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 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.
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.
You know your parents are getting older, but are you prepared to step into a decision-making role if a sudden health emergency were to happen?
Do you know where your parents keep important documents? What are your parents’ care preferences and do they have the money to pay for their care? Do you know what your parents’ thoughts are on end-of-life care or life support?
While these questions may seem daunting or too far away to consider, many aging parents haven’t thought about their future care needs, and a sudden health change could cause even more stress without a plan in place.
Spring cleaning is a common tradition because we are ready to shake off the dust - quite literally - and start a fresh new season.
At this time of year, it’s a good idea to take a fresh look at your parents living situation. Your aging parents will want their home cleaned for the spring too, but they may not be physically able to do everything they used to do. A common first sign that your parents are struggling to live on their own is a decrease in their ability to care for their living space and themselves.
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.
Would your senior loved one benefit from having a pet? You may have heard the conventional wisdom, which has been circulating since the 1980s, that pet ownership is good for seniors’ cardiovascular health, or the more recent findings from a 2008 report by the Humane Society of Canada, which suggest that pet ownership offers numerous health benefits, including lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. There are many other benefits associated with having a four-legged friend - physical, mental, and social - but there are also responsibilities and risks associated with pet ownership that not all seniors can manage.
This post will help you make an informed choice about whether or not your senior loved one should explore the option of getting a canine or feline companion
Many caregiving resources, from books to podcasts and everything in between, are targeted toward adult children. Some of us might assume that all senior care is orchestrated by children, or at the very least by younger relatives, and this assumption isn't unfounded: almost half of all caregivers in the US are between 18 and 49 years of age. But according to an analysis conducted in 2015, 34% of caregivers are over 65 years old. This is not an insignificant portion of the caregiving population, and these caregivers, many of whom are the spouses of the persons receiving care, require different support than adult children caregivers do.
This post offers advice for spouses who have found themselves, along with their partners, at the stage in life during which “in sickness and in health” has transitioned from being a promise to being their daily reality.