Winter brings many pleasant things: the holiday season, picturesque snowfalls, and the ideal conditions for certain sports. However, it also brings many things that aren’t so pleasant, like frigid weather, slippery sidewalks, and the dreaded flu season. No one looks forward to these parts of winter, but for seniors, they can be particularly troublesome. This post offers tips to help seniors deal with the more challenging parts of the winter months while staying as healthy as possible during the chilliest part of the year.
According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, anxiety is “one of the most common types of mental illness affecting people ages 60 and older.”
The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that by 2041, Canada’s senior population will have “the highest rate of mental illness” in the nation. If your senior loved is having anxious thoughts, they are certainly not alone, and if you’re looking for ways to help ease your loved one’s anxiety, you’re not alone, either.
There is growing evidence of health risks that stem from loneliness and social isolation in seniors, and the numerous negative effects it has on both mental and physical health. While loneliness and isolation is something many adults can relate to, the increased negative impact it has on seniors health is gaining awareness - but still has a long way to go.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the Black Friday deals are eager shoppers’ first chance to get a jump start on Christmas shopping - or just take advantage of some of the great deals on much needed items. We put together a list of items to make shopping for your aging loved ones easy, without worrying about spending too much.
After receiving a diagnosis from a doctor it is not uncommon for patients to seek out a second opinion on their treatment options to make the best decision. A second opinion is medical advice from another qualified expert in the field. A second doctor’s perspective may provide you with an alternative treatment suggestion, or even allow you to avoid treatment altogether.
Your aging mother or father may not want to listen to your advice or instructions concerning their health, and you may find it difficult to disseminate the guidance to help the parent stay as healthy as possible. Nevertheless, by collaborating with your parent’s primary care physician, you can help ensure that they receive instructive guidance in a manner that they can willingly receive. A parent may not want to listen to your instructions, but like many older people, your loved one may highly respect a physician.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Caring for someone who is near death is an incredibly difficult experience. When this happens to someone we love, we are in great need of comfort, but we are also keenly aware our loved one needs comfort too. Being able to comfort someone during this time requires an understanding that can be difficult to acquire. It helps to learn about such a person’s perspective. Here are some common themes.