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There is much discussion around seniors and caring for them. There are not many of us nowadays who are not touched to some degree by seniors and their needs. It might be a grandparent, a parent, perhaps a sister or brother, maybe a neighbor or a friend is struggling with caring for someone.
Regardless, aging will touch all of us one day, our own aging will rear its ugly head and hit us square in the face. It may come as a surprise with a sudden event or it will happen slowly. Read more.
How to know when it’s time to transition to assisted living
It can be hard to know when it’s the right time to start looking into assisted living options for your loved one. Many times, families fall into the habit of waiting for the crisis situation to occur before thinking about investigating senior care. They wait to make the tough decision until Mom falls and breaks a hip and can’t go home again, or Dad gets lost driving home from the grocery store, a route he’s driven weekly for years. Read More.
Depression or dementia? Note symptoms and seek doctor's help
To many, this is a familiar story: A loved one starts losing interest in hobbies or other activities he or she used to enjoy and is sleeping more, eating more or less than he or she used to and withdrawing from social activities. Something is going on, but what exactly? Read More.
Respite care offers a break from burden of worry
Being a caregiver can be stressful. It can consume your life so much that you forget to take care of your own needs. Likewise, having to be cared for can be stressful, too. Accepting losses of independence, along with the fear that comes along with that, can lead to additional health problems and depression. Read More.
Loneliness and social isolation taking a toll on many elders
When my then-78-year-old mother finally moved to Charlottesville from Rhode Island, after living there for most of her adult life, there were challenges she hadn’t anticipated. There were no more close friends or familiar neighbors nearby; she still drove, and she didn’t know her way around town yet; she had no social groups; and her balance issues and ulcerative colitis sometimes made her wary about leaving the house. In addition, her son was busy with a new job and taking care of his own family, as was her daughter far away in Brooklyn. Read more.
Advance directive can bring peace of mind
Do you have an advance directive? Do you even know what one is? You’re not alone. A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that out of 7,900 people surveyed, only 26 percent had an advance directive. Read more.
Caregiving relationships, though challenging, deepen our bonds
Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one can be one of the most challenging, and rewarding, experiences of your life. And you won’t be alone. Today, there are about 44 million family caregivers in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow — a lot. Read more.
Adult care centers offer safety, engagement and socialization
When Lucy Garrison and her sisters suggested to their mother, Katherine Garrison, that she start going to JABA’s Adult Care Center, she — like so many older adults who need assistance — was at first reluctant to leave her home. But they already had been dealing with their mother’s physical problems from a stroke for more than a decade, had their own families and work lives to consider, and had begun to worry about her spending so much time alone in her condition.
“Mom had always been the caretaker and problem-solver in the family,” Lucy Garrison said, “and so it was understandable she didn’t want to go.” Read more.
Separating myths from facts about cognitive decline
We’ve all heard the jokes and offhand comments about brain function and memory declining with age — of having “senior moments,” if you will — so often that many people seem to think that memory loss and dementia are the natural results of aging. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
In fact, studies by Harvard Medical School researchers have shown that certain key brain functions improve with age. And while age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia are all too real, according to the National Institutes of Health, only 5 precent of people ages 71 to 79 have some form of dementia, and while that goes up to 24.2 percent between 80 to 89, that means three-quarters of the older population is just fine. Read More.
Caregivers' health can't be neglected, either
A publication by the Family Caregiver Alliance poses this question: “On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do?”
The answer, as anyone who’s ever traveled by plane can tell you, is to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone else. Read more.
Connect2Affect Provides Resources to Combat Senior Loneliness
Strong social connections are central to our physical and mental well-being. But when vulnerable older adults experience setbacks, they may become disconnected and isolated.
Because the issue of social isolation is so complex, AARP Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions. Learn more.
When you’re trying to find your way around the local community resource landscape, even knowing where to start is hard. There are a whole host of services, which can be overwhelming. VN can help you find the best match for you or your loved one. Learn more.