Seniors & Volunteering

Many seniors struggle with moving away from homes where they have spent decades. However, getting involved in their community can help seniors feel more connected. Senior care professionals can help by providing outlets for their seniors to get active. There are a variety of volunteer activities seniors can do, including: Political campaigning – Seniors are often ideal to staff phone banks and make calls for candidates and causes. For seniors who want to make a difference, this is an ideal opportunity. Mentoring – Seniors can connect to the younger generation by participating in programs where they read to children or help them with school work. Being around children can help seniors feel younger themselves. Collection drives – Seniors can socialize with others while working at charities to sort donated items and other goods. Craft-based volunteer work – Cooking, sewing, or gardening for the community will put seniors’ bodies and minds to work. This will help improve mental


Obesity and Senior Health

Obesity can increase significantly after the age of 65. Obesity puts seniors at risk, as it elevates their risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Senior care providers can help mitigate the risk by encouraging healthier habits. Obesity rates among all ages have climbed in recent years, and the elderly are no exception. According to the American Nurses Association, more than 15 percent of the older adult population is obese. Older Americans are already at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension, because of their age. Adding obesity to the mix only increases their risk of illness and death. Hormonal changes and decreased activity are key causes of obesity in older persons. While little can be done about age-related physiological changes, caregivers of older adults can influence their physical activity. Elder care professionals can help ward off obesity and its related health problems by encouraging seniors to exercise a

Breast Cancer & Seniors

Breast cancer mortality risk increases with age, according to recent findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Senior care providers should be aware of the threat posed by breast cancer, and encourage their seniors to have regular screenings and seek treatment if necessary. According to research, seniors who are diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer run an increased chance of death from the illness, as well as a relapse, even if the cancer is successfully treated. A study was conducted of about 10,000 women. Study results found that: Breast cancer mortality rates were 7.3 percent in women younger than 65. Breast cancer mortality rates were 11.2 percent in women between 65 and 74. Breast cancer mortality rates were 22.9 percent in women older than 75. About 41 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. are over the age of 65. Researchers suggested that under-treatment may play a role in the higher mortality rate among old

Caring for Seniors with Special Needs

Seniors with special needs are often an overlooked segment of the population. When it comes to providing senior care in a home care setting, non-medical home care providers need to be aware of seniors’ special needs and to develop individualized care for their needs. Seniors with disabilities make up about 72 percent of the population of people over the age of 80 in the U.S. Some of these disabilities may be lifelong issues, such as intellectual or physical disabilities they’ve had from birth. Others may be the result of illness or injury, while others are related to advanced age. Home care and assisted living care providers need to be aware of seniors’ disabilities and how to accommodate them: Discuss their senior’s condition with the senior’s physician to determine how best to meet his or her needs. Have the same discussion with the senior’s family to learn how they’ve cared for the senior over the years. Find out what works and what doesn’t, and what the senior is a

Wearable Technology Makes Staying Home an Option for More Seniors

Staying at home or entering a residential care facility is a big decision for seniors. For many, residential care is a must, as they are unable to meet their own self-care needs. Technology is making staying at home an option for more seniors, as wearable technology is making it easier for home care workers to monitor and intervene to provide senior care services. Public policy and economic necessity is driving a move to have more seniors receive home care services rather than go to a nursing home. The growing ranks of Americans age 65 and older is putting increased pressure on programs for seniors, as well as individual family budgets. Staying at home is a popular option among seniors, as they enjoy staying in familiar surroundings and keeping their independence. It’s also far less expensive than a nursing home or other residential care facility. Wearable technology that monitors biometrics, such as heart rate, calories burned, etc., is a valuable tool for home care workers. Using