Recent trends in sexual activity among seniors indicate that the taboo topic of seniors and sex can no longer be ignored. Not only is sexuality important in combatting loneliness and depression as we age, but statistics show that most seniors are more sexually active than their families and care communities realize.
So what are seniors saying - or not saying - about sex?
Are your senior patients asking enough questions or are they too polite to speak up at their doctor appointments? Through a personal story involving her own father, Dr. Amy D'Aprix shares why she believes today's seniors are hesitant to have necessary conversations with their healthcare providers and shares important tips for creating more effective communication between seniors and their doctors.
CBS correspondent and author Barry Petersen shares his personal struggle with his wife's Alzheimer's and offers hope to other family caregivers. Petersen moderated the Living with Alzheimer's: A Journey of Caring roundtable discussion held in Washington D.C., in September 2013.
Recently on the Caregiver Stress Facebook page, a family caregiver named Lisa shared a challenge she is currently facing with her mother. Feel free to share her question and these helpful responses with your patients and their families.
"Lisa is looking for ways to entice her mother to eat. It seems that Mom doesn't have much of an appetite lately. What tips can you give Lisa?"
Here are just a few of the 60+ responses to Lisa's question:
"I go with what my mom likes. Her tastes are changing and we have an ongoing conversation about what she likes. Also, small portions."
"I make sure my mom gets an Ensure chocolate drink daily; that way I at least know that she is getting some nutrition. She seems to like sandwiches on small rolls too! SO I've stocked her freezer with them; pop them in the toaster oven and she has something she'll eat!"
"Blend her food up in a processor. It may be getting harder for her to eat. I made a roast with carrots and potatoes in a crock pot, blended it all together with gravy, and she loves it!"
"We focus less on traditional meals with my grandmother. Small bites throughout the day will get her the nutrients she needs without the pressure and stress of a full meal."
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