Well, it’s no secret, many people are unaware of how important our feet are! But many people don’t believe this is true because it sounds too simple. Our Feet are our foundation, we walk, we stand, we move because of our feet. Taking proper care of our feet is critical and can prevent health problems down the road.
Some clients arrange their own basic care needs, while others require a care lead. When we discuss the topic of care lead, we are often referring to the member of the family that has been appointed to make medical or healthcare decisions. The formal term for this is referred to as a Medical Power of Attorney.
This person is appointed by the client for the purpose of making healthcare decisions, but only if the client is not able to make decisions for themselves.
As your senior loved one ages, you might begin to worry about their physical and mental health. You may notice that they struggle with simple tasks, or that their memory isn’t as sharp as it once was.
What you’re worrying about is a loss of their ability to care for themselves or be independent. Typically, these worries are brought on by deterioration in mobility and in ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, using the washroom, or taking a bath.
In this post we’ll cover more about functional decline, common types to recognize, what this means for your senior loved ones, and how to slow down or delay functional decline.
Senior mental health has its own unique challenges that many of us cannot yet recognize. It’s common for family members to confuse a senior loved one’s symptoms of apathy, depression and anxiety as symptoms of dementia rather than a mental health issue.
While there have been advances in mental health treatment over the last few decades, a stigma still exists around addressing it. Seniors may feel especially reluctant to bring up these issues as they may be dismissed or grouped with other physiological conditions and ignored. What’s worse is that mental health has an impact on physical health and vice versa. Left untreated, depression can cause further damage to a senior’s already declining health.
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.
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.
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.