Seniors living alone are cause for family concern. Even if the senior is reasonably independent and active, many relatives, friends, and even community members may feel compelled to make sure a solo senior in their life has a lively social network. You may be facing people swinging by your house all the time bringing food, gifts, and grandbabies. You love your people, but how do you tell them that - often - you're an introvert, you're happier alone, or with a little quiet company?
A senior who is an introvert with a good support system often struggles to find that perfect balance between staying involved with the family and recharging through enjoyable time alone. How can you set friendly boundaries and maintain a healthy level of social interaction that is neither stressful nor unfulfilling? Here at Senior Helpers, we can share a few good ideas to help you build a rewarding social routine.
Getting outdoors is an important daily activity for many seniors. Whether you love to garden, take daily walks, or simply bask in the sun in the warm afternoons, seniors can gain a lot of benefit from breathing fresh air and generating Vitamin D. However, sunshine is not safe in large doses as you get older, and certain medications can increase your UV sensitivity. Seniors who love the outdoors should stay aware of the UV index, in every weather report, to keep themselves safe from heat emergencies, sunburn, and skin cancer risk. Here's a quick guide to the UV Index for outdoor seniors.
As seniors get older, they become more susceptible to sunburns and skin damage from UV rays. While sunshine is a known source of health and good cheer, too much sun can also be dangerous for your seniors. As a caregiver, you are likely responsible for helping your seniors enjoy the summer, and also to keep them safe in the process. Don't worry, with a complete checklist, protecting a senior from the summer heat and UV radiation is not hard.
Suppose your loved one or friend has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In that case, you may already know that it is a progressive and chronic illness. While medications can help slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms, your loved one will eventually need more help. One area that assists in Parkinson's care is from home care agencies to let the patient stay home. Please read this guide to learn about Parkinson's care and in-home service.
As our parents, grandparents, and other family members and friends age, their ability and desire to use all the items in their kitchen may decrease. Part of taking responsibility for the safety of a senior is editing the house and making the necessary changes that will support, rather than hinder, a loved one's current abilities, and the quality of their potential future, in mind.
Most seniors in the US are now online. In 2018, around 66% of Americans aged 65 years and above were internet users, a statistic that has likely increased over time. The internet is an easy way to access the latest news, get medical details, manage appointments, access medical records, renew prescriptions, as well as stay connected to family. It is imperative that we consider the internet safety of our senior loved ones.
When it becomes clear that an elderly member of your family requires daily care, choosing what to do next can be overwhelming and incredibly stressful. An assisted living facility or live-in care are the two most common options.
Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily regardless of their age. However, our sleep patterns tend to change naturally as we grow older. The melatonin and hormone levels shift may lead to disturbed sleep, sleeping early, light sleep, waking early, and daytime fatigue. Good sleep is essential for good health, like regular exercise and balanced nutrition. It repairs damaged cells, refreshes the immune system, improves focus and memory retention.
Sleeplessness in older adults may lead to depression, weight issues, diabetes, increased falls and accidents, concentration and memory problems.
Read on for practical tips to develop good sleep habits for the elderly.
Pets help us connect with others. They often force us to be social and outgoing while giving us a reason to get out of bed and the house – and sometimes just to care for something other than ourselves is enough
As you age, your body becomes less able to regulate its temperature. This is especially true if you live in a cold climate or lead a sedentary lifestyle. Remember that seniors are also more likely than most other people to suffer from hypothermia. Seniors tend not to be as mobile or active as younger adults.
When you have to take care of your pet in your old age, you must consider a few things. As a senior pet owner, the most crucial thing to consider should be how your pet would fare in your absence. Pets, especially some dog breeds, are pretty energetic and could end up draining you.
Memory loss can be a devastating effect of old age, especially among seniors suffering from dementia. It can contribute to other physical and mental challenges. Fortunately, it is possible to slow down memory loss by getting the patient to engage in memory care activities. Here is an overview of their importance.
As much as aging is a blessing, it does come with its limitations that can impede a senior's ability to function as they did in their younger years. Some of the challenges include reduced vision and decreased mobility. The good news is, there are smart home devices that can help your loved ones. Read on for the role of smart home devices for seniors and their important benefits.
Managing your career while also taking care of an elderly parent isn't an easy task. According to a 2017 survey, it is estimated that approximately 47% of employees try to balance between paid employment and being a part-time caregiver for either an ailing or elderly relative.
As the years go by, sleep becomes more and more important to our physical well-being. But it's not just about what we do when we're asleep - it's also about how well we prepare for bedtime. This blog post will discuss 5 tips for good sleep hygiene and developing good sleeping habits that will help you get a better night's rest.
We understand how love and loyalty make it easy to make the decision to be a caregiver for family members. What many are not prepared for is the physical and emotional toll involved. Respite care services from Senior Helpers of Baltimore can provide you with the mental, physical, as well as emotional break you need to keep yourself in a state of wellness and avoid caregiver fatigue.
Most people need to get some household help at some point if they want to continue to live at home. Bringing it up with their adult children isn't always easy, especially if you are asking for their help. However, if you decide that you are struggling too much but you don't want to move, you are going to have to find a way to talk to your children about it.
There are so many different types of yoga and they are all meant for different purposes. Yoga for seniors is easily accessible and a great way to stay in shape in your later years.
Not everyone can live as close to family as they would like. With senior loved ones, there are ways that technology can help with delivering them the best care even from afar. Here are some practical tips for long-distance caregiving.
In light of COVID-19, many seniors are sheltering in place. If your loved one lives alone, try these five ways to help them beat the winter blues.
While it is incredibly difficult to keep a safe distance away, it doesn't mean that you can't stay in touch. The Senior Helpers Team serving Baltimore County, Howard County, Harford County, and Carroll County is excited to share a few tips and tricks they’ve picked up.
As adults, many people decide to move away from their parents to begin their own life. However, as they age, it can be more difficult for their parents to stay at home and continue to live as they always have. As the professional caregivers at Senior Helpers Baltimore will tell you, the little ways you support your parents can make a huge difference in their comfort and quality of life.
Caregivers in Baltimore pour their hearts and souls into their work. It is also critical to take care of themselves. Here are some tips to get help and prevent caregiver burnout.
Seniors in Baltimore are at risk for COVID-19. Here are some tips that can help protect seniors from coronavirus.