Following, from the Home Instead Senior Care network and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, are ways that a downturn in the economy could impact seniors. If you're a family caregiver, ask yourself the following questions. If you're an older adult experiencing difficulties because of the economy, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or Home Instead Senior Care office. Or, if you have a financial issue, contact the Garrett Planning Network.
Senior illnesses and conditions take a toll on caregivers as much as older adults. The advanced stages of diseases such as Parkinson's may require that seniors receive around-the-clock assistance, which many times falls to family members. Family caregivers must guard their own health and look to respite care when necessary.
Food poisoning can make people sick at any age, but seniors – many of whom have other conditions or weakened immune systems – are particularly vulnerable. Assisting seniors at home is a good way to ensure an older adult is eating safely.
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer in the United States. However, there are many ways to reduce the risk of colon cancer. One is exercise. Make sure your senior is doing all he or she can do to minimize the risks of cancer. Home care is a great market for those who are looking to help older adults prevent disease and stay healthy.
Maintaining good nutrition for older adults can be a challenge because many seniors no longer can cook for themselves. What's more, illnesses and medications can affect their appetites. Companionship is one way to help keep seniors interested in good nutrition
Diet plans for older adults can be tricky business. That's because experts say that caloric intake should decrease even though nutritional needs remain the same as we age. That's why any diet for older adults should begin with a doctor's visit.
Less is more when it comes to eating for a long-lasting life. Research reveals that caloric restriction has been shown to slow the aging process in primates. Companionship also is an important part of healthy eating, a good reminder to make the most of mealtimes for seniors by inviting over a friend.
This guide is designed to help adult siblings and their aging parents deal
with those sensitive situations that arise among brothers and sisters
as their parents age and need assistance. The guide covers a variety of
sibling caregiving topics such as: How do you divide workload with your
sister? What's the best way to build teamwork with your brothers? How
can you reach agreement as a family on important topics to avoid family
Doctor visits can be overwhelming for older adults, particularly if they have hearing problems or dementia. Seniors often appreciate someone attending an appointment with them. If a family caregiver can't attend an appointment with an older loved one, encourage or help a senior find someone – a trusted neighbor or friend – to go with him or her to provide any needed assistance.
The final part of this series covers ideas to help siblings cope with the demands of family caregiving for an aging parent. Including ways to avoid family feuds and offers tips for working together, as well as resources for dealing with sibling conflict that's already happening.