirted by Hawaii in August, and Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, with yet another taking aim at Hawaii.