There are many reasons elderly people may turn to alcohol or drugs in later life. Children grow up and leave home. It becomes necessary to give up a job or move to a smaller home. Friends grow fewer and farther apart. Physical health fails. A partner of many years gets ill or dies. The very real difficulties of aging can easily pile up and impel seniors toward alcohol or drugs. A person may have even had a problem for a long time that has continued to get worse over the years. The National Council on Addiction and Drug Dependence reports some dramatic statistics:

Aging isn’t easy, but taking care of your body as it changes throughout your life is important, no matter what stage of life you are in. Make sure that you are moving your body in ways that are comfortable, a few times a week.

 

Why are we focusing on these tips this month, you ask? Because April is Physical Wellness Month and we want to share with you ways that you can ensure you are doing everything you can to take the best care of your body. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your body.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

 

Social Workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crisis, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet, many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.

 

The primary mission of the Social Work profession is to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? People who experience a fear of falling often limit their physical activities, which can result in loss of strength, reduced muscle tone and balance problems, making the risk of falling greater.

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? Falls are costly, in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health                                

Caring for someone with dementia presents many challenges. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it difficult for them to take care of themselves, think clearly, remember things, or communicate with others. The following are some useful communication strategies to use when caring for a person with dementia.