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.
Medical Alert Resources | LifeFone
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.
Tis the season for holiday travel and whether you do it by plane, train or automobile, there are some tips to make traveling with your elderly parent or other aging relative. You want to make certain that when you arrive at your holiday destination that you are not so stressed out from having gotten there that it takes you days to unwind only to realize you have to make the return trip.
The holidays are a time for family get-togethers, and those times together typically mean you will be gathering for a meal. Regardless of whether you're hosting a holiday meal, a birthday, or any other gathering of friends and family, with pre-planning you can offer a holiday meal on a budget.
Caregivers often devote countless hours and resources to their caregiving role, putting their loved ones before themselves and sacrificing their own time in order to provide the best possible care. Caregiving is a full time job, one that requires patience, love, passion, dependability and heart. Considering how taxing caregivers jobs are, each one deserves recognition for their extraordinary, complex and challenging role. Thankfully November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time for family, friends and neighbors to reflect on the caregivers in their lives who provide care for the sick, elderly and disabled members of American society.