How to give your body what it needs as you get older
There’s a saying that “some people eat to live, others live to eat.” As we grow older, the more balance we’re able to find between the pleasure of eating and the need to nourish our bodies, the more living we’ll get out of life, in terms of both in years and quality.
The tell-tale signs of endocarditis
At approximately 29,000 cases each year (according to The International Heart Institute of Montana), endocarditis, generally speaking, is a discriminant disease, primarily affecting those presenting with certain conditions. While the general risk might be low, the risks factors are a little more common – and the aging population may be more susceptible to the condition.
The pluses of domestic help for heroes
We believe everyone is worthy of care, especially our senior citizens. And few would argue with the idea that our veterans are particularly deserving. After all, they gave their time, skills and courage to ensure we enjoy a better quality of life.
Long-distance caregiving help to make life easier for the whole family
If you live more than an hour away from an aging loved one who needs care, you have become a long-distance caregiver. Long-distance caregiving poses many unique challenges, and it’s important to know you are not alone. An estimated 13% of Americans provide long-distance care for a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Of that 13%, more than a quarter are serving as the primary person providing this care. It’s a tough responsibility to have, but one you don’t have to manage alone. Here are a few tips to make your role as a long-distance caregiver more manageable.
Making the right choice for your loved one
One of the most emotionally challenging decisions a caregiver of an aging parent can make is choosing the right long term care option. As hard as it is to give up some of the control of caring for your loved one, it’s typically the best option for both of you. Once you have decided to make a change, there are several different options to weigh when comparing the home healthcare and dedicated care facilities. Let’s break down the similarities and differences.
Employer-based insurance and Medicare often aren’t enough to fund patient's’ long-term care needs
More seniors rely on long-term care each year, but many Americans may not be realistic about whether they’ll need it or not. Just 25% of Americans believe that they’ll eventually require long-term care, but the truth is starkly different – 70% of individuals 65 and older will eventually need some form of it. Given the odds, it’s important to be prepared.
Improving senior mobility can help mend other physical and mental problems as well
One of the more frustrating effects of aging is losing mobility. As we grow older, activities like cleaning and even walking can become more difficult. Rather than succumbing to these changes, it’s important to focus on ways to combat them – otherwise, they will become worse. Having a plan to consistently stay active will help you or a senior loved one stay in control – mentally and physically.
Long-term care options and what to look out for
It never feels like the right time to think about moving a loved one to an assisted living facility. Above all else, you want your senior to be safe, well fed, and mentally stimulated. And sometimes the best place to do that is in a community home. Once you’ve decided to make a change, the next decision to make is which facility is the right one for your aging senior. It’s important to take the following precautions to determine if the elder care facility feels right for you and your loved one.
Learn about this dedicated South Florida professional and a prestigious award she just received
FirstLantic is proud to announce that one of our caregivers has just been named Home Health Aide of the Year by the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF). Patricia Pollard has been in the home care industry for over seven years and represents the qualities we look for with all of our staff.
Know the signs of stroke and act FAST
Stroke remains one of the most serious health risks in this country, especially for those over age 55. It is the 5th leading cause of death in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of stroke survivors over age 65.
Understanding the most common “extrinsic” causes of trips and falls helps create a safer environment for senior loved ones
According to the American Family Physician, falls are the top cause of emergency-room visits in the United States for people over the age of 65. Because of factors like declining muscle strength, arthritis, poor vision, and weaker bones, seniors are not only more likely to fall, they are more likely to suffer serious injury when they do.