Art Therapy For Healthy Seniors

Art Therapy For Healthy Seniors

Creating art offers these health benefits for people of all ages, but it offers a special opportunity for aging seniors to find control and purpose in their life again.

As some seniors age, they can develop chronic illnesses that can negatively affect every aspect of their life. In this post we’ll explain more about how using art as a form of therapy helps improve aging seniors’ mental health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.

Sun Safety: Protecting Seniors’ Skin

Sun Safety: Protecting Seniors’ Skin

Seniors’ older years are often referred to as the Golden Years, but not because of a sun tan! Sun safety becomes increasingly important in the Golden Years to protect seniors from harmful skin damage and other health complications associated with repeated sun exposure. Practicing sun safety helps seniors maintain their highest quality of life.

5 Ways to Be Proactive About Senior Care

5 Ways to Be Proactive About Senior Care

Organizing senior care is often a reactive process: your mother or father has a health event, a healthcare professional tells you that they can no longer be home alone, or that they will require certain care services, and you and your siblings scramble to find the best way to deal with this new reality, all while you’re likely still reeling from the realization that your parent is no longer your caregiver - instead, the time has come for you to take care of them. 

In this post, we offer some suggestions which will help you flip the search for senior care from a reactive process to a proactive one. By having frank and understanding conversations with your parents, preparing for the unpleasant scenarios you might prefer to avoid thinking about, and keeping your parents’ health and their own preferences in mind as you make decisions as a family, you can make the process of becoming your parent’s caregiver significantly less stressful. 

Keep Your Senior Loved Ones Safe This Summer - Hydration Tips That Aren’t All Water

Keep Your Senior Loved Ones Safe This Summer - Hydration Tips That Aren’t All Water

Seniors are at an increased risk for dehydration because age related challenges can impair many of their bodily functions. There are signs you can look for to detect dehydration, and strategies to keep seniors hydrated, as well as safety measures that Mavencare takes to protect senior clients.

Why Seniors With Dementia Wander and What You Can Do About It

Why Seniors With Dementia Wander and What You Can Do About It

According to The Alzheimer’s Association, 6/10 people with Dementia will wander. Wandering is one of the least manageable and most emotionally draining behaviours that caregivers must address. You have a million tasks on your plate, and caring for an aging loved one is stressful enough without the worry that they will get lost when you look away. Even if a senior with dementia promises to you that they will not wander away, the sad reality is that they have no control over it. As the disease progresses, their memory and reasoning skills can be so affected that they become lost in familiar places and don’t think to ask for help.

Research has not been able to provide a definitive reason why people with dementia wander, and the main reasons could be related to the changes in their memory, but the tendency to wander is also linked to unmet needs and overstimulation.

6 Lifestyle Elements Men Can Use to Improve Their Health and Quality of Life

6 Lifestyle Elements Men Can Use to Improve Their Health and Quality of Life

As a society, we have improved our health and well-being to live longer. However, on average, men are living shorter lives than women. The average life expectancy for men in the US is roughly 75 years, compared to over the age of 80 for women. This health gap is partially due to the difference in biology, however, other lifestyle factors play a role in the length and quality of men's lives.

Gardening: An Activity Anyone Can Do To Improve Their Health

Gardening: An Activity Anyone Can Do To Improve Their Health

Gardening is a great form of therapy and exercise that provides benefits like stress relief, improved mood, positive self-esteem, increased strength and mobility, better heart health, improved dexterity, and it even reduces the risk of developing dementia. With some modifications to tools, and an altered garden layout, seniors gardening into their golden years is possible.

Sundown Syndrome: What is "Sundowning" and How is it Managed?

Sundown Syndrome: What is "Sundowning" and How is it Managed?

You may have a loved one or know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s as there are 5.7 million Americans currently living with the disease. Alzheimer’s and other dementias have many unique challenges that can affect seniors in different ways such as sundowning. Sundowning is a symptom for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias that has multiple causes and displays differently for each individual. Sundowning can be alarming for the seniors who experience it, and for their families and caregivers who witness it happening.

This post will introduce you to a series of potential strategies you can use to decrease the magnitude of these challenges, offering suggestions to manage the symptoms of sundown syndrome to lessen the sense of apprehension that each day's sunset might be bringing you.