Seeing the Signs – How to Tell if Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help

People grow up becoming accustomed to their parents being strong, dependable and independent. Unfortunately, the aging process can diminish certain qualities in our loved ones, but we don t always know how to tell when it s time to step in and offer extra help or care. Moreover, the people who raised us aren t usually too keen on letting us know that they can t do it all alone anymore. If you re wondering if you need to step in and offer help when it comes to the care of an aging loved one, here are some signs to look for. Raiding the Fridge How is your elderly loved one eating? Are they getting enough of the right nutrition, or are they subsisting on easy-to-prepare but nutritionally bankrupt processed foods? Check out the refrigerator and pantry to see if Mom or Dad is eating right. If not, it s time to intervene. Bills, Bills, Bills! If your parent has always kept up with bills and other responsibilities, but seems to be slipping, you may need to step in to offer your assistance. A


Helping Seniors with the Changing Seasons

One of the most important things we can do for the senior members of our communities is help them handle change. Dealing with big changes like the loss of friends and loved ones is important, but there are a number of other changes that, while they might be easy for us handle, present larger challenges for the aging population. The changing of seasons represents one of those challenges, but caregivers and family members can offer support that gives seniors the right perspective to handle the transitions that happen four times each calendar year. Transitioning into Winter Easing into winter is one of the more difficult seasonal challenges that seniors face. Why? Loved ones aren t as available for visiting and socializing Grandchildren are deep into their school activities, leaving little time for relating to Grandma or Grandpa The weather is getting colder and more unpleasant In many areas, the weather creates stressful, more dangerous situations Keeping the home safe and comfortable r

Seeing the Light – Three Tips to Help Aging Eyes

As people grow older, they often grow wiser, but they typically end up experiencing some diminished physical abilities as a tradeoff. For many older people, the diminishment of certain senses is something that they re unprepared for, and they simply resign themselves to living with a certain amount of difficulty. However, there are numerous things family members and caregivers can do that offset the erosion of these abilities. When it comes to the sense of sight, there s usually no need to give up activities as long as adjustments can be made, and most of those adjustments are easy to implement. More often than not, it comes down to making sure there s enough quality light so that seniors can enjoy all of the activities that have become essential to their routines. What can you do to help? More Light! As people age, their retinas lose the ability to take in as much light as they did when they were younger. If the senior in your life complains of troubles reading or performing certain

Dementia Care at Home – A Guide to Daily Responsibilities

Family members and caregivers of people who suffer from Alzheimer s and other forms of dementia can often feel helpless. Dementia is usually caused by irreversible factors that people can t control, and this creates situations where people who want to act in a positive way find that they simply don t know what to do to help. Fortunately, there are many things that family members and caregivers can do on a day-to-day basis that can make a significant difference in the lives of those suffering from dementia. Life One Day at a Time One of the best ways to approach dementia care is to take the situation one day at a time. Focusing too far ahead on the future can lead to frustration, so it s best to emphasize what can be done right here, right now. Here are some of the ways caregivers and family members can help: Create a Routine Confusion and stress can be minimized by creating a dependable routine that can be followed each day. This helps reduce anxiety and tension in patients as well as