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Helping Seniors Stay Strong: Caring of the Entire Senior-Mind, Body and Soul (5 of 5)

There are a number of things you can do to help your senior loved one fight off frailty and stay strong. The good news about aging is that keeping an older adult's mind, body and social life active can prevent or even reverse frailty and you, as a family caregiver, are in a unique position to help them figure out what activities will work best.

This chapter, Helping Seniors Stay Strong, covers each of these three categories with tips on how you can help.

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  1. April 4, 2019 at 3:58 pm | Posted by R Lee

    I am a disabled adult senior citizen became disabled and she was 52. My son is also a disabled adult who became disabled at age 24, With a beginning date and he was only 17. I have been the one that has taken care of both of us by myself since he was born. I obtained disability for both of us without an attorney due to paperwork and documents that I had. I have worked hard all my life trying to fit in trying to be excepted pushing myself to the “limit. I accomplished a great deal won lots of awards, but never really felt like I fit in. Now after several Trumatic events in the last 10 years my mind is Struggling to get everything done. My son is been manipulated by outside entities including those that we’re happy to have protected him. I feel like I’ve had to fight for so long just to feel we are not being taken advantage of, but all in all we still are. My son is now being manipulated by a narcissist woman controlling his money who is 14 years older than him and I can’t help him anymore. She has convinced him that I’m a thief and I’m a liar and he has become abusive towards me because she is abusive towards him and others have taught him this.I’ve had to fight to keep my home with the mortgage servicer constantly Trying to confuse me and mixing up my statements. After doing my own spreadsheet I found that they have been doing this for a while and I can’t even get a reimbursement nobody will listen it’s like I don’t exist and I’m invisible.I had a horrible fall shortly per for Christmas in 2017 where I broke two major bones and couldn’t walk. In all this time I still haven’t been able to get my house in order as hard as I try I’ve become so depressed and shut down. The stress alone has made my mind feel like it’s going to snap. I’ve woken up with sinus issues which I’ve never had before were my mind or my I had a horrible fall shortly before Christmas in 2017 where I broke two major bones and couldn’t walk. In all this time I still haven’t been able to get my house in order as hard as I drive I’ve become so depressed and shut down. The stress alone has made my mind feel like it’s going to snap. I’ve woken up with sinus issues which I’ve never had before we’re my head feels so much pressure that I cannot focus or think all I wanna do is sleep. I haven’t been able to afford hardly anything I’ve tried to get a renter I’ve had so many people steal things from me I’m scared to have anybody in my home. I don’t know what to do anymore as I feel alone and isolated from everybody. Is this What others have experienced? All my investments were stolen in 2014 and never properly investigated all that was recovered was $61 I’ve lost practically everything else trying to stay afloat. I am 61

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  2. December 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Posted by Tammy Wells

    It was helpful to me so I can be more active with my senior

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  3. June 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Posted by E L Smallwood

    Thank you for the vidoes and the helpful suggestions. Be blessed!

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  4. December 6, 2016 at 2:16 am | Posted by cora b.

    Hi everyone, I was just reading all of these comments from various caregivers and I must say God Bless You all and your efforts to be strong. I thought perhaps soft instrumental music might soothe some patients, and a gentle back rub. or walking a short distance when one is able does medically change brain waves and helps when anyone of us are distraught, the walking lubricates our glands and changes brain waves producing a calming effect after 30 minutes or more. I read this in a medical column some years back and it has worked. I am 75 and losing some of my daily memory - its saddening and scary. My daughters get annoyed that I don't remember at times. I keep praying and walking each day when I can to activate the brain cells (again I read in a medical column) and it helps. I will pray for all of you caregivers and patients to keep up your efforts and many thanks for sharing your difficulties, God Bless you all - each effort we make on another's behalf is like lighting a torch on a dark pathway. Remember Jesus fell three times but kept going for all of us - I often think of his supreme efforts on our behalf and tell myself if He can keep going, so can I. God Bless You all and I will pray for your continuous efforts and strength with God beside you.

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  5. April 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Posted by Laura

    Thank you for the videos they have helped me to know that I am on the right path in helping my parents.

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