Coping with a Partner’s Dementia Diagnosis

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After spending decades or even close to a lifetime together, it can be heartbreaking to watch your partner’s condition deteriorate in your senior years. This is the reality facing lots of seniors following their loved one’s diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other neurodegenerative conditions. If you or someone you know is in this position, then read on for some helpful resources and coping strategies. Learn about the disease and symptoms Once you learn about your spouse’s dementia diagnosis, it’s a good idea to learn what you can about it to inform and prepare yourself. Understanding the diagnosis can help you better support your spouse while also preparing you for what is to come in terms of the progression of the disease. Talk to and include your spouse Talking to…
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Moving Your Parents into Senior Living Together

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Often, it comes to a time where one of your parents needs to move into senior living or assisted living because they live alone and can’t manage all of their needs themselves, or because they have different care needs than their spouse and require more comprehensive care. But what about when both of your parents require care or senior living? If you or your parents are in this situation, then let’s look at some tips and considerations for a couple moving into senior living together. Benefits of moving together Whether or not their care needs are the same, continuing to live together through their senior years is likely to be good for the mental health of your parents. Loneliness and depression are, unfortunately, common problems among seniors, so keeping this…
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Working with An In-Home Carer

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Many people prefer the idea of staying in their own homes throughout their senior years, so if they get to the point where they need regular care, an in-home carer is often the best option. If you’ve decided to hire an in-home carer for your parent or another senior loved one, then it’s important to build a good relationship with them so that you can support each other with your parent’s best interests in mind. If you’re in this situation or will be in the near future, then here are some tips for working together with your loved one’s in-home carer. Get to know each other Your loved one and their carer are obviously going to be spending a lot of time together, and you’re likely to be around their…
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What Are Your Responsibilities As A Caregiver?

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If your parent or another senior loved one is starting to need care due to a disability or health condition, then you may be considering whether to provide care for them yourself or whether to hire a professional carer. To help you make this tough decision, it helps to first understand what your responsibilities would be when becoming a caregiver. Read on for some general duties required from most caregivers. Dressing and bathing Depending on their condition or level of mobility, your loved one may need help with basic daily activities such as washing and bathing, getting dressed, and grooming. Grooming needs may include hairstyling, shaving, trimming nails, skincare regimes, and more. Housekeeping Cleaning and tidying the house can become difficult for seniors with low mobility or a loss of…
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Tips for Hiring an In-Home Carer for Your Parent

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If your parent or another older adult in your life has reached a point where they need some level of care, then you have various options to choose from depending on their needs and preferences. If they don’t want to move into a senior living community, then another option is to hire an in-home carer. If you’re in this position, then here are some tips to help you hire an in-home carer for your senior parent. Understand their needs first It’s important to know what your loved one needs first. This will help you find someone suitable and will also help potential candidates know if the job is suitable for them. You may have a good idea of this already, especially if you’ve been providing some level of care for…
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Downsizing for Seniors

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As we get older, our needs start to change. It may reach a point where we don’t have the mobility or fitness levels required to move around a large house every day or repeatedly go up and down the stairs. Cleaning and maintaining a large home and garden can particularly be difficult for seniors. And, of course, some seniors may require a senior living or assisted living facility to better support their needs. In all of these situations, some level of downsizing will be required as you move into a smaller, more manageable house or apartment. Read on for some tips on how to help a senior relative downsize effectively. Take it step-by-step Decluttering and downsizing aren’t processes that you can get done in an afternoon. As well as being…
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What to Do When You Retire

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Retirement gives you a new level of freedom. You no longer have to stick with your usual routine of getting up early and going to work 5 days a week. So, what should you do with yourself? Some people find themselves initially feeling bored and a little lost when they retire. If you’re planning for retirement or are a recent retiree, here are some ideas of things you can do with your newfound free time. Pick up a new hobby Is there something that’s always interested you but you’ve never found the time for? Well now is the time to do it! You might want to learn a new language or learn how to play an instrument. Take up gardening, fishing, or photography. Join a local club or class to…
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Symptoms That Could Mean A Bad Heart

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If something feels a little off or you’re experiencing mild symptoms, it’s easy to shrug them off and assume it’s nothing serious. But some seemingly mild symptoms can be warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore, especially when it comes to your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and those over the age of 45 are particularly at risk. It’s especially important for seniors to be able to recognize the symptoms that could be warning you about an unhealthy heart. Here are some of the warning signs to look out for. Irregular heartbeat An arrhythmia is when your heart beats in an irregular rhythm. This isn’t always a sign of something serious, but it is always worth getting checked out because it can be a…
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The Benefits of Using A Mobility Scooter

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Low mobility can affect anyone at any age, but it becomes a more common problem when we reach our senior years. Our muscles and bones may become weaker as we age, we’re more likely to experience joint pain that limits our movement, and we may be more likely to suffer from injuries or illnesses that impact our mobility. When this occurs, there are various aids that can help us stay mobile and independent as we age. These include simple aids such as walking sticks and more advanced things like mobility scooters What is a mobility scooter? A mobility scooter is a small ride-on vehicle that is electrically powered. It consists of a seat, handlebars, and a flat surface where the user rests their feet, as well other options such as…
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Can Supplements Help as You Age?

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As we get older, it can sometimes become harder to get all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we need for a healthy mind and body. Our appetites tend to decrease and we’re unable to eat as much as we used to, and your body may become less efficient at absorbing the necessary nutrients from food. There may also be additional factors relating to certain health conditions, such as pain or difficulty when swallowing solid foods (dysphagia). If you are a loved one are having problems with nutrition in your senior years, then supplements could help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Here are some of the supplements to consider taking as you age… Calcium Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones. Most people lose…
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