As we age, the fear of dementia or developing Alzheimer’s Disease is very real. Statistics show that “as many as five million Americans, age 65 and older, may have Alzheimer’s and it’s estimated that number will double for every five year interval beyond age 65.” Alzheimer’s is the most commonly thought of form of dementia, but there are other forms.
Aging In Place
Caregiving for aging loved ones, for many, comes without warning. One day Mom or Dad is fine, the next, they have suffered a trip or fall or a surgery from which they need help with daily living tasks during recovery. When you’re thrown into this role, there are many steps you will need to take to help Mom and Dad adjust to your role as caregiver.
Getting older is a conundrum! At least to some of us. We look around and we see healthy active 90 year olds with sharp minds. Then we turn our head and see 60 year olds with early signs of dementia and numerous bodily health concerns. And then there is everyone else somewhere on the scale of those opposites. For years, we have known the importance of exercise and how it impacts our health and agility. Exercise increases your heart rate which pumps more oxygen into your body which releases a whole variety of good hormones that make our body healthier. The good news is, those same good hormones from oxygen increase go to your brain as well. And that stimulates the growth of new brain cells. And seriously, there is no conundrum whether new brain cells are good. So exercise! But let’s take a minute to explore the strategies for achieving this worthy goal.
Time changes, whether from traveling from one coast to another or when the clock changes to and from daylight-savings time can wreak havoc on our systems and our circadian rhythms. With November 6 being the date this year when we set our clocks back by one hour there are some ways to help your body adjust and to help your aging loved ones adapt to the time.
Lifefone has recently partnered with SilverBills to help clients live in their homes safely and securely without having to manage the hassles of paying bills. As a LifeFone subscriber, you appreciate that aging at home requires different types of support. As you know, Lifefone helps you or your loved one gain access to emergency assistance at the push of a button with 24/7 care agents and reduces concerns about personal safety. Lifefone has partnered with SilverBills to provide you with another type of support to keep you or your loved ones safe. SilverBills receives, scrutinizes and ensures that bills are paid correctly and on-time. Clients no longer need to open envelopes, pay bills or remember deadlines. SilverBills eliminates worries about late fees, suspension of vital services and fraud, and reduces unnecessary paper from entering the home.
We live in a fast paced society these days where activity and technology swirl so fast around us that it is often difficult keep track of anything, much less everything. Many of us have the experience of walking into a room then wondering why we are there. Or we misplaced our keys or a bill to be paid and while we are sure they are here, we just can’t remember why they aren’t in the place we put them! Or all of sudden, the name of your next door neighbor just escapes you.
One of the greatest things we pride ourselves on is our independence … especially true for the aging population known as the “baby boomers.” It starts early! One of our friends was telling us the other day about babysitting their grandchildren and what a joy it was. But it was soon followed with a discussion about how independent and strong willed their two-year-old was. “I want to do it my way” was the message spoken more clearly through behavior than words. But it is true again as we age.