According to the Hearing Health Foundation, “Nearly 25% of those aged 65-74, and half of those older than 75, have disabling hearing loss. Among adults ages 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30%) has ever used them.”
When you think of the holiday season, what do you picture? Colorful lights, wrapping yourself in a blanket by the fireplace, and scents of freshly cut pine trees? Or do you stress about decorating your home, preparing for extended family to come, and getting all of your shopping done? Both of these images paint a different picture, but they are both aspects of the holiday season.
The first assisted living facility (as we know them today) came into being in 1981 after Dr. Keren Brown Wilson needed a living solution for her mother. At that time, the only option for senior care was a more institutionalized nursing home setting that focused only on medical care. Dr. Brown Wilson’s mother did not need this type of intensive care but did require some assistance, and the concept of assisted living emerged.
As the winter months approach, it is important that we take the time to prepare, but this preparation goes deeper than simply getting your home ready for colder weather. You also need to make sure that you set yourself up with stimulating activities to do during the months that you will spend more time indoors.
According to Medical West, “one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. When breast cancer is found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.”
Providing care for a parent or relative who is living with any form of dementia has its challenges. It can be frustrating and overwhelming at times if you do not know the best way to handle a situation when he or she is upset and confused. Remembering that the circumstances are not your fault and that you are doing your best can help alleviate these challenges and diffuse a high-tension situation.
Aging is a part of life, and as we age, our lives and bodies go through a multitude of changes. These changes are how we grow and develop into the people that we want to be. What does not change, however, is the importance of nutrition.
There is a lot involved in being a family caregiver. You care for an older parent or relative, while likely juggling responsibilities in your personal life, such as your career and a family of your own. During times of stress, it can be easy to overlook certain tasks and let responsibilities slip.