As the holiday season is just around the corner, it is officially that time of year where you may begin to feel overwhelmed with planning meals, trips to visit family, holiday shopping and everything in between. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring family together and enjoy quality time. The good news is – even if you’re loved one isn’t living at home anymore, you can still bring them good cheer by planning holiday visits, outings and celebrations.
The holidays are all about spending time with those you love, so be inclusive and make your loved ones feel right at home by bringing the holiday spirit to them!
Planning for in-home care, whether it be for yourself or for a loved one can be overwhelming. Simply making the decision if now is the time to hire home care help, especially if it’s for a parent, grandparent or spouse who once took care of you can be the most challenging part.
While there are a lot of options, taking the time to do your research and know what questions to ask will alleviate stress and help you and your family make the best decision!
Staying in your own home as you get older is referred to as “aging in place” and the good news is, with the right help you might just be able to do that!
Establishing a better understanding of your loved one’s need for care should also include discussions with family members and others that are involved in their care. Part of that discussion should include if family members or others are available or willing and able to provide the level of care that may be needed.
A growing crime in the United States is elder financial abuse. As the wealthiest generation thus far, many seniors are being targeted for any number of scams due to the wealth they’ve accumulated throughout their lives. There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has been affected by elder financial abuse or perhaps even you have witnessed family members, co-workers, friends or others trying to take advantage of seniors to get their money.
It’s unfortunately common, but only recently has it been considered a “true” crime. Elder financial abuse is often underreported for any number of reasons, including failing health or memory causing it to seem like too much work for the seniors affected, or it being considered a “family” matter making others reluctant to get involved.
There are many reasons that older adults may be susceptible to fraud. These adults may have disabilities or have to rely on others for care and activities of daily living, or may experience trouble with technology they don’t understand how to use. Any of these things can make someone a target for scams, financial exploitation and fraud.
Despite these threats, there are ways you can help prevent you or your loved ones from having to go through such an experience. There are ways that you can safeguard personal and financial information, as well as educating yourself to be aware of the signs that could mean you or your loved one is getting swindled.
Everyone wants to feel as though they can make their own decisions and choices. As we age, our bodies may have another idea, hampering our abilities to do things for ourselves.
Whether chronic illness, dementia, or pain is the cause of a loss of independence, or it’s family members with the best intentions, there are many reasons we may lose our independence as we age.
As a caregiver, it’s important to try and foster the need for your loved one’s independence whenever it is safely and reasonably possible to do so. There are many small, impactful ways that as caregivers, you’re able to encourage independence in your loved one.
Emergencies can happen at any time but dome demographics, such as elderly people are most at risk because of chronic health conditions or special needs such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Whether you’re caring for a loved one or are simply a professional caregiver, it’s important to have an emergency plan in place in case something happens.
Elderly people are more susceptible to falls due to decreased mobility and, in many cases, may have a co-occurring health condition that requires special treatment. Other common emergencies in the elderly are strokes, heart attacks, and diabetic emergencies.
When caring for an aging loved one, it’s important to have a plan together to keep them safe in the event an emergency occurs.