Aging Parents: Plan for All Seasons

Plan now for where your elders will live as they age.  Get their vision for what they want to happen if they need care or accommodations for an illness.  Having a plan is the key.  It reduces the stress, eases the frustration and makes caregiving easier for all involved.  I’ve boiled it down to 3 steps. Do your elders want to live at their own home as long as they can? Do they have a vision for where they’ll want to be if the time comes when they need care?  Does each family member have a role? First – talk

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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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Combatting Loneliness in Seniors

Combatting Loneliness in Seniors

While worrying about your parents’ social connections doesn’t seem like it should be at the top of your list of concerns, it actually is so much more important that we realize. Did you know that feelings of loneliness can negatively affect both physical and mental health? Additionally, isolation is linked to cognitive decline and puts seniors at a higher risk for elder abuse. Combatting Loneliness in Seniors So, how do we combat loneliness? I know, you’re thinking, I already have so much on my plate; I don’t have time to also be the entertainment director for my parent. It doesn’t take

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When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

When Roles Reverse: Talking to Parents About Alcohol

In every parent-child relationship, there eventually comes a time when roles reverse. It's a natural and inevitable extension of the aging process. The mom or dad who once changed your diapers, drove you to soccer practice, and applied Band-aids to skinned knees will gradually lose their mobility and independence, requiring greater help and supervision with their own health and safety needs. For the child who in turn is tasked with caring for an aging parent, navigating this new juncture can be difficult because it means taking a more directive role in relation to a grown-up who, in addition to having

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Best Guide to Bathroom Safety for Seniors

Best Guide to Bathroom Safety for Seniors

We use the bathroom every day ... 365 days of each year. We cherish our bathroom time and depart much happier, yet this room is often the most dangerous place in your home. Being proactive with effective product solutions is the key to fall prevention. For less than a dollar a day, you can equip your bathroom with all the necessary products to keep you safe. Make your bathroom happy and safe every day. Best Guide to Bathroom Safety for Seniors Do you know the BATHROOM HOT SPOTS? Best Guide to Bathroom Safety for Seniors HOT SPOT #1 – Get Some Leverage

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5 Tips to Maximize Your Elderly Parent’s At-Home-Care

5 Tips to Maximize Your Elderly Parent’s At Home Care

Anytime a child must care for their elderly parents it can be stressful for both parties. Many people are turning to home healthcare to combat this reality. An estimated 12 million people use these services as an alternative to nursing homes. If you are using at home care or are interested in learning more, here are five things you can do to maximize your parent’s experience. 1.) Know Your Limitations If you are going to provide at-home care for a parent, being honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do is important. Providing for another person in your home

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How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

If you are a long distance caregiver, or just don’t live close enough to visit your parents on a regular basis, you may not have enough time to evaluate how they are doing. Here are some ways to maximize your visits so that you get quality time but also check in on their ability to safely live independently. How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents  Leave the House This may sound like an odd suggestion, but I worked with many families who were very close and the adult children visited regularly, however, they had no idea that their parent had a

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Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention

Falls can cause serious injuries that take a long time to heal. They can lead to permanent mobility problems that prevent your enjoyment of hobbies and/or limit your ability to drive, shop, cook or bathe. Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention Falls are usually the result of spatial orientation miscalculations, dizziness, vision issues, imbalance, poor mobility and/or foot traffic obstacles. Check Your Health If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, blood pressure fluctuation or another condition that can affect your ability to walk, ask your doctor about symptom management methods. If you’re otherwise experiencing symptoms that make you feel like you’re

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Why Mental Health is Important

Why Mental Health is Important

The aging population rapidly increases and between 2015 and 2050, the number of older adults will double from about 12% to 22%. This is an expected increase from 900 million to 2 billion people over the age of 60. Older people face special physical and mental health challenges which need attention. The World Health Organization says over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, excluding headache disorders, and 6.6% of all disability attributes to mental and neurological disorders. The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression,

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