Amazing Technologies Help Those with Vision Loss

Blind person holding white caneAffecting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply having to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning paper, to complete blindness. And it’s much more prevalent in older adults, with one in every three elders over age 65 having some sort of eye disease that impacts vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, among others. Thankfully, as with a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with choices to improve standard of living for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a look at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available: [Read more…]

The Best Way to Address Senior Money Management

Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home FinancesIt’s a sensitive topic to discuss with aging parents, but one that should be resolved at some point: senior money management. Many adult children are hesitant to muddle with

 until there’s an obvious need, but beginning the conversation prior to the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order. [Read more…]

How to Communicate with Aging Parents Without Hurtful Feelings

Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? Even so, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging loved ones. While we could have the best of intentions in wanting to help seniors navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our aging parents by rethinking statements such as the following: [Read more…]

Don’t Settle for Cookie Cutter Care at Home

Buckhead home careThe best thing about humankind is that each and every one is totally unique, and that does not change merely because of growing older. As we mature, we remain the unique and intricate individuals that we have been our whole lives. Expecting all seniors to act the same and require the very same things is a cookie cutter approach that just does not work for older adults or those who take care of them. Providing care to older individuals necessitates a creative and careful approach that enables the caregiver to evaluate just who an older adult is and what the person’s distinct needs are to decide on the best plan of care to keep the senior healthy and well at home. [Read more…]

In Home Care Is Where the Heart Is

In Home Care“One thing’s for certain – I never want to live in a nursing home.”

If you are the adult child of a senior parent, it’s likely that you’ve heard your loved one exclaim these words or something similar indicating the intention to continue to grow older in place at home instead of moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Reality is, the majority of older adults want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible – for a variety of reasons. Home is the place they’ve lovingly created, so it’s where they feel the most comfortable. Continuing to live at home also brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. Activities as simple as looking at one’s possessions, leafing through the mail, or relaxing on the porch are more meaningful in one’s own home than in a facility because it is the dwelling that creates the context of one’s life. The comforts of home supply a sense of peacefulness and privacy that cannot be replaced. [Read more…]

Is It Possible to Go Overboard with Senior Health Care?

Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.Most people want the most effective medical care for our family and friends, but is it possible that in some cases, less is the most beneficial? Based upon a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are receiving little or no benefit. And these types of unwarranted healthcare services come at a price: up to $210 billion on a yearly basis, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. [Read more…]

Be Sure to Check for These Red Flags During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

Smiling Mature nurse embracing senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it tough to go visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but over the holidays, families make a more concerted effort to enjoy quality time together – making it the optimal occasion to assess an older adult’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be witnessed in weekly telephone conversations, e-mails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family is all together during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Holidays with Alzheimer’s: Georgia Home Care Experts Share Helpful Tips

Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregiversObserving the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members might be stressed with caregiving duties, and the disruption to routine can cause more distress for a person struggling with the effects of dementia. [Read more…]

Eating the Right Stuff: How to Help COPD Through Your Diet

Good companion makes this breakfast more tastyAs shared by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, nearly 12 million adults are currently diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and it is also estimated that another 12 million may possibly be living with the disease and not even realize it. It’s also worth mentioning that COPD frequently hits in middle age, with smoking as the primary risk factor. Regular exposure to certain types of dusts and chemicals also contributes to a heightened risk factor.  [Read more…]

COPD at Home: How Pure Is Your Air?

She's enjoying the beautiful dayIf you happen to be caring for a senior loved one who struggles with COPD, you certainly are familiar with the fact that outdoor air pollution can aggravate symptoms. However, did you realize that low air quality in the home can also be troublesome? Purifying the air in the senior’s home can help everyone breathe easier and be more comfortable. [Read more…]