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Navigating the holiday season with an aging loved one can be both emotional and stressful. Many older adults may want to celebrate the holidays and be involved, but changes in mobility or health can make this difficult. The good news is, there are steps that can be taken to help keep the seniors in your life safe and engaged this holiday season.
There are a wide range of supportive services available for aging adults to help them feel safe and secure as they age. Knowing these options ahead of time, and making plans based on the senior’s needs and wishes can help make the transition into aging feel safe and secure.
Although aging may come with challenges, getting older does not need to slow you down. Learn the story of how Grandma Gatewood took on the Appalachian trail at age 67 and became an inspiration for hikers, seniors and women.
Seniors experience many changes as they go through life, and as their life changes so does their role in society and their responsibilities. As they enter retirement, seniors may struggle with transitioning to this new stage, and it’s important for them to take part in activities that help them rediscover their sense of purpose.
Technical support scams happen when someone poses as representative from a company you know and trust, to try and improperly gain access to your computer or personal information. Seniors are the most vulnerable group to these types of scams, and it’s important to take steps to protect your elderly loved ones.
Staying engaged and stimulated is important for all seniors, for both cognitive and physical health, but especially for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Dementia is a gradually progressive illness and over time the individual will most likely have trouble learning new things. Having a routine in place that helps incorporate stimulating activities for your loved one can help enhance cognitive function, build a sense of productivity, provide focus, and give them something to look forward to.
When caring for an aging parent, it can be difficult to manage on your own. Even more so when you’re trying to care for a parent who lives away from you. Having the support of a trusted geriatric care manager, who can assess your elderly parent’s needs, coordinate their medical and personal care across different settings, assist with making short- and long-term care decisions, and recommend legal and financial planning strategies can help you and your loved ones feel at ease, no matter the circumstances.
Caregivers assist a person who has either long- or short-term limitations due to aging, illness, injury or disability. Many caregivers are close family members providing care to elderly family members at the expense of their own health and wellbeing. Lack of time for self-care, emotional and physical stress, sleep deprivation, depression, and isolation are just some of the challenges a caregiver may face.
For many of us, Spring is a time for growth. As the days grow longer, the weather warms and plants and animals are returning from their winter dormancy. With these changes, you may be feeling motivated to make transitions as well. This year consider taking guidance from nature. Every plant has their own requirements to grow, and so do we!
Many seniors have dedicated their life to the care of others. After years of putting the needs of others first, taking care of themselves first can feel wrong; however, self-care is essential for all aspects of life, including mental, physical, and emotional well-being.