Data Shows Susceptible Seniors Living Alone

Nearly ninety percent of the senior citizens across the U.S. prefer to age in place and grow old at home. Professionals believe that's the place where people can afford to live over other costly places like nursing homes. But even staying home raises concerns, like the ones that block healthy aging. The most significant are lack of transportation, affordable housing, and isolation. When adults have little access to shopping and social activity, isolation becomes a high risk factor that plays havoc on their health. Here's what few seniors from my Facebook group says about aging at home with little support

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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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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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Guide to Medical Alert Systems

Aging in place is a great option for many seniors, but it can also pose challenges for loved ones who are concerned about their well-being and safety. One way to make sure your parent or loved one is safe is by having them use a medical alert device.  Medical alert devices can put your loved one in touch with you or emergency services immediately if they fall or have another type of accident. Consumer Guide to Medical Alert Systems Medical alert devices can be professionally monitored by emergency personnel, or they can send an alert message to a list of personal contacts

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Age at Home and Not a Nursing Home

Most of us want to age-in-place. But can we? Affordable, accessible and well-located housing affects the quality of life for all ages, but it's most significant for older adults. In a report released by The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and AARP, it claims that the three key points are the cornerstone to comfort and security. How to Age at Home and Not a Nursing Home Housing is the single largest item in most budgets and its costs and expenses directly influence financial security. The home's location and accessibility are essential to health and safety, to stores, services,

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5 Benefits Installing a Stair Lift

5 Benefits Installing a Stair Lift

Are you or one of your family members having trouble getting up and/or down the stairs at home? If your answer is yes, then you may want to consider investing in a stair lift for you home. A stair lift, also often known as a chair lift or stairway lift, is starting to become the most common solution for those who are no longer able to safely navigate the stairs. Most seniors prefer to age at home because of the comfort and security it provides them. Below, you will learn more about the benefits that a stair lift can provide

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6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose

6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose

After retirement, seniors often struggle to find purpose in their lives. Many are surprised at their lack of direction without a Monday-to-Friday job. This lack of motivation can have a damaging effect on seniors’ well-being. Without this sense of purpose, seniors often slip into a sedentary lifestyle. Others find themselves feeling listless, anxious, or depressed. 6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose At Visiting Angels, we’ve seen how lack of purpose takes a toll on older adults, time and time again. When seniors first get started with a home care assessment, many report feeling a lack of energy, motivation,

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What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care

Moving away from home and into a care facility can be a jarring experience for seniors. While moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home is sometimes the only option, studies* have found that these moves can have a damaging effect on the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of seniors. What Seniors Miss Most about Home in Facility Care It’s little surprise then that nearly 90% of seniors reported to the AARP* that they wished to age-in-place for as long as possible. That’s true even in situations where seniors require professional in-home care to live at home safely and

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Firefighters Try Dementia Glasses

Firefighters Try Dementia Glasses

  Silverado Lake Zurich Memory Care has invited 15 firefighter-paramedics to participate in hands-on dementia training that will aid them in helping people with forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.  Firefighters Try Dementia Glasses The Virtual Dementia Tour® includes putting on special glasses, headphones and shoe inserts that simulate the same feelings of disorientation felt by dementia patients. This experiment is one of the substantial efforts made by Silverado to further education about dementia awareness. Mickey Wenzel, Lake Zurich Fire Department training division chief said that with a number of nursing homes in his community, firefighter-paramedics must to be ready to deal

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