Helpful Tips for Hearing Impaired Seniors

Age isn’t the only thing that can impair our hearing, but as we grow older it’s a common occurrence. It’s frustrating—for both those who can no longer hear well, and for those who are their caregivers. Older adults who experience hearing loss often struggle with everyday things we take for granted, such as knowing when there’s someone at the door, reacting to threatening situations like smoke alarms, or even everyday conversations. Here are some ways to help them—and yourself if you care for someone who needs to hear what’s going on around them. Start With Developing the Right Attitude It’s … Read more

Steering Clear of the Flu

Don’t look now, but the flu season is here. If you’re a senior or a caregiver, you’re high on the list for getting sick. Our immune systems weaken as we get older. Caregivers often have more stress than other jobs, and that can weaken the immune system, too. There are ways to lessen the chances of catching—and passing on the flu bug. Here are some suggestions. Get the Flu Vaccine This advice tops just about every list of tips you’ll find on the subject. For two reasons. It lowers your risk of getting the flu in the first place, but … Read more

Just What Is a Residential Care Home, Anyway?

There are a growing number of options for senior citizens when they reach the point where it’s not wise to be without assistance. The most obvious option is a nursing home, but that really may not be necessary yet. Many seniors simply need some help. For them, there’s the option of a residential care home. Here’s what a residential care home is, and why this option deserves your consideration. Right Under Your Nose Is your idea of a nursing home a large building on a grassy campus somewhere out in the country? That description may fit a number of nursing … Read more

Balance Exercises for Seniors

More than 2 million older Americans end up at the emergency room because of fall-related injuries every year. There are many related causes, but the majority is because seniors just don’t get enough exercise. Regular exercise is a crucial part of maintaining health and mobility for older adults—especially those who are in memory care homes. Balance exercises are especially important because they can help to prevent falls. Here are two exercises that caregivers can help seniors perform. They’re simple, and they require no complicated or expensive equipment. 1. Standing on One Foot Either you or a sturdy chair that’s not … Read more

Understanding Sundowning

It’s not depression. It’s not a disease, either. Sundowning is actually a group of symptoms. In combination, they often mimic depression—and it’s also easy to think of it as a manifestation of dementia. Especially when studies report that 1 in 5 seniors with Alzheimer’s disease experience increased depression, agitation, and confusion toward the end of the day. More study is needed. The exact cause of sundowning still isn’t known—but there are factors which contribute to it that can be controlled. Reduced Light Vision becomes even more challenging for the elderly as the sun’s natural light fades. Many are already challenged … Read more

Loneliness: More Than Just A State Of Mind

Loneliness might be a never-ending source for songwriters, but it’s something that we want to avoid if we want to stay healthy. The older we get, higher the odds are that we’ll feel lonely. A recent AARP study shows that 35% of the survey respondents age 55 or older claimed they were lonely. It’s not all in our minds. Extended feelings of loneliness have been linked to physical ailments such as high blood pressure and abdominal obesity. It also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is that there are many ways to combat … Read more