Safety Changes To Help Aging Parents Remain Independent

When you to visit an aging loved one or parent, keep an eye out for safety issues. Here are some safety updates you can make to their home. Bathroom Upgrade: My parents recently remodeled their bathroom. They put in a higher toilet, which is easier for them to use and installed a shower stall. They aren’t at a point where they really need these safety upgrades, but they plan to stay in their home as long as possible and opted to make the changes now, versus later. If your aging parent can’t afford a complete renovation, you can still install

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Could Medication Be Causing Falls?

Rise Above the Fear of Falling

One of the most common ER trips for the elderly is falls. While some result in minor injuries, others can result in major injuries such as broken hips, arms, or worse. If you’ve already gone through your parent’s house and addressed fall risks such as loose rugs, cluttered walkways and poor lighting and they are still falling, their falls may be a result of a health issue. Could Medication Be Causing Falls? Physical Limitations: Balance problems or dizziness can result from a number of ailments, including neurological changes, arthritis, a drop in blood pressure or inner-ear problems. Any of these health

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Downsizing A Home Full of Memories

Downsizing A Home Full of Memories

Helping Your Aging Parent Downsize When someone lives in their home for several decades, chances are, the home is jam-packed with a lifetime of memories and stuff. As our parents age, they may need to downsize their belongings in anticipation of moving in with family, an assisted living facility, or even to a new condo in a fun retirement community. It can be overwhelming to find the right place to start when it comes time to downsize. If your parents are like mine, everything has meaning. My mom still has things from when she was my Girl Scout leader! If

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How to Fall-Proof your Home

Did you know, according to the National Institute of Aging, that 6 out of 10 falls happen at home, where we spend most of our time and neglect to consider safety?   Most of these falls could be prevented by making some simple changes to your home.  At Senior.com, we are experts in fall prevention and consider it our mission to help you live as independently as possible, for as long as possible. We suggest you invite a friend or family member to make this safety assessment with you.  Often it takes a 2nd pair of eyes to see hazards you

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8 aging-in-place home modifications for seniors

8 DIY projects to make your home safer as you age Around 90 percent of seniors plan on living in their own home for at least five to 10 years after turning 65, according to the AARP. In turn, the number of remodeling companies doing aging in place upgrades has increased. Eighty percent of remodeling companies are making aging in place home improvements, up from 68 percent in 2013, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Aging in place is cheaper and more comfortable than going the assisted living route for many people. A typical assisted living home

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5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place

5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place

As the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” That saying holds true for most Americans, but it holds particular meaning for America’s seniors. According to data from the AARP, nearly 90% of American seniors wish to remain in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible. Even when faced with significant age-related difficulties, most older adults believe that aging in place is important.  5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place  5 Biggest Reasons for Aging in Place At Visiting Angels, we’ve been helping American seniors age in place for nearly twenty years. Our experience as home

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Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips and Falls

Understand Your Caregiving Options

It’s no secret that slips and falls are especially dangerous for seniors. According to the CDC, nearly three million American seniors suffer falls every year. Perhaps more importantly, the rate of seniors who lose their lives to unintentional falls is climbing year after year. Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips & Falls For those of us who live in ice and snow country, there’s no more dangerous time of the year for slips and falls than during winter. So, whether you’re an older American worried about falling during the winter or a younger person concerned for the health of an older relative,

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