Archives for Over Age 65

The Mystery of Medication Management

In this day and age of modern medicine, it is uncommon to encounter senior citizens who aren’t taking daily medications. In fact, nearly half of senior citizens take 5 or more different medications regularly. Unfortunately, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 55% of seniors do not take their medication as directed. This can have dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences. Here are some of the common issues that impact medication management and how to address them. Hearing Difficulties / Lack of clear Instruction: I don’t know about you, but when I go to the doctor it sometimes feels
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Categories: Elder Care, Over Age 65, Safety Always First, and Senior Health.

In Home Care or Home Healthcare…What’s the Difference?

Although the two types of care sound the same, there are actually some big differences. It can be overwhelming to try and figure out exactly what type of care your loved one needs. Home healthcare is often utilized following a hospitalization or a stint in a skilled nursing facility. The goal is to help the patient get back to the level of independence that they enjoyed prior to the illness or injury. In home care is considered to be “custodial care” (non-medical care that assists individuals with acts of daily living.) Here is what you need to know about the
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Categories: Elder Care, Home Care, Over Age 65, Senior Health, and Senior Housing and Care.

How Living Alone Impacts Nutrition

“The fondest Memories are made when gathered round the table”. For so many families, this is absolutely true. We celebrate special occasions by sharing a meal. Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, Holidays…and even funeral receptions all have this is common. When we gather together, we eat. Food is such a central part of our culture. Even a simple week-night supper takes on greater significance when shared as a family. For many seniors, eating dinner together was an important ritual, feeding the body and nourishing the soul. So what happens when our elderly loved ones find themselves living alone? Mealtimes can be very
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Categories: Elder Care, Over Age 65, and Senior Health.

NOW is The Time to Talk With Your Parents about Senior Housing and Care

NOW is the Time to Talk with Your Parents about Senior Housing and Care! If you dread approaching the subject with your parents about senior housing and care you are not alone.  For most of us this conversation is right up there with having “The Talk” with our teens about the birds and the bees – awkward and uncomfortable.  But the message I have for you today is that open, honest conversation NOW is so much better than trying to figure things out on your own later.  Equipping yourself with a strategy and clarifying your parents’ goals and preferences will
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Categories: Over Age 65, Senior Health, and Senior Housing and Care.