We have all heard that the only two things you can count on in life are death and taxes. We also know that aging is inevitable, but there are steps that everyone can take to make aging gracefully a reality.
Aging In Place
Making a change in your aging parents’ lifestyle can be a traumatic event. If they are moving to a smaller home or moving into your home, it will mean they will have to divest themselves of some of their belongings. This can lead to a sense of loss of both memories and a loss of control of their lives. It will benefit you to have patience with them and to work through the process slowly – by this we mean, don’t just go into their home with a dumpster and start tossing their stuff.
Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and they are two crucial aspects of a long life for seniors. As a caregiver, you may need to be more involved in what your aging loved ones are eating. It is much easier to eat quick-to-heat, processed foods than it is to cook healthy meals, but the health benefits far outweigh the ease of preparation.
When the time comes to think about having to have mom and dad move out of the home because they can no longer live safely there, you should be aware that the trends in assisted living make these facilities more homelike than ever before. Chances are your parents will want to live in their home as long as they possibly can. Their desire to age-in-place is natural because they don’t want to give up their independence. As their caregivers you can help them with this by making their home “senior friendly” and by giving them access to a home medical monitoring and personal medical device.
The cost of independent living facilities varies depending on many different things including location and options available. These prices can range from as little as $500 a month to over $3,000 a month based on the community itself, the assistance involved and they type of activities and homes available. That being the case, most living facilities are paid out of pocket but there are a few options that might help you or your loved one pay for it.
If your aging loved one is getting to the point that they are starting to need assistance in their everyday life, it can create a sense of hardship and stress for everyone. Specifically, driving a motor vehicle is one of those things that may need to be addressed sooner than later as your aging senior gets to a certain age or a point where there is a medical concern. The decision to address driving as a concern can many times be a heart wrenching one, especially knowing that it may result in taking away their freedom and ability to feel independent.
Most seniors would prefer to live our their lives, as they age, in the comfort of their own home. Although this may seem like a no brainer to many, the fear of a loved one falling or having a medical emergency when no one is around can be a frightening feeling! Independence is a great thing but as our loved ones age, their ability to continue the lifestyle they have enjoyed throughout their life changes. Many times, the things they are used to doing in everyday life because too difficult or dangerous to do on their own. These could be tasks as simple as cleaning the house, making dinner and even showering or bathing.
Anyone suffering with diabetes knows the importance of keeping blood sugar levels under control to prevent long-term complications such as kidney damage or cardiovascular disease. When improperly managed, however, patients can experience complications leading to serious health issues. There are many signs and symptoms to indicate that a person may not be managing their diabetes appropriately and are at risk for hypoglycemia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults 65+ will encounter a fall every year. In order to avoid falls, especially during the nighttime hours, there are some steps that can be taken to lessen their chances of having a medical emergency.
Maintaining long-distance relationships with the elderly can be tough. Not only do they not get out like they once did but we all lead very busy lives making it more difficult to travel to where they live. In these hectic times, sharing lives and activities is made a little easier through technology. With a smartphone, tablet or computer, hearing and seeing family members is a breeze. Now, though you may be miles apart, seeing the latest Halloween costume, a new dance move or the loose tooth is possible the use of Skype, Google Hangout and FaceTime and Facebook.