How to Help a Senior Loved One with Hearing Loss

The ability to communicate is a big part of what holds the world together. Speaking and listening form the foundation of interpersonal communication, but we often take those abilities for granted. However, things tend to change as people grow older. Read more


Five Miraculous Benefits of Music for Seniors

No matter what a person’s age or background, participation in the arts can provide a significant life enhancement. Music, in particular, is important in peoples’ lives, whether they simply enjoy escaping into their headphones at night or they devote their lives to learning and mastering an instrument. It allows people to connect with their emotions and thoughts in ways that would not otherwise be possible, and it brings people together in ways that cannot be duplicated through other means. For seniors, music is the special ingredient that can give life meaning and joy in retirement age. For older individuals, the sound of music can represent the sound of life itself, bringing feelings of youthfulness and vitality while stirring up pleasant memories. It’s magical stuff, and experts aren’t always sure exactly why music is so healing and helpful for seniors. However, there is a ton of evidence that shows that music really is one of the most essential elements in a healthy, happy

Four Tips to Help Ensure Rx Success for Seniors

Managing medications is a part of growing older, and many seniors rely on their prescription medicines to be able to enjoy a good quality of life. For a large number of older individuals, the number of prescriptions to manage can be overwhelming, and the side effects that can present themselves while on multiple medications can introduce special challenges for seniors, their families and their caregivers. Fortunately, loved ones and caregivers can successfully help seniors manage medicines if they follow some simple, but effective tips. To help those who care for an aging loved one, here are four tips that can help to ensure that prescription medicines are taken properly, in the right dosages, and at the right times: Be Present and Pay Attention Perhaps your most important job as a caregiver is simply paying attention to your senior. When things like sleep patterns and appetite undergo changes, it’s up to you to investigate. It may just be a blip on the radar, but it might be due to

8 Top Tips to Help Seniors Prevent Slips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are responsible for a large number of serious injuries among adults aged 65 and older. Even the most healthy and active seniors can become injured or incapacitated by an unfortunate slip or fall incident, which is why it’s so important for caregivers, family members and loved ones to be able to provide assistance and preventative help. Recent statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that nearly two million seniors in the United States visit the emergency room or go to the hospital as a result of a fall every year, and many of them return home at less than full strength. If you have a senior loved one who may be negatively impacted by a trip, slip or fall, here are some tips to help you ensure that they remain safe and fall free. Remove Hazards from the Home Cords, rugs and clutter can cause falls easily, so remove them or find other solutions where possible. Take a day to collaborate with your senior on a cleanup/organization project, and you

Exercise and the Elderly — Good for the Body and the Brain

For older individuals, regular exercise can help the body maintain strength and flexibility when it might otherwise begin to break down and become weak or frail. Unfortunately, many seniors have trouble getting into regular exercise routines, leaving them less healthy than they would be otherwise. They understand the body benefits, but it’s still not enough to motivate them to get into gear. Thankfully, there are other ways to motivate seniors to exercise! The fact is that exercise is not only good for the body; it’s also amazing for what it can do to help the brain. Let’s take a look. How Does Exercise Benefit the Brain? Here are some of the ways in which regular physical activity benefits the brain: It boosts the health of nerve cells throughout the body and in the brain It improves memory It increases overall blood flow to the brain, which, in turn, increases oxygen levels It improves overall cognitive function and “sharpness As you can see, exercise does more for the mind

Three Tips for Helping an Aging Loved One With Finances

For seniors, the rapid changes that occur in such a highly connected and technological world can be completely overwhelming. Many older individuals have seen quantum changes in all aspects of life, from transportation, to culture, to politics, to the map of the world and everything else in between. But if you had to choose a single aspect of our world that’s the most confusing to individuals who grew up in a different time, it might be money. When your parent or grandparent learned how to handle money, things were much simpler. Money was an actual, physical thing that you could touch and hold; not just a number on a computer screen. The world has also gotten increasingly cluttered with scams and schemes designed to separate people from their hard-earned money, and the scammers behind these operations tend to target older people, who might not be as financially savvy as those who grew up in this complicated era. How Can You Help a Senior With Finances? Thankfully, you and other trust

Four Surprising Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

For older individuals, getting outside and enjoying the spring and summer months is essential, but finding activities that are appropriate for the weather — and for aging bodies — can be challenging. That’s why gardening is such a favorite activity among the senior set. Perhaps you are caring for an aging loved one who could use some more activity in their life. If this is the case, encouraging them to build and tend a small garden is a terrific idea. There are many benefits to gardening, some of which might surprise you! Benefit #1: It Reduces Stress Gardening is one of the best ways for seniors to reduce various bodily stresses and strains. That goes for the mind, too. Gardening offers many opportunities for getting into a calm, meditative state, which can help to reduce feelings of stress, which, in turn, can lead to better sleep and a higher quality of life, in general. Benefit #2: It Can Help Prevent Disease Being outside and active in the fresh air keeps the body flexible