How to Help Seniors Manage Medication

As people get older, they become increasingly dependent upon various medications. Medications help seniors live longer, healthier lives, but they are only effective when they are taken in accordance with physician instructions. Whether the meds are for heart conditions, diseases, high blood pressure or anything else, they must be taken in the right dosages at the right times. And for many seniors, there are multiple medications to keep track of at any given time. Seniors don’t always do the best job keeping up with their meds, and it’s common for them to avoid taking them altogether because they fear certain side effects, or they are concerned about keeping costs down. These are very real concerns, but adhering to doctors’ guidelines and prescriptions is much more important in terms of keeping seniors safe and healthy. What You Can Do Following are a few tips that can help you ensure that the senior loved one in your life manages their medication properly. Using a Special Pill B
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5 Simple Home-Improvement Ideas for Increased Senior Safety

Seniors these days prefer to stay at home in their post retirement lives. Not long ago, nursing homes and other such facilities represented the next step in senior life for those who could no longer manage on their own. Today, however, our aging population is living longer — and staying at home longer — than any previous generation, preferring to live in a way that allows them to retain their routines with the help of loving family members, friends and specially trained caregivers, like those employed by Always Best Care. Staying at home not only requires the help of caring individuals; it also often requires changes and improvements to the home. Are you concerned about a senior loved one’s ability to stay safe at home? Have a look at these five home-improvement ideas for increased senior safety! They are relatively easy to implement, and they will give you and your loved ones increased peace of mind. #1 — Install Lever-Style Doorknobs Opening and closing doors is something th
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Depression and Old Age — Advice for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Around the world, it is estimated that 350 million people suffer from the debilitating condition known as clinical depression. In the United States, 14.8 million adults — nearly seven percent of the total population — suffer from the disease, making it a major public health concern. What’s more, people are more likely to experience depressive episodes as they grow older, even though many seniors are reluctant to report symptoms of depression themselves. For people involved in senior care, whether they are family members or caregivers, this is a serious concern. Thankfully, there’s a lot that we can all do to help seniors cope when the dark clouds of depression roll in! Knowing and Understanding the Signs The first step when it comes to helping seniors with depression is understanding what to look for. Contrary to popular belief, becoming depressed is not a natural part of the aging process, so if an aging individual in your life starts showing displaying unusual, negative beha
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Depression and Old Age — Advice for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Around the world, it is estimated that 350 million people suffer from the debilitating condition known as clinical depression. In the United States, 14.8 million adults — nearly seven percent of the total population — suffer from the disease, making it a major public health concern. What’s more, people are more likely to experience depressive episodes as they grow older, even though many seniors are reluctant to report symptoms of depression themselves. For people involved in senior care, whether they are family members or caregivers, this is a serious concern. Thankfully, there’s a lot that we can all do to help seniors cope when the dark clouds of depression roll in! Knowing and Understanding the Signs The first step when it comes to helping seniors with depression is understanding what to look for. Contrary to popular belief, becoming depressed is not a natural part of the aging process, so if an aging individual in your life starts showing displaying unusual, negative beha
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8 Amazing Activities Seniors and Kids Can Do Together

The holiday season has come and gone, and the calendar that was once so full of events and activity has become empty. For seniors, this can be a lonely time. However, it’s also a tough time for kids who have just experienced the magical wonder of family time during the holidays, but now have to go back to their own daily routines. Thankfully, these two groups (seniors and kids) have more in common than most people might think. With that in mind, here is a list of activities that members of the elderly population can enjoy with their younger counterparts: #1 Arts & Crafts Projects Crafting is cool! Just take a look at Pinterest or perform a Google search to find some amazing projects that can help aging individuals connect with their more youthful friends and family members. #2 Baking and Cooking Everybody loves to eat, and working together to prepare some simple recipes is a wonderful way for seniors to exchange wisdom with their grandchildren. #3 Enjoy Nature Regardless of age, spe
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8 Amazing Activities Seniors and Kids Can Do Together

The holiday season has come and gone, and the calendar that was once so full of events and activity has become empty. For seniors, this can be a lonely time. However, it’s also a tough time for kids who have just experienced the magical wonder of family time during the holidays, but now have to go back to their own daily routines. Thankfully, these two groups (seniors and kids) have more in common than most people might think. With that in mind, here is a list of activities that members of the elderly population can enjoy with their younger counterparts: #1 Arts & Crafts Projects Crafting is cool! Just take a look at Pinterest or perform a Google search to find some amazing projects that can help aging individuals connect with their more youthful friends and family members. #2 Baking and Cooking Everybody loves to eat, and working together to prepare some simple recipes is a wonderful way for seniors to exchange wisdom with their grandchildren. #3 Enjoy Nature Regardless of age, spe
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Seniors and Pets – Advice for a Great Relationship

One of the most heartbreaking downsides to aging is a growing sense of loneliness. People retire from their jobs, which causes the loss of a significant social center, and as they grow older, they watch as their peers pass away or move on to other parts of the world. Families grow, but they also become more splintered as sons and daughters take on the responsibilities of raising their own families, leaving less time to spend with the older generation. This is simply a fact of life in our society, but many seniors have been able to find meaningful companionship – and often an entirely new lease on life – through pet ownership. Are you caring for a loved one who seems to be suffering from loneliness or a lack of companionship? Getting a pet is a wonderful idea! However, it s important to follow some crucial pieces of advice to ensure that the relationship is beneficial for all involved. Choosing the Right Animal When selecting a pet, it s important to choose a companion that meshes
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