Seniors – What to Do If You Fall

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Injuries due to falls account for an estimated 2.5 million hospital visits for seniors every year. As the body ages, resilience and immunity weaken and can make slips or falls an increasingly dangerous and expensive misfortune. Many seniors try to do all they can to prevent falls at home when living independently during their retirement years. Installing additional railing, bathroom mats, shower chairs, among other precautions all do their part to assist with senior safety; but sometimes falls still occur, leading to the critical question “what to do if you fall?”


Keep Calm

It is advisable to limit the stress of the traumatic situation as much as possible. Sometimes taking a moment to remain still and collect yourself is important to avoid going into a state of shock. Staying as calm as possible is a good initial mindset to take before making the effort to get help. Taking a moment to evaluate yourself may be further useful in determining how hurt or injured you really are. Trying to get up too quickly or moving the wrong way may put pressure on areas of the body you hadn’t even realized were damaged and worsen the problem. If you feel you are able to get up again safely without assistance, it is advisable to first roll over on your side. Finding a sturdy object to raise your self up from a balanced kneeling position can be a safer way to rise up again.


Draw Attention To Yourself

Seniors are not always fortunate enough to have a spouse, relative, or other people present when incidents of senior falls occur, and that can be a troubling situation for an elder who is afraid and in pain following a hazardous slip. However, if you are in a house or a nursing center where others are around, it is important to do what you can to draw attention to yourself. Sometimes an elder’s voice is not strong enough to call out and be heard from inside their room after senior falls, but using what’s around you to make noise to alert others can be beneficial to drawing the attention and assistance that is needed.


Use Your Contact Resources

We are fortunate to live in an age where there are numerous methods available to contact help. Cell phones are becoming more popular with seniors and may be kept in a pocket rather than attached to a wire on top of a kitchen counter that can’t be reached when lying hurt on the floor. Other simple alert services such as Life Alert can provide emergency response to you at the touch of a button, worn on a bracelet or necklace. Buttons signaling for help can also be placed on walls or cabinets to contact security organizations. These services are useful when a senior is too disoriented from a fall or injury to talk in detail with an emergency responder about the situation or list an address to 9-11.


Notify Your Doctor and Your Family

When a fall happens, even if it was not an especially hazardous one, it is a good idea to alert your doctor and family about the situation. Doctors may be able to provide some advice or have a perspective about the possible affects of the fall that you may not have considered. Family members may be available to assist you in selecting the precautions needed to take the needed extra steps to prevent other falls in the future, as well as providing the support and comfort that you may need after the traumatic event. Aging and having one’s body becoming more vulnerable may be a frustrating and potentially embarrassing development, but it is important to accept where your body is at physically and come to terms with the reality of what needs to be done to preserve and protect your physical health properly.  Learn what to do if you fall for the peace of mind for yourself and those who love you.

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Home Health Aide Duties

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As an elder starts to require medical care and assistance with daily activities in order to maintain a life it at home, it can be challenging to understand the difference in the semantics between the semantics of the different kinds of care available.

Home health care is a great option for elders who still want to stay as independent as they can, without moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility to receive the care or medical aide they need.


Home Care Vs. Home Health Aide

There are many senior aide services out there, and elder care types can encompass a broad level of care by skilled medical and nonmedical professionals who specialize in serving seniors at home in specific ways.

When looking for care at home, it is important to know the difference between home care and home health aide. Home health aide implied providing medical attention by a registered nurse to some extent to a senior at home. Home health aide goes beyond assisting with daily living tasks or proving necessary monitoring, and may also involve skilled nursing care.   Home health care services can include duties such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care and wound dressing, injections, table feeding, diabetic care, and post-stroke monitoring and care.

The duties of a home care provider will be less extensive and less medically focused. Home care offers seniors assistance with less health crucial activities, such as meal preparation, dressing, transportation, and need for monitoring and companionship.


Home Health Aide Credentials

Home health agencies need a state license in order to operate to ensure seniors are in medically capable hands when living at home with medical conditions. Background checks and adherence to regulations are needed for home health aide agencies to provide care. When selecting a home health aide agency, it is best to make sure they have the credentials to show they are equipped to meet an elder’s medical.


When to Seek Home Health Aide

The best times to seek home health aide may be after concerning health developments or after accidents or surgical procedures that may have temporarily left an elder vulnerable at home and in need of care and company. When a senior has a chronic or terminal illness, is living independently after a major surgery, or is ill enough to require short-term health aide, it may be time to get in touch with a home health aide provider.


The best home health aide agencies will work with elders to help determine which type of care is best suited to an elder’s personal, specific medical needs. Home health aide nurses are most effective when they work with the elder in their care to assist them in meeting their goals for what they want to be able to achieve while living at home, and accordingly concoct a fitting routine that works best for the both of them. The relationship of a home health aide caregiver is a bit more medical and professional and less relational and personal than that of a home care caregiver. Companionship is more suited to home care, while medical assistance is more the focus of a home health aide. That is not to say that home health aides cannot be friendly or personally acquainted with an elder, it is just to say that home health aides are more specifically focused on their nursing duties.

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Great New Years Resolutions For Seniors

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As 2015 draws to a close, it is time again for all of us to reflect on where this year has taken us and what direction we want to take our lives in 2016. New Years is a time for many to make resolutions on the goals they want to set and the habits they want to form and the habits they want to change next year. For seniors, making an effort to change certain habits can be crucial in improving the quality and length of their lives. Every year into retirement, it is a good idea to think about ways to protect and better yourself. Great New Years resolutions for seniors can extend beyond those stereotypical self promises to quit smoking and lose weight.


Here, we will list some of the most beneficial New Years resolutions for seniors, regarding taking measures to guard your heath, improve your relationships, and enrich your senior years:

Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish

As an elder, it is still important to make healthy eating choices. Some good resolutions for seniors may be to include more dark green vegetables as side dishes, prepare less fatty meats for dinner, or reduce the intake of carbs in bread choices.


Take multi-vitamins

Sometimes you won’t have the resources or the appetite to eat as much as you should to get the nutrients you need. This year, you may decide it is best to start taking vitamins to give your immune system a boost. Calcium and Vitamin D are excellent for keeping bones strong to prevent any damage from accidents around the house.


Do your best to stay active

Finding ways to exercise as a senior is important for maintaining a healthy heart, good metabolism, resilience and strength. While heavy lifting and hard running may no longer be options, there are still plenty of ways for seniors to stay active. This year, you may resolve to take more walks, begin some tranquil exercises like Tai Chi, or make a habit of stretching.


Guard against falls

Late into the retirement years, falling presents a greater threat to one’s health, and it is important to think about taking measures to prevent them as much as possible. This new year, good resolutions for seniors may include trying to improve the safe guards at home to prevent falls in slippery areas like the bathroom.


See your doctor regularly

Making routine visits to the doctor becomes more important with age. Scheduling a complete physical at least once per year can be beneficial for detecting any of the early signs of trouble. There may be new developments that may call for alterations with your medications. Vaccines, hearing and vision tests, as well as check ups for colon or breasts cancer are important for seniors to keep diligent on their health conditions.


Get more rest

Older adults need just as much sleep as younger people, a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep per night, for healthy functioning. Daytime naps may complicate the sleeping cycle, making it harder to get a full night’s rest. So try to coordinate a routine that is best for your sleeping habits.


Speak up when there are any signs of problems

It may be wise to choose someone close to you to be your confidant for any unusual symptoms you may be experiencing. Many elders feel that their problems might be burdensome to bother others with, but just know that your family loves you and wants to be there to hear about anything going on with your health.


Sometimes, problems start small and may feel unimportant at the time, but it can be helpful to address any strange symptoms early. Responding to the symptoms of dementia or any physical discomforts can lead to early detection and help you get better treatment and preparation for any concerning health developments.



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Christmas with Alzheimer’s

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The holidays are the time of year where families make it a priority to get together and celebrate. However, for millions of Americans, the cheer of the holidays becomes a little complicated when an elder loved one has Alzheimer’s. It can be painful and disheartening for members of the extended family to become slowly forgotten by someone who has been so dear to them throughout their lives. When the differences and changes in a senior’s personality become apparent, the question for everyone becomes how best to handle a Christmas with Alzheimer’s.

There are still ways that a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be included and participate in the family cheer. Some adjustments or special accommodations may need to be provided in order to allow the family congregation to go smoothly.

The first thing that needs to be done is preparation.

A bustling house full of merry and rowdy guests may be overwhelming for seniors with dementia, depending on which stage of Alzheimer’s your relative is in. If you serve as your aging parent’s primary caregiver, then you will be well acquainted with their specific comfort levels for participating in daily events, and make plans accordingly.

If you are not your senior loved one’s routine caregiver, it is best to have a talk with the person who assumes that duty, to gage how best to accommodate your loved one spending Christmas with Alzheimer’s. Understand their limitations of the extent to which he or she can be involved with the activities and conversations with others at the dinner table or socializing in the living room, etc.

It is imperative to make certain that the other family guests are on the same page regarding your senior’s Alzheimer’s condition, and understands their role in helping and being supportive. Take the time to have a call or send an email to the extended family coming for Christmas, so everyone has an idea of what to expect and how to behave to avoid any embarrassing incidents of frustration or confusion among the family.

Ensuring that everyone is prepared and educated about their senior loved one’s dementia will relieve anxiety, stress, and uncertainty for everyone involved in the family reunion, and help with better enjoyment of the holiday. It is key to try and act as normal as possible, and allow everyone to be relaxed and comfortable. If any outbursts or episodes are likely to occur for a family member with advanced Alzheimer’s, then make certain to have a plan for mitigating the situation as casually as possible. If there is a comforting place where your senior having a panic episode can go to calm down, then make sure the room is ready and easily accessible at all times. Incidents of confusion can be more likely to occur when the house is busy and filled with people an Alzheimer’s senior may not recognized. It may be further awkward for elders to experience many unfamiliar people directing a lot of attention on them.

Try to plan for the possibility of hiccups when scheduling your reunion. It is best to make your schedule as dynamic as possible, flexible enough to set aside time to attend to any difficulties that the stress of spending Christmas with Alzheimer’s may bring. The party may have to slow down at times, but it is worth it to everyone who wants to do all that is necessary to be inclusive of a struggling loved one with dementia.

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Non Medical Home Care


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One of the common duties of an in-home care provider for seniors is provision of medication. However, distributing medicine to elders is not the only task offered by home care providers. There are many important uses and needs for in-home care, even when an elder at home requires no medical assistance. Non Medical home care focuses on assisting elders at home with activities of daily living (ADLs) that are needed to be able to keep living comfortably from home.


The rent, amenities, and monitoring costs of assisted living can be too expensive of an investment for many seniors who require help with certain daily tasks. Home care services available to seniors span across both professional (senior care agencies) as well as informal (friends and family) networks of support. The goal of non-medical home care is to assist elders in maintaining as much personal independence as possible in their senior years.


With in-home care, seniors still have the freedom to rule their own roost in their familiar and comfortable living space. Sometimes nursing homes, adult day care, or assisted living facilities set rules, regulations, and requirements that may not be agreeable to certain lifestyles. Receiving non medical home care helps seniors to avoid ant-pet policies, curfews, standardized dining hours, etc. that may clash with a senior’s preferred living habits by allowing seniors more choice and more say in how to coordinate their daily living activities.


Non medical home care is often chosen as an option for families who want to stay close to their elder loved ones, whose schedules don’t allow for their adult children to serve as full-time caregivers. There is a variety of non medical home care options available to seniors; we will go over the specifics here:
Home Based Services – these in-home supportive services have a mission to help seniors with physical and mental limitations in undergoing daily living activities in their homes. Some services may be covered by government care, non-profits, or other specializing businesses, depending on the amount of care needed.


Home Care Registry –  these registries keep track of the many home care offerings and their number of years of experience to help clients understand the qualifications and expectations of the services they seek. Professional caregiver services for non medical in home care may include Home Health Aides (HHA) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA).


Home Health Care Agency – A home health care agency offers a variety of home care, specializing in providing skilled care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy for senior patients at home.


Independent Providers – privately hiring a non medical home care provider can place much of the screening, background checking, and hiring in your hands. This can be riskier than using a registry that keeps track of a non medical home care provider’s records, unless you have received a recommendation from a reliable source, or know the non medical home care provider personally.


None of these non medical home care options are inherently better than the others; each has their pluses and minuses, and in the end it is up to the family of a senior loved one to determine whether a caregiver is qualified to assisted an elder with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dining, dressing, etc.




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Helpful Senior Marriage Advice


It is often surprising to young people today when they ask a senior married couple how long they have been together and get an answer like 50 years! In our modern society, nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, it is not uncommon to be remarried several times. Young men and women who want to create a successful marriage for themselves can look to lasting senior marriages to find the key to staying together.


Focus group questioning of seniors who had been married for 30, 40, 50 years and above has provided us with their answers for what it takes to maintain a healthy and enduring marriage. This list of senior marriage tips outlines some of the principles and habits that are most been useful and effective for seniors to maintain strong marriages, and can also be applied for seniors looking to find new senior relationships later in life after a loved on has passed.


Our senior marriage advice list focuses much on attitude and interaction tips for building an encouraging routine and also warns of potential pitfalls that consume many marriages. There is no such thing as a perfect, effortless marriage. It is a commitment that will always take work and adherence to these principles, regardless of the amount of years you have been together.


  • Choose Your Battles Wisely
Not every minor dispute needs to escalate to a big argument. Statistics actually show that fighting is an aspect of a healthy marriage, instead of merely bottling up emotions, opinions, and wants then not communicating. Although, too much bickering can create an atmosphere of resentment in the home. Not every argument has to be heated; there can be room for compromise on issues that aren’t crucially important to you.


  • Don’t Be Spiteful or Vengeful
    There will surely come times when your spouse crosses a line, forgets something important, does something selfish, etc. It can be tempting to hold a grudge, seek revenge, or give a cold shoulder to punish them. Spite cripples a relationship dynamic. Communicating your grievances sincerely and accepting apologies when they are earnestly given can be most effective at mending wounds. Make an effort to resolve issues both respectfully and promptly to avoid long-lingering bitterness at home.


  • Jealousy and Insecurity are Damaging
    Trust is as critical a factor of importance as love. Many people drive themselves crazy by obsessing over all the friendships and work associates in a spouse’s life, but it is important to stay trusting until you are given a good reasons not to. A little bit of jealousy is healthy—it shows you care. However, obsessive jealously can make life a drudge for both spouses.


  • Understand Your Spouse’s Love Language
    Everyone expresses love a little differently. Affection assumes many forms, and there are certain romantic gestures that garner a better response than others. The five primary love languages are listed as, “words of affirmation,” “acts of service,” “receiving gifts,” “spending quality time,” and “physical touch.” To an extent, relationships requires giving and receiving all of these things, but you must find out which love language your spouse responds to the best.


  • Prioritize Your Commitment to the Marriage, Not Just Your Kids
A phrase you hear too often is, “we stayed together for the kids,” and while that may seem noble on the surface, it is not a good mantra for a healthy marriage.   Putting your children as the centerpiece of your lives will detract considerable from your prioritizing each other and diminish your quality time together. In addition to meeting your kids’ needs, be sure to arrange for occasions where you can have a life with each other—That’s what baby-sitters are for!


  • Kisses May Mend Relationships, As Well As Boo-Boos
Kissing one another saying hello and goodbye serves to build intimacy in the marriage dynamic. The morning routine rush or leftover bad moods from recent argumentative can reduce the motivation to kiss, embrace, or be intimate until it is suddenly out of the routine all together. However, allowing this important personal connection to slip away from the routine will hurt a marriage.


  • View Divorce as a Last Resort and Don’t Use it as a Threat
Divorce may sometimes be the only solution to very serious circumstances; but too many couples these days view the first seasons of unhappiness or marital conflict as an excuse to press the divorce-button. When inevitable issues come up, it may be appropriate to take a moment and reflect on why you made your marriage vows in the first place, saying, “Til death do us part.” Divorce doesn’t only wreck a marriage, but also a family, finances, property, lifestyle, etc. It should be considered as a last resort when all else has failed. If two people enter into a marriage agreeing that divorce is no casual option, then those people might have greater commitment to each other and working out problems.




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Senior Metastatic Melanoma Statistics

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As aging adults enter their senior years, taking every precaution to protect a body growing gradually more frail becomes an essential course of action for prolonging a senior’s life and health. Skin often becomes even more delicate during senior years, and applying sunblock is a crucial safeguard toward the various types of skin cancer that put seniors at risk.


The most aggressive kind of skin cancer is melanoma, and it is also the sixth most common kind of cancer overall. The majority of those diagnosed with melanoma cancer are seniors over the age of sixty, putting adults in their golden years at higher risk for the disease. When melanoma has spread to other areas of the body, it is called metastatic (advanced) melanoma.


Once Melanoma has spread from the original tumor site to other serious places in the body (lymph nodes, lungs, liver, brain, etc.), it is identified as being Stage IV Melanoma.


How Many Are Affected by Metastatic Melanoma?


The American Caner Society has estimated that there are over 75,000 cases of melanoma in the U.S. alone, resulting in under 10,000 deaths per year. Approximately 12% of metastatic melanoma cases end fatally each year.



Senior Metastatic Melanoma Risks


Lack of precaution for ultra violet rays is the leading danger for metastatic melanoma. When sunblock or appropriate clothing covering for hot weather days are neglected, it increases risk of skin cancer.

The risk of melanoma is greatest for seniors who have weaker immune systems, fair skin complexions, spend much time in the sun, or have a family history of melanoma.


Senior Metastatic Melanoma Prognosis


For Metastatic Melanoma in seniors, the typical 5-year survival rate is about 15-20%, and the ten year survival rate is 10-15%.


The severity of stage IV melanoma will vary based on where exactly the cancer has spread to in a senior’s body. The worst place melanoma can spread is the inner organs, but metastatic melanoma is somewhat less severe when it spreads instead to other parts of the skin or distant lymph nodes.


Other factors affect the survival rate as well. Older age often leads to higher mortality likelihood with metastatic melanoma, with age 70 and above being the most impacted age range. Also, Caucasian men are prone to be at the highest risk of developing melanoma.


Is Metastatic Melanoma Treatable for Seniors?


Catching the disease early on provides the best chance of effective treatment. Irregular moles and very bad sunburns may be indicators of melanoma in seniors. Once melanoma has reached stage IV, surgery efforts to remove melanoma are rarely successful. There are drug treatment and biologic therapies available to treat and slow the progression of the disease and better the quality of life for affected seniors with metastatic melanoma.





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Most Common Causes of Senior Vision Loss

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It is a common affliction brought on by aging for the five senses to gradually diminish in seniors. Eyesight is one of the most prevalent bodily functions to deteriorate in elder years, and it can be a very distressing and alarming issue. Just under 7 million senior Americans over the age of 65 have developed severe vision impairment.


Understanding the different vision disorders brought on by age may help seniors recognize problems and seek available treatments more quickly before serious vision damage is done.


The three primary vision disorders in seniors are

  • Age related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

These terrible eye conditions often go undiagnosed and unnoticed for long periods of time because they progress very gradually. These conditions frequently go undetected until serious damage has been done and it become more difficult to treat effectively. Older adults may be wise to schedule moderately routine eye exams, understanding that they as seniors are more susceptible to these disorders.


Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – this eye condition slowly damages the retina, leaving peripheral vision mostly intact, but alarmingly making anything you try to directly focus on blur and disappear. The safety risks of AMD are obvious, as reading, facial recognition, and navigating spaces are severely hampered with this type of vision loss.


AMD is not currently curable, however, medications are available to slow down its progression considerably. Fortunately, AMD is not physically painful to the body or eyes, nor does it damage or effect any other bodily functions. Seniors developing AMD often seek care in assisted living facilities for help with certain daily tasks.


Glaucoma – Symptoms of glaucoma include increased pressure in the eye cavity, causing nerve damage, vision impairment, and even pain in the eye. Glaucoma educes tunnel vision in seniors .


Treatments for glaucoma are surgical as well as pharmaceutical, able to slow the progression of the degeneration and reduce pain, however there is no cure for the disorder. Glaucoma is exceedingly prominent in seniors over the age of 70, so vision checks are recommended for seniors in their later years to detect and hinder the progression of this disorder which can also dramatically effect a senior’s ability to live independently and safely.


Cataracts – This disorder clouds the lens of the eye by clumping naturally occurring proteins in the eye. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision impairment and blindness in the world. Men and women of all ages can develop cataracts, however cataracts are most prevalent for senior vision loss.


Cataracts are relatively easily detected through basic eye inspections. This eye disorder is characterized by blurred vision and fading of color comprehension. Although cataracts do not cause pain, they are capable of deteriorating vision to the point of total blindness, hindering independent living for senior citizens. Cataracts may be treated with drops and these eye clumps may be removed with surgery.



The causes of these eye disorders are not fully known, however, they are generally able to be detected and slowed in their progression. It is important for seniors to be aware of their higher proneness for developing vision impairment and to schedule semi-regular eye inspections in their later years to ensure prolonged independent living and quality of life.




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Alzheimer’s Myths Exposed

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Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease increasingly affecting the elderly community in the United States and around the world. While much research is being done and newer treatments are being invested in, there is still uncertainty about Alzheimer’s disease among doctors regarding the cause and cure for Alzheimer’s. This uncertainty has lead to speculations that have turned into popular Alzheimer’s myths that are not proven facts. With many articles floating around the Internet and well-meaning misinformed messengers, it can be hard to know what to believe regarding Alzheimer’s disease information.


Here is a list of 4 Alzheimer’s myths you need to know that must be exposed:


Myth 1. Alzheimer’s just affects elderly people.
Although most cases of Alzheimer’s disease occur in seniors over the age of 65 years old, there are still substantial instances of people as young as their 30s or 40s developing the disease. Just under 10% of Alzheimer’s cases are from these younger demographics.


Myth 2. Still having a good memory means you don’t have Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s first affects short term memory and the ability to learn and retain new information. Just because a senior loved one can still vividly recall their oldest, dearest memories, does not mean that Alzheimer’s has not taken root. Look for quirkiness in recalling recent events, rather than forgetting details for long ago when watching for Alzheimer’s disease.


Myth 3. Alzheimer’s victims are unaware of their symptoms.

The signs of Alzheimer’s do not go unnoticed by most seniors. A failing memory is hard to ignore, and it can be very concerning. The disruptions of memory trouble may lead seniors to become afraid that memory lapses will lead to bad accidents like leaving the stove on, and seniors may feel that they cannot trust themselves. Some days will be better than others for recollection, so a senior must develop an effective plan with caregivers and establish good communication.


Myth 4. Smarter, More Educated Seniors Lose Memory Faster.

Higher education and mental stimulation actually help the health of the brain and assist in preserving memory for longer. Staying active and working cognitive activities into the day, using basic problem solving skills can go a long way in preserving a healthy brain for longer.  Wealthier, more educated seniors may have the opportunity and capability to recognize signs of Alzheimer’s disease “sooner,” but Alzheimer’s is no respecter of persons.


Unfortunately, memory is in fact an inevitable part of the aging process. Every five years after the age of 65, a senior’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s doubles. Although the likelihood of memory loss does increase with age, that is no guarantee that memory loss will occur. Many senior live with healthy minds decades into their retirement years. A great precaution for avoiding Alzheimer’s disease is to adhere to simple health strategies such as proper diet and exercise, and to educate yourself with the various Alzheimer’s facts as they become discovered through new research, as well as to caution yourself against the Alzheimer’s myths by doing a little research of your own.




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When To Take Caregiving Breaks

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When you, as the adult child of a senior with need, assume the responsibilities of caretaker for your elder loved one, it may become difficult to balance your responsibilities for assisting your parent with their life and finding time to live your own. Life’s special occasions and landmark events may occasionally create need for you to break away and take some time off from your duties as caregiver.

An anniversary dinner with your spouse, a daughter’s dance recital, or an important business trip may call for attention and priority. With proper planning and anticipation, your world doesn’t have to fall apart with anxiety and guilt whenever you can’t personally be around to look after your senior loved one’s needs and have to take caregiving breaks. Below we provide some helpful strategies for how to take a break from your caregiving duties while still keeping your peace of mind.



  1. Call friends and family to care-give while you are away. Typically these are the people closest to you that you can trust to monitor and care for your elder loved one properly. Another plus, is that your elder parent probably already has a comfortable, relaxed relationship with these people, and there is no risk of awkward unfamiliarity or new introductions. Usually your close friends and family will gladly help you out with monitoring a senior loved one, so it is free or relatively cheap to enlist their care.
  2. In-home care and other personal care assistants can take care of business at home when you cannot. In home care professionals and skilled nurses can be elder companions qualified to look after a senior’s needs and keep the house habitable. Trusting a stranger to watch over your loved one may be a little unnerving at first, so make sure to find someone with a good referral, whether from a friend or reliable reviews and testimonies on in-home care agency websites online.
  3. Adult day care facilities may be a good alternative to in-home care in circumstances where you have to be away for long periods of time during the day. Adult day care provides an escape from the boredom and tedium of sitting around the house all day by giving seniors who need monitoring and medical attention a social and recreational outlet under the watch of trained professionals.
  4. Assisted living may be a viable option for seniors who may still be able to live relatively independently but just need a little help with some daily tasks, such as dining, dressing, bathing, etc. Placing your senior loved one in a reputable assisted living facility nearby may allow you the security of knowing your senior loved one is safe and in good hands, with you on call to meet any additional needs if necessary.


Caregiving for senior parents is done by adult children of various lifestyles. Some caregivers have the time to stay at home and offer more direct, continuous care than others who may have a career to balance with their caregiving duties. Regardless of your living circumstance, there are options available to make sure your senior loved one continues to receive the care he or she requires in the moments when you must be called away. It is not neglectful to place an elder in the care of a trusted professional for times when you have other obligations to attend to or need caregiving breaks.




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