Tag Archives: Senior Health

Medical Alert System Helps in the Event of a Fall or Serious Medical Concern.

Falls can have serious consequences. About 10% to 15% of all falls in older people will result in some serious physical injury.  Fractures occur in 5% of all falls while fall-related injuries are reported to be the fifth most common cause of death in the elderly population and the most likely cause of accidental death. According toYaleUniversityMedicalSchool, the chances of surviving are six times greater if an individual who falls is found within an hour.

Facts about falls

  •  More than one third of adults 65 and older fall every year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • Over 1.8 million people 65 and older each year are treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Continue reading

How to Accept that Caregiving has Changed Your Life

New caregivers often take on their duties with open hearts and the best intentions, rarely stopping to consider that the role they have acquired could last for years or the drastic changes their lives will undergo. With so much to occupy their minds, it often takes months before caregivers finally stop and ask themselves, “How do I accept the fact that I have to leave behind the life I was accustomed to in order to serve as the primary caregiver to my parents?”

When becoming a caregiver, many individuals simply put their lives on hold with the assumption that life as they knew it will resume soon enough. It quickly becomes apparent that this is not the case. Once realizing that the life they put on “hold” is really their new reality, there is some mental adjustment to undergo.

Regardless of what age caregivers are when they begin the journey, their life course is bound to change. If you are part of the sandwich generation and your kids are at home with you and your parents, it takes some readjusting to figure out how to spread out your time and share it evenly among all your loved ones. If your children left the nest before you became a caregiver, it is quickly apparent you will need to readjust your retirement plans. Continue reading

Senior Health: 6 Great Benefits from Regular Exercise

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important for everyone and has a very positive impact on many aspects of life. As we age daily activity is even more important. If you are able to stay active you can greatly increase your quality of life. Here are a few benefits from staying active at an old age.

  1. Improves mood: Exercise can actually stimulate brain chemicals that can actually leave you feeling better than you did before.
  2. Combats disease: Regular physical activity can help you prevent — or manage — high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries. Continue reading

Gender Gaps in Caregiving

There have been numerous reports detailing the gender gap among unpaid caregivers in the United States, most however, have focused on young families and the care they provide to their children. Recently, however, the Population Reference Bureau examined the gender gap in caregivers later in life to explore whether marital status and retirement made a difference in how men and women help others.

When it comes to men and women in caregiving, not surprisingly, there are distinct differences. Most elderly individuals – 65 percent – with long-term needs rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance. When it comes to who is providing the care, it is estimated that female caregivers spend 50 percent more time providing care than men. Continue reading

Long-Distance Caregiving

The life of a caregiver can be very stressful, constantly worrying about your loved ones well-being while doing your best to live your own life. While being a direct caregiver has its own stressors long distance care giving can be just as much if not more stressful. It’s really rare that immediate family members live in the same place these days so long-distance care giving is very common.  Being unable to be with your loved one because of distance can magnify the stress that goes along with care giving because you may feel helpless and unable to fully assist and care for your loved one and will more than likely worry about them more often. Long-distance care giving might seem like an impossible feat but you can do it! Take some of these proper steps to ease your stresses and be able to better care for you long-distance loved one.

  1. Have a plan- The first thing you must go about doing is developing a plan of action. Decide how often you will be able to be there, if at all. Establish who will be able to assist your loved one in your stead when necessary, such as a neighbor or family friend close by. Decide what your plan of action will be in case of an emergency such as a fall of serious health issues. Continue reading

Long-Distance Caregiving

The life of a caregiver can be very stressful, constantly worrying about your loved ones well-being while doing your best to live your own life. While being a direct caregiver has its own stressors long distance care giving can be just as much if not more stressful. It’s really rare that immediate family members live in the same place these days so long-distance care giving is very common.  Being unable to be with your loved one because of distance can magnify the stress that goes along with care giving because you may feel helpless and unable to fully assist and care for your loved one and will more than likely worry about them more often. Long-distance care giving might seem like an impossible feat but you can do it! Take some of these proper steps to ease your stresses and be able to better care for you long-distance loved one.

  1. Have a plan- The first thing you must go about doing is developing a plan of action. Decide how often you will be able to be there, if at all. Establish who will be able to assist your loved one in your stead when necessary, such as a neighbor or family friend close by. Decide what your plan of action will be in case of an emergency such as a fall of serious health issues. Continue reading

Caring for the Royals

When we think of caretaking, we think of the days and hours of caring for an elderly loved one. Perhaps you’re providing care for someone who is sick, has dementia or Alzheimer’s, someone who is living out their last days, or perhaps just needs a little extra attention.  No matter how what your reality is, caretaking comes in many forms.  Some caregivers take care of healthy, active individuals and it too, can take its toll.

The Royal Wedding caused quite a social stir just a few short weeks ago!  It was reported that 18.6 million households in the US alone watched the ceremony.  Staggering numbers across the world stopped for a while to see lovely Kate Middleton walk down the aisle to marry her Prince!   And since becoming a member of the Royal Family isn’t likely for most of us, let’s imagine what it would be like to be a Royal Caretaker!

Buckingham Palace measures 828,818 sq. ft. with 775 rooms.  These rooms include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms, a swimming pool and a cinema.  About 1200 people work at the Palace, including domestic servants, chefs, footmen, cleaners, plumbers, gardeners, chauffeurs, electricians, and two people who look after the 300 clocks. (People aren’t supposed to watch the clock while on duty, are they?)

The Royal Household, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1hBjv62bw&feature=player_embedded#at=280) as it’s called, is made up of 5 departments and supports The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.   If you’re so inclined, you can search the job board (https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=b3duZXI9NTA0MDk2OSZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZwb3N0aW5nX2NvZGU9MjExJnN1Ym1pdFNlYXJjaEZvcm09MSZ1c2VyY29kZT0wJiZyZXFzaWc9MTMwNTg5NDE4OC1lYWNiZTE0Mzk1YTc4OTdjYzA1ZTRkMzI2MzY0MTY3MDM4MzVkMWQx) for current vacancies. Currently there are three jobs available, Purchase Ledger Assistant, General Assistant (Dining Room) and Telephonist. Notice, there is not an opening for the Royal Clock watcher!

Sam Greenhill wrote an article for the Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-420943/Teacups-problems.html#ixzz1MtYPUwLI) in 2006 about the advertised post of coffee room assistant at Buckingham Palace.
In it, he wrote,

Applicants are told: “You will join the team responsible for arranging trays for tea and coffee, breakfast and other service requirements for Members of the Royal Family and their guests.

“You will ensure trays are set with the correct glass and porcelain and that drinks and food items are prepared and presented to the highest standards. You may also be required to assist with service and to travel to other UK residences.”

It adds: “You will possess good organisation skills, work well within a team and be able to communicate clearly with colleagues. Previous experience of the catering or service industry would be an advantage, however training will be provided to those with a flexible, motivated attitude and who strive to provide the highest standards of service.”

He went on to say that this Royal tea party often includes The Queen’s dogs which have been known to nip and bite.  There’s danger even when you simply brew tea!

So when you’re having a moment of despair, consider life working in The Palace and daydream about the role you would choose and what life would be like. It may just be that this daydream lifts your spirits and engages your mind keeping you energized and healthy!

4 Reasons Seniors Avoid Purchasing a Medical Alert System

Given all the benefits associated with owning a medical alert system, it would seem only logical that the elderly and their caregivers would welcome the acquisition of such a life-changing system. Designed to provide peace of mind and improve the quality of life of its users, med alert systems ensure help is available 24/7 at the touch of a button.

When it comes to actually making the purchase, however, some seniors become apprehensive, citing the following common reasons for their trepidation:

  1. They believe they cannot afford a med alert system. Living on a fixed budget, many seniors do not have the funds to spare on any added expenses. However, medical alert systems like LifeFone,offer their services for $24.95 a month, less than a dollar a day. Continue reading

4 Reasons Seniors Avoid Purchasing a Medical Alert System

Given all the benefits associated with owning a medical alert system, it would seem only logical that the elderly and their caregivers would welcome the acquisition of such a life-changing system. Designed to provide peace of mind and improve the quality of life of its users, med alert systems ensure help is available 24/7 at the touch of a button.

When it comes to actually making the purchase, however, some seniors become apprehensive, citing the following common reasons for their trepidation:

  1. They believe they cannot afford a med alert system. Living on a fixed budget, many seniors do not have the funds to spare on any added expenses. However, medical alert systems like LifeFone,offer their services for $24.95 a month, less than a dollar a day. Continue reading

Coping with Criticism

Since the sole responsibility of caregiving for a parent typically rests on the shoulders of one adult sibling, the burden he or she experiences is often overwhelming. While the caregiver’s siblings may not be a part of the day-to-day monotony that is caregiving, it doesn’t stop them from offering up their advice and criticisms regarding how their parent is being cared for. Similarly, the loved one you are caring for may have a few derogatory things to say in regards to how they perceive you as a caregiver.

When criticisms come from loved ones they hold the power to hurt since the people we love the most can hurt us the most. Continue reading