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.
In older age, the desire for companionship doesn’t go away. With seniors living longer than ever before and continuing to live fun, active, and full lives well into older age, seniors who have lost their partners as a result of death or divorce may find themselves wanting to seek out a new partner. For many seniors, it has been a long time since they were active in the dating scene, and it can feel overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. Seniors have grown, aged, matured, and changed since their younger dating years, so it can be a whole new experience navigating dating in a new time, with a new set of experiences behind them.
Many of us tend to view consuming media such as TV and movies solely as a leisure activity that doesn’t have a whole lot of value. The reality, however, is that interacting with various forms of media can be a great way for seniors to connect to the ever-changing realities of the world, as well as to reconnect to themselves and their pasts.
Having a daily routine means that the same things happen around the same time each day. Routines provide a degree of structure and organization and can make it easier for seniors to remember and keep track of the important things that they need to do every day such as take medication, exercise, eat well, and get good sleep.