Medical evidence has shown the mind is powerful and your moods and emotions impact the overall quality of your life. Additionally, if you fear aging and "getting old and not being useful" any longer, that is a mindset that can be addressed and perhaps changed. While aging may be a fact of life, the way we approach the inevitable will determine how gracefully we age.
When retirement rolls around, many seniors are unsure of what to do with all of their free time; as a caregiver or family member, it's crucial that you help your elderly family member find ways to remain active and involved. Volunteering is a gratifying venue for many retired individuals as it gives them a way to give back to the community and gets them out of the house. Remaining active and involved and having a purpose in life, benefits your loved one in both mental and physical ways as well.
When the seasons change, it’s a good time to evaluate different precautions in and around your home like smoke detector batteries, flashlight batteries and being prepared for natural disasters. Not only is this good for you, but it’s also good to evaluate your loved ones’ plan of action in case of an emergency. Planning ahead can make all the difference. Your goal as a caregiver is to identify potential challenges and take the necessary steps to prepare for natural disasters.
When you wake up in the morning do you count the hours until you can go back to bed? If that's the case, then chances are you are not getting a good enough sleep at night. As we age, aches and pains and even worries of the day can cause us to toss and turn.
Being a ‘boomer’ in today’s world can be hard enough, yet often that generation is also faced with caring for aging parents. The emotions that come along with that can make them feel like they are riding the ultimate roller coaster.
When caring for a loved one with a long-term illness, we often get caught up in the daily routine of meals, clean up, laundry, and the cycle repeats day after day. When days run into one another, we get weary, and sometimes we can get short with those that we love.
Most people think of personal medical devices and other similar systems as being something used by the elderly or the ill, but these devices can be literal life-savers for individuals who work alone at night. With a LifeFone Mobile Alert you and your family can be connected and safe whether you’re at home or working alone.
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.