Depending on the source, research indicates that anywhere from 25% to over 80% of seniors experience chronic pain. Many conditions common with aging cause pain and inflammation, limiting mobility and affecting the long-term quality of life. Yet there are many safe and effective ways to manage chronic pain in older adults. These methods are all most effective when applied through the cooperation of the senior, their caretakers, and any doctors involved.
Most seniors take some type of medication to assist with symptoms of a medical condition or a temporary illness. They can make life better and improve your health and wellness. Yet with this form of treatment comes medication management. This is an important step for helping you or your loved one achieve the best quality of life.
As your parent grows older, it’s difficult to know just what to expect, what their individual journey will look like and what unforeseen circumstances you will potentially face in the future. While you can’t mentally and emotionally prepare for everything that may come along, taking a few practical, proactive measures can help you be ready to handle the logistics.
Trying to find caregiver or service provider is a challenging task. Whether it’s for you or a loved, you want to make sure you find a professional who not only has the skills to meet your needs but also a complementary temperate and personality.
Seniors are victims of fraud more and more in recent years. Unfortunately, seniors are more susceptible to scams, due to increased likelihood of boredom, expendable income, and dementia; not to mention, seniors who did not grow up with technology are easier to be thrown off their guard in the digital space, where many senior scams take place.
As you care for a senior family member, you may begin to notice you don’t feel as energetic as you once did. The added work and stress of caring for aging parents and even spouses begins to take a toll on you. As a caregiver, you may be trying to manage two households and deal with your loved ones’ issues while neglecting your own needs. Taking care of yourself may seem like a luxury, but in reality, it’s essential so that you can be at your best as you continue caring for your loved one.
If you're faced with an elderly parent who is at the point of needing a consistent caregiver you're not alone. The Caregiver Action Network shares that nearly one-third of the U.S. population provides care for a family member. Although most will gladly step into the role of caring for their parent at their time of need it's important to understand the personal and financial repercussions that are part of the job. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself and to discuss with your family before deciding to care for mom and dad:
As people age, the issue of who will care for them or how they will receive assistance becomes more important. For those who never married or have divorced with no children, they do not have the built-in support system of those with children and grandchildren.