Did you know that older adults can lose body heat more quickly than younger adults? Illness, low body weight, and medications can all contribute to the loss of body heat in seniors, which can result in hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature gets very low. Even a body temperature of 95 degrees can result in serious health problems such as liver damage, kidney problems, or a heart attack. Fortunately, you can help your senior avoid hypothermia by following these steps:

 

Organizing and managing your senior loved one’s medical information can be overwhelming, particularly if they have multiple doctors, medications, and health care visits. If you’ve found it difficult to keep track of all the schedules, symptoms, and supplements, these helpful tips should make the job much easier!

 

Gather these supplies

A blank, lined notebook or journal
A current list of your loved one’s medications
An organizer, such as an expandable file or a binder

September is Pain Awareness Month. The American Chronic Pain Association, in partnership with other organizations across the country, established Pain Awareness Month to help people recognize, understand, and treat and manage chronic pain.

 

Chronic pain is pain that continues beyond the expected time of healing; it can also occur due to ongoing health issues. Many seniors experience chronic pain after a surgery, or as a result of another medical issue, such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia, or cancer.

 

Chronic pain can affect sleep, mental health, and can even disrupt the social life of your family member. Fortunately, there are some healthy ways you can help him or her manage chronic pain and live a healthier, happier life.

The decision to seek in-home care for your older loved one can be challenging. In addition to considering how often you’ll need someone to come into the home and the services they should provide, you’ll want to be sure that the caregiver is someone you can trust to go beyond merely performing day-to-day tasks and will treat your loved one as they would their own family member. Here are some of the most important attributes to look for when considering an in-home caregiver:

Hospital systems around the US are changing the way they provide care for older patients during COVID-19. LIFE Geisinger, a care facility designed for older adults that gives them support they need to be able to live at home longer, is one such system.

 

LIFE Geisinger is part of the Geisinger Health Care System in Pennsylvania and normally provides services both at its day centers and in patients’ homes. However, nurses are now providing as many services as possible at the home of their patients rather than at their centers, including physical therapy, medication administration, and even food delivery. More complicated or serious treatments, such as IV treatments and dialysis, are still performed at the hospital system.