Seniors crave social connection as much as the rest of us, especially since the isolation COVID-19 has brought. Unfortunately, sometimes they are less able to verbalize their feelings as well as they used to or are self-conscious about slower speech or reduced memory. Some extra effort may be needed to strike up a conversation with them. It’s important to try not to treat them differently. Realize that they have had rich experiences, which can tap into and learn from during our time with them. Your honest and loving curiosity about their lives will both help to trigger memories for them as well as provide a natural path for conversation. We have put together a few tips for communicating with seniors.
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What many of us most want to do right now is give our loved ones a big hug and sit down for some intimate heart-to-heart conversation. Unfortunately, that’s just not possible these days, even if we live nearby. We have put together some information about online communication for senior loved ones to help you and your loved ones stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Respite care provides a temporary break for family caregivers. No matter how much you love the person you are caring for, caregiving is hard and can drain your personal and emotional resources. It is important to take time for yourself when you can. You can arrange respite care for any amount of time from a couple of hours a week to several weeks a month.
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In the United States, approximately 40% of people over the age of 65
experience age-related memory impairment. Memory and mental health are closely connected. Helping seniors stay sharp can also improve their quality of life. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to help seniors maintain their minds and memories.
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Seniors face many transitions. For those who have been independent for a long time, an increased need for assistance and support can be especially challenging. It’s important to ease seniors’ transitions. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on helping seniors through transitions in aging.
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Too many seniors are injured as a result of falls. Learn what caregivers and seniors can do to reduce the risk of falling.
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September is prostate awareness month. Spreading awareness of this disease is important, especially among seniors. Men over age 65 account for nearly 60%
of all prostate cancer diagnoses. Therefore, we will discuss prostate health for aging adults.
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Many seniors rely on the care and support of multiple people. This type of community is important, but can also be a problem if everyone isn’t working in sync. Use these strategies to help you unify a senior’s care team and work together.
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Preventative strategies can help seniors live healthier lives with fewer risks.
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Aging involves changes in health, physical ability and medical risks. On average, older adults in the US tend to be in a healthcare setting about 17 days a year. Given how common (and often necessary) it is for seniors to interact with doctors, it is important to help seniors navigate doctors visits well.
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