Despite conventional wisdom, weight loss is not a normal part of the aging process. We are not supposed to wither away in old age. Weight loss begins to occur as your loved ones age from a lack of vitamins and nutrients, which can be both upsetting and frustrating to witness. Older adults become more susceptible to weight loss with age because their stomachs do not digest as fast as they once did, and the excitement of eating begins to diminish as sight, smell and taste wane.
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With the official start of summer behind us, many Americans are embracing the reopening of communities from coronavirus shut-downs. Unsurprisingly, most people wish to get back to “normal.” But medical experts warn that everyone must still remain vigilant. In fact, the most recent data suggests a second wave may already be forming.
Medical experts have come to agree that if you take care of your mind your body will benefit. What does that mean? It means that if you take time to calm your mind and practice meditation and mindfulness you may notice health benefits in your body by lowering your stress, reducing arthritic or other joint pain and even potentially lowering your risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
Whether you plan on taking your parent on vacation with you or setting up a support system back home, don't fret, you can still cherish your getaway. While you may be filled with feelings of guilt if you choose to leave your loved one at home, it is important for you to re-energize, relax and recharge your battery so you can come back refreshed and ready to resume your caregiver role. These feelings of guilt are normal, and you have to find a balance between caring for yourself and caring for your parent to avoid caregiver burnout.
Everyone knows what it's like to operate on little sleep. Your mind feels groggy and out of sorts and even the simplest tasks can present huge complications. With seemingly little on the agenda of your older loved one each day, you would think sleep would come naturally to them. However, a growing number of seniors today (up to 30%) experience sleep disorders in the form of infrequent sleep patterns, sleep apnea and waking up too early, among other disorders.