Senior Health

Helping Seniors Overcome Resistance to Care

Helping Seniors Overcome Resistance to Care

It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel resistant toward the idea of receiving home care - and if we put ourselves in their shoes, we can surely understand this feeling. Few of us would be elated by the idea of welcoming a person we hardly know into our homes (perhaps every day, or even overnight), giving up the privacy of a space that was once solely ours, dealing with changes to our established routines, and coming to the realization that the independence we’ve enjoyed throughout our adult years is diminishing.

None of these changes are necessarily easy, but they can be made easier by approaching your senior loved one’s resistance to care from a place of sympathy, and using the following methods to facilitate a smooth transition from their current routines to routines they will share with a caregiver.

Identifying and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors - How To Maintain Senior Health

Identifying and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors - How To Maintain Senior Health

Eating healthy food is important at any age because it is the fuel our body uses to maintain health and function. As seniors age, their nutritional needs may change, but the importance of eating healthy does not.

Meeting their nutritional needs helps seniors maintain their quality of life. Unfortunately, aging seniors may lose their appetite, or develop health challenges that make it difficult for them to cook their own healthy meals. In these cases it is important to help your senior loved one with meal planning, cooking, and enjoying their meals.

One Secret for a Longer, Happier Life is Healthy Feet.

One Secret for a Longer, Happier Life is Healthy Feet.

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.

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

What it Means to Be a Care Lead

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.

Age-Related Functional Decline and What it Means for Your Senior Loved Ones

Age-Related Functional Decline and What it Means for Your Senior Loved Ones

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.

Happy Aging - Senior Mental Health Has Unique Challenges

Happy Aging - Senior Mental Health Has Unique Challenges

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.