Ninety percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place” but the majority cannot accomplish this. Senior home care typically involves services performed in a senior’s home to help them when they are struggling to perform daily tasks, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. They need reliable caregivers and/or nurses to assist them with activities of daily living to keep them healthy and safe at home.
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.
Boston is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Sources of entertainment are seemingly limitless in Boston, but seniors do often face limitations when it comes to being active and exploring, such as low stamina and difficulties with mobility. Despite this, however, there are numerous senior-friendly activities in the city which are suitable for both visitors and longtime residents. In this post, you'll find a list of activities that you can partake in with your senior parents, many of which are accessible. Find an activity that suits your parent's interests and enjoy a family outing in "Beantown."
We’ve all heard the advice that seniors should try to keep their minds as active as possible, even if their physical health is limiting some of their mobility. We’ve heard about all the ways to fight cognitive decline: reading newspapers, playing card games, completing sudoku puzzles, even playing musical instruments. But in our technological age, there are even more activities available to keep seniors mentally active - and they’re available at the click of a button.
This post outlines five different online activities for seniors that provide mental stimulation, promote engagement, and supply entertainment.
Summer is traditionally an active time: kids are off school and playing outside, families gather for reunions and barbecues, and people flock to the beach for swimming, volleyball, and sandcastle-building. Aging may cause some mobility issues and heat sensitivity, but with a few adjustments, there is no reason seniors shouldn't enjoy the active summer season. Indeed, participating in indoor or outdoor activities can be beneficial for your senior parent's physical and mental health.
With summer upon us, here are some ideas for activities you can do with your aging parent, or that your parent might want to partake in on their own, with friends, or even with their caregiver.