Falls are a real concern for our maturing population, as well as for the wellbeing of our families and ourselves. According to Colorado State University (CSU), one-third of all Americans over the age of 65 will encounter a fall in the near future, and of those, 33 percent who experience a fall, nearly 70 percent of them will fall again in the following year. As stated by CSU, "falls are the leading cause of medical emergencies in individuals 65 or over," making them a concern for those who are in that age bracket.
A recent study showed that nearly one in five caregivers in the United States provides more than 40 hours of care to a loved one every week. That is startling when you realize that many of those caregivers, the so-called Sandwich Generation, are also caring for families of their own as well as pursuing full time careers. It’s no wonder that so many adults are being faced with fatigue and chronic illnesses as stress takes its toll on your body both mentally and physically.
Are you a caregiver in need of additional assistance in caring for aging or elderly relatives? You may find you’re at the stage of needing to hire an in-home health aide and this could be a decision as fraught with fears as it was when you hired someone to care for your children. If you have an aging parent that is unable to care for him or herself you need to carefully weigh the options of allowing them to age in place or making a move to an assisted living type facility.
Many of today’s caregivers are in what has been termed The Sandwich Generation. These folks are caregivers who have taken on the role of caring for an aging or ill parent or family member while still raising their own children and pursuing a career.
Chances are you know a caregiver or are one yourself. Statistically speaking, if you’re a woman who is between the ages of 48-60 you will be a caregiver (the average age of caregivers is 51), because more than 60% of women are. Consider that close to 70 million individuals (29% of the population) in the United States are in a caregiving role and chances are you know more than one person who is providing care to an aging or disabled relative.
Looking for an ideal caregiver is akin to finding the perfect babysitter for your child, you need to find someone you can trust completely with your loved one. Looking for a caregiver for an aging relative or a family member that is coping with a medical condition is a task that cannot be undertaken lightly.
November has been designated as National Caregivers Month although for anyone involved in the caregiving process, it is a year round task when it comes to caring for frail, elderly or disabled friends or family members. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the term “caregiver” means anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help; this could be a husband who has suffered a stroke, a wife with Parkinson disease, a mother-in-law with cancer, or a grandfather with Alzheimer disease.
The quality of your footwear is very important especially if you are constantly on your feet walking or running. The quality of your shoes can also impact the health of your lower extremities. By continuing to wear shoes that are clearly worn, you risk injury and placing stress on your feet and joints in the knees and ankles.