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…]

Are You Too Domineering? How Some Adults Are Bullying Senior Parents

Adults Are Bullying Senior ParentsEverywhere you look these days, campaigns against bullying are popping up. We’re now a zero tolerance society when it comes to bullying, and a rough and tough ten-year-old can no longer get away with teasing and tormenting his classmates. But is it reasonable to consider that there could be another, less noticeable type of bullying taking place – that of bullying senior parents where we’re reversing roles with them in an attempt to parent them, thus overstepping certain boundaries? Our parents may make different choices than we would, and that is ok. We should respect their choices as often as we can, keeping safety in mind of course.

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New Elevated Warning for Certain Popular Meds

New Elevated Warning for Certain Popular Meds Most of us toss a bottle of Advil, Motrin or Aleve into our grocery cart without a second thought. But perhaps it’s time to think again before reaching for ibuprofen or naproxen, as a result of the FDA’s most recently released findings.

Although the FDA has long warned that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could potentially increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, the wording of this warning is being revised to reflect a more serious nature, as it’s been proven that NSAIDs, in fact, DO increase that risk. And the danger applies to even short-term use, increasing when taken over an extended period of time.

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Is Aging Easier Outside of the United States?

fact and myth signpost hand drawing on blackboardEach generation has always had its own thoughts and ideas of the generations preceding and following them. But for the first time in history, the numbers of the aging generation, the seniors, are exploding. According to statistics, the numbers are staggering: 900 million adults age 60 and older currently worldwide, and this is expected to rise to 2 billion in the next 20 to 30 years.

We’ve heard much in the news about how aging is affecting the U.S. population, but what about the rest of the world, in countries that are less developed, where health care and social services may be lacking? What is happening there and how is the aging population affecting them?

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Alzheimer’s or Dementia: What’s the Difference, Anyway?

Alzheimer’s and dementia. Two dreaded diagnoses that we all hope to avoid hearing from our aging loved ones’ doctors. But what exactly are the differences between the two, and does making a distinction between them really matter?

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Track Down Misplaced Items With New Gadget Now Available To The Public

senior care, GAIf you’ve ever spent half an hour searching for your own car keys or your purse or wallet for that matter, you’ll absolutely love this awesome new gadget that claims to help people “never lose anything ever again.” Furthermore, if you provide elder care or senior care for a loved one who frequently misplaces items and then becomes worried, you will find immeasurable benefit in being able to quickly locate lost items and put your loved one’s mind at ease in just seconds. [Read more…]

Important Advice For Every Family Caregiver In The Atlanta Area

Atlanta caregiversCaring for a loved one as he or she ages can be a very rewarding experience, but it isn’t without challenges. Millions of Americans have taken on the role of caregiver for an elderly parent. While your relationship with your parent may have always been great, constant caregiving and feeling like there’s a role reversal between child and parent can be extremely stressful. It is important for all caregivers to learn how to manage their emotions for their health and the health of their loved ones. [Read more…]

Common Causes and Supportive Responses for Alzheimer’s-Related Behaviors

Especially with middle to late stage Alzheimer’s, oftentimes a person cannot express how he or she feels with words and instead communicates feelings through behavior. Successfully dealing with problem behaviors in persons with Alzheimer’s disease begins by: [Read more…]

Understanding Parkinson’s: The Five Stages

Parkinson’s disease is different for each patient. For some people, Parkinson’s symptoms are mild, while in others the symptoms are much more severe. While it’s difficult to predict how Parkinson’s will affect a person, the disease does appear to move through five stages. [Read more…]

Have Yourself A Safe And Happy Holiday: Safety Tips for Atlanta Area Seniors

Few things are more beautiful than a home decorated for the holidays. All the lights, trees, ornaments, and tchotchkes seem to put even the grinchiest of grinches in the holiday spirits. However, for an elderly person, holiday décor can also be hazardous. When you’re decking your halls this season, keep the safety of your older loved ones in mind with these tips: [Read more…]