New research conducted a study of thousands of older adults in several countries to determine if walking pace is in any way related to dementia & Alzheimers. Researchers who attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen presented several studies focused on the markers related to early stages of dementia. They found that the pace at which older people walk may provide a reliable clue about how well their brain is aging and could eventually allow doctors to determine whether they are at risk of Alzheimer’s, researchers have found.
Chances are, you are either caring for your aging parents, or you know someone who is in the role of caregiver. There are many individuals in the 50-something age range and in the so-called Sandwich Generation (caring for aging parents while still raising children of their own) who are being tasked with the care of aging parents.
When aging parents and their caregivers get free time, it’s great to have a mixture of fun activities to help lift everybody's spirits and provide a chance to let your hair down. Exercise & activity is so important as it has the ability to boost one’s spirits and improve health.
The problem with not aging at home is that when issues like inability to fall asleep occur, a new environment such as a nursing home could create confusion and an unsafe environment. It’s not the sleeping part itself that is the problem but the after effects that are caused by lack of sleep and inability to gain proper rest. In the event that your loved one takes 30+ minutes to nod off, gets up over and over every night, has problems falling back to sleep, or gets up feeling tired and unable to work well the following day, they may be experiencing the effects of a sleeping disorder. One reason this may be occurring could be a direct result from things like acid reflux, a neurologic condition, prescriptions or even over-the-counter medications.
Caregivers face almost daily challenges when it comes to caring for aging parents. These challenges range from not having enough time or energy to care for them in addition to caring for a growing family and career responsibilities. When you add long-distance into the mix and it becomes even more difficult for a child to care for his or her aging parents.
In our increasingly mobile society, chances are you don’t live next door, or even within quick driving distance, of your aging parents. If you find yourself in this situation and find that your parents are in need of more care than you can give from your long distance vantage point, there are ways to address this. You can help them age in place, keep them safe and keep your sanity and guilt at bay.
As we age in place, errands that were once simple can become more troublesome or hazardous based on our mobility. So what's the clever present day senior to do?
As temperatures soar, it’s important to drink plenty of water, especially if you’re outside and participating in activities. Dehydration, the loss of more water than you’re taking in, is a serious health risk during the summer months. But did you know that it can be a concern year round?
As any parent knows, hot weather can be dangerous. A study, conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center, found that “40% of heat-related fatalities in the United States were among people over 65.” Because of this, caregivers have to make certain the homes their elderly parents are staying in are cool and that their aging loved ones do not overdo it with outdoor activities in the heat of the day.