Seniors and the Holidays – Five Timely Tips

The holidays are a time of celebration, family bonding, friendship and gratitude for the joys that life brings. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a highly stressful time, particularly for seniors. Depression tends to rear its ugly head during this time of year, and the chaotic excitement of the season can also lead to confusion among older adults, not to mention the pressures involved in staying socially active and festive when it s no longer an easy thing to do. If you are in the care of a senior and you want to make sure they enjoy the positive aspects of the holidays – while avoiding the negative ones – we ve got five great tips for you. Read on! Preliminary Planning It s important to be able to anticipate how your senior will handle the various activities they participate in during the holidays. Are they sensitive to loud noises and chaotic environments? Make sure quiet places are available. Do they tire easily? Plan family visits and other encounters so that your seni
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Fall Prevention: 5 Ways to Make Stairs Safer for the Senior in Your Life

The figures are astounding — emergency rooms treat 2.5 million seniors for fall injuries per year. While the National Institutes of Health cites lower body weakness and changes in blood pressure as some of the top reasons older adults fall, environmental factors can also play a large part. As a caregiver, fall prevention is one of your greatest responsibilities. While bathrooms and living areas are common spaces for falls, one place that deserves special attention your staircase. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to make your stairs safer — not just for seniors, but for everyone in the house. Around the Stairs Start by removing area rugs at the top and bottom of stairways — they’re a tripping hazard. If you keep furniture near the landings, rearrange it in such a way that it doesn’t block the pathway. Tape electrical and extension cords along the baseboard and out of the way. It’s not a bad idea to place night lights in hallways and landings for added visibility l
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Winter Is Coming – Five Cold-Weather Tips for Senior Safety

Temperatures are dropping and the leaves are falling off their branches. Holiday decorations are popping up in our communities and families are preparing for visitors and feasts. The days are also getting shorter, and weather-related dangers are becoming more prevalent, especially for seniors. Winter is coming, and if you re caring for an aging loved one, it s a great time to acquaint yourself with some tips that will help you ensure safety and security during this unique time of year. Here are five can t-miss cold-weather tips for senior safety! #1 – Fight the Ice! Slips and falls are all-too common among seniors, particularly during the icy winter months. Although youngsters have the ability to pop right back up to their feet after a wintry slip and fall, aging bodies aren t nearly as resilient. In fact, winter slips and falls among the elderly can lead to serious injuries. You can help your loved one avoid slipping by making sure they use footwear with good traction. You can also
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Senior Safety in the Kitchen – Four Great Tips

When the loved ones who used to cook and care for you get older, roles tend to reverse in many ways. Maybe you used to look forward to dinners with Mom or Dad, but their ability to make meals has declined, even though they have lost none of the enthusiasm that made them such loving cooks in the past. Additionally, as seniors age, the kitchen becomes an increasingly dangerous place: Impairments that come with age (hearing loss, vision loss, etc.) increase the likelihood of accident and injury due to fire, sharp objects and utensils, slips and falls and more Some medications decrease alertness and ability to react to dangerous situations Seniors often prepare meals at home alone, leaving them without help should dangerous situations arise Reaction times among seniors are often slowed by forms of dementia and general mental decline The kitchen is considered the heart of most homes, and it s sad when you have to consider a different role for your loved one when it comes to preparing and s
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A Special History Lesson: Encouraging Seniors to Share Their Stories

People tend to grow more reflective as they advance in age, and they often spend considerable time reminiscing about the past and their life experiences. Sadly, it s all too easy to ignore the stories told by the elderly population in our society. But by encouraging seniors to tell those stories, everyone benefits. If you re caring for an aging loved one, your life is probably hectic. However, by spending time listening, asking questions and encouraging the telling of a life story, you can enrich your life and provide an important platform. Seniors represent our history, and the lessons they can teach us are profound. That s why it s so important to allow them the space and support to express their memories and wisdom. When that happens, everybody wins. Here s how you can help your senior tell their story: #1 – Recording Reminiscences One of the best ways to encourage seniors to share their stories is to turn the process into a project. Record storytelling sessions on video and make
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