When the power goes out, it can be difficult to feel so out of control of your own space. Not knowing how long until the power is back on, and not being able to engage in the activities and aspects of routine that you are accustomed to because of the lack of electricity can create problems. When it comes to caring for seniors, there are a few extra considerations that make it especially important to have a plan and preparation in place for the event of a Power Outage so that things are all in order and there isn’t a need to frantically try and sort everything out in the moment. Depending on the cause of the Power Outage, electricity can be out anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Setting up a plan and having things ready to go that can help to keeps things organized and manageable during a Power Outage can help to reduce everyone’s stress levels and make sure everyone is alright and knows what to do.
Apples are a tasty and enjoyable snack that many people enjoy, but they can be so much more than that. Apples have many nutritional properties that can help to keep seniors healthy, and incorporating them into seniors’ rotation of snacks can yield positive benefits.
Stress is something that everyone deals with, but chronic stress can impact the body in ways that require attention when tending to seniors’ overall wellbeing. Seniors who deal with a lot of stress and don’t have a proper outlet to deal with it often find themselves experiencing various negative symptoms that can impact their experience of their day-to-day lives, such as: muscle tension, depression, anxiety, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. All of this goes to say that the implications of prolonged stress can meaningfully impact seniors’ health and wellbeing.
Many seniors experience the sensation of Dry Mouth in older age, often as a side-effect of taking medications for common conditions. As a result of the many health conditions and complications that can come as a part of growing older, many seniors find themselves taking multiple different medications. Unfortunately, the more medications, the higher the chance of experiencing Dry Mouth and the problems it can cause. In order to tend to oral health and the overall quality of life issues that can come as a result of dealing with the irritation and problems of Dry Mouth, it is important to have an understanding of the condition and how best to address it.
A great deal of preparation and planning go into the holidays as a whole, but celebrating with ageing family members and loved ones requires some special attention. Thought needs to be directed towards determining how best to structure and navigate holiday gatherings, traditions, and activities that seniors will attend. The emotional and physical needs of seniors that need to be monitored and tended to don’t simply disappear when holiday cheer comes knocking, so some purposeful thought about all pertinent factors needs to take place in the process of planning holidays that will be spent with seniors.
Keeping a Journal is a simple activity, but one that can have a meaningful impact on seniors’ understandings, reflections, and experiences of their day-to-day lives. Sitting down every day, or however often feels like the right fit, to just let things out and express oneself by committing words to paper can be an incredible exercise for seniors.
When caring for a senior loved-one, there are always those moments in which disagreements occur about what is best moving forward in the pursuit of better health. As a caregiver, it can be a real challenge to feel as though the very logical and straightforward information you have been advised by medical professionals or research is being challenged by loved-ones who feel that they either can’t or don’t want to make the necessary changes in their lives. While it is undoubtedly important to listen respectfully to seniors about the choices they want to make about their own lives, there are some situations in which you might want to push a little harder to make them hear you out and make some changes if you think it will truly improve their chances of living a happy and comfortable life.
Falls are a major risk for seniors as they continue to grow older, and the bathroom can be an especially dangerous area if the right measures aren’t taken to make things safer. With slippery surfaces and small spaces, a fall in a bathroom can result in serious injuries, but with a little planning and the implementation of certain tools and arrangements, seniors and their caregivers can work to improve safety and reduce fall risk for seniors in their home bathrooms.
Being a caregiver to someone we love and care about can be a challenging and demanding role to fill under any circumstances, but when there is distance involved, there are some unique challenges that often come into play.
We all get a little out of breath sometimes when we overexert ourselves or push ourselves a bit too hard, but having troubles with breathing on a regular basis can be a real problem. For seniors, the more vulnerable state of health that so often comes with older age can increase the risk of developing a more serious Respiratory issue, such as Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Pulmonary Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, and other similar conditions. It is important that loved-ones and caregivers keep an eye out for signs that seniors are having trouble breathing, so that they can act accordingly and can adjust seniors’ lifestyles, environments, and routines to help alleviate problems and make things a little more manageable if a Respiratory condition is at play.