Decreased strength and mobility are unwanted signs of aging. But these issues don't have to cost an older adult his or her independence, or force a move from home. Help is available to ensure that seniors can be safe wherever they are in spite of their limitations.
Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but is not often recognized or treated, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse. Caring for a spouse or family member also can add to those feelings of depression.
Life changes may increase the risk of depression in older adults. And if seniors are caring for spouses or other family members, that stress can intensify feelings of depression and even lead to illness and conditions such as diabetes. One answer is respite assistance, which can help family caregivers escape, even for a few hours a day or week.
These are ways family members and home care agency caregivers can help protect their senior loved ones from the threat of scams, from the National Association of Triads, Inc. and Home Instead Senior Care.
Seniors are sometimes fearful of the latest technology. But Internet services like Skype and email can keep them connected to family and friends, which could lift their spirits and help prevent loneliness and depression.
With the CARE Medical History Bracelet, your complete personal health history will always be within arm's reach. In the form of a USB flash drive compatible with any computer, the wristband makes essential medical information readily available to medical staff in the event of an emergency. Simply use the wristband's preloaded software to enter or update your health data on a computer and then download that data to the band.
Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! Use My Family Health Portrait to record pertinent health information about each of your relatives and generate a chart of health records or a family tree diagram. Organizing your information will help you or your doctor better visualize and assess potential health risks based on genetics and family history.
Whether you or someone you care keep for forget to take your medication, you're struggling to order your medication refills on time, or you need to monitor medicines for multiple family members, the Personal Caregiver app can help keep track of all those things, as well as manage medication reminders, so you never have to miss a dose or refill again.